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My father had angioplasty in jan, 12. He is currently on medication as given in profile. Can he reduce dosage of any or all the tablets & by how much?

See ur cardiologist: His cardiologist knows his history and the medications he is on. He will evaluate him and decide on his current medication needs. ...Read more

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My fathers BP shoots in the night for a while & then comes down. He has high BP for years and on medications to control it. What might be triggering it!

My fathers BP shoots in the night for a while & then comes down. He has high BP for years and on medications to control it. What might be triggering it!

Hypertension: His blood pressure may be increasing because his medications are not truly controlling his condition. A 24 hour monitor may be needed to check that. Is the blood pressure cuff you are using the right size for him, has it been calibrated to the one at the doctors office. When does he take his meds, ? right before you check it? Does he have salty snacks at night. Discuss this with his doctor. ...Read more

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My father has psp. Is there any treatment or medications you can advise? Thank you Elias

My father has psp. Is there any treatment or medications you can advise? Thank you Elias

No known medication: No known medications treat PSP, however, I involve my patients in a number of things right from the start which I believe have a positive clinical impact on them as the disease progresses. Things such as vestibulotherapy, speech therapy, and cognitive gaming are just a few examples of activities I have seen help patients with PSP. Contact me at www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi for more specific ideas. ...Read more

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My father have enlarged prostate, medication is not responding. Does it require surgery? Is it a complicated procedure?

My father have enlarged prostate, medication is not responding. Does it require surgery? Is it a complicated procedure?

Options: Men with bothersome urinary symptoms due to enlarged prostate are treated with medication initially. For those not improved with medication, surgical therapy is an option. Different procedures exist from office microwave therapy to outpatient procedures using lasers or other energy source to remove prostate tissue. He needs to consult with his urologist to decide which approach is best for him. ...Read more

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I have not lost hair. My father and brother have. I want to prevent it and begin early with medication. What should I take?

I have not lost hair. My father and brother have. I want to prevent it and begin early with medication. What should I take?

Agree, Dr. Alvis..: Correct but, realize it is genetic, likely to occur -- best is to change attitude to hair loss

my best uncle growing up was bald, so I never had a 'wory/ concern' about it

revel in your family's characteristic[s]. ...Read more

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My father has a lot of pain in his shoulders and in upper back. It is due to working a lot on computer. Is there any medication possible or exercise.

My father has a lot of pain in his shoulders and in upper back. It is due to working a lot on computer. Is there any medication possible or exercise.

SUre: If he's healthy otherwise, he could try many things, including heat, massage, exercise, stretching, etc. Medication-wise, he could try something like Motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) (i prefer motrin), or there are numerous over the counter creams, rubs, etc. That he could try (icy-hot, bengay, etc.). ...Read more

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My father has parkinson's. Is it curable with any known medications?

My father has parkinson's. Is it curable with any known medications?

Parkinson's disease: Is not curable. It is a progressive illness which progresses at different rates in different people. Parkinson's disease is due to a deficiency of dopamine in a specific area in the brain. Medications that replace the dopamine, mimic the action of dopamine, or reduce the breakdown of dopamine in the brain are used to treat the symptoms. Deep brain stimulation may be helpful if meds are not. ...Read more

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Persistent hiccups in my elderly father just not going, even with medication?

Persistent hiccups in my elderly father just not going, even with medication?

See details: How was this issue evaluated? Were ct scans done? Persistent hiccups require a thorough evaluation to rule the cause. ...Read more

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Father is partially blind. He is taking medication for hypertension. Is hypertension a cause for this?

Father is partially blind. He is taking medication for hypertension. Is hypertension a cause for this?

Maybe related: Patients with hypertension are more likely to develop eye disease. They are a greater risk for vascular diseases that can affect the retina such as vein occlusions, and optic nerve disease such as non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy. If your father has diabetes, hypertension can exacerbate diabetic macular edema a common cause of visual loss in diabetics. Go to your eye doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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What is the best medication for reducing tg, my father has hyper triglyceridemia (tg =430) and cholestrol, HDL & LDL are normal?

What is the best medication for reducing tg, my father has hyper triglyceridemia (tg =430) and cholestrol, HDL & LDL are normal?

No consensus: Expect several answers from several different physicians. I've followed this for the past 30 years, watched recommendations come and go, and formed a non-specialist impression that this is first and foremost a marker for someone who could benefit from some healthy lifestyle choices before seeking health from a pill bottle. Why not undertake some father-daughter fitness activities? ...Read more

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Hi drs. My father had dandruff and hairfall for about 5 yrs. He used some cosmetics and medications but all failed. Is there any solution?

Hi drs. My father had dandruff and hairfall for about 5 yrs. He used some cosmetics and medications but all failed. Is there any solution?

Dandruff Solution: Unfortunately, "herbal shampoo" doesn't really qualify as medication. Your father should seek an appointment with a dermatologist to control the dandruff (there are many possible causes), then seek advice from an abhrs-certified hair restoration physician to address the hair loss. Ask for sequential cross sectional bundle trichometry measurements to track the resolution of the hair loss. ...Read more

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My father is 69 yo and his uric acid is 6.5 he takes medication to keep it down. However he drinks beer and refuses to stop. What the worse to happen?

My father is 69 yo and his uric acid is 6.5 he takes medication to keep it down. However he drinks beer and refuses to stop. What the worse to happen?

He'll get angry: Truth be told, there is no reason he can't continue to enjoy his beer. The lay wisdom is that folks who tend to hyperuricemia do better not to drink alcohol, but the situation's under control. It's not wise in any case to keep criticizing the people you love, or ask them to change, or dispense well-intentioned lay medical advice. Keep your relationship happy. ...Read more

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My father has a sinus since he was 30 years old. He already took medications but he's still allergic to dust. How to cure his sinus effectively?

My father has a sinus since he was 30 years old. He already took medications but he's still allergic to dust. How to cure his sinus effectively?

Sinus: I assume you mean sinus surgery at 30? Or did he complete allergy shots for 3-5 years? Either way, the best plan of action would be to dust only when wearing a mask as well as using a salt water wash kit twice daily. Consider a prescription nasal spray as well. ...Read more

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What are medications for low sperm motility? And how does it take long to father a child after treatments

What are medications for low sperm motility? And how does it take long to father a child after treatments

Depends: Depends on what the cause of low motility is. There isn't one treatment for low sperm parameters. Your infertility doctor should guide you in this. Some conditions don't have a medical treatment. Avoid internet claims of natural supplements improving sperm counts. They are usually vitamins that do very little to correct serious sperm problems. ...Read more

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Could medications be easily used to manage my father's valve leakage at 70 years as is sometimes breathless?

Could medications be easily used to manage my father's valve leakage at 70 years as is sometimes breathless?

Maybe: Medications are often used in heart failure due to valve insufficiency. However surgery is sometimes the best treatment depending on the patient and the sererity of valve dysfunction. Medicines are not a panacea. ...Read more

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My father has persistent afib despite cardioversion and medication. What are some complications to take into consideration with ablations?

My father has persistent afib despite cardioversion and medication. What are some complications to take into consideration with ablations?

See below: The most common complication is recurrent AF despite successful ablation. A 2nd procedure will improve the odds but not to 100%. Pulmonary vein stenosis is a rare but serious complication which can be helped with percutaneous dilitation. Cardiac perforation with tamponade is very rare but potentially dangerous if unrecognized. Despite the above, the vast majority of patients do very well. ...Read more

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My father severly suffering from IBS from last more than 18y. He become very possesive, weak & depressive in these days. I want proper medication.

My father severly suffering from IBS from last more than 18y. He become very possesive, weak & depressive in these days. I want proper medication.

See you have listed: Depression. Is he being treated for this. If not, would encourage a psychiatric evaluation. At that time it could be determined if he would benefit from a psychiatric medication. The psychiatrist can recommend the optimum medication. Talking therapy is also very important. ...Read more

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My father severly suffering from IBS from last more than 18y. He become very possesive, weak & depressive in these days. I want proper medication.

My father severly suffering from IBS from last more than 18y. He become very possesive, weak & depressive in these days. I want proper medication.

You need a local doc: Hi Vijay
I'm very sorry to hear of your father's suffering. It is a very terrible disease and a burden to carry for such a long time. Unfortunately IBS can sometimes also be very difficult to treat and I would recommend a local doctor that he can be seen by that can follow up with him on a frequent basis. I hope you can find a good doctor to help. Hang in there! ...Read more

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What medication can I use because I cant sleep at night because my mind overthinks. I think it has to do with stress. My father has anxiety.

What medication can I use because I cant sleep at night because my mind overthinks. I think it has to do with stress. My father has anxiety.

Have you considered: sleep hygiene before going to meds? Retire & rise same time each day. Bedroom should be dark & cool - used only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Dinner should be moderate sized & finished at least 2 to 3 hours before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light ...Read more

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My father is suffering from pt. Versicolor infection he with brown marks on skin he is taking antifungal medication d marks r gone but white marks r lf?

My father is suffering from pt. Versicolor infection he with brown marks on skin he is taking antifungal medication d marks r gone but white marks r lf?

Tinea versicolor: The skin changes that occur with tinea versicolor can take a long time to change back to normal color. Limited sun exposure can sometimes help but mostly it needs time. The skin needs to recycle and new skin develop before the color change goes back to normal. ...Read more

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Is 75 too old for glaucoma medication to be effective? My father was just diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma. If he has laser surgery to correct the problem, will he be at risk of developing the condition again in the future? .

Is 75 too old for glaucoma medication to be effective? My father was just diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma. If he has laser surgery to correct the problem, will he be at risk of developing the condition again in the future? .

Open-angle: Open-angle glaucoma is a chronic condition for which there is no known cure. The goal of treatment in most cases is to reduce the eye's intraocular or internal pressure. There are many treatment options including laser and/ or eye drop use, which are usually very effective in controlling glaucoma. In some cases, the pressure can be lowered with a laser procedure (selective laser trabeculoplasty or slt), which may need to be performed 1-3 times every 5-7 years and alone can be effective or may require additional eye drop use. Slt laser in recent studies has not been shown to less effective with advancing age. The proper treatment for your father, whether slt, another laser procedure, or eye drop use, depends based on your father's case specifics. Discuss all options and the goals of treatment with your father's ophthalmologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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I need help I am battling depression and it is getting worse. What's a good medication? I have been dealing with this for about two years now. Depression runs in my family and watching my mother and father both battle with it, I never wanted it to happen

I need help I am battling depression and it is getting worse. What's a good medication? I have been dealing with this for about two years now. Depression runs in my family and watching my mother and father both battle with it, I never wanted it to happen

Depends: Depression can have different causes, including hypothyroidism. Methylation problems can also contribute, such as an MTHFR mutation. Test to find out what the cause is. Get genetic testing through 23andme if you have not already done do.
If you have MTHFR, I have information on what to do here:
Http://drfairchild. Blogspot. Com/2013/10/mthfr. Html ...Read more

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What kind of medication should I take as a precaution for hair loss. My father and brother have lost hair.?

What kind of medication should I take as a precaution for hair loss. My father and brother have lost hair.?

Finasteride and...: There are not great treatments for preventing androgenic hair loss. Finasteride is an oral medication that has been shown to help prevent and even regrow some hair. It does have some important possible side effects to discuss with your doctor, however. Minoxidil is a topical medication that also can help. It is now otc and relatively safe. Both of these medicines are not "cures" however. ...Read more

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My father is 69 and is diagnosed with mild cerebellum and cerebral atrophy. Please suggest the precautions and medications?

My father is 69 and is diagnosed with mild cerebellum and cerebral atrophy. Please suggest the precautions and medications?

Fall and balance: Loss of balance and falls are major risk with cerebellum degeneration. Get his gait evaluated by neurologists and physical therapy expert. Get a Walker to prevent falls. ...Read more

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My father taking medication for his blood pressure but the doctor said the medicine will be the maintenance for a life time is it ok?

My father taking medication for his blood pressure but the doctor said the medicine will be the maintenance for a life time is it ok?

Yes but: If he is overweight, he can lower BP by losing weight. Increasing exercise. Using less salt. Eating more fruits and veggies. Getting 7-8 hours if sleep. Meditating and/or praying. ...Read more

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My father aged 78 yrs has Myasthenia Gravis. He is under medication for last 6 yrs. His eyes started closing and seeing double vision. What to do?

My father aged 78 yrs has Myasthenia Gravis. He is under medication for last 6 yrs. His eyes started closing and seeing double vision. What to do?

Medication failure: First, make certain he is taking the medication as advised. If compliance good, then may need to reassess, and perhaps change medication dosing or even type. See neuromuscular specialty neurologist and get addressed. ...Read more