What Are The Pros And Cons Of Liquid Medicines Over Tablets And Pills?

Every person needs to take medicine at some point in their life and the normal format usually comes in the form of a pill or a capsule. Patients who find it difficult to take medication, like very young patients or older patients are given liquid forms of the medication. Most people are aware of the liquid OTC analgesic formulations for babies and toddlers, as well as the liquid cold and flu remedies marketed for adults, but few realize that it is possible to obtain alternative formulations for many prescription drugs when the patient has trouble swallowing pills. As always, when taking any medications, whether they are sold by prescription or over the counter, care must be taken to make sure that there will not be any adverse side effects when two or more medications are taken concurrently. You always need to tell your physician and pharmacist about any medicines you are currently taking.

Normally, individuals who take their medications in the form of pills or capsules do not have any difficulties in swallowing the medicine. These may come in several different sizes that range from fairly small to others that are rather big. Sometimes patients have trouble swallowing because of a condition called dysphagia. This condition may develop when one is young and persist throughout life, or it may develop later in life, brought on by an illness or condition that impacts the ability to swallow. When this happens, the best thing to do is to consult with the physician or pharmacist to find out if the prescribed medication comes in a different form, such as a liquid, that would be easier to swallow. There is a lengthy formulation and development process that drugs in a liquid formulation must go through prior to being prescribed for utilization by patients. This is because it is essential that the drug is evenly dispersed throughout the formulation. Liquid formulas frequently state on the label that the bottle needs to be shaken up before ingesting the medicine in order to ensure that the medication is evenly distributed and has not settled at the bottom of the bottle.

It is necessary for the design of liquid formulations to be a bit different than that of tablets so that the patient receives the proper amount of medication without imbibing large quantities of liquids. In addition, it must include an additive that masks the taste of the drug, which is frequently quite bitter and foul tasting. Normally, the average dose is not more than 5 millilitres for children, but adults usually need to take the medicine in a higher dosage. Normally the medication comes as a syrup, mixture or solution and includes sweeteners and flavouring agents to disguise the drug’s taste. Frequently fluids with a thicker viscosity are utilized so that they are not as likely to be spilled or inhaled in error. Additionally, it might have other ingredients that help the drug to stay in the liquid, which will ensure that the drug is going to be effective.

A special measuring spoon comes with liquid medications to ensure that the proper dosage is administered every time. A recent study revealed that when the special measuring spoon was not utilized, the dosage size could vary greatly due to the fact that teaspoons are not made in standard sizes. If you learn that you cannot easily use the spoon that is provided to you, ask your pharmacist for a special medicine cup or an oral syringe so that you will be able to measure the proper dosage correctly.

There are a few basic steps to follow when taking liquid medicines:

1. Be sure that you are aware of the dose you will need to consume.

2. Measure the dosage into the spoon, cup or syringe with care

3. Once the dose has been administered, clean the dispenser thoroughly so that it will be ready when the time comes for the next dose to be administered.

4. Be sure to store the bottle properly; some drugs, like antibiotics, may need to be refrigerated.

A medicine dispenser can be greatly beneficial for any medication that needs to be taken long term. These pumps are designed to fit into the medicine bottle and dispense a specific amount with each pump. These devices will make it easier to provide a correct quantity of a liquid medication when it is administered, especially at night when the lighting may be poor and in situations where dexterity or vision problems are present. Any issues should be discussed with your pharmacist or doctor.

Proper storage of medication is essential and any instructions with regard to the dosage and timing of administration must be followed exactly. In addition, any old medication should be taken to a pharmacy for proper disposal.

What Are Specials And How Do They Differ From Licensed Medicines?

Specials medicines are bona fide medications, which are individually manufactured according to the instructions of a prescribing doctor, dentist or pharmacist. They are different to licensed medicines, which are produced in large quantities and completely identical units by pharmaceutical companies.

What is the difference to licensed medicines?
Licensed medications have undergone a very long research and evaluation process to be endorsed by the health authority of a country as safe, effective for a particular condition and offering value for money. The research underpinning this evaluation is extremely costly for pharmaceutical companies and they therefore try to get each medicine license as a ‘one size fits all’ product. Pharmaceutical companies do not produce variations of a licensed product as the latter would then need to be rigorously researched and evaluated again, which is not cost effective for them. Specials medicines are often unique preparation, which have not gone through the licensing process and are therefore classified as unlicensed medicines. However, they often include the same active ingredients as licensed medicines.

Why do we need specials medicines?
Standardized medicines produced for the average patient do not suit all patients equally. For example, some patients may be allergic against a certain preservative used in licensed medications and therefore require an individual preparation. The same can apply to dosage, way of administration or combination of active ingredients used in a pharmaceutical product. Therefore, specials medicines are individual preparations, but are otherwise prescribed in the same way as licensed medicines.

What is the difference to over-the-counter supplements?
Specials medicines are very different to over-the counter supplements or alternative remedies, which do not need to be prescribed by a doctor, dentist or veterinary doctor. Specials medicines are never directly sold to patients and can only be accessed through a health professional. Therefore, the prescribing doctor and to some degree the dispensing pharmacist and the manufacturer take full responsibility for the specials medication. This is in strong contrast to over the counter remedies where the responsibility lies with the purchaser and to some extent the manufacturer with respect to the potential effects of the product.

Who manufactures specials medications?
Historically, pharmacists themselves created tinctures, salves and potions. However, even if the pharmacists followed a set recipe a lot of variation could occur in a product created in this way. Additionally, modern medications need a very high level of quality control during manufacture, a lot of specialist equipment and are often covered by patent law. Therefore, modern medicines are normally manufactured through carefully controlled large-scale processes in pharmaceutical companies, which are designed to produce a very high level of standardization. Specials medicines are still sometimes created by specialist pharmacists, but more often by dedicated and licensed specials manufacturers. These are companies, which follow very stringent quality control measures and which are specifically licensed to produce medications. Often, specials medicines are accompanied by a Certificate of Analysis, which is signed by a person approved to do so. They must also conform to all national and EU regulations that apply to specials manufacture. Finally, specials manufacturers are responsible for the quality of their product and are therefore liable if the composition of a medicine is found to be incorrect in some way.

What should you do to access specials medications?
Specials medication must be prescribed by a qualified health professional. Therefore, if you think that a specials preparation would be more suitable for your needs as a patient you need to discuss this with the physician who is treating you. Patients themselves cannot access specials medications directly from manufacturers. Normally, specials manufacturers will not offer lists of available products as if they were selling alternative remedies nor would they directly deal with patients themselves.

How much are specials medicines used?
There are over 75,000 different recipes used for specials medications in the UK. In total specials medicines account for approximately 1% of all prescribed medications. They are often required for older patients, who may have special needs with respect to dosage or application processes. However, specials medicines may also be used by hospitals in cutting edge treatment for specific client groups or by veterinary doctors, who would like to use some well-known human medications for their furry patients. The area of specials medications is a growing one supported by recent research into individual’s different genetic make up, which suggests that we do not all absorb or react to the same medication in the same way. It can be expected that individually tailored medications will become a common phenomenon in the future of medicine.

Case Study: Drunk Driver Causes A Hit And Run Injury Accident

In August 2000, 56-year-old Diane Farmer* had just slowed her vehicle to make a left turn off of Highway 99 in Lynnwood, Washington, when another motorist ran a stop sign and hit her head on at 35 mph. Diane’s airbags deployed. She was thrown forward and back again upon impact. She remembers the air bag hitting her face and chest with great force. Diane sat there stunned, and in pain.

The other driver, Michael Dejoria, immediately backed his vehicle up and took off, fleeing the scene. Other motorists who saw the crash called 911. One of the motorists followed Mr. Dejoria as he fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Witnesses reported that Mr. Dejoria thereafter drove his vehicle erratically and at high speeds.

Fortunately, the Washington State Patrol had a trooper nearby. The WSP eventually spotted Mr. Dejoria and pulled him over. Upon contact, the trooper smelled a strong odor of intoxicants from inside Mr. Dejorias’s vehicle. He was asked to perform field sobriety tests, which he ultimately failed. Mr. Dejoria was arrested and booked into jail for DUI and Hit and Run. He eventually pled guilty to DUI. It was Mr. Dejoria’s 2nd conviction for an alcohol-related traffic offense.

Diane was taken to Providence Hospital in Everett. She reported neck and back pain, and severe chest pain and bruising. Over the next few days, Diane’s pain complaints worsened. She also experienced severe shoulder pain, presumably due to the seat belt harness upon impact.

Over the next year, Diane received medication, physical therapy and massage treatment for her ongoing neck, shoulder and back pain complaints. The bruising to her chest did not resolve for several months. She found it difficult to perform daily activities, like standing, sitting, walking, and lifting. Diane also had great difficulty sleeping.

Diane’s doctors initially diagnosed her with strains to her neck and back. She was also diagnosed with a shoulder impingement syndrome. Diane’s X-ray and MRI scans were considered “normal” given her age.

Although Diane’s symptoms did not resolve, she decided to stop therapy and try to manage her complaints with a home exercise program. She did not receive any medical treatment over the next 20 months.

During this 20-month period, Diane pursued home exercises. Her symptoms never fully resolved, and in fact, progressively worsened. She then decided to return to treatment. By this time, her neck pain had worsened and she was experiencing numbness and tingling into her arms and hands.

Diane received more physical therapy and massage treatment. She was referred to a medical doctor who specialized in rehabilitation and physical medicine with an emphasis in spine-related injuries. This doctor suspected that Diane might have a condition called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS). TOS can occur following acute injury to the cervical spine. Common symptoms associated with TOS include arm numbness, tingling, and a feeling of “heaviness.”

Diane was referred to a vascular surgeon for a surgical consultation. The surgeon performed ultrasound testing and confirmed that Diane did have TOS. The doctor felt that the TOS was related to the injuries she received in the car crash 5 years earlier. Diane was advised to continue with conservative management, consisting of physical therapy, exercises and injections to manage her symptoms. If conservative treatment failed, then the vascular surgeon told Diane that the only option left was surgery.

When Diane hired an attorney, Mr. Dejoria’s insurance company (MetLife Home Auto) made the last and final settlement offer of $30,000. MetLife argued that Diane had only suffered from “soft tissue” injuries that should have healed. It also argued that Diane’s pain complaints were due to a pre-existing injury or condition because Diane was in a car accident in 1969 and in 1987. However, Diane stated that she made a full recovery from each of these prior accidents.

A lawsuit was filed. The drunk driver’s deposition was taken. He testified that he had no memory of the collision. When he was deposed, he stated that he was unemployed and homeless. After 12 months of litigation, the case settled a few days before trial for the other driver’s insurance policy limits.

Diane then filed a claim for Underinsured Motorist (UIM) benefits with her own auto carrier Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Liberty Mutual denied the claim, causing Diane’s attorney to request arbitration pursuant to the terms of the policy. Liberty then hired its own counsel to defend the claim.

After more than 12 months of litigation against Liberty Mutual, a mediation session was held. The parties eventually agreed upon terms of settlement.

In the end, Diane was able to secure a gross settlement of $185,000. This amount included her claimed past medical expense of approximately $40,000. Diane continues to treat for her condition. She is doing everything she can to avoid surgery.

*Some names have been changed to protect our client’s privacy.

Good Liver Function Benefits Your Whole Body

The liver is an interesting organ that is instrumental to proper body functions. Of all the glandular organs, the liver is one of the largest. Within Ayurvedic medicine, it is considered the seat of ‘Pitta’, which is one of three doshas.

Important Liver Functions

The liver turns plasma into blood, stores energy for the body, and releases that energy in the form of glucose in order to balance blood sugar levels when they are not at the proper level. The liver also plays a major role in metabolic functions related to sugar, fat, and protein. The liver also identifies and removes toxins from the body before they make it to the bloodstream. People who want to help their liver carry out its essential functions can take natural detox remedies and supplements.

If the liver becomes overwhelmed with toxins, it cannot identify new toxins or get rid of them. There are several things that can cause toxic overload, such as a diet rich in fats, white flour, sugar, heavy metals, processed foods, and an excess of alcohol. If foods are treated with pesticides or fungicides, they can also affect liver function. The digestive system can be overloaded by foods that contain preservatives and monosodium glutamate, and this also can affect the liver.

The liver must be able to protect the body from the toxins that it encounters every day and process them. Toxins come from a variety of sources. They can come from food, skin and body products, the air and the environment. Alcohol is one of the principal causes of liver damage, but the overuse of prescription or over-the-counter medicine can also negatively affect the liver.

The liver has an essential role in processing the toxic waste the body produces from cellular waste. One example is urea synthesis, which is a waste product that comes from metabolizing protein. The liver sends this waste product into the bloodstream where it reaches the kidneys for elimination. The liver is also responsible for breaking down old red blood cells and recycling the byproducts of the destruction. Anything that is not recycled is eliminated.

Health of the Liver

The liver is governed by the Pitta dosha. Its predominant element is fire. If someone has an affliction caused by a Pitta dosha that is out of balance, they will likely experience skin irritation, infection, inflammation, burning, or excess acidity. Western medicine says that the liver’s primary responsibility is to process digested food into a form that the body can use. Ayurveda says much the same thing. It says that the liver holds the enzymes that digest the five elements present in food. These five elements feed the sense organs: the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and skin.

Elements that cause damage to the liver can be identified by their harmful elements and their heating nature. Alcohol is well known for causing liver damage because it heats the body. Ayurveda says that greasy, processed, junk foods heat the body, which in turn heats the liver. This effect is similar to the effects of alcohol.

Just about everyone can benefit from liver health remedies. It is also a good idea to keep your Pitta dosha balanced by cutting down on foods that aggravate the Pitta. Individuals who have predominate Pitta must work hard to keep their Pitta dosha balanced. They tend to be hotter than those of other dosha types. If a Vata or Kappa needs to increase Pitta, healthy sources of Pitta fire should be introduced to the body. Some of these healthy sources are cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, cumin, or hot herbal tea. You also can find supplements for liver health. These help keep the Pitta fire at the proper intensity.

Ayurveda encourages a detox remedy with each change of season. The best time for a detox is at the start of spring because this detox allows you to purge the toxins that built up over the winter. The liver can also cleanse itself during the earth’s cleansing cycle. Another good time for a natural detox is between the end of summer and the beginning of fall. There is sometimes a toxic overload during the hot months of summer.

The liver is the seat of all emotions that are ruled by Pitta. If you have a Pitta imbalance, you may experience mood swings, angry outbursts, extreme ambition, jealousy, impatience, and general irritability. A balanced Pitta dosha causes people to feel courage, healthy ambition, confidence, and strong will power.

If you bottle up your sadness, fear, anger, or jealousy, you can damage your liver just as effectively as if you drank too much alcohol. Find a healthy outlet for these emotions to benefit your health.

Supplements and Herbs for Liver Health

There are plenty of herbs and detox remedies recommended by Ayurveda to maintain your Pitta balance. Some herbs and supplements target the liver directly. They may balance Pitta, promote bile production, and detox and cleanse the liver.

Bhumyamalaki is a standard liver supporting herb. That is not the only herb that supports the liver, however. Other good herbs are sharapunkha, punarnava, chiretta, Indian barberry, and aloe vera.

Liver Balance is a new Maharishi Ayurveda product that can balance the liver. It improves digestion, clears clogs, and stimulates liver cleansing. Elim-Tox-O also cleanses the body and supports the liver. This supplement is good to use on a long-term basis.

At the very least, try a cleansing fast to support your liver once every year. The liver is an essential organ and helping it perform at its best will make you feel better than ever. It is vital for health, vitality, and longevity.

Mental And Emotional Paralysis: Debilitated By Depression

We have all experienced days when we felt so sad that it drove us to tears — even if we do not even know the reason for our sorrow. We become uninterested in our daily routines, and find ourselves struggling with sluggishness and melancholy. At times, we can be so overcome with emotional distress that we do not even want to go out of the room and choose to just sleep all day. These periods of sadness are but normal for any human being. Still, these feelings of sadness should not come on a regular basis. If one regularly suffers from sadness, it may be possible that that person is already suffering from clinical depression.

At present, depression afflicts at least 17 million adults in the United States alone. Clinical depression usually starts even without the person noticing it. Some are lulled into a cycle of despair even without the slightest hint that they already have an emotional and psychological problem. Clinical depression is a medical condition that affects the mind, often leaving the person suffering from feelings of hopelessness, loss of ambition, and loss of the ability to focus on tasks and on life itself. People suffering from chronic and acute depression become so sad and apathetic that it is often extremely difficult for them to even get out of bed in the morning. The depressed person reaches a state where even the simplest activity is performed with great difficulty. Depression has both physiological and sociological causes. It may be brought on by a physical illness, an emotional trauma or experience, use of various drugs and medications, alcohol abuse, or a combination of various factors. If depression is left untreated, this condition can adversely affect academic achievement, family life, friendships, careers, and may even lead to broken relationships.

Examination of this psychological problem in physio-chemical terms would show that depression is closely linked to abnormalities or changes in brain chemistry. Poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and negative attitudes also worsen a person’s depression.

People with psychological problems usually seek help from a mental health professional who, in turn, prescribes mood balancing drugs or anti-depressants such as citalopram or flouextine. Intense psychotherapy and counseling may also be required. However, there are others who use an alternative form of medicine for a more natural treatment. Milder cases of depression can be treated solely with natural remedies without the need for antidepressant prescriptions.

Therapy that involves personal expression has been found to provide an outlet for pent-up feelings and can be a positive way to articulate deep emotions. This can take many forms such as dance, martial arts, or art lessons. Relaxation techniques can also help a person focus and gain a sense of serenity. Ancient exercise and stress relief methods such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and hypnosis are also popular means to treat depression.

A change in diet and the use of supplements have been found effective in dealing with depression. Adding fish oil, Zinc, and B vitamins help the body regulate chemicals that may trigger depression. Exercise is very important for physical, emotional, and mental health. Keeping active will rejuvenate the body and keep it fit, promoting a healthier lifestyle and better self image. Working out several times per week can calm the senses and invigorate the body.

Although depression has increased dramatically in today’s world, the problem of depression is as old as time. It still continues to debilitate many lives despite the availability of 21st century technologies and conveniences. We can learn on the wisdom of many different healing traditions in our quest to overcome the burden of depression. Though there are modern tools to overcome depression, one should try to seek and discover the vibrant energy and personal empowerment that everyone of us can discover, even without using drugs.

How Exactly Do Homeopathy Remedies Work?

The practice of homeopathy has been in existence now for over two centuries and can treat many different types of ailments. Homeopathy and how it works is still not really known by many people yet. Since it’s an alternative medicine, it’s not heavily promoted by doctors and not discussed in mainstream media often. Therefore, many people don’t believe that it works because they don’t feel they can trust it.

However, you don’t have to chose between homeopathy and conventional medicine because they can both be used together. As a matter of fact, conventional medicine, alternative medicines, and homeopathic remedies all can be used together when attempting to treat a disease.

Homeopathy is a safe and gentle way of treating conditions. It is not limited in the ailments that it can be applied to. For instance, anything from colds to depression, to anxiety, asthma, and numerous others that we still don’t know about can be treated with homeopathy.

To be able to understand why homeopathy remedies are effective, we first need to learn about homeopathic medicine and how it works.

Stimulating The Body Into Healing Itself

What homeopathy does is use homeopathic remedies similar in nature to what actually causes you to be ill, and uses it to treat your ailment. For instance, let’s say you have a really bad cough. The homeopathic remedies for this situation would actually cause a healthy person to cough.

Whatever induces the cough is diluted and used as the remedy. The purpose of this is to cause a reaction from the immune system, or basically start the process of your body healing itself. The homeopathic remedies wouldn’t suppress the cough, that is not what it’s meant to do. Instead, the goal is to provide healing to the cough.

Is Naturopathy The Same As Homeopathy?

Also, naturopathy and homeopathy should not be confused. The difference between the two is where they are derived from. Nature is used as the source of all the medicines of naturopathy, while animals, minerals, plants, and even chemical drugs are used as sources for homeopathy.

Because of this, penicillin properties can be extracted chemicals used by homeopathic remedies, or use animals to get snake venom. These substances that are very diluted come in the form of globules that are coated in white sugar that is offered at outlets and health stores.

How do you which homeopathic remedies you need for your ailments? You can use a homeopathic remedy finder online in which you type in your symptoms and they help you find which remedies are best for you.

Useful Solutions For 401k Plans Exposed – The Best Routes

Learn everything regarding retirement by reading the suggestions in this piece. Although you might feel like it is too far in the future, you need to begin making your plans as rapidly as achievable. The sooner you start out, the earlier it will be that you can retire and relax.

If your employer has a retirement plan, then work with it as much as you can. In case you ever have the income to spare, then stick it inside your retirement plan. An employer’s retirement plan is a excellent idea due to the fact there will be much lower taxes plus the employer could match your savings as well.

An obvious tip in regards to retiring is to ensure you start saving for your retirement. A great deal of folks make the mistake of not saving for their retirement after which find themselves in a bit of a pickle due to the fact they do not have adequate funds obtainable to them when they are older.

Figure out what is required for retirement. You will not be working, so you will not be making income. On top of that, retirement is not economical. It’s estimated that prospective retirees need to save between 70% & 90% of their revenue to live at their existing standards after retirement. This is why it’s a great notion to plan ahead of time.

Should you take lots of medicines and are living on a solved revenue in retirement, think of a mail order drug plan. These plans can enable you to get a 3 to six month supply of maintenance medications for fewer than the drug retail outlet charges. You also get the convenience of home delivery.

Do not be afraid to ask questions. Sadly, the challenge countless folks face today is merely not knowing adequate about their retirement options to make a decision. Ask pals, family, & coworkers about their retirement plans and your available choices. You’ll be surprised to study that there is a world of possibilities waiting for you.

Start saving for retirement as early as you are able. The earlier you start saving, the better. Every small bit helps. The longer you’ve that money in a savings account, the more it can grow. How much you have saved will make a big difference once you in fact do retire.

Use one a retirement calculator to figure out how much revenue you want once you retire. You can find simple to use calculators online. After you input all the applicable information, you will know how much you want to save so that you can keep up your present standard of living.

Make realistic plans & set realistic goals for your retirement. Do not set your sights unrealistically high, & be honest about how much you’re going to need to maintain your normal of living. Sit down and plan a budget independently. Based on that, establish how much you’ll want before you could retire.

You could think you have an unlimited degree of time post-retirement. Nonetheless, it’s incredible how rapidly time begins to fly. Making advance plans can help you use your time wisely.

If the thought of retirement bores you, consider becoming a specialist consultant. Use whatever you have spent a lifetime learning, & hire yourself out for a handsome hourly fee. You could make your own hours, & it will be fun teaching others about your expertize. The revenue you make may be saved for a rainy day or put toward immediate costs.

You could automate your savings! Most items today might be automated and your retirement savings are the same way. Automated alternatives help you make those investments once you just seem to forget. This will allow your nest egg to start growing without you wasting any time thinking about it. This really is a superb notion for any wise saver.

When you establish what you need for retirement, consider living a life-style to the one you at the moment have. Going to work now comes with added costs, but you could anticipate your retirement funds must be about 80% of what you pay for points now. When your retirement basically comes about, you’ll want to rein in the impulse to spend a lot more on your leisure activities.

These suggestions are all developed to be useful to those who wish to retire. Take the time to review them once more & start planning. You will feel a remarkable sense of relief realizing that you have planned for this special time within your life. Don’t wait to begin working on it.