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Posted 29 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com
WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 – Kidney stones can quickly cause extreme pain, and passing the stones is the immediate goal for patients. Now, a new study finds that the drug tamsulosin (Flomax) can boost the passage of large kidney stones, but not small ones. "Small stones usually pass on their own, so it's not too surprising that drug therapy did not help in this study," said Dr. Warren Bromberg, chief of urology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. On the other hand, "anything that assists in passing a large stone, which otherwise would lead to prolonged pain and surgical intervention, is well worth it," said Bromberg, who was not involved in the new research. The study was led by Jeremy Furyk of Townsville Hospital in Queensland, Australia. His team found that 28 days after visiting an emergency department for any size of kidney stone, 87 percent of patients treated with ... Read more
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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Posted 2 Mar 2010 by Drugs.com
TUESDAY, March 2 – The first generic version of Flomax (tamsulosin hydrochloride) capsules has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), the medical term for an enlarged prostate. California-based IMPAX Laboratories will be producing the generic version, which will have the same prescribing information and safety warnings as the brand-name capsules, the FDA said in a news release. BPH affects more than half of men in their 60s and as many as 90 percent of men older than 70, the agency said. Common symptoms include weak urine stream, urgency, leaking or dribbling, and more frequent urination – often at night. More information To learn more about enlarged prostate, visit the U.S. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Read more