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…

Canadian-led study named top medical breakthrough of 2007

In a seemingly unlikely turn of events, a Manitoba-based physician's work has been crowned the top medical breakthrough in the entire world in 2007.

Research led by Dr Stephen Moses, who teaches microbiology and internal medicine at the University of Manitoba, received .

The study singled out for the honour found in Kenya. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, which provided funding, is boasting today of its superb foresight.

a year ago about his research and its critics. "I think that it would be in order for the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) to revisit the issue of routine male circumcision, not just in the light of the findings of reduced risk for HIV infection, but in relation to other health benefits which have come to light in recent years," he said at the time.

You can read of Dr Moses on the International Centre for Infectious Diseases website, and check out more of Dr Moses's research . (Or you can read about Moses, the man who led the Jews out of Egypt in another kind of breakthrough altogether, , if you prefer. Moses was himself presumably circumcised, as Jewish custom dictates. Coincidence? Probably.)

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Is Time's list accurate? I have my doubts. Is a controversial, diarrhea-inducing OTC diet drug like orlistat (Alli) really more important in the long run than advances in stem cell research or improved lung cancer testing?

That kind of question echoes one of the central problems of medical research and medical reporting: how to balance the time and money allotted to research with an immediate payoff against research that, although it probably doesn't make much of a difference right away, may lay the groundwork for true breakthroughs later on. (It's another matter entirely to consider the frequent use of the term 'breakthrough' in the pages of daily newspapers these days to describe relatively minor bits and pieces of research.)

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