Advice from the Pharmacist

Advice from the Pharmacist 

No longer are pharmacists the only people who provide you with medication as per your doctor’s prescription. Over the time, the role of the pharmacists has clearly been revised and has emerged as one with authority over medicines and their usage. Today a pharmacist can provide you with authentic information regarding a certain medicinal drug and can also suggest you potential alternatives if the drug prescribed by the doctor doesn’t suits you, isn’t available or is too costly as per your budget.

 
Because pharmacists work closely with medicines and deal with people throughout the day, they have a better idea about the effectiveness or side effects of any particular drug. They can tell you potentially if a certain drug prescribed by the doctor is effective or has had side effects on other people based on their interactions with patients on regular basis. Because pharmacists also receive formal education about handling medicines, they are people you can consider having good authority over the use of drugs.
 
Free advice from the pharmacist should be utilized as it costs you nothing and yet can turn out to be beneficial for you. If you are suffering from symptoms of any common ailment, you can relate them to a pharmacist and he/she can provide you with an effective medicinal drug to treat the ailment. You save money that you would’ve paid the doctor, you get your medicines and that too the ones which suit you.
 
If you relate your allergies to a pharmacist before purchasing a certain medicine they can tell you if the prescribed medicine will suit you or will cause reactions. Because pharmacists know about the ingredients and make of the medicine more properly, they are in a better position to advice you the alternative of certain medicines and thus help you escape unwanted reactions or side effects.
 
Usually patients don’t go to doctors to relate to them whether a certain medicine was effective to treat them or not. But yes, they do tell it to the pharmacist for certain on their next visit. This first hand information from the patients give pharmacists inside knowledge about which medicine works for sure and which medicine are a waste.
 
If you think a doctor has prescribed you a certain medicinal drug that is far out of your budget, you can consult your pharmacist for a similar alternative. Pharmacists can provide you with not just one but a number of alternatives for your medicines with the same ingredients and constituents so that you get what your doctors initially prescribed for you.
 
Because their advice is free, people don’t consider the pharmacist’s advice of much value. Everyone has become used to the fact that quality does not come free; however consulting a pharmacist can potentially change your views about that. Not just they can provide you with free consultation and prescribe you medicines for your common ailments, they are available all the time and you don’t have to get in queues for your turn. Pharmacists certainly have an authority over medicines and their advice shouldn’t be ignored. 

Long Term Proton Pump Inhibitor Use

Long Term Proton Pump Inhibitor Use

Traditionally proton pump inhibitors (PPI) have been used for a variety of problems related to the gastrointestinal system. Long term proton pump inhibitor use is starting to be a major concern.

A patient will present to a doctor’s office, pharmacy, or nurse or even consult an online doctor service with complaints of heartburn. The response from different healthcare professionals can be as diverse as the many products that are out there.

Let’s start with the most common. Pharmacists tend to lean towards drugs called H2 Blockers as a first resort, which is after heartburn tablets have shown to be ineffective. But if the patient has already tried an H2 Blocker such as Zantac, they are pretty much ready something more effective. Pharmacists are not shy about then recommending OTC products such as Prilosec OTC which is a PPI.

The second type of healthcare workers to be consulted is doctors. Usually this is done after the patient has tried everything possible at the pharmacy. But having tried the most effective drug such as Prilosec PPI, doctors really have few options besides surgery available to them other than prolonging the PII drug use.

And that’s where the problem lies, especially since PPI’s are notorious for causing community acquired pneumonia and a bacterial stomach infection called C. Difficile. C. Difficile is difficult to treat without antibiotics and can require hospitalization.

So why are doctors prescribing something they know has long term negative health effects on their patients? The answer is that they simply don’t have many options after a patient has already tried heartburn tablets, H2 Blockers, and finally PPI’s.

So what should patients do? The answer is to find a doctor who specializes in treating gastrointestinal disorders. This is the most effective way to not only get lasting help but also reduce your chances of acquiring dangerous side effects.  It is also the best way to avoid long term proton pump inhibitor use.

Don’t forget to ask your pharmacist about PPI’s. Here’s a link to an article about the benefits of consulting your pharmacist: http://192.168.1.96/justhealthexperts/healtharticles/benefits-of-consulting-a-pharmacist/

You may also want to look at some other websites such www.webmd.com, www.fda.gov, www.uptodate.com, and www.drheugs.com

The struggle to Bear a Child

The struggle to Bear a Child

Bearing a child in your womb is the greatest miracle on earth. It is indeed also the most beautiful ever witnessed. However, there are some complications involved in bearing a child. While some women and men are naturally blessed with the capability of bearing a child, there are others who are suffering from infertility problems. Infertility is a physical condition when the individual is incapable of participating in procreation. Most people believe that infertility is hard to overcome. Some see it as a permanent monster. Due to the misinformation offered by inexperienced individuals, potential parents fail to look for professional help to their problems. They forget the fact that science and technology has made it possible to defeat the demon of infertility.

 
The article will be a guide to couples looking to treat their infertility problems. If you are growing your tired of your infertility concerns, then take a look at some of the options below. Who knows one of these may work as a weapon to deal with your infertility. 
 
According to a study published in June 1996 on tight-fitting underwear and sperm production, it was revealed that men who intend to father a child must not wear tight underwear and keep away from saunas and hot baths because they are known to raise the temperature of the testes to a degree where sperm production is seriously affected. However, the causes of infertility are not restricted to the boxers. Couples are advised to seek evaluation if they notice any of the following problems:
  • The menstrual cycle is irregular. Irregularity in menstruation indicates problems with ovulation which means that the woman cannot get pregnant without any medical help.
  • Secondly, if the woman has had numerous miscarriages or if the previous partner of the husband has suffered miscarriages, then doctor consultation is necessary to examine the sexual health of the male.
  • Infections of the private parts are also indicators of infertility issues. If the couples seem to be suffering from mumps, prostrate infection or vaginal infection, then help must be sought immediately.
  • Also, if the attempts at pregnancy have failed in the past, then the couple will have to seek medical help to understand better.
If any of the aforementioned problems appear, then the next step that doctors follow are some tests that are conducted on both men and women. In some  cases, it is not evident who is impotent, therefore, tests like mucus penetration tests, x-ray tests and hamster-egg penetrance tests are conducted to test men for infertility. For women, the major tests encircle ovulation. Laparoscopy and endometrial biopsy are some of the major tests that help assess menstruation cycle and sexually transmitted or present diseases.
 
To treat the issues, some drugs like Pergonal, Fertinex, Humegon are prescribed to women. The results of the drug are quite promising. In most cases, 10 to 20 percent pregnancies that occur due to fertility drugs are mainly multiple births. Moreover, if drugs are not of any help, then the last option that men and women resort to is surgery where the fallopian tubes, uterus are restored so that they could operate better.
 
Finally, infertility is not as scary as it may sound. While the society has stigmatized infertility, labeling impotents as ‘non-human’, this is not true. It is advised to consult a doctor when such problems are noticed.

Increase Testosterone Naturally

Increase Testosterone Naturally

Testosterone is a potent hormone that is dominant in males. It is responsible for developing characteristics such as, but not limited to: muscle growth, libido, and bone thickness. As men age, their testosterone levels can decrease, which can turn into what is called andropause. Less muscle mass, lower sex drive, and weaker bones can result when testosterone lowers. Also, there are men who are looking to increase their levels so they can have more muscle and strength for a brawnier figure. Aside from hormone replacement therapy, there are some ways to naturally increase such levels. Luckily, there are a myriad of ways to achieve this. 

● Beef Up Muscle Bellies with Barbells

 Barbells, dumbbells, and other strength machines can aid in the production of more testosterone. Lifting weights can not only help in gaining mass, but shed fat. There’s a wide variety of muscle-building exercises such as barbell curls and military presses. Barbell curls are when a person stands upright, shoulder-width apart, and grips both hands around barbell bar (with plates, of course). The person curls the barbell towards themselves and repeats the action. Three sets of 10 repetitions can be a good way to start. Military presses are when a person grips a barbell or two dumbbells with their palms facing forward and then, raises them overhead and back down in front of their chest. The person can be standing with their legs shoulder-width apart, or in a sitting position. These are just a few examples of exercises that can be done to naturally increase your levels.

● Change Up Your Diet

Another way to increase your testosterone is through the miracles of food. If a diet is nothing but chips, bacon, and white bread, then your body isn’t going to increase that hormone and will clog up arteries. An individual should be eating clean, so make some substitutions. Eat whole-wheat bread instead of white bread; eat turkey bacon instead of regular bacon; and, make your a version of potato chips with sweet potatoes instead of regular baking potatoes. Foods such as natural peanut butter, eggs, nuts, and green vegetables such as broccoli or spinach, can aid in boosting testosterone levels. 

● Count Some Sheep

If you’re not sleeping, then this can make matters worse. Studies have shown that individuals with less sleep are more likely to put on the pounds. Also, testosterone production occurs while men sleep. So, decrease the caffeine intake, go to sleep earlier, and if possible, take a supplement called melatonin to help with falling asleep. Talk to a medical physician, of course.

These three tips are just a few examples of how to naturally increase testosterone levels. Get active, cut back on the junk food, and get plenty of rest. Try to do these things little by little, and it will get easier. It is important to talk to a medical doctor, of course, so that way one can get their hormonal levels checked through bloodwork. These alternatives can work wonders. 

Benefits of Consulting a Pharmacist

Benefits of Consulting a Pharmacist

Medical treatments, be it even for a sore throat or fever, can seem to be a dent in the pocket. First you have to pay the physician his consultation fee and then buy the medicines prescribed by the same from a pharmacy. Thus, the whole procedure can turn out to be costly and might even upset your budget too.

In such situations, there is a very cost effective alternative available to all. If you are suffering from symptoms that attribute to common illnesses like the cold, fever, sore throat, skin rash or body ache, you have a very affordable alternative available at your end. Consulting your pharmacist for such common ailments can be the most affordable and reliable health resource available to you.
 
Pharmacists can advise you as well as your doctors about medications for common ailments because they receive their own proper training which helps them to discern medications for various types of ailments. Since pharmacists are available throughout the day, you also don’t need to schedule any appointment to see one or get medication for the symptoms that you might be suffering with. 
 
Pharmacists can be a very reliable medication resource for you as they receive first hand reviews about certain medicines from the patients themselves. As a patient, you yourself know that you will never go to the doctor to tell them about how good or how effective a drug had been to counter your illness. However, when you visit pharmacists, you are bound to tell them about how effective or how ineffective a certain drug had been. 
 
Also when you visit a pharmacy for a certain drug prescribed by your doctor and as it happens the drug is not available there, the pharmacists recommends you an alternative of the same dosage and you gladly purchase it too.  Also in cases where a certain drug is very expensive, you ask pharmacists for its more economical alternative. Deep down you know that the pharmacists knows as much about the medicines as the doctor and thus can prescribe you authentic alternatives or drugs for common ailments.
 
Pharmacists always stay up to date about the effectiveness of the drugs they sell. Because they run a pharmacy, they encounter patients throughout the day and receive first hand information and feedback about drugs from the patients. This puts them in an advantageous position which allows them to be able to prescribe medicines for common problems very easily.
 
Consulting a pharmacist can help you save some significant amount of money. If the symptoms of the illness refer to a common ailment you can always head straight to a pharmacist and ask about the medication which would work best in such a situation thereby, saving money and a trip to the doctor as well.
 
However keep in mind that your health is more important than the money you can save. Therefore if you think that what you are suffering through might be something serious, never hesitate to visit the doctor. In such situations expert advice is needed and doctors can guide you better. 
 
Online doctors is an excellent source of information but useful information can also be gathered at www.uptodate.com, www.fda.gov, www.drugs.com, www.guidelines.gov, and many other useful sources.