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Doctor insights on: Any New Medications For Ciguatera

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Any new medications for ciguatera?

No: Iv mannitol remains the treatment of choice. This is a very difficult condition to research due to lack of a reliable test to make the diagnosis. A good review from 2008 is at: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc2579736/?Tool=pubmed. ...Read more

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Are ther new medications forms on the horizon?

Are ther new medications forms on the horizon?

Several: Now that we have studies showing that long-term benefits for interferons and Copaxone are likely minimal at best, and that 60% of pts do not do well by 2 yrs, we are starting to see the emergence of far more potent meds. Gilenya and tysabri (natalizumab) are here. Tecfedera is close, lemtrada by end of year. Daclizumab, ocrelizumab, the newer s-1-p drugs being looked at. Even new drug for spasticity. ...Read more

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Doesn't the liver regenerate? Why should I worry about taking new medications?

Doesn't the liver regenerate? Why should I worry about taking new medications?

Should be aware.: Liver cells regenerating all the time. Your doc should worry about your medications as it is generally too technical for the lay person to predict liver toxicity and drug / drug interactions. You should listen to them. Be honest about alcohol use and your history of any liver disease. ...Read more

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I've been slowly losing my sense of taste and over the last few days it's almost disappeared. No new medications... Any thoughts or concerns?

I've been slowly losing my sense of taste and over the last few days it's almost disappeared. No new medications... Any thoughts or concerns?

Give it time: Usually the loss of taste is transient and can be related to upper respiratory infections or a variant of Bell's Palsy. If any other symptoms occur, see your doctor right away. If the sense of taste doesn't resolve within a week, get it checked. ...Read more

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What new medications are used for treating asthma?

What new medications are used for treating asthma?

Variety: The bottom line is the same, as far as licensed medications. For prevention we have inhaled corticosteroids. In a variety of brands and devices. If you have an allergic component and meet certain criteria, you may qualify for an injection treatment (Xolair). ...Read more

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FEV1 was 35, but improved to 38 after a br trtmnt. He was given some new medications. Can this really change the FEV1 or will it get just get worse?

 FEV1 was 35, but improved to 38 after a br trtmnt.  He was given some new medications. Can this really change the FEV1 or will it get just get worse?

Bronchodilators: Medications that help open up the airways when treating diseases such as asthma or COPD are available with a few different mechanisms of action. It depends whether the person is acutely sick on top of underlying lung disease or if it's stable underlying lung disease. Most of these medications are meant to slow further decline of FEV1. ...Read more

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Could you tell me any new medications for chronic vasomotor rhinitis ?

Could you tell me any new medications for chronic vasomotor rhinitis ?

Atrovent nasal spray: This is a prescription nasal spray and so you need to see a doc/nurse for an evaluation first. It is probably better used in conjunction with a nasal steroid spray. Atrovent works pretty well and fast...Consult your doc...Good luck. ...Read more

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What are some new medications that show promise for eosinophil esophagitis and other eosinophil diseases ?

What are some new medications that show promise for eosinophil esophagitis and other eosinophil diseases ?

Antibodies.: The proteins that regulate eosinophil growth (interleukin-5 also know as IL-5) and accumulation (eotaxin) have been identified, and drugs that interfere with their function are being tested in pre-clinical models as well as patients. ...Read more