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Weekly Topic Inspiration: Background on the Medicines We Take

  1. Simone Smith profile image92
    Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

    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.

    For more information on the Weekly Topic Inspiration program, check out the Learning Center guide.

    1. tsmog profile image85
      tsmogposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I'll be giving this some thought. Thur maybe. Great topic idea Simone.

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      morkeljameposted 4 years ago in reply to this

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      1. Denise Handlon profile image88
        Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        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!

    3. Jlbowden profile image79
      Jlbowdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      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

      1. Denise Handlon profile image88
        Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Excellent info here, smile

        1. Jlbowden profile image79
          Jlbowdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Denise:

          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. 

          Jl

      2. Simone Smith profile image92
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Lots of important considerations in this one! Thanks for sharing it Jlbowden. While many of us do have to play medical detective, it's lucky that we have the Internet to refer to for information!

      3. MarleneB profile image95
        MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        This is an excellently written hub packed with a ton of useful information.

      4. prairieprincess profile image97
        prairieprincessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Great info! I found this one very useful.

    4. Susana Suarez profile image74
      Susana Suarezposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Simone and Hubbers:

      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

      1. MarleneB profile image95
        MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        You covered this subject very well. Like you, I believe in keeping up to date with vaccinations.

        1. Susana Suarez profile image74
          Susana Suarezposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks Marlene B!

    5. TDAPharm profile image82
      TDAPharmposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      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?

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        Robertr04posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        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.

        1. MarleneB profile image95
          MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Interesting! Thank you for sharing Robertr04. A pocket guide would be great to have handy.  After reading the hubs from this week's inspiration, I think I'd like to check it out.

    6. PageC profile image61
      PageCposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Very timely topic. I have an elderly aunt, who is usually quite sharp, who is suffering medication induced hallucinations. It's very frightening for her, and painful for her loved ones.

    7. TDAPharm profile image82
      TDAPharmposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      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:

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealt … lements/a/

      I would highly recommend this site when looking for simple background on medications you may be using!

      Lastly, I put together a Hub about why some people appear to get so many medications and how some chronic diseases end up requiring so much medication management.

      http://tdapharm.hubpages.com/hub/Why-do … edications

      If anyone would like more information on a disease state or medications and would like some help let me know, I would be happy to do the research with my available resources.

      1. MarleneB profile image95
        MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I got a lot out of reading your hub. Your patient scenarios tell the story so clearly.

    8. icehubber profile image61
      icehubberposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      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.

      http://icehubber.hubpages.com/hub/Why-b … et-aspirin

      1. Simone Smith profile image92
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Good one, icehubber! I had known about the aspirin+kids no-no, but had not known much of anything about Reyes syndrome.

    9. StephanieBCrosby profile image89
      StephanieBCrosbyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hello everyone,

      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.

      http://stephaniebcrosby.hubpages.com/hu … c-Diseases

      I hope it is informative!

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    DigbyAdamsposted 4 years ago

    Great topic Simone and very timely for me.

    My husband just had a scary reaction to a flu shot, so I'll be looking into that - and researching the difference between the flu shot and the nasal-spray flu vaccine.

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, that's definitely something worth looking into!

    2. dragnhaze profile image61
      dragnhazeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      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.

      1. Docmo profile image94
        Docmoposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        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.

  3. Kaili Bisson profile image96
    Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago

    Hi Simone...excellent topic and sure to generate a lot of discussion. Something that has always intrigued me is the way that some medications can interact with foods. I think I found a new Hub !

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Sweet! I can't wait to read your findings!

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    kelleywardposted 4 years ago

    Great topic choice. As a nurse I think this is very important. Hope I can find time to contribute!

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I second DigbyAdams' comment, kelleyward. I'm sure you have a LOT of useful expertise to share!

    2. Denise Handlon profile image88
      Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      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.  smile

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    DigbyAdamsposted 4 years ago

    Kelly I home you find time to participate as well. Your nursing background would give us all some useful insight.

  6. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image59
    Dubuquedogtrainerposted 4 years ago

    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!

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, it really is lucky that you knew better regarding the labeling gaffe- and I agree that we all need to be better informed. I hope you'll share some of your know-how on this front!

  7. MarleneB profile image95
    MarleneBposted 4 years ago

    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

    1. Denise Handlon profile image88
      Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Read it.  Two thumbs up-very thorough.  smile

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        kelleywardposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Enjoyed your hub MarleneB

        1. MarleneB profile image95
          MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Thank you, kelleyward, for visiting my hub.

      2. MarleneB profile image95
        MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you Denise!

    2. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Goodness me, MarleneB, this Hub is incredibly useful!
      Hahaa, I bet when tooth pain is bad, you really WILL do everything you can to find a solution. I'm glad you shared your findings with us big_smile

      1. MarleneB profile image95
        MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you, Simone, for visiting my hub. And, yes, nothing can hold me back when it comes to finding something to alleviate tooth pain.

  8. Mmargie1966 profile image91
    Mmargie1966posted 4 years ago

    I'm working on my WIT hub!  For some reason I've been having difficulty with the suggested topics, but I'm getting one ready for this week!

    Thanks so much for the suggestions.

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I'm glad this theme works well with you, Mmargie1966! Looking forward to the Hub big_smile

    2. Mmargie1966 profile image91
      Mmargie1966posted 4 years ago in reply to this
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    DigbyAdamsposted 4 years ago

    I don't know how nurses can work the hours you do and still function! I was in the hospital for 3 weeks last November and marveled at the stamina of the nurses and nursing assistants.

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    DigbyAdamsposted 4 years ago

    Here's my contribution to this week's topic - Major Flu Shot Side Effects and How to Avoid Them.

    http://digbyadams.hubpages.com/hub/Majo … Avoid-Them

    1. MarleneB profile image95
      MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I enjoyed your hub and learned a couple of things about the flu shot - very informative.

    2. Denise Handlon profile image88
      Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Read it and thought it was well written.  smile

    3. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, this is excellent. I had never heard of GBS before, and am also excited to know that I qualify for nasal spray delivery! Great Hub.

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      kelleywardposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for sharing this useful information about the little known side effects of the flu shot!

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    DigbyAdamsposted 4 years ago

    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!

    1. MarleneB profile image95
      MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      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.

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    DigbyAdamsposted 4 years ago

    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.

    1. Docmo profile image94
      Docmoposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      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!

      1. Denise Handlon profile image88
        Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        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.

        1. Susana Suarez profile image74
          Susana Suarezposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Totally agree! Therefore I was inspired to write about vaccines!

  13. Ciel Clark profile image82
    Ciel Clarkposted 4 years ago

    Great topic.  I am extremely wary of medicine (especially new medications) and I am pro-vaccination and vaccinate my children.

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Very interesting! I hope you'll join in with a Hub! I bet you've got some great insights behind your approach.

  14. Kaili Bisson profile image96
    Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago

    Hi Simone and fellow Hubbers,

    Got sidetracked on a home reno project but finally got this done:

    http://kailibisson.hubpages.com/hub/Dru … mmon-Foods

    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.

    1. MarleneB profile image95
      MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Great information. The chart itself is awesome. Foods can seem so harmless, but your chart shows that even some fresh fruit can do more harm than good.

      1. Kaili Bisson profile image96
        Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Hi Marlene. I was astounded at the number of foods that can cause a problem. I am going to edit the chart a bit, so will let you know when I have done that and reposted.

        1. MarleneB profile image95
          MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Wonderful. I am looking forward to seeing it. But, isn't it interesting that the more we research things the more we find?

          1. Kaili Bisson profile image96
            Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Hi marlene...chart and bottom capsule have been revised  :-)

            1. MarleneB profile image95
              MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              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.

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      Arlene V. Pomaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Grapefruit stands out.  I limit my coffee to one cup before noon.  With or without medication, it's enough caffeine to keep me awake all night.

      1. Kaili Bisson profile image96
        Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Hi Arlene...agree on coffee. Even when not taking meds, it is best to limit the amount we drink

    3. TDAPharm profile image82
      TDAPharmposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      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!

      1. Kaili Bisson profile image96
        Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        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.

      2. Kaili Bisson profile image96
        Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        hi TDAPharm...chart and bottom capsule have been revised...please let me know what you think  :-)

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      kelleywardposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I really like how you organized this hub and added that fantastic chart. It is amazing how many foods interact with common medications. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Kaili Bisson profile image96
        Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        You are so welcome Kelley. As noted above, I am going to edit the chart a little bit and will re-post when I have done that. Grapefruit alone could have its own Hub!

    5. Denise Handlon profile image88
      Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Very important info here, Kailil  smile

      1. Kaili Bisson profile image96
        Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        ty Denise!
        I read conflicting percentages, but it seems about 20% of Americans favor grapefruit juice at breakfast...and guess when many people take their meds? Truly frightening...

    6. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yikes- I had no idea about most of these food-drug combos to avoid! @_@

    7. Docmo profile image94
      Docmoposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      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.

      1. Kaili Bisson profile image96
        Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        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!

      2. Kaili Bisson profile image96
        Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        hi Docmo...chart and bottom text capsule have been revised, so I would appreciate your feedback  :-)

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    DigbyAdamsposted 4 years ago

    Excellent hub Kalli. I now have a talk with my pharmacist every time a medicine is prescribed for me. It's amazing how complicated it can get with just one or two drugs.

    1. Kaili Bisson profile image96
      Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      ty Digby...agreed. As an example, what happens if you need to take one med with milk to avoid stomach upset, and need to avoid milk with another prescribed med? Complicated...

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    Arlene V. Pomaposted 4 years ago

    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!

    http://arlenevpoma.hubpages.com/hub/Gou … n-and-Diet

    1. MarleneB profile image95
      MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Ouch to gout! I didn't know about the dietary limitations involved in managing gout. You really covered it all in your hub. Lots of good-to-know information.

    2. TDAPharm profile image82
      TDAPharmposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I like that  you covered the aspects of the use of diet to help manage gout! I think thats a great thing, especially when you have foods rich in purines.

      I put a hub together about  drugs used for acute flares and chronic management of gout if you want to have a look!

      http://tdapharm.hubpages.com/hub/How-is-Gout-Treated

      1. Denise Handlon profile image88
        Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Wonderful hub-was really able to find the answer to my question about a 'test' for gout immediatly.  Well presented, thanks.  smile

      2. Kaili Bisson profile image96
        Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Posted a comment on your Hub. Great information, very well laid out. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to reading more from you.

      3. Simone Smith profile image92
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Great Hub indeed! I was woefully ignorant about gout before coming across your overview, so I really appreciate your putting the information together.

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        kelleywardposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks for sharing this important information about gout. It is not something that is typically discussed outside of the physician's office.

    3. Denise Handlon profile image88
      Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Arlene-great topic.  smile

    4. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      And wow- gout and pork, huh Arlene? I'm learning all KINDS of stuff today!

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    Arlene V. Pomaposted 4 years ago

    TDAPharm, left a comment for you.  Thank you so much for your Hub.  I find is so helpful, and I have printed it to add to my information on gout.  Your professional input is very timely and appreciated.

  18. janikon profile image89
    janikonposted 4 years ago

    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)

    http://janikon.hubpages.com/hub/The-Dan … lenol?done

    Hope you all enjoy ... well, at the very least, learn something new.

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      Arlene V. Pomaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, I did something new!  Mixing aspirin and Tylenol?  This is new to me!

    2. Denise Handlon profile image88
      Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Excellent hub janikon.  smile

      1. janikon profile image89
        janikonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks, Denise Handlon big_smile

    3. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Holy cow- this was a medication-mixture-no-no I had totally forgotten about. I am so glad you wrote this Hub!

    4. MarleneB profile image95
      MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Very informative. You covered all the bases with your well-written, thorough hub.

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      kelleywardposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      A very common OTC medication error that can lead to serious complications. Thanks for sharing!

  19. travel_man1971 profile image79
    travel_man1971posted 4 years ago

    This is very timely, Simone. My friend requested me to research about her medication of heart ailment. It's making her weak and want to stop her treatment.

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, perfect timing indeed! You can create a really useful Hub for her!

  20. nifwlseirff profile image96
    nifwlseirffposted 4 years ago

    With 20+ years of experience with sciatica, I couldn't pass up covering the medications (most of which I had tried, and found they didn't work). It did turn into much more than an overview though!
    Sciatica Pain Relief: An Overview of the Major Medication Options

    1. Denise Handlon profile image88
      Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Wonderful and very thorough hub here! smile

      1. nifwlseirff profile image96
        nifwlseirffposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Denise!

    2. Kaili Bisson profile image96
      Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Excellent hub. So glad to hear you have found some relief :-)

      1. nifwlseirff profile image96
        nifwlseirffposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        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.

    3. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I'm glad it did, nifwlseirff! This is such a useful resource!

      1. nifwlseirff profile image96
        nifwlseirffposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Simone!

    4. MarleneB profile image95
      MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      You have shown that you know this subject well. It is a "must read" for anyone suffering from this problem and who want to know more about it.

      1. nifwlseirff profile image96
        nifwlseirffposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you Marlene - I'm glad my experience is useful, but sometimes I'd like not to have it!

  21. Denise Handlon profile image88
    Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago

    Here is my contribution for the week.  All about rabies: 

    http://denisehandlon.hubpages.com/hub/V … umans?done

    1. Kaili Bisson profile image96
      Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Really interesting hub, posted a comment. Thank you for sharing!

    2. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Oh, good one! It's a unique sort of vaccination considering how situationally-based it is. Great overview, Denise big_smile

    3. MarleneB profile image95
      MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Rabies is such a serious virus. I learned a lot and enjoyed reading all of the interesting facts you shared.

    4. Denise Handlon profile image88
      Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks smile   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?

      1. Jlbowden profile image79
        Jlbowdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Denise:

        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!

        Jim

      2. nifwlseirff profile image96
        nifwlseirffposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Synchronicity indeed! Great info!

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        Arlene V. Pomaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        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!

  22. rmcleve profile image89
    rmcleveposted 4 years ago

    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.

    Can't wait to see what we write next week!

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hey, it's never too late to join in, rmcleve! I hope you will!

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    DeeDee5895posted 4 years ago

    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.

    1. MarleneB profile image95
      MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Welcome! I like your "no fluff" style of writing... just say it like it is. Right? If there was something I did not know about ibuprofen in the past, after reading your hub, I certainly know it now.

    2. Denise Handlon profile image88
      Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi DeeDee-nice job with the Ibuprofen and jumping in here.  smile

    3. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I'm glad you're having a good learning experience so far, DeeDee5895! Great Hub, too. As someone who usually turns to ibuprofen, I'm glad to know about those long-term effects.

  24. Green Lotus profile image60
    Green Lotusposted 4 years ago
    1. MarleneB profile image95
      MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      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.

    2. rebekahELLE profile image90
      rebekahELLEposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      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.

    3. Denise Handlon profile image88
      Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      It's a great hub about homeopathic choices.  Thanks for sharing.  smile

    4. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I found this to be quite interesting, Green Lotus! Thanks for writing the Hub.

    5. prairieprincess profile image97
      prairieprincessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Green Lotus, I look forward to reading this one, too.

  25. Green Lotus profile image60
    Green Lotusposted 4 years ago

    Marlene ,, you are the TOI queen .thanks for you support!

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    kelleywardposted 4 years ago

    Finally finished!! Here is my article Allergic Reaction To Antibiotics-What You Need to Know
    http://kelleyward.hubpages.com/_3u47dtk … otics?done

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I'm really glad you wrote this, kellyward. I've always wondered why doctors and nurses so regularly ask about allergies to medicines and antibiotics- especially penicillin.

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        kelleywardposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Simone!

    2. MarleneB profile image95
      MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I learned a lot about allergies and what to do to help prevent recurrences of allergic reactions caused by medications.

    3. Denise Handlon profile image88
      Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Great info here, Kelley

  27. prairieprincess profile image97
    prairieprincessposted 4 years ago

    Simone, this is such an excellent topic. And I think my question has been answered: if alternative, natural medicines could also be included in the topic.

    1. Denise Handlon profile image88
      Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      smile  Go for it!  smile

      1. prairieprincess profile image97
        prairieprincessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Denise! It's so nice to see you "around." I missed you! smile

  28. cloverleaffarm profile image80
    cloverleaffarmposted 4 years ago

    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

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      kelleywardposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Awesome hub cloverleaffarm! You included a ton of information that is helpful to anyone wondering about the interaction between herbs and food, medications, and other herbs. Enjoyed it!

    2. prairieprincess profile image97
      prairieprincessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I really want to read this. I was actually talking to my health food store lady about this and she said you have to really be careful in this area. This is on my list to read!

    3. MarleneB profile image95
      MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      The chart is so handy. I'm keeping a copy as a reference.

    4. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Oooh, this is fascinating! I don't take many herbal supplements, but many friends and family members do. I wonder if they know about this!

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    Arlene V. Pomaposted 4 years ago

    Yes, I've got the perfect place to post this Hub.  A reminder why I don't take herb supplements in the first place.

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    kelleywardposted 4 years ago

    This is fantastic Stephanie! Thanks for sharing!

    1. StephanieBCrosby profile image89
      StephanieBCrosbyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      You are quite welcome. Thanks for the compliment.

  31. Daisy Mariposa profile image85
    Daisy Mariposaposted 4 years ago

    I published Medications and Photosensitivity yesterday. It contains some important information regarding staying out of direct sunlight while taking certain medications.

    1. StephanieBCrosby profile image89
      StephanieBCrosbyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      This was a really interesting hub. I had a good time reading it. I loved how you integrated your personal experience and technical information.

    2. MarleneB profile image95
      MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you for sharing some valuable information. The chart is very helpful. Excellent hub!

    3. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I had always wondered about this! I'm so glad you wrote a Hub on the subject.

    4. Denise Handlon profile image88
      Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Excellent ideas here, Daisy.

  32. remaniki profile image82
    remanikiposted 4 years ago

    Hi everyone,

    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.

    1. StephanieBCrosby profile image89
      StephanieBCrosbyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      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.

      1. remaniki profile image82
        remanikiposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Stephanie. I'd get started with my hub now.

        1. MarleneB profile image95
          MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Hi remaniki, like Stephanie said, it would be interesting. I encourage you to write it and then let us know.

  33. Doc Sonic profile image91
    Doc Sonicposted 4 years ago

    Great topic, Simone, and some great info has been shared! Here's my contribution, some info about generic drugs:

    http://docsonic.hubpages.com/hub/Generic-Drug-Problems

    1. Daisy Mariposa profile image85
      Daisy Mariposaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Glen,

      You've done a great job explaining what generic drugs are.

    2. MarleneB profile image95
      MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Great hub. You have provided information that makes me more alert about the the types of medications I take.

    3. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      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!

      1. Doc Sonic profile image91
        Doc Sonicposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        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.

  34. Green Lotus profile image60
    Green Lotusposted 4 years ago

    This Hub is in honor of Mother's Day. It is from the heart (and from deep within my bones) smile

    Are Popular Osteoporosis Medications Fosamax Boniva Actonel and Reclast Worth Risking the Dangerous Side Effects?

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      From deep within your bones indeed! I'm so glad you shared your experience and all that info- I'm particular interested in bone-density-related health issues, so I found this to be super interesting.

  35. DzyMsLizzy profile image91
    DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago

    Here is my contribution to the topic:

    http://dzymslizzy.hubpages.com/hub/Does … e-Us-Sick?

    It addresses the problem of the flood of drugs available and the human fallibility of our doctors.

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, the great Hubs keep rolling in! You brought up some important issues in this one, DzyMsLizzy. I like it.

    2. MarleneB profile image95
      MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Oh, what a great hub. I know what you mean. I just have to turn the television off to get some peace from all the adverts.

  36. Simone Smith profile image92
    Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

    The new thread is up! Stop by and share your car maintenance tips!

  37. cardelean profile image88
    cardeleanposted 4 years ago
    1. MarleneB profile image95
      MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      cardelean, what's late? smile I just read your hub and found it valuable on so many levels. Thank you for sharing such helpful information.

    2. MarleneB profile image95
      MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Excellent hub. The treatments you share in your chart are most helpful.

    3. Denise Handlon profile image88
      Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I agree with Marlene-excellent info here.  Rated up.

  38. Nare Anthony profile image80
    Nare Anthonyposted 4 years ago

    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.

  39. DzyMsLizzy profile image91
    DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago

    This was written belatedly, after I saw the post on my news feed.  Only after the article was published, did I discover it was actually an OLD WTI thread... Ooops!

    Better late than never????  This one discusses the class of drugs known as "statins," and reveals all the down-sides that are actually quite serious.

    http://dzymslizzy.hubpages.com/hub/Medi … of-Statins

  40. travel_man1971 profile image79
    travel_man1971posted 4 years ago

    Good thing you brought it out, Simone. I wanna delve on my experiences about anti-rabies vaccine.

 
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