Saturday, April 9, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Take Me I'll Follow You is actually an alien song and I am not kidding about it. It's originally from the 1988 movie 'Mac and Me' which was only popularized by the Pinay singer actress Toni Gonzaga.
Take Me I'll Follow you is also one of the songs included in my article Lovable Songs You Would Hate To Sing.
Read here to know more.
As a fan of fiction and enlightening tales, I have always enjoyed the stories by the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and Hans Christian Anderson. I have known some funny versions of their pieces too, but the dark ones?
The article Beyond Magic Slippers and Poison Apples: The Dark Truth Behind Our Favorite Disney Fairy tales by James R. Coffey reveals some ugly truths about ten popular classical tales. Enjoy!
Saturday, April 2, 2011
A year ago we have an expiring drug for migraine headache - a generic sumatriptan. Compared to the branded type, this generic version is cheaper but still expensive to be recommended for migraine headaches. Most our customers usually prefer low-cost OTC analgesics like mefenamic or ibuprofen. Analgesics are not directed at migraine but can relieve the pain associated with it.
Sumatriptan is classified as the newest form of anti-migraine drugs. It helps constrict blood vessels and reduce inflammation. The triptans are used when migraine-headaches do not respond to the pain-relievers and to the vasoconstrictors like ergotamine and isometheptine or if adverse reactions are intolerable in the said two groups.
Anyway, to put the near expiry sumatriptan to good use, my boss decided to give ten tablets of these to a friend of hers who was delighted with the free anti-migraine drug. However the next day, the friend had to return the nine unused tablets because of an untoward reaction. She complained of heaviness as if she was going to die. At first my boss thought of it because of the sumatriptan being an expiry candidate, however checking the possible adverse reactions, we found out that heaviness is actually a side effect of sumatriptan.
Pizotifen an appetite stimulant for migraine?
Renal failure and stomach upsets are the most common complaint in anti-migraine drugs particularly with the NSAIDS (mefenamic, diclofenac, ibuprofen etc.). While vasoconstrictors as ergotamine can cause heart attack or stroke, triptans like sumatriptan and zolmitriptan can have an intolerable unpleasant effect of pressure or heaviness.
Migraine-headaches can be a burden. There are natural ways to counteract or prevent migraine attacks. However, most people still rely on drugs. Analgesics, vasoconstrictors and the triptans are typically the common drugs for migraine. An anti-nausea drug like flunarizine is also indicated with migraines associated with dizziness.
There are also preventive or prophylactic drugs for migraine. Interestingly, pizotifen, a popular appetite stimulant is one of these.