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When you want information about a class of drugs with practical information such as names, how they work, side effects, effectiveness, user experiences and alternatives to them, Need to Know is your resource.

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Need To Know- Alzheimer’s Medications

What Alzheimer's drugs work? What are their side effects and how to avoid them? Read what real people say about taking care of their loved one with Alzheimer's.


Corticosteroids, also known as glucocorticoids or steroids, aren’t the same as the anabolic steroids athletes misuse. Corticosteroids are used to treat a variety of inflammatory diseases like asthma, allergies, rashes,...

ADHD Medications

Ritalin, Vyvanse, Adderall are often used for ADHD management. Are they safe? Are there alternatives?

Smoking Cessation Medications

We all know that smoking can lead to major health issues and that it can worsen other medical conditions. Quitting for good isn’t easy and may take many tries,...


NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are some of the most commonly used pain relievers and can either be prescribed by your doctor or purchased over the counter (OTC). They’re used...

Antimalarial Drugs

Discuss the risks of taking and the risks of not taking antimalarial drugs with a healthcare professional who is experienced in this field. The health care provider will determine...

Birth Control Pills

Though birth control pills, also known as oral contraceptives or “the pill,” are commonly prescribed, understanding all the facts about this medication can help you make informed decisions about...