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Thiazides (Diuretics)

Thiazides (Diuretics)

What are thiazide diuretics, and how do they work? Thiazide diuretics (water pills) are medications that are used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and reduce fluid accumulation in the body. They work by reducing the ability of the kidneys to reabsorb salt and water from the urine and into the body thereby increasing the […]

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irbesartan (Avapro)

irbesartan (Avapro)

What is irbesartan, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Irbesartan is an oral medication that is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and diabetic nephropathy or kidney disease. It belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) which also includes valsartan (Diovan), losartan (Cozaar), and candesartan (Atacand). Angiotensin, formed […]

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Meds for Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Help the Heart — But Maybe Not the Mind

Meds for Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Help the Heart — But Maybe Not the Mind

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter Latest High Blood Pressure News WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — While effective at cutting heart risks, blood pressure and cholesterol drugs may not help preserve seniors’ brain health, new research finds. That conclusion came from the tracking of more than 1,600 men and women in 21 countries. Over an […]

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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), […]