Recovery from hernia mesh surgery can take weeks. Most people are able to return to work a week or two after surgery. Patients can usually have sex within one month after hernia repair. Follow-up visits with the surgeon can prevent serious complications. It can take four to six weeks to recover from ...
While antidepressants are designed to decrease the symptoms of depression, they occasionally have the opposite effect and can increase suicidal thoughts and actions, especially in children and adolescents. In 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a black box warning — the agency ...
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Knee replacement complications can result from surgery or a faulty implant. Loosening is one of the most serious complications and pain is the most common one.
The most common side effects of Fosamax include stomach pain, heartburn and constipation. The osteoporosis drug can also cause esophagus and bone problems.
A handful of countries have banned several transvaginal mesh products, including some types of slings, because of complications. Women receive these slings to treat stress urinary incontinence, or SUI.But mesh sling procedures may result in problems, such as bladder perforation, erosion of the mesh into the vagina and painful intercourse.
Hip replacements are one of the most common joint replacement operations in the United States, with more than 300,000 performed in the country each year, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.An estimated 2.5 million Americans were living with artificial hips in 2010, according to a study published in 2015 in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
Januvia (sitagliptin) is an oral Type 2 diabetes medication manufactured by Merck & Co.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug in 2006, and it is one of the most popular Type 2 diabetes drugs on the market.
L-citrulline is a non-essential amino acid that helps the body produce nitric oxide and improve blood flow. Sold as a dietary supplement and a separate pharmaceutical version, L-citrulline is used to treat a rare genetic disorder and may help with certain vascular problems and other medical conditions.
The Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN) has petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asking it to order strong warnings on over-the-counter treatments that persistent heartburn can be a sign of increased risk of developing the cancer that annually kills 16,000 Americans — nearly 44 every day.. The group says the fact that over-the-counter medications are so effective at treating ...
Crestor side effects include diabetes, liver problems, stroke and cognitive impairment. The most serious side effect is muscle damage called rhabdomyolysis.
Common Lipitor side effects are diarrhea, upset stomach, muscle and joint pain, and changes in some blood tests, according to Pfizer Inc. The drug label also warns of serious side effects such as liver problems and muscle problems that can lead to kidney failure.
Testosterone therapy can cause acne and abnormal hair growth. It also comes with the risk of serious side effects like heart attack, stroke and blood clots.
Infuse Bone Grafts are synthetic proteins that help grow new bone. They are developed by Medtronic and approved for use in certain spine, dental and trauma indications. Infuse has been used in more than a million procedures worldwide, but recent reports link the biotech device to a number of serious ...
On May 12, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it is requiring a stronger black box warning for common, popular antibiotics called fluoroquinolones that include Levaquin (levofloxacin), Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Avelox (moxifloxacin) — medications taken by more than 26 million ...
Eliquis can cause a host of side effects, including minor bleeding and headaches and severe bleeding, spinal hematomas, and dangerous blood clots.
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GlaxoSmithKline is a Big Pharma corporation.It sits at No. 194 on Forbes’ list of the 2,000 largest companies in the world. The British pharmaceutical company is well-known for its respiratory products like Advair and Ventolin.
An inferior vena cava filter, also known as an IVC filter, is a small, metal device designed to trap blood clots and prevent them from traveling to the heart and lungs.
Metallosis is a type of metal poisoning that can occur as a side effect of joint replacement devices with metal components, such as metal-on-metal hip replacements or other metal implants.
Zofran Side Effects. Common Side Effects Headache and drowsiness are the drug’s most frequent side effects.; Abnormal Heart Rhythms Zofran can cause QT interval prolongation and a potentially fatal heart rhythm called torsades de pointes.; Serotonin Syndrome Larger doses of Zofran or using the medication in combination with other drugs can cause a dangerous rise in serotonin levels.
Cymbalta Side Effects. Common Side Effects Common side effects such as nausea, headache and dry mouth may dissipate a couple of weeks after starting treatment.; Serious Side Effects In rare cases, the drug may cause liver damage, eye problems, abnormal bleeding, elevated serotonin levels, suicidal thoughts and behavior and other severe adverse effects. ...
Actos (pioglitazone) is a diabetes drug prescribed alongside diet and exercise to regulate blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. A thiazolidinedione, or glitazone, Actos may be used alone or with other diabetes drugs.
There are dozens of testosterone products marketed to treat Low T, including gels, injections and natural boosters. Many of these include similar ingredients that put users at risk and may have minimal benefits. Testosterone is a male sex hormone produced in the testes and adrenal glands. It is ...
Doctors prescribe Fosamax to treat osteoporosis. It works by slowing down the body’s process of breaking down bone. Merck makes the medication, and it also sells a formula called Fosamax Plus D, which combines the active ingredient in Fosamax, alendronate sodium, with vitamin D 3.
Propecia is a men’s only prescription drug used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia). Propecia works by binding the male hormone DHT to receptors in hair follicles at the top of the scalp.
Depakote is a medication for epilepsy, mania & migraine headaches. It comes in different strengths and formulations. Learn more about the types of Depakote.
Zithromax (azithromycin), also known as Z-Pak, is an antibiotic approved for treatment of respiratory, skin and other bacterial infections. Studies link the drug to side effects, including an increased risk of fatal heart problems.
Victoza is not an insulin product. It is 97 percent similar to a bodily hormone called GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1). This hormone affects the liver, pancreas and gut and helps control glucose, insulin and gastric emptying.
Topamax (topiramate) is a drug approved to prevent seizures in adults and children and to reduce the frequency of migraine headaches in people 12 years of age and older.
Using Nexium for a long period of time may increase the risk of inflammation of the stomach lining, according to the FDA. At least one study showed long term use of Nexium and other PPIs could also increase the risk of death.. The FDA warns that patients should never take Nexium 24HR for more than 14 days at a time.
The United States is seeing an elder population explosion. Seniors are the fastest-growing segment, with more than 10,000 people turning 65 every day in the U.S., and are expected to number 98.2 million by 2060.
Cymbalta comes in delayed-release capsules and is a part of a drug class called serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SNRIs. Eli Lilly and Company manufactures the medication. Duloxetine is the drug’s active ingredient.
Lawsuits over fluoroquinolone antibiotics Cipro, Levaquin and Avelox say patients suffered aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm that required overnight hospitalization or surgery, or resulted in death, within one year of taking the prescription drugs.
When a hip replacement wears out or fails prematurely, patients require revision surgery to treat complications and receive new implants. Revision surgery can be riskier than the original hip replacement, but the procedures can relieve pain and restore mobility. Revision surgery takes more time in ...
IVC Filter Complications. Device Migration Filters can move to other places in the body, including the heart and lungs; Tilting and Failure to Open Both can increase the risk of pulmonary embolism; Deep Vein Thrombosis IVC filters increase the risk of blood clots forming in deep veins in the body; Perforation Broken, tilted or wrongly positioned filters can perforate blood vessels and organs
These devices play an important role in diagnosing and treating diseases, and they are generally safe. However, investigations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a U.S. Senate Committee found that the devices’ designs led to outbreaks of hard-to-treat infections at several U.S. hospitals in the 2010s.
A urogynecologist is an OB-GYN with advanced training and expertise in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction in women. Women with complex pelvic floor problems are usually referred to urogynecologists by their primary care doctor or OB-GYN.
Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) interactions can occur with at least 290 medicines. These other drugs come in both brand name and generic versions. They add up to more than 1,800 different products. At least 20 of these drugs can cause a severe reaction if taken with certain PPIs.
Effexor (venlafaxine) was the first antidepressant in the class of drugs known as serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). It is available in an extended-release formula to treat depression, and anxiety and panic disorders.
Patients on PPIs should speak with their doctor before stopping PPIs. They should also talk to their doctor before switching to a PPI alternative. Alternatives to proton pump inhibitors may not work for some conditions PPIs treat.
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is the most popular over-the-counter (OTC) pain relief medication used in the U.S. and around the world. The drug was first sold in 1955 as Tylenol Elixer for Children, and today millions of American adults and children use the drug every week for common ailments such as head and body aches, colds and fevers.
Zoloft (sertraline chloride) is one of the most popular SSRI antidepressants on the market. Pfizer developed and marketed Zoloft as a safer alternative with fewer side effects and withdrawal symptoms than competitor drugs such as Eli Lilly’s Prozac.
Mirena is an implantable hormonal birth control device. It is more than 99 percent effective. It lasts for up to five years but may also lead to problems.
Humira is part of a class of biologics known as TNF blockers. These medications work by suppressing the immune system. While these drugs may be effective in treating symptoms of various inflammatory diseases, they also put users at greater risk of serious and even deadly infections and cancers.
Xolair (omalizumab) is an injectable medication used to treat patients with a type of asthma caused by allergens (allergic asthma) and a chronic type of hives with no identifiable cause (chronic idiopathic urticaria).
Fluoroquinolones such as Cipro, Levaquin and Avelox treat infections by killing or stopping the growth of certain bacteria. Researchers first discovered this family of antibiotics in the 1960s, but it wasn’t until the late 1980s that Cipro and other modern fluoroquinolones first hit the market.
Protonix (pantoprazole sodium) is a drug in a class of powerful acid-suppressing medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These medicines can cause rare but life-threatening side effects.
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a prescription blood-thinning medicine that targets Factor Xa (FXa), inhibiting its effect on the formation of blood clots in a patient’s arteries or veins.
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