Heart Failure and Pain Medicines

December 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Education

Some medicines can make heart failure worse by making your body retain water. Most of these medicines are for pain and are similar to aspirin or in a class of medicines called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS. Some medicines to be cautious of are listed below.

Over-the-Counter Medications

  • Ibuprofen (Motrin™, Advil™, Nuprin™)
  • Aspirin (Ecotrin™, Ascriptin™,
  • Anacin™, Bufferin™, Aspergum™)
  • Naproxen sodium (Aleve™)
  • Goodys Powder™
  • BC Powder™
  • Ketoprofen (Orudis KT™)
  • Excedrin™
  • Alka-Seltzer™
  • Pepto-Bismol™
  • Magnesium salicylate (Doan’s™)

Prescription Medications

  • Naproxen (Naprosyn®, Anaprox®)
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin®)
  • Indomethacin (Indocin®)
  • Oxaprozin (Daypro®)
  • Relafen®
  • Celebrex®
  • Vioxx®
  • Etodolac (Lodine®)
  • Diclofenac (Voltaren®)
  • Salsalate (Disalcid®)
  • Choline mag.trisalicylates (Trilisate®)

How can you be sure your medicine is OK to take?
Talk with your doctor before taking any new medication. You can also:

  • Read the the label for a list of ingredients. Avoid medicines that contain sodium as sodium causes water retention.
  • Ask your pharmacist. Many pharmacies have computer programs that can determine interactions between certain medicines and diseases as well as interactions between medicines you are already taking.

What other ways can you control pain?
Try using:

  • Heat or ice for 20 minutes at a time.
  • Tylenol® (acetaminophen)
  • Water aerobics
  • Creams or ointments
  • Non-aspirin related pain medicines
  • Exercise

What else can you do?
Monitor your weight, that means, weigh every day and keep a written record of your weight. If you gain 2 or more pounds in 1 day or 3-5 pounds in 1 week, call your doctor right away. Gaining weight in such a short time may be a sign that you are retaining water, and your doctor may need to change your treatment plan.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Child's Visit with the Doctor

December 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Education

Your doctor is a very important part of your child’s treatment. In fact, your doctor will plan with you the treatment that your child will need daily, during asthma attacks, and if an attack is severe. Your role in this planning is to give your doctor as much information as possible so that he can decide what the best treatment plan is for your child’s case.

Make sure to bring the peak flow meter chart with you and show it to your child’s doctor. Tell him about any severe attacks, and your child’s current medicine schedule. Also, let him know if your child has any allergies that may aggravate the asthma. The doctor may recommend allergy testing for your child.

When your doctor gives you a treatment plan for your child, be sure to follow it exactly. In case you may need to make notes during the visit, bring a pad and pencil with you.

Most important, never miss a visit to the doctor. Your child’s health depends on it!

If your child has any of the following symptoms, call your doctor right away:

  • Your child keeps coughing during breathing
  • Your child is still wheezing after using his inhaler
  • Your child is coughing up a lot of mucus, or mucus that is greenish in color or bloody
  • Your child is having trouble seeing or thinking clearly
  • Your child is feeling overly weak
  • Your child is not able to exercise moderately all of a sudden
  • Your child has a fast heartbeat or a fever
  • Your child’s chest hurts or feels very tight
  • Your child’s peak flow meter readings are in the red zone
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