Here are the most interesting FDA-approved items for
2009. I wish you all a very happy new
Adcirca (tadalafil) tablets, Rx: Sex pills may help
you breath easy!Adcirca is just Cialis
renamed. It treats pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) which causes excessive
pressure in the arteries of the lungs. PAH symptoms include chest pain,
dizziness, leg swelling and feeling lightheaded during mild exertion.Take a guess what the most prominent side
effect of this drug is. If you canít figure it out, your wife will.
Mycocide Nail Fungus Test Kit, OTC:The first at-home screening kit to help you
diagnose toenail/fingernail fungus -though most people see a yellow-green
Qutenza (capsaicin 8%) transdermal patch, Rx:A strong skin patch of chili pepper extract
used to treat nerve pain from shingles (PHN). One patch works for 3 months.
Lower dose capsaicin patches are sold at most pharmacies.
Besivance (besifloxacin), Rx:Eye drops which treats eye infections like
Savella (milnacipran), tablets, Rx:Used for fibromyalgia, this medication works
similar to theanti-depressant,
ClearEars, solution, OTC:For people prone to swimmerís ear, this
product may dry your ear before infection occurs.
Ulesfia (benzyl alcohol) lotion, Rx: An
insecticide-free lice treatment which basically asphyxiates the lice to death.
Gelnique (oxybutynin) gel, Rx:Itís the skin cream version of the oral drug
called Ditropan, which treats overactive bladder, incontinence or urgency.
Kapidex (dexlansoprazole) capsules, Rx: When Prevacid
lost itís patent and went generic this year, the makers launched an
extended-release version of the same drug, giving you longer-lasting relief,
and them too!It treats severe heartburn,
esophagitis and GERD.
Vectical (calcitriol) ointment, Rx:Itís just vitamin D for your skin, used to
treat psoriasis. A different drug, Stelara (ustekinumab) injection, also got
the thumbs up from the FDA this year.
Lysteda (tranexamic acid) tablets, Rx:Itís an anti-clotting drug used in women with
heavy periods.While I donít discount
the effectiveness of this medication, I still feel itís more important to
address the underlying hormonal imbalance of menorrhagia (which is often excess
estrogen or progesterone deficiency).