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Abaloparatide (Tymlos) for Osteoporosis - STEPS - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2019 - Abaloparatide is a safe and effective medication used to reduce the likelihood of vertebral and nonvertebral fractures in women at high risk. However, it is expensive and requires daily injections. It has not been evaluated for its effect on decreasing hip fractures.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0215/p260.html

Acamprosate (Campral) for Treatment of Alcoholism - STEPS - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2006 - Acamprosate is a safe and well-tolerated treatment for patients with alcoholism and it appears to improve the likelihood that patients will remain abstinent. Most evidence suggests it is as effective as naltrexone but with fewer adverse reactions, and that it may be more effective when ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0815/p645.html

Adalimumab (Humira) for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis - STEPS - American Family...

Dec 15, 2008 - Adalimumab used alone offers little benefit over the traditional first-line agent, methotrexate. However, it increases remission rates when combined with methotrexate in early aggressive rheumatoid arthritis and when combined with traditional DMARDs in those who have not derived benefit...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1215/p1406.html

Adapelene/Benzoyl Peroxide (Epiduo) for Acne Vulgaris - STEPS - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2011 - Adapalene/benzoyl peroxide is as effective as other combination products for the treatment of acne. Once-daily application is an advantage in terms of simplicity and adherence to therapy, but the cost is much higher than that of the individual components sold separately; this may create...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0615/p1486.html

Adefovir (Hepsera) for Chronic Hepatitis B Infection - STEPS - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2003 - Adefovir offers an effective first-line alternative for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B. It also may prove to be useful in patients who have failed therapy with lamivudine as well as in patients who have difficulty tolerating interferon alfa-2b. How it compares with other agents or...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1215/p2429.html

Albiglutide (Tanzeum) for Diabetes Mellitus - STEPS - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2017 - Reductions in A1C are less with albiglutide than with the first-line therapy metformin, and albiglutide costs significantly more than metformin and sulfonylureas. Albiglutide's ability to reduce diabetes-related morbidity and major cardiovascular events is unknown.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0415/p521.html

Alirocumab (Praluent) for Treatment of Hyperlipidemia - STEPS - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2016 - Alirocumab is a novel lipid-lowering therapy that is highly effective at lowering LDL cholesterol when used in addition to statin therapy and diet. Its use should be limited to patients with either heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia or clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0815/p310.html

Aliskiren (Tekturna) for the Treatment of Hypertension - STEPS - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2007 - Aliskiren provides a new pharmacologic approach to treating hypertension; however, short-term studies have not identified a unique role. It is more expensive than commonly used first-line diuretics, and long-term safety has not been demonstrated.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1015/p1203.html

Alvimopan (Entereg) for the Treatment of Postoperative Ileus - STEPS - American Family ...

Apr 15, 2011 - Use of alvimopan should be restricted to patients at a higher risk of postoperative ileus following abdominal surgeries, such as hospitalized patients undergoing bowel resection with primary anastomosis. It is an expensive option with limited indications; head-to-head studies with ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0415/p978.html

Amlodipine/Atorvastin (Caduet) for Preventing Heart Disease - STEPS - American Family ...

Mar 15, 2006 - Amlodipine/atorvastatin offers no added benefit in safety, tolerability, or effectiveness over amlodipine and atorvastatin taken separately. It has not been shown to improve mortality or morbidity in patients who have hypertension with or without dyslipidemia. The only potential ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0315/p1067.html

Apixaban (Eliquis) for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation - STEPS - American ...

Apr 15, 2014 - Apixaban is at least as effective as aspirin or warfarin for preventing strokes in high-risk patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, especially those who cannot or will not take warfarin. It is slightly less likely to cause major bleeding and may have better compliance because it...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0415/p672.html

Atomoxetine for ADHD - STEPS - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2003 - Atomoxetine is more effective than placebo for treating symptoms of ADHD in children and adults, based on short-term studies. Given safety concerns (growth retardation, potential adverse effects in slow metabolizers) and its high cost, atomoxetine should be considered only as an ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1101/p1827.html

Becaplermin (Regranex) for Diabetic Foot Ulcers - STEPS - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2008 - Although patients treated with becaplermin are more likely to experience complete and faster ulcer healing than patients continuing good wound care alone, the increased risk of cancer mortality and significant cost outweigh the possible benefits in most patients.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0715/p255.html

Bivalent HPV Recombinant Vaccine (Cervarix) for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer - ...

Dec 15, 2010 - Cervarix is effective in preventing known cytologic and histologic precursors of cervical cancer, although, as with Gardasil, it has not been shown to decrease rates of cervical cancer. This protection has been shown to last for six years, but it is unclear if a booster dose is needed.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1215/p1541.html

Bromocriptine Mesylate (Cycloset) for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus - STEPS - American ...

May 15, 2013 - Cycloset will lower A1C levels by 0.3 to 0.5 percent when taken alone or in combination with a sulfonylurea, without undesirable adverse effects such as hypoglycemia and weight gain. It will not cause further improvement of glucose control when used with insulin, metformin, or other ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0515/p718.html

Colesevelam (WelChol) for Reduction of LDL Cholesterol - STEPS - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2005 - Colesevelam lowers LDL cholesterol levels a small amount (7 to 16 percent) when used alone and provides additional cholesterol lowering when added to statin therapy. It has a slightly beneficial effect on HDL cholesterol levels, has no effect on triglyceride levels, and is well tolerated.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0715/p321.html

Conivaptan (Vaprisol) for the Treatment of Hyponatremia - STEPS - American Family ...

Oct 15, 2008 - In most cases, patients with hyponatremia can be adequately managed with fluid restriction alone. However, acutely symptomatic patients may require treatment, such as hypertonic saline. In these situations, conivaptan is an expensive alternative.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1015/p984.html

Conjugated Estrogens/Bazedoxifene (Duavee) for Menopausal Symptoms - STEPS - American ...

Feb 15, 2016 - Conjugated estrogens/bazedoxifene is effective for the treatment of menopausal symptoms and may be better tolerated than conjugated estrogens/medroxyprogesterone. It will maintain bone mineral density in the lumbar spine and hip, but its effect on fractures is not known. Cardiovascular ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0215/p307.html

Crisaborole (Eucrisa) for Mild to Moderate Atopic Dermatitis - STEPS - American Family ...

Sep 15, 2018 - Crisaborole has been shown to be effective in about one-third of patients who use it, but it is much more expensive than other available products. Although crisaborole is a safe option for patients in whom topical corticosteroids are considered risky (e.g., children at least two years ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0915/p379.html

Dabigatran (Pradaxa) for Prevention of Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation - STEPS - American...

Dec 15, 2011 - Dabigatran is superior to warfarin for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation, with similar rates of major bleeding. Because it does not require laboratory monitoring, dabigatran therapy is less complicated than warfarin therapy, but it costs significantly more.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1215/p1397.html

Dapagliflozin (Farxiga) for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus - STEPS - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2015 - Dapagliflozin will lower A1C levels by an average of 0.7 percentage points when used alone or by an average of 0.5 percentage points when added to metformin therapy. Its effect on diabetes-associated morbidity and mortality has not been studied, and although it is well tolerated, there ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0615/p828.html

Dapsone (Aczone) 5% Gel for the Treatment of Acne - STEPS - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2010 - Topical dapsone gel will decrease the percentage of lesions in patients with mild to moderate acne, especially inflammatory lesions. Although not directly compared, dapsone gel has lower response rates than currently available topical treatments that are less expensive.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0215/p451.html

Delafloxacin (Baxdela) for Skin Infections - STEPS - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2018 - Delafloxacin is a new fluoroquinolone antibiotic available in intravenous and oral formulations for the treatment of serious skin and skin structure infections in patients requiring initial intravenous therapy. It is effective for infections caused by MRSA or P. aeruginosa, in addition ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0815/p246.html

Denosumab (Prolia) for Treatment of Postmenopausal Osteoporosis - STEPS - American ...

Feb 15, 2012 - Prolia is an expensive method of preventing osteoporotic hip fractures, and is associated with significant adverse effects. Safer, less expensive options exist for preventing fracture in high-risk women.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0215/p334.html

Desloratadine for Allergic Rhinitis - STEPS - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2003 - Desloratadine is somewhat effective for the treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis and may decrease nasal congestion. It also is effective for chronic urticaria. Desloratadine is similar in effectiveness to fexofenadine and would be expected to produce results similar to loratadine and...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1115/p2015.html

Doxepin (Silenor) for Insomnia - STEPS - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2011 - In older patients with primary insomnia, Silenor can increase duration of sleep without next-day effects. However, it does not significantly decrease the time to sleep onset, and it is less effective in younger adults.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0815/p453.html

Dulaglutide (Trulicity) for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus - STEPS - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2017 - Dulaglutide is an easy-to-use, once-weekly injectable therapy for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults. It produces a modest decrease in A1C levels with only a small risk of severe hypoglycemia. The small average weight loss it induces may be an advantage for some patients.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1015/p540.html

Duloxetine (Cymbalta) for Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder - STEPS - American ...

Sep 15, 2005 - Duloxetine is safe and effective for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Because of its expense and the lack of data supporting its superiority over other antidepressants, it should be used as an alternative if other agents are ineffective or are not tolerated.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0915/p1099.html

Dutasteride/Tamsulosin (Jalyn) for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia - STEPS - American ...

Jun 15, 2012 - Jalyn offers the convenience of taking one medication instead of two. Although monotherapy with dutasteride or tamsulosin is beneficial for many men, the combination drug is slightly better than either component alone at decreasing symptom scores; however, these benefits are of ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0615/p1194.html

Edoxaban (Savaysa) for the Prevention of Thromboembolic Events - STEPS - American ...

Apr 15, 2018 - Edoxaban is an alternative to warfarin and other oral anticoagulants for the prevention of stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and for the treatment of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0415/p529.html

Elagolix (Orilissa) for Endometriosis Pain - STEPS - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2019 - Elagolix can decrease pain in women with endometriosis, but it is expensive and has adverse effects similar to those of other medications that decrease estrogen levels.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p502.html

Elbasvir/Grazoprevir (Zepatier) for Hepatitis C Virus Infection - STEPS - American ...

Mar 15, 2017 - Elbasvir/grazoprevir is a safe and effective treatment for HCV genotypes 1 and 4, with or without compensated cirrhosis or HIV-1 coinfection. Patients with renal impairment, including those on hemodialysis, can use the medication.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0315/p393.html

Empagliflozin (Jardiance) for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus - STEPS - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2016 - Empagliflozin can be added to existing type 2 diabetes treatment to lower A1C levels, although there are less expensive options. In older patients with preexisting cardiovascular disease, empagliflozin can decrease all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality, and hospitalization for ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1215/p1014.html

Emtricitabine/Tenofovir (Truvada) for HIV Prophylaxis - STEPS - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2013 - When used with a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy, emtricitabine/tenofovir effectively prevents HIV-1 infection in high-risk patients. Adherence to daily dosing is important to maintain protection. The cost of therapy may limit access, and not all insurance companies currently ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1015/p535.html

Eplerenone (Inspra) for Hypertension - STEPS - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2004 - Compared with other commonly used antihypertensive medications, eplerenone is effective in lowering blood pressure when used alone or as add-on therapy. However, mortality benefits related to antihypertensive treatment have not yet been shown, so it should not be considered a first-line...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0215/p915.html

Erenumab (Aimovig) for Migraine Prophylaxis in Adults - STEPS - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2019 - Erenumab is a safe option for migraine prophylaxis in adults. However, it is expensive and should be reserved for patients who have experienced intolerable adverse effects while taking oral migraine prophylaxis medication or who have poor adherence to daily preventive treatment.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p781.html

Escitalopram (Lexapro) for Depression. - STEPS - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2003 - While escitalopram has proved to be an effective treatment for major depression, it has not been shown to be significantly more effective, safer, or better tolerated than citalopram or other antidepressants.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1201/p2235.html

Eszopiclone (Lunesta) for Treatment of Transient and Chronic Insomnia - STEPS - ...

Jun 15, 2005 - Similar to other hypnotic drugs, eszopiclone treats the symptom of insomnia and not the underlying cause. It offers no advantage over other nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic agents for transient insomnia and it therefore should be considered a second-line agent.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0615/p2359.html

Ethinyl Estradiol/Drospirenone (Yasmin): A Newer Oral Contraceptive - STEPS - American ...

May 15, 2004 - An effective oral contraceptive, ethinyl estradiol/drospirenone can elevate potassium levels when given in combination with other potassium-elevating agents and offers no advantage over traditional oral contraceptives.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0515/p2425.html

Ethinyl Estradiol/Levonorgestrel (Seasonale) for Oral Contraception - STEPS - American ...

Apr 15, 2005 - Women using ethinyl estradiol/levonorgestrel can expect similar or improved effectiveness and fewer menstrual cycles. Due in part to an increased incidence of unexpected bleeding in the first six months of use, a greater percentage of women will discontinue this regimen than will those ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0415/p1581.html

Evolocumab (Repatha) for the Treatment of Hyperlipidemia - STEPS - American Family ...

Nov 15, 2016 - Evolocumab is generally safe and effective at lowering serum LDL cholesterol levels for select patients who need marked cholesterol reduction and can tolerate injections. However, it remains unknown whether evolocumab prevents premature death from cardiovascular events.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1115/p843.html

Exenatide Injection (Byetta): Adjunctive Therapy for Glycemic Control - STEPS - ...

Jun 15, 2006 - Exenatide is an injectable treatment for type 2 diabetes. Its use requires patient education and strict monitoring of glucose levels because of the difficulty of its administration; therefore, it may not be a safe or practical option for patients who are not willing or able to ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0615/p2213.html

Ezetimibe for Hypercholesterolemia. - STEPS - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2003 - Ezetimibe is safe and effective for lowering LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, but has not been shown to affect patient-oriented outcomes. It can be used as monotherapy or in combination with a low-dose statin, although the combination is more expensive than the maximum dose of ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1015/p1595.html

Ezetimibe/Simvastatin (Vytorin) for Hypercholesterolemia - STEPS - American Family ...

Nov 15, 2005 - Low doses of ezetimibe/simvastatin provide greater improvements in lipid profile than simvastatin or atorvastatin monotherapy. Ezetimibe/simvastatin may be useful in patients who are unable to tolerate high-dose statin therapy. Combination ezetimibe-simvastatin is less expensive than ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1115/p2081.html

Febuxostat (Uloric) for Hyperuricemia and Gout - STEPS - American Family Physician

May 15, 2010 - Febuxostat more effectively lowers serum uric acid to goal levels than does allopurinol; however, this benefit is offset by a slightly higher incidence of adverse effects and treatment discontinuation. Until superiority for patient-oriented outcomes is shown in comparative trials with ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0515/p1287.html

Fidaxomicin (Dificid) for Clostridium difficile Infection - STEPS - American Family ...

Feb 1, 2013 - Fidaxomicin is effective for the treatment of C. difficile infection, but it is much more expensive than traditional therapy. Until it is known that the benefits outweigh the significant cost, metronidazole or oral vancomycin is the preferred treatment for most patients.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0201/p211.html

Flibanserin (Addyi) for Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder in Premenopausal Women - ...

May 15, 2016 - Although flibanserin results in a modest improvement in the number of satisfying sexual events (approximately one more per month vs. placebo), it does not improve other measures, is considerably expensive, and has significant adverse effects.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0515/p826.html

Glecaprevir/Pibrentasvir (Mavyret) for the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C - STEPS - ...

Nov 15, 2018 - Glecaprevir/pibrentasvir is an effective treatment for any of six genotypes of HCV infection and has few adverse effects. It can be used to treat more genotypes over a shorter duration (eight weeks for patients without cirrhosis) and is substantially less expensive than other available ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1115/p601.html

Glycopyrrolate (Lonhala Magnair) for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease...

May 15, 2019 - Glycopyrrolate is a safe alternative to long-acting muscarinic antagonists delivered by metered-dose inhaler for patients with moderate to severe COPD.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0515/p643.html

Glycopyrrolate (Seebri Neohaler) for Maintenance Therapy in Patients with COPD - STEPS ...

Sep 15, 2017 - Glycopyrrolate is a safe option for maintenance treatment to prevent moderate to severe exacerbations in patients with moderate to severe COPD, with only mild and rare adverse effects.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0915/p395.html

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