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What do you find to be typical progression of drugs in type 2 diabetes (ie, start on metformin, but will need to add another agent after x months, etc?

What do you find to be typical progression of drugs in type 2 diabetes (ie, start on metformin, but will need to add another agent after x months, etc?

Many possible: Although metformin is the typical starting medication for most type 2 diabetics, many times it is not adequate alone to control sugars. Additional medications are based on many factors including: how high is your hemoglobin a1c, your weight, your age, other factors like heart, liver, and kidney function, cost factors. A typical next class of drugs would be a dpp-iv inhibitor or glp-1 agonist. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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I was in vietnam and have heart/blood pressure/diabetes problems. What else is caused by agent orange?

I was in vietnam and have heart/blood pressure/diabetes problems. What else is caused by agent orange?

Agent orange: It has been hard to pin down the effects of agent orange. To be sure, it is nasty stuff, but many of the "effects", such as heart, BP, diabetes, are very common in Viet Nam era veterans, regardless of exposure. Hopefully, you're getting treatment for these conditions. ...Read more

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Can my undifferentiated connective tissue disease be generated by my fathers severe exposure to agent orange? He has type 2 diabetes due to exposure.

Can my undifferentiated connective tissue disease be generated by my fathers severe exposure to agent orange? He has type 2 diabetes due to exposure.

Not likely.: The Institute of Medicine publishes a biennial report on the Agent Orange issue. There is limited but suggestive evidence of an association with diabetes (10% of the population has DM and very very few of them were ever exposed to AO) and no proposed evidence linking UCTD to paternal dioxin exposure. http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18395 ...Read more

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Why does procardia (nifedipine) cause edema?

Why does procardia (nifedipine) cause edema?

Ca++ channel blocker: The cause of edema in calcium channel blocker medications is due to the decrease in arteriolar resistance. The resistance change is not seen in the veins, so the pressure in the capillary beds is increased, thus causing fluid fluid shift into the tissues, resulting in edema. ...Read more

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Can you use l citulline when on nifedipine Er 30mg?

Can you use l citulline when on nifedipine Er 30mg?

Clarification needed: Did you men citrulline? There is no interaction between citrulline and nifedipine. ...Read more

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Nifedipine used for labor?

Nifedipine used for labor?

Used to stop labor: Nifedipine can be used to stop threated preterm labor in certain circumstances. ...Read more

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Why is nifedipine not used for asthma?

Why is nifedipine not used for asthma?

Wrong site of action: Many meds work by acting on "receptors" on cell surfaces. Receptors trigger activity within cells, causing the intended effect. Intended receptors can be present in many parts of the body, or med may act on different receptors (both reasons for side effects,or multiple uses for same med). Nifedipine blocks certain calcium channels. Blocking these does not open the bronchi, so not helpful. ...Read more

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Can adalat (nifedipine) raise psa level?

Can adalat (nifedipine) raise psa level?

Not likely: Consult this site for nifedipine/adalat pharmacology and side effects. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0000816/. ...Read more

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How are nifedipine, and felodipine different?

How are nifedipine, and felodipine different?

Very similar: Both are blood pressure medications in the same class. They lower BP without slowing hr. They can be used for anti-anginals as well. Nifedipine can be short acting or an extended release once daily form, Felodipine is usually once daily. ...Read more

Dr. Allen Fischer
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Nifedipine (Definition)

Nifedipine is a common calcium channel blocker that is used commonly as an antihypertensvie. It has many uses in cardiology and is even used in pregnancy as a tocolytic (to reduce preterm contractions). ...Read more


Dr. Al Hegab
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Adalat (Definition)

Adalat is a calcium channel blocker which is a kind of rhythm ...Read more