20 NEW DRUG BREAKTHROUGHS

Several new drugs which could have far-reaching beneficial effects on the health of millions of Americans have recently been approved by the FDA. Here are some of the most important drugs to get approval by the FDA for treatment of everything from heart disease to lead poisoning:

1) Videx— used to treat adults and children with advanced HIV infections who are unable to take AZT or who aren’t showing any signs of improvement with AZT use.

2) Foscavir— a medication used to treat inflammation of the retina in patients who have AIDS.

3) Zofran— this drug helps to prevent nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy treatments.

4) Fludara— helps to relieve discomfort brought about by the symptoms of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a cancerous blood disease.

5) Nipent— provides treatment for adults who have hairy cell leukemia, another cancerous blood disease.

6) Zocor— a drug used to lower high cholesterol levels that won’t come down, even with a healthful diet.

7) ISMO— helps to prevent the chest pains caused by angina.

8) Ticlid— used to reduce the risk of a stroke in patients who have blocked arteries.

9) Relafen— provides pain and inflammation relief from both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

10) Altace, Accupril, Monopril, Lotensin, and Plendil are all newly approved drugs used for the treatment of high blood pressure.

11) Chemet— used to treat high levels of lead in children.

12) Zoloft— provides an alternative drug treatment for depression.

13) Biaxin— used to clear up respiratory tract infections as well as lung diseases such as pneumonia and chronic bronchitis. May also be helpful in treating some skin infections.

14) Penetrex— for adult use only against some sexually transmitted diseases and urinary tract infections.

15) Zithromax— used for treatment of infection of the respiratory tract and skin. Also used for some sexually transmitted diseases in patients over 16.

16) A new drug called acyclovir is now being used to treat chicken pox. Acyclovir, an anti-viral drug which is also used to treat herpes and some severe or complicated cases of shingles, shortens the recovery period and lessens the severity of Chicken Pox in most cases, according to medical experts. In order for acyclovir to be effective it must be taken within twenty-four hours after chicken pox has been diagnosed.

17) A new drug, sotalol hydrochloride, has been approved by the Food and

Drug Administration to treat irregular heartbeat. The drug has one side effect— it may sometimes cause the condition it is intended to treat—and will be used only in severe cases.

According to the FDA, sotalol hydrochloride may help about 150,000 people each year who experience potentially fatal ventricular arrhythmias. However, it is not recommended for people who have non-life-threatening arrhythmias because it can cause dangerously irregular heartbeats.

The FDA says that the drug changes the way the heart conducts electrical signals and reduces the effects of nerve impulses on the heart.

18) Recent findings from a study at Boston’s Children’s Hospital suggest that nitroglycerin, a drug which is commonly used to treat heart disease, may also provide protection for nerve cells.

The Boston study indicates that nitroglycerin protects nerve cells from the brain chemical glutamate. The chemical, in increased levels, is partially responsible for the damage experienced in conditions such as head trauma and stroke.

19) A new drug which doesn’t cause serious side effects may soon be available for the treatment of migraines. The new drug, called sumatriptan, is still being tested, but in initial clinical tests, researchers report that almost 70 percent of patients experienced a drastic reduction or elimination of headache pain within one hour of taking the drug. Clinical trials of the new drug are still underway to determine just how effective and safe it is.

20) A report presented to the American Heart Association says that wider use of clot-dissolving drugs for heart attack patients could triple the number of lives saved each year.

A recent study concluded that clot-dissolving drugs, which break up blood clots that cause heart attacks, can prevent heart damage if given quick enough. However, doctors are sometimes hesitant about using these drugs because they can trigger dangerous, uncontrolled bleeding.

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