Articles: 24.05 5 March 2013

Assessing the benefits and risks of stopping antiepileptic drugs

Our series on stopping drugs provides practical advice on why, when and how to withdraw drug therapy. Here the authors discuss the issues arising from discontinuing antiepileptic medication.
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Azilsartan (Edarbi): a new ARB for treating hypertension

Azilsartan medoxomil (Edarbi) is a new angiotensin-II receptor blocker for use in the treatment of hypertension. In our New products review, Steve Chaplin presents the clinical data relating to its efficacy and adverse events and Professor Gordon McInnes discusses its place in treatment.
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GMC: more detailed advice on good practice in prescribing

Steve Chaplin summarises the GMC’s latest advice on how to comply with the principles set out in their Good Medical Practice.
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Naftidrofuryl oxalate, cilostazol effective for claudication

Naftidrofuryl oxalate and cilostazol (Pletal) are effective in increasing maximum walking distance and pain-free walking distance in patients with claudication.
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New GMC guidance – can we rise to the challenge?

The new GMC guidance on good practice in prescribing and managing medicines and devices is close to a counsel of perfection. As a document purporting to provide guidance and advice, there is much to commend it.
New GMC guidance – can we rise to the challenge

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Statins for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (update)

Previous reviews of the effects of statins have highlighted their benefits in people with CVD. The case for primary prevention was uncertain when the last version of this review was published (2011), and in light of new data an update of this review was required. …

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Vaginal discharge: recommended management in general practice

Vaginal discharge is usually physiological or caused by infection, and most cases can be treated in primary care. Our Drug review considers the choice of treatments available followed by a review of prescription data.
Vaginal discharge recommended management in general practice

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