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Valsartan Recall

Is Valsartan safe? On July 13, 2018, the U.S Food and Drug Administration alerted health care professionals and patients of a voluntary recall of several drug products containing the active ingredient valsartan. Valsartan is a commonly used prescription medication for treatment of high blood pressure and heart failure. Due to the serious medical conditions that this drug is indicated for, the FDA recommends that patients taking the recalled valsartan-containing medicines, should continue taking their medicine until they have a replacement. Not all valsartan containing products are affected by this recall. Patients with their medicine included in the recall list should contact their health ca

SHINGRIX: The Latest in Shingles Prevention

What is Shingles? Shingles is also known as Herpes Zoster, a disease that primarily occurs in older adults and individuals with a weak immune system. You can only get Shingles if you’ve had chickenpox. Furthermore, Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster virus). This is because the chickenpox virus remains in the body forever but it is not always active. What happens if you get Shingles? A blistering and painful rash may develop anywhere on your body, usually on one side. Even when the rash and blisters disappear, nerve pain (post herpetic neuralgia) may follow, which can last for 3 months or longer. The most common body area affected occurs on the si

Migraines vs. Bad Headache: Understanding the Difference

What are migraines? A migraine is a headache disorder that affects many adults and children. This severe disorder is commonly seen with nausea, light or sound sensitivity, and sometimes a light disturbance. Types of headache disorders There are many types of headache disorders (see below).[1] Sinus headaches often occur with infection like symptoms (fever, stuffy nose, congestion) Tension headaches present with pressure around the head and sometimes neck. These are the most common and can be episodic or chronic Migraines are intense and severe, usually presenting behind the ear or eye of one side of the head and often with accompanying symptoms Cluster headaches are extremely painful cycles

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