Posted: May 31, 2018 Filed under: Medical | Tags: acetylaminophenol, Crazy drug names, Crestor, Lipitor, Restoril
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Everyone agrees that drug names are becoming ever more crazy. For instance, why all those X’s and Z’s in brand names (Pradaxa, Xarelto, Xeljanz, Zyprexa)?
Generic names can be even more mouth-boggling. Can you remember that acetaminophen is the generic name for Tylenol, and can you pronounce it? If you want to get it when visiting Europe, however, you’ll have to ask for paracetamol. Both of those names get their syllables from a chemical name of the compound: para-acetylaminophenol.
But the names of most generics (like brand names) are largely or completely made up and illogical, except that some related drugs share a suffix, such as “-statin” at the end of cholesterol-lowering drugs like simvastatin (Lipitor) or rosuvastatin (Crestor), and “-azepam” for tranquilizers like lorazepam (Ativan) or temazepam (Restoril).
Tongue-twisting generic names are a big problem since the vast majority of drugs are now dispensed as generics, leading to growing concerns that if names are mispronounced or misread and drugs misidentified, patients could be harmed. Avoiding such confusions is one of the rationales for electronic prescriptions. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 26, 2017 Filed under: Medical | Tags: 2017 flu vaccine, Andrew Pekosz, flu vaccine ingredients, flu vaccine recommendations, flu vaccines predictions, Global Health Now, what's in the flu vaccine
An influenza expert at Johns Hopkins University explains how the cocktail for this year’s flu vaccine was developed
Predicting which fast-mutating influenza viruses will dominate the flu season more than six months before it happens is notoriously difficult yet the ponderous global vaccine production process demands maximum lead time. So, scientists have to take their best guess based on the available data.
In March, the WHO rolled out its recommended composition for flu vaccines in the Northern Hemisphere. (It announced its next Southern Hemisphere recommendations six months or so later.) For northern climes, the WHO proposes a cocktail of H1N1, H3N2 and a B virus—and for those interested in a quadrivalent vaccine, a dash of B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus.
For an explanation on the process for making vaccines and related issues, Global Health Now spoke this spring to Andrew Pekosz, director of the Center for Emerging Viruses and Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: March 31, 2015 Filed under: Medical | Tags: Aleve, antihistamins, aspirin, Benadryl, Beta blockers, Betapace, cetirizine, cimetidine, Claritin, drug side effects, Guaifenesin, Ibuprofen, Inderal, Motrin, Mucinex, Naprosyn, naproxen, NSAIDs, Prdopranolol, ranitidine, Robitussin, Soltalol, Tagamet, Zantac, Zyrtec
YOU WON’T BELIEVE HOW THESE MEDICATIONS CAN MESS WITH YOUR MIND…
You wouldn’t be surprised if a narcotic painkiller made you feel a little sleepy or you developed an upset stomach after taking an aspirin-like painkiller for a few days.
What most people don’t know—and their doctors don’t talk about—is that popular prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs can affect your body and your mind.
A hidden risk: Let’s say that you start taking a new drug. Weeks or even months later, you begin to feel depressed or suffer some other psychiatric symptom. You might assume that something’s wrong with you when, in fact, the drug could be to blame. Common offenders you need to know about—psychiatric side effects can occur with any dose, but the greater the drug amount, the greater the risk…
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Posted: March 1, 2015 Filed under: Medical | Tags: questions to ask your doctor
About a year before my mother-in-law passed away from cancer, her oncologist said nothing more could be done to treat her illness. He did not volunteer how much longer she might live, nor did he indicate how the remaining course of her disease would likely unfold. Here’s the surprising part: This doctor’s omissions were perfectly legal in the state in which he practiced. That’s because there is no law in that state that required him to disclose such information unless the patient specifically asked for it or he was proposing a treatment that required her to either accept or reject it.
This is just one of the thorny issues related to “informed consent.” Simply put, informed consent is when a doctor must tell you what he/she wants to do about your medical problem…explain the treatment or procedure in a detailed, yet understandable way (including what might go wrong)…and get your permission to proceed. To avoid confusion regarding your care, always ask your doctors these questions before you make a medical decision requiring your consent… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 24, 2014 Filed under: Medical | Tags: flu vaccine myths, flu vaccine precautions, should I get a flu shot?
When flu vaccination season comes each year, do you get vaccinated?
Here’s why I’m asking. Before coming toDaily Health News, I was a medical writer and editor who developed information for doctors to keep them in the know. One of my specialties was infectious diseases. Because I read nearly every relevant new study, attended medical meetings and was constantly interacting with the field’s experts, I prided myself on being at least as informed as doctors on this topic. I had several friends who also thought they were better informed than doctors, but not because they studied the latest medical research. They had read lots of blog posts and chat-room comments about vaccines—and they were convinced that vaccines are ineffective at best, poisonous at worst and intended only to make big money for the medical establishment. Discussing the sciencerelating to vaccination with them was a no-win situation for me. They were invested in their beliefs (as was I).
I was and still am a strong advocate of vaccination for most people—whether it be for the mumps and measles, hepatitis or the seasonal flu. With flu season upon us again, I find myself telling friends and family who are on the fence about getting vaccinated that they should just do it. It could save their lives, considering that, depending on the season, 3,000 to 49,000 Americans die each year because of the flu.
What’s your take on flu shots? Are you dutiful about it, or do you take your chances and tough it out? Is it all about you, or do you consider the impact of viral illnesses and vaccination on the world at large? Are you afraid that you’ll have a serious adverse reaction to the vaccine? Let’s flesh out these concerns about the flu and the vaccine and see who should and who shouldn’t get vaccinated…
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Posted: October 3, 2014 Filed under: Medical | Tags: Ebola Myths
What you need to know most about this outbreak…
From the public’s perspective, the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is very frightening and tragic. However, the reality for people living in the US is far less dramatic than what has been portrayed in books and movies. Unfortunately, some fundamental misunderstandings about the current outbreak of this illness still persist.
To cut through the hype that’s now spreading about Ebola, Bottom Line/Health spoke with one of the world’s leading infectious disease experts, William Schaffner, MD.
Here are the main myths that are causing so much confusion…
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Posted: October 31, 2013 Filed under: Medical | Tags: Colonoscopy, Gallbladder Surgery, Kidney Stone Removal, Neck Surgery
Before you agree to undergo a surgical procedure, ask yourself if it really needs to be done. Based on some of the latest research, there’s a good chance that it doesn’t.
Shocking statistic: Nearly one-third of all health-care dollars are spent on unnecessary medical services, including tens of thousands of surgeries. This alarming statistic is a good reminder that everyone should get a second opinion.
Procedures you should question—and possible alternatives… Read the rest of this entry »