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Baraclude is a nucleoside analog (antiviral products preventing viral replication in the infected cell), treating the hepatitis B virus infection. It is used to treat chronic hepatitis B, preventing the virus from multiplying and infecting new liver cells and reduces the amount of hepatitis B virus...

Who would have imagined that the flavoring ingredients in cough candies were actually helping as cough suppressant? Amazing and true. What I'm talking about are menthol and sweetness. Both of these ingredients have been shown in a laboratory test to actually reduce the coughing reflex. At...

The short answer is that color has no effect on the effect of medication. However, humans have the tendency to form judgement based on color. A common example is your perception of food based on the richness or depth of color . For example, deep red...

How do you save large amounts on your prescription drugs immediately? You can literally cut your costs with a pill splitter. Pill splitting (or pill cutting) is the process of dividing a higher dosage pill into two equal portions to save on costs.  Often, pills that...

Some questions to ask your doctor about Arthritis medication

Arthritis medications can be confusing, ask questions!

Prescriptions can be confusing, ask questions!

DoctorSolve’s Online Pharmacy recommends things to talk about with your doctor before taking Celebrex or another COX-2 arthritis prescription.

If you suffer from arthritis, you’ve may have heard of Merck’s blockbuster arthritis drug, Vioxx. Some 1.3 million Americans take Vioxx, which Merck voluntarily withdrew from the market because of concern about its association with heart attacks and strokes. Drug safety researcher and author David Graham estimates that Vioxx caused heart attacks in as many as 140,000 Americans and contributed to as many as 60,000 deaths.

– that sort of statistic would freak the ba-jeebers out of anyone who has been told that they need prescription medication to control their arthritis.

If you’re confused about the safety of prescription arthritis medications, DoctorSolve can help.
“Big Pharma is concerned with more than your safety,” warns Dr. Paul Zickler, co-founder of DoctorSolve Healthcare Solutions in Vancouver, B.C. “The bottom line is profits. Unfortunately, it may be at your expense if you aren’t a smart consumer.”

If you’ve been prescribed a COX-2 inhibitor like Celebrex, for example, Dr. Zickler recommends that you consider talking about the following with your physician first:

  1. Do I really need the drug? Would a lifestyle change be better?
  2. Are there other drugs that are safer?
  3. How long has this drug been on the market?
  4. Are there risks for my age group or a person with my medical history?

DoctorSolve is a Canadian Internet-based pharmacy intermediary that offers lower-cost, long-term prescriptions. All prescriptions are filled by a professionally registered pharmacist. DoctorSolve is a certified member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association and ranked by as one of the best (five-star) online pharmacies. DoctorSolve has filled more than 200,000 U.S. prescriptions.

For more information, call 1-866-732-0305 or visit Arthritis.

Baraclude is a nucleoside analog (antiviral products preventing viral replication in the infected cell), treating the hepatitis B virus infection. It is used to treat chronic hepatitis B, preventing the virus from multiplying and infecting new liver cells and reduces the amount of hepatitis B virus in the blood. 

If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding, ask your doctor if you are allergic to Baraclude before using it and learn the benefits and risks of using Baraclude while pregnant. Do not breastfeed while taking Baraclude, it is not known if Baraclude is found in breast milk. 

Tell your doctor if you have HIV or AIDS, Kidney disease, Liver disease, and if you have had a liver transplant. Also, let your doctor know if you are taking prescription and/or over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, and herbal products. 

What you should know before you take Baraclude

  • Baraclude may be caused by lactic acidosis and/or severe Liver symptoms. 
  • It should be taken on an empty stomach at least 2 hours before or after eating. Best results if taken at the same time each day. 
  • Taking Baraclude will not prevent you from passing hepatitis B to other people through unprotected sex or sharing of needles.
  • Baraclude may cause dizziness and will worsen if alcohol or certain medicines is consumed.
  • Hepatitis B virus may spread even when you are taking Baraclude. Baraclude is not a cure for Hepatitis B virus infection.      Ask your doctor for safe sexual practices to protect your partner. A vaccine is available to protect people at risk. Do not share needles or personal items that may have blood or body fluids on them (for example toothbrushes or razors).  
  • While you use or when stop using Baraclude, you may participate in a lab test, including liver and kidney function, to monitor your condition or check for side effects.  
  • The elderly using Baraclude may be more sensitive to its effects. Use with caution. Children younger than 16 years old should use Baraclude with extreme caution-safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.

What are the side effects?

  • Muscle pain or weakness  
  • Numb or cold feeling in your arms and legs
  • Trouble breathing  
  • Nausea with vomiting
  • Fast or uneven heart rate
  • Low fever  
  • Nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite  
  • Dark urine, clay-colored stools  
  • Jaundice  
  • Mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach  
  • Headache  
  • Skin rash  
  • Sleep problems (insomnia)

This information is advisory only. It does not contain all information about this drug. If you have any questions about Baraclude ask your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

DoctorSolve Healthcare Solutions Inc., a Canadian Internet-based pharmacy intermediary (license #BC X23), offers low-cost, long-term prescription drugs. A professionally registered pharmacist fills all Canadian prescriptions. A certified member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association, DoctorSolve is ranked as one of the best online Canadian pharmacies.

For more information on how to order Canadian drugs safely and securely call 1-866-732-0305 or visit
https://www.doctorsolve.com/ – a trusted and reliable Canadian online pharmacy since 1999.

Who would have imagined that the flavoring ingredients in cough candies were actually helping as cough suppressant? Amazing and true.Home remedies for cough

What I’m talking about are menthol and sweetness. Both of these ingredients have been shown in a laboratory test to actually reduce the coughing reflex. At least in healthy people, that is. People cough for all sorts of reasons, and it’s not always a bad thing for personal health. The lungs are just trying to clean themselves out, after all.

Of course, if a cough is so irritating that it’s affecting your activities, then that’s where a cough suppressant can help you.

 

The Evidence for Home Remedies to Stop Coughing
First, the scientists doing the study needed a substance that would make people cough. They chose to use capsaicin, which is a chemical that makes peppers burning-spicy. When people inhale capsaicin, they cough. The first problem solved.

Then, they got together some test subjects that didn’t mind coughing in the name of science and medicine.

The group was divided in two. One group tested the effects of sweet sucrose (sugar) rinse as a cough suppressant. The other group tested inhaling menthol. Both of people had control groups: people who used water instead of the sucrose rinse, and people who inhaled clean air instead of menthol. Here’s what they found.

The people who inhaled the menthol became about 25% more resilient against the cough-inducing capsaicin. That means inhaling menthol makes you just a little less than without. Good results overall, but not spectacular.
The people who used the sucrose rinse became about 45% more resilient against coughing from the capsaicin. Better results for sure, and worth a look in my books.

 

The Home Coughing Remedy Explained
By interpreting the results of this experiment, we can say that sucrose rinses and menthol inhalation do indeed have an effect on how resilient people are to coughing due to inhaled irritants.

How does this help you?
Well, for starters it gives you some quick ideas for helping a cough. Something sweet has the chance of helping a little. However, eating large amounts of sugar while sick with a cold or flu can tax your body and prevent you from feeling better, sooner.

Menthol also seems to help, based on this study. You might try some peppermint tea (with a little sugar), or something else minty.

Dr. Zickler

Clindamycin Phosphate (Clindasol) is a topical acne therapy with SPF 15 sunscreen. It helps treat skin infections, severe acne, and bacteria that cause infections.

How to use clindamycin phosphate

  • Always wash and dry your skin before applying
  • Apply a thin layer of clindamycin to the whole area affected by acne, not just to the pimples. This will help keep new pimples from breaking out.
  • Try to avoid washing the affected areas too often as this may dry your skin out and make your acne worse. Washing with a mild soap 2-3 times a day should suffice.
  • For clindamycin to work you must use the full treatment even if your acne begins to clear. Do not miss any doses.

Dose for topical cream, solution, or suspension

  • Adults and children 12 years of age and over – Apply twice a day to areas affected by acne.
  • Infants and children up to 12 years of age – To be determined by your doctor.

What to know before using clindamycin phosphate

  • Do not use this medicine if you’ve had any allergic reactions to it or other clindamycin or to lincomycin.
  • Do not apply cosmetics heavily or use them often as this may increase your acne outbreaks. Try to use only water-based cosmetics.
  • This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not use it in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Do not use it on skin areas that have cuts or scrapes.
  • This medicine may cause the skin to become unusually dry, even with normal use.
  • Clindamycin phosphate does not cure acne. Treatment of acne may take up to 8 to 12 weeks before full improvement is seen.

Side effects

Common side effects include:

  • dryness;
  • scaliness;
  • or peeling of skin (for the topical solution).

Less common side effects include:

  • abdominal pain;
  • diarrhea (mild);
  • headache;
  • irritation or oiliness of skin;
  • stinging or burning feeling of skin.

You may experience side effects not listed above. If you notice any check with your doctor as soon as possible.

 

DoctorSolve Healthcare Solutions Inc., a Canadian Internet-based pharmacy intermediary (license #BC X23), offers low-cost, long-term prescription drugs. A professionally registered pharmacist fills all Canadian prescriptions. A certified member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association, DoctorSolve is ranked as one of the best Canadian pharmacies online . DoctorSolve has filled more than 200,000 U.S. prescriptions.

For more information on how to order Canadian drugs safely and securely call 1-866-732-0305 or visit https://www.doctorsolve.com/ – a trusted and reliable Canadian online pharmacy since 1999.

Statins are a class of drugs that help in lowering cholesterol levels in the human body. These drugs function by blocking the action of a liver enzyme that produces cholesterol. By lowering its levels, statin drugs reduce the risk of heart attacks because the amount of plaque in the arteries is reduced [1].  According to a 2014 report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 25% of Americans over the age of 40 consume a statin [2]. Studies show that this drug is commonly prescribed because of its effectiveness and its ability to reabsorb cholesterol from the arteries.

Furthermore, these drugs are directly linked with reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke [3]. This is because statins prevent the development of atherosclerosis, which is a condition that causes cholesterol-containing plaques to form within the human body. These plaques occur due to high levels of cholesterol and if they continue to develop, blockages in the arteries can cause reduced blood flow to the heart. Introducing a statin not only inhibits this action, but it also provides continued facilitation for patients with risks of other heart diseases.

It is important that there be guidelines for cholesterol reduction because many of the small details of statin drug function still remain undiscovered [2]. This is the main reason for hesitation from doctors when prescribing statins, as they consider numerous other factors that can contribute to lowering cholesterol without medication. One example includes altering lifestyle choices, such as maintaining a special diet and workout routines in order to maximize cholesterol reduction. Although statin drugs may do all the grunt work in reducing cholesterol, these additional factors should be considered in order to receive the best results.

[1] Cholesterol & Triglycerides Health Center: Side Effects of Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs. WebMD. Retrieved from: http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/side-effects-of-statin-drugs

[2] Statins Often Interact With Other Heart Drugs. Norton, Amy. WebMD. Retrieved from: http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20161017/statins-often-interact-with-other-heart-drugs#1

[3] Cholesterol Medications. American Heart Association. Retrieved from: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/PreventionTreatmentofHighCholesterol/Cholesterol-Medications_UCM_305632_Article.jsp#.WBjOaWf4OHs

There are two major categories of medications available at your local pharmacy: over the counter (OTC) and prescription drugs. Here are some key areas where these drugs are compared:

4 Key Differences Between Over the Counter and Prescription Drugs

  • Prescriptions:

OTC drugs do not require a prescription and can be bought off the shelf, whereas prescription medications require a doctor’s prescription. This is usually due to the fact that  the OTC drugs have more general effects that can be used to treat symptoms and normally have milder side-effects. Prescription drugs are more specific, could have serious side effects, and can only be dispensed with a doctor’s recommendation.

  • Regulation:

OTC drugs are sold off the shelf and are available to the general public and are not restricted to sale in pharmacies. They can be found at convenience stores and local grocery stores, making them much easier to access. On the other hand, prescription drugs can be dispensed by local and online pharmacies who have been licensed by the appropriate licensing boards.

  • Usage:

The use of prescription drugs is highly specific, as they are prescribed after a consultation with a doctor. When receiving a prescription medication you will be given all the information on the time and quantity you need to take your dose by your pharmacist. OTC medications present this information on labels and use weight or age ranges to recommend dosage. Generally, OTC medications are available to everybody, whereas prescription medication is specific for that individual patient.

  • Diagnosis:

OTC medications generally rely on self-diagnosis. If you are experiencing mild symptoms such as simple fever, pain, or heartburn, drugs available over the counter may provide relief. For example, acetaminophen (Tylenol) may help with your regular headaches. If the symptom is new, severe, or worrying, you should see a healthcare professional.

Acetaminophen overdose is the deadliest over the counter drug, resulting in over 1 500 deaths in the United States between 2001 and 2010 [1]. Since this drug is well-known as an over-the-counter painkiller, people tend to forget to heed the side effects, especially when they have become accustomed to taking this drug regularly. Here are some scenarios where an unintentional overdose is possible:

 

Acetaminophen Overdose pills

  1. Getting too much acetaminophen from different sources:

This usually occurs when patients are taking multiple medications at the same time. It is highly possible that there is acetaminophen in other medications when one is treating for chronic pain relief. So taking another dose of Tylenol on top of the prescription medication can lead to an unintended overdose.
 
Prevention Method:
It is a wise idea to consult with your doctor and make sure that the total dose of acetaminophen does not exceed the recommended amount according to your age. Next, make sure that the intervals in between your doses are correct.

 

  1. Taking an incorrect dose:

It is common that people lose track of how much acetaminophen they have already taken.  Taking a stronger version of the pill or taking too many pills together at the same time can lead to too much acetaminophen in your system.
 
Prevention Method:
If you are taking multiple medications at the same time it is a good idea to get a pill organizer or set alarms or reminders on when to take your dose. This way you can avoid losing count of how many pills you have already taken.

 

  1. Taking acetaminophen in an extended release form:

Taking an extended release form of acetaminophen means that this pill dissolves in your body over time, as the drug gets released slowly in your bloodstream. This can be beneficial in the sense that you get the amount of acetaminophen in less frequent intervals. However, some people who look for more pain relief either take too many extended release pills, or combine them with instant relief pills, which increases the risk of having too much acetaminophen in your body.

Prevention Method:
It is important that you consult with a pharmacist or a physician to determine if the extended release form of the pill is a good option in your case. In order for the pill to do its work effectively, it is vital that the pill is not tampered with. Chewing, crushing or dissolving the pill are always that hinder its ability to function properly.

[1] Retrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/24/tylenol-overdose_n_3976991.html
 

The short answer is that color has no effect on the effect of medication. However, humans have the tendency to form judgement based on color. A common example is your perception of food based on the richness or depth of color . For example, deep red salmon is far more appetizing than a dull pink salmon. The effect extends past food, as color also influences judgement when it comes to self-administrating drugs.

color medication pills photo

 

Color can trigger the anticipation of taste.

Whether it is chewing a tablet, swallowing a pill or drinking a liquid, the color of the substance becomes the most significant reminder of the sensory experience that corresponds to ingesting that drug. For instance, it is a common perception that red tablets are more bitter than pink tablets. Common liquid medication supports this ideology as well because many sweet children’s medication are found in pink.

 

Color can influence a patient’s anticipation of treatment.

This phenomenon is very common when it comes to patients taking anti-depressants. For example, these patients feel less motivated to take dull maroon colored pills because they anticipate that these pills will not be as effective as brightly colored pill. Another example is when patients require a tablet for acid reflux. These patients would much rather prefer a soft pink colored pill than a bright green pill. Often  a brighter green is associated with lime and the sour taste of citric acid, which makes the patient want to avoid that pill.

Overall, it is surprising how color can have such a significant impact on how a person perceives their medication. The well-researched psychological effect of color on the effectiveness of medication describes how people can have a preconceived notion of taking a drug.

How do you save large amounts on your prescription drugs immediately? You can literally cut your costs with a pill splitter.

Pill splitting (or pill cutting) is the process of dividing a higher dosage pill into two equal portions to save on costs.  Often, pills that are double the strength are not twice the cost, thus you can get two doses for a fraction of the price.  Pill splitters can be found at local pharmacies or drugstores for around $5.00 – $10.00; it is a small investment for big savings.

For example, Lipitor can be found at low prices on Doctorsolve.com, but you can save even more through pill splitting.  For example, 90 tablets of Lipitor (20 mg) can be purchased for $65.90, but 90 tablets of 40 mg are only $77.00.  Through pill splitting the 40g tablets, you will save 41.5% of the costs.

How to Cut Costs on Prescription Drugs
Why are prices on stronger pills not much higher?
There are a few reasons that affect the price of stronger pills.  Firstly, the manufacturing cost difference for a 20 mg pill and a 40 mg pill aren’t usually that different.  Most of the cost isn’t in the active ingredient that determines dosage, but the cost to manufacture the rest of the product.  In addition, patients are protected from price jumps when moving to a stronger dosage.  It would also be unfair to punish people by increasing the prices twofold when they are feeling sicker.

Tips on pill splitting:
     – Talk to your doctor or pharmacist.  They should be your first source of information about which pills can be split and if pill splitting would be suitable for you.
– Don’t split pills too far in advance.  It may be tempting to split a month’s worth of pills for convenience, but there are drugs that lose effectiveness after exposure to air.
– Don’t skimp on using a pill splitter.  Some people try to use a knife or a hard edge, but it results in uneven halves and excess powder.
– Some pills are scored down the middle with a line to help with splitting.  While not all pills with scores are meant to be split, it is a good indicator.  Nevertheless, you should double-check with your doctor or pharmacist before splitting pills.

What pills can’t be split?

  • Some drugs require very specific dosages, so even the act of splitting the pill could put your health at risk. Here are some tips to keep in mind when splitting pills.
  • Drugs with an enteric coating are designed to protect the stomach.  Splitting the pill could cause irritation to the stomach.
  • Time-release or long-acting drugs lose their time-releasing effect when cut, leading to a risk of an overdose.

Drugs taken more than once a day are usually not the best for pill splitting.  No matter how accurate you are, the halves will not be 100% accurate.  Your body processes drugs that are only taken one time per day slowly, so the amount of medication in your system will fluctuate more dramatically with drug splitting.

  • Drugs in capsules must be taken whole because they usually contain a powder or gel.
  • Prepackaged drugs in specific doses
    Should you be pill splitting?
    It is important to keep in mind that pill splitting may not be the solution for everybody.  Your doctor should be your first resource to verify if pill splitting is a viable option for your situation.  Some people are uncomfortable with the idea or may have limitations that make splitting pills more difficult, such as:
  • Poor or impaired eyesight
  • Tremors or  hand weakness
  • Severe arthritis
  • Cognitive issues that may affect memory or recall, which can result in taking incorrect dosages.

 

There are unquestionable cost-savings through pill splitting, but this economical action may not be for everyone.  As always, you can turn to purchasing online prescription drugs at DoctorSolve for an easy and safe way to save money.

Learn more about how to properly cut pills.

Biking to Keep Active
While the media is most concerned with inactivity, it seems that there is another alarming trend – extreme workout routines among recreational athletes. These recreational athletes push themselves too hard. They often weight lift with no rests between sets and no days offs. They also compete in very dangerous races.

For example, one extreme race waiver contained the phrase “there are sections of the trail that travel along cliffs. If you’re not careful, you could fall to your death. Very few runners go the distance without taking one painful spills. Most runners take lots of them.” Needless to say, the participant in this race found the trail “so arduous and dangerous that she never did it again.”

Every athlete knows that it is important to push yourself. Work out enough that you may not fully recover between sessions.

To point, in late January, 13 Iowa football players were hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis. This ailment is often caused by intense physical exertion that releases muscle fibers into the bloodstream and can cause kidney damage.

Below are some points to ensure your workouts are not too “extreme,” which result in harm to your body. However, it is quite difficult, because training programs vary so much from one individual to the next.

  • Be sure to give yourself recovery time between weight sessions (this means between the actual weight reps as well as between weight training sessions) and heavy cardiovascular work outs.

 

  • If you feel super tired between sessions, you are probably over-training, so you will need to take a day or two off. Eventually, the over-tiredness can turn into depression.

 

  • Keep a diary detailing your training regime and how you feel after a workout. This will allow you to be better in tune with your emotions.

 

  • If you are training towards a goal (i.e. a marathon), it’s perhaps better to work out with a coach rather than a friend. A coach will know what is appropriate and safe for your body, whereas a friend may push you too hard, or not enough. Of course, if your friend happens to also be a former athlete in the area of your athletic pursuits, I guess you’re set! For more information on the benefits of working out with a coach, visit the article Do I Need a Fitness Coach?.

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