Medicine Informations

 

Wednesday
Dec042013

Have High Blood Pressure? Visit the High Blood Pressure section 

According to the Heart Foundation in 2011/12, 3.1 million Australians (21.5%) aged 18 years and over had high blood pressure (systolic or diastolic blood pressure is equal or greater than 140/90 mmHg) where men is more likely than women to have high BP and also the proportion of Aussies with high BP increased with age. 

We have the lovely Dr Leonora White translating this important topic on High Blood Pressure on video and a comprehensive information is available for those who rather just read it in English too. 

Be healthy!

Sunday
Dec012013

Are you celebrating Christmas on 7th January and fasting til then? Need vegetarian recipes for fasting? Help is here!

As some of you may know there are 2 dates for Christmas celebrated by Christians due to different calendars. One is December 25th celebrated by the majority of Christians and the other on January 7th celebrated by Orthodox Christians.
Do you know that the Christian Orthodox Church followers start fasting on Monday 25th November and during this period they can't have meat, chicken and dairy products til January 6th - Christmas Eve?
Anyway for those who are fasting but are struggling to find delicious and healthy recipes during the fast do not despair - help is here! I thought it would be great if we include some recipes up on healthy bites. Anyone who has ideas on recipes that fulfil the criteria is encouraged to share here! Just comment or post a note on the Healthy Bites section or on Facebook or Twitter. Merry Christmas in advance to those celebrating on both dates!

As some of you may know there are 2 dates for Christmas celebrated by Christians due to different calendars. One is December 25th celebrated by the majority of Christians and the other on January 7th celebrated by Orthodox Christians.Do you know that the Christian Orthodox Church followers start fasting on Monday 25th November and during this period they can't have meat, chicken and dairy products til January 6th - Christmas Eve?Anyway for those who are fasting but are struggling to find delicious and healthy recipes during the fast do not despair - help is here! I thought it would be great if we include some recipes up on healthy bites. Anyone who has ideas on recipes that fulfil the criteria is encouraged to share here! Just comment or post a note on the Healthy Bites section or on Facebook or Twitter. Merry Christmas in advance to those celebrating on both dates!

Friday
Nov292013

Hartmann for Urinary Incontinence

About 4.8 million people in Australia are affected by urinary incontinence (involuntary loss of urine from the bladder or accidental urine leakage). 37% of women are affected & 14% in men.

There are few types of incontinence:

1) Stress incontinence: small urine leakage caused by laughing, coughing, sneezing

2) Urge incontinence: sudden strong need to urinate often without reaching the toilet in time

3) Overflow incontinence: inability to completely empty the bladder causing leakage at inappropriate times

4) Functional incontinence: inability to get to toilet due to physical/mental disability

More than 40% of people with incontinece suffer from incontinence associated dermatitis (skin problems due to incontinence) and it compromises the integrity of the skin.

There are 3 levels of incontinence:

1) light volumes (eg. stress incontinence): 0.5-1 cup 

2) moderate-heavy volumes (eg. stress or urge incontinece): 1-2 cups

3) severe or very heavy volumes (no bladder control eg. immobile or post surgery): >2 cups

If unsure do pad weight test. Weight of wet pad-weight of dry pad= amount of urine leakage

The Hartmann Moli range for incontinence has a unique 3 layer absorbent core: patented curly fiber top layer, super absorbent core in the middle and at the bottom layer is a stabilising cellulose base layer. This means it has a high absorption capacity. It also is antibacterial so it prevents against bacterial growth on skin, hypoallergenic, maintains skin pH levels of 4.5-5.5, skin friendly and dermatologist tested.

The Hartmann Moli products for customers with light incontinence would benefit from:

Molimed Premium Micro or Ultra Micro, Molimed Premium Mini or Midi, Molimed Premium Max or Pants Active.

These products are suitable for those who leaks small volumes of urine up to 1 cup, males/females, stress incontinence and active/mobile in the community.

For those with moderate-heavy incontinence: MoliCare Mobile Light, MoliCare Light or MoliCare Comfort.

 Suitable for those who leaks 1-2 cups, male/female, stress or urge incontince, active/mobile in community or cared for in a home or care facility.

For those with heavy incontinence: MoliCare Mobile Super or Super Plus. 

Suitable for those who leaks >2 cups, male/female, complete loss of bladder control, active/mobile in community or cared for in a home/care facility or had surgery recently and experience difficulty to access toilet.

MoliMed or MoliForm for Men products are available for men who had pre- or post-prostate surgery or experience light or moderate dribbling or incontinence of 1/2 to 2 cups.

 

 

 

Friday
Nov292013

Gastrostop is getting popular!

Lots of people experience diarrhoea at some point in their lives and Gastrostop is great to help stop it. It contains the active ingredient called loperamide 2mg and it helps to treat the symptom of acute diarrhoea.

Diarrhoea refers to an increased passage of abnormally soft or watery bowel motions.

Acute diarrhoea has a rapid onset and lasts for less than 14 days, with symptoms usually resolving in 3 to 5 days. Many people with diarrhoea also experience gas-related symptoms: Flatulence, Wind, Bloating, Abdominal discomfort, Cramps.

There are 17.2 million cases of ‘gastro’ in Australia each year and 5.4 million cases of ‘gastro’ are caused by food contamination6 out of 100 Australians experienced diarrhoea in the last month and 2.1 million work days are lost each yearViruses are the most common cause of acute diarrhoea and are usually spread via contaminated food or waterOther causes of acute diarrhoea include: Side effect from medications, Intolerance to certain foods (e.g. lactose intolerance), Infections caused by bacteria or parasites.

Selfcare tips:

1) Rehydrate as water & electrolyte loss can lead to dehydration which is dangerous for babies and elderly.

2) Maintain adequate fluid intake (eg. water, oral rehydration solutions)

3) Eat small light meals. Avoid fatty or spicy foods.

4) Let thirst guide volume not routine 

5) Avoid diuretics and caffeine

 

Gastrostop Plus is good for those who as well as have diarrhoea experience cramps, bloat, gas and wind. It contains a combination of loperamide and simethicone and relieves diarrhoea up to 59% faster than Gastrostop (loperamide alone).

Works in 1-3 hours and available in 12-20 capsules.

 

Sunday
Nov242013

Gluten free recipes

Being allergic to gluten doesn't mean you have to miss out on life's simple pleasures - with these recipes up on Healthy Bites page you can have your cake and eat it, too! Please always check ingredients to ensure they do not contain gluten.

Sunday
Sep152013

High Blood pressure video is up now, Gluten intolerance, Contacts page and appointments page

Hi everyone,

Hope you are enjoying Spring. I know I do for the blooming beauty I see around me other than this horrible hayfever that I got.

First off I would like to thank the lovely Leonora White for translating and producing a fantastic video for you to watch about High Blood Pressure! Its now up on the corresponding link.

Know anything about Gluten Intolerance or Celiac disease? Want more info as to how to recognise the symptoms of gluten intolerance  and what to do about it if you have it? Then visit Healthy Bites for all the info.

I have added a couple of pages on the website:

Contact Me: an online email form for any questions you have on anything you want whether its related to your health, medicines or business related.

Make An Appointment: You can make an appointment to see me for a pharmacist consultation about your health and medicine needs if you are a patient or you can you can book me for an event, presentation, seminar, etc or for Auslan and Deaf training and education. Prices listed on the link.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me on the Contact Me page.

Be healthy!

Monday
Sep022013

Hearing Awareness Week personal story

Monday
Sep022013

Hearing Awareness Week

Hi all it was Hearing awareness week this week and I have just uploaded my personal contribution video of my story. Hope you enjoyed them. Captions added  for those who don't understand Auslan and wants to understand the story. Cheers.

Monday
Sep022013

High Blood Pressure aka Hypertension and 5 reasons we are always hungry

Hi the High BP info has been added with video to follow soon. And new post in Healthy Bites section extracted from Weight Watchers on 5 reasons on why we are always hungry and the 'fixes' for them.

Monday
Aug192013

Healthy Bites - new section added

The new section - Helathy Bites- has now been added and it will contain recipes and tips that are healthy, gluten free or dairy free or lactose free.

I have added one of my favourite recipe- the Apple Salad. Try it and see how it goes. :)

You can post recipes and tips here and I will review it.

Love to see your ideas and tips here!

Monday
Aug192013

Auslan and Deaf Awareness Training

Hi I have given a couple sessions to pharmacy students at RMIT and Monash this week and they have been really receptive and they are keen to learn how to better future health professionals to better serve the Deaf and HOH community. They learned some simple signs and they have been advised about NABS. NABS now has an app on the iPhone which I just discovered yesterday where there is a form you or the health professional can fill out to make booking with an interpereter to attend your appointment.

There is also an app for Auslan signs which is great as well.

I have also given them some strategies and tips on how to serve the Deaf and HOH communtiy and advised them that no matter how busy you are you must try to find the time to spend quality time with them and to be patient as community pharmacies can be really busy nowadays.

But we the Deaf and HOH must do our part and that is to let them know you are Deaf and you need help with having your script processed or a product enquiry and let them know you are happy to write on paper or you prefer to use NABS service. But if you are HOH and you can lipread and you have trouble understanding them then we need to be assertive and say sorry I dont understand please speak slow or clear or can you please write that down? They most likely may be happy to do that or you can contact me if you have a product or personal enquiry anytime.

If you have any opinions on how your pharmacy experience can be improved then Im happy to hear from you by email to butterflypharmacy@gmail.com

 

 

 

Thursday
Jun132013

Cough and Cold medicines in Children

Hi everyone, winter is upon us now! 

To answer some people's questions about whether they can give cough and cold medicines to their children under 11 years old here it is:

* Children under 6 years old can't have cough and cold medicines .

* Children 6-11 years old may be given cough and cold medicines ONLY ON THE ADVICE OF THEIR DOCTOR, PHARMACIST OR NURSE PRACTITIONER.

Why??

Because these medicines may cause harm to children and there is no proof that it can help them.

But....

* REST is important. Keep them home from school.

* Drinking plenty of water is good for them too to keep them hydrated. 

* Avoid exposure to cigarette smoke. So parents if you smoke avoid smoking around your children (and not only when they are sick but at all times too as passive smoke is harmful to your children too).

* Inhale steam to help relieve a blocked nose. Supervise your child while they breathe in steam from a hot bath or shower in a closed room. 

* If they have a sore throat, they can gargle with warm salty water/suck on ice cube/suck on throat lozenge/drink hot water with honey & lemon if they are old enough to gargle/suck/drink it.

* If they are in pain or have a fever paracetamol (over 1 month old- see Paracetamol link) and ibuprofen (over 3 months old) can help. 

* If they have blocked nose saline nasal sprays/drops are great for that. Nasal decongestants (NOT for babies under 6 months!) can be tried too but not recommended for use over 4-5 consecutive day to prevent rebound nasal congestion. Please read the enclosed consumer medicine information leaflet for directions on how to use. Most of them would have pictures to show you how to use it. For nasal decongestant drops or sprays or saline nasal sprays they would mainly advise that you shake the bottle before use and spray a few times into the air which is known as 'priming' to make sure the pump or spray is working and then you close 1 nostril and sniff out the other nostril and insert the nozzle then you spray 1-2 times and then you sniff it in. And do the same on the other side. Easy! Just remember that with the nozzle that you align it along the nose canal and not 'straight up'.

* Complementary medicines (eg. vitamin C, zinc, echinacea) are great for shortening duration of cold symptoms. Just ask your pharmacist for advice regarding your child's age/weight and symptoms and other medicines they are taking.

* For babies, there is Vicks baby rub or Eukybear rub available that you rub a small amount on their chest and keep them warm and the cold will resolve on its own. Saline drops can be used too for litte blocked noses and increase their fluid intake too if possible. Alot of loving and comfort can go a long way too! :)

Keep warm everyone! 

x Maryan

Tuesday
Apr302013

Butterfly Pharmacy poster- please put up in the pharmacy 

Hi all,

thanks for the new likes! Keep them coming. Please find attached to this post a file of a poster for you to print regarding the Butterfly Pharmacy website to raise awareness abou the website among your Deaf & Hard of Hearing patients who may never have heard of it before and can benefit from this website. Registration is free.

Kind regards,

Maryan

Saturday
Mar232013

Epilepsy Day 26 March - Wear purple to show support

On 26 March its Epilepsy Day so please be a Hero and wear purple to show support. 

"The social consequences of epilepsy are often more difficult to overcome than the seizures themselves." World Health Organization

Epilepsy Australia is the national coalition of Australian Epilepsy Associations raising our voices as one to advance the cause of all Australians living with epilepsy.

Actively delivering counseling, support and information to all who access our services, Epilepsy Australia is committed to raising awareness and understanding of the very real issues faced by those living with epilepsy.
The unpredictable nature of seizures can force people to stay at home, fearful of a seizure occurring in public. Would you know what to do if you saw someone having a seizure?

A goal of Epilepsy Australia is for every household in Australia to be seizure aware.

 

Our challenge is to build on the success of our Seizure First Aid Awareness Campaign where more than 20,000 Seizure First Aid Kits were delivered to households Australia-wide.

 

Help us reach our goal. Download a Seizure First Aid Poster today.

You can be involved by:

1) wearing purple

2) Download a Seizure First Aid Poster today and read it and familarize it yourself with it and if possible put it up in your workplace.

3) Be involved in fundraising to raise funds for Epilepsy Australia by going to http://www.epilepsyaustralia.net/Purple_Day/Purple_Day.aspx 

4) Donate to Epilepsy Australia

5) Spread the word

6) Remove the stigma towards people with epilepsy.

7) Understand epilepsy better by visiting Epilepsy Australia website at www.epilepsyaustralia.net

 

Cheers

Saturday
Mar232013

Coeliac Awareness Week and Arthritis Awareness Week

Hi everyone,

this week was Coeliac Awareness week and Arthritis Awareness Week.

Some of you may have heard what they are or experience either of them.

For those who don't know what they are:

- Coeliac: its when people can't tolerate gluten which is found in wheat, rye, barley and oats because eating gluten can cause small bowel damage and this can lead to gastrointestinal and nutrient absorption (malabsorption) problems. A number of serious health consequences can result if the condition is not diagnosed and treated properly. Coeliac disease affects approximately 1 in 100 Australians. However 75% currently remain undiagnosed. This means that approximately 160,000 Australians have coeliac disease but don’t yet know it. People with coeliac disease remain sensitive to gluten throughout their life, so in this sense they are never cured. However a gluten free diet does allow the condition to be managed effectively. A lifelong gluten free diet is the only recognised treatment for coeliac disease. By removing the cause of the disease, a gluten free diet allows the small bowel lining to heal and symptoms to resolve. As long as the gluten free diet is strictly adhered to, problems arising from coeliac disease should not return.

There is no correlation between symptoms and bowel damage, so even if asymptomatic (you have no symptoms), damage to the small bowel can still occur if gluten is ingested.People with coeliac disease should remain otherwise healthy as long as they adhere to a diet free of gluten. Relapse occurs if gluten is reintroduced. The long term consequences of coeliac disease are related to poor nutrition and malabsorption of nutrients. Untreated, coeliac disease can lead to chronic poor health, osteoporosis, infertility, miscarriage, depression and dental enamel defects. There is also a small, but real, increased risk of certain forms of cancer such as lymphoma of the small bowel. In children, undiagnosed coeliac disease can cause lack of proper development, short stature and behavioural problems.

Fortunately, timely diagnosis of coeliac disease and treatment with a gluten free diet can prevent or reverse many of these problems. For more information go to Coeliac Australia at http://www.coeliac.org.au/ .

- Arthritis: Its involves over 100 medical conditions that involves the joints which is where 2 or more bones meet. Arthritis problems include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage (the tissue that covers the ends of bones, enabling them to move against each another) and surrounding structures. This can result in joint weakness, instability and deformities that can interfere with the most basic daily tasks such as walking, driving a car and preparing food. Arthritis is the major cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia, with 3.85 million Australians affected at a cost to our economy of more than $23.9 billion each year in medical care and indirect costs such as loss of earnings and lost production.

As the population ages, the number of people with arthritis is growing. Arthritis is not yet curable. While the condition is usually manageable, it invariably impacts on a patient's quality of life and includes varying degrees of discomfort and pain.

The most common forms of arthritis are: (with the first 3 being most common)

  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)
  • Scleroderma

For more info go to Arthritis Australia at www.arthritisaustralia.com.au

So what do we do in these awareness weeks?

Get tested for Coeliac disease if you are not diagnosed with it

Donate to those foundations or hold fundraising activities for them

Visit your healthcare professional for review of your conditions and treatment plan if you haven't done so for long time if you are diagnosed with arthritis or coeliac disease.

 

 

Saturday
Mar232013

Scope Family Fun day 23 March

Today is Scope Family Fun Day at the Collingwood Children's Farm which is a fantastic opportunity to explore it while participating in all the fun activities on offer. Proceeds from the day will support people with a disability.

There will be activities and entertainment on the day to entertain young and old alike, including games, tractor rides, stalls, food and of course, all the animals. Please feel free to bring a picnic rug or chairs to enjoy your lunch on the grass.

Details

When: Saturday, 23rd March 2013

Where: Collingwood Children's Farm
18 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford

Parking: Parking is available on the day for $6 (coins only)

Time: 10am - 2pm

Tickets: $25 Family (2 adults & children)
$10 Adults, $5 Child / Concession

Purchase tickets

To reserve your tickets click here.

Information

For further information please contact us by email events@scopevic.org.au or phone 9843 3061

Friday
Jan182013

FREE DIABETES HEALTHCHECK

Diabetes can affect your body and your health in different ways. There are a number of check-ups you can have every year to make sure that any complications are spotted early, monitored and treated if necessary. This is known as your Diabetes Annual Cycle of Care — which is eligible for Medicare rebate — and is a way for you and your doctor to plan all the health checks and tests you need each year.

How will the Diabetes Annual Cycle of Care help me?

The Diabetes Annual Cycle of Care provides access to health checks including:

  • a comprehensive eye examination
  • testing your kidney function
  • foot examination
  • reviewing all your medicines
  • a review of your diet and physical activity
  • checking your HbA1c, blood pressure, cholesterol and other fat levels.

What should I do?

  • make an appointment with your doctor to plan your Diabetes Annual Cycle of Care
  • ask your doctor how often you should have each test
  • ask your doctor to refer you to a dietician or exercise physiologist for advice about healthy eating and physical activity

Diabetes is best managed and treated with the help of a team of health professionals with a range of expertise. This team may include the following members:

General practitioner also known as doctor

A general practitioner will be responsible for coordinating diabetes education, management and care, and can provide a referral to an appropriate specialist doctor or other health professionals.

Practice nurse

In many practices, a practice nurse will play an important role in establishing, managing and implementing systems for diabetes care.

Pharmacist

A pharmacist can provide information and advice on any of your medicines, including how to take them correctly, possible side effects and medicine interactions, and ways to help you manage your medicines.

Ask your pharmacist about using a Safety Net Card for your prescription medicines. Your pharmacist can also help to check your list of medicines and make sure it is up to date when you change medicines.

If you have diabetes, you may be eligible for a Diabetes MedsCheck, which is fully funded by our Government. This is an opportunity for you to have a private, face-to-face conversation with a pharmacist about your medicines and blood glucose management in a pharmacy. This is different from the Government-funded Home Medicines Review. 

Your doctor can also organise for you to have a Home Medicines Review, where a pharmacist will visit you in your home to discuss your medicines. Some of your medicines may no longer be needed.

*Diabetes educator

Diabetes educators are specially trained people who can provide information about diabetes,dietphysical activity and how to test blood glucose levels, medicines to control diabetesfoot care and any other needs. A general practitioner can refer you to a diabetes educator. For more information, visit the Australian Diabetes Educators Association website, or contact a local community health centre or major hospital, and ask for an appointment with a diabetes educator.

Dietitian

Dietitians play an important role in helping people with newly diagnosed diabetes. A general practitioner can refer you to a dietitian. For some people with type 2 diabetes, lifestyle changes including a healthy dietregular physical activity and weight loss are often enough to control glucose levels without the need for diabetes medicines.

For more information on dietitians, visit the Dieticians Association of Australia website.

Podiatrist

A podiatrist is a health professional specialising in problems with feet, ankles, knees, legs and hips. People with diabetes can experience problems with their feet; for example, wounds that won’t heal. This is because diabetes can affect blood flow to the feet and this reduces the body’s ability to heal foot wounds. Diabetes can also cause damage to nerves in the feet, which means that the ability to feel pain or temperature extremes is reduced, increasing the chance of injury. A general practitioner can refer you to a podiatrist for regular check-ups. Your podiatrist can advise on the best way to care for your feet to reduce the risk of injuries and complications.

The Australasian Podiatry Council can help you find your nearest specialist.

Physiotherapist or exercise physiologist

A physiotherapist or exercise physiologist can work out a personalised physical activity program especially for diabetes. This is particularly helpful for people who are normally relatively inactive and just starting out on an exercise program. A general practitioner can refer you to a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist.

Specialist diabetologist, endocrinologist or paediatrician

A specialist diabetologist or endocrinologist is necessary for anyone with health problems related to their diabetes, and children with diabetes should be referred to a paediatrician. A general practitioner can refer you to a diabetologist, endocrinologist, or a paediatrician.

Ophthalmologist or optometrist

Anyone who has diabetes needs to be regularly checked by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. An annual vision check is recommended. This is because some eye conditions, such as cataracts (clouding in the lens of the eye affecting vision), damage to the retina (diabetic retinopathy), and glaucoma, are more common in people with diabetes. This way, any problems with vision can be picked up and treated if they are identified early. A general practitioner can refer you to an ophthalmologist or optometrist. All Australians (including people with diabetes) can have a Medicare-funded vision check by an optometrist once every 2 years, with or without a doctor’s referral.

Dentist

Dental problems are common in people with diabetes, so anyone with diabetes needs to see a dentist regularly (e.g. once every year).

Psychologist, social worker or counsellor

Some people with diabetes may find that they need the support of a psychologist, social worker or counsellor. A general practitioner can refer you so that you can get the help you need.

For more information, watch the video below to find out more about how your health professional support team can help you manage your diabetes.

Register with the National Diabetes Services Scheme

The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) can provide diabetes-related blood glucose monitoring equipment at subsidised/discounted prices, and provides information and support on a range of topics. Registration is free. Ring them on 1300 136 588 (via NRS) or visit www.ndss.com.au.

Friday
Jan182013

LISTERIA OUTBREAK - JINDI CHEESE PRODUCTS RECALL

PRODUCT RECALL
Listeria warning!

JINDI Cheese Company - ALL CHEESES from all batches manufactured up until January 7, 2013. 

Click here for the full product list athttp://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/news/alerts-recalls/product-recall-jindi-cheeses/#.UPk9dTkWElK .


The NSW Food Authority reports today (18 January 2013):

An ongoing national investigation has linked a further seven cases of listeria to soft cheeses. There are now 18 cases of listeria infection nationally, and a link to batches of Jindi manufactured cheeses sold at delicatessens and supermarkets has been identified.

The Jindi Cheese company is now voluntarily recalling its cheeses from all batches it manufactured up until January 7.

Dr Lisa Szabo, Chief Scientist, NSW Food Authority, advised that affected Jindi cheeses should either be discarded or returned to the retailer for a refund. There are a number of brand names included in the recall. Consumers should check the list of products or call the Jindi helpline on 1800 680 175.

Professor Wayne Smith, Acting Director of Health Protection, NSW Health, advises that the recalled Jindi foods should not be consumed.

Eight cases of listeria have been identified in Victoria, six in NSW, two in Queensland and single cases in Tasmania and Western Australia. Two people – a Victorian man, 84, and a Tasmanian man, 44, have died of listeria infection, and a NSW woman miscarried.

Professor Lynn Gilbert, Clinical Lead, Infection Prevention and Control, Western Sydney Local Health District, said that at risk groups should be aware that some foods are potentially harmful to them.

"Pregnant women, and the elderly, in particular need to aware of this recall. Sadly, a woman in NSW has miscarried after contracting listeria," said Prof Gilbert.

"Listeria is a bacteria that can affect a range of food products, particularly soft cheeses such as camembert and brie, despite strict hygiene and manufacturing controls," Prof Gilbert said.

For further information regarding this recall please visit the NSW Food Authority website.

Monday
Jan142013

Becareful about QuickTrim if you are on certain medications.

One of my New Years' Resolutions was to lose 10kg and that led me to go down to a local pharmacy and look at some weight loss products to help me lose some weight. I came across QuickTrim with a picture of Kim Kardashian on it and I decided to do some research on its ingredients and whether its effective as a weight loss supplement before buying and I came across this great website called  QuickTrim Research Based Weight Loss Review on http://supplement-geek.com/quicktrim-weight-loss-review-kim-kardashian-side-effects/ .

It pointed out a lot of misspellings with their ingredient names and also the potential to interact with people's medicines who are on certain blood thinning medications such as Resveratrol which is one of the compounds of Polygonum cuspidatum and it has blood thinner effects so in theory it may interact with other blood thinning medications and Polygonum Cuspidatum seems to have some estrogen-lke activity so women with a history of breast cancer or other cancers should see their doctor first.

Another ingredient of interest is the White Willow Bark which is basically aspirin and aspirin can thin the blood too so it may affect your blood thinning medications too and also care is needed if you have kidney problems too.

Another ingredient Banaba leaf extract (misspelled as bnaba on its website label) was shown to potentially lower blood sugar in mice in a couple of studies with type 2 diabetes and so in theory it might interact with diabetes medicines and supplements that affect blood sugar.

Another ingredient Mucuna Pruriens (or Cowhage) contains levodopa (or L-dopa) which is used to treat Parkinson's disease and in high levels L-dopa may lower blood pressure and reduce blood sugar levels. So speak to your doctor if you have any mental illness first before using as L dopa is a brain chemical.

Another ingredient worth mentioning is Sclareolide (or clary sage) has some antidepressant effects in rats but unsure in humans however its hard to say if its safe so speak to your doctor first if you are taking antidepressants or sleeping medications.

And lastly Acetyl-L-carnitine which is a popular ingredient in weight loss supplements as it moves the fat to the mitochondria (a part of the cell) where the fat is burned for fuel. But it can cause several drug interactions including blood thinners as well as those on thyroid supplements or has hypothyroidism (low in thyroid hormone) as more than 1 study has showed that carnitine inhibits thyroid hormones and that can lead to weight gain. In theory it can cause seizures in people with history of seizures or interact with their seizure medications.

So what do you all think about that? We need to research our products more before buying.

The weight loss industry is a multibillion industry by putting in ingredients that are not well researched and not as beneficial for us. Before Kim Kardashian's wedding she has TWO personal trainers so QuickTrim is not really as effective as she says (but to be honest we all know she says it as she endorses them). 

Tuesday
Jan082013

Recall of Asmol and Ventolin inhalers

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Alphapharm, in consultation with the Therapeutic Goods Administration, are recalling several batches of Ventolin and Asmol inhalers due to a fault in the delivery mechanism of a small number of inhalers within each batch. This can lead to less than the full dose being delivered for each puff. The only batches affected are as follows: Ventolin Batch numbers KN7170, KN7173, KN7178, and KN7179 Asmol Batch Numbers KL6790, KL6795, KL6796, KL6797, KL6798, and KL6799 So if you have an inhaler with the batch number listed above you can return it to your pharmacy for replacement of a different batch if available. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.