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Is it safe to take ibuprofin over a long period of time?

Is it safe to take ibuprofin over a long period of time?

Depends: Ibuprofen is not a harmless medication. The side effects include - stomach irritation and even ulcer and bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract, fluid retention (primarily in people with impaired kidney function) that leads to lower extremity swelling and elevated blood pressure. Kidney damage is more common in people with hypertension, diabetes etc. Otherwise, it can be used but with caution. ...Read more

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Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


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Is it safe to take prevacid (lansoprazole) for a long period of time?

Is it safe to take prevacid (lansoprazole) for a long period of time?

Yes: Long term use of ppis such as Prevacid (lansoprazole) has been associated with an increase risk of pneumonia in the elderly and an increase risk of bone fracture in older women. It can theorhetically cause malabsorption of b12, calcium and iron. Supplimenting these is probably adequate to prevent these complications. As always, you should discuss the risks and benefits of all medications with your doctor. ...Read more

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My 14 yr old son is going to start taking 500 mg of cephalexin twice a day for acne. Is it safe to take this for a long period of time?

My 14 yr old son is going to start taking 500 mg of cephalexin twice a day for acne. Is it safe to take this for a long period of time?

It is safe: This regimen is safe if properly managed by the prescribing doctor. Your dermatologist selected this particular antibiotic for a clinical reason, & his/her recommendations should be followed. Cephalexin is often used for pustular acne that tests positive for staph or for acne that has been resistant to the typical antibiotic, tetracycline, which can be contraindicated in an immature 14 year old ...Read more

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Is it safe for a young woman (23) to take phytoestrogen supplements for long period of time? Considering red clover or pueraria mirifica

Is it safe for a young woman (23) to take phytoestrogen supplements for long period of time?  Considering red clover or pueraria mirifica

No. : No. For a healthy 23 year old lady your ovaries are making the estrogen you need. Supplemental estrogens may lead to your body having too much estrogen and may cause problems such as abnormal vaginal bleeding or even uterine cancer. ...Read more

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I have anxiety and insomia.. What are the best mediciines to take over a long period of time?

I have anxiety and insomia.. What are the best  mediciines to take over a long period of time?

Exercise: Exercise is the best medication to take for most things. This includes insomnia. Perfect sleep hygiene and not making the worry about the lack of sleep worse than the lack of sleep is also helpful: http://www.Cascadewomenshealth.Org/images/stories/download_forms/osteoporosis/a%20good%20night%27s%20sleep.Pdf http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/insomnia-treatment/sl00013. ...Read more

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How much time does it take human body to detox from medicane taken over a long period of time?

How much time does it take human body to detox from medicane taken over a long period of time?

Depends on medicine: "Detox" means the removal of poisons, and most medicines ARE NOT poisons. Medications are metabolized at a variable rate, depending on what kind. Most do NOT accumulate in liver or other tissues, and there is no reason for cleanses, purges, excessive water intake etc etc. In fact, some of these can actually be dangerous. You will have to say what kind of meds you are on for a proper answer. ...Read more

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If you take a couple of stool softer tablets every day can they be habit forming over a long period of time?

If you take a couple of stool softer tablets every day can they be habit forming over a long period of time?

Not in general: It is very important to prevent constipation. Stool softeners are not habit forming; If you keep needing to take the this mean that your body needs them to have regular stools. Other helpful suggestions to prevent constipation: drink plenty of water, lots of fibers in the diet and exercise ...Read more

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Help please! when they say not to take aspirin or paracetomol with gingko biloba, do they mean over a long period of time?

Help please! when they say not to take aspirin or paracetomol with gingko biloba, do they mean over a long period of time?

Anticoagulation: Gingko biloba side effects are controversial for thinning the blood. Aspirin is well known for that side effect. So when they say not to take, they mean that your blood can get too thin and have more bruising, bleeding or trouble clotting blood. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when they say not to take aspirin or paracetomol with gingko biloba, do they mean over a long period of time?

Can you tell me when they say not to take aspirin or paracetomol with gingko biloba, do they mean over a long period of time?

Yes, not just taking: At the same time but also over a longer period of time due to risk of thinning blood too much. ...Read more

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I have been on Suboxone 8 mg for 2 years now. Can Suboxone cause any damage when taken for a long period of time. And how long is it ok to take for?

I have been on Suboxone 8 mg for 2 years now. Can Suboxone cause any damage when taken for a long period of time. And how long is it ok to take for?

Liver mainly: Suboxone can cause liver toxicity. You should have that monitored. There are unsubstantiated reports of other problems e.g. neurological, but there isn't a clear association so far. You can check with the NIMH and FDA for updates on reported adverse events with medications, as well, to stay up to date. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to take thinogenics for a long period of time?

Is it dangerous to take thinogenics for a long period of time?

See below: Looking at their website. They don't tell you what's in it... So how do you know what the outcome will be? In my years of experience in doing bariatric medicine. I'm not seen any over-the-counter or internet medicines that are described as miracle workers really work. The key to losing weight is eating correctly. See weighstation.Net for further information. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take 3 water pills a day? Daily, for a long period of time?

Is it okay to take 3 water pills a day? Daily, for a long period of time?

Depends: Three diuretics daily, especially full dosage of prescription ones, is a potent dose and is usually reserved for patients with high grade fluid retention states seen in congestive heart failure or liver disease for example. Side effects must be watched for, but your prescribing physician who knows your condition best, is also best qualified to advise you about this matter. ...Read more

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Is it safe to apply elomet cream for a long period of time?

Is it safe to apply elomet cream for a long period of time?

No: Elomet cream has a steroid in it. Using if for a long period of time in the same place may cause thinning of the skin, hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin), and premature wrinkling just to name a few. If you are using this cream for a specific problem and its not getting better seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Do you have to have/get a period? Can you take birth control for a long period of time?

Do you have to have/get a period? Can you take birth control for a long period of time?

Yes: It is best to have a period at least 3-4 times a year. That is important for renewing the lining of your uterus and always is related to having good bone density. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use nasonex (mometasone) for long period of time (rest of life) as much as i need it?

Is it safe to use nasonex (mometasone) for long period of time (rest of life) as much as i need it?

Yes: Generally Nasonex (mometasone) is safe to use long term, some may develop nasal irritation and bleeding from it that can be temporary and others can have cataracts and septal perforation. Consult an allergist and ask about other long term options to treat your symptoms if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Why is it Whenever i sleep on my side for a long period of time and wake up its uncomfortable for me to take deep breathes because it hurts my back ?

Why is it Whenever i sleep on my side for a long period of time and wake up its uncomfortable for me to take deep breathes because it hurts my back ?

Muscle fatigue: Sleeping in one position for a long period of time can cause the muscles that have the pressure of your weight on them to become fatigued and sore. If you are feeling some discomfort when taking a deep breath the muscles in and around your rib cage and mid back may be experiencing this fatigue and causing that soreness or discomfort when you breathe. Try making an effort to roll over in bed more. ...Read more

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I know it's not save to take omeprazole a long period of time... how long is long period cause I tried to stop but the pain caused by heartburn came b?

I know it's not save to take omeprazole a long period of time... how long is long period cause I tried to stop but the pain caused by heartburn came b?

Prilosec S.E.'s: Prilosec (omeprazole) is a very well tolerated medication & for most people has proven safe for YEARS of use. In the short term it can cause a number of dose-dependent side effects including commonly headache and diarhea. Longer term use carries other consequences (please see my earlier answer on this topic in healthtap). Balance benefit versus risk-- ...Read more

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Whenever I am sexually aroused for long period of time. I get OCD and take androcur & provera (medroxyprogesterone) to reduce arousal. I m male 32. Good idea?

Whenever I am sexually aroused for long period of time. I get OCD and take androcur & provera (medroxyprogesterone) to reduce arousal. I m male 32. Good idea?

Masturbation: Have you tried masturbation to relieve the sexual tension? It would be safer than any medication that you may take. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I am suffering from nasal congestion my doctor prescribed me cipla furamist az nasal spray to take for a long period is it safe ?

I am suffering from nasal congestion my doctor prescribed me cipla furamist az nasal spray to take for a long period is it safe ?

Nasal sprays: Nasal sprays are safe for long term use to treat allergies. If have seen an allergist, consider desensitization if they offer it, it will give you long term relief from your allergies. ...Read more

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Is 6mg of nicotine bad over a long period of time?

Is 6mg of nicotine bad over a long period of time?

Yes: Nicotine is a carcinogen (a cause of cancer); no matter what the form i prefer my patients to not use it. Longterm exposure to nicotine can increase your risk of lung cancer. ...Read more