Medication

Learn all about different medicines: their mechanism of action, healing and preventative abilities, as well as side effects. We’ll help you understand this complex subject that often hits so close to home.

Olanzapine – What You Should Know

Olanzapine is a drug that belongs to the family of atypical antipsychotics. Doctors prescribe it for the treatment of schizophrenia, as well as for treating depressive crises associated with bipolar disorder and manic episodes. The pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and…

Learn All about Halothane

Halothane is a common drug medical professionals use to induce general anesthesia. It’s an anesthetic that doctors administer by inhalation to induce a rapid but smooth loss of consciousness. It has a pleasant aroma, is colorless, and doesn’t irritate the…

Ampicillin Dosage and Precautions

Several factors determine ampicillin dosage. Ampicillin is an antibiotic medication that belongs to the penicillin family. In fact, it’s a β-lactam antibiotic and the first semi-synthetic penicillin that scientists developed. The pharmaceutical laboratory GlaxoSmithKline, or GSK, created it between 1959 and…

Terbutaline: What’s it Used For?

Terbutaline is a bronchodilator drug that belongs to the group of beta2-adrenergic agonists. For this reason, terbutaline is indicated primarily in the short term treatment of asthma. However, medical professionals also use it to fight other diseases, such as those…

What is Levodopa for?

Levodopa is the main treatment for Parkinson’s disease. However, doctors often prescribe it in combination with other dopa-decarboxylase inhibiting drugs such as Carbidopa and Benserazide. To begin with, Levodopa belongs to the drug family of antiparkinson agents. It exerts its…

The Uses and Side Effects of Verapamil

Verapamil is a drug that can be administered both orally and intravenously, depending on the patient’s needs. This medication can be used to treat angina, hypertension, and arrhythmias. Keep reading to learn more about the uses and side effects of…

Dobutamine: What’s it Used For?

Dobutamine is a drug with positive inotropic effects (see below). Therefore, it’s used to treat heart failure and cardiogenic shock, and is administered intravenously. While dobutamine is structurally similar to dopamine and other catecholamines, this drug is a structural analog…

What Is a Diuretic and What Is it For?

A diuretic is a substance that helps remove water and electrolytes from the body through urine. In fact, many people refer to them as “water pills.” This is because they act by causing the kidneys to release more sodium and…