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  • Are you a candidate for a total knee replacement? If so, I hope this article, which includes my husband's joint replacement, will benefit you. Hip and shoulder replacement candidates can also benefit.

    Tips for a Successful Total Knee Replacement Surgery

    Tips for a Successful Total Knee Replacement Surgery

    by Linda Bilyeu96

  • Since 1999, I have had prostate problems leading to biopsies in 2000 and 2003. Based on personal experiences, this article details what to expect after having undergone a prostate biopsy.

    What to Expect After a Prostate Biopsy

    What to Expect After a Prostate Biopsy

    by Paul Richard Kuehn1

  • Seizures after anesthesia are a rare, but they are a recognized complication in the post-operative period. Learn about the risk factors for this complication.

    Seizures After Anesthesia

    Seizures After Anesthesia

    by TahoeDoc25

  • This article is a summary of the available prescription medications used to treat migraine headaches. Both preventative and acute treatments are discussed.

    List of Prescription Migraine Medicine

    List of Prescription Migraine Medicine

    by Jason Poquette27

  • HIV counselors focus on education and prevention. This article explains what HIV counselors do and where they can work.

    How to Become an HIV Counselor

    How to Become an HIV Counselor

    by Marcy Goodfleisch11

  • Knowing what to expect during your CT scan (aka CAT scan) can help reduce any anxiety you may have. This article explains everything that will happen before, during, and after the procedure.

    What to Expect When You Are Scheduled for a CT Scan

    What to Expect When You Are Scheduled for a CT Scan

    by Gable Rhoads4

  • Beclomin cream is a skin preparation used for mixed fungal and bacterial skin infections with associated inflammation. This article describes its uses and side effects.

    Uses and Side Effects of Beclomin Cream

    Uses and Side Effects of Beclomin Cream

    by Dr Manura Nanayakkara15

  • Serotonin syndrome is a serious and potentially dangerous condtions which may result from interactions between certain prescription drugs. In this article a pharmacist briefly explains the nature of serotonin syndrome, what causes it, and how to avoid serotonin syndrome.

    What Is Serotonin Syndrome? Causes and Treatment

    What Is Serotonin Syndrome? Causes and Treatment

    by Jason Poquette7

  • Considering a tonsillectomy as an adult? Based on my personal experience, here is a guide about what to expect during the procedure as well as during recovery.

    What to Expect From an Adult Tonsillectomy

    What to Expect From an Adult Tonsillectomy

    by Brittany Doherty24

  • An interscalene block of the brachial plexus is used to provide pain relief during and after shoulder surgery. Find out from an anesthesiologist what you should know before having this type of block.

    Interscalene Block: Nerve Block for Shoulder Surgery

    Interscalene Block: Nerve Block for Shoulder Surgery

    by TahoeDoc22

  • Post-spinal anesthesia side effects can result from the needles, the technique, or the medications used. Most side effects are minor and short-lived.

    Post-Spinal Anesthesia Side Effects

    Post-Spinal Anesthesia Side Effects

    by TahoeDoc64

  • Vicodin, Lortab, and Norco are common prescription medications for pain. This article compares the ingredients and offers suggestions for deciding which might be appropriate in various circumstances.

    Vicodin vs. Lortab vs. Norco for Pain

    Vicodin vs. Lortab vs. Norco for Pain

    by Jason Poquette174

  • Nursing care shouldn't be only about treating the physical diagnosis of the patient. Therapy should encompass the whole person, as well as their environment, in order for real healing to take place.

    What Is Holistic Nursing Care?

    What Is Holistic Nursing Care?

    by Helen Murphy Howell28

  • Zyrtec is a useful drug if taken on a short-term basis. However, when taken for greater periods of time, Zyrtec side effects can lead to chronic itching, hives, and very unpleasant living.

    My Symptoms of Zyrtec Antihistamine Withdrawal

    My Symptoms of Zyrtec Antihistamine Withdrawal

    by Michael M Griffin72

  • Peritol is a brand name of Cyproheptadine. It is used as an appetite stimulant. The main side effects are drowsiness and sedation.

    Uses and Side Effects of Peritol

    Uses and Side Effects of Peritol

    by Dr Manura Nanayakkara25

  • Do you know why it's important to periodically count the pills you get at the pharmacy? A home quality check ensures that you're getting what you paid for and that you won't run out of medicine early.

    Counting Your Pills at the Pharmacy Can Pay Off

    Counting Your Pills at the Pharmacy Can Pay Off

    by Laura Schneider6

  • What's the difference between two nasal corticosteroids, Nasonex and Flonase? The biggest difference might be price, since the effectiveness is virtually the same.

    Nasonex or Flonase: What's the Difference?

    Nasonex or Flonase: What's the Difference?

    by Jason Menayan34

  • BuSpar is a medication used to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). It is generally taken twice a day and comes in a dividose tablet form. It has several interactions, one of which is grapefruit.

    Buspar Anti-Anxiety Medication

    Buspar Anti-Anxiety Medication

    by Melissa Flagg COA OSC4

  • The cost of a Crystalens implant can vary widely. Learn how the cost can be affected by a surgeon's philosophy and product packaging—from personal experience and the experience of others.

    Crystalens Cost With Cataract Surgery

    Crystalens Cost With Cataract Surgery

    by gracenotes64

  • Blood banks are not actually banks as we know them; they are used for the storage and distribution of blood and blood products.

    How Do Blood Banks Work?

    How Do Blood Banks Work?

    by Lela12

  • What is naltrexone? As a pharmacist, I'm frequently asked about this medication, as well as many others.

    What Is Naltrexone?

    What Is Naltrexone?

    by Jason Poquette17

  • So, you're in the hospital and the alarm on the telemetry monitor is going off. But the staff tells you its nothing but PVCs. What gives?!? Well, PVCs aren't a big deal. Read on to learn why.

    What Is a PVC (Premature Ventricular Contraction)?

    What Is a PVC (Premature Ventricular Contraction)?

    by Qaodust2

  • Have you ever wondered if the color of a throat lozenge matters? The flavor? It does. Different ingredients also means different amounts of medications.

    Are All Throat Lozenges the Same?

    Are All Throat Lozenges the Same?

    by Deni Edwards5

  • Candid-V1, -V3, and -V6 are anti-fungal vaginal preparations that come with a clotrimazole tablet and an applicator. It is used to treat vaginal candidiasis, also known as yeast infection.

    Candid-V1, -V3, and -V6: Usage and Side Effects

    Candid-V1, -V3, and -V6: Usage and Side Effects

    by Dr Manura Nanayakkara193

  • At the age of 65, I had internal and external hemorrhoids removed by surgery. This article first examines the nature of hemorrhoids and then details what to expect after hemorrhoid removal surgery.

    What to Expect From Hemorrhoid Removal Surgery

    What to Expect From Hemorrhoid Removal Surgery

    by Paul Richard Kuehn4

  • When an emergency arises requiring admission to a hospital, one of the first questions paramedics ask is, "Which hospital would you like to go to?" How do you choose?

    Tips for Choosing a Hospital

    Tips for Choosing a Hospital

    by Peg Cole30

  • Levoxyl is a thyroid hormone tablet used to replace the most active form of thyroid hormone (T4) that your body produces when your thyroid gland does not produce enough. Learn about some of the important side effects.

    Levoxyl:  Side Effects of Levothyroxine

    Levoxyl: Side Effects of Levothyroxine

    by Jason Poquette9

  • This article covers information and resources about immunizations for adults to help prevent diseases such as chicken pox, measles, rubella, and tetanus.

    Adult Immunizations

    Adult Immunizations

    by M C DeGroffDavis MD BS3

  • A common ethical dilemma in nursing arises when the religious persuasion of parents making medical choices for their children clashes with the doctor's assessment of what's best.

    Ethics of Religious Restrictions in Nursing

    Ethics of Religious Restrictions in Nursing

    by Vince0

  • The entire body is affected by an anesthetic. Here, a board-certified anesthesiologist gives an overview of the effects of anesthesia from head to toe.

    How Does Anesthesia Affect the Body?

    How Does Anesthesia Affect the Body?

    by TahoeDoc28

  • The sweat chloride test for cystic fibrosis measures chloride ions in an individual's sweat. A positive result indicates the presence of cystic fibrosis.

    Sweat Test for Cystic Fibrosis

    Sweat Test for Cystic Fibrosis

    by Leah Lefler10

  • With so many kinds of ibuprofen on the market, it can be confusing to determine which one to buy. Which ones are appropriate for children? What are the age limits? Are they really that different?

    Can My Child Use Adult Ibuprofen?

    Can My Child Use Adult Ibuprofen?

    by Brandon Young11

  • Lidocaine is commonly used for local anesthesia. While its use is safe when dosing guidelines are followed, there are some risks, complications, and potential toxicity issues to understand.

    Lidocaine Side Effects and Toxicity

    Lidocaine Side Effects and Toxicity

    by TahoeDoc22

  • Millions of medicines are taken every year by human beings—but how many of us know how they actually work? Why they can be dangerous, and why is it important to take them as prescribed?

    How Do Medicines Work in the Body?

    How Do Medicines Work in the Body?

    by Helen Murphy Howell40

  • Activities have the power to engage mental health clients in groups where they learn knowledge and skills to cope with the challenges they face. Use these activities to make your groups fun.

    Activities for Mental Health Groups

    Activities for Mental Health Groups

    by Blake Flannery0

  • The doctors’ primary concerns when you wake up in recovery are your levels of pain and nausea. I wasn’t nauseous and only had a mild soreness in my chest.

    My Recovery From Bilateral Mastectomy

    My Recovery From Bilateral Mastectomy

    by justsayom1

  • Getting ready to go on vacation? Planning a week or two away from home? Filling your medications while you are away can be a concern. Here are suggestions from an experienced pharmacist.

    How to Fill Your Medication While on Vacation

    How to Fill Your Medication While on Vacation

    by Jason Poquette40

  • Anesthesiologists are medical doctors who specialize in the care of patients before, during and after surgery. Whether the anesthetic is routine and easy or emergent and life-threatening, the anesthesiologist is with the patient the whole time they are in the operating room.

    A Day in the Life of an Anesthesiologist

    A Day in the Life of an Anesthesiologist

    by TahoeDoc13

  • Regional anesthesia refers to numbing a region of the body, rather than the whole body. An anesthesiologist discusses different techniques to induce regional anesthesia.

    Regional Anesthesia: Definition and Examples

    Regional Anesthesia: Definition and Examples

    by TahoeDoc10

  • Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid pain medication, is a powerful drug. Its use in the operating room is routine and valuable, as explained in this article. Abuse and addiction with fentanyl are dangerous and often deadly, even with just one use.

    Fentanyl for Pain Management — Use and Abuse

    Fentanyl for Pain Management — Use and Abuse

    by TahoeDoc8

  • This article reviews some of the essential functions of case managers. Case managers play an important role in the healthcare system.

    Case Management 101: The Basics

    Case Management 101: The Basics

    by Martin D Gardner0

  • Whether you are planning to have knee replacement surgery, or whether you're currently recovering from the procedure, there's a lot to know. This is what I learned from my experience.

    My Experience With Total Knee Replacement Surgery

    My Experience With Total Knee Replacement Surgery

    by Liz Elias25

  • When you have a cold, the last thing you want to think about is drug-drug interactions. Fortunately, your pharmacist can help you select a product that is safe for you and will provide relief.

    Can I Take Sudafed With My Blood Pressure Medicine?

    Can I Take Sudafed With My Blood Pressure Medicine?

    by Brandon Young2

  • With so many cosmetic lasers for fat reduction, how do you know which to choose? As a professional who has performed numerous treatments for guests, here is my personal opinion review on the Lipo Laser by Meridian Medical (which is different and...

    How Effective Is the Lapex 2000 BCS With Reducing Fat

    How Effective Is the Lapex 2000 BCS With Reducing Fat

    by abeauty127

  • CT contrast, also known as contrast dye, is used to better visualize blood vessels and some internal organs. How does it work? Are there any side effects and/or risks?

    What Is the Contrast Dye Used in CT Scans?

    What Is the Contrast Dye Used in CT Scans?

    by Gable Rhoads6

  • The Patients' Bill of Rights established a set of standards by which health care providers should conduct themselves in patient care. Know your rights when it comes to your medical care.

    Patients' Bill of Rights in the United States

    Patients' Bill of Rights in the United States

    by L.L. Woodard0

  • In this article, I provide first-person experience with individuals I have known who suffered knee problems, along with some useful links to additional information. Some suggestions for decision-making, along with photos and a video, are included.

    Risks of Knee Replacement Surgery and Osteoarthritis

    Risks of Knee Replacement Surgery and Osteoarthritis

    by Patty Inglish44

  • A career as an ophthalmic technician is very rewarding and can be lucrative, as well. This article details the daily duties of an ophthalmic technician.

    Ophthalmic Technician Duties

    Ophthalmic Technician Duties

    by Melissa Flagg COA OSC8

  • Would it scare you to know that no one really knows how anesthesia gases work? As amazing as it is, it's true, as explained here by a physician anesthesiologist.

    How Does Anesthesia Gas Work?

    How Does Anesthesia Gas Work?

    by TahoeDoc5

  • Keeping secrets is only one of the things that nurses do best. From test results to warding off bad spirits, this article reveals why nurses do what they do and what to expect in the hospital.

    10 Things Nurses Don't Want You to Know

    10 Things Nurses Don't Want You to Know

    by Kelly (Brown) Wagner219

  • Learn about what to expect from a CT scan, including reasons your doctor may recommend the procedure, risks vs. benefits, preparing for the procedure and the scan, and follow-up care with your doctor.

    What to Expect During a CT Scan

    What to Expect During a CT Scan

    by WheelerWife14

  • What is local anesthesia? How do local anesthetics work? And, most importantly, what do you need to know about their uses and risks as a health consumer or patient?

    Local Anesthesia: Types, Uses, and Risks

    Local Anesthesia: Types, Uses, and Risks

    by TahoeDoc3

  • Candid mouth paint is an anti-fungal oral medication manufactured by Glenmark Pharmaceuticals of India. The active ingredient of Candid mouth paint is clotrimazole, which is used to treat oral thrush.

    Candid Mouth Paint Usage and Side Effects

    Candid Mouth Paint Usage and Side Effects

    by Dr Manura Nanayakkara18

  • When you're dehydrated, oral rehydration solutions are much more effective for rehydration than water, soft drinks, or fruit juices.

    Oral Rehydration Solution vs. Water

    Oral Rehydration Solution vs. Water

    by Leanne Mifsud0

  • Diabetes is a systemic disease affecting the whole body. Both type I and type II diabetes present risks that must be considered by the anesthesiologist before, during, and after surgery.

    Diabetes and Anesthesia: What Are the Risks?

    Diabetes and Anesthesia: What Are the Risks?

    by TahoeDoc1

  • Why do we have to wait for so long in the emergency room? This article discusses the organization of American ERs, and why we have to wait when we are sick.

    Why Are the Waits So Long in the ER?

    Why Are the Waits So Long in the ER?

    by nickshamrock6

  • These are the highlights of my jaw surgery—from the hospital stay to my recovery time at home. The surgery solved my overbite issue, and I survived the procedure and the hospital stay. However, it was not a walk in the park.

    My Corrective Jaw Surgery Experience

    My Corrective Jaw Surgery Experience

    by emilybee41

  • The cost of herniated disc surgery depends on several factors. In this article, I discuss the cost of my son's microdiscectomy, as well as information about what to expect before and afterward.

    Herniated Disc Surgery: Cost and What to Expect

    Herniated Disc Surgery: Cost and What to Expect

    by Kristin Trapp23

  • A long-term kidney transplant recipient lists her top 10 ways to keep an organ transplant going strong. This helpful and encouraging advice can apply to the recipient of any type of organ transplant.

    Ten Things to Do to Have a Long-Term Organ Transplant

    Ten Things to Do to Have a Long-Term Organ Transplant

    by Kristin Kaldahl32

  • There is so much information out there on whether or not to get the flu shot. What's a person to do? A walk through my search and what I found.

    The Big Debate Over Getting the Flu Shot

    The Big Debate Over Getting the Flu Shot

    by Lorelei Nettles0

  • Cysts are a very common medical problem. In this article, I share photos of what my cyst looked like—inside and out!

    This Is What a Cyst Looks Like

    This Is What a Cyst Looks Like

    by eye say7

  • You've just been accepted into nursing school. Congratulations! Now you need to know what supplies you'll need for your education. Here is a thorough list from a recent nursing school graduate.

    What Supplies Do You Need for Nursing School?

    What Supplies Do You Need for Nursing School?

    by Nicole Canfield3

  • For over a month, people across the US have been wondering what happened to the supply of atenolol, a drug commonly used to control blood pressure. Learn about the shortage and what options you have

    What Happened to Atenolol?

    What Happened to Atenolol?

    by Brandon Young0

  • I discovered the importance of my thyroid gland only after I no longer had one. Following my thyroidectomy, I struggled with weight gain. In this article, I share what I've learned.

    Thyroidectomy and Weight Gain

    Thyroidectomy and Weight Gain

    by Cindy Vine178

  • Are you wondering if you can eat a normal diet after gallbladder removal surgery? Dietary complications may vary from one person to the next, but there are foods that can help in the healing process.

    Diet After Gallbladder Removal Surgery

    Diet After Gallbladder Removal Surgery

    by Edmund Custers5

  • What is an MAO inhibitor? What does it treat, how does it work, and what are the risks associated with taking it?

    What Are MAO Inhibitors?

    What Are MAO Inhibitors?

    by Jason Poquette137

  • Are you having a calcium scoring test? Here is what you need to know about why your doctor ordered it and what it will tell about your health.

    Calcium Scoring Explained

    Calcium Scoring Explained

    by Virginia Kearney5

  • It's important to keep your medications organized. Here are a few simple guidelines you should follow when organizing your medications.

    How to Get Your Medications Organized

    How to Get Your Medications Organized

    by Melissa Flagg COA OSC8

  • Do you get clammy, sweaty, light-headed, hot, and nauseous when approached by a needle? This is not weakness. In this article, an anesthesiologist explains the vasovagal reaction.

    Fear of Needles and the Vasovagal Reaction

    Fear of Needles and the Vasovagal Reaction

    by TahoeDoc14

  • The MRI procedure might be scary and upsetting for an anxious or claustrophobic person. This article offers information and coping methods for patients. It also provides helpful resource information.

    Claustrophobia and the MRI Machine

    Claustrophobia and the MRI Machine

    by Daisy Mariposa266

  • Adult tonsillectomies are more common than you might think, but the recovery process is often tiring and somewhat painful. Avoid prolonging your recovery time with a few simple post-op care tips.

    Recovery After Your Adult Tonsillectomy

    Recovery After Your Adult Tonsillectomy

    by Saloca10

  • A board-certified anesthesiologist discusses the common cardiac effects of general anesthesia and also explains why there is some variability.

    Effects of Anesthesia on the Heart

    Effects of Anesthesia on the Heart

    by TahoeDoc33

  • What can you eat after you've had your gallbladder removed? Learn what to eat and what to avoid post-cholecystectomy and beyond. Get your life back after gallbladder removal!

    My Post-Gallbladder Surgery Diet

    My Post-Gallbladder Surgery Diet

    by Sarah Switalski1289

  • Are you facing cataract surgery in the near future? If so, please consider these five topics, presented in order of importance, based on my own experience.

    5 Key Considerations for Cataract Surgery

    5 Key Considerations for Cataract Surgery

    by vmills0

  • Cervical spine surgery is a procedure that corrects the movement of the neck and alleviate nerve compression. The prospect of surgery can be downright intimidating. If you are having one in the future, continue reading to know what to expect. ...

    What to Expect During and After a Cervical Spine Surgery

    What to Expect During and After a Cervical Spine Surgery

    by Alexis Mabury121

  • Prescription muscle relaxers have a broad ranges of uses, both for acute and chronic illness. In this article, a pharmacist presents all of the currently available prescription muscle relaxers.

    Prescription Muscle Relaxers List

    Prescription Muscle Relaxers List

    by Jason Poquette336

  • A doctor will often order a HIDA scan if gallbladder problems are suspected but an ultrasound shows no stones.

    What Happens During a HIDA Scan

    What Happens During a HIDA Scan

    by Kristine McAdams1

  • Endometriosis affects 10% or more of women worldwide. Many different medications are used to treat the symptoms and shrink the endometrial lesions, although there are no known cures.

    Endometriosis Medications

    Endometriosis Medications

    by Kymberly Fergusson3

  • Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a dentist? Do you know what your dentist does while you're sitting in the chair waiting?

    A Day in the Life of a Dentist

    A Day in the Life of a Dentist

    by Jacob L. Masters5

  • There are a number of different refractive surgery procedures, but LASIK is the most popular and for good reason. Learn more about this popular procedure.

    Definition of Lasik Vision Correction

    Definition of Lasik Vision Correction

    by Melissa Flagg COA OSC6

  • Are you scared to have D&C? Entering the women's surgery center, I feared this common operation on the uterus. But this outpatient procedure has changed since your mother had it 20 years ago.

    What to Expect in a D&C Outpatient Surgery

    What to Expect in a D&C Outpatient Surgery

    by Rula Lenski12

  • Before emailing a therapist or doctor, clients must be mindful of confidentiality, frequency, content, length, fees, and response time. Read more before you email your therapist or doctor.

    Emailing Your Doctor or Therapist

    Emailing Your Doctor or Therapist

    by CarlySullens4

  • I was totally unprepared for my orbital decompression surgery, and it ended up being a nightmare! By sharing my experience, I hope that others will be more prepared than I was.

    My Orbital Decompression Surgery Nightmare

    My Orbital Decompression Surgery Nightmare

    by Elayne3

  • Oleanz is an antipsychotic medication manufactured by Sun Pharma, India. It is used for psychotic symptom control, and its main side effects are drowsiness and weight gain.

    Uses and Side Effects of Oleanz (Olanzapine)

    Uses and Side Effects of Oleanz (Olanzapine)

    by Dr Manura Nanayakkara11

  • A medical transcriptionist will transcribe all kinds of diagnostic data in their lifetime. Learn more about TFTs, LFTs, cardiac enzymes, coagulation panels, and cholesterol profiles.

    How to Transcribe Diagnostic Lab Data

    How to Transcribe Diagnostic Lab Data

    by Audrey Kirchner3

  • Sporidex is an antibiotic commonly used for urinary tract infections, respiratory tract infections, middle ear infections, sinus infections, and skin infections. Generally, it causes few side effects.

    Uses and Side Effects of Sporidex

    Uses and Side Effects of Sporidex

    by Dr Manura Nanayakkara5

  • Stethoscopes are important tools for finding out what’s going on inside the human body. This article gives you some basic tips for how to use your stethoscope—and what you should be looking for.

    How to Use a Stethoscope to Hear Your Heartbeat

    How to Use a Stethoscope to Hear Your Heartbeat

    by Geoff0

  • Asthma and general anesthesia both affect the airways, lungs, and breathing. A certified anesthesiologist explains what asthmatics need to know in order to safely proceed with surgery.

    Anesthesia and Asthma

    Anesthesia and Asthma

    by TahoeDoc15

  • Candid cream is a prescription anti-fungal skin preparation that contains 1% Clotrimazole. It is used to treat athlete's foot, jock itch, and body ringworm.

    Candid Cream: Uses and Side Effects

    Candid Cream: Uses and Side Effects

    by Dr Manura Nanayakkara6

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