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I think my child may have asthma, is Pulmicort a good first medication?

I think my child may have asthma, is Pulmicort a good first medication?

Pulmicort is good: If your child has asthma symptoms 2 or more times per week then the asthma should be treated not only with a bronchodilator, rescue medication, such as albuterol, but also wiith an anti-inflammatory medication, such as Budesonide (pulmicort). This medication is used a lot with children because it is safe and comes in a solution which can be given by nebulizer via a mask. ...Read more

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What would be your first-line medication choice in ADD if we exclude stimulant? E.g.which drug among the others is most likely to be effective?

What would be your first-line medication choice in ADD if we exclude stimulant? E.g.which drug among the others is most likely to be effective?

Individualize: Choices should be based on the individual features of that person, that person's ADD, and that person's circumstances. There is no one anser. ...Read more

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In second stage lung cancer is it important to first take medication for blood coughing and vomiting, before starting the actual therapy?

In second stage lung cancer is it important to first take medication for blood coughing and vomiting, before starting the actual therapy?

No 2 cases the same: In clinical stage ii non-small-cell cancer, the burning question may actually be "candidate for surgical cure". If you are vomiting at this stage, one burning question is possible brain metastases; if you have intractable bloody cough, we want to rule out a cancer-induced pneumonia. The decision to delay or proceed with chemotherapy is too tricky to be settled in 400 words. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what was the first prescription pain medication?

Can you tell me what was the first prescription pain medication?

History Question?: Most likely it was opium (what morphine is derived from) used by the sumerians in 5000 bc or the greeks in 800 bc. Willow tree bark (what Aspirin is derived from) was used as early as 1500 bc by the egyptians. ...Read more

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My grandmother aged 76 was diagnosed with MDR TB recently and was given some medication, and on her very first day of medication she fall very sick?

My grandmother aged 76 was diagnosed with MDR TB recently and was given some medication, and on her very first day of medication she fall very sick?

Drug toxicity: Unfortunately, MDR TB is a difficult condition to manage and requires toxic medications to be given. Adjusting dose may be helpful. It may be helpful to take anti nausea medicine if nausea is the main issue. She should be seen by a medical professional and have labs done. ...Read more

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When you increase the dose of sertraline do you have to wait for results like when you first start the medication?

When you increase the dose of sertraline do you have to wait for results like when you first start the medication?

Yes: Yes the chemistry is the same. It takes it some time to get to its new equilibrium or steady state. Hang in there and give it a chance to work. ...Read more

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Feel slightly breathless after taking first dose of medication. Is this psychological? Or an effect from the medicine?

Feel slightly breathless after taking first dose of medication. Is this psychological? Or an effect from the medicine?

What medication?: You have not shared what medication you're asking about, so it's hard to give you an educated reply. What condition were you being prescribed a medication for? You list Amoxicillin and Omeprazole in your information. Do you have an infection -- maybe a kidney infection since you wrote "back pain" in your information too? If you could be a little more specific, we can try again. Thanks. ...Read more

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Hi, I am 29 male. Not on any medication. First time I did sex but I couldn't maintain erection. Just for few sec. I was NT expecting. Can I try viagra (sildenafil)?

Hi, I am 29 male. Not on any medication. First time I did sex but I couldn't maintain erection. Just for few sec. I was NT expecting. Can I try viagra (sildenafil)?

Might be a little: First time performance jitters. I would not conclude from one try that you will have future problems. I think it would be premature to try viagra (sildenafil) at this time. ...Read more

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What were the first treatments and medications used for hiv/aids?

What were the first treatments and medications used for hiv/aids?

Bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) zidovudine: The earliest effective treatment (early 1980s) was sulfa-trimethoprim (Bactrim®) to prevent Pneumocysts pneumonia in people with advanced immune deficiency. The first anti-HIV drug was zidovudine, originally called azidothymidine or AZT, which became available in the late 1980s. Used alone, it slowed HIV progression and sometimes improved AIDS dementia, but only a little and not for long. ...Read more

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What is best first blood pressure medication for 18 year old? Is valsartan a good first option?

What is best first blood pressure medication for 18 year old? Is valsartan a good first option?

May be: That's a clinical judgement decision, your doctor who knows your case well would be the best to answer your query, wish you wellness ...Read more

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How physically enduring is the first course of aids medication?

How physically enduring is the first course of aids medication?

Well tolerated: There are many well tolerated and effective treatment options for hiv. Some people are able to take only one pill a day for treatment (that has 3 medications combined in one). If a person does develop side effects, the doc can usually find other meds that are tolerated. Once HIV treatment is started it is important to take the meds consistently so the virus doesn't become resistant to treatment. ...Read more

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What anxiety medication does one take, and how do you first know you need medication?

What anxiety medication does one take, and how do you first know you need medication?

Start with eval.: After your medical provider evaluates you fully, he or she will be able to determine if medications are indicated & if so, which medications are the most appropriate for you specifically. Not all anxiety requires psychiatric medications. Since you are concerned - recommend you be evaluated. ...Read more

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Are any such medications considered first-line therapies for rls?

Are any such medications considered first-line therapies for rls?

There are a number: Requip (ropinirole) (ropinarole) and pramipexol (mirapex) are the main two medications prescribed for rls. Firstly, the diagnosis should ideally be made by a formal sleep study, and a number of conditions, including iron deficiency, should be ruled out, since treating underlying conditions may reduce or eliminate the symptoms. ...Read more

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Can LAFB cause tachycardia? Is medication the first and/or best treatment option?

Can LAFB cause tachycardia? Is medication the first and/or best treatment option?

LAFB: If you mean left anterior fascicular block - then no. It does not cause tachycardia. But can be a sign of myocardial ischemia and may precede ventricular tachycardia in the setting of a myocaridal infarction. ...Read more

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Should I talk to my pharmacist or my doctor first about taking my medications?

Should I talk to my pharmacist or my doctor first about taking my medications?

Yes: If you have unresolved concerns or not sure how to take medication you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist. ...Read more

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Hi This is my first-time ADHD dosage/medication 30 mg/day adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). Is it safe to take 30 mg Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) pill per day in the morning for 2 months.?

Hi This is my first-time ADHD dosage/medication 30 mg/day adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). Is it safe to take 30 mg Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) pill per day in the morning for 2 months.?

DEPENDS: The dose of 30 mg of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for an adult with ADD is not too high but everyone is different and sometimes you have to try medications and tweak the dose. ...Read more

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Need help with how much of my first suboxone dose I should take having such a low tolerance to any type of medication. Please help!

Need help with how much of my first suboxone dose I should take having such a low tolerance to any type of medication. Please help!

Seems odd: If someone is on suboxone, they have had an addiction history with taking narcotics. Can the person have a "low tolerance" to the abused medication?
The standard dosing is about one TENTH the average final dose of suboxone (2 mg versus 16). So, going with teh standard dose of 2 and rapidly increasing would be quite safe (except for possible withdrawal from prev narcotics). ...Read more

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Should you recommend anxiety medication for claustrophobic first time flyer?

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Should you recommend anxiety medication for claustrophobic first time flyer?

Claustrophobic: Recommend behavior approach such as breathing exercises & relaxation, and if symptoms persist, medications can be used on as needed basis. ...Read more

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What medications can help with percocet withdraws for the first three days of the withdraws?

What medications can help with percocet withdraws for the first three days of the withdraws?

Multiple meds: Hello. You can use multiple meds, all prescription, to help with withdrawal symptoms. You can try weening off the Percocet to help avoid the symptoms. To treat the symptoms, you can try Clonidine for the agitation. Some people use libirum as well to help with the symptoms; I would avoid any other benzodiazepines due to addiction possibility to them. Pepto for some of the GI issues. ...Read more

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Can you have anaphylactic rxn following first exposure to an allergen (eg medication) or is it usually after subsequent exposures?

Can you have anaphylactic rxn following first exposure to an allergen (eg medication) or is it usually after subsequent exposures?

Anaphylaxis..: On first exposure doesn't really happen, most of the time, as you need a sensitizing dose, i.e. Previous exposure, even in tiny amount, usually patients don't recall this previous exposure. Anaphylactoid reactions, can happen with certain drugs as morphine, x-ray dyes, and others, resembling exactly anaphylaxis without being an allergic reaction, and anaphylaxis can happen without a cause, rare. ...Read more

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Should medication be used as first treatment for anxiety? If not what things should be tried first?

Should medication be used as first treatment for anxiety? If not what things should be tried first?

Would only move: Directly to medication if anxiety is so debilitating that it is preventing the person from being able to participate in talking therapies in a meaningful way. I am much faster to move toward medications if the patients' anxiety is of a severity that it is impacting everyday function. When these situations are not in play, I generally prefer that the patient try non-pharmacological options first. > ...Read more

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How can I safely take a medication for the first time.?

Your pharmacist: Should be able to provide you with both verbal and written information about the safe use of the medication. ...Read more

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What is the first sign of liver damage from medication?

What is the first sign of liver damage from medication?

Blood tests: You definitely want to catch damage before there are any signs of damage. Thus anyone prescribing medication that can be harmful to the liver will recommend regular blood testing to watch for any liver troubles. ...Read more