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Episode 35: Information on older drugs from an even older doctor

In this first episode of the New Year (Episode #35) we review nine (not ten) old drugs that should, in most circumstances, still likely play an important role in your day-to-day prescribing and recommendations. Dr Robert Rangno again joins us for this episode and provides us with some great clinical experience and some mediocre humour. Mike and James, as usual laugh about a variety of things that in hindsight really aren’t all that funny.

Show Notes


1) Editorial on antihistamines

CMAJ 1997;157:37-8

2) Tolerance to the sedative effects of 100 mg of diphenhydramine occurs within 3 days

J Clin Psychopharmacol 2002:22:511–15


1) ALLHAT JAMA 2002;288:2981-97

2) ACE inhibitors no better than thiazides in diabetics

Arch Intern Med 2005;165:1401-9

Rosuvastatin in Patients

Rosuvastatin in Patients


1) RALES/CHF study New Engl J Med 1999;341:709-17

Rosuvastatin in Patients

2) Spironolactone for resistant hypertension

AJH 2003;16:925–30 Journal of Hypertension 2007;25:891-4

3) Polycystic ovarian disease

J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2004;89:2756-62


1) Potentially useful agent

Clin Pharmacol Therap 1996;60:368–73

2) Treatment of diastolics of 115-129 mmHg – VA Study JAMA 1967;202:1028-34 (NO LINK – Archived)


1) Once daily amoxicillin for Strep throat

Arch Disease Childhood 2008;93:474-8

Pediatrics 1999;103:47-51


1) No appreciable resistance to doxycycline, including pneumococcus

Chest 2004;125:1913

Arch Int Med 1999;159:266-70

2) Community acquired MRSA

Antimicrob Agents Chemother 2007;51:2628-30

Clin Infect Dis 2005;40:1429-34

3) Low dose (20 mg twice daily) for acne

Arch Dermatol 2003;139:459-64

Sulfa drugs

Allergy to penicillin increases your risk of reacting to sulfa drugs

N Engl J Med 2003;349:1628-35


Still good for bladder infections

British Journal of General Practice 2002;52:729-34

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