Some pharmacological interactions between herbal preparations and prescribed medication

Posted on September 2, 2017 by admin
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Reported pharmacological interactions of common herbal preparations with prescription medication from Medical Journal of Australia Feb 2017   St John’s Wort interferes with cyclosporine used to maintain transplants leading to rejection causes intermenstrual bleeding  for women using the oral contraceptive reduces effectiveness of warfarin reduces bioavailability of theophylline , amitriptyline,, methadone, digoxin potentiates side effects of tricyclic and SSRI antidepressants   Asian Ginseng reduces effectiveness of immunosuppressive drugs increases effects of oral hypoglycaemic ( diabetes ) drugs increases side effects of MAOI antidepressants has accumulative effect on benzodiazepines ( Valium, Serepax)   Garlic increases liver toxicity of paracetamol increases more

Dry Mouth

Posted on August 3, 2017 by admin
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  Dry mouth may present  as  mucous  surface  discomfort in the mouth  , burning sensation or pain on the lips  or mouth, “ bad “ taste , halitosis, denture discomfort and  eating  discomfort. Sufferers may have  a higher  risk of dental caries , dental erosion oral infection and  loss of teeth. Causes can be  medication side effects form including  some  prescription medications, anti- cholinergics , antihistamines and  sedatives . Age , diabetes  and  underlying auto immune  diseases may also be a cause of dry mouth.   Treatment is  to review for  underlying  dental disease , illness and  medication side more

Menopause and weight gain

Posted on July 10, 2017 by admin
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  Scientific  studies  over 7 years  extending from pre – menopause to  4  years  post  menopause  confirm the  tendency to modest  weight gain in association with   hormonal  changes..  Subsequent trials  have demonstrated  that   modest  lifestyle  intervention can   contain  or   reduce the  weight gain to a minimum  over  5  year trials post onset of menopause. This could be achieved by maintaining a diet of 1300 kcal/day and an increase in energy expenditure 1000-1500 kcal/week more than their usual energy expenditure. Diets with an emphasis on increased protein and   lower carbohydrate and fats were useful. Women who were already overweight prior more


Posted on June 2, 2017 by admin
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A common  recessively inherited   blood disorder resulting  in excess  iron in the  body due to increased  absorbtion from the  intestine. An incidence of about  1 in 200. May be  manifested   by the  following  symptoms – Fatigue and lethargy Cirrhosis of liver Liver cancer Arthritis Skin pigmentation Cardiomyopathy Testicular failure Diabetes mellitus Diagnosis  is usually  by a  combination of  blood film  , iron studies and  gene testing. Treatment  is  usually by venesection  - draining  off  excess blood  

Eye Testing

Posted on May 8, 2017 by admin
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Eye testing All patients over  40  should be screened for  glaucoma  every  2 years  by an optometrist or  ophthalmologist.  Glaucoma is the  insidious painless   rise in internal eye pressure  that may lead to permanent  loss of  vision if  untreated. All diabetics  should  have  regular 1-2 yearly  eye testing, to avoid having diabetic   retinopathy a treatable condition which may lead to  loss of vision . All  circumstances  with all or part   loss  of vision  suddenly  in one or both  eyes  should be reviewed to exclude  diseases that  may  lead to  permanent   loss or impairment of  vision Also sudden onset of more