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Causes: Health, Public Health

Mission: Prescription drugs are a part of everyday life for millions of Americans who spent in excess of $329 billion on these medicines in 2013, an increase of 3.2% over the previous year. The pharmaceutical industry spent $3.8 billion in marketing these medications to doctors and consumers. Do they have short or long term side effects? Are there alternative solutions that may be just as effective with lower risk? Guided by a passion to educate and encourage patients to pro-actively inquire about the short and long term side effects of prescription medications before accepting them, MedShadow Foundation seeks to prompt discussion between patient and health care provider. This includes asking deeper questions of the physician or pharmacist, looking at the pros and cons of prescription drugs, and if appropriate, exploring other options. We encourage our readers to avoid blind acceptance of prescription drugs and become an engaged advocate in their own health and wellbeing. In 2014 MedShadow Foundation Inc. acquired DES Action USA®, a nonprofit advocacy organization that provides information and educational resources to individuals exposed to the harmful drug diethylstilbestrol (DES). DES Action has been the leading advocacy, education and support organization for all who have been affected by DES exposure since 1979. To find our more information about DES, please visit DESAction.org MedShadow Foundation uses its website and various social media platforms to gather and post timely articles and news about medical conditions, side effects and alternative therapies. While we recognize that medications save lives and that many are absolutely necessary in treating chronic illness and in managing life-and-death situations, we also know that some are over prescribed and that accurate and complete information on side effects is severely lacking. Long-term effects are not studied before FDA approval. We hope to help fill this information void and encourage patients to do a risk/benefit analysis of the medications they are prescribed. The MedShadow Foundation team consists of concerned consumers and parents, not medical professionals. Please do not substitute what is said on the MedShadow website for what is advised by your doctor or health care provider, particularly when dealing with serious medical issues. Please share your stories and concerns, and let us know about your experiences and victories by posting comments on our stories or sending us notes via our contact page. An independent 501c3 charitable organization, MedShadow does not accept advertising or contributions from pharmaceutical companies, health insurance companies, medical device manufacturers or political action organizations.

Target demographics: prompt discussion between patient and health care provider to pro-actively inquire about the short and long term side effects of prescription medications before accepting them

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 30,000 readers monthly

Geographic areas served: consumer education and advocacy

Programs: our website and various social media platforms to gather and post timely articles and news about medical conditions, side effects and alternative therapies.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Medshadow is a great nonprofit. Its website is outstanding, and as far as I am aware, the only of its kind. Medshadow is dedicated to getting accurate information about drug side effects into the hands of the people that need this info the most--everyone. Their homepage even includes a link to the FDA so people can report side effects they have experienced. This could lead directly to recalls of medication that could be improved! I think that's great. The articles on the site are easy to understand and not full of incomprehensible medical lingo. There are links to sources and breakdowns of new drug studies released and what they mean. I believe Medshadow encourages informed caution about using drugs, due to their side-effects, without dismissing their utility and necessity for many people. That is a difficult balance to achieve. I wish there were more nonprofits like Medshadow in the world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm grateful for MedShadow and the information they post on side effects. While I was pregnant recently, I found the comprehensive articles on drugs and pregnancy were really helpful. Not only did I gain knowledge that helped me make immediate decisions but I became more confident in asking my physician questions based on what MedShadow had posted.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MedShadow Foundation is the best site for information on drugs and side effects. This site probably saved my life with all of the useful information it provided me with in my younger, college years. I'm most likely not alone in this regard. They are doing amazing work educating the public with easy to read articles about the side effects of medicine and I am so grateful for their support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I need information about my medication, I use Medshadow’s website to gain additional resources. Their articles are well researched and sourced and provide alternative ways to treat medical conditions that can minimize or eliminate the need for medications.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My child has asthma, and I stumbled across MedShadow's website and was able to find information on the pros and cons of using prescribed medicine for a child for a sustained period of time. The articles were written by healthcare journalists, and as a non profit I found that I could trust the information more. Because of MedShadow, I have more confidence and knowledge to have real conversations with my son's pediatrician about prescribed medications, their side effects, and possible alternatives. Thanks MedShadow!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MedShadow Foundation is doing amazing and important work that benefits everyone. Educating the public about the risk and benefits of medicine is crucial in at this time. The US is the number one country with the most prescribed medications and information about medicine is so important as pharmaceuticals usually downplay the side effects that a med may cause.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Medshadow Foundation is a wonderful organization that brings research and attention to the risk and benefits of medicine. They go above and beyond to bring quality work/articles to the forefront to educate the community. It is a joy to think that whatever donation I can give, contributes to this wonderful cause. It is a joy to think that whatever donation I can give, contributes to this wonderful cause. Medshadow is unlike any other foundation!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I suffered from side effects from a medication I took to treat my Rheumatoid Arthritis and it almost killed me. Unfortunately, before I began taking the medication I did not do enough research and have the adequate conversations to help me minimize the risks of side effect harm. I'm so grateful for MedShadow because they have really helped me to be able to have those conversations. Through their rich content, research, and articles, I have learned the right questions to ask, find alternative ways to treat my condition, and how to manage side effects in general. I really hope MedShadow stays around for a long time. The public needs non profits like this!

Raq R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Migraine headaches are a debilitating issue for me and MedShadow is a phenomenal resource for me to get a deeper understanding of migraine medications and their side effects. I've been given a number of different drugs to try but now I check MedShadow first so I can make the best choice.

Peter G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I take a lot of meds for my high blood pressure. In researching the long-term effects this can have I found Medshadow.org. The articles on the site are wide-ranging and very informative. In addition to getting the weekly email, I have become a regular visitor to the site.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Anytime I want to check the side effects of my medication, I always go to MedShadow. The site is informative, easy to read, and I always find the information I’m looking for and then some.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love getting my weekly email updates to see what I can learn from the Medshadow Foundation. Totally relatable and helpful, from which over the counter cold medicines may help to which suntan lotion is the safest for you and your family. The articles are written in easy to understand language with enough sophistication and sources/links to follow up. My mom suffered from Parkinson's and I gained new insight from Medshadow on her illness. Thank you MedShadow.

Board Member

Rating: 5

MedShadow has been a wonderful resource for our family as we've worked to understand the short- and long-terms effects of drugs prescribed to our granddaughter for ADHD, as well as for older relatives who appear to be suffering from over-medication. Kudos to the entire team at MedShadow for their balanced approach to providing information on how drugs work and continue to act in the body for years to come.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have conducted marketing research on behalf of MedShadow Foundation and the results prove what an invaluable resource the website provides. Both people whose mothers took DES, and the general public find great utility in the easy-to-search information about what to expect in terms of side effects from all types of drugs.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I work with MedShadow, and I know how carefully they put their articles together. I know the level of expertise they expect from the writers/reporters and the importance placed on accuracy. The mission is to help people balance risks and benefits of medications. MedShadow isn't anti-pharma, it's pro transparency. It's an honor being associated with this important nonprofit.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Now that a family member has been inundated with medicines, the importance of understanding drug interactions is close to home. MedShadow has made me insist that doctors give me details of possible interactions and potential side effects. I feel like a better advocate for my family's health.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I needed information about my son’s asthma medication, Medshadow’s website saved my sanity. I asked my pediatrician and pharmacist about the side effects, of course, but I was able to research and learn more on MedShadow- giving me peace of mind about the healthcare decisions for my son. Thanks MedShadow!

Advisor

Rating: 5

MedShadow is doing a great service by educating consumers about the risks and benefits of prescription and OTC drugs, as well as supplements. They also provide alternative ways to treat medical conditions that can minimize or eliminate the need for medications. Their articles are well researched and sourced, with comments from medical experts and patients. Best of all, they are free from medical and health industry funding, so I trust the information I get from their site. They do a lot considering they rely on individual donations.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are a lot of websites out there that talk about health and wellness, but MedShadow is different from them. They focus mostly on the side effects of drugs, something that isn't discussed often enough among doctors, even though they affect many people. You can learn a lot about the benefits and risks of many commonly taken drugs, including what to look out for, allowing you to become more informed about your health. They also publish blogs which are well written and often cover topics I haven't seen anywhere else.

Donor

Rating: 5

I subscribe to MedShadow's newsletter so that every Friday I see what's new on the website. I was surprised to find out that every medicine has side effects. I knew from my friends who had dealt with cancer that sometimes the side effects are horrific and can even kill. But I hadn't realized that even "normal" drugs like Benedryl and Rolaids can be very negative for my sistem.
Thanks MedShadow for having my back!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I turn to MedShadow to find alternatives to the drugs my doctor suggests. It feels good to know that others feel like I do. I don't want to take 4-5 medicines every day.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have congenital hypothyroidism, a condition where my thyroid doesn't produce the hormones it needs for me to function as a healthy human being. I have to take synthroid for my condition, and because of that I'm hyperaware of what I put into my body and the effects it can have on my health. I never knew what to ask my doctor when it comes to medication and health, but now I know that it's okay to ask because of MedShadow, and that I have a right to know. MedShadow is focused on educating the public about what side effects medications and drugs might have, and for that, I'm extremely grateful. It's better to know than not to know. It's better to be aware than to be ignorant. It's better to ask questions than to not ask questions and potentially be harmed later. Thank you MedShadow for making me more confident in my right to know about what I'm putting in my body when it comes to medication, drugs, and general health.

Jerome S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an adult with ADHD and significant depression. The work being done by the amazing Team at MedShadow Foundation is not only invaluable, it is truly life-saving. They help me and so many other friends and family learn and understand so many of the truly complex and critical issues and aspects of our treatment and medications.
I have known Ms. Robotti for a very long time and her dedication, determination, expertise and empathy for those most affected by the issues her team covers is unparalleled.
Jerry Snee, Jr.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Provides very useful information about medications I was prescribed and helped me understand the risks associated with it.