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Do you think my psychiatrist may hold certains medications from my treatment because she doesn't deal with certain distributors?Great dr but curious
Highly Unlikely: It is unethical for us to prescribe medicines just because those drug companies want us too. We are expected and almost always do treat with the most appropriate medication for each individual. Sometimes your insurance formulary may limit what you can afford to take, and there are some docs (like me) who won't use a brand new medicine unless it's been on the market a year or two, just to be safe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends.: A blood pressure is too low if a person feels light-headed or faint. For many patients a blood pressure below 100 systolic (the upper number in the blood pressure reading) is too low. However some patients with congestive heart failure may do better with a lower reading. A rapid drop in blood pressure may cause symptoms even though the reading may not be very low. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you have been precribed a medication in the last four months and you are drug tested and come up positive for that in a drug test can they hold that against you?
Depends: If you are in a safety-sensitive job, like a bus driver or operating dangerous machinery, then taking a potentially impairing medication (like opioids or tranquillizers) without informing your employer may be a problem. In general, if you are not in that kind of job, most employers are not testing for prescription drugs anyway, and a prescription should be all you need if there are questions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have interstistatiol systitis.Ihave taken all tests.My bladder holds 2ounces.I have taken all medications, had my bladder stretched, put the device in me, i now have frequent flare ups and infections.M?
I take 2mg of Ativan (lorazepam) daily...hold a professional job and never abuse my prescription.....when should I come off this medication?
Individual answer: I'm pleased you do well in a high functioning life and that you're responsible. The dose you take is the common maximum level, so with the guidance of your therapist, doctor or on your own, you might decide to try to step down by .5mg over some time. I don't know how long you've been at 2mg but you might try a week at 1.5 and decide if you want to continue down, etc. Aim to be free! ...Read more
Are there any over-the-counter medication for blepharitis? I'm on a family vacation so I am unable to get a hold of a doctor for prescriptions
If a person suffer from hepatitis C and hold his treatment , could he restart treatment with the new drug Sovaldi ?
HEPATITIS C OPTIONS : Hepatitis C is very tricky disease that can be quiet for years then flare sometimes randomly. You need a through GI doctor who is a liver specialist to go over options. You need close monitoring of labs/abdominal us and periodic liver biopsy. Then discuss it he best option for you. ...Read more
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
So call your doc: This is the HT public information site.We are thousands of volunteer docs based primarily in the US who answer medical questions.We do not offer treatments. State medical boards require a physician/patient relationship,a retrievable record,recent exam with vital signs for prescribing.Failure to do so can lead to loss or restriction of license. It may seem minor to you but it is not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isnt good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more
Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more
Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc..It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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