For many people, pain relievers are wonder drugs, allowing them to carry on with their lives despite disabling arthritis, for instance, or recurrent headaches. But all, whether sold over-the counter or by prescription, have potential risks.
A reader asks why he often gets a blotchy burst of blood on the white of his eye a day or so after he takes aspirin. Our experts explain this scary-looking but usually benign condition, called a subconjunctival hemorrhage.
Millions of people take aspirin for pain relief or to help prevent heart attacks, but there is growing interest in aspirin's potential as an anti-cancer drug. Two recent studies have added to the evidence.