Thursday, January 3, 2013

Looking at how Nexium works

A popular drug prescribed to treat the symptoms of acid reflux and gastroensophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is Nexium, which is sometimes called 'the purple pill' and is manufactured by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. It can also be used to repair damage caused by these conditions. It works in three different ways:
Acid Production
When your stomach acids flow back into your esophagus you experience acid reflux. This causes a burning sensation throughout your chest and throat area. Many people refer to this as heartburn. This happens because your lower esophageal sphincter has become relaxed or weakened. This sphincter acts as a flap that when closed, keeps your stomach contents where they belong. It becomes weakened or relaxed for many reasons, and it is important to find and treat the cause of the problem rather than repairing the sphincter - unless absolutely necessary. Nexium is one way to treat these acid problems.
Acid Reduction
The active ingredient in Nexium is called esomeprazole. This ingredient helps to decrease the production of acid in your stomach. Less acid means your stomach is less full, and less of a possibility of the acid to go back up your esophagus. The specific way this ingredient works is by stopping the actions of the proton pump, which is what produces acid in your stomach. Esomeprazole causes a chemic reaction in the cells in the proton pump system to stop them from expelling acid. This decrease of stomach acid also gives your lower esophageal sphincter a break, as it doesn't have to keep as much liquid down.
Repair Work
Finally, Nexium can be prescribed to help repair the damage caused to your esophagus and stomach from acid reflux. After your stomach has decreased its production of acid, your esophagus is allowed a chance to heal itself. It is necessary for a doctor to confirm any damage or erosion. If you leave any damage untreated, you could potentially run into a number of other serious health problems. Damage to the esophagus will likely get you the diagnosis of erosive esophagitis, and Nexium can help with that. You can expect the lining of your esophagus to heal somewhere between four to eight weeks after starting Nexium, and repairs and maintenance can continue for up to 6 months.
If you think you are suffering from acid reflux or some other type of stomach acid condition, consider asking your doctor for a prescription for Nexium.

Nexium is not intended as a quick fix for heartburn, but rather treats more chronic, long-term conditions. This drug, as well as all drugs, has a risk for potential side effects. You should discuss with your physician if these side effects outweigh the benefits of taking Nexium. Be sure to mention any other health conditions you may have, and any medications you are taking so that your doctor can determine if this medication is safe for your individual situation.

Looking at Accutane and how it works

Accutane is a medication that is prescribed for the treatment of acne. It is taken orally and is typically used on people with severe acne. It is the most effective treatment currently on the market, but since it is so powerful, is usually reserved only for the most difficult of acne cases that do not respond to other treatments. It is important that you stay under a doctor's supervision while using this drug, and only obtain it with a valid prescription.
Accutane works to treat acne by decreasing the amount of oil your skin glands produce, reducing the amount of cells that build up and clog pores, and reducing skin inflammation.
Typically treatment with Accutane takes around six months. Some patients will experience results quicker than others, with acne that seems to clear up immediately. Other patients might see their acne get worse before it gets better. Still other patients might not respond to Accutane at all. If you do not respond to Accutane, it is possible that your doctor will continue treatment for an additional six months. In order to get the best results, Accutane should be taken with food. This increases the absorption of Accutane into your body. Additionally, you should always drink a full glass of water to ensure the pill does not get stuck in your esophagus. If this happens, it could damage or irritate the walls of your esophagus.
You may experience a rise in the fat levels of your body while you are taking Accutane. Because of this you liver could be adversely affected in some cases. Therefore, you will likely receive regular blood tests while using Accutane to catch problems before they become serious.
Severe birth defects in unborn babies has also been found to be a side effect of taking Accutane. Mental retardation and physical deformities are just a few of the defects caused by this medicine. Therefore, if you are pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant, you should not take Accutane. If you accidentally become pregnant while using this medication, you should immediately stop using it and consult with your physician. Because of these risks, you will be required to take a pregnancy test before beginning treatment. While on Accutane, you will be required to use contraception to avoid becoming pregnant. Additionally, you should not donate blood, as the birth defects could occur if your blood was given to a pregnant person. Please refrain from donating blood until 30 days after the end of treatment.
Finally, there are some reports of suicidal tendencies and depression in people using this drug. If you experience a change in mood or have suicidal thoughts, immediately stop using the drug and seek medical attention. Additional side effects of Accutane include nausea, seizures, diarrhea, and dry or cracking skin.
Certain drugs can interact with Accutane so it is important to let your doctor know about any drugs you are using, including prescription, over the counter, and recreational drugs, before beginning Accutane use. You might need to have a lower dosage, a shorter duration of treatment, or an entirely different medication.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

As a massage therapist's experience wit clients suffering from chronic pain and taking Prednisone

Among massage therapists' clients one of the most commonly presented problems is chronic pain. Numerous people around the world suffer from this unpleasant condition due to various reasons ranging from illnesses and disorders to accidents or injuries. So this fact makes pain management one of the most important jobs of a massage therapist, and can vastly improve the quality of life for their clients. Although massage can do wonders for pain relief, it isn't always enough. If this is the case, a client might need to consult with more traditional Western medicine to help get relief.

That is where Prednisone comes in. Prednisone is a corticosteroid drug that is mainly used to treat conditions relating to inflammation. These conditions can include asthma, bronchitis, allergic reactions, arthritis, gout, croup, and a number of other conditions. As a massage therapist, it is useful to understand Prednisone, since many of your clients will likely be using it.

Prednisone is typically used for short-term treatments, but sometimes might be necessary to use long term. It will likely be a great relief to massage clients who are suffering from chronic pain. Unfortunately, Prednisone has its share of side effects since it is a very powerful drug. Some of the most common side effects experienced include fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and muscle weakness. Prednisone also inhibits your body's absorption of calcium, which can cause your bones to be more fragile and weak. Prednisone also suppresses the immune system, so your client will be more susceptible to getting sick. Massage therapists should be aware of these side effects because they can then tailor their massages to help relieve these complaints. This can help make their clients feel even better and help Prednisone to do its job - being in pain is stressful, and being stressed inhibits your body's ability to heal.

Prednisone has also been known to make people feel anxious or have bursts of energy or insomnia. A massage is a great way to relax and can help induce sleep. Clients who are on Prednisone will likely appreciate light and gentle massages rather than deep muscle massage. However, listen to your client, as they know best what feels good for them. Sometimes deep muscle massage can help with any joint or muscle pain caused by Prednisone, but other times it will make it worse. Make sure your client is staying in touch with his or her physician, as it can be dangerous to skip doses or quit taking Prednisone without approval. You also want to keep an eye out for any conditions that can be caused by Prednisone.

With the help of a good doctor, effective massage therapist, and prescription of Prednisone, your chronic pain clients should be feeling better in no time. Everyone should work together in order to address the different sources of pain in order to help your client get through it. Relieving the pain of people who suffer from it on a daily basis can be very rewarding work!