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Several uses: Magnesium sulfate is commonly used to stop premature labor, and to prevent eclamptic seizures, and may also be beneficial for a baby born prematurely. Typically a "loading dose" of 4-6 grams is used, followed by 2-3 grams per hour given intravenously. Side effects including flushing, dry mouth, blurred vision, and nausea, and are usually worse for the first 24 hours a woman gets the medication. ...Read more
Which is a safer, lower side effect profile drug, topamax (topiramate) or oxcarbazapine (in general terms, obv individuals vary)?
Don't 2nd guess: Neither is w/o risk and they are Rx'd for different (w/ overlap) conditions. You need to work w/ your Dr on selecting the best for you - say clearly that safety is impt to you. Know what they expect it to for your condition. Side EFX are pretty similar for both - your other health issues might be the swing vote. ...Read more
Lipid profile, cholestrol 211, VLDL 17, LDL 142, HDL 62, trigylcerides 84, age 31, is drug therapy required? Or just diet
Diet and exercise: Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco in any form and do not take any alcohol. ...Read more
Sunburn type body rash except not on face, see profile, dermatologist says drug allergy to drug she has been on for 9 months. Is that reasonable she?
Please explain how warfarin contributes to arterial calcification, despite great lipid profile, in patient who has taken drug for 27 years.
I hope these studies help:
there are others, but I hope these help. Would be difficult to explain in this limited space. ...Read more
Definition: The dsm-iv-tr has very specific criteria for substance abuse or substance dependence. Substance misuse, however, is not well defined but often the term is used when a person is engaging in maladaptive behaviors with regard to a substance that does not meet full criteria for abuse or dependence. Getting help before the problem worsens is key. Aa/na and sponsor and getting treatment for the problem. ...Read more
Psychologic effect: By acid, I assume you mean LSD. LSD can produce psychological effects and altered sense of reality. Remember the Beatles song Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds? The song is reportedly describes the effects of LSD. While it is not physically additive, using LSD on a regular basis, the hallucinogenic effect of drug can make it difficult for the user to have any normal sense of reality. So avoid use. ...Read more
Yes most of the time: It depends but after life style modification like loosing weight, salt restriction. Dash diet, exercisising regularly do not help control elevated blood pressure.Once drugs are started and tolerated they need to be taken all your life in most cases. Of course there are rarely exception as life style modification may be successful and drugs may be reduced in dosage or stopped under medical supervision. ...Read more
Serious problem: There are many entry points into the drug distribution channels and the fda cannot be everywhere. Many drugs are so expensive that unethical manufacturers have produced ineffective imitations that can be either dangerous or have no drug in them. We have to trust our pharmacists and the good work of regulators but there is a risk. The actual percentage is only a guess. ...Read more
Generally yes: Any solid pill can be split in half and some actually have a score built in for this purpose. This can be a way to lower the cost as the larger pill frequently costs less than two smaller pills. Capsules cannot be split, as the contents spill out uncontrollably although capsules can be opened and the contents put in a slurry for ingestion if the capsule cannot be swallowed. ...Read more
Meds affect bones: Many meds affect the skeleton. Some drugs may thin the bones as an unwanted side effect (steroids such as cortisone and the anti-seizure meds are most famous for doing this). Also, smoking and longterm alcohol use thin the bones. But there are other meds we use specifically to build bone in people with osteoporosis. Bones are changing all the time, and are affected by what we put in our bodies. ...Read more
Seldom needed: The term "orphan drug" is usually applied to products that have such a small market of potential consumers that it is unlikely the drug companies would invest in drug development. Getting a drug through the fda approval process takes hundreds of millions of dollars. By creating an orphan status, fda costs are less & a company could develop a drug quicker for the rare diseases & make a profit. ...Read more
Very dangerous: Unless these are purchased from a reputable pharmacy such as a mail order that is associated with your prescription plan, it can be very dangerous. One has no idea about strength and purity of these meds. For all one knows, they could have been made in a warehouse in any third world country or just be a sugar pill. ...Read more
Triglycerides: There is little to do medically for triglycerides. There are some supplements that people try and some cardiologists will recommend stuff like gemfibrizil. But, the best way to lower triglycerides is to eat less carbs (no more than 25% of the total calories) and to participate in daily exercise that burns sugars and not protein. This is moderate exercise with a heart rate 120 to 130 bpm. ...Read more
Indocin (indomethacin): Indomethacin is a dangerous medication if taking for long periods as it has a track record of causing erosions and bleeding from the stomach and duodenal areas. In my opinion it should only be taken for a day or two with food and then discontinued to avoid complications. It can relieve acute gout or tendonitis. Less dangerous antiinflammatories can then be given. ...Read more
Can be very harmful: "spice" is not a single chemical; it is a term used to refer to several synthetic cannabinoids, or drugs that affect the same receptors as marijuana, and that are marketed under many names. However, the drug/s in "spice" have never been tested in humans and can be 1000x more powerful than marijuana. They can cause seizures, dissociation, severe anxiety, panic, psychosis, etc--sometimes chronic. ...Read more
NOPE: Nope. There's no hope for dope. Ok, it doesn't rhyme very well. The message is that hard drugs are harmful drugs. ...Read more
GREAT question, Dino: There are many: Drugs. Com, Epocrates, Medscape, Webmd to name just a few. They're what I use when answering lazy HealthTap posters' interaction questions here. I enthusiastically encourage you to use them. A DIY approach to cross-checking your medications for interactions will make you a better patient & put you in better control of your care because you'll learn, understand & remember more. ...Read more