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What can we expect from my husbands prostrate cancer it is in 10percent of the 12 biopsy taken thank you?

What can we expect from my husbands prostrate cancer it is in 10percent of the 12 biopsy taken thank you?

Depends: It sounds as if there is a small amount of cancer in the prostate which is good. However, there are many other factors such as the gleason score, psa, and others that help determine how aggressive the cancer is and whether treatment is needed or not. These need to be discussed with a urologist and/or radiation oncologist expert in prostate cancer treatment. ...Read more

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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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For several years my PSA test has been increasing. Recent prostrate biopsy was negative. What else cause increased PSA?

For several years my PSA test has been increasing.  Recent prostrate biopsy was negative.  What else cause increased PSA?

PSA: PSA or prostate specific antigen is often used as a screening for prostate cancer. It is not very specific for that because elevations can occur in other disease including benign prostatic hypertrophy. A negative biopsy should allow you to rest assured that currently you don't have prostate cancer ...Read more

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How far apart can prostrate biopsy be done if I need a second opinion?

How far apart can prostrate biopsy be done if I need a second opinion?

take tissue blocks: You can ask pathology department to give you (or they can send themself) tissue cell block or blocks with your core biopsies and slides, to your second opinion doctor. In this case you do not need to have biopsy again, at least until you hear second opinion.
Be well. Thank you for question. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take 20 mg zyrtec/ daily?

Is it okay to take 20 mg zyrtec/ daily?

Probably: Although the usual dose of zyrtec (cetirizine) for an adult is 10 mg daily, under the direction of a physician, some patients may need more. It would be important to discuss the dosing with your physician as another approach to treatment may be indicated. Avoid drinking alcohol and be aware that drowsiness may be more likely at higher doses. ...Read more

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What happens if I take 50 mg of zyrtec (cetirizine)?

What happens if I take 50 mg of zyrtec (cetirizine)?

DON'T!: The maximum clinical dose of Zyrtec (cetirizine) is 10mg per day. 50mg is therefore 5X the recommended daily dose! You will most likely be fine if you did, you should call the Poison control # and drink a lot of fluids,.but if you make a habit of it you run the risk of damaging your liver. In a 2-year study of rats that were given higher doses of Zrytec it revealed increased Liver tumors in the those rats! ...Read more

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Please advise if it's bad to take zyrtec-d every day?

Please advise if it's bad to take zyrtec-d every day?

No: Zyrtec (cetirizine) d contains an antihistamine (zyrtec) which helps itching, sneezing and drippy nose and a decongestant (sudafed) which helps stuffiness. Zyrtec (cetirizine) can cause drowsiness in some people. Sudafed can cause stimulation side effects like tremor, nervousness, insomnia, increased pulse rate and increased blood pressure. Zyrtec (cetirizine) d should be used with caution in people with heart disease. ...Read more

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How many milligrams of zyrtec (cetirizine) should I take?

How many milligrams of zyrtec (cetirizine) should I take?

Zyrtec (cetirizine) 10 mg a day: The usual adult dose (>12 years old) for zyrtec (cetirizine) is 10 mg once a day. Under supervision of a physician, sometimes higher doses are used to treat hives. ...Read more

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What happens if I take 8 10mg zyrtec (cetirizine) at once?

What happens if I take 8 10mg zyrtec (cetirizine) at once?

Drowsy & thirsty: If you may or may not get drowsy with a very dry mouth. The question is why you want to know? If you are considering suicide, do call the suicide hotline immediately. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take 2 zyrtecs (cetirizine) if the first one isn't working?

Is it okay to take 2 zyrtecs (cetirizine) if the first one isn't working?

Nasal congestion?: I would suggest talking to your doctor if otc antihistamines are not helpful. I will mention that antihistamines tend to be more helpful for itching and sneezing and less helpful for nasal congestion. Nasal antihistamines and nasal steroids tend to be more effective for nasal congestion due to allergic rhinitis (allergies). ...Read more

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Can you take Claritin and Zyrtec together?

Can you take Claritin and Zyrtec together?

NO: They are both antihistamines and would not be useful or safe taken together!

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Can I take a Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec?

Can I take a Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec?

yes but: You should not take them unless you checked with a doctor and it all depends on what you are trying to treat. They work the same, so adding one may not give you the results you are seeking. ...Read more

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Can I take both zyrtec amd claritin (loratadine)?

Can I take both zyrtec amd claritin (loratadine)?

You shouldn't: Both medications are in the same class called non-sedating antihistamines and are effective for 24 hours. They should not be taken at the same time. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec?

No problem: At higher doses, for allergic rhinitis, you don't get much better effects. For chronic hives, higher doses of antihistamines can sometimes give better results. ...Read more

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Can I take zyrtec (cetirizine) after taking dayquil?

Can I take zyrtec (cetirizine) after taking dayquil?

You CAN but...: Both medications contain antihistamines, which is taken in excess, can cause excess sedation and dryness. Elderly people and young children are at higher risk for having adverse reactions to antihistamines, which can include confusion, instability, etc. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 2 10mg zyrtec (cetirizine) a day?

Is it safe to take 2 10mg zyrtec (cetirizine) a day?

Not recommended: The maximum daily dose recommended for zyrtec (cetirizine) is 10mg. Higher than this dose may cause serious side effects such as liver damage, seizures or low blood pressure. However, in certain situations higher than recommended dose may be warranted under physician supervision. The risks/benefits must be carefully weighed. ...Read more

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Cetirizine (Definition)

Ceftirizine is the generic name of an antihistamine previously marketed under the ...Read more


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Zyrtec (Definition)

Zyrtec is a non-sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more