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idarucizumab (Praxbind)

idarucizumab (Praxbind)

What is idarucizumab, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Dabigatran prevents blood clots by binding to thrombin and preventing thrombin from combining with other proteins to form a blood clot. Dabigatran increases the risk of bleeding because it reduces the ability of blood to clot. Patients who are taking dabigatran may develop serious […]

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raltegravir (Isentress)

raltegravir (Isentress)

What is raltegravir, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Raltegravir (Isentress) is an antiretroviral medicine approved for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Raltegravir is an integrase inhibitor similar to elvitegravir (Vitekta) and dolutegravir (Tivicay). Raltegravir slows the spread of HIV infection by blocking the HIV integrase enzyme required for virus […]

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Viekira Pak (ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir, and dasabuvir)

Viekira Pak (ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir, and dasabuvir)

What is Viekira Pak? What is Viekira Pak used for? Viekira Pak is a combination of drugs used to treat patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1. It contains four medicines, dasabuvir, ombitasvir, paritaprevir, and ritonavir. Viekira Pak belongs to a class of drugs called direct-acting antiviral agents. Similar drugs include Dasabuvir, ombitasvir, and […]

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Harvoni (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir)

Harvoni (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir)

Which drugs or supplements interact with Harvoni ? Acid reducing agents which are commonly used to treat heartburn, indigestion, and GERD may decrease the effectiveness of Harvoni treatment by decreasing blood levels of ledipasvir. Examples of acid reducing agents include antacids, histamine 2 receptor antagonists, for example, famotidine (Pepcid), and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), for […]

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Avandamet (rosiglitazone/metformin)

Avandamet (rosiglitazone/metformin)

What brand names are available for rosiglitazone/metformin? Avandamet Is rosiglitazone/metformin available as a generic drug? Yes Do I need a prescription for rosiglitazone/metformin? Yes What are the side effects of rosiglitazone/metformin? The most common side effects include Taking Avandamet with food may help lessen some of these side effects. Other commonly reported side effects include […]

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Health Tip: Treating Tonsillitis

Health Tip: Treating Tonsillitis

Cold & Flu Quiz: Influenza vs. Common Cold Learn flu symptoms, common cold symptoms, the difference between influenza and the common cold, and other facts. Find out how to prevent and avoid the contagious viruses that cause cold and influenza, and learn treatments for associated aches, pain, and fever. Read more: Cold & Flu Quiz: […]

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Easy Neck Stretches for Tension Relief

Easy Neck Stretches for Tension Relief

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Chronic Pain News WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — It can happen when you’re stuck in traffic, or hunched over for hours at your desk, or even sitting in the stands watching your child’s lacrosse game — that painful twinge in the back of your neck. These fast and […]

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Paperwork, High Costs Could Mean Worse Survival for Lung Cancer Patients

Paperwork, High Costs Could Mean Worse Survival for Lung Cancer Patients

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Cancer News TUESDAY, Sept. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Drugs called tyrosine kinase inhibitors can help certain patients with advanced lung cancer live longer and better. But high out-of-pocket costs might stand in the way, a preliminary study suggests. Researchers found that of 106 patients who started tyrosine kinase inhibitors […]