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nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat, Afeditab)

nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat, Afeditab)

Why is nifedipine prescribed to patients? Nifedipine is used for the treatment and prevention of angina resulting from either an increased workload on the heart (as with exercise) or spasm of the coronary arteries. It is used in the treatment of high blood pressure, to treat abnormally fast heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation, and […]

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Sciatica

Sciatica

Sciatica Treatment Epidural Cortisone Injections for Sciatica From Herniated Disc…Beneficial? A majority of patients with sciatica from disc herniation have resolution of their pain with various conservative measures, including antiinflammatory and muscle-relaxant medications, exercises, physical therapy, and time. However, some 10%-15% of affected patients require surgical procedures to relieve the pain. Learn more about cortisone […]

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FDA Approves Ketamine-Like Drug for Severe Depression

FDA Approves Ketamine-Like Drug for Severe Depression

By Carole Tanzer Miller and E.J. MundellHealthDay Reporters Latest Depression News WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the nasal spray medication esketamine — a relative of the club drug and anesthetic ketamine — for use against severe depression. Sold as Spravato, the fast-acting drug becomes […]

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colestipol (Colestid)

colestipol (Colestid)

What is colestipol, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Colestipol is an oral cholesterol-lowering drug that is not absorbed from the intestine into the body. Rather, it works by binding to bile acids in the intestine and promoting the elimination of bile acids in the stool. Bile acids are formed in the liver […]

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Shoulder and Neck Pain

Shoulder and Neck Pain

What is shoulder and neck pain? Your neck and shoulders contain muscles, bones, nerves, arteries, and veins, as well as many ligaments and other supporting structures. Many conditions can cause pain in the neck and shoulder area. Some are life-threatening (such as heart attack and major trauma), and others are not so dangerous (such as […]

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cholestyramine (Questran)

cholestyramine (Questran)

What is cholestyramine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Cholestyramine is an oral medication that reduces the levels of cholesterol in the blood and improves the itching associated with liver disease. Cholesterol that is ingested or manufactured in the body is eliminated primarily by conversion to bile acids in the liver and excretion […]

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guaifenesin (Robitussin, Mucinex)

guaifenesin (Robitussin, Mucinex)

What brand names are available for guaifenesin? Diabetic Tussin, Geri-Tussin, Robitussin, Fenesin IR, Mucinex, Mucosa, Mucus Relief, Mucus ER Is guaifenesin available as a generic drug? GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes Do I need a prescription for guaifenesin? No What are the uses for guaifenesin? Guaifenesin is used for the treatment of cough associated with colds and […]

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Health Tip: Too Much Screen Time

Health Tip: Too Much Screen Time

(HealthDay News) — Screen devices such as smartphones and TVs are making children more sedentary, the American Heart Association says. This lack of movement is linked to obesity in young people. Latest Healthy Kids News Experts recommend that parents limit children aged 2 to 5 to one hour of screen time per day. Older children […]

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famotidine (Pepcid AC)

famotidine (Pepcid AC)

What is famotidine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Famotidine is an oral drug that blocks the production of acid by acid-producing cells in the stomach. It belongs to a class of drugs called H2 (histamine-2) blockers that also includes cimetidine (Tagamet), nizatidine (Axid), and ranitidine (Zantac). Histamine is a naturally-occurring chemical that […]