Archive for March, 2012
Many medications can cause side effects.A side effect is an unwanted response to a drug when taken in normal doses. It can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.
At least 1% of people taking this medication side effects reported below. Many of these side effects can be supported and some may go away on their own over time.
Consult your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to give you advice on what to do if these side effects occur:
- a decrease in platelet count (which should be monitored during treatment with heparin);
- increased secretion of liver enzymes (which should be monitored during treatment with heparin).
Most side effects listed below do not happen very often, but they could lead to serious problems if you do not receive medical care.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
- to bruising or purplish areas on the skin without apparent cause;
- hair loss or total restricted to temples;
- muscle pain;
- painful erection;
- rules abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding or unexpected;
- heavy bleeding or oozing from cuts or wounds;
- bleeding gums when brushing teeth;
- the nosebleeds of unknown cause;
- blood in urine;
- black stools, bloody or tarry stools;
- an itching and burning felt on the soles of the feet;
- signs of internal bleeding (vomiting blood). Read the rest of this entry »
How does this medication work? What are its effects?
Heparin belongs to a group of drugs called anticoagulants. Anticoagulants inhibit the coagulation of blood and this action prevents the formation of dangerous clots in blood vessels.
Heparin is used to prevent a disease designated deep vein thrombosis, or DVP, linked to the clots in blood vessels of the leg. These blood clots can sometimes migrate to the lungs and obstruct blood vessels. This blockage causes a serious condition identified pulmonary embolism.
Heparin is also used to prevent blood clotting during dialysis, after insertion of intravenous lines, during an open heart surgery and the treatment against deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Heparin is often used after the occurrence of heart attacks and in cases of unstable angina (chest pain that occurs even at rest). Its therapeutic use also extends to the treatment given after the onset of strokes caused by blood clots.
This medication is available under various brand names or in different presentations, or both. A specific brand of this medicine is perhaps not available in all forms or have been approved against all diseases discussed here. In addition, some forms of this medication may not be used against all diseases mentioned in this article.
It could be that your doctor has suggested this medication against a disease that is not listed in this article of drug information. If you have not discussed this with your doctor, or if you have any doubts about the reasons for which you are taking this medicine, check it. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone, even someone who suffers from the same symptoms as you. This medicine could harm people for whom it was not prescribed. Read the rest of this entry »
It is known as the ‘exercise is the most effective form of prevention of disease and aging, especially from a cardiovascular point of view, and also the prerequisite for weight loss, if you are overweight. But we all know well how difficult it is, once made aware of this issue, follow a regular and effective exercise program.
An expert on the subject, the personal trainer Tonya Gutch, has published a list of 10 tips to help us to truly meet the personal intentions of exercise daily on Web MD, one of the most popular medical publications in the world. His Decalogue is based on the finding that, instead of raising awareness on health, is much more effective to provide them with practical suggestions immediately applicable. Read the rest of this entry »
Halitosis is also known as halitosis, but for many people it is known simply as the “bad breath”. Although a relatively minor health problem, bad breath can be source of distress and social handicap. We spend millions each year to try to freshen our breath with various gums, sprays and mouthwash.
Ingested food are the most common cause of bad breath. Garlic, onion, some fish and diets high in fat and meat can all result in halitosis. When these foods are digested, the volatile substances or chemicals are absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to your lungs where they are exhaled in your breath. One study showed that rubbing garlic on the feet actually caused bad breath !
The breakdown products of proteins in the body used for energy are exhaled through the lungs. Therefore, skipping meals, hunger, fasting and low calorie diets can also cause “hunger breath.”
Since there is no flow of saliva during sleep, putrefaction of saliva and debris in the mouth can lead to bad breath in the morning.
Halitosis is also caused by the following:
- tobacco ;
- alcohol ;
- dentures ;
- gum disease or periodontal disease which shoes off your teeth and creates pockets in the gums ; These pockets harbor bacteria and leads to bad breath ;
- of chronic lung or sinus infections ;
- breathing through the mouth because of enlarged adenoids or tonsils ;
- of mouth infections such as thrush (candidiasis) ;
- systemic diseases such as diabetes, liver disease or kidney problems ;
- pregnancy ;
- brushing teeth deficient or irregular use of dental floss. Read the rest of this entry »
Children are born with natural immunity that protects against certain infections. Antibodies pass through the placenta from mother to fetus before birth and protect the newborn against infection. Breastfed babies continue to receive antibodies through breast milk. This natural immunity eventually wears off, usually during the first year.
Previously, several serious childhood diseases reached epidemic proportions, claiming thousands of lives and often leaving children with lasting mental or physical. For many of these diseases, vaccines have been developed, which ensure an effective protection against them. Vaccines work by exposing the body to modified versions of viruses and bacteria. They do not cause disease but the body produces all the same antibodies against them. These antibodies remain in the body to identify and combat the virus or bacteria in the future. Immunization often provides lifelong protection against once-common diseases.
Vaccines for specific diseases
There are vaccines against many diseases, including:
- hepatitis B;
- infections caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b;
- chickenpox. Read the rest of this entry »