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Was orudis kt taken off the market?

Was orudis kt taken off the market?

Yes: Wyeth the drug company took it off the market on its own. Wyeth states it was not for safety reasons or that it was not effective. The thought is it that wyeth did not want to have to deal with potential side effects and possible law suits like Bextra and vioxx went through. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Dialysis Catheter Insertion (Definition)

A dialysis catheter is a conduit to access either the blood stream or the peritoneal cavity to enable to performance of dialysis. Hemodialysis catheters can be acute or temporary or chronic and in that case tunnelled under the skin. Peritoneal catheters are always tunnelled and enter the abdominal wall. Insertion is done with local anesthesia under ...Read more


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Is using condoms bought online that isn't in the original packaging considered safe?

Is using condoms bought online that isn't in the original packaging considered safe?

Not really: I think the safety and effectiveness of a very important material like condom should not be in any way be questionable . I would not advise you to buy such material . You can step in any store and get safe effective condom of your choice . If you are unable for some reason to go to stores , you can order it from the reliable stores like cvs etc. ...Read more

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What is cimzia (certolizumab pegol) injection 2x200 mg used for?

What is cimzia (certolizumab pegol) injection 2x200 mg used for?

Http://www.cimzia.com/: CIMZIA (certolizumab pegol) is a TNF-blocker used in adult patients to: 1) Lessen signs & symptoms of moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease; 2) Treat moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis; 3) Treat active psoriatic arthritis; 4) Treat active ankylosing spondylitis. For more info, see full prescribing information, as found at: http://www.cimzia.com/ ...Read more

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Why does the pharmacy print dosages in milliliters?

Why does the pharmacy print dosages in milliliters?

A matter of accuracy: Medication dosage often needs precision for the illness or to make the meds last. There is a problem using common kitchen measures to do so. If i want a kid to get 5ml of med/dose, i could write for a teaspoon, but some common teaspoons would measure out 3.5ml and some 7. Over time i could under or over medicate the patient. Millileters are easily measured by syringes or droppers & assure accuracy. ...Read more

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What exactly is the drug misoprostol (cytotec) prescribed for?

What exactly is the drug misoprostol (cytotec) prescribed for?

Two indications.: The drug's two main indications include stomach prophylaxis for those taking nsaids (aspirin-like antiinflammatories) and labor induction as a uterine stimulant (off-label, widely accepted practice). Is is a form of inflammatory hormone that has topical and remote effects on various tissues. ...Read more

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It's okay to use 2 different name brand bottles for breastfeeding right?

It's okay to use 2 different name brand bottles for breastfeeding right?

Should be fine: Once breastfeeding is well established and your baby has regained its birthweight, it is ok to introduce a daily bottle, especially if you need to return to work. It is good to do this between 2-3 weeks of age. If you have a flexible baby, they will adapt to different nipples. If not, you might find that it is best to stay with one kind. ...Read more

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31yrs women trying for pregnancy. Doctor prescribed my-inositol tablets, estadiol valerate tab & clomipure 50. What are the uses of these medicines?

31yrs women trying for pregnancy. Doctor prescribed my-inositol tablets, estadiol valerate tab & clomipure 50. What are the uses of these medicines?

Increase fertility: These are all supplements & medications used in protocols for increasing chance of pregnancy. The myo-inositol is a b vitamin that has been shown in research to improve ovulation in women with pcos. Clomipure is a fertility medication. Estradiol may be used to control the endometrial lining during cycles. That's the one that is a bit puzzling used together with the myo-inositol and clomiphene. ...Read more

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I'm breastfeeding & want to get varicella vaccine.Only Varilix (Glaxo) is sold where I live - is it safe if BF? Consumer insert says contraindicated

I'm breastfeeding & want to get varicella vaccine.Only Varilix (Glaxo) is sold where I live - is it safe if BF? Consumer insert says contraindicated

Hard to say: It is clearly contraindicated when mom is breastfeeding an infant with compromised immunity.However; there are no studies on normal infants to clarify the question for them. Exclusion for at least the first 6 mo is probably the best approach, if not until age 1 year when we usually give the vaccine to infants. ...Read more

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Does missing 2 tablets of medroxyprogesterone acetate according to my doctor's prescription would be ineffective? Can't afford.

Does missing 2 tablets of medroxyprogesterone acetate according to my doctor's prescription would be ineffective? Can't afford.

Take your medicine: I am not sure why you are taking this medication. If it is for birth control then you need to take every single pill every single day. If this is for controlling bleeding, then you may be able to skip a pill but you should talk to your doctor about cheaper, long-term options. ...Read more

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What is prednisolone acetate ophthalmic suspension USP used for?

What is prednisolone acetate ophthalmic suspension USP used for?

Eye infammation: Can be used in treatment corneal injuries from chemical, radiation, or thermal burns, or penetration of foreign bodies. Also used in treatment of steroid-responsive inflammatory conditions of the eye as allergic conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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Friend rx'd "Suprep" for colonoscopy in 3 full doses am/pm/am. Drug instructions are TWO doses which worked 4 me. I'm worried about this off label rx?

Friend rx'd "Suprep" for colonoscopy in 3 full doses am/pm/am. Drug instructions are TWO doses which worked 4 me. I'm worried about this off label rx?

Go with instructions: Best to go with the instructions from your doctors office, or with something that has worked for you in the past. If you have a question about it, ask the pharmacist to look in to the matter. They will help you sort it out. You can always call the doctors office to make sure the instructions are intentional as well. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it safe to request benzocaine gel as an anesthetic before the nurse inserts my Foley catheter?

Is it safe to request benzocaine gel as an anesthetic before the nurse inserts my Foley catheter?

Lidocaine gel best: Very safe. Will sting a little at first, but urethra will be numb once stinging has worn off. Go for it! ...Read more

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It's a moral issue. Prescribed forteo prescription written for three months. Pharmacy refused to fill as written saying they lose $" dispensed monthly raises my?

It's a moral issue. Prescribed forteo prescription written for three months. Pharmacy refused to fill as written saying they lose $" dispensed monthly raises my?

Prescription woes: Most three month supplies of medications need to be mailed in, with most health insurances. Even if the prescription is written for 3 months, the pharmacies seem to only fill for a maximum of 30 days. ...Read more

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Taking costco brand b-100 2x a day, what would b the side effects..

Taking costco brand b-100 2x a day, what would b the side effects..

Should be none: This is a cheap vitamin-mineral preparation that shouldn't make you sick. Mention it to your physician when you visit next. ...Read more

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What exactly is the drug Taxol (paclitaxel) used for?

What exactly is the drug Taxol (paclitaxel) used for?

Chemotherapy: Taxol (paclitaxel) is a widely used chemotherapy drug for breast, lung, head/neck, esophageal cancers. ...Read more

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Is elinest tablet the same as low-ogestre tablet? Please advise!

Elinest: Low-Ogestrel & Elinest are generic versions of Lo/Ovral. ...Read more

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Do you need a script for epogen (epoetin alfa)?

Do you need a script for epogen (epoetin alfa)?

Erythropoietin: Epogen (epoetin alfa) is a very expensive medication which can only be prescribed by a physician (usually a hematologist, oncologist, or nephrologist). Some insurance plans won't let the patient give it to themselves and instead insist that it be given in the doctor's clinic. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Hoffman
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Peg Tube Insertion (Definition)

Peg or percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy is a feeding tube that is placed in the stomach by using a scope through the mouth. This procedure is commonly performed by a gastroenterologist or surgeon. The feeding tube can be used to provide nutrition or ...Read more


Dr. L. Collins
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Intrauterine Device Insertion (Definition)

Inserting an iud into the uterine cavity as a method of birth control. Requires a pelvic exam and ...Read more