June 13, 2011

Understanding Your Medicine Cabinet

Filed under: medicine — Tags: , , , , — drwatson @ 10:52 pm

Medicine Cabinet MedicationsLooking to save money? Want to save some time buying meds when you’re on the run? Here are a few tips to finding out what to put in your medicine cabinet and how to keep money in your pocket.

Buy Smart

It has happened to everyone. You’re standing at the bus stop or sitting at work when a major headache hits. You might be prepared with your pocket pack of Advil or you might make a quick run to the pharmacy for a two pack Advil; this is where you’re losing money. A pocket pack of Advil that has ten tablets is around $3.00 from your local pharmacy; that equals to about 30 cents per pill. Although, if you were to purchase a 100 tablet package of Advil from a pharmacy such as OnlinePharmaciesCanada.com, you are paying about $15.00 which is about 16 cents per pill. That’s savings of more than 50%! Thus, as you can see, it is much better to buy tablets in larger amounts to save money. It is best to just carry a few pills with you in a zip-lock bag to save money.

Generics Are the Way to Go

Bottom line, generics are cheaper. Brand name drugs and generics are exactly alike in active ingredients, side effects, effects, and dosage. The only difference in generics is color, shape, and inactive ingredients such as dyes and fillers. For example, the brand Lipitor 10 mg, with 90 tablets is roughly around $66.00. While the generic of Lipitor, Atorvastatin 10 mg, with 100 tablets, is only $45.00. The generics can easily be found on a pharmacy shelf usually right next to the brand. On OnlinePharmaciesCanada.com, the generic of any medication can be found on the same page as the brand making shopping easy. All generics are FDA approved and cost a lot less. 7 out of 10 prescriptions are now being filled with generics to save money.

What’s Good For Your Cabinet?

Some medications that you should keep in your cabinet are Advil, Benadryl, Neosporin, Tylenol, and Pepto-Bismol. These medications will be the ones to help when you need quick relief from any illness that might surprise you. Also, medications like Benadryl and Advil are the ones you want to carry whenever you’re going out to help fight any unexpected flaring. It is also good to carry a couple band-aids just in case! Having Aspirin at home as a blood thinner for anyone who is at risk for suffering a heart attack or stroke is always good to have. If you’ve had one of those “I wish I had it” moments, then it’s best to keep those medications in your cabinet so it doesn’t happen again!

November 12, 2009

Watch Out For Those Collecting Donations, It Could Be A Scam

Because of today’s technology, we have been able to make our lives a lot easier in some ways. We can do our banking from home, buy gifts and almost anything else without ever walking out the front door. However, technology has also made it possible for people to take advantage of many people.

Fraud has become a very real threat especially since the internet has no borders. Many people can scam online, or even find legal looking documents and scam people on the street. Recently I read an article about a woman who went door-to-door saying she was collecting donations for a diabetes research foundation. She had many documents that appeared to look official and continued her scam for months until she was finally caught by police.

Now you have to be very desperate to try and fraud a significant number of people, but when you pose as collector for a fund that goes towards research for a disease you have to be pretty sick. I find fraud wrong enough to start with, but when you are potentially damaging the reputation of a company designed to look for a cure for a fairly common disease then there is just something evil about that. I say lock her up, make her really learn her lesson. This is one of those people that the justice system should make an example of.

However, even though it is very terrible it does happen, a lot. But there are some ways you can protect yourself. If a person is coming door to door, make sure your recognize the organization they are collecting for. Ask for some sort of identification. Also, ask for a number to the company to make sure you can verify that the person really is working for the company. If you don’t trust giving money to a person at your door, there should be a website you can donate at. Once again make sure it is an organization you recognize and make sure the website has all the security systems in place.

September 28, 2009

The High Tech Future For Battling Cancer

I’m sure the majority of people have seen movies like Star Wars or other science fiction movies. I’m also sure anyone who has seen anything like that has been waiting for our time to develop some cool futuristic gadgets like little pills that turn into full meals if you spray water on them or heat them in the microwave. Now that would be really cool and very convenient if we had those sort of tools, but unfortunately our time has not reached that level of awesomeness… yet. However, we are getting close and what may be the closest thing to one of those movie gadgets is a microchip that can detect cancer and possibly other infectious diseases.

Imagine how this sort of technology could effect the way medicine is practiced. We could potentially be looking at a much more efficient way of locating cancers. We would be able to determine the placement, type, and severity of the cancer, much more quickly. This could lead to the early detection of many cancers that are fatal if not found very early. Who knows maybe we’ll be able to find a way to actually destroy the cancerous cells with the microchip, avoiding surgery all together.

However, there are some downsides. We could become so dependent on this sort of technology and expect it to do all the work for us. What if there is a malfunction, will we be able to detect the wrong diagnosis by the machine? Will we still be able to do other tests for cancer? Hopefully this technology only helps us and leads to a better understanding of how our bodies work.

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