Do not self-medicate, warn doctors

It is important that the patients understand, that chemists are not allowed to dispense medications like antibiotics, pain relief medications, anxiolytics etc. without a doctor’s prescription. The reason is that chemists may have an understanding of the drug and its actions, but lack the clinical skills and lack understanding of the effects of a particular drug on the body

Do not self-medicate, warn doctorsWith the winter approaching, self-medication becomes a major concern for doctors. Often it is the friendly chemist, friend or patient themselves who suggest self-medicating based on the common symptoms. Needless to say, it is completely inappropriate to take medications without proper medical consultation. For one, most of the winter illness are mild illness, caused by […]

Can taking paracetamol during pregnancy affect the behaviour of your offspring?

A new study by the University of Bristol adds to evidence that links potential adverse effects of taking paracetamol during pregnancy

Can taking paracetamol during pregnancy affect the behaviour of your offspring?The research published this month in Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology examined whether there were any effects of taking paracetamol in mid-pregnancy and the behaviour of the offspring between the ages of 6 month and 11 years, with memory and IQ tested up until the age of 17. Paracetamol is commonly used to relieve pain during […]

Paracetamol use in infancy is linked to increased risk of asthma in some teenagers

Children who take paracetamol during their first two years of life may be at a higher risk of developing asthma by the age of 18, especially if they have a particular genetic makeup, according to new research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress

Paracetamol use in infancy is linked to increased risk of asthma in some teenagersXin (Daisy) Dai told the meeting that the link between paracetamol use and asthma seemed strongest in those who had a particular variant of the glutathione S-transferase (GST) gene, GSTP1. However, she warned that the research showed only that there was an association between paracetamol and asthma, not that paracetamol caused the condition; further research […]

Commonly used painkillers poses risk to heart health, finds study

After accounting for potentially confounding factors, the researchers found that within 30 days of taking up diclofenac, the rate of major cardiovascular problems - such as arrhythmia, ischemic stroke, heart failure, and heart attack -was much higher compared with other NSAIDs

Commonly used painkillers poses risk to heart health, finds studyNonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used to alleviate pain. While NSAIDs are commonly recommended to treat inflammatory conditions, headaches, and fever, the drugs are thought to have some cardiovascular risks. However, due to ethical concerns, these risks cannot be evaluated in clinical trials. The European Society of Cardiology therefore carried out an extensive review […]

Turmeric as effective as painkillers in reducing pain

Researchers have found turmeric to be just as effective as drugs at treating injured sportsmen. A study of 50 top rugby players in Milan with bone or muscle pain found it matched relievers like paracetamol or ibuprofen

Turmeric as effective as painkillers in reducing painA new study now suggests that turmeric is more effective than popular painkillers at easing the agony of sports injuries. The study found that after less than three weeks, taking a key component of the Indian staple spice, known as curcumin, eases injured rugby players’ discomfort just as much paracetamol or ibuprofen, but without their […]