The heat wave across the nation is definitely being felt here in West Virginia. It’s a time of year I dread since I have to work outdoors a lot reporting the news. I try to stay cool in the air conditioning when I can and drink plenty of water. When it comes to eating though, I typically can’t eat in the heat. But, when I do cool off to have lunch or dinner, I crave salads. I love salads, which isn’t a good thing if you are like me, on Coumadin. Coumadin is an anticoagulant taken by millions of Americans to treat blood clots . These clots may be in the legs or lungs or may be associated with an irregular heartbeat (known as "atrial fibrillation") or heart-valve replacement. Coumadin also can be prescribed after a heart attack to reduce the risk of death, stroke , blood clots, and subsequent heart attacks . The effectiveness of Coumadin must be monitored by your doctor through blood tests. I go once a month. It’s called a PT Test, or prothrombin time. It measures the tendency of y...
Generic Name: ACETAMINOPHEN - ORAL Pronounced: (a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen) Tylenol Arthritis Pain Oral Precautions
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From the FDA Consumer Magazine , March-April 2005 by Carol Rados Few people with arthritis would be willing to stop taking a medication that works, especially when nothing else has. But what if joint pain and stiffness are inevitable if you don't take the medication, yet heart problems could occur if you do? Health officials say that, as with any drug, only you and your doctor can determine the level of risk that is acceptable with medications currently available to treat arthritis. The unsettling news in late 2004 that the popular anti-inflammatory arthritis drugs Vioxx (rofecoxib), Celebrex (celecoxib), and Bextra (valdecoxib) could cause a heart attack or stroke or aggravate high blood pressure has left some patients wondering whether they should keep taking them. Data from clinical trials showed that cyclooxygenase-2 selective agents, better known as COX-2 inhibitors, may be associated with an increased risk of serious cardiovascular problems, especially when used in high dose...
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