July 20th, 2011

MEDICINES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!

My Health Guardian details about two highly awaited medicines that got launched recently in the market. Keep reading to know basic information about them.   1. GENERIC NAME: TERIPARATIDE – INJECTION Brand Name: FORTEO Wonder drug for: Osteoporosis Company: El Lily Osteoporosis is a bone disorder which makes your bones hollow. Osteoporosis is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced, leading to weakness of the skeleton and increased risk of fracture, particularly of the spine, wrist and hip. Osteoporosis and associated fractures are an important cause of mortality and morbidity. Teriparatide is used to treat bone loss (osteoporosis) in people who have a high risk

February 28th, 2011

What’s There in Your Anti-cold Medicine

Leave a cold and it will get well in seven days. Treat it and it’s going to take a week to get cured. Still, most of us do rely on over-the-counter cold medicines to get fast relief from cold and cold like symptoms.  Since, cold takes a week to get well on its own, over the counter medicines aim at providing symptomatic relief. These symptoms are: body ache, headache, running nose, sore throat and nasal congestion. Let’s find what’s there in your cold medicine? Paracetamol All of us have experienced body aches with cold. Hence, all cold relievers—over the counter or prescription will have a pain relieving ingredient in it, mostly in the form of paracetamol which is one of

February 28th, 2011

Know More about Paracetamol

Each time you get a nasty headache or are running under the weather, you pop a paracetamol to earn relief. Used for years this is a trusted painkiller across all ages. Let’s find more— Paracetamol, known as acetaminophen in the United States, is a painkiller that is popular throughout the world because it is remarkably safe and it does not irritate the stomach. Paracetamol was first discovered to have both analgesic and antipyretic properties in the late nineteenth century. Prior to this, cinchona bark, which was also used to make the anti-malaria drug quinine, had been used to treat fevers. As cinchona became scarcer, people began to look for cheaper synthetic alternatives. In

February 28th, 2011

How Well do You Know Antacids

If sale of antacids are any indicator it conveys that a lot of people are suffering from heartburn these days. Heartburn has nothing to do with your heart and everything to do with your lifestyle: stress, obesity, smoking, drinking alcohol and exercise levels in particular. Most of us pop an antacid when heartburn strikes, usually on our own. Read more to know antacids in detail. Antacids are medicines that neutralize stomach acid. They are used to relieve acid indigestion, upset stomach, sour stomach, and heartburn. They contain ingredients such as–aluminum hydroxide, calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and sodium bicarbonate, alone or in various combinations. Antacid products

November 30th, 2009

Know Your Anti-hypertensive Medicines

  If the BP is 140/90 lifestyle changes are recommended to bring down the blood pressure and if it’s more than this, then medicines and lifestyle changes work together to tame the blood pressure, said Dr. K.K Aggarwal, consultant cardiologist with Moolchand hospital. Which lifestyle changes can help you bring the blood pressure down? • Diet in moderation, all seven colour with six tastes. • Food eaten should be less in refined carbs, low in saturated fat, high fiber and should have zero transfat. • Exercise: 10,000 steps, or 60 minutes walk, or 30 minutes brisk walk or 20 minutes jogging or swimming daily, all seven days a week. • Pranayama, relaxation and yoga 20 minutes

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