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magnesium citrate (Citrate of Magnesia, Citroma)

magnesium citrate (Citrate of Magnesia, Citroma)

Summary Magnesium citrate (Citrate of Magnesia, Citroma) is an OTC medicine that retains water in the intestines to relieve constipation. A magnesium citrate supplement is used for treating heartburn. Side effects include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, bloating, and an electrolyte imbalance. Dosage depends whether it is an adult or child being treated. Magnesium citrate interacts with […]

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Viagra: The Little Blue Pill That Could

Viagra: The Little Blue Pill That Could

Once upon a time, there was a little blue pill. Its inventors were trying to treat heart disease and prevent heart attacks and found that the little blue pill could dilate blood vessels. The theory was that angina or chest pain could be decreased when more red blood cells carrying oxygen were delivered to heart […]

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Tylenol Toxicity

Tylenol Toxicity

DOCTOR’S VIEW ARCHIVE DALLAS-Just because you can buy many medicines without a prescription doesn’t mean they’re entirely safe. Over-the-counter drugs can kill you. Consider Tylenol and other medications containing its active ingredient, acetaminophen. Acetaminophen can be highly toxic. At Parkland Memorial Hospital (where President Kennedy died) in Dallas, acetaminophen is for example the #1 cause […]

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Seldane Removed From U.S. Market Over Safety Concerns

Seldane Removed From U.S. Market Over Safety Concerns

DOCTOR’S VIEWS ARCHIVE (January 5, 1998) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently requested the removal of terfenadine (SELDANE) and terfenadine plus pseudoephedrine (SELDANE- D) from the market in the United States. For those following the story, the news is not surprising. In January of 1997, the FDA recommended that the terfenadine-containing drugs be […]

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Radio ID Tags For US Drugs (RFID)

Radio ID Tags For US Drugs (RFID)

DOCTOR’S VIEW ARCHIVE Medical Authors and Editors: Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D. and Frederick Hecht, M.D. November 15, 2004 — The Food and Drug Administration and major drug makers are expected to announce today that they will put tiny radio antennas on the labels of millions of medicine bottles to combat counterfeiting, according to Gardiner Harris […]

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Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse

Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MDMedical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr. FACP, FACR In 2010, around 7 million people in the U.S. were “nonmedical” users of prescription drugs. This amounts to about 2.7% of the total population. Estimates of the number of people who have used a prescription drug for a nonmedical use are even […]

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Plavix and TTP

Plavix and TTP

DOCTOR’S VIEW ARCHIVE Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a serious, potentially fatal condition in which blood clots form in the arteries. The clots block the flow of blood to the organs, especially the brain and kidneys, and damage them. In addition, destruction of red blood cells and platelets within the arteries causes anemia and bleeding. […]

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Pharmacy Visit, How To Get The Most Out of Your Visit

Pharmacy Visit, How To Get The Most Out of Your Visit

Medical Author: Omudhome Ogbru, Pharm.D.Medical Editor: Jay Marks, M.D. Although most people have visited a pharmacy, very few people are aware of all of the services that pharmacists can provide. What goes on behind the pharmacy’s glass partition? Why does it take so long to get a prescription filled? This article discusses the role of […]

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Propofol (Diprivan) Safety

Propofol (Diprivan) Safety

Propofol (Diprivan) Safety Medical Author: Benjamin C. Wedro, MD, FACEP, FAAEMMedical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD Propofol is a drug that was on trial as causing the death of the music icon. Guilt by association: not the doctor who administered the drug but for the propofol itself. Here is a perfectly fine anesthetic agent, minding […]

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Medication Disposal

Medication Disposal

Medical Author: Benjamin C. Wedro, MD, FAAEm, FACEPMedical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr., MD, FACP, FACR When you look into your medicine cabinet, you see your medical history. The leftover pain medication from knee surgery, the few antibiotic pills you forgot to finish once you felt better, the cholesterol lowering medication that caused liver inflammation. […]