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Certain medicines are more effective when taken with food while others are more effective when taken without food. Some Antacids may relieve gas when taken before meals but may target heartburn when taken after meals. A glass of warm milk may fill your stomach but may not necessarily help your therapy since some medicines lose therapeutic activity in the presence of milk. Alcohol and direct sunlight may hinder the therapeutic activity for some medications


and may intensify the side effects. These conditions can also influence the therapeutic activity of herbal medicines. Thus it is important to speak to your doctor and pharmacist and pay attention to directions on packages of medicines.

Recommendations: • If your schedule is hectic ask your doctor for a dose regimen that’s easy to follow. • read instructions on labels • read monographs which usually demonstrate the correct way to use the products like inhalers

Now certified to perform:

• If you are unsure ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. By Yvelle Charles-Jenkins Pharmacist

Christine Gillis-Gerard Specializing in home visits. Cedar Valley

The THINPREP Pap Test with its refined and advanced testing protocol, has eclipsed the old-fashioned Pap smear as the only Pap test "significantly more effective" for the detection of cervical abnormalities. It is now the most trusted, most reliable, most comprehensive Pap test available in the world. Ask your doctor about the benefits and advantages of the "new", cost effective THINPREP Pap tesr. Then make it your Pap test of choice! RAMCO BUILDING ST MARY’S ST TEL: 562.7683 TEL: 562.5227 FAX: 562.7684 FAX: 462.1838 Email:

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Business Focus Antigua Issue 40  

As 2011 comes to a close and we enter 2012, the forecast for the world economy continues to be news of job cuts and hints of a "double dip"...