A great Hub by livelonger looking at the differences between Nasonex and Flonase got me thinking: how much do we actually know about the medicines we take? If you’re anything like me, you pick up whatever your doctors prescribe and take it- no questions asked. That’s not ideal!
We should know more about the medicines- be they over-the-counter or prescribed- that we take. What can YOU learn about some common and important medicines? Share your findings in this week’s Weekly Topic Inspiration!
If you don’t know where to start, here are some search-friendly titles to work with: Medication Management 101: Dangerous Combinations to Avoid Major Statin Side Effects Statin Side Effects and How to Avoid Them Major Flu Shot Side Effects and How to Avoid Them Major Side Effects of Antibiotics Radiation Therapy Side Effects and Coping Methods Common Radiation Treatment Side Effects MMR Vaccine Side Effects: Vaccine Background and More Rabies Vaccine Side Effects: More About the Vaccine HPV Vaccine Side Effects: More About the Vaccine Which is the Best OTC Allergy Medication? Over the Counter Pain Relief: An Overview of The Most Popular Options Which OTC Pain Medications Are Best? Back Pain Relief: Which Medication is Best? Sciatica Pain Relief: An Overview of the Major Medication Options Arthritis Pain Relief: The Most Effective Medications Tooth Pain Relief: The Best Medications to Choose Gout Pain Relief: Which Medication is Best? Knee Pain Relief: Most Commonly Recommended Medications
If you'd like to join in on this week's topic by writing a Hub, follow these steps:
1) Stop by this week's Weekly Topic Inspiration Question. 2) Click the green button "answer this question". 3) Click the gray button below the box (leave that empty) that says "make a Hub about it." 4) Give your Hub a very specific title, like Easy Summer Gardening Projects for Kids or Challenging Summer Activities for Teens 5) Create good quality original content that hasn't been covered before. 6) After you publish your Weekly Topic Inspiration Hub, come back to this forum thread and post a link to your Hub with a brief description of what you wrote about and why.
I just followed your link, morkeljame and it has nothing to do with the topic. By posting it here you are misleading people into thinking you are responding to this question. Please delete your 'binding financial agreements' link in order to maintain the appropriateness of this site. Thanks!
I couldn't agree more that this is not only a timely but very important topic of discussion. Considering there are so many prescription drugs on the market today and a host of side-effects that go along with those medications, I wanted to make individuals a bit more aware about antidepressant medications and their associated side-effects. Next to Cardiovascular drugs (ie.) drugs for cholesterol and high blood pressure, antidepressant medications are the class of drugs that are not only prescribed the most. But are also a class of drugs where there are too many to count on two hands. That's why I wanted to educate readers a bit more about antidepressants and the side-effects they can cause. Read more about it here http://jlbowden.hubpages.com/hub/Antide … de-Effects
Thanks for checking in and reading my article related to this weeks topic of inspiration. Many of us today who take prescription drugs for a variety of disease conditions, have to often play medical detective and do the research on their own, in an effort to become better acquainted with your own medications and the side-effects they could produce. In essence you not only have to be your own doctor, but play the part of the pharmacist as well.
I felt inspired by the side effects of vaccines, more specifically MMR vaccine. My two daughters were recently vaccinated against MMR, so I did some research back then, now I put it together for this hub titled: MMR vaccine - side effects and what to do http://susanasuarez.hubpages.com/hub/MM … what-to-do
I really think this was a great question, and an important one. As a pharmacist, I love to see patients that want to know more about their disease states and medications used to treat. I think engaged patients are the best to work with, as then it is possible to create a collaboration between caregiver and patient to help reduce morbidity and mortality. I think key questions to answer when starting a medication are:
What does this medication do? How will it help me? How long will I be on it? What are common side effects? What are potential drug interactions? How do I take this drug? What if I miss a dose? How can I store this drug?
To answer those questions, there is a great little book you may or may not be familiar with "The PDR" pocket guide to prescription drugs, based on Physicians Desk Reference the Nations Leading Drug Handbook. All that on the front cover.
Something I wanted to add is a great website run by by the US Library of Medicine. It has GREAT information that is easily understandable and addresses key aspects of medications used commonly over the counter and prescribed. The link is:
Why you should never give your baby a aspirin unless there are really good medical reasons for it. Aspirin is leading factor in causing reyes syndrome which is a life threatening disease. The hub is ment to raise awareness of that fact.
I have never responded to a Weekly Topic Inspiration question. But this is a really important issue and growing concern. I know from personal experience--an almost two decade long journey that will hopefully come to an end soon as more specialist work to figure out my "mystery diagnosis."
As such, I benched my Ph.D. work to compose a hub about ways to go about potentially diagnosing a rare and/or genetic disease based on side effects from medications and/or supplements.
If you dig deep DigbyAdams you will find that actually vaccines are actually quite dangerous for people to take as most contain thimerosal, which is a mercury based compound, or they contain formaldehyde. Both can cause life threatening effects.
I agree some vaccines can carry scary side effects in a minority of people. However, if we look at how we couldn't have eliminated some really scary diseases such as polio, small pox and saved millions of lives without vaccines. We need to take this into account in order to have an unbiased outlook. They've overall done more good than harm to the global population, although individual situations where side effects have happened need to be monitored and evaluated independently.
Finding time to contribute, Kelly, is the very problem I am facing. I missed last week's WTI b/c I was on a 5 day stretch. I work 12 hour shifts from 7 p to 7:30 a.m. and could barely concentrate on eating/working/sleeping cycle!
Hopefully I will find one day to write for this week's topic.
Excellent topic - from the standpoint of being a registered nurse and also a consumer I consider this a very important topic. Even as a registered nurse I can grow lax in my attention to the detail regarding my meds and my pets' meds. Just recently one of my dogs almost received a second distemper vaccination in error; one of my dogs has already received an extra Rabies vaccination in error, and just recently Picked up a prescription at the vet's office for one of my dogs that was mislabeled! Thank goodness I'm a nurse and knew better! In fact, I had gone ot the vet to ask for the medication in a different form so I could taper my dog off the medication, so I knew what to expect in terms of labeling. I worked many years in quality improvement in healthcare institutions and know more than I care to know about medication errors. I can't emphasize how important it is to be an informed consumer!
I can relate to this topic very well, especially since it is only recently that I obtained insurance to see a dentist about repairing a broken tooth. I spent a lot of time and money to find a solution until I could get in to see my dentist. So long as I was in pain, stopping my tooth pain became my number one mission in life. My title this week is: The Best Medications to Stop Tooth Pain Fast. Link: http://hubpages.com/t/3007f6
Thank you MarleneB. I also enjoyed your hub very much as well. I hope you still have your dental insurance and a good dentist nearby. Tooth aches are no fun at all! I read somewhere that they are one of the leading reasons that people go to the emergency room!
Yeah. Toothaches is one of those pains that send me up the wall. But, I could write a whole hub about a dentist that caused MORE pain than the toothache itself. I went on Yelp and wrote a maximum character limit (The maximum character count for a yelp is 5002.) review of the dentist. It is the only time I ever placed a negative review on yelp. Normally, if I don't like a company, I just don't talk about it. But, I didn't want anyone else to have my bad experience so I yelped about it. I discovered someone else yelped about it, too. I wish I had checked with Yelp first. I mean, that's what it's there for. Right? Oh well, water under the bridge now.
Dragonhaze according to the CDC only flu vaccine in multi-dose vials contains thimerosal to protect from contamination. Single-dose vials and nasal spray flue vaccine contain none or small trace amounts. Since 2001 no new vaccine licensed by the FDA for use in children has used thimerosal - except the flu vaccine. According to the CDC non of the studies support the position that vaccines containing thimerosal are dangerous.
Thimerosal was removed from almost all vaccines for children under six, because some feared a link with autism. Despite thimersol being taken out of the vaccines, the rates of autism have increased. Indicating that something else is causing autism.
But I was remiss in not addressing this and have amended my hub.
Well said. There is a lot of panic around vaccines and I've seen some sad situations where children have come under serious harm by NOT being given vaccines. I suppose the media has a lot to do with panic mongering widely. Although there are some cases of pretty serious side effects, overall vaccinations have changed the world we live in . I've seen some pretty bad cases of polio, measles etc in undeveloped world that is heartbreaking!
I completely agree with you here. I think 'ignorance' plays a part in the decision parents make choosing not to vaccinate. They erroroneously feel they are making a good choice, but the decision is based on media tactics and incomplete information. Education is empowering.
The list of food-drug interactions is truly scary. I had read about a few of these over the years - like grapefruit - but there are so many things that I was completely unaware of. I put together an Excel chart listing some interactions and added that to my Hub.
Thank you! I just went there and saw it. I'm printing the chart out to put it in a handy place, because I know I won't be able to remember all the different combinations. Thank you for all your hard work on this very helpful tool.
I like your Hub! I think it brings a great deal of attention to the fact that foods can interact with medications. Just one thing, you broke down the medications into general classes, and gave the interaction overall. I think its a good point to make, just that its not the case for all the medications in that class. For instance, Milk and anti-acids cause the decrease in absorption with tetracyclines and fluroquinolones (ex. Cipro), whereas does not affect beta-lactams (ex. amoxicillin) or macrolide (ex. azithromycin). It just depends on the drug class itself generally. Another thing is that sometimes you want to take food with your drugs, just to reduce the side effects. A good example is metformin, which is known for GI disturbance.
I like your Hub overall and I think it offers good advice and will get people thinking to be aware and read their labels and ask how they can take their medication more often!
Hi and thank you so much for the feedback. Agreed...I am going to edit the chart to differentiate between some of the general antibiotics. I also tried to stay away from using brand names. It was an eye opener for me reading up on all of this stuff, that's for sure.
Really good hub with a lot of useful info. The chart is useful too. I am glad you are going to tweak it. As TDApharm has already indicated, you've perhaps for easiness used broad generic classes for the drugs. Often it is only a small narrow subclass that interacts with certain foods and we Doctors generally avoid using such niche subclass as much as we can if it clashes with staple food items. The use of a generic title can panic people - like most antibiotics are fine with milk and dairy apart from a couple. And most antihistamines are ok apart with grapefruit juice apart from one subclass. .. hope its ok to point this out.
Absolutely docmo...it is great to have instant feedback from experts in the field so that I can improve the hub. And yes, was trying to keep things at a relatively high level, but recognize that some sub-classes are OK. I had added the line about how it is possible for a medication to be substituted for one that is known to cause interactions at the end of the hub...maybe I'll work that theme in generally when I edit. ty for your help!
GOUT??? I've been living with it for a few years, now. Being of Filipino descent, my doctor told me that out of heredity factors alone, he would bet his medical license on Filipinos having gout. Pork is the worst thing to eat if you suffer from gout. Strangely enough, pork is a major ingredient in Filipino cooking. Gout is so painful, but it can be controlled through medication and diet. If you decide to eat the forbidden food, make sure it is worth it! I have spent many nights crawling around my home in pain. And this was in the name of a good pork chop!
I have really enjoyed reading all of these truly informative hubs, so here is my contribution to the weekly inspiration topic. I wrote mine on the dangers of mixing aspirin and tylenol (and some history on both)
Thank you! Seeing as the medication doesn't work for me - I need to remember to be consistent with stretching, even when overloaded and stressed with work! It's so easy to forget when you feel overwhelmed, and then it can sneak its way back.
Thanks I couldn't believe the info I learned here. Then, I had to check to see when my dog was next due for her shots. I no sooner wrote this when the mail delivered the reminder post card! How is that for synchronicity?
You couldn't have asked for a more timely reminder about your dogs rabies vaccine. In addition I really found your article about rabies not only to be interesting but very informative. Also your article helped remind me to take my dogs to the vet for their boosters. Occasionally I get a raccoon or two coming into the yard during the evening to try to snatch some seed from my birdfeeders. And boy my dogs go crazy and want to go chasing those coons! I worry that they will corner one unexpectedly and that could turn into an ugly scenario. A warning for all of us pet owners. Thanks again!
This Hub has a lot of information. Plus, it is a great reminder to get your dogs vaccinated if you haven't done so. When it comes to tags saying that my dogs were vaccinated for rabies and identifying information, they are the Liberaces of the dog world. You can hear them coming down the street!
I LOVE this idea and wish I had heard of it earlier!
As someone on a few medications, I've spent many hours researching the pros and cons of each, which usually makes me crazy. It helps to use that information for something positive, like building awareness.
I think I will write on the background of one of my medications, or something similar.
Hi Everyone, I'm new to Hub and I like it already. I've had one Hub put on hold due to duplicate content and I am so grateful. This is the kind of work I need to learn to make my writing more unique. Here is my link to my weekly topic hub http://deedee5895.hubpages.com/hub/Effe … -Ibuprofen This is my first one.
You covered a lot and now I want to do more to move toward homeopathic medicine. I do believe it is better for us both physically and for the environment. I cringe to think about the toxins created in manufacturing chemically developed medications. Excellent hub.
I just browsed your hub, GL, and look forward to reading it (when I'm not so tired..). I love the topic. I also love the disclaimer you added at the bottom. I think they're important to add in regard to health issues.
My contribution to this weeks topic inspiration. Drug interactions with herbs and herbal supplements. I have also included herb to herb interactions, and herb to food interactions. Included are beneficial herbs to take if you are taking certain meds. Hope you enjoy. http://cloverleaffarm.hubpages.com/hub/ … upplements
I would simply love to respond to this question through a hub for 2 reasons. 1.My interest in topics related to medicine. 2. Recently, my mother was bed-ridden due to low sodium that was caused due to the wrong medicines given to her for her high blood pressure.
You may be aware that the prescription medicines given in India are entirely different from those used in the US or elsewhere. Do you think I can write a hub on an experience of mine (quoting different medicines used here) because I was a care giver and know a little bit about this condition?
Would like to hear from you; only then I can get my hub ready for submission.Thank you.
I think it would be interesting to learn about the differences in prescription: U.S. versus India. I got a glimpse of some differences when I talked to a mother at a play date for out kids. It was interesting that many of the supplements she talked about were things I have read about for naturopathy.
Goodness gracious, this was fascinating. I had always just thought that generic drugs were completely the same, but had not considered the effects of inactive ingredients and the like. What a great Hub this is!
Thanks Daisy, MarleneB and Simone for the comments. I have a condition that will require me to take a number of prescription drugs for the rest of my life, so I've felt compelled to learn a little about them. I'm glad if the info can help someone else.
I just posted mine: http://nareanthony.hubpages.com/hub/Med … s-to-Avoid It is about different combinations of medications and food. I have done some research and while doing it also learnt a lot of things. I also wrote about medication for kids and why we shouldn't give adults' drugs to kids. Hope it is useful.
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