Chronic Disease Management

Man with severe chest pain due to heart failure
Eliquis: Transforming Lives with Atrial Fibrillation Treatment

Jul 1, 2024

Author’s note: This is a personal story in the sense that someone close to me (let us call him ‘Dan’) had atrial fibrillation. To honor his memory and protect my family’s privacy, I have altered details sufficiently to mask his identity. One detail remains, which is quite true: Eliquis (apixaban) extended his life and...

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Myoclonic Seizures

Jun 25, 2024

Myoclonic seizures, brief yet sudden involuntary muscle spasms, present a unique challenge within the spectrum of neurological disorders. While often overlooked, their impact on individuals can range from minor annoyances to significant disruptions in daily life, depending on frequency and intensity. The pathophysiology behind these seizures is...

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New Treatments for Psoriasis

Jun 14, 2024

The landscape of psoriasis treatment is undergoing a significant transformation, driven by the introduction of novel biologic therapies and technological advancements in drug delivery systems. Recent clinical trials have highlighted the efficacy of targeting specific cytokines, offering hope for more personalized and effective management of the...

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Overweight obese man with hypercholesterolemia, teleworking and eating pastries
Simvastatin for High Cholesterol

Jun 5, 2024

Author’s note: ‘Bob’ is a composite of several patients I’ve treated for high cholesterol. In this sense, Bob is several actual patients, but his privacy is being preserved by mixing up the facts about his case.Key TakeawaysSimvastatin effectively lowers LDL cholesterol levels, improving lipid profiles in patients with...

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Sad tired sick asthmatic teenager with scarf around neck temperature check using thermometer
Management of Moderate Persistent Asthma in a 15-Year-Old Boy

Jun 3, 2024

Author’s note: ‘Jared’ is an actual patient; however, the details of his history have been altered to preserve his privacy. Nevertheless, Jared’s successful asthma management is a true story repeated several times in my practice.Key TakeawaysMontelukast helps with asthma controlSix months of Montelukast use results in a...

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Happy woman on the scale
How Does Wegovy Work

May 27, 2024

Wegovy ® (semaglutide), a clinically approved pharmaceutical agent for weight management, operates through a fascinating biochemical pathway involving GLP-1 receptor agonism. Its active ingredient, semaglutide, mimics the incretin hormones, which play a pivotal role in regulating insulin secretion in response to meals. By enhancing this natural...

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Semaglutide Insulin injection pen or insulin cartridge pen for diabetics.
Ozempic or Wegovy for Weight Loss? Doctors Urge Caution

May 22, 2024

The recent surge in the popularity of Ozempic® (semaglutide) and Wegovy® (semaglutide) injection as weight loss solutions has captured public attention, but medical professionals caution against their uninformed use. These medications, primarily designed for managing diabetes, have shown promising results in weight reduction, which may lead...

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A 35 Year Old Woman with Migraines Treated with Sumatriptan

May 14, 2024

Key TakeawaysSumatriptan effectively relieves migraine pain when used early.Fast-disintegrating sumatriptan formulations may speed up pain relief onset.Sumatriptan is recommended by the American Migraine Foundation.Research aims to improve sumatriptan's effectiveness and safety.Author’s Note: Janet is a real woman with migraine headaches...

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Injecting semaglutide
Ozempic Dosing

Apr 12, 2024

The popularity of prescription GLP-1 medications has grown tremendously, largely because these medications have been associated with substantial weight loss. Ozempic has become one of the more recognizable medications within this class of drugs originally formulated for blood sugar management in type 2 diabetes. As more people seek to...

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