Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
December 21, 2004
Albany - Many of you may be wondering just what medicine you can take for pain. Naproxen, sold mainly under the brand name Aleve, is the latest drug under scrutiny. A government study showed it can increase your risk of heart problems, but not all doctors agree it's dangerous.
Erin Pekot is one of the thousands of Americans who relies on medicine to relieve her chronic pain. "It is shocking," she said when hearing news that several painkillers, including the over-the-counter drug naproxen may cause serious side effects. "Maybe there's not enough research done on them in term of the long term effects."
Pekot says drug makers should tell doctors more information about new medicines, so they can pass that info onto their patients. But, Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Scott McGee says don't get too worked up over the latest drug warnings. "If you look at some of these studies, they may have 4,000 people taking these drugs. The side effect may happen to one per hundred, one percent," said Dr. McGee
Some studies were often performed on a select group. For example, the naproxen study analyzed only Alzheimer's patients. All the patients took the medicine longer than the recommended dosage.
"I think some of these things are sensationalism. Some people do have an ax to grind or point to make. Every drug has side effects," said Dr. McGee.
He says to prevent potential deadly side effects, you must be an informed consumer. "If you ask your physicians the right questions, you should get the appropriate answers. Be aware of some of these situations. If he can't answer them, I think you owe it to yourself to find a doctor that can answer the questions."
Erin Pekot and her husband, Stephen, ask themselves these questions before deciding to take a new medicine, "What are my personal risks and what am I willing to give up to enjoy a good quality of life now," said Stephen.
The FDA hasn't decided whether any new regulatory action for naproxen is necessary. FDA officials advise naproxen users to follow the recommended dosage, two pills a day for no more than ten days, unless otherwise directed by a doctor.