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What Can Ibuprofen Overdose Do To You?

Note: If you are overdose on ibuprofen or any other medicine/drug call the emergency now!

Ibuprofen takes away any pain, cramps etc and makes you sleep better. It is a great pain relief, for all different kinds of pains, specially headache and migrane. Therefore it’ can be used in many cases. And since it’s become available over-the-counter, Ibuprofen Overdose has become a common phenomenon. If you are overdose on Ibuprofen and still everything looks okay, you still need to go and see a doctor immediately. The symptoms may not show right now but the overdose may show signs in the long run.

Consequences of Ibuprofen overdose: According to research institutes, Ibuprofen overdose damages your internal organs like liver. While in some cases it has been reported that it has resulted in a permanent liver damage, in other cases where the victim has been taking the dose for a long and continued period it has resulted in organs failure one by one.

Some of the side effects are unsteadiness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, gastrointestinal, nausea plus vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, probable loss of blood in intestinal areas or stomach or both, headache, agitation, drowsiness, incoherence and confusion etc. Sometimes more serious symptoms are also noticed in some victims though very rare such as seizure, gastrointestinal bleeding, metabolic acidosis, respiratory depression, hyperkalaemia, tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, coma, hepatic dysfunction, renal failure, cyanosis, and cardiac arrest etc. Until and unless the victim is allergic to ibuprofen, there is a slim chance that the victim would die from Ibuprofen Overdose.

Ibuprofen Overdose can cause stinking vomiting, profuse sweating, severe abdominal pain, and can land you straight in the mental hospital for attempted suicide, where you may be medicated with things like liquid carbon or charcoal. Charcoal has the ability to absorb the drug before it can enter the systemic circulation. Another form of treatment to fight Ibuprofen overdose is gastric lavage which is not very popular, but it is considered if the intake is potentially life threatening. This treatment can be performed within 60 minutes of ingestion of Ibuprofen.

Below 100 mg/kg, the toxic effects of Ibuprofen are less likely. But doses above 400 mg/kg are considered as overdose and can result into any of the above consequences. It is not possible to determine a precise dose that crosses the danger line as it varies from person to person depending upon his/her weight, age and medical record of the individual patient.

Treating Ibuprofen Overdose Patients

What Can Nurofen Overdose Do to You?

Nurofen Plus are tablets containing the active ingredients Ibuprofen and Codeine phosphate. Both Ibuprofen and Codeine perfrom different functions in the body. Ibuprofen belongs to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) family. It is used by patients for relieving pain, redness, swelling, soreness and sometimes fever. Whereas Codeine is an opioid analgesic that works in the brain and spinal cord to relieve pain.

Nurofen overdose is not very likely to be fatal if the patient is taken to the doctor in time. Nurofen contains ibuprofen. However, Nurofen overdose may cause stomach acid problems also. Continue reading

What Can Robitussin or Dextromethorphan Overdose do?

Cough syrup overdosing is nothing new. Even children overdose on it because of the high they get from consuming and slowly it turns into addiction.

DXM, or dextromethorphan is a chemical that acts as an effective cough suppressant when taken properly. More than 80 cold medicines available legally over the counter contain dextromethorphan. When a medicine, which has this chemical, is taken in excess it produces psychedelic effect. Because of its legal availability DXM overdose is hard to track and keep a record of.

Robitussin, the other name for it is Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant available over the counter in syrup as well as pill form. Continue reading

What Can Aspirin Overdose Do To You?

Aspirin Overdose is also known as Acetylsalicylic acid overdose. This is also a type of painkiller and is seen to be available over-the-counter at a pharmacy shop. An Aspirin Overdose means one has too much aspirin in the body.

Taking more than 150mg/kg of aspirin can have serious and even deadly consequences if kept unattended or untreated. For a small adult, that’s roughly equal to taking 20 tablets containing 325mg aspirin. For children much lesser can do much more harm.

In Aspirin Acetylsalicylic acid is the poisonous ingredien and therefore the culprit that causes all the problems. And this ingredient is found in many prescription and over-the-counter pain relievers Some such medicines are Alka Seltzer, Ecotrin, Excedrin, Fiorinal, Bayer, Percodan, Anacin, Bufferin, St. Joseph’s etc. Continue reading

Treating Metformin Overdose

Metformin Overdose is a common problem and the possibility of overdose is more amongst people as this prescription medicine is consumed for treating Type II diabetes. And Diabetes these days is a common health issue.

Effects of a metformin overdose varies and depends on a variety of factors, like the amount of metformin consumed or whether it was consumed with any other medicines, it was taken while one had already had alcohol, drugs etc.

If you or someone you know happens to overdose on metformin, it is advised that medical attention is given to the patient immediately. The possible symptoms of Metformin overdose may be two; Lactic acidosis and Low Blood Pressure. Symptoms of each of them are given below. Continue reading

Do Not Exceed Dose Warnings

 

The sale of painkillers has escalated in recent years; they are as much a part of the weekly shop as a bag of sugar.  

The wide range of different types and names is confusing to many people and often they fail to read any instructions or to check if they are suitable. Over the counter drugs are safe if they are used as directed, what people fail to realize is that overdoses of acetaminophen can cause serious liver damage and even death.

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Earache Remedies

Ear ache should not be taken casually. It can’t be because the shooting pain is so difficult to bear that people do run to the doctor as soon as they experience it. Continue reading

Medicine Combinations to Avoid

Most of us have medicines’ box at home and self-help remedies to treat common ailments such as upset stomach, headache, fever and some common aches and pains that are heard of in the day-to-day life.

People who take these medicines by following dosage instructions, the side effects are minimal and mild and they do feel relieved from the discomfort. The problems start when people start to select a combination of more than one medicine because they notice multiple symptoms. But this choosing of combination medicines complicates the matter further and chances are there that such a combination proves to be a harmful medicine combination. Continue reading

Antibiotic for Sinus Infection

Sinus infection develops when normal working of mucous membranes and sinuses get disrupted due to many reasons, like exposure to cold or dry air; environmental pollution; allergy; irregular eating and sleeping patterns; stress; over-exertion etc. All of these; in combination; or any of these, make the immune system weak and aggravate infection or inflame the membranes; and one’s mucous glands get stimulated & mucous secretion increases. As a result of this mucus starts building up in the hollow cavities in sinuses, and this leads to infection. The infection attacks because our immune system has become weak and allows the germs and infection to develop in the sinus cavities. And symptoms of sinus infection start to appear.

Every fifth medicine prescribed in the US is an antibiotic for sinus infection – that is how common the antibiotic drugs are. But according to the most recent research conducted on whether antibiotics really cured the patients of sinus infection, the results came as a surprise to some. Antibiotics have no more relieving power or cure no more than a placebo would in similar circumstances.

Acute sinus infection is something that heals itself within a few days on its own. Body sorts itself out of the infection if you give it a few days. Experiment was conducted on people with acute; severe; and very severe sinus infections. One group was given antibiotics and other was not. Then the infection was put under scan during its regular cycle, and it was observed that finally both groups got back to normalcy more or less within the same time period. Which went to prove that sinus infection, especially acute category generally under normal circumstances completes its course of 4-7 days and heals itself; antibiotics as such are not required. However doctors may prescribe antibiotics to treat body ache, fever, congestion in the chest etc.

Time and again, effectiveness of nasal steroid spray has also been put to test for treating sinus infections but it has not held its ground. The reason behind antibiotics not being able to help reduce the infection was that the drugs couldn’t make its way into the pus-filled sinus hollow space.

It is true that when a person is attacked with Sinus infection, it leaves him/her all drained out of energy and feeling of being unwell for a few days. So much so that he may even have to take leave from office and stay at home. But if the person understands that that’ the way it is going to be and its best to bear it for a few days, it’s the better option than visiting a doctor and popping pills. When doctors in spite of knowing that antibiotics are not going to help prescribe the drugs, this uncalled for antibiotics in long term lead to many problems related with drug resistance. For some people sinus infection becomes chronic and the infection may even reach ears, and antibiotics are found to be ineffective to treat it or even bronchitis for that matter.

The doctors these days are advised to try and explain it to their patients to learn to forego the antibiotics so that their bodies can react to medicines when they are supposed to. Post swab test if it is found that it is bacterial sinus infection or chronic case likely to spread around chest and forehead etc, then may be the right antibiotic can be prescribed, in right dose, can possibly make the patient feel better rather quickly.

However when the doctor considers it fit to prescribe course of antibiotics, the patient should remember that he has to complete the course and not leave it half way, whether he realises he is cured of it when the course is still on or he realises that it was not bacterial infection. Without consulting the doctor who prescribed the antibiotics one should not stop the medication.

Some Facts About Sleeping Pills

A fact about sleep first – Quality of sleep is that amount of sleep which allows us to operate at optimum levels of energy through the waking hours. Sleeping pills do not help us get quality sleep. So feeling energized and fresh after waking up from the sleeping pill slumber is certainly not the answer.

Frequent use of sleeping pills or a habit of taking sleeping pills affects as badly or may be in a worse manner than smoking may. People get addicted to them and it becomes very difficult to quit the use of sleeping pills. People start with dosing during the night but slowly start taking in the daytime also because of the feel good effect it has. Taking sleeping pills deteriorates their daytime functioning. Continue reading