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Float your inhaler?
by West Conner
Many doctors, nurses, and even some pharmacists have told patients that if their asthma inhaler floats, it is empty. This is not a good idea. Floating an inhaler is not accurate and you will get different results whether the valve stem is up or down. The newer inhalers with the HFA propellant will float when completely full.
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  • Four Drug Free Ways to Lower Blood Pressure
    by West Conner
    Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of the arteries, the vessels that carry blood away from the heart. It is normal for your blood pressure to fluctuate during the day. When it stays high, you have high blood pressure, or hypertension. This increased pressure puts a strain on your heart that could lead to a heart attack. It also affects other organs in the body like the kidneys and brain.
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  • Medical Myths
    by West Conner
    1. True or False: Swallowed chewing gum takes seven years to pass through your digestive system. 2. True or False: Reducing your salt intake lowers blood pressure. 3. True or False: Cracking you knuckles causes arthritis.
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  • Another generic; another dirty trick
    by West Conner
    Another antihistamine is now available in generic, potentially saving you money at the pharmacy counter. Zyrtec had $1.2 billion in sales in 2006, the latest figure available. Whenever a patent expires and the generic becomes available, the manufacturer loses virtually 100% of sales.
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  • Another medication to consider not taking
    by West Conner
    Keflex (cephalexin) has been around since 1970. It has been available in generic form for decades and is still one of the most popular medications prescribed. It has been available in 250mg and 500mg capsules for all these years until now. Suddenly, drug manufacturer Advancis has announced a 750mg capsule. Of course this new strength will only be available in brand name and comes with a hefty price tag.
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  • Another Useless Drug
    by West Conner
    Iíve been criticized a few times for picking on the drug companies. I know they are a business and must do what they have to do to survive. My pet peeve is when they combine two cheap, inexpensive generic medications into an expensive brand name drug.
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