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Can black stools start occuring after you start new medication?

Can black stools start occuring after you start new medication?

Yes: Iron , pepto are a few. But i would make sure it is not blood first. So see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Melena (Definition)

Melina is blood in the stool that is black, tarry, sticky, and smelly. The blood in melena comes from high up in the gastrointestinal tract, and gets partially digested which is why it changes to melena. Bright red blood comes from lower ...Read more


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What could happen if you start taking a new antidepressant without weaning yourself off of the old one?

What could happen if you start taking a new antidepressant without weaning yourself off of the old one?

If both increase : Serotonin levels - you might give your self a double whammy & ^ risk for serotinergic syndrome. If one of the antidepressants is a monoamine oxidase inhibitor - you could become very ill. ...Read more

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It was suggested from my doc to start taking a baby aspirin daily. I would get a nose bleed after 3/4 days. I'd stop and nose bleeds would stop. Start again and nose bleeds would start again. Should I continue taking....Because of the positive contri

It was suggested from my doc to start taking a baby aspirin daily.  I would get a nose bleed after 3/4 days.  I'd stop and nose bleeds would stop.  Start again and nose bleeds would start again.  Should I continue taking....Because of the  positive contri

See your Dr.: Any positive benefit of taking a baby Aspirin daily would be outweighed by the bleeding that you have. Check with your doctor to make sure that there isn't something else that could be contributing to the nasal bleeding. Most people don't bleed on that low of a dose so have it checked. ...Read more

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When you've finished a months worth of amitriptiline are you supposed to have a week breAk before you start the next packet?

When you've finished a months worth of amitriptiline are you supposed to have a week breAk before you start the next packet?

Usually no: Normally there is no one week break after using amitriptyline for one month. Some people may use amitriptyline for a short time, some people may use it every day for a year or longer, but people do not normally take a week long break after one month and then start again. An exception to this could be if the symptoms it was meant to treat disappeared. ...Read more

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If i stop taking birth control mid pack, when can I expect to bleed? Will this count as start of new cycle?

If i stop taking birth control mid pack, when can I expect to bleed? Will this count as start of new cycle?

2 wks after the stop: Stopping at mid cycle which means you have one week contraceptive pill and remaining iron pills. My understanding is there is still chance you can have bleeding at 4th week pills taking. I believe it counts as start of new cycle. ...Read more

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Been bleeding for eleven days after forgetting my birth control. My period is also due soon. Should i start a new pack or continue taking them?

Been bleeding for eleven days after forgetting my birth control. My period is also due soon. Should i start a new pack or continue taking them?

Continue: If you forget to take your pill then you will trigger bleeding. You should continue taking them one per day and use condoms for the next two weeks. Consider an iud or an easier birth control method too. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics (levaquin) cause hair loss weeks after you stop taking them? If so, will it subside at some point?

Can antibiotics (levaquin) cause hair loss weeks after you stop taking them? If so, will it subside at some point?

It's a bit of a leap: If you are not limiting the action to when the drug is having effects then you cannot say it will ever subside. The more reasonable approach is if the effect isn't at the time of administration (cancer chemo within days of giving it for example), it isn't connected. ...Read more

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If you are taking amoxicilian antibotics and you develop a yeast infection in 2 days of taking should you stp taking until you clear and start back?

If you are taking amoxicilian antibotics and you develop a yeast infection in 2 days of taking should you stp taking until you clear and start back?

No: If you are sure it is yeast use an ot c yeast treatment, and there are multiple choices of this treatment. If the symptoms continue call your doctor. Do not stop your antibiotics. Stopping and restarting them can lead to resistance and the inability to treat you effectively! ...Read more

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Can I begin taking 1 form of malaria medication and then switch to another after?

Can I begin taking 1 form of malaria medication and then switch to another after?

Sure: Sometimes one type of malaria preventive therapy has to be changed to another due to side effects. During treatment of vivax malaria also one medication (chloroquine) is used first - to kill the blood forms - then followed by Primaquine to eradicate the form in the liver that can cause relapses. ...Read more

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4months baby can start eating or 6 months would be better to start?

4months baby can start eating or 6 months would be better to start?

Birth, but: Fifty years ago some kids were fed solids as soon as they got home because the home made formula was better for cows than babies.Now that breast feeding or modern formulas are here, they do not need anything for the first year.Most recommend they start after they can sit up and the tongue thrust fades at 6mo. ...Read more

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Been prescribed .5mg of estrogen to help uncontrollable brown vaginal bleeding from BC , how long after taking this should I see it possibly suffice?

Been prescribed .5mg of estrogen to help uncontrollable brown vaginal bleeding from BC , how long after taking this should I see it possibly suffice?

Hard to say: Estrogen can definitely help irregular bleeding, especially if you are on low dose BCPs. 0.5 mg is a small amount, so it may take some time (days to weeks) to see a difference. If after 2 pill packs you are still having this problem, then ask your GYN if there may be something else wrong? Or you can increase to 1.0 mg of estradiol per day, or consider switching birth control pill brands. ...Read more

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Can taking geritol liquid stop you from getting a period ?

Can taking geritol liquid stop you from getting a period ?

Not likely: I've not heard of anyone taking geritol liquid to stop a period. I'm assuming you are talking about the vitamin supplement, that is advertised for seniors. If you are sexually active consider checking a pregnancy test if you missed your period. ...Read more

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Can you get pregnant the week after placebo pills if you've started taking the active pills in a new pack after your last placebo in your old one?

Can you get pregnant the week after placebo pills if you've started taking the active pills in a new pack after your last placebo in your old one?

Already effective: If you start the first pack of pills at the time of your period, they are immediately effective. If you start the first pack of pills at any other time, they are effective after one week. Since you are on your second pack, they are already effective. Please keep in mind that there is a small failure rate. ...Read more

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If I've gone a couple weeks without taking prenatal vitamins but would like to try again and start up again, is that ok? Considering I hadn't been

If I've gone a couple weeks without taking prenatal vitamins but would like to try again and start up again, is that ok? Considering I hadn't been

Yes: If a woman is pregnant, it is important for her to take prenatal vitamins as the prescription was originally written by the prescribing physician. If some are missed, there is no safe way to "catch up" so informing the OB and taking them as directed would be important. ...Read more

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Feces (Definition)

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