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What are warnings for celandine supplements?

What are  warnings for celandine supplements?

Celandine: When given orally in material quantities, greater celandine has been implicated in more than a dozen cases of hepatitis. This seems to depend on the dose. The time between use and the appearance of hepatitis varies. Topically, greater celandine can cause contact dermatitis. Homeopathic preparations of this herb do not cause these issues -- this would be the remedy named chelidonium. ...Read more

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Confused by prescription terms qid, qd, qhs, etc. Are there official guidelines for pharmacists for writing instructions on the labels on bottles? Any website?

Confused by prescription terms qid, qd, qhs, etc. Are there official guidelines for pharmacists for writing instructions on the labels on bottles? Any website?

Not for patients: Any good pharmacy would never write the abbreviated doctor shorthand on the bottle of medication you get. If you are unsure of anything, have them relabel the bottle in words that you can understand. If you are asking before the prescription is filled and you want to know, consult a pharmacy or medical shorthand manual on latin prescription abbreviations. ...Read more

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For ADHD are any of these used: campral, pyrovaleren, fencanfamine, mesocarb, prolintane. ?

For ADHD are any of these used: campral, pyrovaleren, fencanfamine, mesocarb, prolintane. ?

Not for children &: Teens in this country. I've never heard of their use in adults, but the psychiatrists on panel may have. The stimulants methylphenidate & amphetamine remain 1st line treatment with 80-90% efficacy when doses are titrated for optimal effect without significant side effects.Non- stimulants atomoxetine & long-acting Guanfacine have ~ 65% efficacy when used as single agents titrated optimally. ...Read more

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What are the warnings for using lutein supplements?

What are the warnings for using  lutein supplements?

None: Lutein supplements are given as an adjunct for the support of the health of the macula. This is largely theoretical but there is a large nih study underway currently to study this particular substance. Since the fda does not regulate health store supplements, if you feel lutein is of value, get them from a source from a major pharmaceutical company like alcon or bausch and lom. ...Read more

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Is the federal drug administration fda guilty of neglect for all these antiinglammatory drugs?

Is the federal drug administration fda guilty of neglect for all these antiinglammatory drugs?

All relative: Compared to other products that fda is not doing much to control, i would say people who worry about anti-inflammatories are barking up the wrong tree. Have you looked at the wild claims herbal supplements make on rows upon rows of store shelves recently? There are all kinds of joint, sex, brain, liver health promoting products. Are they as safe as anti-inflammatories? Fda has no data and no idea. ...Read more

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Would you take trulicity? with the box warning and all the bad side effects

Would you take trulicity? with the box warning and all the bad side effects

YES: This drug is a proven SECOND line treatment for Type 2 Diabetes and I assume it is being prescribed by YOUR Primary Care or Diabetes Care Professional! The B oxed Warnings on ANY Prescription Drug include a litany of side effects etc etc Follow your Health Care Professional's advice Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas, why have so many patients been reviewing and reporting that switching from brand name Lexapro (escitalopram) to generic has caused adverse reactions?

Dr. Thomas, why have so many patients been reviewing and reporting that switching from brand name Lexapro (escitalopram) to generic has caused adverse reactions?

Well...: In theory, there should be no difference in efficacy or adverse reactions between Lexapro (escitalopram) & generic lexapro (escitalopram). However, it is possible to have a reaction to the inert substances used in the formulation of generic lexapro (escitalopram). If you are buying generic Lexapro (escitalopram) on the internet, there's no guarantee of purity, efficacy, or adverse reaction rates. ...Read more

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Any side effects or warnings I should know about systane gel eyedrops?

Any side effects or warnings I should know about systane gel eyedrops?

Allergic reaction: Systane (and most other lubricant eyedrops) are very, very safe - no systemic absorption, they just make a lubricant barrier on the eye. That being said, people can have allergic reactions to nearly anything, so there is always that (albeit small) risk. ...Read more

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Clarifying allergy ALL NSAIDs, need safe topical. Some natural ings act as NSAIDs. Is Topricin safe? Ingredients on topricin.com, tab in prod desc.

Clarifying allergy ALL NSAIDs, need safe topical. Some natural ings act as NSAIDs. Is Topricin safe? Ingredients on topricin.com, tab in prod desc.

Depends: Since you did not mention nasal or sinus polyps, I presume that you do not have Aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease in which patients would react to all NSAIDs except Celebrex (celecoxib). There has been no study on whether topical NSAIDs would trigger systemic symptoms and thus the answer is unknown. It appears to me that you need a good neurologic and orthopedic evaluation. ...Read more

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Is this a bad thing? I bought otc Ginkgo Biloba yesterday and I read side effects online. Safe?

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Is this a bad thing? I bought otc Ginkgo Biloba yesterday and I read side effects online. Safe?

Not useful: What do you expect to achieve by taking untested medications? The best it will do is lighten your wallet. These "drugs" have not been evaluated, are not standardized, have not been shown to treat any illness. These may interfere with medication you may be taking. Do not take any herbals, supplements, over the counter drugs without consulting your doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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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Has anyone had bad side effects using timolol maleate eyedrops for glaucoma?

Has anyone had bad side effects using timolol maleate eyedrops for glaucoma?

Yes: Depends on your definition of bad but yes there are relative and absolute contraindications, and many potential side effects, but generally the medicine is tolerated. ...Read more

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Is there a black box warning re: taking sulfa drugs with Paxil (paroxetine) cr?

Is there a black box warning re: taking sulfa drugs with Paxil (paroxetine) cr?

No black box warning: No "black box warning" about sulfa drugs with paxil (paroxetine). It can inhibit many of the liver isoenzymes that metabolize other drugs, but there isn't a problem with sulfa drugs. ...Read more

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Can you provide an update: teva, xenon receives us fda orphan drug status for pain rx, tv-45070 (for erythromelalgia). When available? An ointment?

Can you provide an update: teva, xenon receives us fda orphan drug status for pain rx, tv-45070 (for erythromelalgia). When available? An ointment?

New drug for pain: Most physicians do not know about this drug because it is so new and not released yet. Check with your local pain expert in your area for more information regarding this drug. They will know the most about it. Also the reps will be chatting this up before it is to be released and they may learn about this drug through them. Good luck and fell better! ...Read more

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I was wondering did risperdal's manufacturer provide insufficient warning labels regarding its adverse effects?

I was wondering did risperdal's manufacturer provide insufficient warning labels regarding its adverse effects?

They did provide: Medication side effects are supposed to be revealed by the drug developer. However, it may take several years of use in real life settings before certain side effects are fully appreciated, evaluated and understood. ...Read more

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What are ingredients in onerythonzan ointment eye care?

What are ingredients in onerythonzan ointment eye care?

Spelling?: I am not familiar with this and it does not come up on a search. Check your spelling... ...Read more

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Safety and side effects of mixing certain perscription drugs with guanfacine?

Safety and side effects of mixing certain perscription drugs with guanfacine?

Ask pharmacist: This cannot be answered well without knowing which prescription drugs you are talking about. www.drugs.com is a helpful website and you can also ask a pharmacist to see what drugs are not compatible when taken together. In general it is not wise to "mix" drugs. ...Read more

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Buying over-the-counter drugs for motion sickness? Which is the least drowsy brand?

Buying over-the-counter drugs for motion sickness?  Which is the least drowsy brand?

Motion sickness: Bonine & dramamine (dimenhydrinate) less drowsy formula both contain meclizine, which is less sedating than regular formulation of dramamine (dimenhydrinate). ...Read more

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I have several bottles of bausch & lomb moisture loc. If expired can I use these bottles?

I have several bottles of bausch & lomb moisture loc. If expired can I use these bottles?

Expired lotion: It is not a good idea, because various kinds of bacteria can grow and contaminate the lotion, potentially harming you. ...Read more

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Prescription written for 250mg Chloroquine, med given from pharmacy, ChlorproPAMIDE 250mg. Are these the same?

Prescription written for 250mg Chloroquine, med given from pharmacy, ChlorproPAMIDE  250mg. Are these the same?

Not even close: Hi. Nope, chloroquine and chlorpropamide are not in the same category of drugs, and are for completely different indications. Either the doc or the pharmacist screwed up BIG TIME. Are you diabetic or are you trying to prevent malaria...aw heck, what's the difference??? Good luck! ...Read more