March 6, 2014

Plavix vs. Warfarin

Filed under: medication,Uncategorized — Tags: , — robertprice @ 8:41 pm

plavix-vs-warfarinWhat is Palvix?

Plavix is a drug designed to help discourage heart attacks or strokes in an individual with a history of heart disease. It can also help people with blood circulation disease or people who have recently had a stroke.

How to Use Plavix Oral

After reading through your drug’s medication guide, and speaking with a trained physician, be sure that you take the meditation by mouth. Don’t consume any food along with the drug unless you’re instructed to do so by your doctor. Each oral medication should be taken daily in order for it to be as effective as possible. Try to take the medication at the same time each day to avoid confusion.

Plavix Dosage

Dosage and duration will be based on your oval medical condition as well your body’s response to the treatment. Note that if you are taking other medications to treat blood clots then you’ll need to speak with your doctor about the risks of taking the drugs together. If you notice any symptoms including strokes, heart attacks, unusual sweating, or pain in the chest, jaw, or left arm, be sure to consult medical attention right away.

This medication can be used to treat blood clots as well as prevent new ones from formulating in the body. Preventing blood clots will ultimately decrease the likelihood of a new heart attack or stroke. Conditions that may increase your chances of having a heart attack include heart valve replacement, recent heart attacks, or irregular heart rhythm.

Plavix Side Effects

The side effects of Plavix may include:

  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Depression
  • Tingling sensations body extremities
  • Rash

What is Warfarin?

Warfarin is also a drug that can be used to treat recent strokes or heart attacks as well as prevent future ones. Similar to Plavix, make sure that you read the medication guide that comes with your drug, as well as have any questions that you have answered by your primary doctor or physician.

Warfarin Dosage

Take this drug orally and without food (unless you are directed to do so by your doctor). Warfarin should be taken once per day, around the same time. Don’t stop taking it and don’t take it more frequently without consulting your doctor first. The overall dose that you take will depend heavily on your medical condition as well as what the laboratory tests show. Your healthcare professional should monitor you throughout the beginning stages of taking the drug to ensure that it is right for you.

Warfarin Side Effects

Warfarin side effects are similar to Plavix, and include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bleeding gums
  • Headache
  • Discolored urine
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness

Other Warfarin Considerations

Remember that if you want this medication to work effectively, you need to take it on a daily basis. It is important that you remember to maintain a healthy, balanced diet while you are taking Warfarin.

Be sure to avoid large doses of foods that contain Vitamin K (cabbages and spinach). If you are trying to lose weight while taking the drug, be sure that you speak with your doctor about the type of diet plan that you can go on without putting yourself at risk. Overall, this drug will effectively work at preventing future heart attacks, strokes, and in certain cases, blood clots.

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February 19, 2014

Medications for Angina: Lovenox and Lopressor

Filed under: heart disease,medication — Tags: , — robertprice @ 10:05 pm

lovenox_lopressorAmong all of the medications used to treat angina, “Lovenox” and “Lopressor” tend to be the most popular ones. But how well do they fare against one another? And how frequently should they be taken? These are a few of the many questions that we’ll attempt to cover below.

What are Lovenox and Lopressor?

Lovenox is a drug used to treat deep venous thrombosis. Enoxaparin sodium is amongst its active ingredients. Lopressor is a drug used to in blood pressure management and contains two primary active ingredients: metoprolol tartrate and hydrochlorothiazide.

Lovenox vs. Lopressor – How Are They Different?

Both medications are frequently used to treat angina as well as other cardio-related diseases. Let’s take a look at how they differ from one another as well as discuss the various “worries” that patients tend to have about them (and whether or not the chances of experiencing a related side effect is a high probability).

Lopressor

Commonly referred to as “Metoprolol Tartrate” or “Metoprolol”, Lopressor is a drug that can be used for high blood pressure, tachycardia, migraines, heart attacks, and angina. This selective beta blocker is often used to treat a variety of cardiovascular-related diseases- especially hypertension. Some of the more common concerns that individuals have regarding the drug include:

    • Low Blood Pressure: Approximately 9 out of 10 patients claim to worry about low blood pressure when taking Lopressor.
    • Depression: Approximately 9 out of 10 patients claim to be worried about experiencing depression when taking the drug.
    • Weight Loss: Approximately 7 out of 10 patients claim that they frequently worry about losing too much weight as a result of taking Lopressor.

While patients may excessively worry about these side effects, the more common Lopressor side effects experienced include confusion, dizziness, shortness of breath, and unusual sweating. The usual dosage for the drug is typically a 100mg tablet that can be taken several times per day. Dosages of about 450mg of the drug are quite common, while anything over this isn’t recommended as it has yet to be studied thoroughly.

Lovenox

Lovenox is commonly referred to as “Enoxaparin” or “Clexane”, and can be used to treat blood clots, DVT, miscarriages, clotting disorders. A lot of patients use this drug to prevent pulmonary embolisms or deep vein thrombosis. Some of the worries that individuals tend to have about this drug include:

    • Spotting: About 5 out of 10 patients have concerns regarding spotting when taking this drug.
    • Bleeding: About 4 out of 10 patients claim to be worried about internal bleeding as a result of taking Lovenox.
    • Cramping: About 4 out of 10 patients worry about cramping when taking the drug.

Despite these worries, some of the  Lovenox side effects that you may experience include nausea, mild pain, or swelling in the area where the medication was injected. Remember that Lovenox is an injection-based medication, and is highly effective for individuals who have just gotten out of surgery but who still can’t leave their bed.

The specific dosage for the medication depends heavily on the age and health of the patient, as well as their particular diagnosis. For example, someone just getting out of abdominal surgery would require a different dosage than someone getting out of hip surgery.

The Big Differences Between Lovenox and Lopressor

Perhaps the biggest difference between Lovenox and Lopressor are that one is injection based and one comes in tablet form. Both are effective at treating angina and are highly recommended by doctors and physicians alike.

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January 24, 2014

Dexilant vs. Nexium

Filed under: acid reflux,medication,medicine — Tags: , , — robertprice @ 12:10 am

Nexium-vs-DexilantAcid reflux, also called GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflex Disease), can be a painful condition that allows acid to build up in your stomach causing a burning sensation in your chest or abdomen. The acid can also travel from the stomach into the esophagus causing a very painful burning sensation. The good news is there are drugs on the market that can successfully help you deal with this issue and diminish the pain associated with it.

Dexilant and Nexium are both common drugs used to treat this condition, but it may be difficult to determine which one is right for you. Below is some vital information about both drugs to help you compare them and find the right one for you.

How Dexilant and Nexium Work

Both Dexilant and Nexium are proton pump inhibitors. They both work much that same way, which is to reduce the amount of acid that is being produced in the stomach. With less acid production, it is less likely for the acid to travel up into the esophageal area, causing the burning sensation. The goal of treatment is to reduce the number of times acid reflux symptoms occur and to diminish the pain associated with the disease.

Dosage

These medications must be taken on a daily basis for a set period of time. Patients who use Nexium will take a dosage of between 20mg and 40mg per day. Each patient is likely to begin their regiment at 20mg or 30mg, but that can be increased as much as 50 percent or up to 40 mg if necessary. The patient will continue take this medication for at least four to eight weeks. On the other hand, patients who use Dexilant will be given a dosage of 30mg per day. These patients will continue to take this drug for a four-week period, at which point they will be reevaluated.

Side Effects

These two drugs also have a series of different side effects. Nexium’s side effects include dizziness, muscle cramps, muscle spasms, anxiety, confusion, diarrhea, headaches, seizures, coughing, and increased heart rate.
Dexilant’s side effects include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, gas, stomach pain, cold symptoms, and upper respiratory tract infections.

Conclusion

Dexilant is the latest acid reflex drug to be approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), but initial studies have proven it to be as effective as Nexium. Dexilant is also less expensive, which may make is a better option for some.
Talk to your doctor about your option and work with your doctor to find the best treatment for you.

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November 16, 2012

How Does Lipitor Work?

Filed under: medication,medicine — Tags: , , , — robertprice @ 12:40 pm

The drug Lipitor is actually based on calcium. It’s meant to help reduce high LDL cholesterol (‘bad’ cholesterol) to safer, healthier levels. Usually, it’s taken in doses of 10 to 20 milligrams per day.

 

Why Lipitor was Made

Yes, the body produces cholesterol naturally. That’s true. But, large amounts of LDL cholesterol can be harmful. It can contribute to causing heart attacks and other extremely serious health problems. The human body makes and uses cholesterol to build and maintain cell membranes and other body structures.

Surplus cholesterol is harmful, however. Those who have cholesterol problems have more than their body needs for maintenance – often more than several people would need to keep their cells, membranes, and nerves in good working order.

How does Lipitor work to help? It helps to restore a more natural balance by altering how fast cholesterol is made in the body.

 

The Science Behind the Question: How Does Lipitor Work

The human body works to maintain a correct “budget” of cholesterol in two ways. It produces cholesterol itself and absorbs it from food by the liver filtering it out of the bloodstream.

The liver clears LDL cholesterol from the blood with “receptors”, which capture the cholesterol and remove it from circulation in the body. A special enzyme controls how active these receptors are. The more enzyme there is, the less active the receptors, and the more cholesterol stays in the blood.

Simply put, Lipitor controls the enzyme that has a direct effect on how much cholesterol your liver filters out.

Lipitor does not directly affect cholesterol. It doesn’t clean it out of your system itself. Rather, it adjusts your body’s setting so that you end up with less cholesterol overall. It makes your liver’s receptors become more active, which produces the desired results: the body itself filters more cholesterol out of the bloodstream. This filtering can cut cholesterol levels drastically: 30% to 60%.

 

A Lipitor Overdose: What Would Happen?

Lipitor is one of the most powerful anti-cholesterol drugs we’ve ever made. It needs to be taken carefully.

In too high a dosage, it gives the liver receptors unchecked free reign. Too much cholesterol is removed. This can cause the body’s membranes to disintegrate, and kidney failure results.

But taken in reasonable doses, it can be a literal lifesaver. And here’s why.

High, uncontrolled cholesterol builds up fatty deposits inside the arteries, which can partially clog them. This can lead to strokes and heart attacks, definitely dangerous and possibly lethal.

Lipitor averts this danger and gives people whose high cholesterol would otherwise kill them prematurely a longer, better life.

So how does Lipitor work? Essentially, it boosts your own body’s cholesterol filters, taking high cholesterol out of the equation.

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December 28, 2009

Strange Cases in Medicine – Exploding Head Syndrome


Exploding head syndrome is a medical condition that causes a person to experience a very loud noise that seems to originate from within the persons own head. The sound is often described as an explosion, roar, crashing waves, loud voices or screams, a ringing noise, or buzzing.

The noise most often occurs during sleep, but can also present itself when a person is awake. Although the sound can be extremely loud, there is no actual pain that follows an attack, and the attacks do not actually seem to cause any damage.

Exploding head syndrome, while not dangerous, is very distressing to the individual. The origin of the condition is not completely known however, some scientists believe that exploding head syndrome may be caused by stress or extreme fatigue. The condition can occur at any time during a person’s life, and may only occur once or may occur frequently. However, women seem to suffer from exploding head syndrome more often than men.

Along with causing extremely loud sounds, exploding head syndrome may also cause a brief flash of light. Also, the person experiencing and episode of exploding head syndrome may feel an extreme rush of adrenaline, similar to a state of fear or panic. Although, exploding head syndrome is not directly dangerous, it can cause some individuals to develop other damaging conditions. In some serious cases, the person will become afraid to sleep and will develop insomnia.

Because exploding head syndrome is relatively harmless, and normally goes away on its own, very rarely has there been a need for medication. However, in a few cases clomipramine has been used to relieve the symptoms of the condition.

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December 22, 2009

Strange Cases in Medicine – Pica

Pica is an unusual medical disorder that causes the patient to develop an appetite for non-edible substances, such as coal, rock, paper, soap, clay, etc. However, some cases have shown that the patient will only develop an unusual appetite eating things like flour, raw potatoes, starch, salt, etc. Pica gets its name from the Latin word for magpie, a bird that is said to eat almost anything.

I’m almost positive everyone has had an experience in their very early childhood where they tried, or did eat something that wasn’t meant to be eaten, but at such a young age it is merely due to the fact that we haven’t developed enough to recognize edible and non-edible objects. For one to have Pica, the desire to eat such objects must last for more than one month, during a time when we should be able to properly recognize the substance we are eating as edible or non-edible. Pica is especially dangerous in children. A child might start eating painted plaster that contains lead, resulting in permanent brain damage.

There hasn’t been an enormous amount of research done on the topic of Pica, but some of the research that has been done suggests that pica is caused by a mineral deficiency, but there is also the possibility that Pica may be caused by a mental disorder similar to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Treatment for Pica can vary. Treatments range from treating mineral deficiencies to therapy and medication. Generally medication is the last resort after every other treatment has been attempted.

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October 19, 2009

The Placebo Effect

Ever heard of the saying mind over matter? Well turns out there’s something to it. Studies have shown that placebos, basically a pill without medication to measure the effectiveness of real medicines in trials and clinical studies, can actually help reduce real pain.

Many scientists theorize that when the patient believes they are taking the real medication then they will experience the medications effects. It’s more of a mind game then anything really. And tricking the brain has been done for ages.

Essentially, what the body does is convince itself the medication is working. Many people can create similar effects by just deeply concentrating. If you’ve ever seen a man walk across burning coals, or stand under a freezing waterfall for longer than humanely possible then you’ve witnessed the effects of the brain. Given when someone can turn this “power” on and off they have some serious skill. Either way the power of the brain is truly remarkable.

It really is quite interesting to see what the brain can do when it is tricked into believing something. How the brain can somehow, miraculously lessen pain even when no medication is being taken. Placebos are used in medical studies to rule out the power of the brain and to determine the real, or as close to real, effectiveness of the drug.

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