Sunday, February 15, 2009

Oxaforte (codeine) Drug Information

Mechanism and class drug: Oxaforte (codeine) is a mild pain reliever that works like hydrocodone and morphine. A portion of codeine, when taken, is transformed into morphine by the body’s metabolism. The exact metabolic pathways of codeine are still being study, but, it acts like morphine, binding to the opioid brain’s receptors that are utilized for signaling any pain around the whole brain and body. Oxaforte enhances the resistance to pain by lowering its discomfort. Though, the pain can still be sensed by the patient. Oxaforte (codeine) also creates the sensation of drowsiness and lowers the rate of breathing. Oxaforte is usually mixed with some aspirin and acetaminophen to create a higher resistance to the effects of pain.
Codeine is a prescription only medication with a generic version available in some countries. Oxaforte comes in a presentation of 50mg of codeine plus 50mg of diclofenac. It should be stored between 15-30 degrees Celsius to maintain its properties.
Oxaforte (codeine) is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to extreme pain and to suppress coughing. The dose of Oxaforte is one pill (50mg codeine/50mg diclofenac) every six to eight hours. Also, Oxaforte can affect the mental and physical conditions of the body, preventing the operation of complex machinery and driving. Oxaforte interacts with alcohol and benzodiazepams, increasing its effect in the body, causing even confusion. Oxaforte should not be taken with alcohol.
The side effect of Oxaforte (codeine) treatment during pregnancy has still not been fully studied. It is medically advised to stop its treatment while pregnant to avoid physical and mental malformations in the fetus. Oxaforte can also cause fetal dependence and a decrease in the growth rate.
Low quantities of Oxaforte (codeine) are passed unto the breast milk, adding a certain risk of creating side effects in the lactating infant.
Oxaforte (codeine) has some side effects like dizziness, nausea, lack of breath, drowsiness, constipation, abdominal pain, allergy symptoms, and rash. Oxaforte can be addictive. To avoid physical and mental dependence, Oxaforte should only be taken for short periods of time. Abstinence syndrome may develop if treatment with Oxaforte is suddenly suspended. Oxaforte’s dosage should be lowered in intervals and not suspended right away.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Pain and Health Myths Debunked

There are many myths in medicine that are considered by many to be actual facts. This is due to misinformed individuals who have no idea on the real research involved in the many areas of health. Here, we explore some of this myths and the evidence to set the record straight.
Recently, several medical journalists have been studying these myths.

For example, Anahad O’Connor, published “Never Shower in a Thunderstorm: Surprising Facts and Misleading Myths About Our Health and the World We Live In,” in Time books.

Also, an oncologist at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Nancy Snyderman with a health correspondent for NBC news, published the book, “Medical Myths That Can Kill You- And the 101 Truths That Will Save, Extend, and Improve Your Life.”

Try these myths and test your knowledge:

1). The Need to Drink Eight Glasses of Water per Day. It is widely believed that in order to maintain the body hydrated, a person should drink at least eight glasses of beverages or water on a daily basis. So far, no studies have proven that the average human body actually needs this much amount of liquid.

The Institute of Medicine advises that the body can acquire its daily liquid requirement from other sources like fruits and vegetables, which contain a high percentage of water mass. People are instructed to drink liquids when they feel thirsty.

For the very active persons, a higher intake of water might be necessary. It is recommended, in these cases, to combine the intake of some sports drinks, mainly in hotter climates, to replace electrolytes.

2). Contagious Poison Ivy. Poison Ivy’s rash is not spread from one person to another. Only the remnant of the plant’s resin can be passed unto another person, causing a new rash. This is called “contact dermatitis,” and its spread is related to the actual exposure to the plant by the skin, and, not by, the scratching. But, the scratching can extend the infection.

This rash should be medicated with a steroid ointment, not with anti-itch lotion or with creams containing antihistamines. The steroid could be a hydrocortisone. It is recommended the use of Prednisone for more severe situations. The use of a wet towel may be used to achieve a faster drying.

People even become more sensitive to poison ivy by repeated exposure to it. This even increases the symptoms after each new contact with the plant.

3). Cleaning Your Ears with Cotton Swabs. You may actually puncture the tympanic membrane with a cotton swab. This could even require an operation to correct the resulting fissure.

Cotton swabs may cause an obstruction and damage of the ear by pushing any wax present further inside the external auditory channel. Ear wax cleaning drops are recommended to safely remove it.

4). Swimming after Eating Should Not be done. All of our parents have told us not to swim with a full stomach sometime in our lives. Researchers have not found any evidence to support this. Only if, someone is to perform a strenuous and long swim workout after eating, it is then recommended that the person rests to avoid a possible stomach cramp.

For obvious reasons, it is advised not swim while under the influence of alcohol as injury can easily result from the lack of coordination.

5). Painkillers should only be Medicated for Extreme Pain. Painkillers, like Oxaforte, work better if used at the onset of the pain symptoms. Research indicates that pain medication may have a lesser impact in reducing pain, if used after an extended period after having it.

6). Shaved Hair Will Grow Thicker and Faster. Many studies have confirmed that this idea is not true, because, shaved hair is basically dead cells and do not influence the rate of growth. The new growth’s speed is only influenced by the new hair follicles found underneath the first layer of skin. The darker tone of the new hair is mainly due the extended exposure to sunrays and to chemicals found in soaps.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Oh, the pain!!!

Wow, I had never felt so much pain in my entire life. The pain that I had covered my entire body. I even felt the pain deep down inside of me, all the way to the bones. My pain started the day that I was in a terrible car accident. I was lucky enough to have survived that accident, since both of the cars that were involved ended up as worthless junks. Oh, but, did I say lucky? I thougth that I was, at the time. The intense agony of the years that followed that accident haunted me, even in my dreams. The pain lasted until the day that I told a neighbor of my situation. The neighbor told me to try a medication called Oxaforte. At this point, I was willing to test anything. But, to my surprise, Oxaforte got rid of my pain completely that same night. Yes, I can say now that I am painless. Hopefully, I will be painless for years to come.

Monday, January 19, 2009

No more pain!

So, I was playing some b-ball with my good friend John, and all of a sudden I hear a "crack" sound. Well, it happened that his achilles' tendon had been torned. The unbearable pain in his leg started immediately. The swelling was soon to follow. I rushed my friend to the nearest hospital, of course. While driving to the hospital, I gave my friend some of the great Oxaforte to ease the pain. And, yes, within a matter of minutes the pain was gone. My friend was then able to withstand the long trip to the hospital, which was more than an hour away. My friend still remembers that day, and thanks me for being so resourceful and always ready.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

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