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Chantix, bupropion, safe in patients with COPD

May 18, 2017

Patients with chronic lung disease who used Chantix — an agent approved to help stop smoking by addressing tobacco dependence — showed no increased risk for adverse events compared to those who used nicotine replacement therapy, according to a study that was recently published in Thorax.

The findings were also applicable to bupropion, according to researchers.

“Although there is now good evidence about the safety of varenicline and bupropion in the general smoking population, it is important to assess specically whether these drugs are associated with serious adverse events in diseased subgroups, particularly in smokers with COPD who are already, by virtue of their diagnosis, at increased risk of cardiovascular and neuropsychiatric events,” Daniel Kotz, PhD, MPH, MSc, addiction research and clinical epidemiology unit, University Dusseldorf, Germany, and colleagues wrote.

Encourage patients to ‘know their numbers’ on World Hypertension Day

May 17, 2017
AMA is supporting the Know Your Numbers campaign to encourage patients to monitor their BP levels to get their hypertension under control, according to a press release…
Meeting News

Delayed use of anticoagulants in AF increases risk for dementia

May 17, 2017
CHICAGO — In individuals with atrial fibrillation, dementia rates increased when anticoagulant treatment was delayed more than 30 days from diagnosis, according to…

Amgen, insurer agree on refund plan for CV events on evolocumab

May 14, 2017
Amgen announced it signed a contract with Harvard Pilgrim, a health services company for the northeastern United States, to offer outcomes-based refunds for evolocumab…
In the Journals

Chantix, bupropion, safe in patients with COPD

May 18, 2017
Patients with chronic lung disease who used Chantix — an agent approved to help stop smoking by addressing tobacco dependence — showed…

Encourage patients to ‘know their numbers’ on World Hypertension Day

May 17, 2017
AMA is supporting the Know Your Numbers campaign to encourage patients to monitor their BP levels to get their hypertension under control, according…

Meeting News

Delayed use of anticoagulants in AF increases risk for dementia

May 17, 2017
CHICAGO — In individuals with atrial fibrillation, dementia rates increased when anticoagulant treatment was delayed more than 30 days from…

Amgen, insurer agree on refund plan for CV events on evolocumab

May 14, 2017
Amgen announced it signed a contract with Harvard Pilgrim, a health services company for the northeastern United States, to offer outcomes-based…

Meeting NewsPerspective

AEIOU: Regardless of interruption during AF ablation, apixaban comparable to warfarin for stroke prevention

May 12, 2017
CHICAGO — The efficacy and safety of uninterrupted or interrupted apixaban was similar to uninterrupted warfarin for stroke prevention at the…

In the Journals

Protocol for patients with stroke, large-vessel occlusion confers improved outcomes

May 9, 2017
Positive outcome rates for patients with ischemic stroke and emergent large-vessel occlusion were doubled when a standardized protocol for primary…

In the Journals

CDC: Blacks living longer, but still lag behind whites

May 8, 2017
Although the death rate for blacks declined 25% from 1999 to 2015, there are still disparities between blacks and whites, according to a recent CDC…

In the Journals

Safety profiles of CAS, carotid endarterectomy differ

May 3, 2017
Carotid artery stenting and carotid endarterectomy are comparable for long-term stroke prevention, but each procedure is associated with risk for…

In the Journals

Younger adults experiencing more ischemic strokes, CV risk factors

April 26, 2017
Even with the decrease of stroke mortality rates in older adults, hospitalization rates for ischemic stroke and traditional stroke risk factors are…

In the Journals

Diet drinks may be associated with stroke, dementia

April 20, 2017
Drinking at least one artificially sweetened beverage per week was associated with a higher rate of stroke and dementia vs. less than one beverage…

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