Pharmacology

Medicine administration

Chronic conditions in older adults force them to consume several drugs at the same time. It should be noted that most drugs have side effects, which despite being minimal, can affect the health of the person or interfere with each other, exaggerating or limiting the effects. The University of Chile recommends that during this stage a follow-up of the drugs and doses be carried out, in order to avoid an overdose of medications and their possible effects. Read More

Analgesics in the elderly

Due to advanced age, the elderly require different therapeutic strategies for pain. These strategies are due to a greater extent to metabolism and sensitivity due to age, concomitant diseases, the need for polymedication, high risk of adverse effects and drug interactions. Among the relevant physiological aspects that modify the pharmacology of analgesics in the elderly are: Read More

Antibiotics and antihypertensives alter the pressure

Combining antibiotics and antihypertensives increases the risk of hospitalization in older adults, said a study by the Sunnybrook Research Institute and the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences of Canada published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Read More

New anticoagulant against atrial fibrillation approved

The Cofepris (Federal Commission for the Protection of Health Risks), authorized the registration of dabigatran etexilate to prevent the cerebral vascular event in patients with atrial fibrillation. In more than 50 years, there was not such a significant advance in the field of anticoagulants worldwide. Read More

Corticosteroids support hormone production

Currently the use of corticosteroids has spread to many diseases because they mimic the effects of hormones that the body naturally produces in the adrenal glands. They influence the functioning of most body systems (cardiac, immune, muscular and bony, endocrine and nervous) and cause a wide variety of effects, including on the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. They help to keep the balance of fluids and electrolytes. When prescribed in doses that exceed normal levels in your body, they suppress inflammation, which can reduce the signs and symptoms of inflammatory diseases. In addition, they act on the immune system, so they can Read More

Drugs and routes of administration

The routes of administration of drugs are the entry routes to the body that influence the latency, intensity and duration of the pharmacological effect. According to Dr. Yamilka L. Sánchez, an academic from the Department of Pharmacology at the Faculty of Medicine-University of Panama, knowing the advantages and disadvantages of these pathways is very important to know how to take advantage of medicines in a certain situation. Read More

Aging for transplants reverts aging

A drug currently used to reduce the organism's rejection of transplanted organs could have a beneficial impact on delaying the normal process of aging of humans, says a study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. This research was carried out by scientists from the National Human Genome Research Institute, the University of Maryland, the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Medical School. The finding, scientists say, could be a potential treatment for children suffering from a rare genetic disease called Hutchinson-GIlford syndrome, or progeria, which causes patients to age eight times faster than normal. Progeri Read More

Extreme cleaning can harm health

People overexposed to antibacterial soaps with Triclosan (present in soaps, toothpastes, pens, diaper bags and medical devices), may suffer a greater number of allergies. In addition, Bisphenol-A or BPA, present in many important plastics and plastic additives, can negatively influence the immune system. The above was revealed by a study by the School of Public Health of the University of Michigan, in the United States. Read More

It is not recommended to crush medicines

If you are one of the people who have difficulty swallowing and believe that starting or shredding medicines get the same effect, you are wrong. According to a group of researchers from the Faculty of Chemical Sciences of the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, this practice should not be applied in certain medicines because there is a risk of eliminating the benefits of their active ingredients. Read More

Dose

Naproxen sodium is a member of the family of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), its usual and most commercial dose is 500 mg. of Naproxen. Read More

Ointments, pills, capsules or suppositories

The form is the least. It is about making medicines useful and safe, so they are prepared in different ways. A documents of the pharmaceutical company Roche, explains what are the different presentations of the drugs. Read More

Why elders confuse medicines

Sometimes, the pharmaceutical industry, in its eagerness to modernize the presentations, colors and formats of its medicines, incurs the error of not taking into account the opinion of the elderly. According to a study recently awarded by the Official College of Pharmacists of Barcelona (COFB), this situation can increase the risk of poisoning and hinder the therapeutic result. Read More

Treatment against influenza

There are several myths and realities of the influenza vaccine, especially the influenza vaccine has been considered as dangerous and whose reactions are allergic. Read More

Truths of generic medicines

A generic drug is a copy of a brand-name drug and has the same effects. According to the National Institutes of Health and the Office for Women's Health of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the following information may be useful when consuming them. . The FDA is the world reference and the endorsement of medicines produced jointly with the public institutions of each country, such as the Ministry of Health of Mexico. Read More