Drugs, Procedures & Devices

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  • Take Cholesterol to Heart

    If you’re taking a statin, talk to your family doctor about factors such as statin intensity, risk for potential drug…

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  • Digoxin: A Medicine for Heart Problems

    Digoxin is a medicine used to treat heart problems, including heart failure and atrial fibrillation.

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  • Decongestants: OTC Relief for Congestion

    Over-the-counter decongestants are medicines you can buy without a prescription to relieve a stuffy nose.

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  • High Blood Pressure Medicines

    It is important to treat high blood pressure. Medicines are one of the most common methods of treatment.

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  • Gallbladder Removal: Laparoscopic Method

    Laparoscopic removal of the gallbladder is a less invasive method that results in shorter recovery time and less-noticeable scars.

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  • Methotrexate

    Methotrexate is a strong medicine used to treat different conditions. It can cause serious side effects, so it must be…

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  • Naltrexone for Alcoholism

    Naltrexone is a medicine that can help people with alcoholism to stop drinking alcohol. It also helps people addicted to…

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  • Cholesterol-lowering Medicines

    Several types of medicine are used to treat high cholesterol levels. Your doctor will decide which type of medicine is…

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  • Colposcopy

    A colposcopy is a women’s health exam that looks closely at the cervix to diagnose problems.

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  • Vaginal Pessary

    A vaginal pessary is a plastic device that fits into your vagina to help support your uterus (womb), vagina, bladder,…

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  • Ultrasound During Pregnancy

    A fetal ultrasound is a test that uses sound waves to create an image of your unborn baby on a…

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  • Splenectomy

    A splenectomy is the surgical removal of your spleen. The spleen helps your body fight infection and helps filter the…

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  • Taking Medicines Safely after Alcohol or Drug Abuse Recovery

    Learn how to share information with your doctor and safely take medicines to assist your alcohol or drug abuse…

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  • Prescription Drug Abuse in the Elderly

    Most older adults who suffer from prescription drug abuse do so by accident. Learn the causes and how to recognize…

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  • Hormone Replacement Therapy

    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a type of treatment that involves taking synthetic hormones to prevent or treat certain medical…

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  • Chickenpox Vaccine

    The chickenpox vaccine is given to young children to prevent chickenpox, a highly contagious disease caused by a virus.

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  • Drug-Food Interactions

    Many medicines can be affected by what you eat and when you eat it. Learn what you need to know…

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  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator: A Treatment for Arrhythmia

    An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is a type of medical device. It helps treat arrhythmias and prevent cardiac arrest.

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  • Organizing Your Medicines

    If you take a lot of different medicines, you need to keep them organized. That way you won’t forget to…

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  • Nicotine Patch

    A nicotine patch is a type of nicotine replacement therapy that can help you quit smoking. It releases a small…

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