GI Dangers of Using Benicar

Weight loss may be a desirable outcome when dieting or exercising, but when it occurs because your body is no longer absorbing nutrients sufficiently, you could be in for a world of hurt. As pointed out in the website of law firm Williams Kherkher, rapid weight loss can be dangerous to your health.

Weight loss is one of the side effects of using Benicar and other drugs that contain olmesartan because of a condition called sprue-like enteropathy. Benicar is primarily an antihypertension drug. The symptoms of this medical condition are very similar to celiac disease, in which the afflicted trigger an immunological response when they ingest gluten, a protein present in wheat, rye, barley, and other grains. This response systematically damages the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and over time results in what is referred to as villous atrophy. At this point, the GI tract is so damaged that the body can no longer absorb food nutrients.

In sprue-like enteropathy, villous atrophy can still develop, but it is not triggered by the presence of gluten. This has been determined in studies of several patients who presented with celiac disease symptoms but were negative for the standard test for immunoglobulin A anti-tissue transglutaminase antibody or IgA-tTG. The link between Benicar and sprue-like enteropathy was initially suggested by researchers at the Mayo Clinic which had treated 22 patients between 2008 and 2010 who had the condition and were all taking Benicar. One patient had such severe GI damage that he was hospitalized for 100 days and must now use a feeding tube.

Sprue-like enteropathy develops over time and the risk rises sharply after the first year of using Benicar, but the studies did not find the same effect in patients using other drugs in the same class (sartans, also known as angiosten II receptor blockers) or other antihypertensive drug classes. This suggests that olmesartan is unique in producing this side effect. If the condition is diagnosed early enough, the damage can be minimized.

Prozac for Pets

There once was a time when unruly pets were sent to obedience school to solve the problem rather than be medicated with powerful drugs. But once the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the marketing of Prozac (fluoxetine-based) for pets, it was a foregone conclusion that pet owners would jump at the chance of an easy fix.

Prozac is an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class which gained wide popularity once it was FDA-approved in 1987 for the treatment of depression, then later obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa and panic disorder. It remains one of the most popular mood stabilizing drugs on the market despite the numerous product liability lawsuits filed against drug maker Eli Lilly and Company for the adverse effects of Prozac on humans.

Called Reconcile, the mood stabilizing drug for dogs based on the Prozac formula, was developed and marketed by Eli Lilly and Company as a chewable tablet designed to be given once a day to a dog which exhibits anxiety or nervousness when the pet owner goes away during the day. Animal experts are disturbed by the growing trend of pet owners who prefer to drug their dogs than to spend more time with them, which would do wonders to alleviate feelings of insecurity and fear in these already much-constrained animals.

This concern is not so much a matter of the idea of a chemical stopgap; antidepressants have a notoriously long list of potential adverse reactions which are somehow mitigated in many cases because physicians consider the benefits to outweigh the drawbacks. But in the case of pets, the same side effects apply and since a diagnosis of mental illness is unlikely, there are no real benefits to the animal. There have been reports that there is a potential to exacerbate behavior problems of dogs that had been put on Reconcile.

What is Lexapro?

Lexapro (generic name Escitalopram) is one of the many SSRI’s (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor/ serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitor) that is used to treat people with depression and anxiety. It is usually prescribed for adults and children (under 12 years old) who are suffering from major depression, and for adults who are experiencing anxiety disorder.

Being an SSRI, Lexapro works by restricting the reuptake of serotonin in the presynaptic cells, causing an increase of serotonin in the synaptic cleft accessible for binding on the postsynaptic receptor. These changes can cause a lift in the moods of the patients.

Lexapro, just as with other SSRI’s, has its side effects. These side effects vary from person to person, and can be mild to severe. Some of the milder side effects of Lexapro include dizziness, insomnia, changes in weight, nausea, and decreased sex drive. Getting any symptoms of allergic reactions (skin rashes, swelling of lips/face/tongue/throat, breathing problems) requires immediate medical help. This is why it is vital for you to inform your doctor and pharmacist about your allergies. Taking other medications, whether they are prescription, over-the-counter, or all-natural medications, can have varying interactions with Lexapro, and could either make it ineffective or cause further complications. Those who are taking Lexapro are advised not to take any monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI); you should stop taking any of the two and wait for at least 2 weeks before taking the other.

Similar to other SSRI’s, Lexapro can threaten the health of a newborn baby. Mothers who have taken Lexapro during pregnancy increase the risk of their new-born babies developing lung problems. However, doctors advice mothers not to immediately stop taking Lexapro if they are planning to conceive or have found out they are pregnant; they should first consult with their doctor regarding alternatives or different doses. Suddenly stopping your Lexapro medication can cause withdrawal symptom. Additionally, breastfeeding mothers should not take Lexapro since it can pass into the breast milk and potentially endangering the health of the baby.

Reasons Women Seek Breast Augmentation

Body image is something every human is very familiar of, and with society seeking only perfection, especially in the physical state, a lot of medical procedures have focused on helping achieve this perfection. The female body has always gathered much attention throughout human history, and the breast’s role as being both maternal and sexual has become more pronounced in recent years. Despite breasts being highly sexualized, society’s interest in the female form has pushed women to view big breasts as a necessity in order to gain the upper hand.

Breast augmentation is the most requested cosmetic surgery performed nowadays, and what most people don’t know is that there are other reasons for breast augmentation (or breast implant surgery) than women wanting bigger breasts. There are cases where women suffer from micromastia, a medical condition where women have underdeveloped breast tissues, while other women have asymmetrical breasts. There are also cases of breast cancer survivors who choose to have breast implants for normalcy. Although it does necessarily mean deformity, many women suffer negative body image and self esteem issues because of small breasts.

Women who consider getting breast augmentation are required to have physical and psychological screenings. The risks involved in breast augmentation can affect the women throughout their life; this is also a reason why, as Bergman & Folkers of Des Moines points out, the importance of seeking licensed surgeons to perform the surgery – to avoid permanently damaging the breast or have health complications. Furthermore, Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery of Des Moines specifies that breast augmentation surgery is different from breast mastopexy, a surgery meant to lift sagging breast or correcting the position of the breast and nipple.

To ensure the success of breast augmentation surgery, it would be best to consult with a licensed surgeon. Researching about augmentation could be confusing and a bit overwhelming, but it helps to know and understand the risks, ask questions about what worries you, and know how to properly take care of the implants to ensure they last long. Because there are options in breast implants and this surgery is highly individualized, there are a lot of things to be considered in order to get the desired results.