Wednesday, January 9, 2013

What is Metoclopramide - Side Effects

Before I start to write about what is Metoclopramide, what are its side effects, and other important information about this medicine, I would like to write a short intro of this post. Please read it!

Metoclopramide Stomach Flu
Always Consult Your Doctor before using Metoclopramide
Stomach flu treatment with medications is not possible, however, there are some medications that can help with reducing the symptoms and by that help with your condition. Metoclopramide is one of those medications. In previous post you could read about Compazine, that's another one.

All medications are meant to help people with various illnesses, but all of them have their right dosage and frequency in taking, as well as side effects. All of them MUST BE prescribed by your doctor, or otherwise, if you use it on your own hand, if you are recommended by friend or in pharmacy, you are taking a huge risk to permanently damage your health! No medicine is a toy, and non of them should be taken without professional medical advice of your health care provider, which in addition should follow your medical condition during the usage of any medication!

Part of the information, that I am writing in this post, is taken from another authority sites, which are considered to be good source for all information about this topic. All information taken form those sites are quoted, just like in my previous post.

I have my personal opinion on treating every illness, which is not connected to usage of medication, but I must write about it, since people are using those medicines without to much knowledge about them. So these posts are more likely to be taken as warnings, and should not be taken as advises at all ! ! !

So, What is Metoclopramide and How to Use it?

If you experience stomach flu symptoms, it doesn't necessarily mean that you have stomach flu! These would, further on, means that stomach flu symptoms such are nausea, vomiting, headache could happen to each of us because of many other causes, and not only stomach flu causes. However, Metoclopramide is considered to be very good in dealing with some of those symptoms!
Nausea and vomiting as a result of the use of anti-cancer drugs, post-surgery and the result of other medical illnesses will be reduced by increasing the contractions of the upper portion of the digestive tract. It improves gastric emptying time which helps reduce the incidence of heartburn, nausea and vomiting.
Metoclopramide also helps patients with diabetic gastroparesis in diabetic patients since it increases gastric emptying. There are more uses of metoclopramide and your doctor will advise you the ideal dosage and frequency of this medication after careful assessment of your symptoms.
Your doctor is the only authoritative person who can prescribe you Metoclopramide. Before taking it, you must have a good consultation with him/her about:

  • medications you already use, especially if you are suffering from some chronic disease,
  • all possible health disorders you might have,
  • ingredients you are allergic to,
  • do you use any supplements, vitamins and natural treatments,
  • if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
  • if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed

Take metoclopramide 30 minutes before meals and before going to bed at night. This helps reduce the heartburn that is common after a heavy meal.
If you missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Never double your dose. Space the remaining dose evenly. Remember to take your medications on time so you will be able to benefit from the therapeutic action of metoclopramide.
If you are using ODT or metoclopramide orally disintegrating tablet, remove the medication from the casing just before taking them. Place the tablet on your tongue and never swallow it, allow it to melt completely. You don’t need to follow up with water just allow the ODT to melt on its own.
If you are taking oral syrup form, use a measuring cup to take precise doses of the medication; never use a spoon or a tablespoon.
Do not overdose; high doses of metoclopramide will cause uncontrollable muscle movements of the face, eyes, lips and extremities. Never stop abruptly, allow your doctor to schedule a weaning dose for you to prevent serious side effects.
Avoid drinking alcohol when taking metoclopramide. This medication will cause dizziness and sleepiness so do not operate machinery or drive.
If you are prescribed the Metoclopramide you must storage it properly. The storage of Metoclopramide depends on the type you are using, syrup and tablets should be stored on a place with temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C. If you are using injectable Metoclopramide store it at the regular room temperature! Do not remove medication from original package, nor throw away literature, you must have it case you experience side effects! Also, do not throw away your prescription, since you need it for your prescribed dose. Do not use Metoclopramide in higher doses than it is recommended for you, since this way you can experience side effects, over dosage or damage your health permanently; also, do not use this medication for a longer than 3 months!

READ CAREFULLY! Metoclopramide Side Effects

..and think twice before you use it!

For me the most important information in this post would be the Metoclopramide side effects, which should aware you and maybe discourage you from usage of this medicine! It is maybe good to treat vomiting and nausea, but its side effects can have biggest impact on your long term health!

Like almost every other medicine, Metoclopramide too has side effects! Metoclopramide side effects are more likely to happen to people with diabetes, older people and in women, but it may happen to everyone using it. Read this carefully, and even search for more information on Metoclopramide side effects!

  • Stiffening of the muscles of the face causing a mask-like appearance.
  • Anxiety, hallucinations, inability to sit or stay still and restlessness.
  • Inability to control balance while walking, tremors and seizures.
  • Worsening of diarrhea - this medicine may help with some stomach flu symptoms, but possibly increase some other gastrointestinal disorders!
  • In women, flow of menses and changes in menstrual pattern, swelling of the breasts and breast tenderness.
  • Headache and sleeping disorders!
  • Dizziness and tiredness, together with drowsiness ans restlessness.

Some of Metoclopramide side effects are severe and you must contact your doctor right away to prevent worsening of your health condition! You must take care about every possible changes you might experience during usage of Metoclopramide and if you become concerned about any of those changes, immediately visit your health care provider! Read more about Metoclopramide side effects here and do not hesitate to ask your doctor any question might have on your mind, it is your health question and you must take good care of it!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Combat the Stomach Flu Symptoms with Prochlorperazine

In our previous posts we were talking about symptoms of stomach flu and how to treat is with natural herbs. You could find what to eat during the illness and what you should avoid to eat!

Prochlorperazine Stomach Flu
Always Consult Your Doctor before using Prochlorperazine
While there is no vaccine that can prevent the stomach flu, nor there is medicine which can cure you from stomach virus, there are some medicines which can help with reducing the symptoms of stomach flu.

Like every other medicines, these medicines should be prescribed by your doctor, and not some random page on google which talks about treatment of stomach flu with medications. I am personally, trying to avoid usage of any kind of drugs for each illness, and always give the first shoot to natural or home remedies. However, sometimes, it is almost impossible to treat illness without medicines.

So for all those who suffer from stomach flu symptoms and hardly stand them, there are some medications which can help with reducing and lowering the symptoms occurrence. These medicines are: Prochlorperazine, Metoclopramide and Loperamide. I am hardly write these lines, since I don't usually like to talk about drugs, but this information may be helpful and this is the reason I am writing it. However this post is not meant to be used as prescription for Prochlorperazine, it is written only in informative purpose, to inform you on what is Prochlorperazine, how to use it, and what are its side effects! Inform yourself about this medicine even if it is prescribed to you by your doctor, because you might experience Prochlorperazine side effects.

Combat the Stomach Flu Symptoms with Prochlorperazine

Main purpose of Prochlorperazine is to combat with severe and frequent vomiting and nausea! 
Oral prochlorperazine is a medication that is used for treatment of severe nausea and vomiting as a result of various medical conditions and during the treatment of anti-cancer drugs, medication for migraine and post-operative conditions. Prochlorperazine works by directly affecting the area of the brain that is responsible for keeping the balance of natural chemicals or neurotransmitters resulting to a decreased urge to vomit. Prochlorperazine may also be used to treat several disorders of the neurologic system like schizophrenia and may also be effective in the treatment of chronic stress and anxiety.
Prochlorperazine is a generic name and one of the brand names of prochlorperazine is Compazine. Compazine is available in oral, intravenous form, intramuscular and rectal (suppository) form.
Treatment of stomach flu symptoms with Prochlorperazine is only feasible under the constant surveillance of your doctor who prescribed this kind of treatment; you should constantly inform your doctor about your condition! It is very important to keep in touch with your doctor and inform him / her if you notice any Prochlorperazine side effects, allergic reaction or even if your symptoms get worst!

Before Taking Prochlorperazine!

You need to have a thorough discussion with your doctor about what you are allergic to, to determine whether these compounds have in Prochlorperazine; do you use any other medication for other chronic illnesses; do you use any supplements, vitamins and natural treatments which can be bad in combination with Prochlorperazine or affect its effects. If you are breast-feeding or pregnant you should not use this medicine!

How to Use Prochlorperazine?

Your doctor should give you some inputs on how to use this medicine, listen very carefully and even note if you can't remember everything he say! Take notice and stick to them!
Take the pills with or without food. There are no special diets while you are taking the medication.
Take your medication on time. If you missed a dose, take the dose as soon as you remember. Never double your dose to make up for the missed one. If it is near the time for your next dose, skip the missed one and maintain your schedule. Remember to avoid missing your dose since you will reduce the effect.
Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages; prochlorperazine will make you dizzy and taking alcohol will only make your dizziness and the feeling of light-headedness worse.
Avoid direct sun exposure; wear sunscreen with the highest SPF level and use long-sleeved shirts and hats to protect yourself.
Avoid dehydration by taking more fluids that usual. Limit strenuous activity and always have someone with you to help you when you feel dizzy.
Stopping the medication abruptly can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness and jittery feeling. Your doctor will advise you how to wean yourself from Compazine to reduce these unusual side effects.

If you are prescribed the Prochlorperazine you must storage it properly. The proper way is to place it in an room with temperature between 59 to 86 F degrees. Do not leave it in room or place where is high moisture, and do not expose it to the sunlight or leave it on a place where sunlight can reach! 

Prochlorperazine Side Effects!

For me the most important information in this post would be the Prochlorperazine side effects, which should aware you and maybe discourage you from usage of this medicine! It is maybe good to treat vomiting and nausea, but its side effects can have biggest impact on your long term health! 

On a long term, in men it can cause decreased libido and importance, in women breast swelling and weight gain. All together it can cause sleeping problems, headache, blurred vision, dizziness, confusion, anxiety! In some cases an urge medical intervention is required!

Also you must take care not to take more of this medicine than it is prescribed by doctor, if you take more than it is prescribed to you, immediate contact your local poison control center or your health care provider!

Talk to your doctor and keep him informed on your condition. Be aware of Prochlorperazine Side Effects, watch how your body react on it! Never use this medicine without your doctors prescription!!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Stomach Flu - New Year's Eve at Home

Happy New Year!

I wish you all the best, I wish you all the best, most of all I wish you a good health.

Stomach Flu - New Year's Eve at Home
The New Year's Eve is behind us, more or less we all were party, and I hope you had a great time with your friends. I was on salsa party, and it was great. But this is not a topic of my blog, and I don't want to go of topic.

I know there were a lot of people with stomach flu, who spent their Eve in a toilet, experiencing symptoms, I hope you'll get better soon.

Also I know there were a lot of people who were experiencing mild stomach flu symptoms, or not fully healed, who went party.

This is the reason of writing this post. This people probably were on a significant percent of parties all around the globe. If you came back from party with symptoms, it doesn't have to mean that you took to much buzz, it can be because of someone spread a virus on you. If so, you have entered in 2013th with great job.

Since kissing is just a regular thing in the New Year's Eve, you may get it that way, or maybe you could get it from food, or buzz itself. However, this is not the moment to speak about how you got it, I should write a post about this on 31. December, and not today. But for all those who entered in a new year with stomach flu, here is an recommendation on how to deal with it.

Things you should avoid while you experience symptoms are:

  • Alcohol
  • Aspirin
  • Caffeine
  • Citrus products
  • Dairy products
  • Ibuprofen
  • Fatty, greasy and/or fried foods
  • Raw fruits and vegetables

Here is a recommendation based on clear liquid diet:

  • Apple or cranberry juice
  • Clear bouillon
  • Decaf tea
  • Fruit ice
  • Fruit punch
  • Gatorade
  • Ginger
  • Jello
  • Popsicles
  • Salt

The following is the full liquid diet:

  • Bland soups
  • Broth
  • Cocoa
  • Cinnamon
  • Cream of wheat or rice cereals
  • Farina
  • Honey
  • Nutmeg
  • Sherbets
  • Strained fruit nectar
  • Vanilla or other extracts
  • Vegetable juices

Try to stick to this recommendation and you should get better very soon.
Also you can read my previous articles "Stomach Flu - What to Eat!?" and "Stomach Flu - Treatment With Ginger" where you can find more valuable information regarding the nutrition during this illness.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Stomach Flu Symptoms - Ugly Truth

Stomach flu symptoms appearance depends on incubation period of the cause, which further on depends on type of cause and immune system of infected person. However, once you get infected, in a short time you'll start experiencing symptoms, and it can happen in several hours after infection or after ten days in some cases. Once the bug has entered your body, its primary destination is your gastrointestinal tract, and when it reach there, it star a process of multiplying and reproducing itself, which will certainly cause you a nightmare for a couple of days.

stomach flu symptoms
Symptoms of stomach flu are an terrible experience and will bring a great suffer upon you. As I already mention in previous posts, there are several types of causes for stomach flu and that most known are viral. After them comes bacterial and parasitical. What is in common for all of these three types of causes are, symptoms!

No matter what cause stomach flu, symptoms are mostly the same. In general there are several symptoms of which you'll get some for sure. It is an luck if you have only one of them, and not several of them at the same time.

Stomach flu symptoms are: appetite loss, diarrhea, fatigue, mild fever, muscle aches, nausea, stomach cramps and chills, vomiting. In cases of mild symptoms, after only one day you can get relief from symptoms and experience only some of this symptoms. However, you should take care about nutrition and avoid dairy products, together with solid food, and get yourself on liquid diet. In other, more serious cases, symptoms can take up to ten days, and you must have a proper nutrition to get better! Liquid diet is a must, and light food after first two days until you fully recover from symptoms.

If you experience stomach flu symptoms such are vomiting and diarrhea, for more than several days, you must visit your doctor and sick for special medical treatment. The possibility of dehydration are high, and you might be hospitalized and took under infusion for several days.

Patients who suffer from frequent diarrhea and frequent vomiting at the same time, are exposed to high risk of dehydration because they lose huge amount of body liquids, and are unable to replace it by intake of liquids. Dehydration should be taken very seriously since our body is in huge percent built out of liquids. Having this in mind, much serious disorders can happen if liquids are not replaced.

Experiencing only diarrhea is a most common situation of suffering from stomach flu symptoms. Frequent watery stools are frequent in first day or two and slowly decrease by days passing. Your stomach is very sensitive in this period of time, and you have to get yourself on liquid diet until you get better and frequency of diarrhea slowly decreases, then you can start your treatment with light food. If this doesn't happen, and after several days you still have frequent diarrhea you should visit your doctor!

Do not take medicines for diarrhea because they will only worsen the situation, not to mention that you can experience side effects! Especially do not do this without consultation with your doctor! Regular medications for diarrhea are not helpful with this illness!

I found part of this information on this site, which I found very useful in understanding stomach flu symptoms. You can find there some more information, I dedicated this post mainly to understanding diarrhea and vomiting, since I suffered from them and because of they are the most common symptoms.

Hope I helped with the information and I hope you'll get better soon!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Stomach Flu - What to Eat!?

Today I got my self almost recoverd at all, symptoms are almost gone, and I can now function pretty normally. I would like to write a brief note about food consuming during stomach flu. 

Well, when you are experiencing nausea or vomiting, and you have fever, food is the last thing you are thinking about, and even thinking about it can make you feel more worst, but you have to eat anyway. One thing is for sure, you can't eat correctly, rather you have to take care on what you are taking in. Your stomach now need special treatment and you have to take care about food you are eating, in order to help your stomach get better and heal. Light food is a must and hard food is necessary to avoid at all. Here are some advice based on my experience.

Stomach Flu - What to eat
Stomach Flu - Bananas and dry toast are good combination.
Firstly I would like to point on food and drinks you must avoid if you want to get any better. Fatty and spicy food, should be forgotten for even a few days after you relief from stomach flu symptoms and not to mention during symptoms. Milk and cheese, in fact, all diary products can make your symptoms go wild, especially diarrhea. Sweets and super-sweet foods, forget them for a several days. Do not drink coffee or soda, or consume alcohol. This is an excellent opportunity to quit smoking, since you must quit it for several days, you can use the chance to relief from this bad habit..

In the first 24 hours, you must put your self on a diet with clear liquids! You are allowed to eat gelatin without sugar, and to take water. Water should not been taken in big doses, rather you should take it in small doses and more often. Apple juice mixed with water together with teas are recommended. After first 24 hours you can start with bland foods.

When you survive first 24 hours you can add bland foods to your meals. This food should be soft and easy for your digestion. Fruits should be avoided, but bananas are recommended, especially in combination with dry toast. I have tried with chicken meat, but other types of meat are forbidden for consume. Rice, pasta, apple sauce, crackers are also good for your belly in this condition. Stick with bland diet and in several days you'll get much better! Once your stomach get better, slowly add other types of food in your nutrition.

Give your stomach a special treatment, from one to five days period of time that well treated stomach flu should least, and you'll get better soon. If you don't treat it the way it should be treated, you'll suffer from symptoms much longer.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Stomach Flu - Treatment With Ginger

 Treating Stomach Flu Symptoms With Ginger
Treating Stomach Flu Symptoms With Ginger
I did some research on how to treat stomach flu with home remedies, and I found that many people talk about healing effects of ginger, so I decided to collect some tips in this post.

Today I feel much better and stomach flu symptoms are repeating rarer and rarer. However, I still suffer from frequent diarrhea and for me it looks like it's an never-ending nightmare.

Many people on the web talks about miraculous effects of ginger in treating stomach flu symptoms and here are several tips I had collected with different approaches in using it.

  1. You can clean the ginger and suck the juice from it and then swallow, after that take very few small bites of meat. These may have a disgusting taste and can be very hard to swallow, but according to people who did it and their mitigation of symptoms, you should try it.
  2. If you think that previous method is to disgusting, you have my vote. you can go to local pharmacy shop, buy some empty capsules fill them with grated ginger and make your own ginger pills which are much easier to be swallowed since they doesn't leave any awful taste in your mouth.
  3. Make a ginger bug: this is one more way but it looks to ambitious from my point of view and I think need much more effort to get done, but can help a lot since this is even more probiotics. Easily find this method by searching for it on google

If try any of these methods, please leave your feedback in comment section. I will try with ginger pills and will post back my experience.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

What is Stomach Flu? - Basic Information

What is stomach flu?

With no particular virus that affects digestive system, stomach flu got its name to describe a state of digestive system under attack of any viral illness, and not to be classified as influenza. Now, you can make conclusion that this is, actually, an stomach infection caused by a virus; an inflammation of the gastro intestinal tract due to a viruses or in some cases bacteria or parasites.

What this virus do is, not just affecting the stomach, than it attacks the small intestine too and makes a person affected with the virus suffer from many well known symptoms.

As any other illness, stomach flu also has many names; so you can hear different phrases such are:
-stomach virus,
-gastroenteritis or a
-gastric flu,
but don't get confused with these, they all refer to the same sickness.

What are potential carriers?

We already mention that stomach flu is in most cases caused viral and bacterial, but the question is how this get in your body and organs!? 

Well the answer is really simple, those viruses, bacteria, parasites and toxins are usually brought by contaminated food or water. In some other cases, which are not rare at all, especially nowadays, diets, food allergies and medications can lead to gastroenteritis.

I would especially like to highlight several other ways of getting stomach flu, and would like you to consider it with special attention. Beside those factors above, you should be especially aware that gastroenteritis may be brought to your body from such a bizarre situations as is shaking hands with infected person and consuming food without previous washing hands; kisses with infected persons are even more dangerous since your respiratory organs are the front doors for viruses, not to mention exchange of fluids; and on the and I think you already get it yourself, but let's mention it too, sharing food and utensils with infected person, is potentially more dangerous than anything above.
Be aware that if your family members are sick, you should not get to close to them as you can get sick too.

What causes stomach flu?

There are many viruses and bacteria's which cause gastric flu. At this moment we will just count them, because we will take a special attention on all of them one by one in future posts.

Viral enemies are named:
  • Adenoviru, 
  • Astroviruss, 
  • Norovirus, 
  • Rotavirus and
  • Sapovirus.

Bacterial enemies are named:

  • Aeromonas,
  • Bbacillus,
  • Listeria,
  • Plesiomonas,
  • Salmonella, 
  • Shigella,
  • Staphylococcus,
  • Vibrio and
  • Yersinia.

Parasitic enemies are named:

  • Cryptosporidium,
  • Entamoeba and
  • Giardia. 

In some other cases food allergies, antibiotics, medication and  toxins, can cause gastroenteritis and we will mention them in future posts as well.

The time of incubation of virus, bacteria or parasite can take much longer before any gastroenteritis symptoms occur. The person become a patient once he or she get transferred infections from infected person our other source. Depending on the immune system, the infection will spread and soon the symptoms will appear. That  is the point when all trouble begins.

What are stomach flu symptoms?

When symptoms of stomach flu suddenly appear, this means that causer has done the job, and person begin to suffer from various symptoms. Well, these symptoms are so strong that they are considered as illness itself. Since all symptoms are classified as specific disease, we will pay more attention on each one of them and write more about them in future posts. Here we will just count them as well and letter on we will decompose each problem individually.

So the most common stomach flu symptoms are:

  • appetite loss
  • diarrhea,
  • fatigue
  • mild fever,
  • muscle aches
  • nausea,
  • stomach cramps and chills,
  • vomiting.

As you can see, more or less, all these symptoms are illnesses itself. Considered like that, they all can be triggered because of some other reasons.
Having this in mind, infected person and his or hers doctor must go through the series of laboratory tests to confirm if stomach flu is in case before proceeding to treatment.

Stomach flu treatment

Even if we all would be the most happiest with prescribed medication, in most cases medications are out of use. The most important factor in fight with stomach flu is immune system. While body can dehydrate because of vomiting, it is important to take water, but only in small doses. No solid food should not be used while the symptoms are in the worst phases. When patients symptoms improve, the patient can eat soft bland food. More about diet I will write in future articles.

As you can see, this is an very serious illness and you should never treat it yourself. Respect your doctors profession, they has the best words to prescribe us in such a bed health condition.