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prazosin (Minipress)

prazosin (Minipress)

What is prazosin-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Prazosin (Minipress) is an oral medicine used to treat high blood pressure. Prazosin is a competitive alpha-1 adrenergic receptor blocker. By blocking alpha-1 receptors on muscle cesll that surround blood vessels, prazosin causes vasodilation (widening) of the blood vessels, and consequently decreases the resistance […]

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losartan and hydrochlorothiazide (Hyzaar)

losartan and hydrochlorothiazide (Hyzaar)

What is losartan and hydrochlorothiazide, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Hyzaar is a combination of losartan (Cozaar) and hydrochlorothiazide and is used for treating high blood pressure. Losartan is an oral medication that belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). Other ARBs include irbesartan (Avapro), valsartan (Diovan), and […]

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captopril (Capoten)

captopril (Capoten)

What is the dosage for captopril? The recommended dose of captopril for treating hypertension in adults is 25-150 mg two or three times daily. The maximum dose is 450 mg daily. The dose for treating heart failure is 6.25 to 12.5 mg every 8 hours. The target dose is 50 mg every 8 hours and […]

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Sprains and Strains

Sprains and Strains

What causes a sprain or strain? Sprains and strains occur when the body is put under physical stress. In these situations, muscles and joints are forced to perform movements for which they are not prepared or designed. An injury can occur from a single stressful incident, contact sports, or it may gradually arise after many […]

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Get in Shape for Tennis and Other Racquet Sports

Get in Shape for Tennis and Other Racquet Sports

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Exercise & Fitness News MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Playing singles tennis is a great way to have fun and exercise, and if you have access to an indoor court, it can be a year-round workout option that builds camaraderie along with muscle tone. But before you hit […]

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paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva)

paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva)

What is paroxetine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Paroxetine is an oral drug that is used for treating depression. It is in a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a class that also contains fluoxetine (Prozac), citalopram (Celexa), and sertraline (Zoloft). Paroxetine affects neurotransmitters, the chemicals that nerves within […]

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Fever

Fever

When should someone seek medical care for a fever? A fever over 104 F/40 C in children and adults is considered dangerous. Seek medical attention immediately. Any child below 3 months of age who has a temperature of 100.4 F (38 C) or greater should be seen by a physician. If a child or adult […]