Medicine Cabinet Concerns

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Have you taken a look in your family’s medicine cabinet lately? What you might find could shock you. Now, here’s the problem. The medicine cabinet often becomes a storage area for old medications that you want to keep around just in case you need them. The argument is usually something like, ‘I spent a lot of money on this medicine. I’m going to get my money’s worth!’ The problem is, the medication that’s good for one person with one health problem isn’t always good for the other and then there is the difficulty with expired drugs. They can make you sick, or they can even poison you. Remember, young children are curious and they might want to see what’s in those bottles. If you have teens, consider this. While illicit drug and alcohol use among teens is down, the use of prescription painkillers among people ages eight to 25 is up. In fact, prescription painkillers are now attracting the most users of any drugs.

 

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Appropriate Medications for Children

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You may have heard the statement, children are just little adults. Well that is true, but it’s also not true when it comes to medicine. You just can’t give the same drugs to children that you give to adults, and you can’t give half the dose, or anything like that. Many medications cannot be processed by children. Many medications given to children can cause problems in bone development, teeth development. All of these things have to be checked into. So if you have a medication at home that you think worked for you, just don’t give it to your child. Check with your doctor, and find out if they need their own prescription, or their own dose.

 

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A Look at Migraine Headaches

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Migraine headaches are very interesting. They’re difficult to treat because in many cases it’s tough to tell if someone has a migraine. The thing about migraine headache that’s important to realize is there’s often some sort of aura, some sort of sense that something’s not right. Perhaps there’s a strange smell. The smell of coffee when there is none, or a zigzagging of lights, that sort of thing. Migraine headaches can be treated with medication, especially if they’re treated what we call prophylactically, before the headache occurs because you sense it’s coming on. It’s a very good way to approach it.

 

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Treatment for PMS

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PMS, or Premenstrual Syndrome, used to be something that was taken lightly. It was not taken seriously. It was considered quote on quote ‘in a woman’s mind.’ Well, studies have shown, and time has shown, that this is a real problem and it can respond to treatment. One of the most effective treatments for PMS actually is to try and find out in the cycle what’s going on, and give medications that can affect hormones. Antidepressant medications can help in severe cases. There are certain ones, the SSRIs, that are very effective.

 

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Minimizing Narcotic Abuse

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In the past, we’ve written about ibuprofen abuse, but narcotic abuse is a far more severe problem because of the addictive tendencies.  Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and other products like that certainly can be overused, but when you talk about a narcotic, there is an additional fact that you’re not just doing it for pain, you’re doing it for the feeling from the narcotic.  It’s important that abuse of narcotics is minimized.  The way you do this, of course, is only taking what your doctor prescribes and seriously questioning how much you use. 

 

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Causes of Back Pain

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Back pain may be one of the most common health concerns around the world. It’s ranked number two, and it can be caused by a wide variety of problems. It can be from stress; it can be from over exercise; it could be from the fact that you are basically in a situation where you’re not taking the necessary medications you should to control it. All of those things come together. If you have back problems, get yourself evaluated…a functional evaluation…to find out what may in fact be leading to the difficulty, and then you can deal with it and take it from there.

 

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Getting Help for Depression

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Depression is a problem that affects many people. In fact, one out of eight people will suffer from serious depression at some point in their life. The thing about depression that’s important is that it can’t be ignored. It’s something that needs be treated. There are medications available, as well as therapy. One of the most important things to do in situations of depression is to recognize the problem and not be afraid to talk about it. Many people don’t take the time; they’re embarrassed. They think they have a psychiatric issue. But you can’t fall into that trap. You need help.

 

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