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methyldopa (Aldomet)

methyldopa (Aldomet)

What is methyldopa? What is methyldopa used for? Methyldopa is an oral medication used to lower blood pressure. Although the exact mechanism of action is not yet understood, methyldopa is thought to lower blood pressure by activating receptors (alpha-2 receptors) in the central nervous system and by reducing the concentration of epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine, and […]

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Exercising When You Have High Blood Pressure

Exercising When You Have High Blood Pressure

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest High Blood Pressure News FRIDAY, July 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — High blood pressure is a serious risk factor for heart disease, stroke and other life-threatening medical conditions. While many people need medication and dietary changes to control their blood pressure, exercise is a key component of nearly every management […]

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Vaginal Pain (Vulvodynia)

Vaginal Pain (Vulvodynia)

Vaginal pain and vulvodynia definitions and facts Illustration of Vagina Vulvodynia (vaginal pain) refers to pain in the area of the vulva and vaginal opening for which no cause can be identified. Vulvodynia is not related to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The exact cause of vulvodynia is not known. Symptoms include a burning, throbbing, or […]

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ofloxacin, Floxin (Discontinued Brand)

ofloxacin, Floxin (Discontinued Brand)

What is ofloxacin? What are the uses for ofloxacin? Ofloxacin is an antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections. It belongs to the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics which includes levofloxacin (Levaquin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gatifloxacin (Tequin), norfloxacin (Noroxin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), trovafloxacin (Trovan) and others. Ofloxacin stops the multiplication of bacteria by inhibiting the reproduction and […]

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itraconazole, Sporanox

itraconazole, Sporanox

Which drugs or supplements interact with itraconazole? Itraconazole reduces the liver metabolism (breakdown) of some drugs, resulting in increased blood levels and side effects from the affected drugs. Life-threatening adverse effects occurred when itraconazole was combined with cisapride (no longer available in the U.S.), pimozide (Orap), quinidine (Quinaglute, Quinidex), dofetilide (Tikosyn), or levomethadyl (Orlaam). Therefore, […]

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WIC Changes Improve Moms’ and Babies’ Health

WIC Changes Improve Moms’ and Babies’ Health

Latest Pregnancy News WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Major changes to a U.S. federal nutrition program for the poor have made both women and their babies healthier, a new study finds. Known as WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children has been around since the 1970s. Changes in 2009 […]

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pyridostigmine (Mestinon)

pyridostigmine (Mestinon)

What is oral pyridostigmine? What are the uses for oral pyridostigmine? Pyridostigmine (Mestinon) is an oral cholinesterase inhibitor. Acetylcholine is one of many neurotransmitters in our bodies. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that help our cells communicate with each other. Depending on the organ that it acts upon, acetylcholine produces different effects. One important function of acetylcholine […]

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Brain Aneurysm

Brain Aneurysm

Brain Aneurysm Symptoms and Signs A brain aneurysm is a bulging area within the wall of an artery that supplies the brain. In most cases, brain aneurysms do not produce symptoms. In some cases, the aneurysm may cause symptoms by pushing on other areas of the brain. Depending on the size of the aneurysm and […]

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Surgeons Give 13 Paralyzed Adults Hand, Arm Movement

Surgeons Give 13 Paralyzed Adults Hand, Arm Movement

Latest Neurology News FRIDAY, July 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Thirteen paralyzed young adults have regained elbow and hand movement after undergoing complex surgery in Australia, surgeons report. The patients now brush their hair and teeth, feed themselves and put on makeup — tasks that were impossible before the “nerve transfer” surgery, the doctors report […]

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Concussion Recovery Isn’t the Same for Every Football Player

Concussion Recovery Isn’t the Same for Every Football Player

Latest Neurology News WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Certain high school and college athletes require a longer-than-normal recovery period after a concussion. Researchers say blood tests can predict which ones. “With so many people sustaining concussions and a sizable number of them having prolonged symptoms and recovery, any tools we can develop to […]