Why you should Talk to your Pharmacist First

As we get older it is important to be more careful with taking medications, prescribed or over the counter, because the normal changes that come with age can also change your reaction to certain medications.  The interactions between medications you take can also change.

The more knowledgeable you are about the possible adverse effects of the medications you take on your body, the better action you can take.  The very best place to start gaining this knowledge would be at your pharmacy.  You can ask your pharmacist.

Questions you should ask:

1. What is the supposed action of the medication?

Medications have different functions; pain medication is taken to relieve pain, antibiotics are given to cure certain illnesses, and then others are prescribed to inhibit certain reactions your body have towards your environment, like hay fever, etc.

2. How should the medication be taken?

Medication can be taken with food or on an empty stomach.  It can be best to take them early in the morning or just before going to bed.  In the case of certain medications, for instance, antibiotics, the medication should be taken strictly how it is prescribed, every 6 hours or every 8 hours.

3. Can drug-food interactions be expected?

Certain foods can slow the absorption of certain drugs and even totally render them ineffective.  In the same way, certain medicines can influence the way your body absorbs nutrients.

4. Can Alcohol-drug interactions happen with this medication?

Taking alcohol while taking some medicines, for instance, pain medication can cause drowsiness or tiredness.  There should be a note on medication if this is the case.  Alcohol can also hinder the correct absorption of some medications.

5. How long will it take the medication to have an effect?

You can monitor your reaction to the drug if you know what it should do and when it should start doing what it is supposed to do.

Asking these questions can help you become more knowledgeable about medication and the possible side effects and also the positive effects it should have.

Choosing a pharmacist should be taken as seriously as choosing your doctor.  Find someone you feel comfortable with when sharing your health history with.  Whether online or offline, choose a pharmacist you can trust.  A pharmacist that will always give you the correct advice about any medication you are taking or should start taking.  A pharmacist that is as serious about your health and well-being, as you, yourself.

Top 10 Items to Always Carry in a First Aid Kit

Everybody has some type of First Aid Kit.  It can be an old biscuit tin, or a bag, stuffed with half used ointments, messy bandages, and band-aids that does not stick anymore.  Mostly, you forget about it, until that moment you need it, and it does not contain the item you need.

Emergencies do happen, but more frequently we use the emergency kit items for other things.  The eye patches have gone to school when last time there was a dress-up like pirates and the safety pins always come in handy for clothing emergencies or to stick on a dolls’ nappy.

We always think about doing something about all the expired ointments, messy swabs and bandages, and all the other stuff that landed in the first aid kit, but then never get around to actually doing it.

Stock your first aid kit with the following:

  1. Sterile gauze.
  2. Hypoallergenic, adhesive tape
  3. Adhesive bandages
  4. Triangular bandages (elastic)
  5. Roller bandages (crepe)
  6. Sterile dressings and sterile eye dressings
  7. Sterile cotton swabs
  8. Antiseptic wipes
  9. Eye pads and bandages
  10. Assorted Plasters (in different shapes and sizes)

This is only the cleaning and patching items.  You must include tweezers, safety pins, sharp scissors, thermometer, gloves, torch and spare batteries.  You can also include pain medication, rehydration sachets, antibiotic cream and all prescription medication that you may need.

Handy extras will be baby wipes, great for cleaning dirty hands or a muddy scrape, a small towel, blister pads, water bottle with a nozzle, temporary filling for damaged tooth, nasal spray that help stop nosebleeds, garbage bag, and resealable bags.  Also, include a fun pack for kiddies; it can include stickers, bubbles, and playful bandages.

Stock your first aid kits with these items and place one in each of your cars and stock one for your home too.  Be sure to also include your family’s important information like allergies, health conditions and special medications, medical insurance info, birth dates, etc.…

Clinical Trials; what is the Goal of a Clinical Trial? Why Should I Participate?

A Clinical Trial takes a look at new ways to detect, treat and prevent diseases.  Clinical trials also look at other areas and aspects of health care, for instance, the quality of life when you receive treatment for a chronic illness.

Clinical trials are of critical importance in medical research.  Without them, new breakthroughs and discoveries would not make it to the people who are in need of them.  However, to be at all useful, clinical trials need people to enroll, and finish, the trial before the research can be done.

Unfortunately, clinical trials do not get enough people enrolled to finish their research effectively.

Reasons to Participate in Clinical Trials:

Clinical Trials are a necessity; because these trials are needed to be tested in real life before it can be made available to patients.  These trials will determine the effect of the new treatment or medication and if it is safe.  Trials cannot happen without participating volunteers.

Participating in a Clinical Trial can help others; participation is critical to these trials.  Through participating you contribute to research that might bring new treatments to patients worldwide.

Clinical Trials can save a loved one; if you have a genetic illness in your family, your participation can end up bringing new and better treatments to your family.  These trials happen to increase the understanding of illnesses and this can even lead to finding a cure for illnesses.

Participation in a Clinical Trial can be beneficial; you will have access to cutting-edge, experimental treatments.  You will also be monitored carefully by an expert medical team, which might be very good for your health.

Clinical Trials need participants from all walks of life; anyone can be important for this research.  Illnesses and conditions are sometimes more prevalent in certain parts of the world and their populations.  Whatever your background, age, gender or race might be, there is a clinical trial that needs you.

If you would like to be part of advancing modern medicine, bettering new cutting-edge treatments and helping with potentially groundbreaking new research results in the medical arena?  Then, participating in clinical trials is a good way to start.  In addition to helping others, you might also, unknowingly, help yourself and your loved ones.…