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What are some benefits and risks of taking aromatase inhibitors?

What are some benefits and risks of taking aromatase inhibitors?

Benefits > downsides: Hormonal therapy has systemic benefits in er+ patients (similar to chemo), reduces local recurrence after breast conservation, and reduces the risk of second/new breast cancers. Head to head each of these is slightly better for ais than tamoxifen. Ais major side effects are menopausal symptoms, bone and joint symptoms (arthralgias), and decrease in bone density. ...Read more

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Aromatase Inhibitors (Definition)

An aromatase inhibitor is a medicine that blocks the conversion of androgens in fat cells to ...Read more


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What are some benefits and risks of estrogen blockers for men?

What are some benefits and risks of estrogen blockers for men?

There are: No benefits. The only men who take them are "body builders" who put their faith in pharmacology instead of their genetics and work ethic, and then suffer the consequences for their poor decision making. Besides, you'd have to get them illegally on the black market, could get a very toxic drug instead, and could be liable for a felony conviction. Does that make sense? ...Read more

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What are some benefits and side- effects of anti-estrogen/anti-aromatase as a nutritional supplement?

What are some benefits and side- effects of anti-estrogen/anti-aromatase as a nutritional supplement?

None: An anti-aromatase drug given to a post-menopausal woman is de facto an "anti-estrogen", since aromatase is the enzyme which converts ovarian testosterone and adrenal androgens to estrogens. They effectively block stimulation of hormone-sensitive cancers, but they have no place as a nutritional supplement as they markedly interfere with bone metabolism. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of taking a generic multivitamin? And are there any side effects?

What are the health benefits of taking a generic multivitamin? And are there any side effects?

It is fine to take: If a person has knowledge of nutrition and has a very balanced diet, then he or she may not need to take a daily multivitamin because his foods contain enough. I recommend each person take a multivitamin because many people don't have a truly balanced diet. Some people also need extra vitamin d, calcium, folate, omega3, etc..., depending on individual issues. Generally, there are no side effects. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and risks of taking salt pills?

What are the benefits and risks of taking salt pills?

Depends on reason: People with low blood pressure might benefit from taking salt pills to help expand their plasma volume but people prone to congestive heart failure and high blood pressure might make those conditions worse. ...Read more

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Do the benefits of testosterone therapy outweigh the risks? What are some of the benefits and risks?

Do the benefits of testosterone therapy outweigh the risks? What are some of the benefits and risks?

Testosterone: Whether any treatment benefits outweigh risks is a personal decision to be addressed btwn you & your physician. Testosterone should only be given to those in whom it's been proven that they are low (hypogonadism) and for whom it's not forbidden (untreated metastatic prostate cancer). Check out http://www.alvinblin.com/ where I have addressed pros & cons. Also need to ask if you want more children ...Read more

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What are the risks of taking pro-hormone while on anti-depressants?

What are the risks of taking pro-hormone while on anti-depressants?

Pro-hormone?: Not sure what you mean by pro-hormone? Would also need to know what specific antidepressant you are referring to to be able to answer your question. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of taking DMAE? What are the side effects or contraindications?

What are the benefits of taking DMAE? What are the side effects or contraindications?

DMAE: DMAE is used to possible improve exercise performance (usually when done with vitamins, minerals, and ginseng). It should not be taken by people with a seizure disorder, depression or schizophrenia.. Side effects include constipation, headache, increased blood pressure, tics, disordered sleep and confusion. ...Read more

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What are some risks from the combination of n-acetylcysteine with metaclopramide?

What are some risks from the combination of n-acetylcysteine with metaclopramide?

Very little if any: Metoclopramide works by blocking Dopamine receptors in the central nervous system, and by increasing motility of the esophagus/stomach/intestines. Acetylcysteine acts on the respiratory tract, so it does not directly interact with metoclopramide, but can have the side effects of nausea, vomiting (frequency is not defined the medical literature). So the combination is relatively safe. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and side effects of taking anti depressants?

What are the benefits and side effects of taking anti depressants?

Antidepressants: Benefits of antidepressants include relief from symptoms of depression: sleep disturbance, loss of interest in normal activities, fatigue, sad mood with suicidal thinking, etc. Side effects vary by the specific medication and are best discussed with your physician. Usually the best results come when psychotherapy is also part of the treatment for depression. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of taking niacin?

What are the pros and cons of taking niacin?

Pros:: May lower your triglycerides and/or raise your HDL. Cons: side effects including flossing/heat sensation. Limited to no data on improving outcomes. (may make your labs look better on paper, but not reduce your risk on MI or stroke) ...Read more

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What are the benefits and side effects of taking magnesium?

What are the benefits and side effects of taking magnesium?

Magnesium: Individuals on diuretics often feel better with magnesium , it lowers likelihood of ectopic activity, it reverses leg cramps in some. There are many benefits. It must be used careflly with poor kidneys and can cause diarrhea. If you are serious get the "magnesium factor" by mildred seelig md. ...Read more

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What are some advantages to taking antioxidants?

What are some advantages to taking antioxidants?

Binding free radical: Free radicals are thought to be like chemical monsters and combine with other chemicals that can attack the body and cause cancer and heart disease. The thinking is to get rid of the free radicals to reduce disease before it happens. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of taking anxiety medications?

What are the pros and cons of taking anxiety medications?

Anxiety medication: Anxiety medications can relieve immediate anxiety symptoms. Some of the medications, such as the Benzodiazepines, can cause drowsiness so it is important to test out the effects before driving or operating equipment. They could also be abused. There are other medication options like Buspar, (buspirone) anti-depressants or beta-blockers that could also help anxiety that are not addicting. See your doctor about possible choices. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of taking enzymes?

What are the pros and cons of taking enzymes?

Broad Question: Unfortunately the question is missing the meat. There are a million enzymes. What specifically are you asking about? ...Read more

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What are the alternative meds of testosterone therapy? Are they equally effective and have any side effetcs?

What are the alternative meds of testosterone therapy? Are they equally effective and have any side effetcs?

Not likely: I know of none , if labs show deficiency of anything , you need that product , beware of false advertisements of plant based extracts , not fda approved ect. not sure what your getting ...Read more

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of testosterone supplementation?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of testosterone supplementation?

Long list: Good: libido, erections, muscle mass, better fat and Insulin metabolism, mood, energy. Bad: can elevate red cells too high, can cause increased prostate size, won't get great results w/o diet and exercise improvement. ...Read more

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