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Does Hydrocodone Increase Alzheimers
I read an article that refers to a study that concluded that taking benzodiazepines can increase the possibility of having Alzheimers. Is it true?
Possibly: A few years ago there was a study indicating that those over the age of 65 who begin taking Benzodiazepines have a 50% greater chance of having dementia. It was not determined if this was causative or just a correlation. It may be that these individuals are taking Benzodiazepines to off set the early symptoms of dementia. ...Read more
Hydrocodone or dihydrocodeinone is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from two naturally occurring opiates: Codeine or thebaine. It is an orally active narcotic analgesic and antitussive. It is available in tablet, capsule, and syrup form. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain or as an antitussive to treat cough. Hydrocodone affects pain by ...Read more
How would I know if my memory and expressive difficulties are more than stress related, and what can I do to rule out alzheimer? I am concerned about frequent short term memory deficit and increased difficulty trying to express myself. Examples: thinking
At age 51 alzheimer's disease is uncommon, so first you should reduce your anxiety about this until you have been evaluated; it is unlikely to be alzheimer's. If you have a significant family history of early-onset dementia, that is a different situation, of course, but you have not mentioned this.
If your difficulties prominently involve expressive language, it is possible you have one or another condition affecting specific speech areas in the brain, such as a small stroke, or one of the less common neurodegenerative diseases which are something like alzheimer's but are in other ways quite distinct....Such as the "frontotemporal dementias". I endorse the idea that you should see a neurologist to see if you are clearly depressed, or clearly have a different kind of neurological problem. ...Read more
Mercury toxicity: There is no single cause of alzheimer's but a growing body of evidence implicates mercury toxicity as a significant cause (see http://www. Medscape. Com/viewarticle/733465). Exposure to mercury has increased over time, primarily from dental amalgam fillings but also from contaminated seafood. Research shows those who got flu vaccine preserved with mercury 5 years in a row had 10x risk of alzheimer's! ...Read more
I have had anxiety and stress for most of my life. (i'm 38) do I have an increased chance of alzheimer's or dementia when I get older?
New Lancet article: Obesity in middle age lowers Alzheimer's risk by a third. New Neurology: Obesity in middle age increases risk fourfold. What gives?
Haven't seen either: Article are written many ways and you need to see the article to clarify it. They may have looked at different groups, may have assumes the wrong information, put in misinformation, used different statistical models etc. An in depth analysis may explain this ...Read more
There is Excessive Hair loss from my chest. And I always forget where I kept my mobile at home. Is this a sign of alzheimers disease? Dandruff in hair, if I wash my hair, it decreases, but again the next day it increases.
Different activities: Though I don't know of research, the idea is to do different activities, not just the same thing every day. Even simple things like brushing your teeth with the other hand stimulates brain activity. ...Read more
On hydrocodone 5/500 for 7 years before asking for dose increase. Is hydrocodone 5/325 a weaker medicine?
Can you tell me if on hydrocodone 5/500 for 7 years before asking for dose increase. Is the hydrocodone 5/325 weaker med?
Less tylenol (acetaminophen): Because of an increased prevalence of tylenol overdoses and numbers of people with tylenol-induced liver problems, the FDA ruled that no acetaminophen-containing combination can have more than 325 mg. Pills with more than 325 mg will not be available in the near future. Talk to your doctor about your tylenol dose - it should not be more than 2000 mg a day in general. Opioids should never be only RX ...Read more
Dr switched me: hydrocodone to oxymorphone. I can tolerate hydrocodone, will oxymorphone be any different? Will it cause high bp? Increase PVCs?
Depends on dose: Opioids generally have the same effects if given in equipotent doses. However, hydrocodone is usually used only in small doses (5-10 mg) in combination with tylenol, (acetaminophen) although 2 new higher dose long-acting preparations are now available. Oxymorphone can be given in much higher doses in both immediate and extended-release forms. Opioids are not usually associated with hypertension or PVCs. ...Read more
I was prescribed butrans patches to supplement/reduce need for norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen). Pain has increased enormously since then. Should I continue using patches?
Need Time: This medication is intended for patients requiring pain medications 24hours per day. Nocro is a short acting opioid and will not provide a consistent level of medication in your system. The transition to sustained released opioids can take time and be a little challenging for patients who have been on short acting opioids for a long period of time. You likely need a dose adjustment. ...Read more
Had hernia surgery yesterday. Dr prescribed Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) for pain, 1-2 tablets every 4 hours. Took 1 with minimal improvement should I increase dose to 2?
I took a half of a 10 mg norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) now im having increased anxiety and im supper tired fat heart rate is thst Normal?
No: A half tablet of norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) should not, in of of itself, cause an anxiety state or increase your heart rate. The hydrocodone could conceiveably cause some fatigue or down feeling however. I would think that your anxiety and some stress cause your described symptoms. Discuss this with your psychiatrist who could best evaluate and advise you. ...Read more
Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) making me feel wired nausea, dizziness, increased heart beat and seadeted feeling. And it's caused some itching I've taking 4 of them since yeste?
Possible: Reaction...Stop taking ; talk to your physician. ...Read more
Need a lot more info: To even start to give you an answer, I would need to know a lot more about you: your age, medical conditions, why you think you might be getting alzheimer's. And that's just to start. To actually make the diagnosis requires a thorough work-up including, at least, a good history, a brain scan, comprehensive psychometric testing, lab work, and a physical exam. And there's even more possibly. ...Read more
Alzheimer's Associat: Check out www. Alz. Org for info on Alzheimer disease and other dementias. ...Read more
A good history: Early symptoms include trouble forming new memories, getting lost in familiar places and word finding problems. Someone who is experienced can examine your father to make the diagnosis. The more advanced the illness the easier itis to diagnose correctly. Many primary care physicians have trouble diagnosing early disease so a geriatric psychiatrist, a geriatrician or a neurologist may be helpful. ...Read more
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No one knows what causes alzheimers disease. Age is the main variable: the older the person, the more likely. Family history ; heredity are factors too. However, all of these are out of our control. Looking at controllable factors, past brain injury and cardiovascular health seem to increase risk. See:
http://www. Alz. Org/alzheimers_disease_causes_risk_factors. Asp. ...Read more
Unfortunately not: Current researchers are working on development of biomakers using blood test instead of fluid from the spine for the early detection of alzheimer's. Also working on development of vaccine or medications to modify not to slow dowm the progression of alzheimer's (think of someone who is new onset diabetes or elevated cholesterol which is modifiable). ...Read more
Dementia is 1 kind: Most of the time when people say dementia, they mean alzheimer's. There are other less common forms of dementia. There is one that can happen from small strokes called vascular dementia. Another has memory issues, hallucinations, and parkinsonism called lewy body dementia. There is a very unusual one called frontotemporal dementia, and there are dementias from other causes such as infection. ...Read more
Unlikely: Alz disease "changes" begin early, but highly unlikely that you would be symptomatic from ad at 38 unless you had familial disease. Medication, depression, distractions, sleep deprivation among many other things all impact "forgetfulness. These are more likely that early ad symptoms. ...Read more
No: But staying healthy by keeping BP and cholesterol normal as well as being physically and mentally active can help in delaying the process. Entering clinical trials for new drugs and preventative regimens are other options. Even if there is a strong history of ad in your family, it is unlikely you are 100% sure to get the disease. The familial type of ad is very rare and presents very early age. ...Read more
Very rare: It may happen in a family where several members developed alzheimer's disease in an early age. That is because there is a bad gene transmitted in that family. ...Read more
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