Dasatinib is a prescription medication used to treat certain types of leukemia (cancers of the white blood cells). Dasatinib belongs to a group of drugs kinase inhibitors. It works by blocking the action of proteins that signal cancer cells to grow.

This medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once a day, with or without food.

Common side effects of dasatinib are diarrhea, headache, and cough.


Omalizumab is a prescription medication used to decrease asthma attacks (wheezing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing) in people with asthma caused by dander, pollen, and dust mites (allergic asthma). 

Omalizumab belongs to a group of drugs called monoclonal antibodies which work by blocking IgE antibodies. IgE antibodies play a role in allergic reactions.

This medication comes in an injectable form to be given just under the skin by a healthcare provider. It is usually given once...

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Certolizumab is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), and ankylosing spondylitis. Certolizumab belongs to a group of drugs called tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers. TNF is a natural substance in the body that can cause inflammation. Certolizumab binds to TNF to decrease inflammation and to relieve the signs and symptoms of Crohn's disease, RA, PsA, and ankylosing spondylitis.

Certolizumab is available as an injection and is injected under the skin (subcutaneously) every 2 or every 4 weeks. 



Tiotropium is a prescription medication used daily to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Tiotropium inhalation spray is also used for long-term maintenance treatment of asthma in people aged 12 years and older. Tiotropium belongs to a group of drugs called antimuscarinics which work by relaxing smooth muscle of the airways, making it easier to breathe.

This medication comes in capsule form to use with a specially designed inhaler. These capsules are not to be swallowed. Instead, using the Spiriva HandiHaler, the capsule is...


Pimecrolimus is a prescription medication used to treat eczema in adults and children at least 2 years of age. Pimecrolimus is in a class of drugs called topical calcineurin inhibitors. It works by reducing inflammation, which helps relieve symptoms of eczema.

This medication comes in the form of a cream to be applied to the affected area(s) twice daily for short periods. Treatment may be repeated. Pimecrolimus is used on the skin for short periods, and if...


Selegiline is used to help control the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, and the patch form is used to treat depression in adults. Selegiline belongs to a group of drugs called monamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, which affect levels of certain natural substances in the brain. These substances are involved with motor control and also mental balance.

This medication comes in tablet and capsule forms. They are taken twice daily, one dose at breakfast and the second dose at lunch.

This medication is also available as an orally disintegrating tablet. It is taken in the morning...

Peginterferon Alfa-2b

Peginterferon alfa-2b is a prescription medication used to prevent malignant melanoma (a kind of skin cancer) from coming back after it has been removed by surgery. It is also used to treat chronic hepatitis C. Peginterferon alfa-2b belongs to a group of drugs called interferons. Peginterferon alfa-2b treats hepatitis by activating the immune system to attack the hepatitis virus but the way it treats malignant melanoma is unknown.

This medication comes in an injectable form to be given just under the skin once a week, for up to 5 years.
Common side effects...

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