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Green Tea May Interfere With a Blood Pressure Medicine

Posted 13 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2014 – Drinking green tea may lessen the effects of the medication nadolol (Corgard), used to treat high blood pressure, a new small study suggests. Researchers gave 10 volunteers a single dose of 30 milligrams of nadolol after they had consumed either water or about three cups of green tea daily for 14 days. When researchers tested blood levels of the drug, they were 76 percent lower in the group that drank green tea compared to the water-drinking group. According to study's authors, that means that "patients treated with nadolol should avoid taking green tea." They published the findings online Jan. 13 in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, The researchers include Shingen Misaka at Fukushima Medical University in Japan and other universities in Germany, Japan and Italy. "Individuals who take nadolol and also consume green tea should be aware of this potential ... Read more

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Drugs Can Sometimes Prevent Migraines, but at a Cost

Posted 29 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 29 – People with severe or frequent migraines often turn to drugs to prevent them. But do the medications work? A new review of preventive treatments shows there is not much difference in the effectiveness of commonly prescribed drugs – they work for some people, in some cases. But there is wide variation in the amount and severity of side effects associated with the drugs. The researchers found that drugs worked better than inactive placebos in reducing monthly migraine attacks. They prevented half or more migraines in 200 to 400 people per 1,000 treated. But many of the medications had side effects so bothersome that sufferers frequently stopped taking them. That could be because none of the drugs used to prevent migraines was designed specifically for that purpose, explained Dr. Jason Rosenberg, director of the Johns Hopkins Headache Center. "So, it's not surprising ... Read more

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Common Heart Meds May Boost Recovery From Non-Cardiac Surgeries

Posted 23 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 23 – Standard heart drugs called beta blockers may reduce the risk of death and heart problems when taken before and after surgery that does not focus on the heart, a large new study suggests. Beta blockers are a type of drug used to lower blood pressure and prevent abnormal heart rhythms. These properties may well account for the drugs' benefit for patients at risk for cardiac problems with surgery, the researchers said. Patients in the study had undergone one of several types of non-heart surgery: general, vascular, orthopedic, neurosurgery, chest, ear/nose/throat and urologic. "Beta blockers appear to reduce the risk of dying or having a heart attack or cardiac arrest 30 days after surgery," said lead researcher Dr. Martin London, of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and University of California, San Francisco. The possible protective effect of ... Read more

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Common Heart Drug Might Improve Lung Cancer Survival

Posted 9 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9 – New research suggests that beta blockers, medications that are used to control blood pressure and heart rhythms, may also help lung cancer patients live longer. The researchers found that patients with non-small-cell lung cancer being treated with radiation lived 22 percent longer if they were also taking these drugs. "These findings were the first, to our knowledge, demonstrating a survival benefit associated with the use of beta blockers and radiation therapy for lung cancer," said lead researcher Dr. Daniel Gomez, an assistant professor in the department of radiation oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. "The results imply that there may be another mechanism, largely unexplored, that could potentially reduce the rates of tumor spread in patients with this very aggressive disease," he added. The report was published Jan. 9 in ... Read more

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U.S. Task Force Issues Blood Pressure Guidelines

Posted 15 May 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 15 – "Team-based care" should be used to improve patients' blood pressure control, the U.S. Task Force on Community Preventive Services recommended on Tuesday. The recommendation is based on a review of 77 studies that showed improvements in patients' control of blood pressure when they received care from a team of health professionals – a primary care doctor supported by a pharmacist, nurse, dietitian, social worker, or community health worker – rather than a primary care doctor alone. The task force found that team-based care increased the percentage of patients with controlled blood pressure, led to a decrease in both systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number) blood pressure, and improved results in patients with diabetes and elevated levels of blood fats. Team members assist primary care doctors by providing support and sharing responsibility for high blood ... Read more

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Common Blood Pressure Drugs May Not Cut Colon Cancer Risk

Posted 14 May 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 14 – Widely used blood pressure medications called beta blockers do not cut a person's odds of developing colon cancer, a new study contends. Beta blockers, which include drugs such as metoprolol, carvedilol, propranolol and atenolol, are commonly prescribed to older adults for high blood pressure and heart conditions. Prior research has also linked use of the drugs to a decreased risk of cancer. This theory is based on animal and laboratory studies that found that the stress hormone norepinephrine can promote the growth and spread of cancer cells. Beta blockers inhibit this hormone's action. "One of the holy grails in the war on cancer is preventing angiogenesis, which is the growth of new blood vessels to feed tumor cells," explained Dr. David Robbins, associate chief of the Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Some ... Read more

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Treating Prehypertension Lowers Stroke Risk: Study

Posted 8 Dec 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 8 – A new study found that the risk of stroke dropped about 22 percent in people with prehypertension who took drugs that lower blood pressure. These people didn't yet have high blood pressure, but they still benefited from taking the medications, although there was no significant reduction in the rate of heart attacks for people taking antihypertensives. "We know that blood pressure and stroke are closely related, and high blood pressure is an extremely high risk factor for stroke. If we could reduce blood pressure, we thought we could reduce the risk of stroke," said lead researcher Dr. Ilke Sipahi, an assistant professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University's Harrington-McLaughlin Heart and Vascular Institute and University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. "We found a highly statistically significant 22 percent risk reduction in stroke with any ... Read more

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Accidental Medication Poisonings in Kids on the Rise

Posted 16 Sep 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 16 – Despite ongoing prevention efforts, a growing number of young children are being accidentally poisoned with medications, according to new research. The study, which was based on data reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers between 2001 and 2008, found that medication poisoning among children aged 5 and under increased by 22 percent, although the number of children in the United States in this age group rose by only 8 percent during the study period. "The problem of pediatric poisoning in the U.S. is getting worse, not better," Dr. Randall Bond, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in a hospital news release. In conducting the study, which is scheduled for publication in the Journal of Pediatrics, the researchers reviewed information on over 544,000 children who landed in the emergency department due to medication poisoning ... Read more

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Widely Used Heart Drugs Linked to Better Breast Cancer Outcomes

Posted 1 Jun 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 1 – Beta blockers – safe, inexpensive drugs that have been used for decades by millions of people – may eventually have a role in fighting breast cancer, according to two new studies. One study suggests that women who are already taking beta blockers to lower blood pressure tend to be diagnosed with breast cancer at an earlier stage of the disease and to have better survival odds. The second study finds that women who took a beta blocker while undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer had a lower risk of recurrence. Both studies, whose authors declared no conflicts of interest, were released online May 31 in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. While the idea of dispensing a cheap drug with a good safety profile to women to combat breast cancer is enticing, these findings are hardly enough to recommend prescribing beta ... Read more

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In Some Patients, Hypertension Meds Raise Blood Pressure

Posted 25 Aug 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 25 – Popular prescription medications taken to control hypertension may actually boost blood pressure in a "statistically significant" percentage of patients, researchers report. The warning stems from a new study appearing in the online edition of the American Journal of Hypertension. The research involved 945 New York City residents participating in a program designed to control high blood pressure in the workplace from 1981 to 1998. "Every clinician knows that there's a variation in response to antihypertensive treatment, and that some patients will have an elevation in blood pressure," study author Dr. Michael Alderman, a professor of epidemiology & population health and of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and a former president of the American Society of Hypertension, said in a news release from the society. "The latter ... Read more

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Heart Drugs Safe for Lungs, Study Finds

Posted 24 May 2010 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 24 – Medical tradition says that the beta blockers used to treat heart disease shouldn't be given to people who also have severe lung disease, but a new Dutch study suggests the tradition is wrong. A study of more than 2,200 people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a diagnosis that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, found better survival among those given beta blockers than those who did not get the drugs, claims a report in the May 24 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine by physicians at University Medical Center Utrecht. "To our knowledge, this is the first observational study that shows that long-term treatment with beta blockers may improve survival and reduce the risk of exacerbation of COPD in the broad spectrum of patients with a diagnosis of COPD," the researchers wrote. "This is strikingly different from what our medical students are ... Read more

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Beta Blockers May Slow Spread of Breast Cancer

Posted 27 Mar 2010 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 26 – Treatment with blood pressure-lowering drugs known as beta blockers appears to help reduce the spread of breast cancer in women, a team of British and German researchers report. The drugs are believed to work by preventing stress hormones from stimulating cancer cells. "Beta- blocker drugs compete with stress hormones and bind to the same target receptors [on a cellular level], but unlike stress hormones, do not activate cancer cells," said Dr. Des Powe, a senior healthcare research scientist at Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, in Nottingham, England. Powe is due to present the findings Friday at the annual European Breast Cancer Conference in Barcelona, Spain. Powe and his colleagues from the U.K. and Germany evaluated 466 cancer patients: 92 had received blood pressure-lowering medications and 43 of those 92, or nearly half, were on ... Read more

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More Evidence That Swings in Blood Pressure Raise Stroke Risk

Posted 15 Mar 2010 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, March 14 --Following on recent, similar research, a large five-year study points to fluctuations in blood pressure over time as a key indicator of stroke risk. In the study, British researchers tracked the health of more than 19,000 patients taking either beta blockers or calcium channel blocker medication to curb high blood pressure. Patients who placed in the highest 10 percent in terms of swings in blood pressure between doctor visits had about four times the risk of stroke compared to those with the least variable blood pressure, the researchers reported. Similar results occurred when the researchers analyzed patients' risks for heart attack. Overall, patients who took calcium channel blockers had a 22 percent lower risk of stroke vs. those who took beta blockers, and differences in blood pressure variability between the two groups seemed to explain the gap in risk. The ... Read more

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Health Tip: Beta Blockers May Have Side Effects

Posted 4 Feb 2010 by Drugs.com

-- Beta blockers often are prescribed to treat various heart conditions, including congestive heart failure and an irregular heartbeat. They also may be used to help treat high blood pressure. As with any drug, beta blockers may cause side effects in some people. The American Academy of Family Physicians says although most people have no side effects from beta blockers, it offers this list of possible adverse reactions: Fatigue or lack of energy. Decreased libido or impaired sexual function in men. Dizziness or lightheadedness. If you have serious side effects from one of these medicines – including difficulty breathing, chest pain, slowed heart rate of fewer than 50 beats per minute, unexplained weight gain or swelling of the hands, legs or feet – contact your doctor immediately. Read more

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