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It takes very long years to be a doctor!
No wonder my housemate has encountered those who do not care, perhaps the years of training have worn them off.
But we encountered a kind one this evening.

My medications:
promelix syrup
serratiopeptidase

Serratiopeptidase is present in the silkworm intestine and allows the emerging moth to dissolve its cocoon.
Some alternative medicine proponents claim that serratiopeptidase is beneficial for pain and inflammation but “existing trials [have been] small and generally of poor methodological quality.
warning against ignoring safety issues with use of biological agents.
Serratiopeptidase is supposed to be particularly helpful with arthritis or other pain (inflammation).

promelix syrup: Contents
Per 5 mL Codeine phosphate 9 mg, promethazine HCl 3.6 mg
Category C: Either studies in animals have revealed adverse effects on the foetus (teratogenic or embryocidal or other) and there are no controlled studies in women or studies in women and animals are not available. Drugs should be given only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the foetus.

Codeine phosphate is a type of medicine called an opioid. Codeine is a mild painkiller, but also has cough suppressant and anti-diarrhoeal actions.

In treating pain, codeine works by mimicking the action of naturally occurring pain-reducing chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins are found in the brain and spinal cord and reduce pain by combining with opioid receptors. Codeine mimicks the action of natural endorphins by combining with the opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord. This blocks the transmission of pain signals sent by the nerves to the brain. Therefore, even though the cause of the pain may remain, less pain is actually felt.

In treating cough, codeine works by reducing the nerve signals sent from a part of the brain called the coughing centre to the muscles that produce coughing. Coughing is a reflex response to irritation of the airways. It is useful for clearing mucus, dust and other particles from the throat and lungs. It is important because it reduces the amount of mucus, dust and bacteria in the airways that would otherwise make breathing difficult. However, sometimes, coughing can become overstimulated even when there is no mucus to clear from the lungs or throat. In this situation coughing serves no purpose and can become painful and frustrating. Codeine phosphate can be used to block the cough reflex in situations where the cough serves no purpose, ie when no plegm is being coughed up.

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Written by blueroselady

December 7, 2010 at 3:11 pm

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