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Healthful hints: Health information

Certain topics come up time and again: "Doctor! I can't afford to be sick now! You've got to get rid of this cold!" Or, "Okay, I understand my cholesterol is a little elevated. What does this mean?" Patients like to take something home on paper, so they can remember everything we've discussed. Sometimes you want something you can show your family.

Here are health information brochures I've written for patients I've seen in my office. I may give someone one of these handouts after we've discussed a problem, to help them remember what we said and as a handy reference.

The information presented here isn't designed to cover every possible aspect of the problem, but as an overview of what's going on and what to expect. Sometimes I'll suggest what you can do at home. Other handouts discuss how to use the medications I recommend for this problem. Rather than provide a complete list of every possible side effect, I've tried to present a balanced view of the benefits and potential problems people encounter most often. (Similarly, you won't find prescribing information like which medication to use when, when not to use it, or drug-drug interactions.)

You'll find topics on depression, antidepressant medications, and emotional healing on a separate page.

In addition to regular web pages like this one, many handouts are also available in Adobe Acrobat ("PDF") format so you can print them out in a convenient form. These require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader (get it here). Note that I often update web pages more often than the PDF versions.

Here's the list:

Last updated Fri, Jun 19, 2015

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