COVID-19 Complications: Optimizing medications for recovery using pharmacogenetics (PGx)

Over 10% of people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus experience acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and require supportive treatment with oxygen and even mechanical lung ventilation. Multiple COVID-19 complications occur because SARS family coronaviruses can cause extensive heart and lung damage. SARS-CoV-2 viruses can easily penetrate deep into these...

Can’t tolerate tamoxifen side effects, can I stop taking it? Pharmacogenetic testing improves treatment

Have you been prescribed hormone therapy for cancer but can’t tolerate tamoxifen side effects? For many women, tamoxifen side effects are too much to stomach, and the prospect of enduring them for five years is not appealing even at the risk of cancer recurrence. Tamoxifen is an option for hormone therapy...

Medication for endometriosis and uterine fibroids: Elagolix and other treatments

Elagolix is a new option for treating endometriosis and uterine fibroids Endometriosis and uterine fibroids are common conditions affecting women most often during their reproductive years. Both conditions can cause severe cramps, abdominal and lower back pain, as well as heavy or abnormal menstrual bleeding. Treatment options include pain relievers,...

Blood pressure medication and coronavirus: Do ACE2 blockers increase the risk of COVID-19?

Analysis of COVID-19 infections has identified that older patients with pre-existing conditions are at higher risk of severe disease. Doctors treating patients further emphasize that people with hypertension and heart disease are at higher risk of complications. This article discusses the relationship between blood pressure medication and coronavirus and...

Do antidepressant medications increase the risk of dementia in older adults?

What if you or one of your parents experience depression later in life, and the doctor prescribes an antidepressant? It’s important to understand the health risks and take careful steps to minimize them, especially if other medications are being taken as well. As we get older, medication management becomes...

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