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Can You Donate Blood While Taking Antibiotics
Possibly: Because of its impact on blood clotting, you should ask the Red Cross directly, even though I did not find it on its deferral list of medications, since it is relatively new: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Good luck! ...Read more
Not advisable: I would prefer not to, except in very exceptional cases. Lithium might be contraindicated in kidney failure and people needing a transfusion might be challenged with multiple organ disfunction, or might have anemia or other problems affecting their general condition. However, a therapeutic dose taken by the donor is not in and of itself toxic. This would be a rare situation, fortunately. ...Read more
Not with all: Grapefruit juice can block some of the metabolic enzymes responsible for limiting absorption of calcium channel blockers such as Procardia (nifedipine) and others. This results in enhanced effects of the medication, with levels in the body being much higher than intended. This can be dangerous. Your pharmacist can help you determine if your anti-hypertensive medication is in this category. ...Read more
Blood pressure: Usually yes. Not with nitrates though.Get a more detailed answer ›
Are you allowed to take medication or not while testing blood glucose after taking medicine at breakfast?
Please clarify: Hi. I'm confused. For standard diabetes tests (either fasting glucose or a glucose tolerance test) you go in for the test FASTING (i.e., NO BREAKFAST!). I'm not as worried about the meds messing up the test as I am by the fact you ate breakfast! The test is probably invalid. Be sure to tell your doctor who ordered the test. May have to repeat it. Good luck. PS Water is OK before & during test. ...Read more
Yes, you can: There is no drug interactions.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can you take amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium when you have high blood pressure but not on medication for it?
Not likely: Chlorella is from alga and can improve the effects of the immune system and help with clotting. Anyone taking immunosuppressive medication should avoid it. As like many other green vegetables it has lots of Vitamin K, so will interfere with warfarin, an anticoagulant medication. ...Read more
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