Drugs

Doxycycline is an antibiotic that can treat various bacterial infections. People can use oral or injectable forms. Sometimes, doctors use doxycycline to treat lung, nose, and throat infections. People can also use doxycycline to treat acne and rosacea. Doxycycline may not be appropriate for everyone. It may interact with some other drugs and can cause
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FDA warning: Differentiation syndrome This drug has a boxed warning. This is the most serious warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A boxed warning alerts doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous. Xospata may cause differentiation syndrome, a dangerous condition in which certain cells change and grow in number. Symptoms
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What is Nucala? Nucala is a brand-name prescription medication. It’s used to treat two conditions: severe eosinophilic asthma in adults and children ages 12 years and older. With this kind of severe asthma, you have high levels of eosinophils (a type of white blood cell). For treating this condition, Nucala is approved as an add-on
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Viagra is a drug that helps treat erectile dysfunction. It improves blood flow to the penis, and its effects can last for up to 4 hours. Erectile dysfunction is a common condition that can affect males of any age. Males with this condition are unable to reach or maintain an erection to engage in sexual
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Many oral and topical treatments are available to improve acne. Doctors prescribe gels, creams, and ointments that contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and others. Researchers estimate that acne affects about 85% of teenagers, but it can persist into adulthood. Women may be more likely to experience acne than men. Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are
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Paxil is an antidepressant in the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor class. Doctors prescribe Paxil to treat major depressive disorder. Paxil is the brand name of a generic drug paroxetine. Doctors may prescribe Paxil for other uses, too. In this article, we review the various uses, side effects, warnings, and drug interactions of Paxil. What can
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Celexa is the brand name of a generic drug called citalopram, which is an antidepressant in the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. Doctors prescribe Celexa to treat major depressive disorder. Some doctors may also prescribe Celexa for other conditions that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have not yet approved it to treat. These
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Blood clotting is a vital process that prevents excessive bleeding following an injury to a blood vessel. However, a blood clot can sometimes form inside a blood vessel that has not sustained any damage. Some clots may also fail to dissolve fully once an injury has healed. These clots can travel through the circulatory system
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The Food and Drugs Administration have approved Strattera and Vyvanse to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adults. Strattera (atomoxetine) and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) have different mechanisms of action to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Strattera is a nonstimulant drug while Vyvanse is a stimulant. There are some differences in their side effects,
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Statins are a class of drug that reduces levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood. Doctors sometimes refer to this simply as “bad” cholesterol. Statins are some of the only cholesterol lowering drugs that demonstrably reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. This article explores why a person may want to come
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New research reviews the evidence behind the benefits of drug ‘microdosing’ and suggests that more “rigorous, placebo-controlled clinical studies” are necessary. New research examines the benefits of the active compound in magic mushrooms. The practice of microdosing — that is, taking small doses of psychedelic drugs, such as psilocybin or N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), to improve mental
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Guanfacine, under the brand name Intuniv, and Adderall are prescription drugs that treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Both drugs help treat the disorder, which people commonly refer to as ADHD, but they work in different ways. In the case of Adderall, it is a stimulant. Conversely, guanfacine is a nonstimulant. In this respect, they are
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An inhaler works most effectively when the user manages to deliver their medication in a slow, controlled fashion. Adding a spacer to an inhaler can help a person achieve this goal. Spacers are especially useful for children who may otherwise have difficulty using an inhaler. In this article, we discuss how spacers work, their benefits,
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Naltrexone, in low doses, has recently become a popular drug for treating multiple sclerosis. This is an off-label use, and research into its effectiveness is still underway. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that damages the nerve cells. As it progresses, symptoms can get in the way of daily life and impair movement, speech, and
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Neurobion is a brand of supplements that contain a combination of B vitamins. Its manufacturers advertise that Neurobion can help improve nerve function. Vitamin B-complex supplements, including Neurobion products, can help treat or prevent certain nutrient deficiencies. Talk to a doctor before taking any supplement, as they can interact with medication. In this article, we
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Betamethasone is a corticosteroid that doctors use to treat skin conditions that cause inflammation and itchiness. People can use injectable or topical betamethasone. Betamethasone is available in different formulations, which range in potency from medium to super potent. Doctors will choose the most suitable betamethasone product for a person depending on their skin condition and
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Clindamycin is an antibiotic. It works by stopping bacteria from growing. Doctors prescribe clindamycin to treat bacterial infections, and the drug comes in oral, topical, and injectable forms. Topical clindamycin is a common treatment for acne and bacterial infections in the vagina. Doctors use clindamycin to treat infections in people with a penicillin allergy. Clindamycin
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Vyvanse and Adderall are two drugs that doctors prescribe to treat ADHD symptoms. These drugs work in similar ways and have the same side effects and drug interactions. In this article, we explore the similarities and differences between Vyvanse and Adderall, and we discuss how doctors decide between the two. What is Adderall? Vyvanse and
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B vitamins are a group of eight essential nutrients that play roles in many organs and bodily systems. Although they can work together in the body, they also carry out their own unique functions. In this article, we explore the function of B vitamins in the body and some key dietary sources of each. We
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Tramadol is a prescription pain medication that can help with moderate to severe pain. It has a number of side effects, however, including dizziness, nausea, sweating, and heartburn. Less common side effects include confusion and hives. Doctors only prescribe tramadol to people over 12 years old. Adolescents with certain risk factors should speak with their
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Steroids, or corticosteroids, can help relieve inflammation. Since rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune disorder, steroids are often one part of the treatment plan. Different steroid types exist, each with specific benefits and side effects. The corticosteroids that help treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are not the same as the steroids an athlete might take to
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Mood stabilizers are a type of medication that doctors usually use to treat the symptoms of bipolar disorder. These drugs can help stop the significant mood swings that people with bipolar disorder commonly experience. A person taking mood stabilizers may experience side effects, which can sometimes be serious. Anyone with bipolar disorder may experience unusual
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ADHD is a developmental condition that affects concentration and attention. Many different medications can reduce ADHD symptoms, each of which has a range of benefits and side effects. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications are usually stimulants, such as Adderall XR, Vyvanse, and Concerta. However, people can also use nonstimulant drugs, such as Strattera or
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What is MiraLAX? MiraLAX is a brand-name, over-the-counter (OTC) medication. It’s classified as an osmotic laxative. MiraLAX is used to treat constipation. It’s typically used for short-term treatment, but in some cases, it’s used long-term to treat chronic (long-lasting) constipation. MiraLAX is also sometimes used for colonoscopy bowel preparation. For most people, taking MiraLAX will
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What is Augmentin? Augmentin is a prescription antibiotic medication. It’s used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Augmentin belongs to the penicillin class of antibiotics. Augmentin contains two drugs: amoxicillin and clavulanic acid. This combination makes Augmentin work against more types of bacteria than antibiotics that contain amoxicillin alone. Augmentin is effective for treating infections
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When something restricts blood flow to the heart muscle, a person can experience intense chest pain that doctors call angina. People often use the drug nitroglycerin to relieve chest pain that angina causes. Most often, the reason for the decrease in blood flow is plaque formation and narrowing of the arteries supplying blood to the
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Adderall is a drug that children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD can take to help relieve their symptoms. Some people may experience mild to severe side effects while taking Adderall. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can cause a lack of attention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Most people with ADHD receive their diagnosis before the age of
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