Print Issue: August 04, 2008

Benign prostatic hyperplasia may cause stenosis of the urethra

Recognizing symptoms of an enlarged prostate

The prostate gland has two important functions: To produce ejaculatory fluid and to act as a barrier to retrograde UTIs. Prostate enlargement, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), can produce a constellation of unpleasant symptoms that result when the enlarged gland forces the bladder to work harder to expel urine. The prostatic obstruction is both…

Short-term acute pain treatment combo

Product: Ibudone 5/200 Company: ProEthic Pharmacologic class: Narcotic analgesic (opioid + nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug [NSAID]) Active ingredients: Hydrocodone bitartrate 5 mg, ibuprofen 200 mg; tabs. Continue Reading Also: Ibudone 10/200 Active ingredients: Hydrocodone bitartrate 10 mg, ibuprofen 200 mg; tabs. Indication: Short-term (generally less than 10 days) management of acute pain. Pharmacology: Ibudone combines the…

Can ACE inhibitor diagnose heart failure?

Digitalis has been used to aid in the diagnosis of heart failure. Patients in failure often have a clinical response to digitalis within a few days. The reason for the failure may not be elucidated, but the diagnosis is supported. Do ACE inhibitors produce a similar quick response? If so, how long does it take?—EUGENE…

Race-specific hypertension treatment

An obese 48-year-old African American woman was sent from the emergency department for follow-up of newly diagnosed asymptomatic hypertension (BP 226/130 mm Hg). She was started on lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide (Zestoretic) 40/25 mg daily and clonidine 0.2 mg b.i.d. The patient has Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and…

Diet diaries double weight loss

People who kept a written record of everything they ate lost more than twice as much weight as those who kept no records.

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