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A 35-year-old member asked:

do birth control pills increase the risk of breast cancer if you skip the placebos?

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Dr. Wesley Marquart
General Surgery 18 years experience
No: A placebo is a pill without any active ingredients. Skipping them has no consequence. However, taking birth control pills does increase your risk of developing breast cancer because of the hormones found in them.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: Placebo, by definition, has no pharmacologic effect.

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Is japanese encephalitis vaccine safe while pregnant or breast-feeding?

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Probably yes: It is an inactivated virus, so theoretical it is safe if all ingredients are. It has no category so safety is unknown. If you can wait, wait.
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Ive heard that adding vitamins a and d to diet during pregnancy may help control skin itchiness and rashes. Is this true? How much should I take?

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I have a weak grip, tingling in my fingers and pain in my neck. Do I have thoracic outlet syndrome?

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Can herpes simplex virus 2 infection of a new born during birth cause encephalitis?

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Why is hydrocortisone given for chest pain?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
A couple reasons: It is sometimes given for musculoskeletal pain such as tietze's syndorme, an inflamation of the cartilage between the rib and sternum seen in women. Can be injected or given by mouth. Indocin (indomethacin) and similar drugs can also be used..Hydrocortisone is also used at times for pericarditis, but the recurrence rate is higher than if Indocin (indomethacin) is used so that is preferred. Also used for dressler's syndrome.

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