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Several companies: There are several manufacturers of Cisplatin in the United States and abroad. ...Read more
What are some words of wisdom for a patient about to endure an "alkylating agent" chemotherapy drug?
For any chemo:: Know about the potential side effects but do not expect to have them. Keep a log of symptoms without getting obsessed by it. Be honest with yourself and your doc regarding side effects. If a chemo is damaging your quality of life significantly, you need to say it. Your doc can't know if you don't tell. ...Read more
General anesthesia: Neuromuscular blocking agents are used during general anesthesia to help with surgery. They help keep a patient still, so that there is no movement during critical procedures, they can also assist with performance of certain procedures (abdominal surgery). Relaxed muscles can make it easier for the surgeon to get the exposure they need. ...Read more
Identical: Data on Bevacizumab or Erbitux in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, patients who do not have a KRAS 12/13 gene mutation, have nearly identical survival rates. These identical results were seen after chemotherapy, where survival with chemo alone was about 5 months vs. 7-8 months using either bevacizumab (Avastin) or cetuximab (Erbitux). ...Read more
Possibly: There are a few published case studies that support the use of ivig for treatment of uc. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3490055 http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/1728132. ...Read more
Various: there is a large number of chemotherapy drugs, available by injection and orally. The list would exceed space available here. ...Read more
Expensive: Biological agents are very expensive and if you have insurance, likely you will need prior authorization to get the medication. Those drugs are known for several and serious side effects, especially for compromising the immune system, but when indicated, those are wonderful drugs that will help the patient regain quality of life by controlling the severity of the disease. ...Read more
Is there any relationship between chemotherapeutic agents and antimicrobial agents? Are chemotherapeutic agents in any way related to antimicrobials?
Yes: Chemotherapy agents act by killing cells that divide rapidly (cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells). Certain chemicals such as antibiotics kill micro-organisms (also known as antimicrobials). In general antibiotics kill bacteria and antimicrobials kill bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. There are cytotoxic antibiotics that are used in treating cancer such as actinomycin, doxorubicin, bleomycin. ...Read more
Cimzia (certolizumab pegol): Certolizumab, a biological drug, very expensive, used to treat some auto-immune diseases in selected cases ...Read more
Several choices: Three classes of antifungal agents are available for the treatment of invasive aspergillosis: polyenes, azoles, and echinocandins. Historically, Amphotericin B was the major antifungal drug used in patients. Currently, the drug of choice for invasive aspergillosis is voriconazole, which can be replaced with lipid formulations of Amphotericin B in intolerant patients. ...Read more
Is the low cost biosimilar drugs as effective as original biologics to treat autoimmune diseases?
Not even close: There are no low cost biosimilar drugs that have any value. All biologics are still under patent protection so no generics are available. ...Read more
See below: Us department of veterans affairs has studied this issue and recognized a number of disorders to be associated with agent orange exposure as detalied in the site below. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/diseases.asp if you have any signs or symptoms pertinent to these disorders you should consut your doctor. If you are a veteran, seek care at a va facility. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer