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guanfacine (Intuniv, Tenex)

guanfacine (Intuniv, Tenex)

What is guanfacine? What is guanfacine used for? Guanfacine is an oral, centrally-acting alpha 2A adrenergic receptor agonist. It is available in two different formulations, Tenex immediate release tablets and Intuniv extended release tablets. Tenex is used alone or in combination with other medications for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure). Guanfacine reduces blood […]

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olanzapine (Zyprexa, Zydis)

olanzapine (Zyprexa, Zydis)

What is olanzapine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Olanzapine is a drug that is used to treat schizophrenia and acute manic episodes associated with bipolar I disorder. Olanzapine belongs to a drug class known as atypical antipsychotics. Other members of this class include clozapine (Clozaril), risperidone (Risperdal), aripiprazole (Abilify) and ziprasidone (Geodon). […]

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promethazine, Phenergan, Phenadoz, Promethegan

promethazine, Phenergan, Phenadoz, Promethegan

What are the side effects of promethazine? Promethazine causes sedation, confusion, and disorientation. In children less than two it can depress respiration and lead to death. Therefore, it should not be used in children less than two years old. Dizziness may also occur. Ironically, promethazine sometimes stimulates patients, particularly children. Such stimulation may be manifest […]

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sodium chloride, potassium chloride, sodium lactate and calcium (Lactated Ringer’s Solution)

sodium chloride, potassium chloride, sodium lactate and calcium (Lactated Ringer’s Solution)

What is Lactated Ringer’s solution, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Lactated Ringer’s is a sterile solution for fluid and electrolyte replenishment. It restores fluid and electrolyte balances, produces diuresis, and acts as alkalizing agent (reduces acidity). The FDA approved Ringer’s solution in plastic containers in 1971. What brand names are available for […]

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Eliquis (apixaban)

Eliquis (apixaban)

What are the uses for Eliquis ? Eliquis is used for reducing the risk of blood clots in the heart and strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation who have no problems with their heart valves (nonvalvular atrial fibrillation). It also is used for treating and preventing deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism in patients […]

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Where a Woman’s Fat Lies Hints at Future Heart Troubles

Where a Woman’s Fat Lies Hints at Future Heart Troubles

Latest Heart News MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — If you’re an older woman, your heart disease risk might be shaped by the shape of your body. Researchers report that if you look more like an apple than a pear, your chances of heart trouble are heightened, even if you are a normal weight. […]

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Most Americans Have Never Had an HIV Test: CDC

Most Americans Have Never Had an HIV Test: CDC

Latest HIV News FRIDAY, June 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Fewer than 4 in 10 Americans have ever heeded federal government recommendations to be tested for HIV, health officials reported Thursday. “Getting tested for HIV is quicker and easier than ever before — and when you take the test, you take control,” said Dr. Eugene […]