Author: Jennifer Bowles

Psychotherapy Alone May Help Some Depression Patients

A recent study concludes that cognitive psychotherapy can be just as effective for the treatment of atypical major depression as standard drug therapy with phenelzine sulfate. Researchers at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas randomized 108…

Propantheline Bromide

(British Approved Name, rINN) Drug Nomenclature International Nonproprietary Names (INNs) in main languages (French, Latin, Russian, and Spanish): Synonyms: Bromuro de propantelina; Propanteliinibromidi; Propantelin-bromid; Propantelina, bromuro de; Propantelinbromid; Propantelino bromidas; Propanthelini Bromidum; Propanthelinii Bromidum; Propanthelinium-bromid BAN: Propantheline Bromide…

Dihydroergotamine

(British Approved Name, rINN) Drug Nomenclature International Nonproprietary Names (INNs) in main languages (French, Latin, Russian, and Spanish): Synonyms: Dihidroergotamina; Dihydroergotamiini; Dihydroergotamin; Dihydroergotaminum BAN: Dihydroergotamine INN: Dihydroergotamine [rINN (en)] INN: Dihidroergotamina [rINN (es)] INN: Dihydroergotamine [rINN (fr)] INN:…

Drug Welchol for Hypercholesterolemia

Brand Name Drug: Welchol Active Ingredient Drug: colesevelam hydrochloride Indication: For the reduction of elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in patients with primary hypercholesterolemia, as an adjunct to diet and exercise Company Name: GelTex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Availability: Approved by…

Antispasmodics

Antispasmodics are drugs used for their relaxant action on smooth muscle, either direct or through an antimuscarinic action on the parasympathetic innervation. They play a role in the management of gastrointestinal spasm and irritable bowel syndrome (below) as…

Treatment of IBS. 5-HT3 Antagonists and 5-HT4 Agonists

According to Birrer, 96% of serotonin is concentrated in the gastrointestinal tract. As a major neurotransmitter, it exerts an effect on gut smooth muscle in response to central and physical stimuli primarily via the 5-HT3 and 5-HT4 receptors,…