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Adverse thyroid effects of generic and brand-name amiodarone similar

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Among patients with atrial fibrillation on amiodarone, the incidence of thyroid dysfunction is identical in those taking the brand-name formulation of the drug and those taking a generic version, according to the results of a Canadian study. Dr. Louise Pilote, at McGill...

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Loading dose of clopidogrel safe in elderly MI patients

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Giving elderly patients with acute MI a clopidogrel loading dose of 300 mg or more rather than a lower conventional dose doesn’t increase the risk of serious bleeding. On the other hand, the higher dose does not appear to increase survival. Those findings, from a French...

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Pulmonary disorders increased in AF patients taking amiodarone

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new population-based study finds the incidence of pulmonary complications associated with amiodarone to be relatively low, but still 50% higher among patients with atrial fibrillation who take the antiarrhythmic drug than in those who do not. Those findings are reported in...