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pseudoephedrine (Oral, Afrinol, Sudafed)

pseudoephedrine (Oral, Afrinol, Sudafed)

What is pseudoephedrine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant used for reducing nasal congestion caused by allergies or the common cold. Pseudoephedrine causes blood vessels in the nasal passages to shrink (vasoconstrict). Vasoconstriction reduces nasal congestion by preventing fluid from draining from blood vessels into nasal passages. Pseudoephedrine also […]

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CBP Won’t Vaccinate Migrants Against Flu

CBP Won’t Vaccinate Migrants Against Flu

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency’s announcement that it won’t vaccinate migrants is being slammed by public health experts. Latest Cold and Flu News Since December, three migrant children in U.S custody have died after coming down with the flu, CNN reported. “In general, due to […]

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moxifloxacin (Avelox)

moxifloxacin (Avelox)

What is moxifloxacin? What is moxifloxacin used for? Moxifloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. Other fluoroquinolones include ciprofloxacin (Cipro), norfloxacin (Noroxin), and ofloxacin (Floxin). Moxifloxacin works by blocking DNA gyrase enzyme, which is responsible for production and repair of bacterial DNA. Blocking of DNA gyrase leads to bacteria death and prevents worsening of infection. Moxifloxacin treats […]

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Health Tip: Treating the Chills at Home

Health Tip: Treating the Chills at Home

(HealthDay News) — The chills refers to an episode of shivering, along with paleness and feeling cold. Most commonly, the chills are associated with fever, says Mount Sinai Hospital. They are the body’s way of producing heat when it feels cold. Latest Cold and Flu News To treat the chills at home, Mount Sinai recommends: […]

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amantadine (Symmetrel – Discontinued)

amantadine (Symmetrel – Discontinued)

What is amantadine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Amantadine is a synthetic (man-made) anti-viral drug that can inhibit the replication of viruses in cells. To prevent a viral infection, the drug should be present before exposure to the virus. Clearly, this is not practical for most viral infections. It was initially used […]

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Health Tip: Getting Rid of a Runny Nose

Health Tip: Getting Rid of a Runny Nose

(HealthDay News) — From chilly temperatures to the flu or allergies, a runny nose has a variety of causes. A prescription antibiotic usually is not needed to treat a runny nose, says Cleveland Clinic. Latest Cold and Flu News To get rid of a runny nose, Cleveland Clinic suggests: Rest as much as possible. Drink […]

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Are Too Many Kids Prescribed Antihistamines?

Are Too Many Kids Prescribed Antihistamines?

Latest Cold and Flu News TUESDAY, July 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Many U.S. doctors are much less likely to recommend cough and cold medicines for young children ever since experts advised against it in 2008, new research shows. That’s the good news. The bad news? Physicians are still more likely to recommend antihistamines for […]

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19 Tips on How to Stop a Cough

19 Tips on How to Stop a Cough

What causes coughing? Picture of a Man is Coughing with Respirator Infections A cough is a reflex that helps clear your airways of irritants. Nerves in the airways become stimulated by allergens, medical conditions, medications, and other irritants, resulting in a forceful expulsion of air from the lungs. There are numerous causes for coughing. Common […]

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norfloxacin (Noroxin)

norfloxacin (Noroxin)

What is norfloxacin? What is norfloxacin used for? Norfloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. Other fluoroquinolones include ciprofloxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin), and ofloxacin (Floxin). Norfloxacin works by blocking DNA gyrase enzyme, which is responsible for production and repair of bacterial DNA. Blocking of DNA gyrase leads to bacteria death and prevents worsening of infection. Norfloxacin treats […]

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penicillin V

penicillin V

What is penicillin V? What are the uses for penicillin V (phenoxymethyl penicillin)? Penicillin V is effective for treatment of laryngitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, and soft tissue and skin infections caused by susceptible bacteria. It also is used for preventing recurrence of rheumatic fever and chorea (a disorder of uncontrolled movement of the body). Only mild […]