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Ibuprofen
User Ratings:
6.7
Effectiveness
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ibuprofen has done well to me i have never had any side effects although i need a very high dosage because it seems like im becoming immune and the pain doesnt go away. so i need a high dosage
TriCor
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Effectiveness
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It has helped regulate my cholesterol levels.
Advil
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One time I used advil and it did not help, but usually it can relieve my headaches. I've also had difficulties swallowing it.
Simvastatin
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Effectiveness
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I have only just realised how many problems, I had in the last 2 years, were side effects from taking Simvastatin. I may be one of a small minority but if your medical checkups are only once a year and you haven't been appraised of the potential side effects then you suffer unnecessarily. When the doctor who prescribes the drug for you is not astute, or enlightened, enough to pick up your problems as side effects then this just compounds the problems.
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Synthroid
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It solved my unexplained weight loss but now has to be taken life long.
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