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I have good news for those of you who depended on Midrin for Migraines or tension-type headaches. I've confirmed that Macoven Pharmaceutical out of Magnolia, Texas, is producing and shipping their Midrin equivalent medication across the United States.
The problems with Midrin and other medications equivalent to Midrin have been going on for nearly a year now. Midrin was introduced long enough ago that it predated the current FDA drug approval process. During the many years between the time that the FDA approval process went info effect and the time that Midrin was discontinued, none of the pharmaceutical companies producing these medications did the required clinical trials and applied for FDA approval. So, first Midrin was discontinued, then the equivalent medications - medications with the same ingredients - were pulled from the market. Since Midrin was never approved by the FDA, there technically weren't generics; there were equivalent drugs. For more background on this, inc...
When I made a preliminary report here on William Haskell's presentation on exercise last month, I missed the
main point. This Stanford University professor of medicine spoke at the
first day of the American Diabetes Association's scientific sessions in
San Francisco. This was one of the talks
that I most wanted to hear. Exercise along with diet are the best tools
we have to control our diabetes. But my
plane was late, and I missed most of what he had to say. In fact, most
people who wanted to hear him speak couldn't get into the full
conference room. The conference organizers
apologized to those of us who weren't able to get in. To make up for
it, the ADA now has the full text of his talk with accompanying slides -- along with the two other presentations on exercise -- available online . This
panel presentation, "Current Issues in Exercise," is one of only eight
webcasts that the ADA offers free. They also offer lots more, but they
don't come cheap. I just reviewed these exercise pres...
Yes, acid-reducing medications can cause bone loss. Many medications and medical disorders can cause bone loss; but in this article we'll only be looking at the effects of proton pump inhibitors like, Protonix®, Prilosec®, and Prevacid®, etc.
What are proton pump inhibitors?
Proton pump inhibitors (PPI's) are medications taken for various stomach disorders and an over-production of stomach acid. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers are two of the disorders that can cause excess stomach acid that sometime needs treatment with a proton pump inhibitor. Proton pump inhibitors reduce the acid produced in the wall of the stomach providing healing of ulcers, and other disorders, that may exist in the esophagus, stomach, or duodenum.
If you have this condition and need to take these types of medications, long-term use of these can cause an increase in osteoporotic fractures and bone loss. Long-term use is defined as ...
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