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sodium bicarbonate (Alka-Seltzer)

sodium bicarbonate (Alka-Seltzer)

What is sodium bicarbonate? Sodium bicarbonate (Alka-Seltzer Heartburn Relief) is an alkalinizing agent (antacid) that reduces stomach acid. It is a commonly used antacid to treat heartburn, acid ingestion and upset stomach. Is sodium bicarbonate available as a generic drug? Yes. Do I need a prescription for sodium bicarbonate? No. Why is sodium bicarbonate prescribed […]

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potassium chloride (K-Dur, K-Lor, K-Tab, Kaon CL)

potassium chloride (K-Dur, K-Lor, K-Tab, Kaon CL)

What is potassium chloride, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Potassium preparations are used for supplementing potassium in order to treat or prevent low potassium levels in the blood (hypokalemia). Potassium is a major mineral (electrolyte) that is important for the function of every cell in the body. For example, it is important […]

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levofloxacin (Levaquin) Side Effects and Adverse Effects

levofloxacin (Levaquin) Side Effects and Adverse Effects

Other consumer side effects for levofloxacin (Levaquin)* SIDE EFFECTS: Drowsiness, dizziness, and weakness may occur. These side effects are more common during the first 4 weeks and usually lessen as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication […]

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Bentyl (dicyclomine) vs. Linzess (linaclotide)

Bentyl (dicyclomine) vs. Linzess (linaclotide)

Dicyclomine vs. Linzess: What’s the difference? Dicyclomine and Linzess (linaclotide) are used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Linzess is specifically used to treat symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with constipation. It is also used to treat chronic constipation of unknown cause (idiopathic constipation). Dicyclomine and Linzess belong to different drug classes. Dicyclomine is […]

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dicyclomine (Bentyl) vs. hyoscyamine (Levbid)

dicyclomine (Bentyl) vs. hyoscyamine (Levbid)

Dicyclomine vs. hyoscyamine: What’s the difference? Dicyclomine and hyoscyamine are anticholinergics used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  Hyoscyamine is also used to treat peptic ulcer disease, hypermotility of the lower urinary tract, and gastrointestinal disorders.  A brand name for dicyclomine is Bentyl.  Brand names for hyoscyamine include Levbid, Levsin, Nulev, and Anaspaz.  Side effects of dicyclomine and hyoscyamine that are similar include dry mouth, blurred vision, confusion, constipation, difficulty urinating, changes in taste, headache, nervousness, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, impotence, […]

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Bentyl (dicyclomine) vs. Librax (chlordiazepoxide HCL and clidinium bromide)

Bentyl (dicyclomine) vs. Librax (chlordiazepoxide HCL and clidinium bromide)

Dicyclomine vs. Librax: What’s the difference? Dicyclomine and Librax (chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride and clidinium bromide) are used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Librax is also used to treat peptic ulcer disease. It also may be useful in management of acute gastroenteritis (stomach flu). Dicyclomine and Librax belong to different drug classes. Dicyclomine is an anticholinergic […]

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Health Tip: Prevent Bloating

Health Tip: Prevent Bloating

(HealthDay News) — Bloating occurs when the gastrointestinal tract fills with air or gas. This uncomfortable feeling can be caused by eating certain foods and constipation, among other reasons. Latest Digestion News To prevent bloating, the American Academy of Family Physicians says you should avoid: Foods known to cause gas, such as beans and lentils. […]

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Dicyclomine vs. Donnatal

Dicyclomine vs. Donnatal

Dicyclomine vs. Donnatal: What’s the difference? Dicyclomine and Donnatal (belladonna/phenobarbital) are used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dicyclomine and Donnatal belong to different drug classes. Dicyclomine is an anticholinergic and Donnatal is a combination of an anticholinergic/antispasmodic. A brand name for dicyclomine is Bentyl. Side effects of dicyclomine and Donnatal that are similar include […]

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Woman’s Suddenly Purple Pee Had Doctors Guessing

Woman’s Suddenly Purple Pee Had Doctors Guessing

By E.J. MundellHealthDay Reporter Latest Digestion News WEDNESDAY, Oct. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — No ‘purple rain’ jokes, please. A 70-year-old French woman hospitalized for stroke left her physicians puzzled after her urine took on an unusual hue. Ten days after receiving a urinary catheter as part of her post-stroke treatment, “her urine appeared purple,” […]