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Health Tip: Make Snow Days Heart-Safe

Health Tip: Make Snow Days Heart-Safe

(HealthDay News) — For some, strenuous winter activities can be hard on the heart. Simply walking through or shoveling snow can be especially dangerous for those with cardiovascular disease, the American Heart Association says. Latest Heart News To make snowy days safer, the AHA suggests: Take breaks. Learn the heart attack warning signs. Avoid alcohol […]

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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

What are side effects of HIV therapy? There are many potential side effects associated with antiviral therapies. The most common ones for each class of drug are summarized in readily available product information. Some specific toxicities are summarized by class below. NRTIs Most NRTIs can cause mild nausea and loose stools. In general, these symptoms […]

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esomeprazole (Nexium)

esomeprazole (Nexium)

What is esomeprazole, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Esomeprazole is in a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) which block the production of acid by the stomach. Other drugs in the same class include omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), rabeprazole (Aciphex) and pantoprazole (Protonix). Chemically, esomeprazole is very similar to omeprazole. […]

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diphenoxylate and atropine (Lomotil)

diphenoxylate and atropine (Lomotil)

What is diphenoxylate and atropine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Lomotil is a combination of two drugs, diphenoxylate and atropine. It is used to treat acute diarrhea (diarrhea of limited duration). Diphenoxylate is a man-made narcotic chemically related to meperidine (Demerol). Like other narcotics, diphenoxylate reduces diarrhea by interfering with the propulsion […]

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Health Tip: Dietary Fat Finds

Health Tip: Dietary Fat Finds

(HealthDay News) — Some diets encourage fats and some advocate against them. But which is healthiest? Latest Diet & Weight Management News Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health agree that there is no universally optimal amount of fat consumption. For most people who want to maintain a healthy weight and lower […]

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Coping With Diabetes Is a Family Affair

Coping With Diabetes Is a Family Affair

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter Latest Diabetes News FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — When Giuseppina Miller’s 8-year-old son, Peter, was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, he necessarily got a lot of his parents’ attention. “We tried to adjust pretty well, but I was getting no sleep because I had to check his blood […]

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tramadol and acetaminophen (Ultracet)

tramadol and acetaminophen (Ultracet)

What is tramadol and acetaminophen, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Ultracet is a combination of two drugs, tramadol (Ultram) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) that is used to relieve moderate, acute pain such as pain following dental or surgical procedures. Tramadol and acetaminophen each relieve pain, but they do so by different mechanisms. Tramadol […]

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Medical Pot: An Elixir for the Elderly?

Medical Pot: An Elixir for the Elderly?

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Chronic Pain News THURSDAY, Feb. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Your grandparents’ chronic aches and pains might best be eased with a little weed, a new study suggests. Not only did folks over 75 who took medical marijuana report less pain, their use of pot-based capsules, tinctures and e-cigarettes allowed […]

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rosuvastatin, Crestor

rosuvastatin, Crestor

What is rosuvastatin, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Rosuvastatin is an oral drug for lowering blood cholesterol levels. It belongs to a class of drugs called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, more commonly referred to as “statins.” Other drugs in this class include These drugs reduce cholesterol levels by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme […]

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ezetimibe (Zetia)

ezetimibe (Zetia)

What is ezetimibe, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Ezetimibe is an oral drug that is used for the treatment of elevated blood cholesterol. The most commonly used class of drugs for lowering cholesterol levels, the statins, act by preventing the production of cholesterol by the liver. Ezetimibe has a different mechanism of […]