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Antihistamines vs. Corticosteroids

Antihistamines vs. Corticosteroids

What Are the Side Effects of Antihistamines and Corticosteroids? Antihistamines First generation antihistamines are used less often to treat allergies because they cause significant sedation. First generation antihistamines also should be used cautiously in older adults as they are more susceptible to their anticholingeric side effects including Due to their significant side effect profile, special […]

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Gabapentin vs. Xanax

Gabapentin vs. Xanax

What’s the Difference Between Gabapentin and Xanax? Gabapentin and Xanax (alprazolam) are used to treat anxiety. A difference is that gabapentin is primarily an anti-seizure (anticonvulsant) drug used for preventing seizures and for treating post-herpetic neuralgia, the pain that follows an episode of shingles. Gabapentin is used off-label to treat anxiety. Xanax belongs to a […]

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cephalexin (Keflex)

cephalexin (Keflex)

What is cephalexin? How does it work (mechanism of action)? Cephalexin belongs to a class of antibiotics called cephalosporins. They are similar to penicillin in action and side effects. They stop or slow the growth of bacterial cells by preventing bacteria from forming the cell wall that surrounds each cell. The cell wall protects bacteria […]

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Hospitals Plan to Produce Their Own Generic Drugs

Hospitals Plan to Produce Their Own Generic Drugs

Some of the largest hospital systems in the United States plan to start making their own generic drugs in order to avoid huge price increases and shortages of medicines. Latest Medications News Currently, about 300 hospitals are among those that plan to form a new nonprofit company that will produce the drugs, and other hospitals […]

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Tazorac vs. Isotretinoin

Tazorac vs. Isotretinoin

What are the differences between Tazorac and isotretinoin? Tazorac (tazarotene) and isotretinoin are medications used to treat acne. Tazorac is also used to treat psoriasis. A difference is that Tazorac is a topical medication (applied to the skin) and isotretinoin is taken orally. Tazorac was withdrawn from the U.S. market, but it is available on […]

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Breo vs Albuterol

Breo vs Albuterol

What is the difference between Breo and albuterol? Breo Ellipta (fluticasone furoate and vilanterol inhalation powder) and albuterol sulfate are both used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Breo Ellipta is a combination of fluticasone, a glucocorticoid, and vilanterol, a bronchodilator of the beta-2 agonist type. Albuterol is a bronchodilator. Brand names […]

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Femara vs. Clomid

Femara vs. Clomid

What is the difference between Femara and Clomid? Femara (letrozole) and Clomid (clomiphene) are fertility medications used for stimulating ovulation. Femara is an anti-estrogen drug typically used for treating postmenopausal women with breast cancer. Side effects of Femara and Clomid that are similar include nausea, vomiting, headache, and muscle aches or pains. Side effects of […]

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Doxycycline vs. Tetracycline

Doxycycline vs. Tetracycline

What is the difference between doxycycline and tetracycline? Doxycycline and tetracycline are antibiotics used for many different types of infections, including respiratory tract infections due to Hemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, or Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Brand names for doxycycline include Vibramycin, Oracea, Adoxa, Atridox, Acticlate, Acticlate Cap, Doryx, Doxteric, and Doxy. Tetracycline is only available in generic […]

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Coreg vs. Metoprolol Tartrate

Coreg vs. Metoprolol Tartrate

What is the difference between Coreg and metoprolol tartrate? Carvedilol and metoprolol tartrate are beta-adrenergic blocking agents (beta-blockers) used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and congestive heart failure. Brand names for carvedilol include Coreg and Coreg CR. Brand names for metoprolol tartrate include Lopressor and Toprol XL. Side effects of carvedilol and metoprolol tartrate […]

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Cetirizine vs. Loratadine

Cetirizine vs. Loratadine

What is the difference between cetirizine and loratadine? Cetirizine and loratadine are non-sedating antihistamines used to treat symptoms of allergic reaction such as symptoms of seasonal hay fever (allergic rhinitis) such as sneezing, runny nose, red/watery/itchy eyes, hives, and allergic skin rash. Brand names for Cetirizine include Zyrtec, Zyrtec Allergy, and Zyrtec Hives Relief. Brand […]