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
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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
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Long-Term Relief Medications These medications are taken on a regular basis to prevent asthma attacks and control chronic symptoms. Inhaled Corticosteroids Corticosteroids, also called glucocorticoids or steroids, are powerful anti-inflammatory drugs. Steroids are not bronchodilators (they do not relax the airways) and have little immediate effect on symptoms. Instead, they work over time to reduce inflammation and prevent permanent injury in the lungs. They can also help prevent asthma attacks from occurring. The use of inhaled corticosteroids in patients with moderate-to-severe asthma reduces the risk of rehospitalization and death from asthma. Taking a corticosteroid drug through an inhaler makes it possible to provide effective local anti inflammatory activity in the lungs with very few side effects elsewhere in the body. (By contrast, oral steroids have considerable side effects throughout the body.) Inhaled corticosteroids are recommended as the primary therapy for any patient needi...
People who have severe, chronic pain may be given the option of taking opioid medications (narcotics) to help manage their pain and live some semblance of a normal life. For those who are not facing end-of-life issues with cancer, this can become a life-long management tool. Whenever opioids are discussed, there is always a concern raised about physical dependency and addiction. But as the authors of this study point out, addiction isn't the only downside of opioids. Difficulty concentrating, memory loss, slower physical reaction time, and slower processing of information are additional potential side effects of these powerful pain relievers. What's the current evidence that such effects on cognitive function are really a problem? To find out, pain experts from Denmark, Sweden, and Brazil teamed up to review data published in medical and psychologic journals around the world. They summarized the results in a table that included type of study (design), sample size (number of patients), t...
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