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Is Zetia better than lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Is Zetia better than lipitor (atorvastatin)?

zetia (ezetimibe): Lipitor (atorvastatin) data is stronger than Zetia data for lowering lipids and decreasing atherosclerotic complications. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Pravastatin Sodium (Definition)

Pravastatin sodium is a HMG-CoA enzyme blocker which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid ...Read more


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Zyban (bupropion) question. Has anyone prescribed zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking?

Zyban (bupropion) question. Has anyone prescribed zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking?

Yes: Sure, it is (was) a very common medication. If you are in il, call me. Most of the times, however, I use wellbutrin (bupropion) - less side effects, additional benefits and the same likelihood to quit. By the way, it is better to be used as a part of a "cocktail" and with a couch-like person. ...Read more

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Can lipitor, (atorvastatin) carvedilol, effient or Xanax increase blood sugar?

Can lipitor, (atorvastatin) carvedilol, effient or Xanax increase blood sugar?

May effect glucose: Lipitor (atorvastatin) has been associated with increased bs or hgba1c, mainly in women. Carvedilol may potentiate anti diabetic agents and actually lower blood sugar. To the best of my knowledge, xanax and Effient have no effect on blood sugar. ...Read more

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Is Lipitor (atorvastatin) a better drug than tricor ?

Is Lipitor (atorvastatin) a better drug than tricor ?

They're different: They are used for different profiles of abnormal cholesterol. Lipitor, or generic atorvastatin, is a medication that mostly is used to lower LDL the "bad cholesterol." that is enough for most people. Tricor (fenofibrate) is used to correct a mixed profile, when someone has not only high ldl, but also high triglycerides (blood fat level) and low hdl, the "good cholesterol.". So they're used differently. ...Read more

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Is pravachol (pravastatin) effective in lowering cholesterol?

Is pravachol (pravastatin) effective in lowering cholesterol?

LDLHDLnotCholesterol: Yes/some. But Cholesterol: a fat molecule manufactured by every animal cell; building block of each cell membrane (enables fluidity & not tearing) fundamental to survival of every animal cell & animal movement. Lipoproteins (proteins which transport all fats in water outside cells) is the correct issue for artery disease (e.g. LDL ?700 nmol/l & Large-HDL ?9 µmol/l). Cholesterol ?$, but misleading. ...Read more

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Could smoking cigarettes really effect xanax (alprazolam)?

Could smoking cigarettes really effect xanax (alprazolam)?

Not technically: Nicotine is a stimulant which can cause agitation which can negate the anti-anxiety effects of xanax (alprazolam). There are no significant drug-drug interactions. ...Read more

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What is a better cholesterol lowering medicine? Lipitor (atorvastatin) or simvastatin?

Lipitor (atorvastatin) is stronger: Lipitor (atorvastatin) and now generic Atorvastatin is 'stronger' on a mg to mg basis compared to simvastatin, meaning it lowers the cholesterol 20-30% more than simvastatin. ...Read more

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Is lescol stronger than lipitor, (atorvastatin) crestor?

Is lescol stronger than lipitor, (atorvastatin) crestor?

No: Lescol is weaker than those two. If your cholesterol level reaches goal, then it probably does not matter which statin you use. But if you require a higher dose, and do not reach goal even with high dose Lescol or other older drugs, then Lipitor (atorvastatin) or Crestor would be preferred. They are more potent. As they are about equally effective, price becomes an issue since Lipitor (atorvastatin) is generic now. ...Read more

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Hello. Is omega XL safe for diabetics taking insulin metformin glipizide Lipitor (atorvastatin) diazid tricor & bp meds, spiriva advair. ?

Exercise caution: you are already on multiple medications, some possibly interact together, you don't want to add more unless really needed, even if it is a supplement, fatty acids in omega fish oil might increase lipids in your system, this is not against any drug but rather for your own safety, please revise all your meds with your doctor on regular basis, good luck ...Read more

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Anyone used zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking more than once?

Anyone used zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking more than once?

Yes: You can use it multiple times. More important question is why you relapse. Are you using smoking to calm down? To help concentrate? Just a a time filler? Are you anxious or depressed? Instead of using the same zyben again, try to solve the main probelm first. ...Read more

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Is Lipitor (atorvastatin) good for heart?

Is Lipitor (atorvastatin) good for heart?

Yes: If you have elevated cholesterol that needs to be treated, then Lipitor (atorvastatin) is an excellent choice. ...Read more

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Is smoking cigarettes equivalent to smoking weed?

Is smoking cigarettes equivalent to smoking weed?

Yes and no: Both do harm to the body in different ways, nicotine is implicated with cancer , weed also has implicated with cancer in a recent study an increased incidence of testicular cancer was found . In regards to addiction they both cause increase of Dopamine which happens to be the chief chemical associated with pleasure, reward and re-inforcement of a behavior. I would suggest both not be used. ...Read more

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Is smoking cigars addictive?

Is smoking cigars addictive?

Yes: the smoking ritual itself, whether cigarettes, pipes or tobacco produces a psychological dependency, and the nicotine is absorbed through the mucous membranes of the mouth even in those who don't inhale. In addition, it is highly associated with head and neck cancer (mouth, tongue, throat etc), with higher amounts of cancer-causing tars than cigarettes have. ...Read more

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Calcium scan zero. Cholesterol over 300 without meds. Taking 80 Lipitor (atorvastatin) 20 Zetia. Dr. wants me stop Zetia half Lipitor (atorvastatin). Should I?

I'm not too sure.: Unless your HDL is really really really high or unless you were experiencing some side effect of one of those medications, a total of 300 sounds just too high, especially at your age (no offense). I would continue the medications in a preventive sense. ...Read more

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Is the nicotrol (nicotine patch) inhaler effective to quit smoking?

Is the nicotrol (nicotine patch) inhaler effective to quit smoking?

Cessation is great: Nicotrol (nicotine patch) can be effective in smoking cessation as will the gum, patches, etc.You must want to quit as well. Don't think the nicotine substitute (any form) will do it all. You must meet half way. Go on line for all the smoking cessation sites. I'm sure one will be helpful. ...Read more

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Benefits/risks of Zetia vs crestor (rosuvastatin)?

Benefits/risks of Zetia vs crestor (rosuvastatin)?

Crestor (rosuvastatin) is better: Crestor (rosuvastatin) is a statin. Statins are the only cholesterol drugs that have been clearly shown to reduce mortality - that is, to save lives. While Zetia does lower cholesterol, there is to date no convincing evidence that it saves lives. ...Read more

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How can I recognise geniune crestor (rosuvastatin) from fake crestor (rosuvastatin)?

How can I recognise geniune crestor (rosuvastatin) from fake crestor (rosuvastatin)?

You can't: The only one who can give you a true answer is your pharmacist. That is why it is usually not a good idea to obtain medications from foreign sources over the internet or mail. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Balin
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Pravachol (Definition)

Pravachol is a HMG-CoA enzyme blocker which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid ...Read more