May 24th, 2013 by Maggie Heart
Tamsulosin (Flomax) belongs to a group of drugs called alpha-adrenergic (AL-fa ad-ren-ER-jik) blockers. It relaxes the muscles in the prostate and bladder neck, making it easier to urinate.
Tamsulosin is used to improve urination in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate).
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to tamsulosin. Do not take tamsulosin with other similar medicines such as alfuzosin (Uroxatral), doxazosin (Cardura), prazosin (Minipress), silodosin (Rapaflo), or terazosin (Hytrin).
If you have a history of prostate cancer, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this tamsulosin. (more…)
May 23rd, 2013 by Paul Jude
Improving wakefulness in patients with excessive sleepiness associated with narcolepsy or other sleep disorders. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Modafinil is a wakefulness-promoting agent. Exactly how it works is not known, but it is thought to work by altering the natural chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain.
Some medical conditions may interact with modafinil. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you: (more…)
May 13th, 2013 by Rita Jones
Vyvanse is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.
Vyvanse is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and in children who are at least 6 years old. It is used as a part of a total treatment program that may include psychological, educational, and social therapy.
Do not use Vyvanse if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take Vyvanse before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body. (more…)
May 10th, 2013 by Maggie Heart
Prezista (darunavir) is a protease inhibitor. Darunavir is an antiviral medication that prevents human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cells from multiplying in your body.
Prezista is used to treat HIV, which causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). It is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.
You should not take Prezista if you are allergic to darunavir or ritonavir (Norvir, Kaletra), or if you have severe liver disease.
Some drugs can cause life-threatening side effects if you use them while you are taking Prezista. (more…)
May 9th, 2013 by Helen Scholz
Pradaxa (dabigatran) is a direct thrombin inhibitor. It helps keep the blood from coagulating (clotting).
Pradaxa is used to prevent blood clots and to reduce the risk of stroke in people with a certain type of heart rhythm disorder.
You should not take Pradaxa if you are allergic to dabigatran, or if you have any active bleeding from a surgery, injury, or other cause. (more…)
May 7th, 2013 by Rita Jones
Treating mild to moderate ulcerative colitis. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Budesonide extended-release tablets is a corticosteroid. It works by decreasing inflammation.
Some medical conditions may interact with budesonide extended-release tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you: (more…)
May 6th, 2013 by Rita Jones
Symbicort contains a combination of budesonide and formoterol. Budesonide is a steroid that reduces inflammation in the body. Formoterol is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways to improve breathing.
Symbicort is used to prevent bronchospasm in people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
You should not use Symbicort if you are allergic to budesonide (Entocort, Pulmicort, Rhinocort) or formoterol (Foradil, Perforomist). (more…)
May 3rd, 2013 by Paul Jude
Isentress (raltegravir) is an antiviral medication that prevents human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cells from multiplying in your body.
Isentress is used to treat HIV, which causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This medicine is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.
You should not use Isentress if you are allergic to raltegravir. (more…)
May 2nd, 2013 by Maggie Heart
Victoza is a diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels. It works by increasing the amount of insulin that your body produces.
Victoza is used to treat type 2 diabetes. This medication is not for treating type 1 diabetes.
You should not use Victoza if you are allergic to liraglutide, or if you have multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (tumors in your glands), a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer, insulin-dependent diabetes, or if you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis (call your doctor for treatment with insulin). (more…)
April 30th, 2013 by Rita Jones
Lucentis (ranibizumab) is made from a human antibody fragment. It works by keeping new blood vessels from forming under the retina (a sensory membrane that lines the inside of the eye). In people with a certain type of eye disease, new blood vessels grow under the retina where they leak blood and fluid. This is known as the “wet form” of macular degeneration.
Lucentis is used to treat wet age-related macular degeneration. Lucentis is also used to treat swelling in the retina caused by diabetes or by a blockage in the blood vessels.
You should not receive Lucentis if you are allergic to ranibizumab, or if you have any type of infection in or around your eyes. (more…)