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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

How to Lower the Dosage of Statin Drugs

Statins are a class of drug that blocks a liver enzyme called HMGCoA reductase, the chemical that produces cholesterol in the human body. Though cholesterol is used in the normal function of every cell, too much cholesterol can cause the artery-clogging plaque that leads to angina, heart attacks and

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,...

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 Turmeric Curcumin

Tumeric curcumin is found in the tumeric plant that is native to southern Asia. As a supplement, it is used to treat indigestion, inflammation and arthritis. Most side effects are associated with its long-term use.

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

How to Make Food for Plants With Epsom Salts

Epsom salt gets its name from Epsom, England, where Epsom salt was most distilled from local spring water. Epsom salt has a variety of practical uses. Because it is a rich source of magnesium sulfate, Epsom salt is often used as plant food in areas with low magnesium levels for plants with high magn