Has become a global epidemic and more than 47 million people have been infected with HIV since the first reports of the disease more than twenty years ago. This center provides basic information on the difference between HIV infection and AIDS, details the signs and symptoms of disease, lists means of preventing transmission of the virus and outlines the complications associated with AIDS/HIV as well as common drug treatments.
Allergies and Hayfever Center
Allergies and allergic disorders are among the most common of medical conditions, affecting more than 20 percent of all Americans. This center contains information relating to the most common allergies and outlines the types of drug treatments available, such as antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays, mast-cell stabilizing drugs and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Arthritis is a condition associated with swelling and inflammation of the joints, which often results in pain and restriction of movement. It is estimated that more than 40 million people in America have some form of arthritis. Consult this center if you wish to find more information on the types of arthritis (e.g. osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis) and links to suitable drug treatments.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that occurs naturally in all parts of the body. Generally speaking, high levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) are associated with an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease, whereas high levels of HDL (good cholesterol) are associated with a decreased risk. Consult this center if you would like more information on the different types of cholesterol, details of how diet and exercise can help maintain desirable cholesterol levels and knowledge of drugs that can aid in achieving this goal.
Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disease characterized by high glucose (sugar) levels in the blood. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. In patients with diabetes, the body either does not produce enough insulin, or does not adequately respond to the insulin it is producing, which causes blood sugar levels to be higher than normal. This center outlines the different types of diabetes, provides information on how diabetes is diagnosed and treated and lists complications that can occur in association with the disease. Sections include overview, risk factors & preventative measures, symptoms & complications and drug treatment.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a condition resulting from stomach acid moving backward from the stomach into the esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach). The acid causes heartburn and can eventually damage the lining of the esophagus causing inflammation and pain. This center lists drugs available for the treatment of GERD and also describes treatment options for Crohn’s disease and Peptic ulcers.
Hair loss is related to the tendency of hair follicles to stop producing hair growth. This center describes the treatments available for reducing the rate of hair loss.
RotaTeq is given in a series of 3 doses. The first dose is usually given when the child is 6 to 12 weeks old. The booster doses are then given at 4-week to 10-week intervals before the child reaches 32 weeks of age. Your child's individual booster schedule may be different from these guidelines. Follow your doctor's instructions or the schedule recommended by the health department of the state you live in.
Keep track of any and all side effects your child has after receiving RotaTeq. When your child receives another vaccine in the future, you will need to tell the doctor if the first dose caused any side effects.
Your child can still receive a vaccine if he or she has a cold or fever. In the case of a more severe illness with a fever or any type of infection, wait until the child gets better before receiving RotaTeq.
Take Xenical exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
• Take each dose with a full glass of water.
• Xenical is usually taken with each main meal that contains fat. Xenical can be taken during meals or up to one hour after a meal.
• Each time you take Xenical, your meal should contain no more than about 30% of calories from fat. Evenly divide your daily intake of fat, carbohydrates, and protein over three main meals a day. Talk to your doctor about following a healthy eating plan.
• If you miss a meal, or if you have a meal without fat, you can skip your dose of Xenical for that meal also.
• If Xenical is taken with any one meal that is very high in fat, there is an increased chance of digestive side effects.
• Do not take more of this medication than has been prescribed for you. Doses greater than 120 mg three times a day have not been shown to provide an additional weight-loss benefit.
• Xenical may decrease your body's absorption of some fat-soluble vitamins. To ensure adequate nutrition, your doctor may recommend taking a multivitamin that contains vitamins D, E, K, and beta-carotene. Take your vitamin supplement once a day, at least 2 hours before or after a dose of Xenical.
Before your child receives RotaTeq, tell the doctor if your child has recently had a fever. Also tell the doctor if anyone living with or caring for the child has cancer or a weak immune system, or is receiving treatments that can weaken the immune system (such as radiation, chemotherapy, or steroids).
Always wash your hands after handling the diapers of a child who has been given RotaTeq. Small amounts of the virus may be passed in the child's stool and could possibly infect others who come into contact with the child's stool.
Be sure your child receives all recommended doses of RotaTeq. Your child may not be protected from rotavirus if the doses aren't given within 4 to 10 weeks of each other, or if the child does not receive the full series of vaccines.
Call your doctor as soon as possible if your child (after receiving RotaTeq) has stomach pain or bloating, vomiting (especially if it is golden-brown to green in color), bloody stools, grunting or excessive crying, and eventually weakness and shallow breathing.
Becoming infected with rotavirus is much more dangerous to your child's health than receiving the vaccine to protect against it. Like any medicine, RotaTeq can cause side effects, but the risk of serious side effects is extremely low.
Menopause is the transition period in a woman's life when her ovaries stop producing eggs, her body produces less estrogen and progesterone, and menstruation becomes less frequent, eventually stopping altogether. This center describes the causes, symptoms and treatments available for menopause.
Depression is the most common psychological problem in the US. This center contains information relating to the difference between Major and Minor Depression and provides links to common antidepressant drugs.
Sexual Dysfunction, Erectile Dysfunction and Impotence are all terms for the consistent inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. Consult this center if you wish to find general information relating to, and links to drugs commonly used for treating, these conditions.
About half of smokers die early of smoking-related illnesses and each year about 46% of them in the US try to quit smoking. This center compares the top drugs and provides useful information on smoking cessation.