Medications & Drugs : Health & Medical
Generics include the same active ingredients as brand name medications, but cost a lot less. If a drug is a generic, it will be clearly labeled as such on your pill bottle and on patient information you receive. But unfortunately, because they don't always come in fancy packaging or in designer-look
Kava kava has been a traditional drink in the Pacific Islands for centuries. The beverage has a reputation for creating a sense of well-being and relaxation and lifting people's moods. Recent studies have found it to be a safe and effective treatment for depression and anxiety, when extracted prop
MAOIs, or "Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors," are used to treat certain types of mental depression. They work by blocking the action of a chemical known as monoamine oxidase in the nervous system. These medications are the first known antidepressants but are now only prescribed when the more common form
For those who do not have health insurance, purchasing the prescription medications they need can be nearly impossible. If you are prescribed a medication that has no generic form, obtaining the medication you need can be even harder. Fortunately there are options available for those who do not have
Wellbutrin is a popularly prescribed drug for mild to moderate depression, and is also prescribed for those who are trying to quit smoking. But as with most other drugs, it does have side effects that can vary from annoying to intolerable. Higher dosages often lead to a higher incidence of effects.
White charcoal is popular in many cultures because of its wide variety of uses - as a health and beauty aid, as fuel for cooking, to enrich soil in flowerbeds, to remove odor and moisture from the air in basements and other closed spaces, to purify water and for decoration. White charcoal is hard, l
Eating adequate protein can make a big difference if you are dieting. Resist the temptation to crash-diet by drinking only protein powder drinks. Instead, follow the dietary guidelines in My Food Pyramid for weight loss designed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).Most healthy a
There's a good reason that your parents and teachers told you to eat your vegetables. It turns out that they are rich in micronutrients, or vitamins, that do everything from prevent disease and promote healing to prevent birth defects and keep skin looking younger. However, while a vegetable might h
Effexor® (venlafaxine) is a medication used to treat a variety of psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to depression and general anxiety disorder (GAD). It can also be used to treat other conditions, but it is more commonly used as an antidepressant. It is in the SSNRI (Selective S
If you suffer from nasal allergies or frequent sinus infections you know you will try nearly anything to get relief. Commercial nasal spritzes, both medicated and non-medicated, sell well, but don't always help very much. Your doctor may have performed an irrigation to clean out your sinuses, and th
Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin that is produced by bacteria. When animals eat foods that are rich in these specific bacteria their meat then becomes a source of the vitamin. Vitamin B12 is important in the formation and maintenance of red blood cells and the central
Holy basil, also called tulsi, is an herb that has been used for centuries in India for cooking, healing, and in worship rituals. Although it is in the same family as the better-known sweet basil, holy basil is a different plant with different properties. Today, with the rise in diabetes in India,
Loratadine (brand names Alavert, Claritin, Claritin 24-Hour Allergy, Claritin Hives Relief, Clear-Atadine, ohm Allergy Relief, Tavist ND) is approved by the FDA for use in the treatment of allergic rhinitis and urticaria, or hives. Cetirizine hydrochloride (brand name Zyrtec) is approved
Chia seeds have become a popular natural health food because they are a source of balanced omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, soluble and insoluble dietary fiber, high-quality protein, antioxidants, and many other nutrients. While the many health benefits are widely known and accepted, the color of
Leaves from the South American coca plant are used by the Incas as a stimulant. The leaves produce a sense of well-being or euphoria when chewed. Most uses for the coca leaf are for illegal drugs such as cocaine, but the leaves also have some medicinal and religious uses in South American countries.
Adult day-care centers are places for senior citizens and disabled adults to go during the day when their caretakers are working or otherwise busy. These centers generally provide medical services and an engaging environment for these adults, who are often unable to care for themselves. While there
Whether it's for a sick loved one or providing assistance at an assisted living facility or nursing home, you need to know how to properly give your patient a sponge bath. Sponge baths are given to people who are unable to take a bath on their own. Giving a sponge bath can be easy if you know how to
Clinical data supporting the use of these agents to improve heart disease risk factors is intriguing, but caution must be used when translating them for clinical practice.