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Procedure Beats Drugs for A-Fib With Heart Failure

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 – For people with both atrial fibrillation and heart failure, a procedure called ablation can be life-saving, a new clinical trial shows. Researchers found that when patients received the heart procedure, their risk of dying in the next few years was roughly half that of patients who took standard medications alone. Experts said the findings, published Feb. 1 in the New ...

A Reminder That Meds and Grapefruit Don't Always Mix

Posted 23 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, July 23, 2017 – If you like grapefruit juice, you need to be aware that it can affect the way some medications work, especially those used to treat high blood pressure or an irregular heart rhythm. That's the message from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA requires some prescription and over-the-counter drugs taken by mouth to include warnings against drinking grapefruit ...

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 ...

FDA Warns of Cardiac Effect When Heart Drug Mixed With Hepatitis C Meds

Posted 25 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 – A potentially life-threatening slowing of the heart can occur when the common heart drug amiodarone is taken with new hepatitis C medications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The dangerous slowing of the heart – called symptomatic bradycardia – can occur when amiodarone is taken with the hepatitis C drugs Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir) or Sovaldi ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Hepatitis C Treatments Containing Sofosbuvir in Combination With Another Direct Acting Antiviral Drug: Drug Safety Communication - Serious Slowing of Heart Rate When Used With Antiarrhythmic Drug Amiodarone

Posted 24 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

[Posted 03/24/2015] ISSUE: FDA is warning that serious slowing of the heart rate can occur when the antiarrhythmic drug amiodarone is taken together with either the hepatitis C drug Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir) or with Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) taken in combination with another direct acting antiviral for the treatment of hepatitis C infection. FDA is adding information about serious slowing of ...

Health Tip: When Food and Drugs Interact

Posted 27 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

-- When food and drinks interact with medication, the medication may not work sufficiently or the drug can become too powerful as the body has trouble handling it properly. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics mentions these common examples of food and drug interaction: Grapefruit juice interacts with several drugs and may affect the way the body metabolizes medication. Drugs that may interact ...

Common Heart Drug Linked to Cancer Risk in Study

Posted 8 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 8 – A drug called amiodarone that's widely used to treat heartbeat irregularities might raise a patient's risk of cancer, Taiwanese researchers report. The risk, which the researchers termed "borderline significantly increased," is more pronounced in men and patients who take high doses of the drug, according to the study, which was published online April 8 in the journal Cancer. ...

More New Drugs a Bad Fit With Grapefruit, Study Finds

Posted 26 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 26 – Because of new chemical formulations, prescription drugs that interact badly with grapefruit have more than doubled in number since 2008, yet many doctors seem unaware of this, Canadian researchers report. "The number of drugs on the market with the potential to produce serious adverse and in many cases life-threatening effects when combined with grapefruit has markedly ...

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 ...

Generic, Brand-Name Heart Drugs Seem to Have Same Effect on Thyroid

Posted 13 Jul 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 13 – For patients taking the heart rhythm drug amiodarone (Cordarone), generic versions of the drug do not cause more incidents of thyroid dysfunction than the brand-name medication, researchers report. When it comes to thyroid disease, there is no difference between the two drugs, according to the report released online July 11 in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Needleless Pre-filled Glass Syringes: Stakeholder Advisory - Compatibility Problems with Needleless Intravenous Access Systems

Posted 7 May 2011 by Drugs.com

Reports Received on Adenosine and Amiodarone Products   [UPDATED 05/06/2011] FDA recommends that, to reduce the potential risks to patients, healthcare professionals and risk managers stock crash carts, ambulances, and emergency rooms with adenosine and amiodarone supplied in vials or pre-filled plastic syringes, if possible. The use of needleless pre-filled glass syringes in emergency situations ...

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