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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WARFARIN

Warfarin is a drug that interferes with the body’s clotting mechanism. It takes some time to kick in, unlike heparin, and is given to prevent clotting in deep vein thrombosis or emboli.

Careful monitoring of blood clotting time is required but it may be a life-saving compound. Naturopathic treatments are available but should only be prescribed by a competent and experienced complementary medical practitioner with experience in herbal medicine.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: VIAGRA

This drug, released in America in the early part of 1998, encourages the production of a firm erection by influencing a chemical that, in turn, constricts the contraction of the veins in the penis as opposed to relaxing the muscles in the arteries. Highlighting the large number of men with erectile problems this drug hasContinue Reading

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: VASODILATORS

Principally anything that opens up blood vessels is a vasodilator, which includes alcohol. Peripheral vasodilators are used in an attempt to treat Raynaud’s disease and others affect the blood vessels in the brain and are being unsuccessfully tried in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Use only if alternative therapies do not work because these drugsContinue Reading

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: VANCOMYCIN

Vancomycin is an antibiotic that deserves special mention. It can only be given intravenously and is used as a last resort against multiresistant bacteria. Its use is becoming more needed because of hospital-induced resistant strains, especially of staphylococcal infections. Special mention is given because it is our last-resort antibiotic. We now have resistant strains toContinue Reading

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: UNGUENTUM MERCK

A popular ointment made up of paraffin, neutral oils and alcohols and brilliantly marketed by the pharmaceutical company Merck, who attached their name to the Latin ‘Unguentum’ for ointment. It is safe to use as a barrier cream, preferably in conjunction with a naturopathic ointment such as Arnica or Calendula, which can be used insteadContinue Reading

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: TRYPTOPHAN

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid and is used by the brain to produce serotonin, one of the body’s major calmants and sleep chemicals. L-Tryptophan was a most popular and successful antidepressant and is found in cottage cheese, milk products, meat, fish, fowl, bananas, dried dates, peanuts and most other protein-rich foods. It is nowContinue Reading

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: TRICYCLIC ANTIDEPRESSANTS

Until recently, tricyclics were a preferred form of antidepressant drug. More recently the serotonin re-uptake inhibitors have surpassed them. Tricyclics may still be prescribed by psychiatrists who stick with their known, tried and tested drugs and if they work and no alternatives are successful their use should be maintained.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: TRANQUILLIZERS

This term has now been superseded by hypnotics and anxiolytics. A tranquillizer is principally a drug that takes away anxiety and is now synonymous with anxiolytics. These drugs can be divided into the benzodiazepines and barbiturates. The latter are very rarely used nowadays because of their side effects and rapid addictive qualities. The former areContinue Reading

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: TIBOLONE

This drug is due to be pushed strongly as an anti-osteoporosis drug because of its oestrogen and progesterone activity. Initially used to block flushing after surgically induced menopause, the pharmaceutical industry have recently had it licensed for this other use. Avoid this drug until it has been on the market a little bit longer, inContinue Reading

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: THYROXINE

This is not strictly a drug although it is manufactured. It is a combination of an amino acid and iodine and is used as a replacement therapy in thyroid deficiency. Commonly needed and safe to use in the right dosage.

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