Gestational Diabetes

Written by Andrew Palmer

Gestational diabetes is a temporary condition that occurs during pregnancy. Pregnant women who have never had diabetes before, but who have high blood sugar levels during pregnancy, are said to have gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes affects about 4% of all pregnancies, making it one ofrepparttar top health concerns related to pregnancy.

What isrepparttar 138226 cause of gestational diabetes? While no-one really knowsrepparttar 138227 true cause, there are some contributing factors that might increaserepparttar 138228 risk of developing gestational diabetes. These factors include: * Obesity inrepparttar 138229 woman * A family history of diabetes * Older maternal age (overrepparttar 138230 age of 30). * Having had gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy. * A previous delivery of a large (greater than 9 pounds) baby .

What arerepparttar 138231 risks of gestational diabetes? High sugar levels in your blood can be unhealthy for both you and your baby. If a woman had gestational diabetes during pregnancy, there is an increased risk of developing diabetes for both mother and child. Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes have a greater change of developing diabetes, but there is also some other risks involved, such as macrosomia, or a "fat" baby. Babies with macrosomia face health problems of their own, including damage to their shoulders during birth, or a higher risk for breathing problems.

Cut Prescription Drug Costs Without Having To Buy Foreign Drugs

Written by Melissa Horn

Save Up to 93% by Asking for a Generic - Use generics whenever they are available. Both brand name and generic drugs containrepparttar same active ingredients, arerepparttar 138225 same in strength and dosage and meetrepparttar 138226 same government quality control standards.

Savings on brand name vs. generic drugs will vary from drug to drug and pharmacy to pharmacy but can be significant. Some remarkable examples:

Prozac brand 20mg, 100 tablets cost $280.19 Generic sells for $29.99 (Savings 89%)

Vasotec brand 5mg, 100 tablets costs $103.59 Generic sells for $18.19 (Savings 82%)

Ask Your Doctor is an Older Medication is as Effective - Often, physicians prescribe a newer drug that has been promoted as more effective. However, what this really means is that it is considerably more expensive. For example, newer antibiotics are often no more effective thanrepparttar 138227 older antibiotics. A great generic broad-spectrum antibiotic can cost 80% less than a new antibiotic.

Ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter (OTC, non-prescription) medicine - Sometimes an OTC medication can be as effective asrepparttar 138228 prescription, and if it is, chances arerepparttar 138229 OTC medicine will be considerably cheaper. For example, a one-month supply of Pepcid 20mg costs approximately $60. Pepcid AC, over-the-counter in 10mg strength (you would simply take two) costs approximately $23.

Cut Your Costs in Half by Using a Pill Splitter - Most pharmacies stock pill splitters. Sometimes, medications can be broken in half and save you 50%. Why? Several pharmaceutical manufacturers price some of their medicationsrepparttar 138230 same for all strengths. For example, Lipitor is almostrepparttar 138231 same price for all strengths. Itís possible to save as much as $100 on a one month supply of Lipitor just by gettingrepparttar 138232 larger strength and cutting in half. Ask your pharmacist.

If your medication can be split, make sure you checkrepparttar 138233 figures. Ifrepparttar 138234 higher dose is less than doublerepparttar 138235 cost for your regular dose then you will be saving money by having your doctor prescriberepparttar 138236 higher dose and then splitting it.

Disclaimer: Using a pill splitter is not appropriate for all medications and could be dangerous if done withrepparttar 138237 wrong medication. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist if there would be any problems with splittingrepparttar 138238 tablets or capsules.

Ask your doctor for a "trial prescription" when starting a new medication - Ifrepparttar 138239 doctor does not have samples, ask your pharmacist to give you only a one-week supply to try. It is a federal law that medicines cannot be returned once they are dispensed. If you get a month's supply and canít toleraterepparttar 138240 medicine or, you don't want to continuerepparttar 138241 medicine, you'll have saved money by not buying a full prescription atrepparttar 138242 start.

Ask for free samples of your prescription medicine - If it's your first prescription for a particular medicine, this is also a good way to "try"repparttar 138243 medicine to see how well it works for you and how well you tolerate any side effects. However, even though it is nice to have a free drug for a week or two, make sure itís not a high-priced alternative that will end up costing you more when it comes time to pay for a full prescription.

Consider using mail-order pharmacy services - You can usually order up to a 3Ėmonth supply of your prescription medicine for about 30% less thanrepparttar 138244 individual prescription refills. Mail-order pharmacies are also more private and often more convenient. You should be aware, however, that a mail-order pharmacy can't fill prescriptions as fast as your pharmacy. So mail order is usually best for maintenance-type drugs. If you use an Internet pharmacy service, be sure it carriesrepparttar 138245 Verified Internet Pharmacy Practices Sites (VIPPS) seal, which identifies sites licensed to sell prescription medicines online.

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