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Drug Therapy

Nov 1, 2017 Issue
Tapering Patients Off of Benzodiazepines [Curbside Consultation]

When prescribed at a low dosage for a short time (fewer than 30 days), benzodiazepines can effectively treat generalized and social anxiety, panic disorder, and sleep disorders. Long-term use for anxiety and sleep disorders is not supported by research because it is associated with the development o...


Oct 15, 2017 Issue
Newer Oral Hypoglycemics Do Not Increase or Decrease Mortality [POEMs]

This seems like a strange question considering that the goal is to decrease mortality with drug therapy. Nevertheless, this study showed that the new kids on the diabetes block—exenatide (Byetta), dulaglutide (Trulicity), sitagliptin (Januvia), saxagliptin (Onglyza), and others—do not increase mortality, even in patients with cardiovascular risk.


Sep 1, 2017 Issue
Varenicline for Smoking Cessation [Medicine by the Numbers]

Do the benefits outweigh the harms of using varenicline (Chantix) for smoking cessation? Read more to find out.


Aug 1, 2017 Issue
Antipsychotics for Fibromyalgia in Adults [Medicine by the Numbers]

Quetiapine may be considered for a limited period (less than 12 weeks) to improve pain, sleep, and depression in fibromyalgia, while considering the potential for weight gain.


Jul 15, 2017 Issue
Niacin Does Not Decrease Mortality in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease or Low HDL [POEMs]

We are now flush with data about the effects of niacin in patients with elevated cholesterol levels. Despite its ability to raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) serum cholesterol levels, it does not add additional mortality or morbidity benefit to statin treatment. Patients with diabetes mellitus ma...


Jul 15, 2017 Issue
Greater Benefit with Rivaroxaban Than Aspirin for Extended Treatment of VTE [POEMs]

Compared with aspirin, the use of rivaroxaban (Xarelto) to extend anticoagulation beyond the initial six to 12 months to treat provoked or unprovoked VTE reduces the risk of recurrent symptomatic VTE without increasing the risk of bleeding. You would need to treat approximately 30 to 33 patients wit...


Jul 1, 2017 Issue
Problematic Jumps in Drug Prices and What You Can Do [Editorials]

Health professionals can help patients lower their medication costs, whether they pay the whole charge or only part of it.


Jul 1, 2017 Issue
Drug Price Gouging: When Will it End? [Editorials]

Price gouging will end only when the structural elements responsible for the unchecked costs of drugs are addressed in a systematic way.


May 1, 2017 Issue
Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Patients with Cirrhosis and Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]

Antibiotics should be used for prophylaxis in hospitalized patients with cirrhosis and upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Prophylaxis reduces all-cause mortality by 21%, as well as bacterial infections and rebleeding.


Feb 15, 2017 Issue
Aspirin for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Colorectal Cancer: New Recommendations from the USPSTF [Editorials]

In April 2016, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) updated its recommendation on the use of aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD). Because emerging evidence suggested that aspirin may also be useful for the prevention of cancer, for the first time, the USPSTF developed a recom...


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