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Lanreotide (05-26-2015)

Class: Biological Therapy Generic Name: Lanreotide Trade Name: Somatuline® Depot For which conditions is this drug approved? Somatuline Depot is approved for: The long-term treatment of people with acromegaly, a hormonal disorder that develops when... Continue Reading

Liver disease (10-29-2014)

More than 100 types of liver disease have been identified including hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver tumors. When liver disease develops, the liver’s ability to perform its metabolic, detoxification and storage functions is impaired.  Read More →

Laxative (10-29-2014)

Medications that increase the action of the intestines or stimulate the addition of water to the stool to increase its bulk and ease its passage. Laxatives are often prescribed to treat constipation.  Read More →

Large intestine (10-29-2014)

This digestive organ is made up of the ascending (right) colon, the transverse (across) colon, the descending (left) colon, and the sigmoid (end) colon. The appendix is also part of the large intestine. The large intestine receives the liquid contents... Continue Reading

Lactose-intolerance (10-29-2014)

The inability to digest lactose, the sugar primarily found in milk and dairy products.  Read More →

Lactase (10-29-2014)

An enzyme that converts lactose into its more digestible simple sugar components: glucose and galactose. The lactase enzyme is available in liquid form to add to milk or in tablet form to take with solid food.  Read More →

Liver Biopsy (10-4-2014)

A liver biopsy is a procedure in which a small needle is inserted into the liver to collect a tissue sample. This is performed as an office or outpatient procedure or during surgery. The tissue is then analyzed in a laboratory to help doctors diagnose... Continue Reading

Lactoferrin (05-9-2014)

a stool test for intestinal inflammation that aids in predicting active IBD.  Read More →

lymph gland (04-17-2014)

A rounded mass of lymphatic tissue that is surrounded by a capsule of connective tissue. Lymph glands filter lymph (lymphatic fluid), and they store lymphocytes (white blood cells). They are located along lymphatic vessels. Also called a lymph node.  Read More →

Levitra® (02-27-2013)

Class: Other Generic Name: Vardenafil Trade Names: Levitra®, Staxyn® How is this drug used? Vardenafil is used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). What is the mechanism of action? Vardenafil treats (but does not cure) ED by increasing blood flow to... Continue Reading

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