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Immunosuppressive Therapy Side Effects
Drugs turn off Immunity: Our immune system is our natural defense mechanism to foreign invaders like bacteria, viruses and fungi. Unfortunately, it also "defends" against foreign organs that are transplanted. We use a variety of drugs to suppress different portions of that complicated system - trying to prevent the organ from being rejected without incapacitating the rest of your defenses. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Skin and lymphoma: Skin cancer is already at an epidemic rate - immunosuppression increases that risk. The longer you take immunosuppression, the greater the risk of skin cancer. All immunosuppressed patients should have an annual skin check by a knowledgeable provider. By 5 years, 50% of australian patients had skin cancers (due to intense sun and very light skin). Lymphoma is second most frequent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Prognosis of aplastic anemia depends on age (younger is better) and the severity of the blood count abnormalities. While younger patients may be referred for stem cell transplant, older patients, perhaps those over 40, are given immunosuppressive therapy. Response rates are over 60% and durable remissions occur quite frequently. ...Read more
I don't want to try yag laser because its side effects , is there any therapy i can use to get better?
For what?: Yag lasers are used for many things. What are you contemplating? ...Read more
Interferon: Treatment-related side effects are nearly universal most common: fatigue (interferon and ribavirin) flulike symptoms: fever, headache, muscle ache (interferon and ribavirin) mild anxiety (interferon) skin rash (ribavirin) depression (interferon) gastrointestinal symptoms: nausea, diarrhea (interferon and ribavirin) monitoring for severe side effects (eg, marked anemia) is an important part of trea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Oxygen as a drug: Mostly related to delivery through nose including dryness/bloody noses. This can create free radicals so it can contribute to negative changes to the airway itself. ...Read more
Wallet shrinking: I know of no side effects from this treatment other than changing of behavior. Some might not like the changes but I suspect most would appreciate it. One side effect might be breaking up abusive and controlling relationships and decreased neediness. Which side are you on? ...Read more
Many...: • pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating; • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin; •fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat; • severe or ongoing vomiting;• stomach pain, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the sk. ...Read more
Age 80: I am not sure I understand your question but at your age (if I read it correctly) you may be having side effects from your own testosterone - such as an enlarged prostate. In that case you must see a Urologist. I cannot think of any reason to consider an estrogen inhibitor for you. ...Read more
Is it acceptable to discontinue chemo after only two doses (due to side effects) and continue only with radio therapy?
Discuss with doctor: You should discuss this with your oncologist and radiation oncologist. The goal(s) of treatment are important in making a decision such as this. ...Read more
Are there bad side effects to valtrex (valacyclovir)? Why would anyone decide not to stay on it for daily suppressive therapy?
Is there anything i can do to decrease side effects for zoladex (goserelin) or make them more manageable? Add back therapy will be used.
Are there long term studies on prp for hair therapy(to establish side effects)?in theory,after many years could prp cause any damage on health?
Mostly infusion rxns: Rituxan is given intravenously slowly at first to look for common immediate reactions like chills, fever, shakes, itching, hives, headache all of which could be prevented or lessened by giving premedications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and steroids. Reactivation of hepatitis b, lowering resistance to infections, rapid destruction of tumor cells causing i'll effects to organs (tumor lysis) can also occur. ...Read more
Too many: Side effects depend the area of the body which is being radiated- dry mouth & mouth sores (oral cancers), diarrhea (pelvic radiation), shortness of breath (lung radiation), hair loss (brain radiation), stomach ulcers and bleeding (stomach radiation). General side effects can include severe fatigue, low blood counts, skin rash and discoloration. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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