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How does your body process medicine? – Céline Valéry

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Have you ever wondered what happens to a painkiller, like ibuprofen, after you swallow it? Medicine that slides down your throat can help treat a headache, a sore back, or a throbbing sprained ankle. But how does it get where it needs to go in the first place? Céline Valéry explains how your body processes medicine.

Lesson by Céline Valéry, animation by Daniel Gray.


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48 thoughts on “How does your body process medicine? – Céline Valéry

  1. Many people are asking why some medicines (like paracetamol) say avoid alcohol. Alcohol induces the enzyme CYP2E1. This enzyme is what metabolises paracetamol into its toxic NAPQI metabolite. Thus, inducing this enzyme (through alcohol consumption) means that more toxic NAPQI metabolite is formed even with low dose paracetamol. That's why alcohol should be avoided. Source: Im a pharmacist!

  2. Good Morning 👋🏾I always said medicine I 👣good for your breathing all period 👋🏾think the next step is 👣see how it is process:

  3. I wish dosage could be given in hours eg rather than saying "take 3 times a day" it would say "take every eight hours" or "twice a day" every 12

  4. And when do we take throat medicine? The medicine does not go through the process, or goes through the whole process to…. BACK TO TOP?

  5. Not a medical professional or student. Just a sick guy at home curious about how this works. Fantastically simple explanation. I'm sure there is more nuance I'm gonna miss but this answered my questions. Thanks for the video!

  6. O melhor é não tomar analgésicos. Estes danificam seu anestesista natural do corpo tornando a dor crônica. Pessoas q sofrem de dores crônicas, são as mesmas q fazem uso contínuo de analgésicos.

  7. The way the animator truly represented the amazingly well-oganized incredible machine the human body is was just sublime to me.

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