FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

>Now's a Good Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine

Early in the fall is the best time to get your annual flu vaccine. Find out why it's important to get one

>Manage Your Asthma: Know Your Triggers and Treatment Options

You can manage your asthma by taking medications approved by the FDA. Before going to the pharmacy, get a proper diagnosis from a doctor and together develop an asthma action plan

>Xylitol and Your Dog: Danger, Paws Off

This sugar substitute, found in some human foods and dental products, can be poisonous to your dog

>Nutrition Facts Label Reboot: A Tale of Two Labels

The Nutrition Facts Label (NFL) on packages consumers look at when they’re buying groceries or preparing a meal has undergone a makeover. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (

>Warning: Aspirin-Containing Antacid Medicines Can Cause Bleeding

Drugs containing an antacid and aspirin, and used to treat heartburn, sour stomach, acid indigestion, or upset stomach, can cause serious bleeding, FDA warns. Read the Drug Facts

>Beware of Fraudulent Dietary Supplements

Fraudulent products can cause serious harm and even death. FDA continues to act to expand public awareness of tainted, dangerous products sold as dietary supplements

>FDA 101: Health Fraud Awareness

Learn how to spot health fraud and avoid it

>Combating Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Drugs: Q&A with Michael Klein, Ph.D.

The director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Controlled Substance Staff talks about the causes and prevalence of misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, and what

>Hand Sanitizers Carry Unproven Claims to Prevent MRSA Infections

Don't be misled by unproven claims on some over-the-counter hand sanitizers and antiseptic products

>Dry Mouth? Don't Delay Treatment

A persistently dry mouth can lead to tooth decay. See your dentist

>Fish Hazards and Controls: More Than a Fish Story

Americans consume nearly 16 pounds of fish per person per year. An FDA guide plays a key role in keeping seafood safe for eating

>FDA Works to Lessen Drug Shortage Impact

In response to the growing number of drug shortages in U.S., the Food and Drug Administration is doing what it can to prevent and lessen the severity of the shortages, so patients

>Antidote Relieves Scorpion Stings

Does the fear of a scorpion's sting take some of the fun out of camping and other outdoor activities? Now, you can rest a bit better when you get into your sleeping bag at night

>How Is Diabetes Treated in Children?

As more kids are becoming overweight, more of them are in danger of getting type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is also on the rise in children and adolescents. Learn about FDA-

>Don't Be Fooled By Health Fraud Scams

FDA has created a new website to help consumers protect themselves from fraudulent health products and schemes

>HCG Diet Products Are Illegal

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warn companies that the homeopathic HCG weight-loss products they sell are illegal and make unproven

>Consumer Update: FDA and Partners Working to Prevent Surgical Fires

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is building a coalition of public and private healthcare organizations to prevent a medical error - the surgical fire

>Eat for a Healthy Heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. But you can beat it if you choose foods for a healthy heart

>Hearing Aids and Personal Sound Amplifiers: Know the Difference

FDA recently issued guidelines on important differences between hearing aides and personal sound amplifying devices

>Lowering Salt in Your Diet

Here's advice for lowering salt intake, along with information on FDA's regulatory role

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