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Having Naloxone on Hand Can Save a Life During an Opioid Overdose
Anyone can save a life during an opioid overdose with naloxone, a front-line defense in the opioid crisis. Naloxone is a life-saving drug that quickly reverses the powerful effects of opioids. FDA is working to give more people access to naloxone.
Animal & Veterinary
Consumer articles from FDA about animal health and veterinary medicine.
What You Need to Know (And What We’re Working to Find Out) About Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-derived Compounds, Including CBD
The FDA is working to answer questions about the science, safety, and quality of products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds, particularly CBD.
Don't Double Up on Acetaminophen
More than 600 medications, both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC), contain the active ingredient acetaminophen to help relieve pain and reduce fever. Taken carefully and correctly, these medicines can be safe and effective. But taking too much acetaminophen can lead to severe liver damage.
FDA-Approved Devices That Help Keep the Heart Beating
Cardiovascular devices (or heart devices) such as pacemakers and defibrillators have extended and improved the lives of millions of people worldwide. Learn how the FDA regulates these devices, when to seek medical attention for potential heart issues, and how to report problems.
Food Safety Tips for Healthy Holidays
Following these safe food-handling practices will help prevent foodborne illness.
Now’s Still a Good Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine
Haven’t had your flu shot yet? It’s not too late. And there are still good reasons to get one.
Vaccines, Blood & Biologics
From blood to vaccines, FDA protects and advances the public health by ensuring that biological products are safe, effective, and available to those who need them. Read these Consumer Updates to learn more.
Drugs
Consumer articles about over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
Focusing on Contact Lens Safety
In addition to offering flexibility and convenience, contacts help correct a variety of vision disorders. But contact lenses also present potential risks. See these safety basics, including information on proper hygiene and proper practices for cleaning, disinfecting, and storing your lenses.
Medical Devices
Consumer articles about medical devices.
Medical Device Cybersecurity: What You Need to Know
Practice vigilance to safeguard your medical devices from cyber threats.
What to Know About Breast Implants
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates breast implants as medical devices. Learn about the risks of these products, and consider this advice.
What You Should Know About Using Cannabis, Including CBD, When Pregnant or Breastfeeding
FDA strongly advises against the use of cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and marijuana in any form during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
Men With Breast Cancer Need More Treatment Options and Access to Genetic Counseling
Breast cancer in men tends to be diagnosed at an older age and when the cancer is at a later stage, but is treated very similarly to breast cancer in women. The FDA encourages the inclusion of men in breast cancer clinical trials.
Tobacco Products
Tobacco comes in many forms, from cigars and cigarettes to smokeless tobacco and dissolvable nicotine products. FDA works to reduce the use of these products, and the harm that they cause. To learn more read these Consumer Updates.
Food
Timely articles and multimedia content about food and food-safety.
Dietary Supplements
Dietary supplements are regulated by the FDA as food, not as drugs. However, many dietary supplements contain ingredients that have strong biological effects which may conflict with a medicine you are taking or a medical condition you may have. Products containing hidden drugs are also sometimes falsely marketed as dietary supplements, putting consumers at greater risk. For these reasons, it is important to consult with a health care professional before using any dietary supplement. Read these Consumer Updates to learn more.
Cosmetics
Consumer articles about cosmetics.
What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids
Opioids can be used to treat certain kinds of chronic and acute pain. It doesn't matter who is writing the prescription; ask these questions before taking opioids.