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Indacaterol (Arcapta) for COPD - STEPS - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2014 - Indacaterol provides a similar benefit to other long-acting bronchodilators for the treatment of moderate to severe COPD, with once-daily dosing. As with other LABAs, it should be used only as add-on therapy in patients already taking inhaled corticosteroids.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0815/p252.html

Insulin Detemir (Levmir) for Diabetes Mellitus - STEPS - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2006 - Insulin detemir is suitable as basal insulin in a basal-bolus regimen. In limited research, it has been shown to cause slightly fewer episodes of minor hypoglycemia and no weight gain in patients with type 1 and 2 diabetes, which is a benefit that must be balanced against its higher ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0715/p323.html

Ivabradine (Corlanor) for Heart Failure - STEPS - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2016 - In patients with stable systolic heart failure already on maximal medication therapy, adding ivabradine may reduce the number of hospitalizations related to heart failure (NNT for two years = 20), but it does not reduce cardiovascular mortality. In addition, many patients will not ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0415/p682.html

Ivermectin Lotion (Sklice) for Head Lice - STEPS - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2014 - Topical ivermectin is safe, effective, and easy to administer because it involves only a single application-rinse cycle and does not require nit combing. However, it is significantly more expensive than nonprescription treatments and its benefits may not be worth the cost for most ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0615/p984.html

Levonorgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol (Lybrel) for Continuous Contraception - STEPS - ...

Jan 15, 2008 - Lybrel appears to be as safe and effective as other combined oral contraceptives; however, at this time, there is little published data about this specific product. Other combined monophasic oral contraceptives, some of which cost less than Lybrel, can be used continuously and have been...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0115/p222.html

Liraglutide (Saxenda) for Weight Loss - STEPS - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2016 - Liraglutide, combined with lifestyle counseling, produces a clinically significant and sustained weight loss that continues as long as it is used. Nausea and vomiting, however, are common adverse effects, and about one in 10 patients will discontinue treatment.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0715/p161.html

Lubiprostone (Amitiza) for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation - STEPS - American Family ...

Oct 15, 2006 - Although bulk or osmotic laxatives are less expensive first options for treating patients with chronic idiopathic constipation, lubiprostone is an alternative for those who do not tolerate or respond to these agents, or in patients older than 65 years in whom tegaserod use is not ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/1015/p1380.html

Methylnaltrexone (Relistor) for Opioid-Induced Constipation - STEPS - American Family ...

Sep 15, 2010 - Methylnaltrexone can temporarily relieve opioid-induced constipation in patients with advanced illness who have not responded to laxative treatment. However, it must be given by injection, is expensive, and has been studied only for short-term use.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0915/p678.html

Milnacipran (Savella) for Fibromyalgia - STEPS - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2010 - Milnacipran can decrease the overall pain scores and improve symptoms of fibromyalgia. Safety in patients with severe comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions is unknown because these groups of patients were excluded from the study.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1015/p901.html

Naltrexone/Bupropion (Contrave) for Weight Loss - STEPS - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2015 - Naltrexone/bupropion produces clinically significant weight loss when combined with a diet and exercise program. It decreases body weight in patients with diabetes, but its effect on diabetic outcomes is not known. A significant proportion of patients will experience adverse effects.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0415/p554.html

Omalizumab (Xolair) for Treatment of Asthma - STEPS - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2005 - Omalizumab is an immunomodulatory therapy for the control of symptoms in patients with moderate to severe allergic asthma uncontrolled with conventional therapy. Given its high cost, the requirement that it be administered in a physician’s office, and side effects, it is appropriate for...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0115/p341.html

Phentermine/Topiramate (Qsymia) for Chronic Weight Management - STEPS - American Family...

Oct 15, 2014 - Phentermine/topiramate has been shown to be a good option for sustained weight loss in patients who are unable to lose weight with diet and exercise alone. It should not be given to patients with a history of significant heart disease, and women of childbearing age should use ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1015/p576.html

Prasterone (Intrarosa) for Dyspareunia - STEPS - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2019 - Prasterone is similarly effective to nonprescription options for treating vaginal dryness and itching associated with menopause and may offer a small benefit in the treatment of dyspareunia.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0115/p117.html

Quadrivalent HPV Recombinant Vaccine (Gardasil) for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer -...

Aug 15, 2007 - The HPV vaccine is safe and effective in preventing genital warts and cervical changes that may lead to cervical cancer, and it is recommended as part of the vaccination series in females 11 to 12 years of age. It can be given to females as young as 9 or 10 years of age, and catch-up ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0815/p573.html

Retapamulin (Altabax) 1% Topical ointment for the Treatment of Impetigo - STEPS - ...

Nov 15, 2007 - Retapamulin is an effective alternative to topical mupirocin in the treatment of limited-area impetigo in patients older than nine months. Although it is more expensive, retapamulin does have a dosing advantage over mupirocin; it only requires a twice-a-day application for five days, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1115/p1537.html

Rifaximin (Xifaxan) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome - STEPS - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2017 - Rifaximin has good overall tolerability. A relatively short course of treatment results in sustained clinical benefit for at least 10 weeks, eliminating the need for continued therapy, with an NNT of 10. However, it is expensive and should be reserved for patients who cannot tolerate or...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0215/p258.html

Rifaximin (Xifaxan) for Traveler's Diarrhea - STEPS - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2005 - Rifaximin is safe and effective for treatment in most patients with traveler's diarrhea, but it offers no advantages over ciprofloxacin. At the same cost, it has a less convenient dosage interval than ciprofloxacin and has more limitations.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1215/p2525.html

Roflumilast (Daliresp) for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - STEPS - American ...

Feb 15, 2014 - Roflumilast therapy has a limited role in patients with severe COPD, and no role in patients with mild to moderate COPD. It will not decrease the number of hospitalizations.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0215/p300.html

Rotavirus Vaccine, Live, Oral, Pentavalent (Rotateq) for Prevention of Rotavirus ...

Sep 15, 2006 - Although costly, rotavirus pentavalent vaccine has been shown to be safe, with no increased risk of intussusception. It also has shown to reduce the need for hospitalization and emergency department visits connected with rotavirus gastroenteritis, decrease office visits associated with ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0915/p1014.html

Semaglutide (Ozempic) for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus - STEPS - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2019 - Semaglutide can be added to existing treatment to improve glycemic control and induce weight loss. It may also protect against cardiovascular outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes and established cardiovascular disease.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0715/p116.html

Spinosad (Natroba) for Head Lice - STEPS - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2013 - Spinosad is safe and effective for the treatment of head lice; most patients will be lice-free after a single treatment. Nit combing following treatment is not necessary. These benefits must be weighed against its prescription-only status and higher cost compared with nonprescription ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0615/p874.html

Tadalafil (Cialis) for Erectile Dysfunction - STEPS - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2004 - Like other PDE5 inhibitors, tadalafil effectively improves the ability of men with erectile dysfunction to achieve an erection and successfully complete intercourse. It is less effective, although still useful, in some men with ED due to diabetes. Its longer duration may require less ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0715/p359.html

Teriparatide (Forteo) for Osteoporosis - STEPS - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2004 - Teriparatide increases bone density in men and women with osteoporosis and has reduced the risk of new vertebral fractures in high-risk women. Its role in therapy is not clear. Due to its uncertain safety profile, lack of long-term experience, and high cost, it makes sense to reserve ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0415/p1983.html

Tetravalent Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (Menactra) for the Prevention of ...

Nov 15, 2006 - MCV4 is as effective and as safe as the older MPSV4. It is recommended by the ACIP for children 11 to 12 years of age, college freshmen living in dormitories, and other high-risk populations. MCV4 should provide effective and longer-lasting immunity, but at significant expense to ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/1115/p1771.html

Ticagrelor (Brilinta) for Secondary Prevention of Thrombotic Events Following Acute ...

Dec 15, 2013 - Ticagrelor is an alternative to clopidogrel for secondary prevention of cardiovascular death in patients with acute coronary syndrome. In an international study it was found to be more effective, but patients in the United States did not experience superior outcomes.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1215/p821.html

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