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  • Update: Treatment of Chronic Asthma [hide all summaries]
    (August 2015)
    Asthma is a common disease afflicting more than 16 million American adults and 6 million children. Find out the safest and most effective options for managing this chronic lung disease.
  • The Dangers of Combining Sleeping Pills With Other Medication [hide all summaries]
    (September 2010)
    The article list 34 other medications that can harmfully interact with sleeping pills, increasing their sedative properties and causing excessive sedation. Excessive sedation at night could increase the risk of falls, should the person get up in the night for some reason. Moreover, excessive sedation causing respiratory depression could be dangerous for people with certain disorders, such as lung disease.
  • FDA Requires Warnings about Serious Mental and other Side Effects With Certain Asthma Drugs [hide all summaries]
    (August 2009)
    The FDA has just warned about about mood and behavior changes for three drugs used to treat asthma: montelukast (SINGULAIR), zafirlukast (ACCOLATE) and zileuton (ZYFLO, ZYFLO CR). The article describes these side effects and urges that patients talk with their health care providers if these events occur. However, we advise that patients should not stop any asthma medication without first consulting your physician. Abruptly stopping a medication may result in acutely deteriorating asthma control.
  • Tizanidine: Watch Out for Drugs Interacting With This Muscle Relaxant [hide all summaries]
    (October 2008)
    Tizanidine (ZANAFLEX) is a muscle relaxant for which more than 3.8 million prescriptions were filled in the U.S. last year. The article lists more than 64 drugs with which it can have dangerous interactions resulting in excess sedation, difficulty breathing or dangerously low blood pressure that can result in falling.
  • FDA Issues New Warnings For Muscle Spasm Drug Tizanidine (ZANAFLEX) [hide all summaries]
    (August 2007)
    The muscle spasm drug tizanidine (ZANAFLEX) combined with certain other drugs could cause serious complications such as drowsiness and can dramatically lower blood pressure, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The article lists 20 drugs to avoid if you are using Zanaflex so that you avoid these potentially dangerous interactions.

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