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desipramine (Norpramin)

desipramine (Norpramin)

What is desipramine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Desipramine is an oral antidepressant, a member of the tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) family which also includes amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep), and imipramine (Tofranil). Depression is an all-pervasive sense of sadness and gloom. It is believed that in some patients with depression, abnormal levels of neurotransmitters […]

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nefazodone (Serzone)

nefazodone (Serzone)

What is the dosage for nefazodone? The recommended dose range is 150-300 mg twice daily. The maximum dose is 600 mg daily. The starting dose is 100 mg twice daily. Doses may be increased weekly by 100 to 200 mg day in two divided doses. As with all antidepressants, the full effect may take a […]

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Health Tip: Symptoms of Tennis Elbow

Health Tip: Symptoms of Tennis Elbow

(HealthDay News) — Tennis elbow causes pain around the outside of the elbow, says the National Health Service. Often, the condition occurs after strenuous overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm. Latest Chronic Pain News The service mentions these symptoms of tennis elbow: Pain on the outside of your upper forearm. Pain when […]

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Colon Cancer

Colon Cancer

What are colon cancer survival rates? Survival rates for any cancer are often reported by stage, the extent of spread when the cancer is identified. For colon and rectum cancer, around 39% are diagnosed at the local stage, before the cancer has spread outside the local area. The five-year survival for these patients with localized […]

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theophylline (Elixophyllin, Theo-24)

theophylline (Elixophyllin, Theo-24)

What is theophylline, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Theophylline belongs to a class of medications called bronchodilators, used in treating asthma and other airway diseases. Asthma is a breathing problem caused by narrowing of the airways, the breathing passages that allow air to move in and out of the lungs. Airways can […]

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fexofenadine and pseudoephedrine (Allegra-D)

What is fexofenadine and pseudoephedrine? What is Allegra-D used for? Allegra-D is a combination of an antihistamine (fexofenadine) and a decongestant (pseudoephedrine). Fexofenadine is an oral, “second generation” antihistamine that is used to treat the signs and symptoms of allergy and hives. It is similar to the other second generation antihistamines loratadine (Claritin), cetirizine (Zyrtec) […]

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Can we blame procrastination on our genes?

Can we blame procrastination on our genes?

People often assume that procrastination is a choice and that the personality trait — which sees people delay necessary tasks — is a sign of laziness. However, new research suggests that genes may play a role. A new study explores the genetic roots of procrastination. Previous research has associated both biological and psychological factors with […]