One of the frequent questions I've seen here and on other asthma websites is whether asthma can be safely treated with (cheaper) over the counter medicines. So, I thought I'd use this post to explore the answers to that question.
Before I get started, though, let's refresh your memory about a couple of asthma facts:
Asthma is very treatable. While asthma is a chronic, long-term illness that often can't be avoided in the first place, the good news is that it is fairly easily treatable in most cases. With the right treatment, people who have asthma should be able to live full, active lives without many -- or any -- limits.
The best treatment for the majority of people with asthma is a daily or twice daily inhaled steroid. Of course, no one medicine works best for everyone, but research has shown that inhaled steroids are generally the most effective asthma medicine. If they are used correctly, as prescribed, they should control your symptoms most of the time.
Voluntary recalls were issued for specific lots of two opioid pain relievers and one medication for tension headaches. The affected drugs include:
Endocet (oxycodone/acetaminophen), 10/325 mg
Hydrocodone/acetaminophen, 7.5/500 mg
Butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine, 50/325/40 mg
Endocet (oxycodone/acetaminophen) Endo Pharmaceuticals issued the nationwide Endocet recall because a bottle from each of two lots was found to contain some 10/650 mg tablets, which is twice the dosage of acetaminophen on the label. Because of this, consumers may take more than the intended acetaminophen dose. Possible Dangers: Unintentional administration of tablets with increased acetaminophen content may result in liver toxicity, especially in patients on other acetaminophen containing medications, patients with liver dysfunction, or people who consume more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day. Lots: The two lots affected are Lot # 402415NV and Lot # 402426NV. They were distri...
Saccharin, aspartame, sucralose. Which sugar substitute is best?
It used to be that we didn't have much choice. When we went to the supermarket, we could find various formulations of saccharin, and then aspartame and more recently, sucralose.
Stevia, which comes from a South American plant, has been used as a sweetener for years in other countries, including Japan, but couldn't be used in the United States except as a "supplement," sold along with vitamins instead of in the sugar aisle at the grocery store.
I've described all these sugars in more detail in my book The First Year Type 2 Diabetes, and I won't repeat that information. Instead I'll describe a few of the newer sweeteners.
Recently, there seems to be a flood of new products on the sugar shelves. This is partly because the FDA has finally approved some stevia products for use as sweeteners, and some of the "big boys" in the food manufacturing world have jumped on the stevia bandwagon.
Two big boys on the sugar shelf are prod...
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