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Prescription Drug Information:

Baycol (cerivastatin) Bayer Pharmaceutical Division (website)

Bayer Pharmaceutical Division (website) is voluntarily withdrawing Baycol (cerivastatin) from the U.S. market because of reports of sometimes fatal rhabdomyolysis, a severe muscle adverse reaction from this cholesterol-lowering (lipid-lowering) product.

Baycol is a member of a class of cholesterol lowering drugs that are commonly referred to as "statins." Statins lower cholesterol levels by blocking a specific enzyme in the body that is involved in the synthesis of cholesterol. While all statins have been associated with very rare reports of rhabdomyolysis, cases of fatal rhabdomyolysis in association with the use of Baycol have been reported significantly more frequently than for other approved statins.

Patients who are taking Baycol should consult with their physicians about switching to alternate medications to control their cholesterol levels. Patients taking Baycol who are experiencing muscle pain or are also taking gemfibrozil should discontinue Baycol immediately and consult their physician.

Celebrex (celocoxib capsules) (website) Pfizer (website)

Celebrex and other NSAID medicines can cause serious allergic reactions that include swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat. These allergic reactions may cause problems with breathing, swallowing, and wheezing. Serious allergic skin reactions have also happened.  Stop taking Celebrex and call your healthcare provider right away if you get: 

* a burning stomach pain 
* black bowel movements that look like tar 
* vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds 

Fen-Phen

Fen-Phen is associated with the development of heart valvular disease. The valvular damage can cause regurgitation--a backflow of blood into a heart chamber--that may in some cases lead to heart and lung disease. Of immediate concern for patients with valvular disease is the possible increased risk of bacterial endocarditis--an often serious and potentially fatal infection of the heart's lining--following certain invasive medical and dental procedures. Until more complete information is available, HHS recommends the following measures for people who have taken fenfluramine ordexfenfluramine.

* Anyone who has taken fenfluramine or dexfenfluramine for any period of time, either alone or with another drug or drugs, should see their doctor for a medical history and physical
examination to determine whether there are signs or symptoms of heart or lung disease.

* Anyone who has taken these drugs for any period of time, either alone or with another drug or drugs, who has signs or symptoms of heart or lung disease, such as a new heart murmur or shortness of breath, should have an echocardiogram performed.

* An echocardiogram should be strongly considered for any patient who has taken these drugs, either alone or with another drug or drugs -- regardless of whether they have signs and symptoms of the heart or lung diseases

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Meridia (sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate) Abbott Laboratories (website)

MERIDIA is an orally administered agent for the treatment of obesity. Each MERIDIA capsule contains sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate. Sibutramine produces its therapeutic effects by norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine reuptake inhibition.

Although Meridia has been implicated in the deaths of 29 users in 3 years from apparent cardiac complications, Abbott Laboratories has not voluntarily withdrawn Meridia from the market.  Abbott Labs refutes these death claims.

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PPA (phenylpropanolamine)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking steps to remove phenylpropanolamine (PPA) from all drug products and has requested that all drug companies discontinue marketing products containing PPA.  In addition, FDA has issued a public health advisory concerning phenylpropanolamine. This drug is an ingredient used in many over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription cough and cold medications as a decongestant and in OTC weight loss products.  

The Advisory Committee determined that there is an association between PPA and hemorrhagic stroke.  It recommended that PPA be considered not safe for over-the-counter use.

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Prempro (conjugated estrogens/medroxyprogesterone acetate tablets) Wyeth (website)

Prempro is a medicine that contains two kinds of hormones: estrogens and a progestin. Adding progestin reduces the risk of endometrial cancer in a woman with a uterus.

Prempro is given to postmenopausal women with a uterus to:

* reduce hot flashes
* treat vaginal dryness, itching, and burning
* help reduce chances of getting osteoporosis (thin weak bones)

The major points arising from a Womens Health Initiative study are:

* Postmenopausal women should not take estrogen and progestin to protect the heart.
* Estrogens and progestins may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots and breast cancer.
* Although other doses of Prempro and other estrogens and progestins were not studied, postmenopausal women who take estrogens and progestins should also be warned about potential risks, which must be presumed to be the same.
* When these drugs are being prescribed only to prevent osteoporosis, other treatments should be considered before prescribing estrogen or estrogen with progestin.
* Estrogens and estrogens with progestins should be used at the lowest dose for the shortest duration.

The study results show that of every 10,000 women per year taking Prempro, there would be:

* 8 more cases of breast cancer
* 7 more cases of heart attacks
* 8 more cases of stroke
* 18 more cases of blood clots in the lungs and leg

Long-term risks of Prempro in postmenopausal women include increased risks of breast cancer and thromboembolic disease associated with estrogen and combination estrogen/progestin therapy, as well as increased risk of cardiovascular disease, including myocardial infarction and stroke, in healthy women. (article)

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Propulsid (cisapride) Janssen Pharmaceutica (website)

FDA, March 23, 2000:
Cisapride is a prescription drug treatment approved only for severe nighttime heartburn experienced by adult patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that does not adequately respond to other therapies.

As of December 31, 1999, use of cisapride has been associated with 341 reports of heart rhythm abnormalities including 80 reports of deaths. Most of these adverse events occurred in patients who were taking other medications or suffering from underlying conditions known to increase risk of cardiac arrhythmia associated with cisapride. (more here)

Patients currently taking Propulsid are urged to promptly contact their health care providers to discuss alternative treatments. Physicians who are treating patients with severely debilitating conditions are encouraged to contact Janssen at 1-800-JANSSEN.

Rezulin (troglitazone) Pfizer (Website)

The FDA asked the manufacturer of Rezulin (troglitazone), a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus, to remove the product from the market. The drug's manufacturer, Parke-Davis/Warner-Lambert, has agreed to FDA's request.

FDA took this action after its review of recent safety data on Rezulin and two similar drugs, rosiglitazone (Avandia) and pioglitazone (Actos), showed that Rezulin is more toxic to the liver than the other two drugs. Data to date show that Avandia and Actos, both approved in the past year, offer the same benefits as Rezulin without the same risk.

Severe liver toxicity has been known to occur with Rezulin since 1997. In consultation with FDA, Parke-Davis has strengthened the drugís labeling several times and has recommended close monitoring of liver function in patients taking Rezulin.

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Serzone (nefazodone hydrochloride) (website) Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (website)

(FDA) SERZONE is a medicine used to treat depression. SERZONE is thought to treat depression by correcting an imbalance in the amounts of certain natural chemicals, such as serotonin and norepinephrine, which are in your brain.

Cases of life-threatening hepatic failure have been reported in patients treated with SERZONE. If you get any of the following symptoms while taking SERZONE, call your doctor right away because you may be developing a liver problem:

*Yellowing of the skin or whites of eyes (jaundice)
*Unusually dark urine
*Loss of appetite that lasts several days or longer
*Nausea
*Abdominal (lower stomach) pain

People who currently have liver problems should not take SERZONE

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Vioxx (rofecoxib) Merck & Co., Inc. (website)

FDA:
Vioxx is a NSAID with selective cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) inhibitory properties. It was approved on May 20, 1999, for the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea, for the management of acute pain in adults, and for relief of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Serious problems from stomach ulcers, such as bleeding, are well-known complications in people treated with NSAIDs. Similar problems have occurred in people treated with Vioxx, although very rarely. The likelihood of stomach problems increases the longer you take drugs like Vioxx. However, even short-term treatment is not without risk. These problems can happen without any warning, but in some people may cause symptoms such as gnawing or burning stomach pain, black or tarry stools, or vomiting. If this happens, stop taking Vioxx and call your health care provider right away

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