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separator Do You Have Sinusitis?
The following symptoms may indicate that you have sinusitis:
  • Symptoms of an upper respiratory infection that last longer than 10 days
  • Facial pressure or pain
  • Nasal discharge that is yellow or green
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Cough
You can try over-the-counter nasal sprays to treat sinusitis, and a room humidifier may also help. If symptoms persist, it's a good idea to visit your doctor to determine whether you need an antibiotic or other treatment.

Source: American Academy of Otolaryngology - January 2002

Take Heart Meds Regularly
Taking medications is often an ongoing part of life for many heart patients. If you take medicine regularly, keep the following things in mind: You should know what all medication is for and why you're taking it. If you don't know exactly why you're taking a specific drug, be sure to ask your doctor to explain it to you. If you have any doubts about medicine you take, talk with your doctor. You're more likely to take it correctly if you believe in its use. If you find that you're taking a lot of pills in a day, talk with your doctor, pharmacist and any other member of your health care team to find out if there's any way to make thinks more simple. If you have trouble keeping track of your pills, ask your pharmacist for suggestions about a pill container that can help you stay on schedule.

Source: American Heart Association - January 2002

Ibuprofen Interferes with Aspirin
If you take aspirin every day to protect your heart, pay attention to the any pain medication you also use. A new study has shown that ibuprofen can block aspirin's effectiveness.

Ibuprofen is a common painkiller used for arthritis, headaches and other aches and pains. It belongs to a class of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, or NSAIDS. Common products containing ibuprofen include Advil and Motrin.

Talk to your doctor if you take daily aspirin and also use ibuprofen as a pain-killer. You and your doctor together can come up with an alternative plan for pain management.

Source: New England Journal of Medicine 20 December 2001

Decongestants, High Blood Pressure
If you have high blood pressure, you need to know that most over-the-counter cold medications contain decongestants, which can cause your blood pressure to rise. Some decongestants may even interfere with blood pressure medication.

The American Heart Association's Web site is promoting the use of Coricidin cold and flu products for people with high blood pressure. Coricidin does not contain a decongestant.

But if you do have high blood pressure, and especially if you're taking medication for this condition, it's best to ask your doctor about Coricidin, or any other product, before deciding to take it on your own.

Source: American Heart Association - January 2002

FDA Investigating Kava
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the safety of the popular dietary supplement kava kava. Reports from Switzerland and Germany indicate there have been 25 cases of liver toxicity associated with the use of supplements containing the substance.

Kava kava is popular for relief of stress and anxiety, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and insomnia. The FDA has asked doctors to report any cases of possible kava-related liver problems.

Source: Food and Drug Administration - January 2002

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