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Qsymia vs. Wegovy for Weight Loss: 6 Differences to Consider

Qsymia (phentermine / topiramate ER) and Wegovy (semaglutide) are both FDA-approved weight-loss medications. Wegovy requires a weekly injection under the skin, while Qsymia is an oral capsule taken once daily. Wegovy may start working faster and result in more weight loss overall than Qsymia. But both medications have led to significant weight loss after 8 to 12 weeks in most people. Both medications have different drug interactions and side effects to consider. Your healthcare team can review your medication list and personal history to help you decide which medication is best for you. There are ways to save on Qsymia and Wegovy which are both only available as brand-name medications. If you’re eligible, manufacturer savings cards can help make your prescription more affordable. Patient assistance programs are also available.

What is GABA? 6 Things to Know About This Calming Chemical Messenger

Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a chemical in your body that helps nerves communicate. It’s best known for playing a calming role in the brain and body. But low GABA levels are associated with several health conditions. Some medications can affect GABA levels or mimic its calming effects. You may even see GABA supplements on the shelves of your local pharmacy. But what exactly is GABA? And how does it affect your health? Here, we’ll cover six things to know about this important chemical messenger.

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Vowst: Dosage, side effects, uses, interactions, and more

Vowst is a brand-name biologic drug. The active ingredient is fecal microbiota spores, live-brpk. (The reason “-brpk” appears at the end of the drug’s name is to show that the drug is distinct from similar medications that may be created in the future.) Vowst is not currently available in a version. Biologic drugs are made from living cells. Traditional (nonbiologic) drugs are usually made from chemicals. A generic is an exact copy of the active ingredient in a traditional brand-name medication.

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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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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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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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