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phenazopyridine (Pyridium)

phenazopyridine (Pyridium)

What is phenazopyridine-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Phenazopyridine is an oral urinary analgesic (pain relieving medication). It is available over-the-counter (without a prescription or OTC) in lower strengths, and with a prescription for higher strengths. It is used commonly to treat symptoms of pain, burning, urgency, frequency, and other symptoms associated […]

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hydrochlorothiazide (Microzide, Hydrodiuril)

hydrochlorothiazide (Microzide, Hydrodiuril)

Why is hydrochlorothiazide prescribed to patients? Hydrochlorothiazide is used to treat excessive fluid accumulation and swelling (edema) of the body caused by heart failure, cirrhosis, chronic kidney failure, corticosteroid medications, and nephrotic syndrome. It also is used alone or in conjunction with other blood pressure lowering medications to treat high blood pressure. Although hydrochlorothiazide is […]

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Second Man HIV-Free After Stem Cell Transplant

Second Man HIV-Free After Stem Cell Transplant

In only the second known case worldwide, a man is free of HIV after a stem cell transplant, doctors say. Latest HIV News The London, U.K. patient has not been identified. He was diagnosed with HIV in 2013 and diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2012. He decided in 2016 to have a stem cell transplant […]

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An Outdoor Plan for Walking and Running

An Outdoor Plan for Walking and Running

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Exercise & Fitness News TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Sweating it out on a treadmill is great, especially when the weather is bad. You might even be motivated by watching exciting vistas on an interactive panel. But to keep a walking or running routine from becoming stale, kick […]

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lactulose laxative (Enulose, Generlac)

lactulose laxative (Enulose, Generlac)

What is lactulose, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Lactulose is a man-made sugar that contains two naturally occurring sugars, galactose and fructose. It is not digested in the intestine like other sugars so that it reaches the colon where bacteria digest it and thereby alter the composition of the stool. Lactulose is […]

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phentermine (Adipex-P)

phentermine (Adipex-P)

What is phentermine? Phentermine is a drug that suppresses appetite. Why is phentermine prescribed to patients? Phentermine is combined with diet and exercise for the short-term treatment of obesity in individuals with a body mass index greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 or greater than or equal to 27 kg/m2 with risk factors for […]

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Eli Lilly to Sell Cheaper Version of Insulin Drug

Eli Lilly to Sell Cheaper Version of Insulin Drug

A cheaper version of Eli Lilly’s most popular insulin drug, Humalog, is being introduced by the drug maker. Latest Diabetes News The “authorized generic” of Humalog 100 will sell for $137.35 per vial, 50 percent lower than the list price for Humalog. An authorized generic is identical to the brand-name drug and made in the […]

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Acne Drug Accutane May Not Depress Mood After All

Acne Drug Accutane May Not Depress Mood After All

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter Latest Depression News MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For years, doctors have debated the safety of the acne drug most commonly known as Accutane, but new research suggests the medication does not boost depression risk among its users. “The existing literature to date is quite mixed with regards to […]

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Foot Pain

Foot Pain

What follow-up care is needed after foot pain is treated? There may be follow-up tests, scans, or X-rays. A plan for a gradual return to play should be started once the pain is reduced and muscle strength and flexibility are restored. Temporary bracing and use of custom orthotic device may become necessary to gradually return to […]

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Fibrates (Fibric Acid)

Fibrates (Fibric Acid)

What are fibrates? Fibric acid derivatives (fibrates) are a class of medication that lowers blood triglyceride levels. Fibrates lower blood triglyceride levels by reducing the liver‘s production of VLDL (the triglyceride-carrying particle that circulates in the blood) and by speeding up the removal of triglycerides from the blood. Fibrates also are modestly effective in increasing […]