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Dr. Michael Zevitz Dr. Zevitz
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
33 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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Give me drug profile of valsartan including it's uses, side effects?

Give me drug profile of valsartan including it's uses, side effects?

Lower blood pressure: Valsartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker and blocks angiotensin ii, a potent constrictor of arteries and veins. It lowers blood pressure and as a result, lowers the workload on the heart.

Dr. Michael Zevitz Dr. Zevitz
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
33 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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Give me drug profile of valsartan including it's uses, side effects?

Lower blood pressure: Valsartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker and blocks angiotensin ii, a potent constrictor of arteries and veins. It lowers blood pressure and as a result, lowers the workload on the heart.

Dr. Danae Steele Dr. Steele
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
27 years in practice
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Give me drug profile of magnesium sulfate including dose, therapeutic uses, side effects?

Give me drug profile of magnesium sulfate including dose, therapeutic uses, side effects?

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.

Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Which is a safer, lower side effect profile drug, topamax (topiramate) or oxcarbazapine (in general terms, obv individuals vary)?

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.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Lipid profile, cholestrol 211, VLDL 17, LDL 142, HDL 62, trigylcerides 84, age 31, is drug therapy required? Or just diet

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.

Dr. Tracy Sinha Dr. Sinha
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
49 years in practice
Saurashtra University, C.U. Shah Medical College
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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?

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?

Supportive care: Quit the medicine asap, mild caladryl lotion all over skin, stay away form sun (might be photosensitive reaction) lot of water as this is like 1st degree burn, put cortisone oint 1% at p.M, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) twice a day, extreme cases Prednisone for 3 days.

Dr. Loki Skylizard Dr. Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
16 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Please explain how warfarin contributes to arterial calcification, despite great lipid profile, in patient who has taken drug for 27 years.

Please explain how warfarin contributes to arterial calcification, despite great lipid profile, in patient who has taken drug for 27 years.

Some articles: I hope these studies help: http://goo. Gl/vnjyg http://goo. Gl/xwwh3 http://goo. Gl/yymu8 there are others, but I hope these help. Would be difficult to explain in this limited space.

Dr. Evan Altman Dr. Altman
Psychiatry
15 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What's substance or drug misuse?

What's substance or drug misuse?

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.

Dr. Visalakshi Vallury Dr. Vallury
Family Medicine
20 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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How bad is taking the drug acid?

How bad is taking the drug acid?

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.

Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Do you hyprrtensive drugs forever.

Do you hyprrtensive drugs forever.

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.

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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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How many drugs are counterfeit now?

How many drugs are counterfeit now?

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.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How can the drug "nootropil" work?

How can the drug "nootropil" work?

No one knows: How it works is not really understood but it can benefit muscle twitching and jerking.

Dr. Jason Huffman Dr. Huffman
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
19 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Who has cheaper drugs--us or canada?

Who has cheaper drugs--us or canada?

Usually Canada: Typically drug prices for non generic medications are lower in canada than in the us.

Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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Wat is de best drug for losin weight?

Wat is de best drug for losin weight?

No such thing: There are no medications, supplements, or other products that lead to real or lasting weight loss.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Is it okay to split drug pills in half?

Is it okay to split drug pills in half?

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.

Dr. Katherine Caldwell Dr. Caldwell
General Practice
13 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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What drugs affect the skeletal systems?

What drugs affect the skeletal systems?

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.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What is meant by the term an orphan drug?

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.

Dr. Ira Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
38 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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How can I stop using a drugs like morvin?

How can I stop using a drugs like morvin?

There is no drug: Named morvin. Do you mean morphine? If you have an opiate addiction you should get help from a rehabilitation facility. Call a hot line or social service agency for local recommendations.