Family Medicine

WHICH ANTIHISTAMINES HALT ITCHING?

Which antihistamine is most likely to be effective in the treatment of pruritic lesions—loratadine (Claritin), fexofenadine (Allegra), fexofenadine with pseudoephedrine…

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…

INCREASED PRACTITIONER INTERACTION MAY IMPROVE RELIEF IN IBS PATIENTS

Level 2: Mid-level evidence A randomized trial evaluated the impact of increased practitioner interaction in 262 patients (mean age 39 years) with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (BMJ. 2008;336:999-1003; full-text available online free of charge at: www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/336/7651/999; accessed August 13, 2008). Patients were randomized to one of three groups for three weeks: waiting-list control vs. placebo…

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