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Cardene (nicardipine) dose:
Cardene, the sustained release nifedipine pill, is usually given as 30, 45, or 60 mg twice per day. The prescribed dose may vary with metabolism and efficacy.
IV forms of nifedipine or nicardipine are given as different (smaller) doses, on a continuous intravenous basis. ...Read more
What meds can I not take if I have POTS, Verapamil, Nicardipine, Prazosin or Carvedilol safe to take?
Nothing safe: POTS has a number of causes, and one can be the use of almost any anti hypertensive, including the ones you list. So, because of the Postural Orthostatic part of the disorder, if you have high pressure lying down and low standing, it's hard to find an agent that will help. Definitely need to consult your primary practitioner and get a referral to a specialist, usually a cardiologist. ...Read more
Nicardipine better CerebralVasodilator than Verapamil? Anything help w/ vasoconstriction of the eyes? Vision hasn't de-blurred since takingVasoconstictor
What's the reason?: To answer your question more information is needed. Why are you, at 29 years of age taking a vasoconstrictor? I don't think taking a vasodilator is a quick fix for your blurred vision. You should speak further with the prescriber of the medication you currently take. ...Read more
Nifedipine vs Nicardipine for Cerebral Vasodilating and Cerebral Blood flow? The literature says Nicardipine but it's not prescribed often right?
Nicardipine: These two meds are from the same class. Both vasodilate arteries and arterioles, both drop blood pressure, both are designed to have little or minimal effect on myocardial muscle contraction and cardiac conduction systems. Mg vs mg, nicardipine is slightly more potent in these vasodilating actions. The formulations account for this difference, as hypotension is the chief risk and hazard. ...Read more
Is it okay to take l-arginine while taking losartan, nicardipine & metropolol? I saw on dr. Oz that l-arginine was a good supplement to take if one has high blood pressure. I also saw that hibiscus tea was good for lowering blood pressure. Is it ok to tak
This : This should be fine, but with a few caveats. First. L-arginine is an unproven dietary supplement. It may be helpful, but there is no convincing evidence. And just because it is a natural supplement does not mean it is necessarily safe. If you haven't already, a more effective and natural way to help your blood pressure would be to cut out sodium and increase your intake of fresh foods. Your combination of drugs indicates to me that you have a substantial blood pressure problem. You should discuss these supplements with your physician and your pharmacist to be sure there are no interactions, and always let healthcare professionals know what supplements and over-the-counter medicines you are taking in addition to your prescriptions. Although uncommon, in some cases these ordinary supplements and otc meds can cause negative drug interactions with your important prescriptions. ...Read more
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more
Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more
Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
RSD, or: Complex regional pain syndrome can be difficult to treat and each patient needs to be treated differently. Opioid medications are definitely not the first option. Consider medications that affect nerve pain most, like neuromodulators such as gabapentin. Clonidine has been found to help some as well. Stellate ganglion blocks can be diagnostic/therapeutic. Consider topical ketamine creams as well. ...Read more
Antacid: A h2 blocker (like Pepcid (famotidine) or its generic) once or twice daily, provides relief for many after about a week. If this fails, a proton pump inhibitor (ppi--like Prilosec or its generic) will often work where h2's have failed. If both fail after at least one week trial of each, see your dr or a GI dr for eval. ...Read more
Elimiron: Elmiron (pentosan) is a medication that is fda approved for ic (interstitial cystitis). The main way it works is not truly known, but it may help with coating the lining of the bladder. In ic, inflammation may be the main cause of pain. Have you seen a doctor in regard to this? Hopefully, you can get the proper testing and see if this med would work well for you. ...Read more
Some people do: ADD medications, stimulants in particular may change the way you feel. Some feel calmer or less restless or agitated. Some feel more focused. Some feel increased restlessness. But in short, yes, stimulants can make you feel differently than prior to taking them. ...Read more