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Pondimon Side Effects

Pondimin is a prescription medication used to treat obesity. Despite its effectiveness, Pondimin poses a risk for side effects in some patients, many of which are severe.

HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors

The benefits of statins in the elderly -- the population in whom stroke occurs most frequently -- remains to be determined.

Legal Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Scandals in professional cycling and Major League Baseball's attempts to start clamping down on steroid use has brought greater attention to the world of performance-enhancing drugs. While many PEDs are illegal and can cause devastating effects on the human body, many performance enhancers are still

Warfarin Resistance Due to Azathioprine

A 32-year-old woman with a history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), steroid-dependent ulcerative colitis, and osteoporosis was prescribed azathioprine for a steroid-sparing effect.

Methylphenidate Dosage Instructions

Methylphenidate is prescribed for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Forms of methylphenidate commonly found in prescription medications are Dexmethylphenidate Hydrochloride and Methylphenidate HCL. White and odorless, both forms of methylphenidate are the active ingredients in the pre

Ursofalk Side Effects

Ursofalk (also known as Ursodiol) is the name of a prescription medication that is used for gallstone disease treatment. It is an oral medicine that functions by making the gallstones dissolve. The medication is beneficial for individuals who have gallstone disease, but who do not require the remova

Tamoxifin Side Effects

Tamoxifen, sold under brand name Soltamax, is an estrogen hormone blocker primarily used to treat and prevent the types of breast cancer that require estrogen to grow. Average dose is between 20 and 40 mg per day. Side effects are usually mild, but potentially dangerous reactions can occur.

Corn Syrup Side Effects

Corn syrup is a common sweetener converted from corn starch. A combination of fructose and glucose, it is most heavily used in sweet foods, processed foods and beverages. It has replaced pure sugar in many items because of its cheaper production cost and longer shelf life. Unfortunately,...

What Are Probiotics Made From?

History of IsolationResearch into probiotics shows that all bacteria are not created equal. While many may associate bacteria with negative effects, studies show probiotics are a form of "good" bacteria for the body. Probiotics are found naturally in certain foods; they also can be found...

Long-Term Effects of Tamsulosin

Tamsulosin, the generic term for Flomax, is a medication that treats the symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate gland (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH). These symptoms most commonly include difficult, painful or urgent urination. As an alpha blocker, tamsulosin works by...

How to Assimilate Vitamins

The human body requires nutrients to function and survive. More than 12 different vitamins are necessary for good health. These vitamins are naturally present in a variety of food sources, but cooking, canning and other processing methods destroy some of these. Many individuals take supplemental vit

Side Effects of Prednisone

Prednisone is a commonly prescribed medication to help reduce inflammation. It is used to treat arthritis, blood disorders, breathing problems, cancer, skin disorders, and other conditions where swelling occurs. While it is an effective medication to suppress immune system activity, it has its shar

Joint Commission Merges Pharmacy Accreditation

In a move designed to provide a more cost-effective accreditation process for pharmacies, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) will consolidate pharmacy-based accreditation programs into its home care program.

The Effects of THC Use

Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, is the main chemical found in marijuana. When marijuana is smoked, THC rapidly passes the lungs and into the bloodstream which then carries the chemical to other parts of the body. THC acts upon cannabinoid receptors in the brain, which ultimately leads to th