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Can having sp. Injections w/ lidocaine, Depo-Provera medrol, (methylprednisolone) isovue contrast dye affect a drug urinalysis?
No: This will not affect drug screens.Get a more detailed answer ›
Allergy? Renal prob?: Isovue is a common intravenous contrast agent though can be administered by other methods. It is iodine based so there the risk of allergic reaction. Additionally, if you already have problems with your kidney function there is a risk of having acute worsening and you should consult with your treating physician before receiving IV contrast. ...Read more
Contrast Agent: Isovue is a contrast agent usually administered through an IV route for an imaging study. When used appropriately is safe with no side effects. Some can be allergic to the agent. Allergic reactions can range from minor such as a rash to more severe reactions such as anaphylactic shock. Sometimes it can cause reversible or irreversible decreased kidney function which is usually dose dependent. ...Read more
Probably not: Two of the best, most rigorously conducted and analyzed studies done in the last few years came to nearly identical conclusions: with normal kidney fxn to begin with modern iodine contrast agents used properly do not result in more kidney problems than is seen in the general population of patients who have medical imaging. In severe kidney disease pts some caution is still needed. ...Read more
Contrast allergies.: Isovue is a contrast agent often used in CT scanning. If someone is allergic, they may have more mild symptoms such as hives after an injection. More significant reactions include feelings of tightness in throat, drop in blood pressure, or facial swelling, shortness of breath, anaphylaxis. Severe allergies are not common but can occur. Discuss any history of prior allergies or asthma with doc ...Read more
All idodinated contrast agents used for radiographs can cause kidney injury. The risk is proportional to your level of renal function and they should be avoided if kidney function is impaired.
If it is absolutely necessary to use them special preparations to reduce the risk can be taken. ...Read more
It is possible: Iv contrast can cause temporary kidney problems. If your kidneys are not functioning normally in the first place, they are more susceptible to this. Your doctors should make sure that the benefits of the test that requires contrast outweighs any risks. There are medications that help reduce the risk if you must have the test. ...Read more
Not in Normal people: Patients with compromised kidney function are the only one suffer this complication. Enough fluid intake before and after administration of isovue will help on those patients. A person with normal function should not worry up to 150 ml of Isovue injection. ...Read more
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more
Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more
Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
RSD, or: Complex regional pain syndrome can be difficult to treat and each patient needs to be treated differently. Opioid medications are definitely not the first option. Consider medications that affect nerve pain most, like neuromodulators such as gabapentin. Clonidine has been found to help some as well. Stellate ganglion blocks can be diagnostic/therapeutic. Consider topical ketamine creams as well. ...Read more
Antacid: An h2 blocker (like Pepcid (famotidine) or its generic) once or twice daily, provides relief for many after about a week. If this fails, a proton pump inhibitor (ppi--like Prilosec or its generic) will often work where h2's have failed. If both fail after at least one week trial of each, see your dr or a GI dr for eval. ...Read more
Elimiron: Elmiron (pentosan) is a medication that is fda approved for ic (interstitial cystitis). The main way it works is not truly known, but it may help with coating the lining of the bladder. In ic, inflammation may be the main cause of pain. Have you seen a doctor in regards to this? Hopefully, you can get the proper testing and see if this med would work well for you. ...Read more
Some people do: ADD medications, stimulants in particular may change the way you feel. Some feel calmer or less restless or agitated. Some feel more focused. Some feel increased restlessness. But in short, yes, stimulants can make you feel differently than prior to taking them. ...Read more
Clarify, please!: Do you want to know how to treat addiction? There are many addicting drugs out there and the medical treatment is different for all of them. But for all of them Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous are extremely helpful and can often be the only treatment required. Often these programs, which are free, have success rates equal to many inpatient and outpatient costly rehab programs. ...Read more
Drug reaction: If you are having an adverse reaction to a medication, stop the medication and call your doctor. ...Read more
And: And that means what medication?Get a more detailed answer ›
Its one of:
Many anti-depressant medications with a low side-effect high therapeutic profile. It can be used ALONG WITH other anti-depressants (eg Trazadone) for a combined effect!
Its a good choice and has a fairly rapid response!
Hope this helps!
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Relatively safe: If used as prescribed, most pain medications are relatively safe. The danger comes when they are misused or abused for recreation. ...Read more