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Dr. Foead Geula
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Many children with croup need prescription medications. Often steroids can ...Read more


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I was given a steroid injection yesterday for hives and eczema. My tinnitus is very high now. Is that likely to go away when medication wears off?

I was given a steroid injection yesterday for hives and eczema. My tinnitus is very high now. Is that likely to go away when medication wears off?

Not related: I have not heard of steroid causing tinnitus. More likely that you may be having a viral infection causing hives and tinnitus. However only time will tell. See ear doctor if problem persists for longer than 2 weeks or gets more severe. ...Read more

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I am on high protein diet...Plus I am involved in vigorous exercise but no improvement in muscles. Size. Can u suggest what non steroid drug to take?

I am on high protein diet...Plus I am involved in vigorous exercise but no improvement in muscles. Size. Can u suggest what non steroid drug to take?

Type of Exercise: The type of exercises you do matter. You need to engage in more anaerobic exercises than aerobic. While weight lifting, squats, push-ups and crunches (all anaerobic) will build the different muscle groups, running and other aerobics will burn calories and build your cardiovascular endurance but help you lose, not gain weight. Talk to a trainer to help you draw up an exercise plan. Good luck! ...Read more

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Are there any successful non steroid / corticosteroid medication for asthmatics? Answer please!

Are there any successful non steroid / corticosteroid medication for asthmatics? Answer please!

Steroids for asthma: Hi medius6, in terms of steroids, there are many options out there for treatment of asthma. There are inhalers, pills, and iv forms used. Your doctor will likely recommend a steroid inhaler for persistent asthma symptoms to take once to twice a day. Saving the pills and iv drugs for the bad times. Bronchodilators (not steroids)like albuterol, are a mainstay of treatment as well. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I've started getting headaches every day (most)I suspect medication overuse because I use a non steroidal on those days. How long would it take 2 impove?

I've started getting headaches every day (most)I suspect medication overuse because I use a non steroidal on those days. How long would it take 2 impove?

Ok: Try switching to Tylenol, (acetaminophen) or let it ride with no treatment for few days. If pain a result of the Nonsteroidal then I suspect discontinuation should lead to improvement within 4 to 48 hours ...Read more

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What kind of medication can I take for allergies without steroid?

What kind of medication can I take for allergies without steroid?

Lots of Options: OTC non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec are helpful for seasonal/perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms. The gold-standard treatment are daily nasal steroid sprays, however you can try antihistamine nasal spray instead. Avoidance of triggers is important and allergy shots are also an option. Saline sprays are useful but will not provide lasting relief used alone. ...Read more

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Besides steroids what other medications are used to treat sarcoidosis?

Besides steroids what other medications are used to treat sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis rx: Many if not most cases of sarcoidosis don't require any treatment. Other meds used to treat sarcoidosis that is active include plaquenil, methotrexate, and Remicade (infliximab) among others. Any medicine that suppresses the immune system can help though all have varying side effect profiles and monitoring requirements but most have fewer side effects than steroids. ...Read more

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Will an epidural in my lower back cause a gain in weight, due to the steroid in the medication?

Yes/No: Generally steroids can cause your to retain water, which may make weight gain appear. This is usually reversible once steroid wears off. However, steroid also make you hungry and if you eat more because of that then that weight is real and will take diet and exercise to remove. ...Read more

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About a month ago, I was sick and prescribed ~6 medications (antibiotics, steroids, some OTCs) - I'm 5 days late; could this be an affect of meds?

About a month ago, I was sick and prescribed ~6 medications (antibiotics, steroids, some OTCs) - I'm 5 days late; could this be an affect of meds?

Yes: Illness can cause your period to come late or to miss a period completely. However, if you had unprotected sex since your last period, then you should check a home pregnancy test. Take Care1 ...Read more

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Will my medications affect my epidural steroid injection?

Will my medications affect my epidural steroid injection?

Generally no: Most medications are Ok. However, some NSAIDs and blood thinners need to be stopped before the injection to decrease risk of bleeding. ...Read more

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I have brainstem inflammation and looking for an alternative medication to steroids can you help please?

I have brainstem inflammation and looking for an alternative medication to steroids can you help please?

It depends...: The cause of your brainstem inflammation most often will determine what treatment options are available. Some are treatable by medication other than steroids. ...Read more

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Can medications with steroids in them cause weight gain? Are they dangerous to a person's overall health?

YES: Yes they can cause weight gain and yes they can cause a number of other medical illnesses including (but not limited to);
diabetes, decreased immunity, decreased wound healing, mental disorders, insomnia. .. It's a long list. ...Read more

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Which steroid can help me build strength and muscle fast? I need to build a lot oF strength in. Short time window like a month and half

Which steroid can help me build strength and muscle fast? I need to build a lot oF strength in. Short time window like a month and half

Wrong site: We do not condone Anabolic steroids for muscle and or strenght gain.

Your best bet is to go to the gym, lift weights and eat the appropriate foods. Please know that Anabolic steroids cause far greater harm than good. Good Luck ...Read more

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I have bells palsy. Do I need to keep taking steroids and viruses medication past ten days?

NO: Based on recently published guidelines, treatment with steroids or antiviral agents more than 7 to 10days has no additional benefits and is not recommended. ...Read more

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Can steroid anti-inflammatory medications cause GI upset?

Can steroid anti-inflammatory medications cause GI upset?

Yes: Corticosteroids an cause gastric pain, gastric ulcers, gastrointestinal cramps and bleeding. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to help treat eczema, besides applying topical steroids medications?

Is there anything I can do to help treat eczema, besides applying topical steroids medications?

Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more

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What happens if severe GVHD of the gut does not respond to steroids or any other attempted medication?

What happens if severe GVHD of the gut does not respond to steroids or any other attempted medication?

Sorry, can't help: Graft vs host diease (GVHD) is complex, as are the treatments that lead to it (probably bone marrow transplant) and the diseases it treats. No matter how expert HealthTap doctors may be, there is no way any distant forum can answer a question like this. You'll have to disucss it with your (or the patient's) doctor (s). Sorry. Good luck to you and your loved one, or whoever the patient is. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a MRI for my shoulder pain. It came back with nothing wrong. I was given a steroid medication b4 mri?

What to do if I had a MRI for my shoulder pain. It came back with nothing wrong. I was given a steroid medication b4 mri?

Shoulder pain: There are many causes of shoulder pain that do not show up on MRI. If the steroid is injected into the shoulder and an MRI is done immediately after, the study may show some fluid (the steroid that was injected) in the shoulder. Steroid however, will not reduce the sensitivity of an MRI study in finding shoulder problems. It sounds like you may benefit from a good shoulder examination. ...Read more

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Can taking anabolic steroids effect my RA or the medication I'm on?

Can taking anabolic steroids effect my RA or the medication I'm on?

Not a good idea.: The anabolic steroids are not a good idea. Your system is highly stimulated already with an autoimmune disease. There is no sense in adding more chemicals for this. And sometimes people are already on steroids for the RA. If you are on DMARDS I would not add to the mix with anabolic steroids.
Best wishes. ...Read more

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Would an epidural in my lower back cause weight gain, due to the steroid in the medication?

Steroid: One dose of steroid won't affect your weight gain.

More importantly the steroid may not be controlling your back pain and you need a follow-up visit with the doctor taking care of back pain.

If you are gaining wait you need to go on a diet. ...Read more

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How does taking anti-inflammatory steroid medication affect the outcome of vision correction surgery?

Well usually,: Anti inflammatory drops are used to slow or suppress the scarring (bad form of healing) reaction that can occur after refractive surgery. It can also alleviate discomfort. There are a wide variety of very effective steroid and non steroidal agents that can be used after refractive surgery. ...Read more

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(1) Are Retroscapular Injections safe and effective for Diagnostic purposes and Temporary relief from potential Scapular Bursitis symptoms? (2) Possible side effects with long-term use? (3) What type of medication is injected, i.e. steroid? (4) Is it pain

Yes: In the hands of a skilled provider with experience there should be minimal risk. However there is always the chance of a lung injury--but small. Usually a mixture of steroid and lidocaine is used to numb the area and then the steroid should reduce swelling in the bursa But this is usually only temp pain relieve so you can rehab the scapular muscles. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to inhale asthma medications with steroids inside?

Is it dangerous to inhale asthma medications with steroids inside?

No: It is dangerous however, to let asthma symptoms go untreated. If one needs a rescue inhaler (albuterol) more than twice a week on a regular basis, and the rescue inhaler is used for more than just vigorous activity, that is a sign that asthma is poorly controlled. A controller medication like an inhaled steroid and/ or singulair (montelukast) is needed;. ...Read more

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Is there any systemic absorption when using intranasal steroid medication for allergy treatment?

Is there any systemic absorption when using intranasal steroid medication for allergy treatment?

Very little: Almost nil. Some people who are very sensitive to steroids say they may feel a little difference, but normally systemic spread is very very little, if at all. ...Read more

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How to get rid of puffy nipples? I'm 24 male and bodybuilder. Never user any medications or steroids....

This is: A form of mild gynecomastia. See a plastic surgeon for a consultation - it may respond to liposuction or a removal of the excess glandular tissue. ...Read more

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I am currently taking chantix to stop smoking and I'm also on steroids for bronchitis. Are these two medications safe?

I am currently taking chantix to stop smoking and I'm also on steroids for bronchitis. Are these two medications safe?

Depends: Prednisone for short periods of time is safe. Chantix however is under scrutiny after a canadian study was published this summer showing a high risk of stroke and heart attack in patients taking the drug. Like all medication the risk must be balanced by the benefit. I have had a lot of patients have high success with chantix. ...Read more

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Which of the following asthma medications should I reduce if have no symptoms at all 1)controlling tablets 2)quick relief inhaler 3)steroid inhaler?

Which of the following asthma medications should I reduce if have no symptoms at all 1)controlling tablets 2)quick relief inhaler 3)steroid inhaler?

See below: The steroid inhaler is your controller/maintenance for use daily/routinely. The tablet is also assisting with the control/maintenance aspects of your asthma. Your action plan should advise that the quick relief (albuterol) can be decreased/increased in frequency depending on the severity or improvement of your breathing status. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for over two years. I have been treated with inhalers, steroid, anti drip medications, antihistamines, zpac you name it. It has?

I've had a cough for over two years. I have been treated with inhalers, steroid, anti drip medications, antihistamines, zpac you name it. It has?

GERD?: Have you been evaluated for gerd? This can also contribute to bronchospasm and result in cough. It is not likely to be due to infection if it has been present for 2 years. If you are smoking, you need to quit. You may need pulmonary function testing to rule out copd, especially if you have smoked. ...Read more

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I have hsv-2 and I'm in daily Valtrex (valacyclovir) therapy, can I use steroids (wistrol)? Does it have any interaction with the disease or medication?

I have hsv-2 and I'm in daily Valtrex (valacyclovir) therapy, can I use steroids (wistrol)? Does it have any interaction with the disease or medication?

Anabolic steroids: These are not likely to have interactions with valacyclovir or your hsv infection, but you should double check with your pharmacist who has access to up to date computer records of interactions. You should also strongly reconsider the reasons for taking these. ...Read more

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