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Blood Thinners Can Come With Dangerous Side Effects

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 – Blood-thinning drugs can save your life by preventing a heart attack or stroke caused by artery-blocking blood clots. But these are powerful drugs, and a pair of new studies detail side effects people need to understand before taking them. The effectiveness of a class of blood thinners called nonvitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) can be significantly altered through ...

Heart Drug Digoxin May Raise Death Risk for Some Patients: Study

Posted 22 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – The heart drug digoxin might raise the risk of death in people with a common heart rhythm disorder, and those patients should not take the drug, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 18,000 atrial fibrillation patients in an international stroke prevention trial, including about 32 percent who were on digoxin at the start of the trial and nearly ...

ER Doctor Offers Tips for Safer Snow Shoveling

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 – If you're a middle-aged couch potato, shoveling snow could put you at risk for a heart attack. While shoveling isn't dangerous for many people, certain people are at higher risk. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that people should check with a doctor first if they don't get regular exercise, have a medical condition or are middle-aged or older. If you must ...

Prices of Generic Heart Failure Drugs Vary Widely

Posted 15 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 – Cash prices of generic medicines to treat heart failure vary so widely that some patients may not be able to afford to fill all of their prescriptions, a new study suggests. In the greater St. Louis area, the cost of filling prescriptions for three common drugs – digoxin, lisinopril and carvedilol – ranged from as little as $12 to as much as $400 a month, the ...

Device Plus 'Aggressive' Drug Strategy May Curb Severe Heart Failure

Posted 13 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 – A combination of an implanted heart device and intensive drug therapy may help boost heart function in end-stage heart failure patients, preliminary results of an ongoing study suggest. The research focused on 36 patients who were implanted with what's known as a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), a kind of heart pump. "Patients who receive this assist device ...

Statins Often Interact With Other Heart Drugs

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – Cholesterol-lowering statins can interact with other drugs prescribed for heart disease. But there are ways to navigate the problem, according to new recommendations from the American Heart Association. Statins are among the mostly widely prescribed drugs in the United States. Roughly one-quarter of Americans age 40 and up are on a statin, according to a 2014 study by the ...

Heart Drug Digoxin May Not Be Best for Some Heart Patients

Posted 5 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 – Taking the heart drug digoxin may increase the risk of premature death in patients with an irregular heartbeat and in those suffering from heart failure, German researchers report. In the review of published studies on the subject, patients treated with digoxin had a 21 percent increased risk of early death overall from any cause, compared with patients not taking the ...

Common Drug for Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Worse Outcomes

Posted 4 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 – Patients who take the heart rhythm drug digoxin may face a nearly 30 percent greater risk of death than patients not taking the drug, a review of prior research suggests. The analysis also suggests that digoxin may increase the risk for death by 60 to 70 percent among patients with both the heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation and kidney failure. The ...

U.S. Prices Soaring for Some Generic Drugs, Experts Say

Posted 12 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 – Market forces are dramatically driving up the cost of some generic drugs, prompting U.S. investigations into the pricing of what should be cheap alternatives to brand-name medications. Generics that should cost pennies per dose have undergone radical increases in price in recent years, said Dr. Aaron Kesselheim, author of a new commentary in the New England Journal of ...

Heart Medication Digoxin Linked to Higher Risk of Death for Some

Posted 11 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 – Digoxin, a drug that's been used to treat heart problems for about 200 years, might increase the risk of dying in certain patients. New research suggests that for people who have a particular type of irregular heart rhythm, called atrial fibrillation, taking the drug digoxin may increase the risk of dying by more than 20 percent. "We found in 122,000 patients with atrial ...

A Cheap, Old Heart Drug May Help Elderly Heart Failure Patients

Posted 11 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 11 – Everything old is new again, even in medicine, with a just-released study finding that an older, inexpensive drug may help keep heart failure patients out of the hospital. Largely abandoned after a 1997 study found that it did not lower heart failure patients' death rates, a re-analysis of that data found that digoxin (also known as digitalis) may lower rates of 30-day ...

Heart Drug Digoxin Tied to Higher Death Risk for Some Patients

Posted 28 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 – The widely used heart drug digoxin is associated with an increased risk of death in people with the common heart rhythm disorder know as atrial fibrillation, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 4,000 patients with atrial fibrillation and found that digoxin was associated with a 41 percent increased risk of death from all causes, a 35 percent increased ...

Certain Heart Meds May Give Chemo a Boost

Posted 19 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 18 – When common heart drugs such as digitalis and digoxin are combined with some chemotherapy drugs, the effect appears to be an increase in the death of cancer cells, according to French researchers. These medications, called glycosides, have been around for decades and are used to treat heart failure and irregular heartbeats. When combined with chemotherapy drugs, however, ...

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 ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Digitek (digoxin tablets, USP)

Posted 28 Apr 2008 by Drugs.com

[Posted 04/28/2008] Actavis Totowa LLC notified healthcare professionals of a Class I nationwide recall of all strengths of Digitek, a drug used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms. The products are distributed by Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., under a “Bertek” label and by UDL Laboratories, Inc. under a “UDL” label. The product is being recalled due to the ...

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