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Niacin with statin medications linked to serious side effects

Niacin offers no benefits to patients with heart disease and can cause serious side effects including diabetes, infections, and stomach ulcers, new research has found. Niacin is a type of B vitamin that has long been prescribed to increase HDL, or “good,” cholesterol and reduce cardiovascular risk. It is often prescribed in combination with cholesterol-lowering statin medications such as Lipitor or Crestor. Recent studies have questioned the safety and effectiveness of the drug, resulting in fewer prescriptions. The new research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, raises serious safety concerns with the drug. The four-year study involved more ... Read More

PPI treatment Prevpac linked to serious hypersensitivity reactions

A new hypersensitivity reaction warning has been added to the safety label of the prescription proton pump inhibitor (PPI) Prevpac, a package of medications used to treat stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), damaged esophaguses, and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much acid. Prevpac consists of a daily administration card containing two PREVACID (lansoprazole) 30 mg capsules, four amoxicillin 500 mg capsules, and two clarithromycin 500 mg tablets. The drugs treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by bacteria. The new warnings inform health care providers to immediately discontinue use and ... Read More

Study finds Enbrel is not an effective back pain treatment

A new back pain medication, initially hailed to be a breakthrough in safe pain management, was found to be no more effective in treating back pain over time than other pain treatments, according to a study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Back pain affects nearly two-thirds of Americans and is the leading cause of disability in people 45 years of age and younger. Treatment for sciatica, or pain that radiates from the back into the buttocks and legs, typically involves epidural steroid injections that don’t always dull the pain and can put patients at risk for ... Read More

Bacterium may increase risk for type 2 diabetes

A type of ulcer-causing bacterium may be linked to the development of type 2 diabetes in overweight and obese adults, and may offer clues on how to prevent the development of diabetes in these individuals in the future, according to a NYU Langone Medical Center study. The bacterium, known as Helicobacter pylori, is an organism that can affect both children and adults, yet in entirely different ways. In children, it has been found to protect against asthma and allergy. Infections beginning in childhood have also been linked decades later to stomach and small intestine ulcers, as well as an increased ... Read More

New warning added to Advil Cold and Sinus

Advil Cold & Sinus Liqui-Gels capsules are the latest over-the-counter medicine to receive a warning by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The drug now warns of the risk for stomach bleeding especially in people 60 years of age or older and in those who have had previous stomach ulcers or bleeding problems. Advil Cold & Sinus Liqui-Gels capsules contain 200 mg of ibuprofen and 30 mg of pseudoephedrine HCL. All varieties of over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, also known as NSAIDs, are now required to include a warning on their packaging for the risk of stomach bleeding. The FDA has ... Read More

PPI safety labels include warning for hip, wrist and spine fractures

A class of popular heartburn drugs, known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), will now carry on their safety labels a warning that use of the drugs has been linked to an increased risk for osteoporosis-related fractures of the hip, wrist or spine. Drugs that will now carry this warning include: Aciphex (rabeprazole sodium) delayed-release tablets Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) delayed release capsules Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium) delayed-release capsule and oral suspension Nexium I.V. (esomeprazole sodium) for injection Prevacid (lansoprazole) delayed-release capsules and orally disintegrating tablets Prilosec (omeprazole magnesium) delayed release capsules and oral suspension Protonix (pantoprazole sodium) for injection, delayed-release tablets, and oral ... Read More