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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Drug Dispensing Error: Glibenclamide for Loperamide

The case

A 33 year old male had been admitted to a hospital because of psychiatric illness which was later assessed as sensorial changes because of drug induced-hypoglycemia.

This man was suffering from diarrhea a day ago. He was searching for Loperamide (Diatabs) in their medicine cabinet, but accidentally took six tablets of his father-in-law’s Glibenclamide (Diatab).
The patient went crazy. He had accidentally hurt his daughter and almost killed his wife. When he was brought to the hospital for treatment, his blood sugar was detected at 40mg/dl (normal value is from 90 to 120mg/dl) and was corrected with IV glucose and fluids. Because of his unusual behavior, he was confined in a psychiatric ward.

 He became clear the following day and was able relate his intake of some medicine but did not get well as he was still having diarrhea. The wife then suspected that he had taken the wrong medicine when she saw the package had been move from its usual location at home.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wednesday Thought: Let's Make Things Happen

I believe God helps those who help themselves. So, Let us not hide from our own shadows, walk forward and strive.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Life Quotation # 3

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
~Winston Churchill~

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Drug Issue: Birth control Pills VS Depot Contraceptives

The use of chemical contraceptives has their own conveniences. Unfortunately, some unlikable side-effects can also be seen with their use. Oral contraceptive pills and injectable contraceptives are two popular chemical contraceptives. Both have their own handiness and untoward reactions but which method is better?

The oral contraceptive pill

Estrogen and progestin are the active elements of an oral contraceptive pill. While estrogen alone can cause the thromboembolism - a clotting of blood inside the blood vessel that may lead to stroke or heart attack, progestin alone may result to spotting or bleeding. Hence to minimize the untoward effect, estrogen is always used in combination with progestin.

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Progestin on the other hand can be recognized alone. As its natural form - progesterone, it can only be effective in injection form. With the half-life of five minutes, progesterone is metabolized quickly making it useless if taken orally. However as a synthesized progestin as lynesterol ( Exluton, Daphne) for example, researchers had found their way in making them orally active.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

How to Get More Views with Your Poems

Like most Triond user, I started my way here as a creative writer, submitting my content in the short-story category. While there had been one to three views a day, it had been frustrating for me to discover zero views all the time. I often ask myself, how can readers find me?

So, like any other newbie, I was spammed by other users checking this, reading that, commenting his or her article just to have someone read my work in return. After learning slowly the ways here in the net, I discovered that most writers do not read stories especially if it’s 3 or more pages long. They just give the ‘nice article’, ‘awesome read’, then after some time they do not check your work anymore.
Shifting from creative writings to solid facts material was a struggle for me. Over time, I did succeed in publishing articles that earn. I didn’t stop writing fiction though. But instead of creating short stories, I decided to write poems.

With poems, we get to have views as soon as they are published, especially when we have many friends and we are active in the community. The problem with poems is they do not have constant views compared to non-fiction posts like medical, health, celebrities and other searchable articles in the net. Fortunately, we may still have continuous views with our poems.