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Nitrates (Medication)

Nitrates (Medication)

What are nitrates (nitrate medications)? Nitrates are medications used for treating or preventing heart pain (angina, chest pain) caused by heart disease, usually of the arteries in the heart. What are examples of nitrates available in the United States? Examples of generic and brand names of nitrates include: nitroglycerin sublingual tablet (Nitrostat) nitroglycerin lingual aerosol […]

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Has America’s Fight Against HIV Stalled?

Has America’s Fight Against HIV Stalled?

Latest HIV News WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The battle against new HIV infections has lost some steam in recent years, a new report shows. After about five years of significant declines, the number of new HIV infections began to level off in 2013, at about 39,000 infections per year, the U.S. Centers […]

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Exercise Secrets to a Better Bottom

Exercise Secrets to a Better Bottom

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Exercise & Fitness News THURSDAY, Feb. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — If you’re bored with doing squats for a better bottom, it’s time to vary your workout. For a study sponsored by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), scientists at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse evaluated popular exercises for the […]

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ranitidine, Zantac

ranitidine, Zantac

What is ranitidine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Ranitidine is an oral drug that blocks the production of acid by acid-producing cells in the stomach. It belongs to a class of drugs called H2 (histamine-2) blockers that also includes cimetidine (Tagamet), nizatidine (Axid), and famotidine (Pepcid). Histamine is a naturally-occurring chemical that […]

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Carafate (sucralfate)

Carafate (sucralfate)

Do I need a prescription for Carafate (sucralfate)? Yes What are the uses for Carafate (sucralfate)? Carafate is used for the treatment of peptic ulcer disease and to prevent recurrent ulcers after healing of the ulcer has been achieved. Carafate also has been used to relieve or prevent ulcers caused by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), […]

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amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep)

amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep)

What is amitriptyline, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Amitriptyline is in the class of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and is used for treating depression. Other drugs in the same class include: Individuals with depression may have an imbalance in neurotransmitters, chemicals that nerves make and use to communicate with other nerves. […]

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Pain Medications (Narcotics)

Pain Medications (Narcotics)

What are narcotic pain medications (opioids, analgesics)? Narcotic medications are used for treating moderate to severe pain. Narcotic pain medications attach to receptors on nerves in the brain that increase the threshold to pain (i.e., the amount of stimulation it takes to feel pain), and reduce the perception of pain (the perceived importance of the […]

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Lyrica (pregabalin)

Lyrica (pregabalin)

What is Lyrica (pregabalin)? Lyrica (pregabalin) is an oral medication that is chemically related to gabapentin (Gralise, Neurontin). It is used for treating pain caused by neurologic diseases such as postherpetic neuralgia as well as seizures. It also is used for treating fibromyalgia. Is Lyrica (pregabalin) available as a generic drug? Yes Do I need […]