Many patients are prescribed inhaled corticosteroids for asthma control. With good reason, patients are concerned about the long term effects of taking these medicines. In this entry I will review some information on the risks and benefits of taking inhaled steroids for asthma. Adults Inhaled steroids are an important part of a treatment plan for the majority of patients with asthma. They reduce the inflammation in the airways (breathing tubes) that narrow them and cause wheezing. They also reduce abnormal growth of the smooth muscles around the airways, which, when they tighten, also cause wheezing. Most importantly, when taken properly, the medicine is delivered ‘where it needs to be’. i.e. in the lungs, and not elsewhere. Due to the benefits of inhaled steroids, they are taken by many patients, whose asthma is much better controlled as a result. Nevertheless, there are side effects, which can occur in some individuals who are taking very high doses due to more severe ast...
Generic Name: SERTRALINE - ORAL Pronounced: (SER-truh-leen) Zoloft Oral Precautions
Before taking sertraline, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may
contain inactive ingredients (such as latex), which can cause allergic
reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use
machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you
can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
This liquid medication contains alcohol. Caution is
advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence, or liver disease. Some
medications (such as metronidazole, disulfiram) can cause a serious rea...
There has been a concern raised lately about the use of medications called bisphosphonates for postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. This drug is supposed to reduce the risk of bone fractures by inhibiting (stopping) bone resorption. By preventing bone cells from being broken down, bone density and therefore bone strength, can be maintained. But reports of problems with the long-term use of these medications have caught the attention of the medical community. Right now, experts think the problems associated with bisphosphonates are rare but we need some data to support that conclusion. Orthopedic surgeons from the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases wrote this report to help add to the data presented so far. They reviewed their records looking for patients on long-term Alendronate (Fosamax) therapy who fractured the femur (thigh bone). Long-term use of this drug means they were on it for more than five years. They found seven cases of either subtrochanteric or diaphyseal ...
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