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Why's intravenous therapy given to mi patients?

Why's intravenous therapy given to mi patients?

To break up clots: Intravenous therapy in acute mi often is a drug to break up clots. Also IV access is needed if needed to help resuscitate a patient with acute mi, by giving fluid for low blood pressure and rhythm drugs for arrhythmias. ...Read more

Infusion (Definition)

An infusion implies a substance administered via IV 2 a person, such as blood (transfusion), antibiotics and pain meds or other meds. Some can be ...Read more


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Is longterm infliximab infusion treament dangerous?

Is longterm infliximab infusion treament dangerous?

Yes and no: These is an increased risk of infection which is the major side-effect. Other possibile problems are reduced blood counts, liver inflammation, neurologic disorders and a possible increased risk of lymphoma. However the chances of having any of these issues is fairly small. ...Read more

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Is chelation therapy effective for heart patients?

Is chelation therapy effective for heart patients?

Not for Kids: Not for kids. Stay away from this potentially life threatening procedure. ...Read more

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Is IV chelation therapy effective for intermittent claudication?

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Is IV chelation therapy effective for intermittent claudication?

Yes: Probably the best-studied use of edta chelation therapy has been for intermittent claudication (peripheral vascular disease). Contact the american college for advancement in medicine (www.Acam.Org) for clinical studies and names of physicians in your area who provide this treatment. Chelation therapy improves blood flow throughout the body, and benefits a wide range of ischemic conditions. ...Read more

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Why's thiamine administered with dextrose / saline IV infusion for diabetics?

Why's thiamine administered with dextrose / saline IV infusion for diabetics?

Neuron protection: Thiamine of vitamin b1 is an essential co factor in glucose metabolism so that if a person does not have adequate amount and a glucose load is given it can cause neuro toxicity manifested as delirium and occular abnormalities as seen in alcoholics being refed in the hospital. This is called wernick, korsakov syndrome. Diabetics with borderline nutrtional reserve could develop the same problem. ...Read more

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How effective is radiation therapy for treating leukemia?

How effective is radiation therapy for treating leukemia?

Chemo is treatment: Leukemia is primarily treated with chemotherapy. Radiation has been used in the past for so called "sanctuary" sites like the brain and scrotum. However, today even that is less common. However, in situations where we have to treat leukemic masses, called chloromas, radiation is very effective at lower doses. ...Read more

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Does hyperbaric oxygen therapy has side effects?

Does hyperbaric oxygen therapy has side effects?

A few reversible: Hyperbaric oxygen (hbo) therapy is administration of 100% oxygen under pressure. The oxygen acts like a drug in this envirionment. Some diabetics will have a significant drop in their blood sugar but it goes back to safe range when they eat or drink. Patients getting a lot of hbo (over 40) can have worsening of distance vision) that will revert to pre-hbo level once treatments are stopped. ...Read more

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Which drug is contraindicted for a patient receiving anticoagulant therapy?

Which drug is contraindicted for a patient receiving anticoagulant therapy?

Coumadin (warfarin): There are different anticoagulants out there with different indications. I will just make the assumption you are talking about warfarin. In which case foods that are high in vitamin K like liver, leafy green vegetables, or vegetable oils can make Coumadin less effective. ...Read more

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Is prolia ever administered by IV infusion?

No. : Prolia is a subcutaneous injection. There are other osteoporosis treatments, such as reclast, (zoledronic acid) which is given by IV infusion. They treat the same thing but are very different drugs. ...Read more

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Please advice about the following therapy for thalassemia purpose- Bluebird Bio Gene Therapy Hydroxyurea Therapy When the therapy will be available?

Please advice about the following therapy for thalassemia purpose-

Bluebird Bio Gene Therapy
Hydroxyurea Therapy

When the therapy will be available?

Now: Hydroxurea is already available. I believe what you are inquiring about is gene therapy, inserting the normal beta globulin gene into someone with a hemoglobinopathy. This is currently in development and it is unclear when this, if ever, will be available outside a clinical trial. ...Read more

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Does intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig) infusions benefit someone with IgG defiency?

Does intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig) infusions benefit someone with IgG defiency?

Possibly: If you are deficient and symptomatic (recurrent infections), they can possibly help your body fight infections better. Just because you have an igg deficiency does not mean your are immune deficient, however. Many people with low numbers have normal function and really are asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy effective for sports injuries?

Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy effective for sports injuries?

It might: It is a very expensive trreatment but its greatest benefit is treating spinal injury asap. Read my blog "oxygen, the spark of life" you can google. Oxygen is the very root of energy metabolism and a great deal of energy is required for healing. But, like everything else, it has to be dosed. Too much oxygen is as bad as too little. ...Read more

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Has nicotine replacement therapy worked for anyone?

Has nicotine replacement therapy worked for anyone?

Yes: If you are motivated, and truly hooked on nicotine, then nicotine patches can help a lot with the cravings. If you are not motivated, it won't help much. ...Read more

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Is platelet rich plasma therapy effective for shoulder injuries?

Is platelet rich plasma therapy effective for shoulder injuries?

PRP: Many types and mixes/concentrations of prp. No uniform standardization yet. It can help. ...Read more

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Are there effective naturopathic alternatives for radiation therapy?

No: There is no other natural process that can cause the same effect of radiation to kill cancer cells. However, these methods can be complimentary to treating a patient. Its very important to have positive attitudes, exercise, eat well (nutrition and healthy food), spiritual belief, and monitor environmental exposures (don't smoke or drink). Regarding herbs and supplements check with your doctor. ...Read more

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How effective is radiation therapy for treating glioblastoma?

GBM and Radiation: GBM, or glioblastoma, is the highest grade brain tumor. It tends to grow rapidly. Unfortunately it is one of the CA we have trouble controlling. Even with high doses of radiation and chemotherapy the results are poor. On a good day we buy the pt time, on a bad day the tumor progresses while the pt is receiving treatment. ...Read more

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When treating PID, is intravenous infusion(cefoxitin/cefotetan) + oral pill therapy more effective than injection(ceftriaxon) + oral pills therapy?

Severe PID: For severe PID (lots of pain, high fever, etc), IV treatment for 2-3 days (sometimes longer), e.g. with cefoxitin or cefotetan, is preferable to a single ceftriaxone shot plus oral treatment. But each case is different; ask your doctor and follow her advice. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you tell me about chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapies, and transplantation.?

Can you tell me about chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapies, and transplantation.?

All to treat cancer: Various approaches are employed to manage Ca, especially those with metastasis. Chemo is most commonly employed targeting cell cycle and DNA repair mechanisms. Radiation is also used to attack large inop tumors or residual tumor in the tumor bed. Target therapies are usually immunogenic agents targeting various growth factors and immunogenic proteins. Transplantation replaces damaged marrow ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is ketamine infusion therapy used for?

Can you tell me what is ketamine infusion therapy used for?

To help with pain: Ketamine infusion can be used in the operating room during surgery to decrease the need for narcotics after surgery. It can also be used for complex regional pain syndrome. Ketamine should only be prescribed by physicians who can deal with possible airway complications. Ketamine can cause hallucinations. ...Read more

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Do I qualify for a iron infusion therapy with a hemoglobin of 9 and iron of 21 L and iron sat of 5L?

First things first: You must ask first why you are iron deficient. Heavy periods? Pregnancies? Could you be pregnant now? Non-supplementing vegetarian? Bleeding stomach ulcer / cancer? Iron infusions are not for casual use, though they are easier on the gut than iron tablets. There are injectable forms too. Do yourself a favor and focus on the big picture. ...Read more

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Is infusion therapy for non responsive chronic migraine a tested, safe and efficacious therapy ? Are the benefits temporary or long lasting ?

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Infusion therapy: If the patient is rebounding, inpatient management or ambulatory infusion treatment may be required. It is safe, evidence based and effective in the majority cases. Major concerns are: comorbid medical illness that may require monitoring and allows only short-term follow-up. I use modified Meyers cocktail for my patients. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I be treated with intravenous infusion therapy for PID, when I have a heart problem? Is injection therapy more recommended?

Can I be treated with intravenous infusion therapy for PID, when I have a heart problem? Is injection therapy more recommended?

No problem: There are no heart conditions likely to cause any problem with IV treatment with antibiotics or anything else. As I said in response to your other question, ask your doctor! ...Read more

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When treating PID, is intravenous infusion(cefoxitin/cefotetan) + oral pill therapy more effective than injection(ceftriaxon) + oral pills therapy?

Severe PID: For severe PID (lots of pain, high fever, etc), IV treatment for 2-3 days (sometimes longer), e.g. with cefoxitin or cefotetan, is preferable to a single ceftriaxone shot plus oral treatment. But each case is different; ask your doctor and follow her advice. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long does iron infusion treatment take time wise?

How long does iron infusion treatment take time wise?

Iron Infusion: The length of time depends on the dose you are getting. Generally, it is infused at a rate of not more than 50mg (100ml) in 30 minutes. ...Read more

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My 2yr son has been doing infusion treatment for over a yr now for.low IgG and his IgM is still very low what does thar mean?

Trace IgM: Most immune globulin infusions primarily contain IgG with only trace amounts of IgA and IgM. Typically we monitor only IgG peak and trough levels. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm currently undergoing treatment for Crohn's disease which consists of remicade (infliximab) infusions.?

What do you advise if I'm currently undergoing treatment for Crohn's disease which consists of remicade (infliximab) infusions.?

More information: We need more information. Remicade (infliximab) is an excellent drug for some patients with crohns but not for everyone. It is hard to give medication advice on this site because there are so many decisions that go in to deciding the appropriate medication. Trust your GI doctor--or if you don't, find one that you do ...Read more

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Is an anti-metabolite given as a daily infusion for five days in the treatment of lymphocytic leukemia?

Maybe, see below: Terminology could be part of the problem. Do you mean "chronic lymphocytic leukemia" (including CLL but also hairy cell leukemia?) or do you mean Acute lymphoblastic leukemia? Neither is typically treated with a 5-day infusion of anti-metabolite, except that hairy cell leukemia (a "chronic lymphocytic leukemia") can be treated with 5 days of cladribine, a type of anti-metabolite. Hope to help! ...Read more

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Resuming treatment for myeloma with rev and dex. Recent dexa scan says I have bones of young adult! Haem insists I have zometa infusions. Why?

Resuming treatment for myeloma with rev and dex. Recent  dexa scan says I have bones of young adult! Haem insists I have zometa infusions. Why?

More benefit: Zoomed makes the bone harder. Myeloma cells live in the bone marrow next to the bone and they bore into the bone. By replacing a mineral of the bone with Zometa the bone become less tasty to the digesting cells that then feed the myeloma.Dex also can soften bones. So these are good reasons to take Zometa but don't overdo it as too much can make the bone too hard. ...Read more

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I been on a treatment called benlysta (belimumab) its a infusion but don't see its helping that much headaches and joint paint witch sometimes is unbearable?

I been on a treatment called benlysta (belimumab) its a infusion but don't see its helping that much headaches and joint paint witch sometimes is unbearable?

See details: I assume you are taking it for treatment of lupus. Headaches in lupus are usually not related to lupus directly so Benlysta (belimumab) probably will not help. It also takes Benlysta (belimumab) a few treatments to really help. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on zometa infusions every month for bone cancer treatment?

What is your opinion on zometa infusions every month for bone cancer treatment?

It is commonly used: Zometa is commonly used along with chemotherapy for ccancers that have spread to the bones. It is a medicine which is useful to strenghten the bones to prevent fracture of the bone due to weakness caused by cancer. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get strep throat three days after finishing a 10 day treatment of Levaquin (levofloxacin) Infusions?

Is it possible to get strep throat three days after finishing a 10 day treatment of Levaquin (levofloxacin) Infusions?

Strep/Levaquin: LLake ~ anything is possible but I think it would be very unusual in this case. The most likely cause if your sore throat following high dose antibiotics, is a fungal overgrowth in the pharynx, because the antibiotic has probably been very effective in killing the commensal bugs in the throat allowing the fungi to dominate. A 10-day course of any anti-fungal will do. Must be oral and not topical t ...Read more

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Is longterm infliximab infusion treament dangerous?

Yes and no: These is an increased risk of infection which is the major side-effect. Other possibile problems are reduced blood counts, liver inflammation, neurologic disorders and a possible increased risk of lymphoma. However the chances of having any of these issues is fairly small. ...Read more

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What are the dangers and contraindications of massage therapy?

What are the dangers and contraindications of massage therapy?

No dangers: Massage therapy is a wonderful healing method on its own or combined with others for multiple conditions- physical and mental. Contraindications for it would be abscesses (puss collections), significant breaks on the skin, infections, fevers etc. A massage therapist would know them. The danger would come if you are in the hands of some one incompetent. ...Read more

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Im not eating acidic food still feel pain in upper right side i have taken hpylori triple therapy one back stiill haviwburping is any dangerous?

Im not eating acidic food still feel pain in upper right side i have taken hpylori triple therapy one back stiill haviwburping is any dangerous?

Sounds likeheartburn: hope your prescribing docs have discussed other lifestyle modifications with you besides not eating acidic foods? alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, late meals etc can all contribute. are you really on two different PPIs and an h2-blocker? you should discuss this in more detail with a good PCP or GI physician. ...Read more