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New Guideline for Smoking Cessation

On May 7, 2008 the U.S. Public Health Service issued an updated version of guideline for clinical practice identifying new effective counseling methods and clinical treatments for tobacco dependence. It also urged doctors to follow the new guideline when treating tobacco dependence.

The new guideline called Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update was created by the leading national experts in tobacco cessation and sponsored by a consortium of non-profit organizations. Having reviewed thousands of research articles, the authors continue to recommend NRT (nicotine replacement) products such as nicotine gum, nicotine nasal spray, nicotine patch, etc. used to help smokers break their tobacco dependence.

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Nexiam

Pharmacology: Nexiam is a proton pump inhibitor that suppresses gastric acid secretion by specific inhibition of the H+/K+-ATPase in the gastric parietal cell. By acting specifically on the proton pump, Nexiam blocks the final step in acid production, thus reducing gastric acidity.

Generic Name: Esomeprazole

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Crestor

Pharmacology: Crestor selectively and competitively inhibits the hepatic enzyme hydroxymethylglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase. As HMG-CoA reductase is responsible for converting HMG-CoA to mevalonate, this results in a decrease in mevalonate, a precursor of cholesterol....

Generic Name: Rosuvastatin

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Humira

Pharmacology: Humira (Abbott Laboratories) binds to TNF-alpha and blocks its interaction with the p55 and p75 cell surface TNF receptors. Humira (Abbott Laboratories) also lyses surface TNF expressing cells in vitro in the presence of complement...

Generic Name: Humira (Abbott Laboratories)

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Lantus

Picture pill Lantus Pharmacology: Lantus is produced by recombinant DNA technology utilizing a non-pathogenic laboratory strain of Escherichia coli (K12) as the production organism. Insulin glargine differs from human insulin in that the amino acid asparagine at position A21 is ...

Generic Name: Insulin Glargine recombinant

Lantus

Avastin

Picture pill Avastin Pharmacology: A recombinant humanized monoclonal IgG1 antibody that binds to and inhibits the biologic activity of human vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Bevacizumab contains human framework regions and the complementarity-determining regions of a m...

Generic Name: Bevacizumab

Avastin

Lasix

Picture pill Lasix Pharmacology: A benzoic-sulfonamide-furan. It is a diuretic with fast onset and short duration that is used for edema and chronic renal insufficiency. [PubChem]...

Generic Name: Furosemide

Lasix

Diovan

Picture pill Diovan Pharmacology: Valsartan (trade name DiovanĀ®) is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist, acting on the AT1 subtype. In the U.S., valsartan is indicated for treatment of high blood pressure, of congestive heart failure (CHF), and post-myocardial infarction (MI)...

Generic Name: Valsartan

Diovan

Abilify

Picture pill Abilify Pharmacology: Aripiprazole is an atypical antipsychotic medication used for the treatment of schizophrenia. It has also recently received FDA approval for the treatment of acute manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder. Aripiprazole appears t...

Generic Name: Aripiprazole

Abilify

Copaxone

Picture pill Copaxone Pharmacology: Glatiramer acetate consists of the acetate salts of synthetic polypeptides, containing four naturally occurring amino acids: L-glutamic acid, L-alanine, L-tyrosine, and L-lysine with an average molar fraction of 0.141, 0.427, 0.095, and 0.338, r...

Generic Name: Glatiramer Acetate

Copaxone