Metoprolol, Singulair, Zyrtek and Albuterol??

May 21, 2009

Question:

I am taking Metoprolol for my PVC’s. I am also taking Singulair and Zyrtek for my allergies; as well as Albuterol for my Asthma. Will the Metoprolol have any effect on my allergy medication’s effectiveness??

Answer:

Metoprolol will not affect the Singulair or Zyrtec, your two allergy medications. There is a potential interaction between the metoprolol and the albuterol, though. Since metoprolol blocks beta receptors on the heart, it can interact with albuterol, which stimulates beta receptors in your airway. Metoprolol is considered to be selective for the receptors on your heart, and should have very little effect on the airway and the effectiveness of your albuterol.

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Multiple Doses of Viagra Within a Day

May 21, 2009

Question:

Dear Pharmacist,

It is known that Viagra cannot be taken more than once a day. Can I split the total dose into smaller sub-doses and take it more than once a day? For example if I am on a 100-mg dose of Viagra a day, can I take 50 mg in the morning and 50 mg in the evening as the total dose is 100 mg, the same as taking a single dose of 100 mg a day? If I cannot do this, what is the reason for that?

Answer:

Sildenafil may be taken more than once-daily for indications other than erectile dysfunction. When treating a condition called pulmonary hypotension, doses up to 20mg are given three-times daily. However, for erectile dysfunction, the dose studied and the manufacturer’s recommendation is for no more than one dose per 24-hour period. The reason for not recommending more than one dose per day is simply that the effects of more frequent dosing have not been studied.

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JNode 0.2.8 Released

February 5, 2009

JNode 0.2.8 Released

The JNode project has released a new version of their Java-based operating system. Apart from a small nanokernel written in assembler, JNode is written entirely in Java. The reason for undertaking this effort is to provide those that like the idea of a Java operating system something to work with. Obviously, version 0.2.8 improves JNode in several areas.

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KDE 4.2 RC1 Released

January 20, 2009

KDE 4.2 RC1 Released

The KDE project has released the first release candidate for KDE 4.2. “The KDE Community today announced the immediate availability of “Cilense”, (a.k.a. KDE 4.2 Release Candidate), the only planned release candidate for the KDE 4.2 desktop. Cilense is aimed at testers and reviewers. It should provide a solid ground to report last-minute bugs that need to be tackled before KDE 4.2.0 is released. Reviewers can use this release candidate to get a first look at the upcoming KDE 4.2 desktop which provides significant improvements all over the desktop and applications. It is not recommended for everyday use, however.” Read the rest of this entry »


KDE 4.2 RC1 Released

January 17, 2009

KDE 4.2 RC1 Released

The KDE project has released the first release candidate for KDE 4.2. “The KDE Community today announced the immediate availability of “Cilense”, (a.k.a. KDE 4.2 Release Candidate), the only planned release candidate for the KDE 4.2 desktop. Cilense is aimed at testers and reviewers. It should provide a solid ground to report last-minute bugs that need to be tackled before KDE 4.2.0 is released. Reviewers can use this release candidate to get a first look at the upcoming KDE 4.2 desktop which provides significant improvements all over the desktop and applications. It is not recommended for everyday use, however.” Read the rest of this entry »


Winter Vomiting Bug – What Are Norovisuses?

January 16, 2009

Noroviruses are part of a group of viruses. In the United Kingdom they are the most common cause of upset stomach (gastroenteritis). Noroviruses are sometimes referred to as SRSV (small round structured viruses), NLV (Norwalk-like viruses), winter vomiting disease, or stomach flu.

Between 600,000 and 1,000,000 people are affected by the norovirus in the UK annually. Outbreaks are more common in confined environments such as schools, hospitals and nursing homes. The virus spreads from person-to-person and can survive for several days in a contaminated area.
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Obama ‘Must Not Bow’ To Demands Of Abortion-Rights Supporters, Editorial Says

January 16, 2009

President-elect Barack Obama was “largely hesitant” to discuss abortion rights while campaigning, and he “had good reason to be apprehensive,” a Washington Times editorial says, adding that abortion-rights groups “want to pull out all the stops, and their wish list has no bounds.” The editorial states that abortion-rights advocates are lobbying Obama’s transition team to “remove all restrictions on abortion instituted by President Bush and Republican-led Congresses over the last eight years.”
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