SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Volume 11, Issue 3, Spring 2011
Volume 11, Issue 3, Spring 2011
Basic concepts in pharmacology, drug action and pharmacokinetics : part 3 : the pharmacokinetic processes of absorption and distribution : basic pharmacologyAuthor Gustav SchellackSource: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 11, pp 4 –7 (Spring 2011)More Less
This is the third in a series of articles on the basics of pharmacology, drug action and pharmacokinetics, in which interactive explanations are used to illustrate the first two of the four basic pharmacokinetic processes, namely absorption and distribution (i.e. the 'A' and 'D' of the "ADME" processes). This series uses excerpts and diagrams with permission from the 2nd edition of Pharmacology in Clinical Practice: Application Made Easy for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals, and is compiled and expanded upon by the author.
Source: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 11, pp 10 –12 (Spring 2011)More Less
Spring means budding flowers, new leaves on trees and greener grass - and if you have seasonal allergies, a streaming nose and sneezing. Springtime allergies (also known as hay fever and allergic rhinitis) can make sufferers want to hide indoors, but a better understanding of the problem and timely intervention may put a spring back into their step!
Author Leilani JohnstonSource: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 11, pp 17 –18 (Spring 2011)More Less
Topical anti-inflammatories and analgesics are ideal for treating localised pain and inflammation affecting soft tissues that are accessible through topical delivery such as the ankle, hip, knee, shoulder or elbow. Topical preparations available in South Africa include gels, lotions, creams, sprays, patches and plasters.
Source: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 11, pp 26 –29 (Spring 2011)More Less
Customers often complain of red or itchy eyes, or even more commonly of "pink eye." So what causes these problems and what product may be recommended? Virtually all eye problems result in the white of the eye (the sclera) becoming red or pink, and thus many people believe that they have "pink eye," a term that should be reserved for infectious problems in the eye.
Author Jacky Van SchoorSource: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 11 (Spring 2011)More Less
Swimmer's ear is an infection of the external ear canal resulting from water getting trapped in there. This allows bacteria to proliferate in the ear canal and leads to infection and inflammation. Also called acute otitis externa, swimmer's ear is best treated with an antibiotic eardrops available on prescription from a doctor.
Author Karen Van RensburgSource: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 11 (Spring 2011)More Less
Infant colic is characterised by episodes of inconsolable crying in a baby, for which no apparent reason can be found, usually occuring for more than three hours at a time, three days per week and for three weeks out of a month.
Having to deal with a baby that suffers from colic also takes a toll on the caregivers and family, as it can be emotionally distressing not to be able to find the reason for the crying or being able to console the baby and stop the crying.
Author Jacqui SouterSource: SA Pharmacist's Assistant 11, pp 37 –38 (Spring 2011)More Less
The skin is an organ that covers the entire surface of the body. It is a protective barrier that prevents internal organs from being damaged by trauma, ultraviolet radiation and infections. The skin also regulates body temperature and can feel pain and pleasant sensations.