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Can You Develop Cognitive Problems From Being On Cell Cept For Too Long
Uncertain: Some transplant recipients report loss of certain abilities such as fast counting, reading, diminished sensations or perceptions. Whether this is due to their actual cause of organ failure, other co-morbidities, or the drugs they are given to suppress rejection (such as mycophenolate mofetil) or treat other problems, is very hard to pin point clearly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Perhaps: Neither Prednisone nor vinblastine are directly linked to learning disorders. However, Prednisone can cause irritability, mood swings, sleep problems & vincristine can cause fatigue and depression which all can interfere with learning. Please discuss your concerns with your oncologist. She may be able to switch you to drugs you tolerate better. It may be possible to better support your learning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How often do people on "rituximab" show pml symptoms, while being treated for ttp? Does it worth to take the risk? Please answer as quick as poss.
Can you tell me of any males have low sperm due to having asthma as a child and being on steriods such as prednisone?
How does a patient survive the horrors of chemo and radiation? What are common side effects? Can these treatments make you so sick that you die?
Find support: Ask your doctors for leads to good information on exactly what will be done and what to expect - not just once but as treatment progresses. Also get leads to local support groups & reliable literature. It will help if you drop words like "horrors" to true, but less emotional ones. High quality care will evaluate your ability to handle treatment and work w/in safe limits. Psychotherapy can help too. ...Read more
Being treated with synthroid for hypothyroidism. Side effects seem to only stem from complications if you become hyper. Is this true?
No: hypothyroidism if undertreated will have symptoms of fatigue, dry skin, hair falling out,weight gain, higher cholesterol. If overtreated get weight loss, heart races , risk of heart racing irregular beats , atrial fibrillation, sweats , anxiety, palpitations, eyes bulge ; so depends, just keep tsh level within 0.4-4.5 and should be normal ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a patient that has brain stem swelling run a high fever and will there be any long term problems from this?
Very complicated.: This is a situation which cannot be answered in a few words. There are many potential complications, infectious and otherwise, in a patient with brain swelling (which may not be limited to the brain stem). This sounds like a potentially life-threatening situation and discussing it with the patient, their doctor, or the family would be best. Hope they are better soon. ...Read more
I've been on different anxiety meds for over 10 yr. Can you become immune to their effects? Do they cause any long term side effects or new conditions
Which medications?: Some anxiety medications, especially benzodiazepines, induce tolerance and habituation. You would need higher and higher dosing for the same effect. Though they can be safe when used temporarily and in limited fashion, they can also be used addictively. If this happened, it would be a "new condition." in anxiety, psychotherapy is essential -- even when medications are also being employed. ...Read more
Can being incredibly sedentary in and of itself cause chronic, widesread pain mimicking fibromyalgia? If so, can you give a little insight as to how?
Possibly: Being "incredibly sedentary" as you state will weaken all of your muscles. Then when they are called upon to work harder than they are used to, they can react by causing pain. Being sedentary is not how the human body was meant to be. We are all meant to move and be physically active. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diagnosed short term memory loss after stroke caused by stress and anxiety. How long will i need to get help with this and what kind of rehab.
Neurologist needed: Memory loss secondary to a stroke would seem common. Strokes are really a lack of oxygen to areas of the brain; the severity and location of which are the main indicators of the symptoms and signs one would have. A full neurology work-up to diagnose the extent and origin of the stroke is needed and a plan of rehabilitation is needed to bring back as much function as possible. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are Ssris bad for the Brain and the body when used in long term ? I'm on Zoloft (sertraline) for anxiety but I'm very nervous that it might damage or change me when used for a few years or longer ?!
Usually a great med: 100,000s if not millions of people have used this type of medication for such a time period. There are many studies which show it is safe. Of course there are possible side effects and occasional drug interactions that your doctor would recognize if you discussed any concerns with him or her. Sometimes psychotherapy is needed in addition or instead of meds Discuss your concerns with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the long term effects of a OxyContin addiction? Is it possible to overdose even if someone has been using them for years ?
Many, and they can: The natural history of opioid abuse is escalation of dose, which is usually gradual but is sometimes quite rapid, until major toxic effects of opioids become problems - severe constipation, weight gain, sleep apnea, and overdose with the potential for prolonged coma, brain damage and death. The amount of money needed results in criminality, and switching to IV use and heroin is common. ...Read more
How long do the physiological effects of 6 months of depression/anxiety last? My memory isn't as good as it was, and it's difficult being creative.
I realised gapapentin causes slowing of my mind which is not good for my work can this med cause permanent cognitive decline/issues if taken long term?
No: Gabapentin is an analog of ghb (gamma hydroxy butyric acid). Ghb was demonized as "the date rape drug, " but was in reality the safest, most non-toxic, non-habit forming sleep- inducing substance known. Gabapentin shares many of the effects of ghb, but is less potent. Reduce your dosage during the day, to a dose that does not "slow your mind." take higher, sleep-inducing doses at night. ...Read more
I've been on antidepressants for many years and i'm wondering if their are permanent adverse effects or damage to the brain.
Likely safe, BUT: Not fully clear as to whether modern SSRI's or SSNRI's could have permanent bad effects. But there is some emerging evidence that drugs with strong anticholinergic effects, could deplete brain cholinergic functions and promote dementia. And although uncommon, risperdal has caused tardive dyskinesias. Gather you could talk about this with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can concussion/s in toddlers cause long term brain damage, like trouble with school and cognitive functions later in life? Where can I read more?
Normal for person on methadone to constantly nod off/sleep, after being on it for years? Or indicative of being on other drugs in addition to that?
Drugs: Hard to answer your question until I (or your doctor) know what meds you are taking. Please let me know what your meds are. ...Read more
Me n my hubby sleep very late around 2/3am.Surf net or tv.What are i'll effects on health due to such lifestyle in long term.He smokes.We have a child?
Bad habits: In india u must have heard the syaing "eartly 2 bed early 2 rise keeps you healthy, wealthy and happy" you are disturbing ur biological clock rhythm by not sleeping until the wee hours of the morning. It has deleterious effects on ur health. Secondly, if your huby smokes, it is bad for him and if he does smoke inthe hluse, it is bad for u and ur child. ...Read more
For someone who on average has a blood pressure of 150/88, does it have a major impact on life expectancy, stroke, heart attack/disease? If so, how soon does it start impacting the body? What would the rda be for sodium intake for someone like this?
I am suffering from bad concentration and memory and also very poor ability to catch multiple variables to put any action plan for situations or work?
See a pyschiatrist: Or a good clinical psychologist and try and learn why this is occurring. If you have any other symptoms or if this is quite recent you might want to see a neurologist first and make sore there is no organic etiology for this. ...Read more
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