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Generic Name: ACETAMINOPHEN/ANTIHISTAMINE - ORAL Pain & Sleep Oral Precautions
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Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
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breathing problems (such as asthma, chronic obstructive
high blood pressure
stomach/intestinal problems (such as blockage, constipation,
overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)
urination problems (such as trouble urinating due to enlarged
prostate, urinary retention)
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred
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The causes of sleepless nights are numerous and varied, everything from noisy neighbors to stress to a sleep disorder. Another cause of sleep disruption is chronic pain . The list of diseases and disorders that can cause chronic pain is a long one. For the past month I've learned how difficult it is to sleep with pain that just won't quit. At the beginning of June I came down with a chest cold that turned into bronchitis. About the same time, I developed pain in my lower back. I thought I had sprained muscles from all the coughing I'd been doing. After several trips to the emergency room with tests for everything from urinary tract infection (UTI) to an ultrasound to check for kidney stones, an x-ray revealed several compressed discs in my lower spine, a result of the coughing and osteoporosis . During that month I got little sleep. Every time I moved or turned over, the pain woke me up. No wonder people with chronic pain suffer from sleep deprivation. I s...
Total knee replacement (TKR) surgery can do wonders for an arthritic or damaged knee. But TKR is hard on the muscles around the knee. Surgery and the down time after surgery often cause these muscles to lose strength. Weakness is especially bad in the thigh muscles. Much of rehab after TKR involves strengthening the weak muscles around the knee. Electric muscle stimulation (EMS) can help muscles gain strength. It seems odd that simply passing an electrical current through a muscle can build it up, but it's true. EMS is sometimes used to regain strength after spine injuries. EMS has also been shown to help athletes build muscle. These authors tested using EMS in the thigh muscles after TKR. Fifteen patients were given EMS treatments after TKR. They were hooked up to EMS for four hours a day over six weeks. They also had the usual physical therapy. A second group of 15 patients received just the usual therapy. Both groups were checked for walking speed, walking effort, and knee function b...
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