Mechanism of action, indications and adverse effects of: etanercept, infliximab and adalimumab
Etanercept, infliximab and adalimumab are TNF alpha blockers. Learn about TNF alpha in inflammation. Mechanism of action, therapeutic uses and adverse effects profile of these drugs.
FDA video warning on metoclopramide and tardive dyskinesia
Video: patient safety warning on chronic use of metoclopramide and the risk of developing tardive dyskinesia.
MCQs for USMLE review on psychopharmacology: antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, antidepressants and lithium
These pharmacology MCQs from the UMKC School of Medicine have a different degree of difficulty, but are useful to review pharmacology of psychotropics. Psychotropics Item Number: 11667 correct answer: 4 category: Psychotropics 1. The symptoms of tardive dyskinesia will acutely improve with: 1. administration of diphenhydramine 2. administration of amantadine 3. administration of bromocriptine 4. […]
EMEA reviewed methylphenidate (Ritalin) for ADHD and issued recommendations for its safer use
EMEA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has reviewed methylphenidate for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Quoting the press release issued 22 January 2009: The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) has concluded that methylphenidate-containing medicines remain suitable for the treatment of children aged six years or older and adolescents with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It has […]
Medwatch alert. Topical anesthetics: risk of cardiologic and neurologic side effects
FDA issued a safety warning about the hazards of topical anesthetics [Posted 01/16/2009] FDA issued a public health advisory to remind patients, healthcare professionals, and caregivers about potentially serious hazards of using skin numbing products, also known as topical anesthetics, for relieving pain from mammography and other medical tests and conditions. FDA is concerned about […]
Statins: mechanism of action and side effects
An overview on the mechanism of action of statins: HMG CoA reductase inhibitors,or statins are widely prescribed drugs. They are indicated for the treatment of hipercholesterolemia, a condition that increases cardiovascular risk. Currently, the drugs of this group that are available are: Atorvastatin Fluvastatin Lovastatin Mevastatin Pitavastatin Pravastatin Rosuvastatin Simvastatin Mechanism of action. Animation explained […]