Month: January 2019

Magnesium Hydroxide

The major use of magnesium hydroxide is as an antacid for stomach upsets. Magnesium hydroxide is alkaline and hence, it can be used to neutralize the acidic pH within the stomach. Thus magnesium hydroxide is a short-term cure for acidity.

Magnesium hydroxide is available in the form of tablets or capsules, which are orally ingested with water. They are mostly slow-release drugs and their effect sets in within 30 minutes to 3 hours of their intake. They are available in the form of combination drugs under brand names such as Maalox, Di-Gel, etc.

A serious problem with magnesium hydroxide is that it interacts with various other body nutrients, such as folic acid, iron and potassium. Magnesium hydroxide inhibits folic acid absorption, which is needed for the synthesis of vitamin B12 in the body. Persons who take digoxin or digitalis, both potassium-depleting diuretics, may suffer chronic problems due to intake of …

Medical Equipment Innovation

Medical Research and Technology

Scientists are constantly testing out new equipment and procedures to shorten operation periods whilst boosting life span. Moreover, they are also trying out new drugs for better treatment and even cure of prevalent disease.

With the help of medical technology, scientists reached into cellular level of germs and their antibodies. We already know how the discovery of vaccines helped control malaria, MMR, polio and other such illnesses, saving thousands of lives worldwide. As per the World Health Organization, vaccines save 3 million lives each year.

Importance of Innovation in Medicine

The life cycle of a medical product ranges from 18-20 months. This is still better that many industries, such as Information technology, but improvements still need to be made. Also note that innovation isn’t just about improving the quality of care; it is also about maintaining and sustaining better healthcare systems.

And even while less than …

L-Proline

There are deficiencies in Proline. Deficiencies have been noted in endurance runners and those who do prolonged exercises. These populations can benefit from supplementation in order to prevent muscle loss. When glucose is low, the body “eats” muscles for energy. Deficiencies of Proline have also been noted in those who suffer from an injury that is traumatic, skin injuries, especially severe burns, and people with pain that is caused by low amounts of cartilage or collagen formation could also benefit from these supplements.

There are a few sources of Proline, It is however, found in meat and dairy products. It is also found in eggs. If there are any questions about whether one should take the supplements, a physician should be consulted. The forms of the supplement are stand alone capsules, tablets, and the amino acid is often found in various sports drinks.

Some precautions should be taken in regard …

Medicinal Herbs

Medicinal herbs and plants, however, gathered for the production both of modern drugs and of herbal remedies are not generally found in garden cultivation, but are gathered from the wild in many countries throughout the world, or cultivated in commercial plantings for specific purposes. Their use in the manufacture of medicinal drugs is limited as this method aims to make synthetic replicas of the active ingredients by chemical means. In contrast, great volumes of raw herbs and plants are required for drying for herbal teas, for powder used in tablets or for the liquid plant extracts which provide the bottled medicines we find in health food shops and in herbal dispensaries.

Professional herbalists have the responsibility of undertaking considerable study in order to learn which herbs are best prescribed and in what doses, as well as learning the cautions which are required as to those plants which are best avoided. …

Benefits of Vitamin B5

Benefits of Vitamin B5

There are many conditions that can be greatly relieved with Vitamin B5.
Acne, alcoholism, allergies, hair loss, asthma, ADHD, autism candedeases,
and cystitis. Other conditions that could benefit from the use of B5 include dandruff, heart disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory problems, celiac disease, and depression. Diabetic neuropathy, hyperactivity, and immune system improvement can all be treated with vitamin B5.

The benefits of vitamin B5 vitamin may also potentially be used: “orally for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, peripheral neuritis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), prostatitis, protection against mental and physical stress and anxiety, reducing signs of aging, reducing susceptibility to colds and other infections, retarded growth, shingles, skin disorders, stimulating adrenal glands, mouth ulcers, chronic fatigue syndrome, vertigo, and wound healing.”

Athletic performance, hypoglycemia, insomnia, irritability, and low blood pressure can be improved with the benefits of vitamin B5. Cramps in the legs due to pregnancy, alcoholism, …

B Complex Vitamins

You should note that there are four additional substances in the B complex group, though they are not known as vitamins because they are not necessary for normal body function. They are choline, lipoic acid, PABA and inositol. When you purchase B complex vitamins, these four will not be included, and at least one or two of the recognized B vitamins may also be omitted. B5 and B7 are so widely available in food that most people simply get enough of these vitamins, even if they aren’t eating a healthy diet.

Arguably one of the most commonly recognized uses of the B vitamins is an energy booster. Some health care professionals tout the advantages of taking B12 in large doses to combat tiredness, but most seem to agree that starting a regimen of B vitamins is only advisable in severe cases.

More recently, research suggests that some Vitamin B deficiencies …

Magnesium Oxide

Medicinally, magnesium oxide is used as a short-term laxative for rapid elimination of the bowels, especially before surgery. It is also used as a dietary supplement when the amount of magnesium in the diet is not sufficient. Magnesium oxide use is not recommended for persons with heart and kidney problems. It is also not advisable for pregnant and lactating women. Magnesium oxide can interfere with other drugs like warfarin, aspirin, ranitidine, etc.

Apart from medicine, magnesium oxide also boasts several industrial uses. Magnesium oxide lined with carbon forms a tough refractory brick for metallurgical furnaces. Such magnesia bricks are resistant to corrosion and high temperature.

Magnesium oxide cement is also a good industrial binder. Magnesium oxide is high temperature resistant and so it is used to sheath thermocouples and also as filler in high temperature appliances such as rings of electric cookers.

Magnesium oxide is a highly versatile compound. Due …

Dark Side of Prescription Drugs

An Invisible Epidemic
A great deal has been written about alcoholism and drug addiction over the last two decades. However, information regarding prescription drug abuse and addiction only seems to surface when someone famous has a problem and needs treatment or dies.

Historically, prescription drug addiction has been the most underreported drug abuse problem in the nation( National Institute of Drug Abuse). It is also the least understood. Addiction to and withdrawal from prescription drugs can be more dangerous than other substances because of the insidious nature of these drugs.

Two types of the most commonly abused drugs are opioids and benzodiazepines. Opioids are generally used to control pain. Benzodiazepines, or tranquilizers, are used to manage anxiety. These drugs are prescribed for short-term use such as acute pain and anxiety that is in reaction to a specific event. They may also be prescribed for chronic pain or generalized anxiety.

Chronic …

Discount Prescription Drug Plans

Major retail chain pharmacies are participating in these discount medication plans. The list includes: Walmart, Kmart, Target, Ekert and Walgreens. Make sure you double check that these stores are working with these discount benefits plans. Any individual with limited coverage or without any prescription drug coverage can benefit from a discount prescription benefit plan. Instead of paying full price for prescription drugs, members can save when they purchase their prescriptions.

People, who have insurance coverage, may still find these discount plans very useful as it can discount their prescription drugs not covered by their health plan. Members just show their card at a participating pharmacy and receive substantial discounts on their prescription drugs. Usually twenty-five percent on most brand names and up to fifty percent on most generics, it is that easy.

Drug costs are continuing to rise and are one of the fastest growing health care expenditures. It is …

Compounding Pharmacy

Today, customizing a medication, creating accommodating methods of drug dosages and providing other methods of dispensing drugs, are fundamental underpinnings of the role of compounding pharmacies. The goal is to provide a drug that fits the unique needs of a patient. Physicians may prescribe compounded medication for a patient with a unique health need that can include:

  • Used in the Veterinary profession for a change in the method of administration, a change in dosage, and to make it more pleasant tasting for the animal.
  • Patients having the need of medicines that require a certain dosage not available in regular mass produced forms. An example would be a small dosage strength such as an infant who requires a tiny dose of a particular medication.
  • Patients undergoing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy It is used as an alternative to synthetics for patients suffering from menopausal symptoms
  • Patients requiring allergen-free medications
  • Children who require