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Generic Name: RIBAVIRIN SOLUTION - ORAL Pronounced: (RYE-ba-VYE-rin) REBETOL Oral Precautions
Before taking ribavirin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if
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other types of hepatitis (e.g., autoimmune
blood disorders (e.g., sickle cell anemia, low hemoglobin,
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other liver problems
high blood pressure
pancreas problems (e.g., pancreatitis)
This drug may make you dizzy ...
At every visit, patients ask "how did I do?" or "what is the hb A1c result?" High blood pressure and pulse rates are recorded prior to learning the results of the hb A1c. Families are incredibly anxious that the hb A1c will (or will not) accurately reflect the past 3 to 4 months of blood sugar readings. Most view the hb A1c as a grade that determines just how well they have managed their diabetes control between visits. I often hold my breath, hoping that my young patient has improved his/her hb A1c, because the visit has the potential to be a "downer" if they have not.
Much has already been written about how the hb A1c helps us to determine diabetes control. The hb A1c (or glycosolated hemoglobin) is a reflection of the amount of glucose that adheres to the hemoglobin molecule. There is a direct correlation--the higher the blood glucose concentration, the higher the hb A1c. The hemoglobin molecule resides in the red blood cell circulating throughout the bloodstream. Because re...
The Times on Type 2 Diabetes Part 2 of 2 Blood Sugar and Heart Disease Gina Kolata's recent story on diabetes in the New York Times is attempting to correct some common misconceptions about diabetes. In my previous post on this blog , I commented on her point that it's wrong to blame patients for their disease because it has a strong genetic component, and focusing on weight loss alone is not the answer. Another point that Kolata emphasizes is that it's not just blood sugar control that is important in diabetes. Most people with diabetes die from heart disease , so patients need to control their cardiovascular risk factors as well. These include blood pressure and cholesterol levels. I agree. But this idea is not new. The American Diabetes Association has had a campaign since the turn of the century for people to learn their "Diabetes ABCs," or A1c levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. But again, apparently no one was listening.
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