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Antifibrinolytic Agent Medication
I wish I had: More than 400 characters but in my opinion, those new agents that target specific molecular processes in cancer cells that make them behave as cancer cells are the most exciting. They target cancer cells and spare (to a certain degree) normal cells so the side effects are less. They are not perfect and unfortunately they tend to be veeeery expensive, which is a big problem. ...Read more
TNF Drugs: A tnf inhibitor is a pharmaceutical drug that suppresses response to tumor necrosis factor (tnf), which is part of the inflammatory response. Tnf is involved in clinical problems associated with autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, crohn's disease, psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa and refractory asthma, so a tnf inhibitor may be used in their treatment. ...Read more
Why do analgesic drugs have the same effect ad antipyretic agents? Why is it that some drugs produce both effects?
Prostaglandins: A very good & interesting question. Fevers and pain are commonly due to the release of inflammatory chemicals in the body called prostaglandins. The drugs that can both reduce fevers and lessen pain work by suppressing the body's production of these chemicals. By comparison, opiate pain relievers work via a different mechanism. They do not affect prostaglandins, and so will not reduce a fever. ...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
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Is Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) better used as an augmenting agent than as a base drug? I've heard that from a number of doctors and pharmacists.
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
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
Should i be careful with a drug with the following active agents:paracetamol 500mg/pseudoephedrine hydrochloride 60mg/triprolodine hydrochloride2.5mg?
Follow doc's instrxn: Taking the med as directed either by doc or on package label should keep u safe. Paracetamol = tylenol (acetaminophen) (so don't take extra tylenol (acetaminophen)); Pseudoephedrine is decongestant (shrinks membranes, reduces congestion; may elevate blood pressure); triprolidine is antihistamine that can cause sedation; so no alcohol when taking this med. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lower Thresholds: There are substances that can lower the threshold for having a seizure. Some ssris, antiasthmatics, antibiotics, immunosuppressants, antipsychotics, stimulants, and bupropion have been shown to lower seizure threshold. Significant alcohol use can also lower the threshold, particularly when the alcohol is leaving the body or when combined with the other substances (e.g., bupropion). ...Read more
What foods have antimicrobial agents in them? Can you tell me what foods contain antimicrobial agents?
Organic foods: Many commercially raised foods are sprayed with several chemicals, pesticides, fungicides and others e.g. Apples may have six or seven or more sprays of different agents, so that any one agent is below government safety limits. Rarely are studies of the effect of multiple chemicals and pesticides on the people in general. Best way to try to protect yourself is by using organic foods. ...Read more
Please tell me if there are any other curing agents for resol resins rather than hexa (hexamethylentetramine)?
Good question: The long-term health effects of the herbicide agent orange are not well-studied or confirmed, but may include certain cancers, including prostate cancer, soft tissue sarcomas, and non-hodgkin’s lymphoma. Although there is no likely association with thyroid nodules and cancer, one study yielded preliminary findings suggestive of a three-fold increased risk of graves' disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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