alternative drug

alternative drug

Any substance that is not FDA-approved for a particular indication, which may be self-prescribed based on a belief that the agent may have some positive effect, often for a dread disease (e.g., AIDS, cancer) for which the therapeutic options are regarded as inadequate.
 
Alternative drugs for AIDS
St John’s wort (extract containing hypericin), egg lipids (AL-721), DHEA, dextran sulfate, IFN alpha, N-acetylcysteine.
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- Alternative drug manufacture through nanocrystal formulations, thin films and hot-melt extrusion/injection moulding that reduces HPAPI powder exposure and improve safety
We reached our conclusion after months of investigating existing and alternative drug prevention and rehabilitation schemes, coupled with a debate that involved everyone from medical experts, support workers and those directly affected by addiction to law enforcement officials and politicians.
Patients treated with spironolactone showed a marked decrease in home SBP compared with alternative drug groups (WMD = -4.5 mm Hg; 95% CI, -4.63 to -4.37 mm Hg), but alternative drugs reduced home DBP significantly more than spironolactone (WMD = 0.6 mm Hg; 95% CI, 0.55-0.65 mm Hg).
One consultant anaesthetist in charge of intensive care in a major hospital said: "I've had a vegan patient ask me not to give them Propofol, and we used an alternative drug. There is a lot of concern in my profession that we could be charged with assault if we use Propofol on a vegan patient.
A brand or generic alternative drug that is in the same therapeutic class as the medication you are on can be just as effective.
The beneficiary can ask the MA plan for an exception if they believe they need direct access to a drug that would otherwise only be available after trying an alternative drug.
The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, has shown an alternative drug - heat-stable carbetocin - to be as safe and effective as oxytocin in preventing postpartum haemorrhage.
But now a new study offers hope that many more lives could be saved thanks to an alternative drug which has less stringent storage requirements.
For that reason, don't substitute it for your statin without first talking to your doctor, especially as your muscle pain may be alleviated by lowering your statin dose, or switching to an alternative drug.
By RUTH MBULAA new study has found that frequent intake of ibuprofen painkiller may lead to infertility among men.The drug is often used by athletes, among other groups of people, to treat minor aches and is often used as an alternative drug by those sensitive to aspirin.
Sophal, who is the director of the Health Ministry's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, attributed the low number of drug users getting treatment at the community-based centres to a lack of awareness among law enforcement and prosecutors about the location of the facilities, as well as lack of understanding among residents of the benefits of alternative drug treatment.
She added lobbyists are suggesting the use of a safer alternative drug called maloxicon.

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