Ear Infection Treatment - The Dangers of Prescription Drugs

A new patient came to me complaining about feeling ill with symptoms that were not related to her asthma condition. It was discovered that she was taking 5 different drugs, when only 2 were needed She had seen a few different doctors in the past and all had prescribed a drug for her condition. Trying to trust her doctors and follow their orders, she had just continued to take all of them! When we omitted the 3 extra drugs, her symptoms and ill-feelings disappeared.

Drugs like Cymbalta, Effexor or Pristiq can be used to decrease panic, anxiety, or post-traumatic disorder symptoms. Some people who crave alcohol believe these drugs help them sleep, but, in reality, alcohol interferes with the sleep cycle. I prefer to prescribe other medications to help with sleep, such as Trazodone, Sinequan, Ambien, Sonata or Lunesta. Anti-depressants such as Trazodone, Sinequan and Doxepin are non-addictive, whereas long-term use of Ambien, Sonata, and Lunesta may lead to addiction.

The new policy will force doctors to prove that they have tried other measures to reduce pain before they can write prescriptions for pain for more than 30 days. Basically, doctors will have to develop a treatment plan, offer the patient education about addiction, have them sign a pain contract so they are aware of the dangers, and patients will have to list only one pharmacy where they will fill these prescriptions to reduce the rates of doctor shopping.

Prescription drug abuse is the number one cause of drug related death in Florida. According to a New York Times article dated June 14, 2008, the “Medical Examiners Commission found that the rate of deaths caused by prescription drugs was three times the rate of deaths caused by all illicit drugs combined.” (Cave, D.). Yet this is often not enough to dissuade new users from trying, and becoming physically dependent on, prescription pain medications. Even high profile deaths including Heath Ledger and Anna Nicole Smith have little impact on those abusing the substance. This is largely a result of substance abusers believing they are invulnerable and the false belief they have a sense of control over their ingestion of substances.

Histamines cause allergy symptoms such as redness, swelling, itching, and bodily secretions. Allergens trigger immune system cells known as mast cells to release histamines into the body. Histamines attach to blood vessel receptors causing them to enlarge. This is a catalyst that stimulates all the other allergy symptoms that can occur. Antihistamines prevent these symptoms from occurring by blocking histamine receptors. Anti histamines are available bovver the counter and can be prescription taken as pills, liquid, nasal spray or eye drops. Over the counter antihistamines include Allegra, Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec and many more. Over the counter antihistamines can cause drowsiness. Non-sedative antihistamines are only available by prescription. Prescription antihistamines include Clarinex, Xyzal, Astelin as a nasal spray and Emadine and Livostin as eye drops.

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