Medication TV Commercials

I remember the very first time I saw a commercial for Remicade on TV in 2004. I was shocked. In Germany (and most other western countries), only over the counter products can get advertised on TV. So, I was familiar with Aspirin commercials, or cough syrup. But Remicade? I didn’t have TV for a long time, so I haven’t paid attention much, but recently, it was discussed in a bunch of forums and it got me watching, and thinking. MyRead more

The infection saga II: MRSA

I was put on two different antibiotics, and about a day after the last blog post, my abscess started to drain. I’ll spare you the yukky details. On Monday, the cultures had finally gotten back to my doctor- it was MRSA indeed! So the cephalexin that I had been taking had pretty much been useless, and it was discontinued.  Bactrim, the other antibiotic however, was the one that had been helping. Awesome, finish that round, do the hibiscin showers, andRead more

Today in side-effects: nasty infections

  On Friday, I was out for dinner, and felt a bug bite me. I swatted it away, and may have scratched it. On Saturday, I woke up with a swollen face that progressively got worse. My doctor put me on anti-biotics right away. How could it get infected so fast? From one time scratching? I don’t have much of an immune system these days. And I have always been prone to develop abscesses. In spite of my antibiotics, myRead more

Herbal Supplements for Healing

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor (actually, I am, just not that kind of doctor). I also don’t endorse any particular brands over the others. My criteria for buying are: convenience (how far do I have to go to get that stuff?), practicality (I have no use for powders etc.), price (I am willing to pay for stuff, but within reason). I don’t know whether they help- between the painkillers I am getting and the “regular” prednisone, and the twoRead more