Articles Archive for July 2011
Colace Constipation Stool Softener
Colace Laxative? Not Really
Although Colace is certainly one of the leading treatments for relief of intermittent constipation, calling it Colace laxative is somewhat misleading.
Colace capsules, with their bulk building ducosate sodium, are packaged as stool softener laxatives which work by allowing the solid waste in the intestine to absorb water and fat, making it much softer and more comfortable to pass. But only one of the five Colace formulas actually contains a bowel stimulant like those found in harsher laxatives.
Colace capsules, Colace syrup, and Colace 1iquid 1% solution all have ducosate sodium as their active ingredient. Each of these constipation treatments is meant to take effect in between twelve and seventy tow hours after being administered. The makers of Colace Stool Softener Laxative also make Colace glycerin suppositories, which, although they bear the Colace name, do not contain ducosate sodium.
The glycerin in these suppositories will draw water from the surrounding tissues into the stool, softening it so that it passes more easily. The Colace suppositories work much more quickly than the other Colace products, which must pass through the digestive tract to have an effect.
Perindopril Coversyl: What to Expect from a Coversyl Review
If you are interested in learning about Coversyl or any other prescription drug you can usually have most of your question answered by reading a review of that drug. A Coversyl review, for instance, will have complete information on the uses of Coversyl, its proper administration; when it is contraindicated; its side effects; and its different forms and dosages.
Coversyl reviews are easily found with an Internet search, but your doctor or pharmacist will have literature related to the use of Coversyl and more than likely will provide it to you either when it is prescribed or when your prescription is filled. You should take the time to read a review before taking Coversyl, so that you know what to expect from it and what to avoid when using it.
Coversyl’s active ingredient is fosinopril, and Coversyl is an ACE (angiotensin enzyme conversion) inhibitor prescribed as a treatment for high blood pressure.
Estradiol Estrace: A Quick Estrace Review
There are many reviews of Estrace, a hormone replacement, available on the Internet, and we will summarize the information in just a few of them.
Estrace and Estradiol
Estrace is a form of plant estrogen derived from soybeans and similar to the ovarian estradiol produced in premenopausal women.
Estradiol is the most powerful of the forms of estrogen produced by the ovaries, and controls not only the female reproductive cycle, but plays a part in organ and bone development and health as well. Women begin experiencing a decrease of their natural estradiol production when they are in their thirties.
By the time they have completed their menopauses, usually in their mid to late fifties, they are no longer producing any estradiol. Many women may opt to receive a regimen of hormone replacement therapy in the form of Estrace to help them cope with the symptoms of menopause
Women in and following menopause will see their risk of heart attack nearly double from where it was during their reproductive years, and taking an estradiol supplement like Estrace will lower it to its former level.
A Quick Periactin Review
Any time your doctor hands you a prescription for a medication, you should take the time to find out as much as you can about what you are going to put into your body. If you’ve been handed a prescription for Periactin, we can help you do that with this Periactin review!
What Is Periactin?
The official name of Periactin is Cyproheptadine Hydrochloride, and if you have an advanced degree in chemistry, that actually tells you something about its molecular structure.
But if you’re someone with hay fever or another allergy which is causing you misery, you probably could not care less. What you want to know is how successfully Periactin is going to take care of your symptoms.
What Will Periactin Do?
Periactin is, in fact, a highly effective antihistamine used not only against garden variety allergies, but to reduce the complications from anaphylactic shock, which can be fatal.
Felodipine Facts: A Fast Plendil Review
If you’re someone who cares about your health, you are probably smart enough to learn everything you can about a drug your doctor has prescribed before you actually start taking it. If you’re suffering from angina or high blood pressure, and have been prescribed felodipine, as the Astra Merck medication Plendil, this review will give you a fairly good idea of what to expect.
Forms of Plendil
Plendil is manufactured as tablets, and is available in three different strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg.
It should be stored away from any sources of heat or moisture, but should not be refrigerated.
Plendil is prescribed for those suffering from either the chest pain of angina, or hypertension.
Plendil belongs to the class of medication called calcium channel blockers, and relaxes the arteries by limiting the amount of calcium which reaches them. Calcium can build up on the arterial walls, leading to hardening of the arteries. This condition can eventually cause coronary disease or even heart attack and stroke.
A Look at Preventing Seizures with Mysoline Primidone
Although research has yet to reveal exactly how the Primidone in the prescription medication Mysoline acts to prevent epileptic seizures, the general consensus is that it reduces the effect of the “excitability” neurotransmitters which can cause the brain to send electrical impulses at a highly accelerated rate. Too many electrical impulses in the brain can overload the rest of the body’s systems, leading to the convulsions, rigidity, and erratic behaviors associated with grand mal and partial epileptic seizures.
Listen to Your Doctor
If your doctor prescribes Mysoline as a treatment for your epileptic seizures, you need to keep taking it until he or she tells you it’s okay to stop. Only by continuing to take Mysoline will you prevent future seizures, but because Mysoline can sometimes cause dizziness, you should be careful about driving or performing any other activities which require you to remain alert while you are on Mysoline.
When You Should Not Take Mysoline
One of the main reasons that the human race has survived to dominate the Earth is that the human body has a wonderful pain response mechanism which lets us know that something is wrong, so that we can take the measures necessary to fix it. Most people today see pain as an evil, to be eliminated so that they can get on with their regular lives, without understanding that pain is a sign of an underlying problem.
When there is a problem, our bodies instantly produce the hormones which cause pain and inflammation, and will continue to produce them until the problem is addressed, unless we interfere with the pain response. But now that we are living longer than ever, our bodies sometimes develop age related conditions which cannot be cured, and pain medication allows us to tolerate them much more easily. So it is with arthritis, which affects our joints and for which anti-inflammatory medications like Relafen are prescribed.
Sucralfate Carafate: Putting Ulcers on the Defensive
Not only are gastric and duodenal ulcers some of the most painful health problems you are ever likely to experience; they make life even more unpleasant by drastically restricting the kinds of food you can eat and the amount of stress you can tolerate. The arrival of ulcer medications like Sucralfate Carafate, however, has now made having an ulcer a much less frightening and excruciating experience.
What Sucralfate Carafate Does
Sucralfate Carafate is formulated from a combination of aluminum, sucrose, disaccharide sugar, and sulfate, compounds which are only minimally absorbed in the digestive tract sot that they are voided almost intact. But because of their low absorption, the ingredients of Sucralfate Carafate can coat any ulcers in the stomach or duodenal lining with a barrier which protects them from being aggravated by stomach acids. Sucralfate Carafate is also an effective treatment for GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, which is a result of the aging process. People suffering from GERD have weakened esophageal sphincter valves, which allow stomach acid to leak into the lower esophagus. If left untreated, GERD can sometimes lead to a form of cancer known as Barrett’s esophagus.
Ziac is a medication which takes a two pronged approach to lowering blood pressure. It contains both the beta blocker bisoprolol, and the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide. Beta blockers are a class of blood pressure medications which both decrease the heart rate and expand the blood vessels so that the heart will not have to work so hard at pumping.
How Ziac Works
Ziac is initially prescribed in low doses, so that the patient’s system can adjust to its use. It is a tablet formulated to be taken only once a day, usually in the morning so that its effects will have worn off by bedtime, because blood pressure automatically decreases during sleep. The diuretic in Ziac will cause both sweating and a need to urinate as it removes excessive fluids from the body, so be prepared for that effect. By taking it with water in the morning, you will be less likely to have your nighttime rest interrupted by the need to urinate.