Did you ever leave the doctor's office more confused than you came in or just not so sure what to do next? Let's make sure it doesn't happen again.
Most of us grow up thinking that all doctors are good. As we get older, we realize – often by trial and error – that it can actually be quite challenging to find a good doctor. What characteristics should you look for in a good doctor? How can you find a good medical provider?
Do you know why it's important to periodically count the pills you get at the pharmacy? A home quality check ensures that you're getting what you paid for and that you won't run out of medicine early.
Medicare Part C is an Advantage Plan that completely replaces Original Medicare. Some include additional benefits such as vision, dental, hearing, and drugs.
Thinking about taking part in a research study? Here are the top 7 things you should know before agreeing to become a participant.
The Madagascar periwinkle contains vinblastine and vincristine, which are used in cancer chemotherapy. Velvet beans contain L-dopa, a chemical used to treat Parkinson's disease.
Some important information about mixing two of the most commonly used over-the-counter medications—Tylenol (acetaminophen) and aspirin.
In this article, I will discuss my experience with Accutane, including how to combat side effects and tips on Accutane-friendly makeup and products.
Methylene blue is a dye used to stain biological tissues. It's used as a medication as well. It has some important health benefits, but its use is also associated with some risks.
Zyrtec is a useful drug if taken on a short-term basis. However, when taken for greater periods of time, Zyrtec side effects can lead to chronic itching, hives, and very unpleasant living.
Oxycontin, Percocet, and Vicodin are common prescription medications. This article describes what they are and how they can be safely used as well as my professional advice as a pharmacist.
Salbutamol (also known as albuterol and Ventolin) is used in rescue inhalers for asthma. Research suggests that it may reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease.
Are you scared to have D&C? Entering the women's surgery center, I feared this common operation on the uterus. But this outpatient procedure has changed since your mother had it 20 years ago.
A discussion about the costs, benefits and caveats of Medicare Advantage, Original Medicare, Medigap and Part D health insurance plans that will help you to decide which plans are best for you.
What standards must contact lenses meet? What are the standards for testing contact lenses and contact lens products?
Follow tricyclic antidepressants as they enter your body. Get a better understanding of the pharmacological effects as well as their sides effects.
Common foods and beverages can change the intended effects of a medication in the body. Read on to learn about these sometimes dangerous food and drug interactions.
My son suffered a herniated disc, which led to a microdiscectomy procedure. This is the story of his experience, including the recovery phase.
Before emailing a therapist or doctor, clients must be mindful of confidentiality, frequency, content, length, fees, and response time. Read more before you email your therapist or doctor.
If you are on a blood thinner like Coumadin (warfarin), you should be mindful of what foods you eat because they may interact with your medication. In particular, you should strive for a consistent daily vitamin K intake when you're on Coumadin.
What can you eat after you've had your gallbladder removed? Learn what to eat and what to avoid post-cholecystectomy and beyond. Get your life back after gallbladder removal!
Candid mouth paint is an anti-fungal oral medication manufactured by Glenmark Pharmaceuticals of India. The active ingredient of Candid mouth paint is clotrimazole, which is used to treat oral thrush.
To experience boredom while recovering after a surgery or illness is very common and can even cause some people to feel depressed. These boredom-busting activities should help you keep your spirits up while making your recovery easier.
Taking Mirapex for restless leg syndrome (RLS) can result in a destructive compulsion to gamble. This is the story of a loved one who unfortunately developed this addiction.
Having researched and analyzed the Medicare options for myself, I have a thorough understanding of it and can clearly explain everything you need to know.
Are you wondering if you can eat a normal diet after gallbladder removal surgery? Dietary complications may vary from one person to the next, but there are foods that can help in the healing process.
Doctors sometimes use a fecal transplant to add bacteria to the large intestine. The procedure can be very helpful for C. diff infections and for some cases of IBD.
Candiderma cream is a topical skin preparation used to treat mixed fungal, bacterial, and inflammatory skin conditions.
There is so much information out there on whether or not to get the flu shot. What's a person to do? A walk through my search and what I found.
Peritol is a brand name of Cyproheptadine. It is used as an appetite stimulant. The main side effects are drowsiness and sedation.
There are a number of different reasons why you may need to undergo a colostomy surgical procedure. Here are seven potential reasons why.
These questions and answers about the lap band will be helpful for those wanting to have weight loss surgery. My experience was ultimately successful, but the struggles have been great.
The recovery time for a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is about two weeks or more depending on the individual. This article will discuss what to expect both during and after gallbladder surgery.
Cannabis. Weed. Herb, pot, loud. A plant known to be useful both as medicine and for recreational enjoyment. But how might it be hurting you?
If you are trying to taper off Zoloft, or if you quit cold turkey and are experiencing side effects or withdrawal symptoms, you are not alone. Getting off Zoloft is not always easy.
Effexor withdrawal symptoms have only recently been recognized. Symptoms, advice and treatment for venlafaxine (Effexor) withdrawal.
What is a mental health assessment, and which professionals can complete it? What is it used for, exactly?
The Patients' Bill of Rights established a set of standards by which health care providers should conduct themselves in patient care. Know your rights when it comes to your medical care.
Stethoscopes are important tools for finding out what’s going on inside the human body. This article gives you some basic tips for how to use your stethoscope—and what you should be looking for.
Corticosteroids reduce inflammation and also suppress the immune system in autoimmune diseases and organ transplants. They can be useful drugs but have side effects.
Cervical spine surgery is a procedure that corrects the movement of the neck and alleviate nerve compression. The prospect of surgery can be downright intimidating. If you are having one in the future, continue reading to know what to expect. ...
Learn how to use Candid B cream to treat ringworm, jock itch, yeast infections, and other fungal infections of the skin. Find out about precautions and side effects, as well.
This article investigates how drug metabolism is affected by alcohol in an active, weight-proportionate woman versus a sedentary, overweight man using current, scientific references.
Medicare Advantage Plans may seem like a good deal, but many people are finding out that this is not the case. Learn what you need to know before you sign up.
Medical Quackery is an overpromotion of anything in the field of health and wellness. Learn how to recognize quack doctors, victims of quacks, the potential effects of medical quackery, and assess if quackery should be banned or adapted.
In order to donate plasma, your hematocrit (Ht or HCT) or protein levels, needs to be at a certain minimum level. Here are some helpful hints that I’ve learned during my 5 years as a plasma donor.
Bariatric surgery is an effective method to lose weight and reduce comorbidities. Gastric bypass, gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, and biliopancreatic duodenal switch are the common types.
Nursing care shouldn't be only about treating the physical diagnosis of the patient. Therapy should encompass the whole person, as well as their environment, in order for real healing to take place.
It's important to keep your medications organized. Here are a few simple guidelines you should follow when organizing your medications.
Emergency versus non-emergency, as well as ALS versus BLS, are two important questions to consider when evaluating which ambulance base rate should be filed with your ambulance claim.
Before you get a tetanus vaccination, find out what it is, who should be vaccinated, what is in a tetanus shot, the side effects, and whether you can prevent tetanus without getting vaccinated.
Adult tonsillectomies are more common than you might think, but the recovery process is often tiring and somewhat painful. Avoid prolonging your recovery time with a few simple post-op care tips.
Zinc oxide relieves the discomfort of skin irritations and act as a sunscreen. The chemical is safe, although there are some concerns about its nanoparticle form.
Quinine is a bitter chemical from the cinchona tree. It’s a good treatment for malaria but can produce side effects. Treating leg cramps with quinine is risky.
If you have a Flexible Spending Account, you know you must spend all your money within a certain amount of time. Here are some FSA-eligible products in case you need to do some last-minute spending.
After 5 years of donating plasma, I’ve learned a lot. In this article, I'll share my knowledge of the most common donation issues I’ve experienced and seen firsthand.
The MRI procedure might be scary and upsetting for an anxious or claustrophobic person. This article offers information and coping methods for patients. It also provides helpful resource information.
Spinal taps can make diagnoses that save lives, but they can have painful side effects. Watch out for these signs that you might be suffering from a post-dural headache.
Have you ever wondered if the color of a throat lozenge matters? The flavor? It does. Different ingredients also means different amounts of medications.
Beclomin cream is a skin preparation used for mixed fungal and bacterial skin infections with associated inflammation. This article describes its uses and side effects.
Sporidex is an antibiotic commonly used for urinary tract infections, respiratory tract infections, middle ear infections, sinus infections, and skin infections. Generally, it causes few side effects.
How does nursing staff ratios affect patient care? How are ratios affected by nursing leadership as compared to nursing management?
Some antibacterials e.g. tetracyclines can chelate with calcium present in the milk and other dairy products to form insoluble complexes that are poorly absorbed and have reduced antibacterial effects. This article includes a list of medicines that interact with milk and how to avoid this.
Are you having a calcium scoring test? Here is what you need to know about why your doctor ordered it and what it will tell about your health.
Techniques for proper insertion for rectal, vaginal, and urethral suppositories, and how to use suppository products safely for your medical condition.
Why do we have to wait for so long in the emergency room? This article discusses the organization of American ERs, and why we have to wait when we are sick.
Surgery is typically performed for severe laryngomalacia when sleep apnea or growth failure are present. What to expect when your child has a supraglottoplasty or epiglottopexy.
Most people are so nervous about their cataract operation, they don't think much about what to expect after the procedure. Unfortunately, some surgeons don't provide adequate information, either.
As someone who takes thyroid medication, I wrote this article to share my experience and to provide information for others who might have thyroid conditions.
Candid cream is a prescription anti-fungal skin preparation that contains 1% Clotrimazole. It is used to treat athlete's foot, jock itch, and body ringworm.
HIV counselors focus on education and prevention. This article explains what HIV counselors do and where they can work.
Why it can be important for senior citizens to by Medigap policies, how much they cost, and the best way to purchase them.
Acetaminophen (or paracetamol) relieves pain and reduces fever. Its method of action is only partially understood. The drug is toxic to the liver at high doses.
Candida albicans is a yeast that lives in humans. It's generally harmless but may sometimes multiply dramatically. Nystatin is often an effective medicine for the infection.
BuSpar is a medication used to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). It is generally taken twice a day and comes in a dividose tablet form. It has several interactions, one of which is grapefruit.
Oleanz is an antipsychotic medication manufactured by Sun Pharma, India. It is used for psychotic symptom control, and its main side effects are drowsiness and weight gain.
Have you ever taken medication prescribed by your physician, but it doesn't seem to work? If so, you might be taken the medicine the wrong way. There is more to taking medicine than just swallowing a pill.
When you're dehydrated, oral rehydration solutions are much more effective for rehydration than water, soft drinks, or fruit juices.
Lexapro, a common antidepressant and anti-anxiety treatment, can be riddled with hidden physiological complications and side effects.
Surgical repair of your shoulder, including your rotator cuff, labrum, bicep, and tendon, can be a scary proposition. Learn what to expect on the day of surgery, as well as the immediate recovery.
Malignant hyperthermia is an uncommon skeletal muscle disorder affecting people undergoing general anesthesia during surgeries. This article covers its diagnosis, pathophysiology, and management.
Home INR management is an option for some patients on warfarin (Coumadin). It is reliable for most patients but not all. Learn about the benefits of home INR testing and a list of machine suppliers.
A medical transcriptionist will transcribe all kinds of diagnostic data in their lifetime. Learn more about TFTs, LFTs, cardiac enzymes, coagulation panels, and cholesterol profiles.
Two recent articles described a rise in cannabis related ER visits in Colorado. This paper describes some serious side effects of cannabis use: anxiety and cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome and gives suggestions on how to avoid them.
There are numerous advancement for patients due to new technology. This article explains pharmacogenomic testing, RNA technology, heart valve replacements and new cancer treatments. The treatment for acute strokes and hemorragic strokes is also explained. Artificial intelligence has made advances.
A look at the problems with collecting accurate pulse oximetry readings in newborns. This is for nurses or anyone else interested in the technical aspects of infant care.
A biopsy is also known as a human tissue test. Simply put, a sample of your body’s tissue will be taken for tests and close examination. Just the sound of that can be a bit alarming. Your doctor is going to remove living tissues from your body after all and that sounds something really serious.
A guide to help you navigate the maze of Medicare Part D plans using simple and easy to use methods.
A common ethical dilemma in nursing arises when the religious persuasion of parents making medical choices for their children clashes with the doctor's assessment of what's best.
Taking too many OTC medicines together can make you feel worse, not better. To avoid that weird feeling, choose the medicine that is most appropriate for your symptoms.
Budesonide is a corticosteroid that reduces inflammation. Formoterol is a bronchodilator. Both medications are useful for asthma management.
After years of dieting and yo-yo weight loss, I decided that surgery was the way to go. Being a nurse, I researched to find the procedure with the fewest side effects. I've had four surgeries since 2011.
Stitches have been used to close wounds for thousands of years. Staples, tape, and adhesive are also used today. Laser welding of wounds may be common soon.