Lisinopril | High Blood Pressure Drug

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Generic lisinopril remains one of the standards in drug therapy for high blood pressure.  Also sold as Zestril and Prinivil, this generic ACE inhibitor is inexpensive and generally safe.  The compound successfully combats hypertension and protects both the heart and brain. Additionally it also reduces the likelihood of death after a heart attack and prevents kidney damage especially in diabetics. Unfortunately most individuals believe treating high blood pressure simply revolves around taking a pill.  While for some this may indeed be sufficient, attention to diet, salt intake, alcohol, cigarettes, excess body weight and exercise is generally required. Simply taking a pill fails to provide the benefits most people assume stems directly from therapy.  For a 200 pound individual who prizes highly salty food and rarely exercises, reality suggests two or…
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Lyrica | Useful in Relieving Pain?

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Is Lyrica useful in relieving pain? Heavily promoted as treatment for relieving pain due to diabetic neuropathy and fibromyalgia, Lyrica advertisements blanket the airways. While some studies demonstrate a small benefit when compared to an inactive placebo, others fail to show any difference. Marketed both as an anticonvulsant and as an antidote to nerve related pain, this drug finds indiscriminate use in for a wide assortment of painful conditions in addition to diabetic neuropathy, infuriating discomfort after the shingles and fibromyalgia. While the drug may indeed offer an alternative to narcotic pain medicines, its ability to improve pain appears almost indistinguishable from a cheap placebo.  Lyrica seems more likely to lead to side effects, dependence and abuse.    It can lead to lack of coordination, loss of sexual desire, muscle…
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Nexium Reduces Acid and Treats GERD

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Nexium reduces acid formation in the stomach and treats symptoms of GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease as well as a variety of other stomach disorders.  Once available by prescription only, this popular over-the-counter pill contains the same active ingredient as Prilosec. Although many believe Nexium functions as an antacid, it actually belongs in the category of proton pump inhibitors.  Also included in this group are Prilosec, Aciphex, Protonix, Prevacid and Dexilant.  These drugs require several days of regular use to shut down the acid producing cells.  Consequently they fail to provide immediate relief from indigestion or heartburn. In spite of advertising that champions the benefits of one drug over another, medical evidence suggests only minor differences exist between members of the class.  Contrary to popular expectation, none of the drugs…
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