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I feel fine. Do I really need to take medicine for latent TB infection?

I feel fine. Do I really need to take medicine for latent TB infection?

Yes because: The idea of treating latent TB is to make sure it never becomes active. If it ever becomes active, you will get really really sick. Better to take one drug for 9 months, then be deathly ill taking 4 drugs. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Lindquist
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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection (Definition)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an infectious organism that spreads by droplets coughed out by an infected person. Infection is established initially in lungs, but can spread within lungs & to other body parts, or can become latent, with reactivation occurring years to decades later. With effective treatment, it can be completely eliminated although drug resistant ...Read more


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Why do I need to take TB medicine for a long time?

Why do I need to take TB medicine for a long time?

Slow growth: Tb is different from other bacteria in that it grows very slowly. That's why antibiotics have to be in the body in a sustained fashion to kill every sleeping bug and prevent recurrence or resistance. This takes 9 months to a year of treatment. ...Read more

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Would anything happen if i prescribe zithromax for myself and i dont actually have chalmydia or if i tKe flagyl and i dont have a yeast infection ?

Would anything happen if i prescribe zithromax for myself and i dont actually have chalmydia or if i tKe flagyl and i dont have a yeast infection ?

Not recommended.: It is never recommended to self prescribe antibiotics. Inappropriate antibiotic use has led to the serious problem of resistant bacterial infections. This practice could also lead to allergic reactions, undesirable side effects, and interference with testing when you aren't getting better. Flagyl, by the way, is not used to treat yeast infections. ...Read more

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I have esoniphillis pneumonia and don't want to take steroid what else can I take?

I have esoniphillis pneumonia and don't want to take steroid what else can I take?

Fluticasone: is an inhaled rather than oral /sytemic steroid. Most of it stays in the pulmonary tissue where it is able to work effectively. ...Read more

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Have heard you get sick while first taking fluoxetine. I'm too scared to take my meds. What am I supposed to do if I throw up the medicine if sick?

Have heard you get sick while first taking fluoxetine. I'm too scared to take my meds. What am I supposed to do if I throw up the medicine if sick?

Take the medicine: Fear of a potential side effect shouldn't stop you from taking the medication in the first place. Your doctor has taken the time to consider all risks/benefits, and has determined that the benefits far outweigh the risks of things like side effects. Plus, most people I've treated with fluoxetine did fine, and only had side effects (if any at all) after at least several days or weeks. ...Read more

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Certain I have kidney infec feel quite ill have had a non stop fever for 36 hours cnt get to docs til mon what can I do at home to make me feel better?

Certain I have kidney infec feel quite ill have had a non stop fever for 36 hours cnt get to docs til mon what can I do at home to make me feel better?

Infection: If you really have infection unless you get antibiotics, you are at risk of getting worse. You really have to go to your doctor. Go to urgent care of go to the er for treatment please do. ...Read more

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My doctor told me last week I have an under active thyroid and i need to take medicine for it? What kind of meds do I need?

My doctor told me last week I have an under active thyroid and i need to take medicine for it? What kind of meds do I need?

Levothyroxine: The best form of thyroid replacement is levothyroxine. A common "brand" is synthroid, but there are a number of generics. They are all fairly inexpensive. Once you get started on one of these, try to stick with the same brand and take it at the same time of day. Your doctor may need to make some dose adjustments after your initial starting dose. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been taking Macrobid for a bladder infection for 2 days now..its working but not great. should I worry?

What to do if I have been taking Macrobid for a bladder infection for 2 days now..its working but not great. should I worry?

Give it more time: Your symptoms should be nearly completely resolved within a few days after starting an antibiotic. If you are not continuing to improve after a few more days, a different antibiotic might be required. ...Read more

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As soon as i eat i need to use the rest room, docs i went to said it's ibs. What do I have to do to get rid of it.I have it for years & im tired of it?

As soon as i eat i need to use the rest room, docs i went to said it's ibs. What do I have to do to get rid of it.I have it for years & im tired of it?

Sure it's IBS?: I understand your frustration! but, perhaps you can help us help you by telling us what tests have been done ; what medications have been tried over the years of evaluation. No sense having us recommend to you studies you've already accomplished, treatments that you've already failed, or offer possible alternative diagnoses that have already been considered and ruled out. ...Read more

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I have the flu but I need to go to class tomorrow . I'm on tamiflu (oseltamivir) but is there anything else I can do to help me feel more active and betterfaster ?

I have the flu but I need to go to class tomorrow . I'm on tamiflu (oseltamivir) but is there anything else I can do to help me feel more active and betterfaster ?

Stay home: Unless you are happy about giving this disease to anyone coming in contact with you, sit this one out. You shed flu virus heavily in the week after symptoms start. For some it is a minor problem, but people old/young/middle aged die every year from complications. ...Read more

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I have been taking depression medicine for years. I don't think it helps anymore. Certain things send me into a deep depression for days. What should i?

I have been taking depression medicine for years. I don't think it helps anymore. Certain things send me into a deep depression for days. What should i?

See a psychiatrist: It sounds a form of depression that is called chronic, treatment-refractory depression. It's been going on for a very long time and you are clearly suffering. If you are able to see a psychiatrist for an evaluation, that would be my first recommendation. If you are already seeing one, then i would discuss. There are augmenting medications to help with antidepressants that aren't working. ...Read more

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I take zoloaf . Do I have to take it every day? Im confused .Is it something i can take when needed or do I have to keep i level for it to work?

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I take zoloaf . Do I have to take it every day? Im confused .Is it something i can take when needed or do I have to keep i level for it to work?

Go see your doctor: I believe you're referring to zoloft, (sertraline) an antidepressant & anxiolytic. If so, you really need to address your question to your prescribing physician. Ask him/her why you're taking it, what's expected benefit, what're common and/or dangerous side effects, and how you're supposed to take it i.e. Daily or as needed. This applies to any patient receiving medication from provider. In general, take daily. ...Read more

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I'm almost sure I have a yeast infection. I have medicine but I would like to know how long I take the medicine?

Depends on medicatio: If you are taking over the counter yeast medication then follow the directions for use written on the box. Different medications have different timelines. If you are taking prescription yeast medication the follow the instructions on the package. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a bad genital fungus infection, and some one told me to take sumycin, (tetracycline) do I need a doctors prescription for this?

What to do if I have a bad genital fungus infection, and some one told me to take sumycin, (tetracycline) do I need a doctors prescription for this?

See doctor: There are different types of fungal infections. These are treated with different medications. A doctor should examine the condition so that the proper medication of prescribed. Plus there may be allergies or other conditions predisposing one to a fungus infection. ...Read more

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I have a high tolerance for pain, but every pain medicine that I am prescribed my body becomes immune to it. What do I need to do?

I have a high tolerance for pain, but every pain medicine that I am prescribed my body becomes immune to it. What do I need to do?

See Pain Doc: Generally tolerance or "immunity" to pain meds comes with intermittent high doses of these medications rather than using a constant low dose like what you would get from a prolonged release or extended release medication. Switching to a long acting or using smaller doses more often can cause some withdrawal like symptoms which requires some expertise to manage. You need to see pain doc. ...Read more

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Hi I think I do need some help because sometime I don't feel well and I take some medicine what doctor given me even not quicker I do who like see me?

More information!: Your question is not clear. Please list the name of the medicine you take in your profile and the condition that it is treating. Be more specific about what is bothering you, please. Ask someone fluent in English to help you phrase this, if you can. Or proofread your question to e sure it makes sense, if your device misinterpreted your words. ...Read more

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I have very serious cold and has taken me months to cure but to no avail what do I do or can u give me a prescription, am dying pls?

I have very serious cold and has taken me months to cure but to no avail what do I do or can u give me a prescription, am dying pls?

Rx: This is a site for advise, no doctor can make prescription in this site. Cold do not last months, think about allergy, sinus infection, or asthma? Please see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a cold. Should I wait till I get better to take the ppd shot/tuberculosis shot?

I have a cold. Should I wait till I get better to take the ppd shot/tuberculosis shot?

Doesn't matter: One can get a PPD skin test regardless of whether or not she has a cold. Regarding TB testing, sometimes getting a Quantiferon TB blood test is more accurate or more desirable than a PPD skin test (one's primary care doctor can advise on that). For example, a person who has had a BCG shot and has not had a negative PPD test since the BCG shot, might want to do the blood test instead of a PPD test. ...Read more

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I've have a chronic yeast infection for years that I can't get rid of. I take ointment for it and herbs, but won't go away. What should I do?

Unlikely chronic. : There should be no such thing as a chronic yeast infection. In case you have a resistant strain a culture should be taken. Or perhaps you keep getting it. There are ways to prevent it. Talk to one of the gynecologist and I'm sure they can point you in the right direction. ...Read more

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I have a bacterial throat infection, I am in so much pain! what else can I do to help make me feel better besides the antibiotics.?

I have a bacterial throat infection, I am in so much pain! what else can I do to help make me feel better besides the antibiotics.?

Remedies: Saltwater gargles are very helpful. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. You can gargle with Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mixture of chamomile tea with honey & a small amount of lemon juice is good. Pour boiling water over thinly sliced organic ginger. Steep for at least five minutes in a covered pot. Add 2 to 3 tbs of honey & sip. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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Tuberculosis (Definition)

A potentially serious infectious bacterial disease that mainly affects the lungs, but can ...Read more