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Duopa and Dosage: Form, Strength, How It's Given, and More

Duopa (carbidopa/levodopa) is a prescription drug used to treat advanced Parkinson’s disease. The drug comes as a liquid suspension. It’s given over 16 hours each day through a tube that goes into your small intestine. Specifically, Duopa is used to treat motor fluctuations in adults with advanced Parkinson’s disease (PD). Duopa contains two active ingredients* that work together to increase dopamine levels in the brain: • levodopa, which belongs to a group of drugs called dopamine precursors • carbidopa, which belongs to a group of drugs called decarboxylase inhibitors This article describes the dosages of Duopa, as well as its strength and how to take it. To learn more about this medication, see this in-depth article.

8 Famciclovir (Famvir) Side Effects You Should Know About

Famciclovir (Famvir) is an antiviral medication used to treat herpes virus infections, such as genital herpes, cold sores, and shingles in adults. You’ll usually take a short course of famciclovir to treat herpes infections. But you can also take it daily to prevent future outbreaks. Whether you’re taking famciclovir short or long term, it’s helpful to know about its possible side effects. Keep in mind that brand-name Famvir is no longer available. So we’ll refer to it as famciclovir, the available generic form.

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Augtyro: Cost, dosage, side effects, uses, interactions, and more

Augtyro is a brand-name oral capsule that’s prescribed for a specific type of lung cancer. Augtyro contains the active ingredient repotrectinib. Augtyro is FDA-approved to treat non-small cell lung cancer in adults in certain situations. Specifically, the cancer must be advanced or metastatic and have a specific genetic mutation. For more details, see the “Augtyro’s uses” section below. The Augtyro dosage your doctor prescribes will depend on several factors. These include: • other medical cond

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Mouse Model Sheds Light on How Lung Adenocarcinoma Can Transform into a More Aggressive Type of Lung Cancer

Lung adenocarcinoma is the most common type of lung cancer, accounting for 40% of cases. It's a form of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that can occur in people with or without a history of smoking. Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations are the most common oncogenes in NSCLC, which drive cancer growth. Initial treatments for lung adenocarcinomas may be effective at first, but sometimes these tumors can respond by turning into small cell lung cancer (SCLC), a more aggressive and d

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8 Best Motion Sickness Medicines: Pharmacist Picks 2023

Dimenhydrinate, the ingredient in products like Dramamine Original, is similar to the antihistamine diphenhydramine. In fact, your body converts dimenhydrinate into diphenhydramine after you take it. Common side effects include sleepiness, dry mouth, fatigue and blurred vision. Older adults should avoid dimenhydrinate due to the risk of drowsiness and increased risk of falling. You’ll need to take dimenhydrinate at least 30 minutes before travel for it to work effectively to prevent or minimize

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Suboxone for Opioid Addiction: How It Works

When someone uses opioids in a problematic or addictive pattern that impacts their daily life, it's called opioid use disorder (OUD), otherwise known as opioid dependence. In the worst of scenarios, OUD may lead to an opioid overdose, which can be fatal. Healthcare providers diagnose this disorder based on specific criteria, such as unsuccessful attempts to reduce or quit opioid use and social problems or difficulties at work, school, or home. Suboxone is a medication prescribed to treat OUD

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Promising Trial Results for New Drug Under Investigation for Small Cell Lung Cancer

The FDA has granted priority review to Amgen's application for tarlatamab, an investigational therapy for advanced small cell lung cancer (SCLC). The FDA's priority review designation indicates the need for new treatment options in this patient population. SCLC is a particularly aggressive form of lung cancer with a 5-year relative survival rate of 7%. Current treatments have limited success in advanced stages of the disease. Tarlatamab is a type of immunotherapy drug called a bispecific T-cel

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Bimzelx: Dosage, side effects, uses, cost, interactions, and more

The following information describes Bimzelx dosages that are commonly prescribed or recommended. However, be sure to follow the dosage your doctor prescribes for you. Your doctor will determine the best dosage for your needs, which may depend on your body weight. Bimzelx comes in the following forms and strengths: • single-dose prefilled syringe in one strength of 160 milligrams in 1 milliliter (mg/mL) • single-dose prefilled auto-injector in one strength of 160 mg/mL Both forms of Bimzelx come

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How Long Will Amoxicillin Last?

Amoxicillin is a commonly prescribed antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. Amoxicillin is a generic medication taken by mouth, either as a capsule, tablet, chewable tablet, or liquid suspension. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved amoxicillin to treat specific bacterial infection of the ears, nose, throat, the urinary tract, the skin, and the lower respiratory tract. The drug is also approved to treat gonorrhea in certain situations. If a healthcare provider gives you

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10 Best Cough Drops & Lozenges: Pharmacist Picks 2023

A cough is your body’s natural way of clearing your airways and throat. Coughing has many possible triggers, such as pollen and other allergens, smoking, certain medications or short-term respiratory tract infections, like the flu or common cold. Everyone coughs sometimes. Coughing leads to up to 30 million clinical visits per year, making it one of the most common medical complaints, according to the National Library of Medicine. An acute cough – a cough lasting less than three weeks – usually

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Caffeine and hearing loss

What the research says about caffeine, hearing loss and tinnitus Wondering how caffeine intake might affect your hearing, especially when it comes to hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears)? What about Meniere's disease? This isn't a heavily studied topic of research, and for the most part, it does not seem that caffeine intake plays a big role in hearing health overall. Caffeine is a natural stimulant found in coffee, tea and chocolate. It's also an added ingredient to energy drinks as

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Rybelsus vs. Ozempic: What's the Difference?

As a byproduct of increased marketing and a social media presence, more people are becoming interested in a class of prescription drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonists, non-insulin type 2 diabetes medications that help to lower blood sugar and expedite weight loss. Some of the medicines in this group are very similar, such as Rybelsus (semaglutide) and Ozempic (semaglutide), making it difficult to know which one might be right for you. A healthcare provider can help you determ

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How To Inject Wegovy: Tips To Take Wegovy From a Pharmacist

is a once-weekly injection healthcare providers can prescribe to help people with . The thought of injecting yourself can be intimidating, especially if you’ve never done it before, but there are ways to make the process quick and easy. Keep reading to learn more about Wegovy (semaglutide) and how to administer it safely and effectively. Wegovy is a brand-name prescription drug. It contains the active ingredient semaglutide. Wegovy belongs to a popular class of medications known as . To take W

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Can Ozempic Cause Headaches?

is an injectable prescription medication that treats type 2 diabetes and can be prescribed off-label for . But like many medications, Ozempic can have possible side effects but is a headache one of them? The answer is, not directly. However, some of Ozempic’s known side effects can lead to headaches. Keep reading to learn more about headaches as a potential side effect of Ozempic and what to do about them. Ozempic is a brand-name prescription drug. It contains the active ingredient and belongs

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How Well Does Disease-Modifying Therapy Work for Older Adults with MS?

Discontinuation of disease-modifying therapy leads to only minimally increased risk of disease progression in older adults with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a recent study published in Lancet Neurology1. There is no known cure for MS, but numerous disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) are available that are proven to significantly reduce the risks of recurrent attacks and MRI changes associated with progressive disease. Onset and progression of MS occurs primarily in young and middle-aged

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Comparing Pregabalin vs. Gabapentin

Gabapentin and pregabalin are similar drugs but differ in several distinct ways. The main differences are their indications—specific uses that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved them to treat—and their dosages. Gabapentin and pregabalin are FDA-approved to treat some of the same conditions, including postherpetic neuralgia in adults. Both drugs are also indicated to treat partial seizures in adults and certain children with epilepsy (a seizure disorder) when taken along with o

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The Role of Metformin in Treating Type 2 Diabetes

To lessen the impact type 2 diabetes may have on your or a loved one's quality of life, you may turn to a prescription drug regimen to control high blood sugar (glucose) levels. As such, your healthcare provider may recommend metformin, a prescription drug used to treat type 2 diabetes. It’s an oral medication that comes in several brand-name and generic versions. Metformin comes in immediate-release (IR) and extended-release (ER) forms. Metformin is prescribed to manage high blood sugar level

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Cold Sores: Identification, Treatment, & Prevention

Cold sores (fever blisters) can be a painful nuisance that often potentiates stress and embarrassment in daily life. And without treatment, cold sores can take up to 10 days to disappear. To make matters worse, there is no permanent cure for the herpes virus (the virus that causes cold sores). Instead, the available treatment options can help to heal cold sores faster and ease symptoms. Fortunately, various treatment choices are available in the United States to help manage cold sores. Optio

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Depakote: Dosage, Side Effects, Uses, and More

If you have bipolar disorder, epilepsy, or migraine, your doctor might suggest Depakote as a treatment option for you. It’s a prescription drug used to: • treat certain mood episodes (such as mania) in adults with bipolar disorder • treat certain kinds of seizures in adults and some children Depakote may be used as a short-term or long-term treatment. For more details about this drug’s uses, see the “What is Depakote used for?” section below. Depakote belongs to a group of medications called ant

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What to know about tinnitus and blood pressure medications

What to know about tinnitus and blood pressure drugs If you experience ringing in the ears, talk to your doctor When considering a new medication, it can be scary to read the list of potential risks and side effects. It can be especially concerning when a prescription drug that improves one condition ends up making another condition worse or introduces a new problem. You may be facing such a dilemma if you require treatment for high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) and are experiencin

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