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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: THEOPHYLLINE

This is a second-line antiasthma drug, traces of which are found in black tea. Use it if prescribed, but consider complementary medical therapies to aim at a cure for asthma rather than this drug, which simply relieves symptoms.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: TETRACYCLINES

These are powerful antibiotics with many side effects and should only be used after a firm diagnosis, culture and sensitivity have been established on any infection. This is sadly not done and many strains of bacteria are proving to be resistant to this antibiotic .

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: TETANUS TOXOID

Tetanus toxoid is given if a wound is liable to be infected. Tetanus toxoid is likely to be administered to anyone with a wound or cut that is likely to have been infected by the tetanus causing bacteria . Its use in serious wounds is sensible but minor abrasions seem to receive the same dosage,Continue Reading

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: TERFENADINE

Until recently this was the most popular antihistamine because it had a weak sedative effect. It is now known to create marked arrhythmias and should be avoided.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: TAMOXIFEN

Tamoxifen blocks oestrogen receptors and is the first-line hormonal treatment in breast cancer that is sensitive to oestrogen. It is also used in postmenopausal women because of an effect other than oestrogen blocking , side effects are rare but include menopausal symptoms and will, of course, stop the normal cycle.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: SUNSCREEN

An ever-increasing market is being found for these creams, which contain agents that block ultraviolet light. Their effect is only as a barrier cream and most people do not apply the lotion thickly enough. This means that the effects are much shorter lived than described on the bottle. Limited exposure to sun and reference toContinue Reading

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: SUMATRIPTAN

Initially an injectable drug used in acute attacks of migraine, it is now available orally but has many side effects and little long-term experience. It should be used only after all other alternatives and orthodox antimigraine treatments have been tried.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: SUDOCREM

God’s gift to nappy rash. This zinc-based synthetic beeswax cream acts as a marvellous barrier to prevent infection for nappy rash and open sores. Used in conjunction with an Arnica or Calendula cream, it will protect whilst the other heals.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: SUDAFED

Sudafed is an adrenaline-like drug called pseu-doephedrine. It is used as a topical nasal decongestant and should only be considered after alternative treatments have failed for situations such as rhinitis and hay fever.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: STREPTOKINASE

This is an injected drug carried by most Gps and emergency doctors for use within a few hours of a myocardial infarction . Streptokinase is also used for deep vein thrombosis and other clot problems such as embolism. It is considered to increase the chances of survival following heart attack. Further studies are required butContinue Reading

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