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Can We Use This Medication For More Than 7 Days
Yes: Asthma is an inflammatory airway disease that occasionally causes reversible obstruction of the airway. Immediate relief is necessary for reversal of obstruction but anti-inflammatory agents are used to control inflammation of the airway. Key to control of asthma is control of inflammation to prevent airway remodeling hence need for chronic polypharmacy / immnuotherapy. ...Read more
How often can you use toradol? I know you shouldn't use it for more than 5 days but is it okay for you to use it every month for 5 days at a time?
Generally safe: You can use it up to 4 times a day for no more than 5 days, so if you're using it less than that it's supposed to be safe. I generally tell my patients to use as little as they can get away with. ...Read more
Can intermittent use of Afrin cause rebound effect? I have read about use for more than 3-5 consecutive days but no information for taking a day or two off in between just one dose for one day. Have been using it this way for about a month.
Possibly: Use of Afrin the way you describe usually doesn't cause a significant rebound effect but everyone is different. If you have been using it for a month that way then it is a possibility that you could develop a rebound.You can use some fluticasone nasal spray one squirt each nostril once daily for awhile to help reduce the rebound effect. Need to get to why you are using the Afrin that much. See PCP ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it normal for seroquel (quetiapine) to become less effective over time for sleep? Should I increase the dose or try a different medication. I'm taking 300 now.
Seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep?: Seroquel (quetiapine) an atypical antipsychotic that should not be used, only to manage insomnia (as meds with fewer side shu be explored here. However, if u have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, for which quetiapine is being used as a mood stabilizer, it's sedating effect can be used to treat insomnia. If you have worsening insomnia, c ur MD! This cld be a sign of worsening mood d/o & needs eval ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I know it is not recommended to take more than one antihistamine pill per 24 hours, but some only last ~8 hours. Which ones lasts for 24 hrs?
Xyzal (levocetirizine) and Clarinex: From experience some of the newer antihistamines such as Xyzal (levocetirizine) and Clarinex seem to be effective for longer time periods. Most antihistamines however peak in effectiveness in the first few hours and start to wear off after 12-15 hours. ...Read more
Which is the best and most effective Antibiotic you use next for your Bronchitis patients if 7 days Doxycycline didn't help.
Indomethacin for hemicrania continua. Based on 1 week of use, one 25mg pill kills pain for near 24hrs. Ok to use it this way rather than 3x day as rx.
Hemicrania continua: is an indomethacin-responsive headache disorder. The appropriate dose will vary among patients. The initial dose is that dose which results in resolution of headache, and in your case 25 mg. However, always ask your doctor for more information about your individual situation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am using finasteride more than 10 years. Are there some problem to using this medicament for long time?
Possible? Yes but...: There is no such thing as a free lunch or drug, whether prescription or otc, or even natural, organic, herbal dietary supplement that is free of side effects. Whether you'll suffer from side effects is a different question (and impossible to answer) than if there are any. Check out http://www.Drugs.Com/sfx/finasteride-side-effects.Html for list of side effects from finasteride. ...Read more
Monistat 3 vs 7. Is a higher dose over less days or lower dose over more days more affective to erradicate a yeast infection?
Both are effective : Both Monistat 3 and 7 are effective but there is slightly better effectiveness with Monistat 7. ...Read more
Prescribed amox/clav 875 2 times a day for 10 days. Could only handle the side effects for 7 days. Would that be good enough for sinus infection?
Sinus: By definition you have had an incomplete course of Abx. Best to be rechecked esp. if purulent discharge, Could use oxymetazoline spray every 4 hours for one week to decrease tissue swelling around sinus openings. Also saline nasal irrigations three times a day for one week. This is assuming you do not have chronic rhinosinusitis, polyps, smoker. These conditions will require much more treatment. ...Read more
What might be wrong with my neck/back? Stabbing pain for more than 5 days. First noticed when seated at computer, having been online for more than two hours.
Pain is consistent, does not respond to tylenol or advil. Using ice packs makes negligible diff
You : You may have strained the muscles/joints in your neck. I would recommend resting your neck, adjusting your computer screen so you do not have to look up or down, regular anti-inflammatory (discuss with your doctor what is safe for you) and hot shower and neck stretches once or twice a day. If this does not work then you should see your doctor for assessment and physical therapy. Stretching routine 1. Hot shower to loosen neck 2. Place neck in following positions and hold your head in that position with your hand. Relax your neck and slowly try to increase the stretch over days-weeks. Flex head forward x 30 secs extend head x 30 secs turn right x 30 secs turn left x 30 secs bend right x 30 secs bend left x 30 secs repeat 3 times. You may repeat this routine daily. Good luck! ...Read more
Where and why?: While over the counter hydrocortisone cream is a low potency topical steroid, it is best to identify the reason why the steroid is needed in the first place. If the trigger can be found and avoided, then hydrocortisone may not be needed. Also, certain areas of the body where there is thin skin (eyes, groin, etc) should not have topical steroids applied repeatedly. A dermatologist help! ...Read more
Clarify?: I see you are a young man and i'm going to assume you're asking about premature ejaculation. The three best approaches are a topical anesthetic on your glans, a low dose of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor prescribed by your physician, and (best) learning the squeeze technique and practicing with your partner -- it's fun, you'll both enjoy it, and you'll learn to make each other happier. ...Read more
What can I take to help me sleep for more than 3 hrs a night ? This is permanent not a phase, i used to take clonazepam for years but didn't like it
Prilosec otc box says to use for 14 days, then not use again for 4 months. Repeat. Most people take it everyday though. Is the "box cycle" effective?
It can be: It can be, for very mild symptoms. For more persistent symptoms of reflux, a 6-week course of everyday use often results in prolonged relief that can last for months or longer afterwards. Everyday use without end is reserved for severe cases that don't resolve with initial treatment. You're correct that most people do not use this medication correctly and don't get great results accordingly. ...Read more
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