Why You Shouldn’t Mix Alcohol with Metronidazole Pills

Many times we are told by our doctors not to combine certain medicines with other drugs and chemicals due to its potential side effects and drug interactions. Before you are prescribed with certain medicines by your doctor, you should be well aware of the precautions as well as how the medications will function so that you will know what to expect. Generally this is part of the patient safety rules. That is why you will find a leaflet packed together with the medicines you have bought so you can have something to glance on during your treatment. Leaflets contain the general instructions, precautions, the general dos and don’ts, as well as a brief list of drugs or chemical that you should never combine with your medication.

Metronidazole pills are antibacterial drugs with its sole purpose to kill and eliminate infections caused by various types of bacteria and parasites. Most of these infections can occur in the digestive tract, genital area, lungs, and other internal organs. With metronidazole pills it is easier to eliminate such body intruders by simply killing the pathogens and parasites and prevent them from coming back.

Although Metronidazole pills are very powerful and beneficial antibiotic, take note that it is still a drug that might have some drawbacks especially when taken together with other chemicals and drugs. That is why you need to discuss with your doctor about your treatment prior of taking Metronidazole pills. Among the most prohibited chemicals that you should never ingest with metronidazole is alcohol. So what makes Metronidazole pills and alcohol a dangerous combo? Read more…

Ontario physicians emulate Schwarzenegger

Legislation passed last week in California to ban smoking in cars when a child is present, and the Ontario Medical Association took notice. Now, they are asking Ontario to do the same thing. (And they're not afraid to use awful puns in the Terminator-referencing title of their press release.)

Based on what Ontario health minister George Smitherman , the doctors' prayers may just be answered:

You've suggested the smoking ban should be extended into people's homes. Doesn't that strike you as a little Big Brother-ish? I don't think we all want to live in a place where every third person is a bylaw enforcement officer, but we have to work hard to find a balance there. When I pull up beside a car — and it doesn't happen often, but I am observant — and see someone is smoking with a kid in the car, I'm inclined to draw awareness.

You mean you yell at them to butt out? If I can get their attention, yeah.

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QC new-immigrant medicare restriction under fire

Protesters are denouncing the province's policy of forcing new immigrants to wait three months before they qualify for Quebec public health insurance today in front of Quebec health minister Philippe Couillard's Montreal office, .

The demonstration, staged by Health Care for All, began yesterday and continued through the night as four protesters camped outside the government offices .

Health Care for All says some immigrant families rack up as much as $63,000 in debt for medical care, as in . The group alleges the three-month delay policy amounts to discrimination against immigrants -- a touchy point these days in Quebec as the Taylor-Bouchard commission on reasonable accommodation is still underway.

A spokesperson for Dr Couillard told the CBC the policy prevents people from coming to Quebec only to take advantage of the healthcare system. The health insurance agency recommends new residents take out private health insurance until they get their Quebec health
cards.

The government's policy is described online. Quebec exempts temporary workers and season farm workers from the three-month delay. Ontario's policy is similar, but allows more exemptions, including for newborns, discharged Canadian military personnel and elderly patients in assisted-living homes. British Columbia and New Brunswick also require three months of residency before immigrants qualify for public health insurance.

The BC Civil Liberties Association last year pressed health minister George Abbott to exempt temporary farm workers from the three-month waiting period. In (PDF), the BCCLA suggest failure to cover those workers immediately is in breach of the Canada Health Act, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and perhaps the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In 1998, the Canadian Council for Refugees to insist Canadian provinces' waiting periods for medicare meant that Canada was breaking its commitments under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. (Quebec's three-month delay came into effect in 2001.)

McGill professor of social work Jill Hanley, PhD wrote outlining the difficulties posed for women by these waiting periods.

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