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sulfasalazine (Azulfidine)

sulfasalazine (Azulfidine)

What is Azulfidine? Sulfasalazine is a drug that is used primarily for treating ulcerative colitis. Why is Azulfidine prescribed to patients? Sulfasalazine is used for the treatment of mild to severe ulcerative colitis, and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. It has also been used “off label” (unapproved by the FDA) for Crohn’s disease and ankylosing spondylitis. […]

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<i>H. pylori</i> (<i>Helicobacter Pylori</i>) Infection

H. pylori (Helicobacter Pylori) Infection

Which specialties of doctors treat H. pylori infection? Many individuals can be treated by their primary doctors; however, some people may need specialists like infectious disease specialists, gastroenterologists and possibly a surgeon to help manage and/or treat the person with H. pylori infection. Is there a test to diagnose H. pylori infection? Accurate and simple […]

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attapulgite (Kaopectate)

attapulgite (Kaopectate)

What is attapulgite, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Attapulgite is an oral, nonabsorbed medication that is used in the management of diarrhea. It works by adsorbing (binding) large numbers of bacteria and toxins and reducing the loss of water. Attapulgite reduces the number of bowel movements, improves the consistency of loose or […]

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orlistat (Xenical, Alli)

orlistat (Xenical, Alli)

What are the uses for orlistat? What brand names are available for orlistat? Xenical, alli Is orlistat available as a generic drug? No Do I need a prescription for orlistat? Orlistat yes, Alli no What are the side effects of orlistat? The most common side effects of orlistat are: oily spotting on underwear, flatulence, urgent […]

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flurbiprofen (Ansaid)

What is flurbiprofen, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Flurbiprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) effective in treating fever, pain, and inflammation in the body. It is similar to ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), naproxen (Naprosyn), and others. As a group, NSAIDs are non-narcotic relievers of mild to moderate pain of many causes, […]

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Nasal Allergy Medications

Nasal steroid sprays Steroids are naturally-occurring hormones that are produced by the adrenal glands. The corticosteroids have potent anti-inflammatory effects and are very effective in treating allergic inflammation in the nose. They are a “controller” type medication and work best when used on a regular “preventative” basis. They are usually only available by prescription. With […]

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calcium carbonate (Caltrate 600, Os-Cal 500, Tums)

calcium carbonate (Caltrate 600, Os-Cal 500, Tums)

What is calcium carbonate? Why is it used? Most people know that calcium is needed for strong bones, but it’s also needed to help blood vessels and muscles contract and expand, to send messages through the nervous system, and to secrete hormones and enzymes. This is the most abundant mineral in your body and makes […]

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isotretinoin (Accutane, Claravis, Amnesteem, Absorica, Zenatane)

isotretinoin (Accutane, Claravis, Amnesteem, Absorica, Zenatane)

What is isotretinoin, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Isotretinoin is an oral drug used for the treatment and prevention of severe acne. Acne is caused by inflammation of the skin. It primarily affects teenagers, but it also affects adults. Severe acne causes permanent scarring of the skin. The inflammation is caused in […]