The first generic versions of the antidepressant Cymbalta have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency okayed six generic versions of the drug from a number of companies, including Teva Pharmaceuticals, Sun Pharma Global and Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd., the Associated Press reported. Cymbalta, the fifth best selling medication in the world in 2012, is marketed by Eli Lilly & Co. Inc. The company's patent on Cymbalta expired Wednesday. Generic drugs typically sell for much less than the original branded product. Along with depression, Cymbalta is also used to treat generalized anxiety disorder,fibromyalgia, diabetic nerve pain, and somemore
The European Food Safety Authority says the artificial sweetener aspartame is safe at the levels currently used in food and drinks. Aspartame, sold as NutraSweet and Equal, has been used in soft drinks and other low-calorie or sugar-free foods for more than 25 years. Alicja Mortensen, PhD, of the authority says in a news release that the study is “one of the most comprehensive risk assessments of aspartame ever undertaken.” The authority says it reviewed all available scientific research on aspartame. It included both animal and human studies and published and unpublished research. The study ruled outmore
Leg swelling is a sign of fluid buildup or inflammation of the tissues or joints of the leg. A medical term for this swelling is edema. Swelling in the legs can be caused by many different things:more
- Gravity: Especially from sitting or standing in one place for too long (like on long airplane flights).
- Injury: Leg, ankle or foot trauma such as a broken bone, muscle, ligament; cartilage injury; or a repetitive stress injury.
- Inflammatory, infectious and autoimmune conditions: Including bursitis, gout, infection, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, septic arthritis, sunburn, and systemic lupus erythematosus.