Codeine Addiction: Signs And Symptoms
Found in over-the-counter cough mixtures, codeine is a substance known for its pain relieving properties while also assisting in suppressing any persistent coughing. It’s a product most families have in their homes in the form of a simple cough syrup, but has now become the new recreational drug of choice for several youngsters across South Africa. Due to it being relatively cheap, and the fact that several high-profile celebrities endorse the use of codeine-laced drinks, the popularity of the drug has skyrocketed in recent years. Users often view the use of an over-the-counter cough syrup as harmless, but they couldn’t be…
Frequently asked questions about the flu vaccine.
Seasonal changes are upon us, and so is flu season … for everyone! Let’s address some of the most frequently asked questions patients have. What is the flu vaccine? This vaccine helps to protect you or your child against influenza (flu), particularly in people who run a high risk of associated complications. When a person is given the vaccine, the immune system (the body's natural defence system) will produce its own protection (antibodies) against the disease. None of the ingredients in the vaccine can cause flu. Flu is a viral infection that can spread rapidly and is caused by different…
The flu – what you need to know now
Flu season has arrived … for everyone! Now, more than ever knowing what to expect helps you and your family win the fight against flu. What is the flu The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. One distinguishing factor is that flu symptoms occur rapidly, one morning you may be well, and that afternoon you’re running a high fever and feel extremely ill. In general, cold symptoms tend…