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Training isn't exactly in short supply in hospital staff. After all, it takes at least five years to obtain a degree and become a junior doctor. Then your entire time in a hospital is spent learning the tricks of your trade from older and more experienced professionals.

However, it's important to spend time outside of your place of work to amass training opportunities.

The reasons for this are simple “ a new type of training can help you gain a fresh perspective on your industry, provide you with a diverse range of skills, allow you to network within a different organisation and get used to practicing in other environments.

With that in mind, we've put together a few training tips for medical professionals “ they'll help you become better doctors and could even point the way to a new career path.

Distance learning

It's a known fact that junior doctors are overworked “ it's why there was a glut of protests from them two years ago.

This can make it difficult to find the time to pursue further qualifications or, in some cases, even maintain a hobby.

Enter distance learning, which can help you obtain an MSc Healthcare Management while you work.

The benefits of distance learning are simple. You'll be able to work on your laptop, whenever and wherever you like. That means you can cram for a module on your lunchbreak or burn the midnight oil at home.

An extra qualification will give you an edge when it comes to applying for a top job, letting you stand out from the clamour of other junior doctors.

Botox treatments

Regular pension freezes from the NHS are a sure-fire way to repel doctors from it as an institution.

Where are they yearning to practice their skills without unreasonable interference from middle management?

Many are flocking to the cosmetic surgery industry, where they're given a greater degree of autonomy in their working practices.

That means working when you want and in the manner you see fit, with increased contact time between patients and doctors.

If you want to start small, we'd recommend taking a Botox treatment course from a training provider like MATA. They're specially designed for doctors, dentists and pharmacists.

Your reward? Play your cards right and you might just make £2500 a day for your troubles. Not a bad wage by any means.

Healthcare conferences

There are fewer better ways to gain a breadth of experience than at a conference on healthcare. A huge variety of conferences are on offer across the UK “ all you have to do is Google them.

Depending on the conference you choose, you'll find a huge number of speakers with interesting ideas on the development of the healthcare industry. Who knows? You might even meet a great new contact during a networking portion of the day.

That's our list! Can you think of any other ideal training opportunities for doctors? Then let us know in the comments below!

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Although the lower back is a very flexible part of our body, it is also susceptible to injuries while playing games, doing daily routine work, accident, fall, etc. Moreover, many nerves travel from the brain to the lower back; therefore, it is essential to protect this body part from an accident. In this article, we are going to share with you some of the tips that can help you prevent the damage to your lower back.

1.    Exercise Your Core

Strong muscles at the lower back are crucial if a person wants to avoid any injury to the back. Other than improving the strength of muscles, exercise also allow oxygen and blood to flow through the spine. In this way, the cardiovascular exercises help in bringing essential nutrients and water to hydrate nerve tissues. Even simple exercise that just increases your heart rate is enough for this purpose.

If you feel that it is not easy for you to do regular exercise, and then you must adopt tactics to overcome this problem, such as start walking with friends, climb stairs three times daily, etc. By setting such minimal targets, you will be able to achieve bigger targets in the future.

2.    Lift Heavy Objects Correctly

This is the most important thing that many people ignore in their daily activities is that they never care about how they are lifting the weight. No matter if you are going to carry the log of wood or a big bundle of books if you know how to carry it on your shoulders rightfully, you are safe.

If you do not know that thick, then learn about it immediately. For instance, if you get an injury during a road trip, you can consult an auto injuries center to get your spine and muscles back to their natural position and condition. Similarly, you can keep your spine in the right position by merely carefully holding weight.

 

3.    Improve Your Overall Physical Health

Your spine is that part of the body that reflects the health of your body because if it is not exceptional, you are probably not even going to stand and do anything. So, it is essential that you maintain a good overall physical health of your body, including your spine.

Some people think that the maintenance of good physical health requires only regular exercise, but it also requires lots of water and fruits. Moreover, you have to quit smoking, alcohol consumption and junk food intake. Only then you will be able to maintain a high physical health condition.

These are some of the top tips that every person could easily follow to improve the overall health of the spine that will prevent any damage to its stability and strength. In case you get into any back pain trouble, try to consult a right injury center for your treatment. Sometimes quacks aggravate the already bad condition of the spine. So, always consult professionals for your spine treatment.

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Are you an older adult experiencing loneliness? Turns out, it's not just you. New survey results from AARP reveal that roughly 1 in 3 U.S. adults over the age of 45 is lonely. That statistic equates tens of millions of adults who feel a lack of connection, companionship, and engagement with other people.

 

While loneliness might seem like a fleeting or intermittent issue, the truth is that loneliness has been linked to poor health outcomes and increased risk for conditions like high blood pressure, obesity, depression, cardiovascular and immune system problems, and even Alzheimer's.

 

Even if you are frequently amidst other people like co-workers or parents you care for, loneliness can still feel pervasive. Rather than being the physical embodiment of solitude, loneliness should be expressed more as a state of mind – feeling alone, disconnected, or isolated.

 

So what can older adults do to combat loneliness and improve their own mental and physical wellbeing? Don't miss these essential tips:

 

Join a club – it might feel like going back to school, but joining a club in your community that aligns with your interests and values could do wonders for your social engagement. You can find a range of groups near you with sites like Meetup.com that get together for all kinds of activities – cycling, reading books, politics, hiking, you name it.

 

Volunteer – serving in your community isn't just a great way to give back and feel purposeful, it's also great for your health and a prime avenue for connecting with other people who share similar interests with you. Look for volunteer opportunities near you with search tools at CreatetheGood.org or VolunteerMatch.org.

 

Seek caregiver support – data shows that caregivers are more likely to experience loneliness than non-caregivers so if you are taking care of a family member, even just a few hours a week, seek support from local and online groups, i.e. respite services, adult day-care programs, online support forums, etc.

 

Participate in group exercise – exercise in itself will play a key role in helping you maintain good health as you age, but group exercise classes can go even further in that they foster a positive social setting for you to engage with other people looking to boost their health too. Look at your local gym, senior center, or boutique fitness studio for classes that might interest you.

 

Get to know your neighbors – social cohesion on a neighborhood level has been associated with lower mortality rates and better overall health. Community development these days, however, doesn't facilitate neighborly interaction like it once did and this could be key to fighting loneliness. Learn your neighbors' names, say hi to them on the street, offer help and support in times of trouble, and ultimately do your brain and heart good.

 

Stay mobile – one of the leading predictors for social isolation and loneliness is immobility. Not only do mobility problems inhibit your ability to get around, but they can result in fewer friends asking you to go out and inhibit your exercise capabilities. Utilizing aids like walkers and scooters for those with impaired mobility can empower you to keep moving, get out of the house, and participate in activities that you might otherwise not have.

 

Try social media – if you haven't already, joining a social media platform could be the bridge you need to engage with other people and fight loneliness. Not only can you share experiences, view pictures, and message family and friends, but you can find support groups on Facebook, take part in chat parties on twitter, and more. Some people have reported experiencing more stress because of social media (due in part to the 24/7 news cycle that is ever-present), so be choosy about what you view and who and what you connect with.

 

Travel to the country – a growing body of research suggests that urban dwelling can actually precipitate feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression compared to rural living. Even though you're surrounded by people when you live in a large city, the social stress can take its toll and loneliness can feel even greater. When possible, head out into nature, into the country or a more rural setting whether it's for a weekend or even a longer move.

 

Learn something new – learning a new skill or taking an educational class as an older adult can go a long way towards warding off cognitive decline and combating feelings of loneliness. Whether you are learning about art history or taking up a new instrument, connecting with a teacher or other students, not to mention giving yourself more confidence, can do wonders for your emotional health.

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Medicare is often overwhelming for people who are new to it and trying to learn the basics. It has rules apply differently to individuals depending on what type of circumstance they have.

However, there are a few things about Medicare that every beneficiary should know, and we've included them here.

1. Your Initial Enrollment Period Begins 3 Months Before Your 65th Birthday Month

You'll need to know when your initial enrollment period begins and ends to ensure you enroll on time. Your initial enrollment period is a 7-month period that begins lasts during the three months before your birthday month all the way until the third month after your birthday.

For example, if your birthday is in April, your initial enrollment period will begin in January and end in July. We recommend that you enroll during the first three months of your initial enrollment period though unless you are still working and have other creditable coverage. If you enroll in the latter part of your initial enrollment window, you will have delayed coverage for your Medicare.

2. If You Have Creditable Coverage, You Can Delay Enrolling in Medicare

The most common form of creditable coverage is large employer group coverage. If you work for a company that has more than 20 employees, you can delay enrolling in Medicare without penalty. This will save you the premiums that would spend on Parts B and D.

Most people still enroll in Part A, however, since they usually get premium-free Part A. It doesn't cost you anything and could reduce your expenses in the event of a hospital stay. Also, keep in mind, that you will have to prove to the Social Security office that you have creditable coverage during the time you went without Medicare. Be sure to keep your creditable coverage letter from the insurance company as proof of your coverage.

3. If Your Doctor Accepts Medicare, They Accept Your Medigap Plan

Medigap plans do not have networks. Therefore, you do not need to ask if your doctor accepts your particular carrier. You simply need to ask if they accept Medicare. If they do, then you can use your Medigap plan as well.

Your doctor will bill Medicare and then Medicare will bill your Medigap plan. The only time you need to ask your doctor if they accept your particular plan is if you have a Medicare Advantage plan.

4. Medigap Plan F Will Be Discontinued in 2020

As many people have learned, Medigap Plan F will be discontinued as of 2020. Plan F will still be available to beneficiaries who had Medicare prior to the year 2020. Medigap Plan F will only not be available to new Medicare enrollees in 2020.

It has been assumed that Plan F's premium will increase at a faster rate than other Medigap plans after 2020. Only time will tell If you are interested in changing Medigap plans before that happens, you can certainly apply to change your Medigap plan. Changing carriers usually involves health questions though. Your Medicare insurance broker can walk you through these to see if you are likely to pass underwriting.

5. You Still Have to Pay Your Part B Premium Even If You Have a Medicare Plan

Yes, Medicare Advantage plans do take over your Part A and Part B care. However, you must continue to pay your Original Medicare premiums. Many people assume that if they enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan they will be exempt from Part B, and this is just not the case.

In order to have a Medicare Advantage plan or a Medigap plan, you must be actively enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B and paying your Part B premiums.

6. The Annual Election Period is for Medicare Advantage and Part D

Many people think that the Annual Election Period (AEP) is for every part of Medicare. The AEP is only meant to change your Medicare Advantage or your Part D drug plan.

The AEP is not a time when you can enroll in a Medigap plan without answering health questions. Unlike Medicare Advantage and Part D plans, you can switch Medigap plans any time of the year as long as you can pass the underwriting to do so.

7. You Still Qualify for Medicare at 65 If You Didn't Work

Just because you didn't meet the minimum work quarters for premium-free Part A, doesn't mean that you can't have Medicare at all. Any American who is either 65 an older or is under 65 and disabled, qualifies for Medicare. You can contact Social Security to find out how much it would cost to purchase Part A based on the number of work quarters you do have.

In order to qualify for premium-free Part A, you must have worked at least 40 quarters in the U.S. However, you can qualify through your spouse if they meet the requirement and you don't.

In Conclusion

If you didn't know these important facts, you could end up having a rather difficult time with Medicare. You also need to remember that not everyone's Medicare situation is the same.

In addition to learning these key points about Medicare, you should research your particular circumstance. Talking to an expert who specializes in Medicare insurance can be helpful.

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Doctors, therapists, and clinical psychologists are fast becoming aware of the role that sleep plays in our lives. In the past, medical professionals failed the recognize the critical nature of sleeping and how it influences or physiological and psychological state.

Individuals that receive less than 8-hours of quality sleep every night expose their health to a variety of diseases and disorders. A lack of sufficient sleep on a regular basis leads to the onset of anxiety disorder, depression, and even heart attack.

Are you getting enough sleep? Here are a few health benefits of sleep. After you're done reading through them, you might want to go to bed early this evening.

 

Reduce Inflammation

When we don't get enough sleep, the body releases the stress hormone cortisol. The adrenal glands are two bean-shaped glands on top of the kidneys. They control the production of adrenaline like hormones and cortisol. When we're feeling stressed, they produce an excess of cortisol.

If left untreated, excess cortisol in the blood leads to the development of an auto-immune disease known as adrenal fatigue. In this state, we feel exhausted, but our body can't fall asleep no matter how hard we try.

Sleeping for the recommended 8-hours a night keeps cortisol at bay and reduces the amount of inflammation in our body. Systemic inflammation is responsible for every disease and disorder that the body experiences. If we can keep inflammation under control, we experience better physical and mental health.

 

Eliminate Stress

When we sleep, the brain clear toxins and stressors from neural pathways. This process allows us to remain stress-free and happy. If we don't get enough sleep, our brain builds up these environmental toxins, resulting in feelings of fatigue that leave us feeling exhausted all day long.

If we continue to experience sleep deprivation, we will eventually slip into a state of poor mental health. Depression, anxiety, and feelings of malaise overcome our consciousness. When we return to a sustainable sleeping schedule, these symptoms of ill-mental health will dissipate, and we'll return to a healthy state of mind.

 

Keep Your Heart Healthy

Maintaining a sufficient sleep schedule is essential for optimal cardiovascular health. Sleeping relaxes blood vessels and reduces blood pressure. Overnight our readings for blood glucose and blood pressure return to baseline levels as our bodies unwind from the stress of the day.

 

People that don't receive enough sleep are more likely to develop the symptoms of cardiovascular issues, such as coronary arterial disease. If sleep deprivation persists, they're likely to eventually experience a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack.

 

Maintain Healthy Bodyweight

A lack of sleep can lead to a hormonal imbalance. Not only does this occur in the adrenal glands, but it can also affect the hunger hormones as well. Leptin and ghrelin are hormones responsible for regulating our need to eat.

People that consistently receive insufficient sleep may experience a hormonal imbalance. Ghrelin overcomes leptin production, encouraging the need to binge eat.

 

Wrapping Up “ Adjust Your Sleep Hygiene

If you experience poor sleep, it may be time to adjust your sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene refers to the habits we have concerning our sleep cycle. It's important to avoid stimulants like coffee and energy drinks after midday as they may keep you awake at night. Eat early. Consuming a heavy meal before you go to bed will draw blood to your stomach to aid in digestion. This situation makes it hard for your brain to receive the blood flow it needs to fall asleep.

Assess your sleep environment and ensure you're blocking out all light sources from entering your bedroom. Try techniques like using a sleep mask to ensure your brain isn't disturbed by artificial light sources that disturb your sleep. Give a few of these strategies a try and note the differences they make in your sleep.

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Laser liposuction has been steadily growing in popularity as a fat removal method. Traditional surgical liposuction was used prior to the introduction of laser liposuction to achieve similar results. Now, with new advances in laser technology, liposuction is now a much safer cosmetic procedure. However, before deciding to have laser liposuction done, it is important to discuss some of the pros and cons of the procedure.

 

Pros of Laser Liposuction

 

  1. FDA Approval

 

The fact that laser liposuction is FDA approved is probably one of its greatest advantages. It means that the procedure is considered safe for use in minimally overweight patients. It doesn't mean that laser liposuction is without risks, but it means that those risk have been tested and found to be either inconsequential or minimal. FDA approval also means that the laser liposuction procedures have been tested and analyzed.

 

  1. Reduced Scarring

 

The main purpose of using laser liposuction is usually cosmetic, which means that traditional surgical procedures that result in excessive scarring are usually disappointing to patients. However, laser liposuction reduced the possibility of scarring significantly. Laser technology is used for the procedure, which means that the incision is just large enough to insert the laser tool. It isn't a standard surgical incision, which means that even if scarring were to occur, it would probably not interfere with cosmetic appearance.

 

  1. Minimally Invasive

 

According Infini Liposuction Specialty Clinic, laser liposuction is regarded as a minimally invasive procedure. It is recognized as minimally invasive since it doesn't employ the standard surgical procedures. Standard surgical techniques usually require general anesthesia, which carries risks of its own, but laser liposuction just requires local anesthetic to the treatment area. This helps remove all the risk factors associated with general anesthesia.

 

  1. No Downtime

 

Traditional surgical liposuction typically comprises general anesthesia, hospital admission, as well as limited activity for between 2 and 3 weeks after the procedure. However, with laser liposuction, patients can resume their normal activities within just 2to 3 hours. Since it uses local anesthesia, patients are alert and awake while the procedure is underway and no hospital admission is required. It is not considered an invasive procedure, which means that patients aren't usually restricted from activities after the procedure.

 

Cons of Laser Liposuction

 

  1. Cost

 

There's a price tag associated with laser liposuction as with any cosmetic procedure. While laser liposuction is generally cheaper than traditional liposuction, it is still somewhat costly and insurance providers rarely pay for it. Laser liposuction costs between $1,500 and $6,000 on average, but several factors may cause this amount to increase, such as the amount of fat to be removed, the part of the body being treated, geographic location, and any existing health conditions.

 

$4,500 is the average cost for laser liposuction on the upper abdomen, which is the most common. If you combine that with the average $3,500 for the lower abdomen, and the average cost for abdominal laser liposuction is about $8,000.

 

  1. Burning

 

The burning sensation is the other disadvantage of laser liposuction you should consider. Since laser technology is used for burning away the fat, the vast majority of patients report experiencing a burning sensation. While this can be painful, it is a greater concern when laser liposuction is used on large areas of the body. If large areas of the body are treated, fat is exposed to the laser for extended periods, which often results in side effects associated with prolonged pain and burning.

Prescription medication can help provide an easy solution to a complicated health problem, but if not taken properly, it can do more harm than good. So much power can lie within one little pill, making it crucial to do what you can to harness that power and use it to your health’s benefit.

Be Clear with Your Doctor

One of the first tips for taking your medication safely is something that you need to do before your doctor even writes the prescription. It is critical that you be upfront with your doctor about everything from what medications and vitamins you take to any allergies or lifestyle habits that may affect your health. Prescription medication can have some very serious side effects and interactions, which is why transparency is crucial. Tell your doctor what medications you currently take (whether prescription or over-the-counter drugs) and disclose any vitamins you take. Disclose any eye drops or clinical lotions you use, as well as things like CBD oil.

If you have any allergies, bring those to your doctor’s attention as well. Don’t assume that they are listed in your chart and already taken into account. It is all too easy for charted details to be overlooked while juggling a busy day of seeing patients. Certain diet restrictions can also cause interactions with medication, so disclose those to your physician as well.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive. Some medications are not recommended to new or expectant mothers as they can affect the baby.

If you have financial concerns about your medication needs, discuss those with your doctor as well. There may be someone in the practice who can help advise you on more affordable health insurance options or the doctor may have some samples of the medication to for you to start with to make sure that it will work for you before you need to pay for a full prescription.

Make Sure You Understand the Basics

You should be crystal clear about what the medication is going to do for you. Take notes during your doctor visit to ensure you understand what the medication is, why you need to take it, the dosage instructions, potential side effects, negative effects that you should consult your physician about, and how you should expect to feel when the medication is working. Before leaving the doctor’s office, you should fully understand what the medication is, why you need this specific one and how it will work in your body.

Keep taking notes after taking the medication too. Note any side effects you feel, whether bad or good, as well as any potential interactions you may notice with certain foods you eat or other medication that you take.

Create a Spreadsheet

Whether you are prescribed one medication or a whole pharmaceutical cocktail, keeping it all organized is crucial. One of the easiest ways to do this is by creating a spreadsheet. Use a cloud-based program like Google Sheets so that you can have easy access to your comprehensive list of medication from wherever you are, whenever you need it. The spreadsheet should include the name of the medication, whether you need the brand name or a generic version, a brief description of its purpose, side effects to watch for, dosage instructions, whether you need to take it with food or on an empty stomach and anything that you need to avoid when taking it, such as alcohol or strenuous exercise.

Print the spreadsheet and bring it to your doctor visits, especially if you will be seeing a new physician, to help avoid any negative drug interactions.

Don’t Miss a Dose

The key to getting the most out of your medication is taking it. This is often easier said than done, especially when you are first prescribed something, before taking it has become a habit. Keep your pills organized with a days of the week pill case so that you can have everything handy without having to rifle through each bottle. This is especially helpful when traveling or if you need to take medication while at work.

Make it easier than ever to get reminders by using a medication management app like Medisafe or MyMeds. Simply enter in your medication details and dosage instructions and you can get push notifications to your smartphone to help you adhere to the proper schedule.

While taking a pill for your ailment may seem like a quick fix, there is still necessary due diligence and work that you need to do to get the most out of it. By being upfront with your doctor about your needs, clarifying all of the details about the medication, using a spreadsheet to track your meds and staying organized day-to-day with a medication management app and weekly pill box, you can do your part to help your prescription medication to be as effective as possible for you.

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Want to quit but don't have enough motivations to do so? Smoking currently kills more than 480,000 people per year in the United States alone, 41,000 of which is due to second-hand exposure to cigarettes. Quitting smoking is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones around you.

 

Quitting sooner is much better than later, instead of going cold-turkey on your cigarettes and crawling back to them after a few days or weeks, try a more efficient approach.

 

What Quitting can do for your Health:

 

  • After 20 minutes of quitting: your heart rate and blood pressure drop
  • 12 hours of quitting: Carbon monoxide levels drop in the bloodstream
  • 2 weeks “ 3 Months of quitting: Lung function improves, circulation improves, and the risk of a heart attack begins to drop
  • 1-9 months of quitting: Easier to breathe and less coughing
  • 2-5 years of quitting: Risks of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder are halved, and the risk of a stroke is equal to that of a non-smoker
  • 10 years of quitting: Risk of dying from lung cancer is cut in half and the risk of kidney or pancreatic cancer is decreased

 

Still not convinced? Don't worry, we are here to give you 6 more reasons to quit smoking now.

 

6 reasons why you should quit smoking now:

 

  1. Shortens Life Span and Piles Up Medical bills: – Quitting smoking is like gaining a new lease on life. Smoking is literally the most negative thing you can do to your body every day. It damages nearly every organ in your body.

About 50% of smokers who continue smoking, die with a disease caused by it. Smoking is linked to about 15 different forms of cancer.

Male smokers lose about 13.2 years of their life, while woman smokers lose about 14 and a half years of their life, and the last thing you want to talk about is medical debt due to being hospitalized because of acquiring diseases caused by smoking.  Most probably, you'd want to avoid this topic in the future, but addressing it is the best way to handle the debt as per this article, https://www.crediful.com/medical-debt/.  

 

Therefore, if you don't stop smoking, you have no choice but to face serious diseases and huge medical debts.

 

  1. Makes You Inhale lots of germs: – According to new researches, cigarettes are crawling with germs, so every time you inhale smoke from a cigarette, you inhale a lot of germs as well. Those germs can make you sick, and it's gross!
  2. Decreases bone density: – For every 10 years of smoking, women have found to lose 2.3-3.3 percentage of the bone mineral density. For postmenopausal women, the effects are even worse.
  3. Increases chances of getting Tuberculosis: – According to the latest researches, if someone was treated for tuberculosis in the past, then their chances of getting it again doubles. It also increases your chances to die from colorectal cancer.
  4. Increases chances of Crohn's disease: – As per the latest studies, smokers are about 4 times more prone to catching Crohn's disease than that of non-smokers. Crohn's disease can be extremely painful, it causes frequent diarrhea, and can even require intestinal surgery to be treated.
  5. Makes you perform bad in the bedroom: – One of the side-effects of smoking is that it reduces the circulation of blood in your body which will cause less blood flow to your genitals. This will make sexual arousal for both women and men difficult.

Conclusion: –

These are the reasons why you should stop smoking. We hope you won't need any further reasons to quit this bad habit.

There are more than 70 chemicals in cigarettes that can cause cancer. Thus, stop smoking today!

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What is Cetirizine?

Cetirizine is a drug, which is generally used to treat the allergic reactions occurred in the human body. The drug is India could be bought over the counter from a pharmacy centre. It means that its buyers do not need to produce a prescription written by some medical practitioner or physician.

The drug is available in the tablet, capsule and syrup forms. The generic prescribed dosage of this medicine is one unit (tablet or capsule) per day for an individual with normal health conditions. The physician may, however, alter this dosage based on the medical factors associated with the patient or the severity of the persisting symptoms.

The action of this medicine is quicker, and it starts producing its desired effect within a couple of hours of consuming the same. Cetirizine is an inexpensive and generic drug. A healthy individual would not observe any major or complicated side effects by consuming it in the prescribed dosage.

Uses and Efficacy of Cetirizine

The drug is generally used for treating the symptoms of seasonal allergic reactions in the human body. Some of those include cold, cough and even fever. Additionally, the skin specialists also prescribe it for the patients suffering from mild skin allergy caused by various reasons.

Apart from these, cetirizine could also reduce the symptoms occurred due to a small insect bite (like a wasp or a honeybee). Note that this medicine is used only to relieve the patient from the symptoms of such allergies. It could not be used for preventing from or healing the infection itself.

Whenever a person comes in contact of allergens, by touching or inhaling plant pollens, mold or pets, the immune system of the body produces a resisting chemical known as histamine. The various symptoms of the allergic reactions are caused due to the massive production of histamine in the body.

Such symptoms include irritation or inflammation in the sinuses, nose, throat, skin and the respiratory system. Cetirizine, being an anti-histamine, limits the production of histamine in the human body and reduces the associated symptoms. It is a highly efficient drug for treating allergies in the individuals of almost all age groups, including the children above two years of age.

Following are the allergic symptoms, which could be prevented effectively by cetirizine:

  • Sneezes
  • Running and itching nose
  • Watering or itching of eyes
  • Throat soaring
  • Rashes over the skin
  • Itching over any part of the body
  • Swelling caused by the bite of a small insect

Is it Safe for the Children to Consume Cetirizine?

Whenever we hear about any useful medicine, the first question arising in our mind is if it is safe for children and pregnant women. Cetirizine, being a powerful antiallergic, is prescribed by the paediatricians for the children above two years of age. For the children, the medicine is formulized in the syrup form of multiple flavours, so that they could like its taste and consume easily

The children above the age of six years, along with the adults, are prescribed the capsule or tablet form of the medicine. To answer the lead question, the medicine is safe to be consumed by individuals of all age groups above two years of age, if consumed within the prescribed limits. The children above six years of age can safely consume 10 milligrams (mg) of the chemical in a day.

The physician may also prescribe a normal patient to consume two 5 mg dosages within a day, if needed. The children between two to six years of age are prescribed a lower dosage. However, paediatricians avoid prescribing the cetirizine-based medicines to the infants below two years of age.

Although, the medicine is available over the counter at the chemist shops, the following patients must consult with a medical practitioner before consuming any dosage:

  • Elderly individuals above 65 years of age
  • Children between 2 to 6 years of age
  • Patients of liver diseases
  • Patients of kidney diseases
  • Individuals allergic to the cetirizine salt

What are the Probable Side Effects of Cetirizine?

It is a prior myth of most of us that every antiallergic drug causes intense drowsiness and other side effects such as blurred vision, dry mouth and overheating sensation in the body. Cetirizine, being a new second-generation anti-histamine drug, is lesser likely to cause such side effects.

However, overdose or even the normal dose of this medicine consumed by the individuals with a weaker immune system may observe one or more of the following side effects:

  • Lethargy or tiredness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Mind to severe stomach pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea or vomiting

Make sure you stick to the dosage prescribed by the physician, irrespective of the severity of your allergy. In case any of these side effects are observed, you should consult with your physician at the earliest.

What Precautions Should You Take While Consuming Cetirizine?

Although cetirizine causes minimal side effects as compared to the traditional anti-allergic medicines. However, the individuals consuming it may observe mild to moderate side effects like drowsiness, lethargy and nausea based on certain conditions. This way, it becomes necessary for them to follow certain precautions to avoid any probable complication. Some of those are discussed below.

1- Be Cautious When Working on Machinery

Since consuming cetirizine may cause drowsiness and lethargy, those individuals who are required to work on some machinery, must be a little more cautious to avoid any accident. Especially with the first few doses, the side effects may be observed more. If that is a case, avoid working on the machinery for that period. Additionally, avoid driving a vehicle if you observe lethargy in your body.

2- Discuss Your Medical History with Your Medical Practitioner

It is often seen that many individuals do not bother about the medicines that their doctor prescribe to them. They simply handover the prescription to the chemist and get the medicines for consuming, as suggested. The best rule while getting any treatment from your physician is to disclose about all the drugs with which your body is allergic.

You must maintain a list of such drugs through your observations from the previous treatments and retain in your medical file. In case you are allergic to cetirizine, the doctor would not prescribe you the same for the treatment of any kind of allergic reaction. In such a case, you would be prescribed to consume some other anti-histamine medicines, like those containing hydroxyzine.

3- Avoid Consuming It During Breastfeeding or Pregnancy

In case you are planning a pregnancy, are pregnant, or breastfeeding your infant, you should inform your doctor before undergoing any treatment. Cetirizine is generally not considered to be safe for the foetus or the infants below two years of age. Even through breastfeeding, the extract of every diet of the mother is consumed by the baby through the breast milk.

4- Inform the Doctor if you have Liver, Kidney or Other Diseases

The patients of kidney or liver diseases may observe certain adverse effects in their body while consuming this drug. If you suffer from any of those, it is good to inform your doctor during your visit. If required, the doctor may prescribe a lower dosage or some safer substitute for treating your allergic reaction.

Additionally, the patients suffering one of the following medical conditions must inform their doctor before getting the medication:

  • Heart diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Hyper or hypo thyroid
  • Glaucoma
  • Enlarged prostate along with urinary retention
  • High blood pressure

 

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5- Avoid Alcohol and Interacting Drugs While Consuming Cetirizine

There are certain substances and drugs, which may cause severe side effects on the human body while interacting with cetirizine. For instance, in case the individuals consuming this drug consume alcohol in between, they may observe over-drowsiness or loss of consciousness for a considerable period.

Additionally, the individuals consuming sedatives, tranquilizers, sleep aid medicines, and other drugs treating anxiety and other medicines for psychiatric or asthmatic disorders, may observe severe side effects on consuming cetirizine alongside. The interaction of this drug with several other substances or medicines may directly impact your central nervous system, which may further intensify sedation.

Cetirizine Brand Names in India

As you know, for every drug, there could be lots many seller brands available in every country. Likewise, cetirizine is also available with multiple names in India. Some of those are listed below:

  • Alerbloc tablet
  • Alerbloc syrup
  • Arizine tablet
  • Cet-hl tablet
  • Cetgel cap
  • Ceticad tablet
  • Cetnac tablet
  • Cetpark tablet
  • Cetrine syrup
  • Claritec tablet
  • Cope tablet
  • Coszin tablet
  • Coszin syrup
  • Ekon-dt tablet
  • Embargo tablet
  • Etric-dt tablet
  • Fomicet tablet
  • Fulday tablet
  • Hicet tablet
  • Hisnofil tablet
  • Ifycet-dt tablet
  • Jocet tablet
  • Oncet tablet
  • Rinitrin tablet
  • Sancet tablet
  • Sizon tablet
  • Sizon forte tablet
  • Sizon-5 tablet
  • Tancet-10 tablet
  • Tancet syrup
  • Troz-10 tablet
  • Zetop tablet
  • Zirtin tablet
  • Zolase syrup
  • Zyncet tablet
  • Zyncet syrup

Summary

Cetirizine is a safer drug, which could be consumed by almost all the individuals with age above two years. It is used for the treatment of numerous allergic reactions. Although the drug is available at the chemist shops over the counter, but it is recommended to discuss with your doctor about all your medical conditions before consuming it.

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Do you want to know how to execute Marchman Act? If this is the case, you can find a lot of useful info about it online. You might be in the process of looking for a rehab facility for a loved one who has been battling with drug or alcohol addiction for a very long time. If this is the case, you need to know the right way to go about your search. There are many critical pieces of info that you need to obtain prior to deciding which rehab facility is ideal for your loved one to receive treatment at. Knowing the right questions to ask will allow you to weed out the lesser rehab facilities and narrow down your search. Here is what you will need to ask the rehab facilities that you decide to get in touch with.

1. How many patients and staff members do you have in the facility at any given time?

This is a very crucial question that many people fail to ask. It is important because you should always avoid rehab facilities that have too many patients and not enough staff members to care for them adequately. This is a big problem at rehab facilities around the country. They will allow more patients to check into the facility than they can adequately care for because they want to make as much money as possible. Going to rehab is not cheap. You need to be sure that your loved one is getting the quality of care that he or she is paying for. Therefore, you need to verify exactly how many patients there will be and how many staff members will be available to take care of them.

2. What does your treatment consist of?

Every drug and alcohol rehab facility is run differently. Therefore, it would be a good idea to call each facility you are interested in and find out the schedule of their program. Basically, you will be trying to determine all of the various aspects of treatment that the rehab facility will offer to the patients who decide to go there. This will give you a better feel for the quality of treatment that they will be able to provide to your loved one. You might also want to find out how to file Marchman Act if you think it will be necessary to do so.

3. Do patients get to have their own room?

This is an issue that might matter a lot to your loved one who will be going to rehab. It is a standard practice in many rehab facilities to have patients sleep in the same room with another patient. This is done in an effort to make patients become friends and bond during their time in rehab. However, you will find that some of the pricier rehab facilities will allow patients to stay in their own room. This is why you should give a call to the facility and find out what their rules are pertaining to their patients having a roommate.

4. Can you fulfill all patient dietary needs?

Your loved one might be a vegan or a vegetarian. He or she might be diabetic or allergic to peanuts. This is why it is so important to confirm the foods that the rehab facility will be able to offer to your loved one while he or she is a patient. You must remember that your loved one will be living in the facility full-time for the entire duration of the treatment. Patients will not be permitted to leave the facility to drive to the nearest fast food restaurant. The rehab facility will be providing all of the nutrition for their patients. This is why you will need to contact the facility and make sure they will be able to give your loved one meals that are in accordance with his or her nutritional needs.

5. What is the total cost of treatment and what insurance plans do you accept?

You need to be certain that your loved one’s health insurance plan will be accepted by the rehab facilities you are considering. They do not all accept the same types of insurance coverage. The amount of money that you will be responsible for paying can be quite different depending on the rehab facility and the amenities that are available. For example, rehab facilities located in tropical climates with many amenities like swimming pools and massage therapists will always cost a lot more than the facilities with no frills.