Erika M Felix-Getzik

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The Food and Drug Administration has banned the sale of ephedrine-based weight-loss products because of their association with many cardiovascular adverse effects. Bitter orange is now being used as a stimulant in "ephedra-free" weight-loss supplements but was recently implicated in adverse cardiovascular sequelae. To our knowledge, this report describes(More)
Vancomycin is well recognized as causing the nonallergic skin reaction known as red man syndrome; however, it is rarely suspected as causative in the setting of an immune-mediated skin reaction. We describe a 76-year-old Caucasian woman with a history of penicillin and sulfa allergies who was transferred to our medical center while receiving vancomycin for(More)
BACKGROUND Low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) are an independent risk factor for coronary artery disease. For this study, nonoptimal HDL-C is defined as less than 40 mg/dL for male patients and less than 50 mg/dL for female patients. Even when low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and non-HDL-C goals are met, significant risk(More)
PURPOSE A case illustrating multiple considerations in choosing safe and effective dual antiplatelet therapy for a patient with a history of clopidogrel allergy-including concerns relating to a national drug shortage-is described. SUMMARY A 75-year-old woman required dual antiplatelet therapy (aspirin plus a thienopyridine) after a cardiac catheterization(More)
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