Sertraline is used medically mainly to treat the symptoms of depression and anxiety. It has also been prescribed for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, panic disorder, and bipolar disorder. It was first approved by the FDA in 1991. The patent for this brand-name drug expired in December 2005. It is anticipated that the generic drug will be available in the United States in June of 2006, manufactured by Andrx, … [Read more...] about FDA approves generic Zoloft drug Sertaline
Long weekends and hot weather are coming for everyone over the next few weeks and it is a very good idea to be careful about how you treat yourself in the heat. here are some tips from the Scottsdale Cardiologist: Drink more fluids especially water, regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot. Don't … [Read more...] about Preventing Heat Stroke
Over the last few years tattoos have become more and move common. I should know as I have no tattoos but my wife has several and is right now planning to get another with an integration of our two kids names in this one. This new tattoo started me thinking about how people usually go through the process of getting a tattoo and all of the sterilization methods and the importance of safety in a tattoo parlor. What To Think About For Tattoo Safety? First of all there is a real sense of menace … [Read more...] about Tattoo Safety
All of us contact lens wearers know that it is a good idea to take good care of your lenses or your eyes will suffer. This includes cleaning contact lenses and not wearing your contact lenses for more than eight to ten hours. Here are some tips from the FDA. The FDA and CDC are urgently advising consumers to take precautions to prevent contamination of the lenses and the products used to maintain them. These preventive practices include: * Wash hands with soap and water, and dry (lint-free … [Read more...] about Contact Lens and Eye Care
A body scrub can make you look and feel better. The idea of getting rid of dead skin especially as sking is approaching will make you look healthier even if it does not actually really make you healthier. Next time you serve fresh pineapple, reserve the rinds to use later in the shower to slough off dead skin cells on your elbows, knees and heels. The unique enzyme found in pineapple, known as bromelain, has many important dermatological benefits. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it … [Read more...] about Pineapple Body Scrub
The blockbuster drug Vioxx was pulled from the market in the fall of 2004 after research showed that the painkiller doubled the risk of heart attack and stroke and that its use may have contributed to thousands of deaths in North America. Now, a new Canadian study shows that the risk was even more dramatic because one in four of the heart attacks that occurred were within two weeks of the start of treatment. "This demonstrates that cardiovascular risks from taking Vioxx may occur much earlier … [Read more...] about Vioxx risks highest in first two weeks
My wife has just started getting innohep injections for blood thinning. My wife Michelle has recently had some lumps pop up on her legs. Of course anytime you have lumps show up it has to make you nervous so Michelle went to the doctor and found out that she has some kind of blood clots. A bit of history here, a couple of years ago Michelle had a varicose vein surgery on her legs that was supposed to get rid of this problem that she has had since her early teen years, the surgery did … [Read more...] about Innohep and Heparin
I have been seeing a lot of ads and products lately containing Hoodia gordonii that acts as an appetite suppressant. Thought I should post what I have found out about Hoodia gordoni so far. Hoodia is a cactus from Africa that is somewhat endangered, mostly because of the excitement over selling a product that helps people lose here in the west. The cactus has been used by bushman in Africa for centuries as an appetite suppressant during long walks through the deserts. A few years back Pfizer, … [Read more...] about What is Hoodia?
Xenical is a very popular prescription fat inhibitor that has been on the market since 1999. Now the company that is making Xenical, GlaxoSmithKline is trying to get approval for another pill, Alli for over the counter purchase. The big pitch by GlaxoSmithKline is that this product has half of the active ingredient of Xenical. The active ingredient in both Xenical and Alli is orlistat. Although the product is not approved yet the over the counter approval may happen in as little as six … [Read more...] about Xenical competitor Alli with Orlistat
I was just reading an article about the Adderall pill in Details magazine on the weekend. Adderall is an ADHD drug that is being prescribed instead of Ritalin to try to dull the effects of ADHD. The article however showed another darker side to using the drug. What is an Adderall Pill? An Adderall pill is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine and there are four reasons that it is used for patients with ADHD: Improve a patient's attention span. Increase his ability to … [Read more...] about Adderall the new pep pill
Some women may think that their loss and hormone swing problems are permanent. Zalestra is a completely natural product that can improve a womans problems with loss and hormones by equalizing hormone levels. Features of Zalestra: Developed to help menopausal and premenopausal women lose Naturally help support women's hormonal balance Reduce the symptoms of menopause, including alleviating hot flashes, mood swings, and decreased energy Reduce the feelings of nervousness, tension, and … [Read more...] about Zalestra – for Weight Loss
My wife at 32 had arthritis in her back and over the years had done almost everything to get rid of the pain. Michelle thinks that the arthritis stems from a car accident sh was in when she was a kid and never had it heal properly, but the pain is still there. These are the things Michelle has done over the years to get rid of the pain: Treatment for Arthritis and Back Pain Lose Weight to ease back pain - this has helped her health overall and you would expect it to stop the back pain but … [Read more...] about Vioxx, Celebrex and back pain
At the American Heart Association conference yesterday a new study was released that showed that Pfizer's cholesterol drug Lipitor, showed no significant reduction in "major coronary events" versus rival treatment Merck's Zocor. The five-year study found no statistically significant difference between Lipitor and US drugmaker Merck's Zocor in reducing heart disease-related death, heart attack and cardiac arrest. Results of the study were presented on Tuesday at an American Heart Association … [Read more...] about Lipitor versus Zocor for lowering Cholestorol
The Avian Flu is all over the news these days and I am amazed how so many people are not taking it seriously. Sure we all get flus every once in a while but this strain of the flu is much worse than usual flus. Bird flu is an infection caused by avian influenza viruses. These flu viruses occur naturally among birds. Wild birds worldwide carry the viruses in their intestines, but usually do not get sick from them. However, bird flu is very contagious among birds and can make some domesticated … [Read more...] about How to avoid the Avian Flu
Often we see people that run or workout, and are kind of overweight, or we ourselves can be overweight but exercise, and think that being fat and fit is good enough. Really the fitness level seems important and your weight isn't that important. Right? Well that isn't really true. You have to lower your fat level as well as get fit to be more healthy The study results are in. If you want to reduce the risk of dying before your time, being fat and fit isn't the way to go. Ditto for being … [Read more...] about Can You Be Fat and Fit?