The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 31, 1998 · Page 52
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 52

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 31, 1998
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Q&A Q: I'm in search of the best 5-minute workout — one I can do on breaks at work. I was in good shape before I started my current job. I sit at a computer eight hours Mondays, 10 hours Tuesdays and eight hours Wednesdays, followed by four to seven hours standing on Wednesday nights. It's brutal. What's the best thing to do during my hourly breaks to stay physically toned? Carole Duree-Jones, Salem, Ore. George: Unfortunately, you can't do much in five minutes. That's hardly enough time to warm up. But you can use your lunch or dinner breaks to take a brisk walk around the building. Just getting your blood circulating and stretching your muscles will help you stay mentally alert. But a 5-minute workout? I suggest: Take a pair of light hand-held dumbbells with you to work — in fact, leave them on your desk as a reminder; you can use them as paperweights. Make sure they're no heavier than 2 pounds. Because you spend so much time sitting down, you should be happy to stand for 5 minutes during your break. So try this: • Stand up, with 1-pound weights in your hands, Fitness By GEORGE FOREMAN AND MIA HAMM and do standard arm curls, alternating hands for no more than three sets (between 10 and 12 reps). If you feel self-conscious, do it in the restroom. • Now, try extended arm raises. While standing, extend both arms straight up, weights in hands, palms toward you. Slowly lower them together, bending elbows, until the weights are level to your chin. Slowly raise them up again. Do 10 reps. While you're at it, you can practice touching your toes. But that shouldn't be done every day, only three times a week. Make sure there is some bend in your knees; never lock your knees. Q: How can I practice soccer skills alone? I need to work mostly on ball-handling skills. Terry Gunnell-Beck, Cana, Va. Mia: The solo techniques that were introduced to me when I was 15 are a series of moves called "Coervers" — named for a Dutch soccer player and coach who is still active teaching these drills worldwide. The gist is to move the ball using different surfaces of your feet, alternating feet, while changing speed and direction. GET IN GEAR BY TERRY BYRNE For the 90 percent of asthmatics who link their attacks to exercise, this new gym bag gem could save a trip to the emergency room. MicroAir's cordless, compact nebulizer ($300-$500) dispenses medicinal vapor - a step beyond an over- the-counter inhaler. For info: 1-800-634-4350. For example, touch the ball with the inside of one foot, then push it forward with the outside of the other foot. It's basically dribbling, but you can vary your moves, exaggerating what you'd do in a game, imagining players coming at you from all sides. These drills help you improve agility and your confidence with the ball. I start every workout with 20 minutes of Coervers, or "corner drills," easy at first, then I stretch and continue in a more explosive way. C3 Write in your questions about staying fit to our experts, Olympic gold medalists Mia Hamm and George Foreman, at: "Q&A: Fitness," USA WEEKEND, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22229-0012 (fax: 703-276-5518; e-mail: Please include a daytime phone number. INFORMATION FOR THE PATIENT EVISTA» (e-VISS-tah) Tablets Generic name: raloxitene hydrochloride Important Information lor Patients Using EVISTA lor the Prevention ol Osteoporosis alter Menopause Please read this information carefully before you begin taking EVISTA. It is important to read this information each time your prescription is refilled in case new information is available. This summary does not tell you everything about EVISTA. Your doctor is your best source of information about this medicine. You should talk with him or her before you begin taking EVISTA and at regular checkups. What is the most important Information I should know about EVISTA? EVISTA is lor use only by women alter menopause to prevent osteoporosis. II you are pregnant or can become pregnant you should not lake EVISTA because it could harm your unborn child. Do not take EVISTA if you have or have had blood clots, if you will be immobile for a long time or if you have liver disease. What is EVISTA? EVISTA is a medicine used by women after menopause to prevent osteoporosis (thin, weak bones). How does EVISTA work? In most women, EVISTA stops the loss of bone that often occurs after menopause. EVISTA acts like estrogen on the bones, although it builds bone to a lesser extent than estrogen. It is not known if EVISTA prevents fractures. EVISTA does not act like estrogen on the breast or uterus. What does EVISTA not do? EVISTA will not treat hot flashes (see What are the possible side affects ol EVISTA?). EVISTA does not stimulate the breast or the uterus. This means that some of the common side effects of estrogen, such as spotting or menstrual-type bleeding and breast tenderness, may be avoided. EVISTA did not increase the risk for breast cancer or cancer of the lining of the uterus in clinical studies up through two and one-half years. Who should not take EVISTA? Do not take EVISTA: • unless you have been told by your doctor that you have passed menopause. EVISTA is for use only by women alter menopause. • IF YOU ARE OR CAN BECOME PREGNANT BECAUSE IT COULD HARM YOUR UNBORN CHILD. • If you have or have had blood clots that required a doctor's treatment. These may include clots in the legs, lungs or eyes (thrombosis or phlebitis). Taking EVISTA may increase the risk of these blood clots. These clots can cause serious medical problems, disability or death. If there is anyone in your family with a history of blood clots, or if you have congestive heart failure or active cancer, you should discuss this with your doctor. • If you have liver disease, unless your doctor says it is all right to take EVISTA. • if you are allergic to EVISTA or to any ingredients in it. EVISTA! (raloxifene HCI) How should I lake EVISTA? • Take one EVISTA tablet once each day. • EVISTA can be taken with or without food and at any time of the day. • If you miss a dose, start taking the medicine again as soon as possible, on your normal schedule. You do not have to make up for the missed dose. It is important to keep taking EVISTA for as long as your doctor prescribes it. EVISTA can prevent osteoporosis only If you take It regularly. EVISTA has been prescribed specifically for you by your doctor. Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have a similar condition — it may harm them. What should I avoid while taking EVISTA? While taking EVISTA, you should avoid : • being immobile for a long time, for example, staying In bed after surgery or prolonged bed rest. Being immobile may increase the risk of blood clots (such as clots in the legs, lungs, or eyes). You should stop taking EVISTA at least 3 days (72 hours) More you plan on being Immobile for a long time. EVISTA therapy should only be started again after you are back on your feet and fully mobile (see What are the possible side eflecti ol EVISTA?). When traveling for long periods, it is important to get up and move around periodically. • taking any form of estrogen therapy that comes as a pill, patch or injection. • taking the cholesterol-lowering medicine cholestyramine. Ask your doctor if there is anything else you should avoid while taking this medicine. If you are taking warfarin or other coumarin products (blood thinners), your doctor may need to check your prothrombin time ("pro-time") and adjust your medicine when you first start taking EVISTA. You should tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines. What are the possible side effects ol EVISTA? A rare, but serious, side effect with EVISTA is blood clots in the veins. These blood clots can prevent blood How and cause serious medical problems, disability or death. Be alert for signs of trouble. Report these or any other unusual side effects to your doctor immediately. • pains in the calves or leg swelling (this can Indicate blood clots In the legs). • sudden chest pain, shortness of breath or coughing blood (this can indicate blood clots in the lungs). • changes in vision (this can indicate blood clots in the eyes). If you have these or any other problems while taking EVISTA, contact your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible (see What should I avoid while taking EVISTA?). Patients taking EVISTA had a higher occurrence of hot flashes than patients taking a placebo (sugar pill). The incidence on placebo was 18%, and the incidence on EVISTA was 25%. Most patients noticed this side effect early in their treatment. It was unusual for patients to develop hot flashes after the first 6 months of treatment. Patients taking EVISTA had a higher occurrence of leg cramps than patients tak- informed of other complaints reported during clinical trials. Complaints that were reported about as often with placebo (sugar pill) as with EVISTA are not discussed here. It is important to talk with your doctor about possible side effects. If you want to read more, ask your doctor or pharmacist to give you the professional labeling. Most patients tolerate treatment with EVISTA very well. The majority of side effects in clinical trials with EVISTA have been mild. They did not usually cause patients to stop taking the medication. What should I know about osteoporosis? Your bones are constantly being rebuilt. First, old bone Is removed, then it is replaced with new bone. This process keeps your skeleton healthy and strong. when the ovaries stop producing the female hormone estrogen and a woman enters menopause, the body changes In many ways. For example, bone may be lost taster than it can be replaced, causing the bones to grow thinner and weaker. This thinning of the bones Is called osteoporosis. At the start, osteoporosis has no symptoms. However, as it gets worse, it can cause broken bones (fractures) leading to pain and disability. Fractures due to osteoporosis often occur In the spine, hip or arm. Fractures of the spine are often painful, and over time they can cause height loss and deformity. The spine can curve and the body can become bent over. In addition to EVISTA, your doctor may recommend other ways to help prevent osteoporosis. These may include taking calcium or vitamin 0 supplements, getting certain types of exercise, quitting smoking and drinking less alcohol. Other Important Information If you experience any of the following conditions during treatment with EVISTA, please contact your doctor: • swelling of hands, feet or legs • abnormal bleeding from the vagina • breast pain or enlargement • pregnancy EVISTA also lowers the blood level of total and LDL ("bad") cholesterol; it does not raise triglycerides or HDL ("good") cholesterol. Unlike estrogens, EVISTA does not stimulate the breast or the uterus. If you experience vaginal bleeding or breast symptoms, you should see your doctor. keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children. In case of overdose, call your doctor, hospital or poison control center immediately. This summary gives you some important facts about your medicine. If you have any questions, ask your doctor. If you want to read more, ask your doctor or pharmacist to give you the professional labeling. Literature issued December 11,1997 PA 2090 AMP PRINTED IN USA [121197] ing a placebo (6% versus 2%, respectively). Like all medicines, EVISTA m , . , may cause side effects in some patients. This summary does not include all possible side effects with EVISTA. Your doctor has been EVISTA' (raloxifene HCI) Ell Lilly and Company Indianapolis, IN 46285 USA EVISTA* (raloxifene HCI)

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