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Monoclonal antibody drugs for cancer: How they work

Details: Monoclonal antibody drugs are treatments that enlist your body's germ-fighting immune system against diseases, including cancer. If your health care provider recommends a monoclonal antibody drug as part of your cancer treatment, find out what to expect from this therapy.

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Teen drug abuse: Help your teen avoid drugs

Details: Drug use can result in drug addiction, serious impairment, illness and death. Health risks of commonly used drugs include the following: Cocaine — Risk of heart attack, stroke and seizures; Ecstasy — Risk of liver failure and heart failure; Inhalants — Risk of damage to heart, lungs, liver and kidneys from long-term use; Marijuana — Risk of impairment in memory, learning, problem

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Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs: Understand

Details: Because these drugs are similarly effective, the American College of Physicians recommends that the choice be based on your preferences, including cost, ease of use, how long the drug's effects last and side effects. There are generic versions of sildenafil, vardenafil and tadalafil available.

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What is compassionate use of experimental drugs

Details: Experimental drugs may not have been fully tested, so the range of side effects may be unknown. Some companies don't give access to experimental drugs. Drug companies aren't required to comply with your request for an experimental drug. The company you ask could refuse your request.

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Statins: Are these cholesterol-lowering drugs right for

Details: Statins are drugs that can lower your cholesterol. They work by blocking a substance your body needs to make cholesterol. Lowering cholesterol isn't the only benefit associated with statins. These medications have also been linked to a lower risk of heart disease and stroke.

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Digoxin (Oral Route) Description and Brand Names

Details: Digoxin is used to treat congestive heart failure, usually in combination with a diuretic (water pill) and an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It is also used to treat a heart rhythm problem called atrial fibrillation. Digoxin belongs to the class of medicines called digitalis glycosides. It is used to improve the strength and

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Antidepressants: Selecting one that's right for you

Details: Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs. It may seem as if alcohol or drugs lessen depression symptoms, but in the long run they generally worsen symptoms and make depression harder to treat. Talk with your doctor or therapist if you need help with alcohol or drug problems.

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Osteoporosis treatment: Medications can help

Details: Bone-building drugs include: Teriparatide (Forteo) Abaloparatide (Tymlos) Romosozumab (Evenity) These types of drugs are typically reserved for people who have very low bone density, who have had fractures or whose osteoporosis is caused by steroid medication.

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Alzheimer's: Drugs help manage symptoms

Details: Alzheimer's drugs might be one strategy to help you temporarily manage memory loss, thinking and reasoning problems, and day-to-day function. Unfortunately, Alzheimer's drugs don't work for everyone, and they can't cure the disease or stop its progression. Over time, their effects wear off. Research into more-effective Alzheimer's drugs is ongoing.

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Allergy medications: Know your options

Details: A leukotriene inhibitor is a prescription medication that blocks symptom-causing chemicals called leukotrienes. This oral medication relieves allergy signs and symptoms including nasal congestion, runny nose and sneezing. Only one type of this drug, montelukast (Singulair), is approved for treating hay fever.

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Angina treatment: Stents, drugs, lifestyle changes — What

Details: Also called calcium antagonists, these drugs relax and widen blood vessels by affecting the muscle cells in the arterial walls. This increases blood flow in your heart, reducing or preventing angina. Ranolazine (Ranexa). This anti-angina medication might be prescribed with other angina medications, such as beta blockers.

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Norethindrone (Oral Route) Side Effects

Details: lack of appetite. light-colored stools. light vaginal bleeding between regular menstrual periods. loss of interest or pleasure. migraine headache. nausea and vomiting. numbness of the hands. pain, redness, or swelling in the arm or leg. puffiness or swelling of …

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Remdesivir (Intravenous Route) Side Effects

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Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)

Details: MAOIs can cause serious reactions when you take them with certain medications, such as other antidepressants, certain pain drugs, certain cold and allergy medications, and some herbal supplements. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medication, herbs or other supplements while you

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Aliskiren (Oral Route) Description and Brand Names

Details: Aliskiren is a renin inhibitor. It works by blocking an enzyme in the body that is necessary to produce a substance that causes blood vessels to tighten. As a result, the blood vessels relax and this decreases the blood pressure. When the blood pressure is lowered, the amount of blood and oxygen that go to the heart is increased.

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What are opioids and why are they dangerous

Details: Opioids are a broad group of pain-relieving drugs that work by interacting with opioid receptors in your cells. Opioids can be made from the poppy plant — for example, morphine (Kadian, Ms Contin, others) — or synthesized in a laboratory — for example, fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, others). When opioid medications travel through your blood

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GLP-1 agonists: Diabetes drugs and weight loss

Details: People taking these drugs have seen improvements in their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, though it's not clear whether these benefits are from the medication or the weight loss. The downside to GLP-1 drugs is that all but one has to be taken by injection. And, like any medication, there is a risk of side effects, some serious.

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Colchicine (Oral Route) Description and Brand Names

Details: Colchicine is used to prevent or treat attacks of gout (also called gouty arthritis). This condition is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. An attack of gout occurs when uric acid causes inflammation (pain, redness, swelling, and heat) in a joint. Colchicine does not cure gout, but it will help prevent gout attacks.

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Corticosteroid (Rectal Route) Description and Brand Names

Details: Rectal corticosteroids also are used to help relieve swelling, itching, and discomfort of some other rectal problems, including hemorrhoids and inflammation of the rectum caused by radiation therapy. Rectal corticosteroids are available only with your doctor's prescription. This product is available in the following dosage forms: Foam. Cream.

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Simvastatin (Oral Route) Side Effects

Details: skin rash, hives, or itching. sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips. tightness in the chest. unusual bleeding or bruising. upper right abdominal or stomach pain. weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet. yellow eyes or skin. Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention.

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Rizatriptan (Oral Route) Description and Brand Names

Details: Rizatriptan is used to treat acute migraine headaches in adults and children 6 years of age and older. It is not used to prevent migraine headaches and is not used for cluster headaches. Rizatriptan works in the brain to relieve the pain from migraine headaches. It belongs to the group of medicines called triptans.

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Sulfonamide (Oral Route) Side Effects

Details: diarrhea (watery and severe), which may also be bloody. greatly increased or decreased frequency of urination or amount of urine. increased thirst. lower back pain. mood or mental changes. pain or burning while urinating. swelling of front part of neck. Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

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Tacrine (Oral Route) Description and Brand Names

Details: Tacrine is used to treat the symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. Tacrine will not cure Alzheimer's disease, and it will not stop the disease from getting worse. However, tacrine can improve thinking ability in some patients with Alzheimer's disease. In Alzheimer's disease, many chemical changes take place in the brain.

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Choosing blood pressure medications

Details: These drugs block the action of angiotensin, a chemical in your body that narrows your arteries and veins. ARBs include valsartan (Diovan), losartan (Cozaar) and others. Calcium channel blockers. These medications prevent calcium from entering the cells of your heart and arteries, allowing your arteries to relax and open.

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Cocaine (Topical Route) Description and Brand Names

Details: Cocaine is a local anesthetic. It is applied to certain areas of the body (for example, the nose, mouth, or throat) to cause loss of feeling or numbness. This allows certain kinds of procedures or surgery to be done without causing pain. Cocaine can cause psychological dependence (a strong desire to continue using the medicine because of the

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Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

Details: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They can ease symptoms of moderate to severe depression, are relatively safe and typically cause fewer side effects than other types of antidepressants do.

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Methamphetamine (Oral Route) Side Effects

Details: inability to have or keep an erection. indigestion. loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance. passing of gas. redness of the skin. weight loss. Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

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