Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic Rhinitis or hay fever is an inflammation of nasal membranes. It is developed before age 20 but may occur often as a person grows until adulthood. There are different risk factors connecting to allergic rhinitis such as family history of having this condition, exposure to indoor allergens namely animals and dust mites, higher socioeconomic class, and positive allergy skin prick test.

Pollens, dust mites, insect allergens, animal allergens and molds are five things that can activate this condition giving the following major symptoms:
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal Itching (nasal pruritus)
  • Rhinorrhea (condition of having a persistent mucus from the nasal cavity)
  • Nasal congestion

Monday, April 22, 2013

Recalling College Days

I remember when I was in college; my friends and I will go to a music studio. There, we sang, dance and play guitars and drums.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ghost Pharmacists in Drugstores

Stories about ghost pharmacists are not new. It is sad that until today many pharmacy owners keep on operating without a pharmacist on duty. 

Hope we can say this proudly.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

ASEAN Notification Of Cosmetic Product

FDA Philippines is accepting online submission of ASEAN Cosmetic Product Notification. You just need to follow the instructions carefully as mistakes may lead to rejected application. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Charity Sale

I went to a charity sale and I’ve seen so many useful stuffs. 

ADHD Treatment

Here are few videos demonstrating the use of metronome as ADHD treatment.

Boost Confidence in School

The Interactive Metronome

Interactive Metronome

What is a metronome?

It is a device use by musicians to count beats or pulses while they practice playing music.  It is amazing how this tool help musicians to establish their accuracy of playing use. A group of researchers also managed to discover the effects of using an interactive metranome on children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Antihistamines for Allergic Rhinitis

The following are over-the-counter antihistamines:

Non-sedating Antihistamine

Brand Name: Claritin (Non-Rx)
Content: Loratadine
Dosage: Tablet / Syrup Adult and Children 12 years old or more = 1 tablet or 2 teaspoons to be taken once a day
Syrup Children 2 – 12 years old more than 30 kg = 2 teaspoons to be taken once a day
Syrup Children 2 – 12 years old 30 kg or less = 1 teaspoon to be taken once a day
To be taken with or without food.
Packing: Tablet 10 mg x 100’s
Syrup 5mg/5mL x 30 mL

Operational Business Intelligence

In running a retailing or trading business, a right help is needed in order to see what is really happening on your business. Too many papers can make things very complicated. It’s good to know that there are IT consultants that can make things easier for business owners.

How to Treat Allergic Rhinitis?

Treating allergic rhinitis is not so hard if you identified the allergens that trigger the attacks. The best treatment is avoiding them by controlling the environment. 

When it comes to medications, there are plenty to help you. The treatment for allergic rhinitis or hay fever is based on age and symptoms. For some reasons, these medications may not be applicable to your condition. In that case, you need to consult the pharmacist or doctor.

Antihistamines are the first choice of treatment for allergic rhinitis. Two types of antihistamines are available, sedating and the non-sedating. Obviously the type that can cause drowsiness is not advisable for people who need to operate machines or drive a vehicle. There are different preparations that you can find in the pharmacy, tablets, capsules, syrup, nasal sprays and eye drops. In order to treat a specific symptom, the right dosage form must be chosen. For example a person is experiencing itchy eyes cause by the pollen or other allergens, the ocular antihistamine is the correct form to use. For people with hay fever and having so much trouble with uncomfortable running nose, they can use the nasal spray.

There are many over-the-counter (OTC) preparations to choose from. There are also preparations that need a doctor’s prescription. If you are not sure what to use, ask the pharmacist.

Sedating antihistamines:

Non-Sedating antihistamine:

Ocular Antihistamines:

The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader and NOT intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Doctors’ prescription is necessary for some drugs. Always read the package inserts/leaflets before using the product.The owner of this site disclaims any responsibility for the decisions you make based on this information. If you have any health-related questions, persistent health condition or before taking any medication, please consult your health care provider.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Controlling the Environment to Prevent Attack of Allergic Rhinitis

Once you identified the allergens, the preeminent treatment is avoiding those allergens by controlling your environment. Inside and outside stubborn allergens will keep on irritating you if you don’t make actions to eliminate them.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Right Practice, Better Future

What field of Pharmacy will you choose to practice?

Choosing a field of practice as a Pharmacist is a critical part of a fresh graduate. The scope of pharmacy practice is comprehensive but choosing a specific one will make you an expert. This doesn’t mean you can’t shift from being a community pharmacist to a hospital pharmacist. You can certainly change your mind once or twice. But more than that I think you need a serious time to consider your strengths and weaknesses before jumping to another field. You may also need to check your motives and goals going to a certain direction. 

You need to fill up your brain with the right information in order to become competitive. It is like putting things in proper cabinet organizers. For instance, if you want to work abroad, you need to choose community pharmacy or hospital pharmacy to practice. Why? Because most of the jobs abroad require these posts. Having said that, you need gain at least 2 years of experience on either field.

Let me just share to you that not all countries recognized our curriculum. Although it’s given that we really need to be qualified in order to practice our profession abroad. Still other countries thought that we don’t meet their standards. Some even suggests that we need to study for four more years. That is ridiculous, isn’t it?

Anyhow, I believe there many good companies in the Philippines that can give pharmacists better and stable jobs. Just research about the company before applying for a position. Then, if you think the job suits you well, prepare for your application. Make a neat and organized resume and get ready for the interview.

To the fresh graduates and newly qualified pharmacists, God bless to your chosen field of practice and to you future jobs.

Drug Take-Back Day

I am not so sure of how drug disposal system is carried out in our country. But I hope that health care professionals, consumers/ patients or any one in possession of expired medicine have the proper knowledge on how to throw away expired medication.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Swimming Must Haves

What is inside your swim bag? Aside from the fact that it’s annoying to carry a heavy bag, there is no point of bringing stuffs that do not have use at all. So, we certainly need to think and make a list of what we really need to put inside our swim bags. 

JOBS: April 10, 2013

  • JF Draf Pharmaceutical Corp.  - Regulatory Pharmacist (Annapolis Greenhills San Juan City)
  • Cleomedics Inc. - Pharmacist (NCR)
  • LV Universal Manpower Services Inc.  - Pharmacist (United Arab Emirates - Al Ain)
  • LV Universal Manpower Services Inc.  - Assistant Pharmacist (United Arab Emirates - Al Ain)
  • GTI Recruitment Inc. - Pharmacy Tech/Pharmacist (Saudi Arabia - Riyadh)
  • St. Francis Generic Drugstore - Licensed Pharmacist (Taguig City)
  • Success Intl. Placement Incorporated - Pharmacist (United Arab Emirates)


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Saturday, April 6, 2013

I Love Audiobooks

Becoming a more competitive and trust-worthy individual calls for self-growth and development. We owe to ourselves the chance to be exposed in different trainings and seminars. If there's a need to pay for those, we must set aside certain percentage of our salaries.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Danger of Unlicensed Temporary Tattoo Dye

All temporary skin-staining products, commonly known as henna dye products, need Philippine FDA approval as cosmetic products before they are marketed or used in the country. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Street Trivia

One of common things you can find in cities of European countries are the so-called buskers. They are people who show their talents in busy streets while soliciting money from the viewers. Some of them sing, dance, act and play instruments. Some of them even use high quality gadgets like line 6 spider iv to assist them in their performances. With the use of such device, a man playing a guitar can amplify the beauty of every note he plucks which will definitely make you give some of dimes. 

Factors That Cause Pharmacy Errors

Pharmacists should be attentive in providing their service to the public. We are working under legal and regulatory laws. We are accountable for every mistake we make. 

Common Causes of Problems in a Pharmacy Business

Building and managing a pharmacy business are no easy tasks. Every now and then, difficult situation arises that tests your patience and skills to the limits. You even hope that you’re like a Challenger lift that no matter how heavy the problems or challenges, still your shoulders are strong enough to carry the weight. Any business if conveyed with courage and determination despite the problems along the way, surely, successes will dominate.