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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it safe for a young woman (23) to take phytoestrogen supplements for long period of time? Considering red clover or pueraria mirifica
Anxiety & Insomnia: If you've had these symptoms for more than 2 weeks, you need a careful evaluation by your primary care physician -- and probably a psychiatrist also -- before any medications are prescribed. Various physical conditions can produce these symptoms, and so can illnesses like major depression and certain anxiety disorders. Antidepressant medicines can be useful, and are not habit-forming. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Help please! 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
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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