For some reason, Tramadol is an overlooked, misunderstood drug. Even some doctors are confused about some facts that seem to be little known. Most know that tramadol is used to treat pain and comes in both short acting and time released formulas. Various brand name drugs contain tramadol including: Ultracet, Ultram, Ultram ER, Ryzolt, and Rybix. Because these all contain tramadol, they are all worth considering even for the toughest to treat pain. But first, let's clear up some confusion about tramadol.
Is tramadol an opioid? So many people have been lead to believe that tramadol is not an opioid medication. In fact, tramadol is considered an opioid medication because it like morphine and hydrocodone bind to and activate the mu opioid receptor . This mechanism provides the pain relieving, the analgesic effect. And like all the other opioids, the regular use of tramadol can lead to physical dependency . Thus, when this exogenous source of opioids is withdrawn suddenly, a per...
One of our greatest food challenges has been to find sweets,
especially candy and cupcakes that our son with acid reflux disease can
tolerate. After six years, we are up to four types of candy that work well for
him in small amounts. Of course, each individual with acid reflux will have his
or her own short-list of foods that do not make his or her symptoms worse. The
list below is what my son can tolerate, and I hope this can serve as a starting
place if you are searching for special treats for your child.
Lollipops - Made by YummyEarth. These are free of eggs, soy,
nuts, gluten, wheat, casein, and dairy. You can find out more about them at www.yummyearth.com . Our local health food
store special orders them for us.
Maple Candy - Made from 100 percent pure maple sugar. Our
local health food store has several brands in stock, and most are brought in
Fruit Leather - We call this "flat candy" and my son can
have the apple flavor made by the Stretc...
T he study called ACCORD (Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes) is back in the news. The study, which included 10,251 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and who were at especially high risk of cardiovascular events (such as heart attacks, stroke, or death from cardiovascular disease). The study should not be extrapolated to patients with type 2 diabetes "who are younger, whose diagnosis is more recent, or who have a lower risk of CVD than participants studied in the ACCORD trials. It is not known what effect more intensive therapy might have on CVD in younger people with type 2 diabetes or in patients with a lower risk of CVD than were studied in ACCORD" (per a NIH Q&A about the study).
I have previously written (several times!) about earlier results from the ACCORD trial, which surprised experts when it was announced that patients in the tight-glucose-control part of the study (aiming for A1C below 6.0) had more deaths than patients in the standard-glucose...
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