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Injecting Aranesp As A Blood Doping Agent
Can chemotherapy drugs given as an infusion produce a temporary low diastolic blood pressure result?
Chemo side effects: Chemotherapy can produce transient fall in blood pressure could be part of allergic reaction when chemotherapy is actually biologic one like Rituximab or other monoclonals or due to the chemo therapy itself affecting the heart causing arythmias like flurouracil or or anthracyclines. It is usually tolerable and the treatment staying in supine position and lots of intravenous fluids. ...Read more
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Not practical: Nitric oxide is an important mediator of something called endothelial function, that, among many responses, can induce dilation of blood vessels. Some foods and drugs and enhance Nitric Oxide production for good vascular health, but as a significant method to control blood pressure...Not so much. ...Read more
I'm in AF also CAD. Now taking pradaxa, may be change into plasmin (anti-coagulant drugs from china, Lumbrokinase)?
Pradaxa vs lumbrokin: I would NOT recommend this - while Pradaxa is costly - it comes with the approval of the FDA along with extensive testing for efficacy and safety. From my research Lumbrokinase is derived from earthworms and is still considered investigational. I would be leery of any medications obtained from off shore (NO I do NO work for big Pharma) their safety and efficacy are unproven. ...Read more
Is injecting intramuscle amino acid solution(which is used intravascular for patients with low protein)useful for building muscle in bodybuilding?
Sounds like: Torture to me. No benefit, infection risk and likely painful. ...Read more
Not really: The treatment for essential thrombocytosis (too many platelets) can be Aspirin alone for patients with no symptoms. For patients with symptoms like blood clots, a low dose of oral chemotherapy is used. The drug is called hydroxyurea. It is very different from cancer chemotherapy and has very few side effects. Don't let the word chemotherapy scare you! it means "chemical treatment". Ie a drug. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it normal for injectable lido/epi (dental use) to cause a rise in heart rate or blood pressure?
Xarelto: Yes. Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is equally effective as coumadin( warfarin). Initially it was given only for irregular heart beat atrial fibrillation. Now the use is expanded to leg clot DVT and lung clot pe. The advantage of xarelto over Coumadin is that there is no periodic blood checkup for pt/ inr just like coumadin. It can be expensive & inconvenient. Can't monitor level & no antidote. ...Read more
"Thinner"=Misleading: Blood viscosity=primarily due to surface adhesiveness of red blood cells. Blood viscosity is ?ed in anemia (RBCs farther apart), but is not healthy. All the agents commonly referred to as "thinners" either inhibit blood clotting or stimulate blood clot destruction proteins. Thus all=anti-clotting agents (do not reduce blood viscosity), are recommended to ? clots inside blood vessels & ? bleeding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why are antihypertensive drugs that act solely by dilating blood vessels not good for long term effectiveness?
Clonidine, as a second line agent, directly reduces the hormones epinephrine and cortisol in the brain making it particularly useful for hypertension?
Less Norepinephrine: There have been two mechanisms proposed for the blood pressure lowering effect of Clonidine in the brain: stimulation of alpha-2 receptors reduce release of norepinephrine from the brain with resultant peripheral vascular dilation due to reduced sympathetic tone. The second is reduced sympathetic tone due to stimulation of the imidazoline receptors in the brain. BP and heart rate are reduced. ...Read more
Why is blood type o universal donor when it has both anti-a and anti-b antibodies? Wouldn't blood type a have issue receiving o as a result of anti-a?
Plasma: With transfusuion, the blood is given, not the plasma. The plasma has the antibodies. ...Read more
How effective is ferric carboxymaltose 10 ml? Must it be administered by a trained individual? How long does its effect last in the blood stream?
See below: The drug you mentioned needs to be given intravenously and it would be prudent to have a person familiar with the procedure administer it. For more information on this medication, you may consult this site: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19405553 ...Read more
Can taking bovine colostrum increase plasma immunoglobulin levels, thereby masking an underlying immunoglobulin deficiency by altering blood tests?
Unlikely: Very thoughtful idea. Unfortunately, the bovine immunoglobins are too large to be absorbed from the intestine and would be digested by stomach and intestinal juices and enzymes. With use you would be providing body with raw materials for making your own immunoglobulins, but at a cost. Any "complete" proteins from eggs or milk could provide the same protein precursors and support good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not known as such: Anything is possible, but this is not a common known side effect of gemzar/gemcitabine which has many side effects. You are taking this med, likely that you are on something else as well which may be the cause. Also, when ill, sugar levels tend to rise as well. Best is to consult your doc... Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very few conditions: It is indicated to treat hypertension especially in those with a very rare condition called pheochromocytoma (tumor making excessive adrenaline)--hypertensive emergency etc... It is not normally used for routine treatment of BP these days. It is also sometime used for overactive bladder and raynaud's phenomenon. Overall, it is rarely used. If u r concerned, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Would long term use result in false negative D dimers? Due to nattokinase effects on FDP.
May be a theoretical response, which is fine.
Interesting question: Nattokinase is a protease, a family of chemicals that facilitates the breakdown of proteins. Studies suggest it works (1) by inhibiting platelet clumping & fibrin formation and (2) by dissolving clots which INCREASES FDP. In theory, it's more likely to produce a false (+) d-Dimer than a false (-). But the magnitude of this effect probably isn't clinically relevant either way. Helpful? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: Muscle relaxants (i.e. Skelaxin, (metaxalone) flexeril), neuropathic agents (gabapentin, lyrica), opiates (morphine, hydrocodone), Lidocaine and other local anesthetics, tyelenol, along with many other drug classes do not thin the blood. Aspirin is the most commonly used pain killer that will act as a blood thinner. ...Read more
Not aware of any!: As such there is no known cancer fighting agent in our blood. But our immune system does play an important role and provides us some protection from developing cancer but it is not a complete protection and we are unable to measure this protective effect or factor, like you have wondered about. Perhaps in future we might be able to quantify such a immune protection factor(s). ...Read more
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I was in vietnam and have heart/blood pressure/diabetes problems. What else is caused by agent orange?
Was in vietnam , have heart , high blood pressure, diabetes. It's sounding more like agent orange, can this be treated?
Is there any reason why the health care agents will inject any liquid into the incisive foramen for #1 wisdom tooth extraction?
Ask the practioner: Local anesthesia may be injected into the incisive foramen to numb the upper front teeth and palate in that area, along with infiltration on the facial aspect. Personally, i see no reason why someone would do that for the removal of a wisdom tooth. If that was done, and you want to know why, i suggest that you ask the dentist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Saw PCP recently.Said I had a small anal fissure.Gave me suppositories and some numbing agent (and cream for hemorrhoids).Saw slight blood today. Bad?
Would injecting B6 100mg vials once or twice per week take the blood hemoglobin and other elements up and cause serious problems even death?
I asked you can you get HIV from blood injected into a orange & he said its unlikely which means it is possible I thought u couldn't get it from food?
Won't happen: Forgive my frankness. This is on the same level as worrying about getting pregnant off a bar of soap that a man recently used, or swimming in a pool contaminated with semen. It just doesn't happen. The risk is so low as to be in the realm of fantasy. I would, however, report the incident to the local law enforcement folks. ...Read more
Had asmall amount of blood in syringe after i injected my humira (adalimumab). There was none when i drew back before i started. I bled more than normal on exit?
You hit something: You probably hit a small blood vessel. As long as there is no significant bleeding you should be fine. ...Read more
Generally no: Drop of blood may be from hitting a capillary but continued bleeding is likely from hitting a vein or artery. Injecting into a vein or artery can cause sudden drop of sugar leading to dizziness, nausea, sweating, blacking out - if you feel these then take some sweet juice or candy and make sure someone knows what you may have done - or call doctors/ems. ...Read more
I've coughed more than 4 months, sometime also cough up blood, and I have injected for many time already. What should I do next?
Go see your doctor: Before injecting any more, you need to find out why you're coughing and what you've already injected. Even common colds only last an average of 18 days. Coughing for a longer period of time makes us worried about asthma, heart failure ; foreign bodies. So go see your doc! you should get at least a chest x-ray if not a chest ct at this point int time. ...Read more
If conscious: Glucagon treatment is reserved for our patients on insulin. They can only self inject if they're conscious. It would be a last resort treatment for very low blood sugar because of side effects. Typically our patient families use it only when their child with diabetes is unconscious from hypoglycemia because oral treatment would be contraindicated. ...Read more
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