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Are there any downsides to taking cholesterol medication for life?

Are there any downsides to taking cholesterol medication for life?

Every medication: Has side effects. But your doctor has determined that your medication's benefits outweigh its risks. Statins are generally tolerated without complication by most patients. ...Read more

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Is BP medication life long or it can be discontinued once BP is back to normal?

Is BP medication life long or it can be discontinued once BP is back to normal?

Usually long time: U should realize that it is the BP medications keeping BP normal, so if u stop it your BP will come back. Check with your md. ...Read more

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Once you are diagnosed with anxiety. Does it mean you will be on medications for life?

Once you are diagnosed with anxiety. Does it mean you will be on medications for life?

No, it does not: There are many good treatments for anxiety, and the most helpful ones for you depend on the type of anxiety you're having. Psychotherapy is a cornerstone of all these treatments, and many times you can eventually wean off medications if you're on them. On your own, mindfulness practices, yoga, breathing exercises, guided visualizations, other practices all help greatly. ...Read more

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My friend has a mild form of marphan syndrome. She takes her medication. What's her life expectancy?

My friend has a mild form of marphan syndrome. She takes her medication. What's her life expectancy?

Marfan syndrome: With excellent care, can be normal. Cardiac and vascular care by specialists is essential. ...Read more

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My b.P reads 90/150. Should I start medication or change the life style. My age is 34 and have a family history of high b.P. Please suggest?

My b.P reads 90/150. Should I start medication or change the life style. My age is 34 and have a family history of high b.P. Please suggest?

Change your ways now: If your blood pressure is 150/90 and you have a family history of high blood pressure, you would be smart to control any risk factors which contribute to high blood pressure. For example: get exercise, reduce weight if you are overweight or obese, and minimize your intake of salt. If you are a smoker, that habit's just got to go! All of these measures will help tremendously in the long run. ...Read more

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I am unable to deal with stress in my life and have tried a lot of different methods. I don't want to take medication. I am feeling hopeless.

I am unable to deal with stress in my life and have tried a lot of different methods. I don't want to take medication. I am feeling hopeless.

Need therapy: You may benefit from working with a psychotherapist who can help you learn to deal with your stress. Psychotherapy can also help with depression & hopelessness -- but if you have a full-blown major depressive episode, medications may still be suggested. The therapist would not be able to prescribe them, but starting there would be a reasonable path to getting well. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 32, I'm not on any medication. I have no underlying health issues that I know about. I have never experienced an orgasm in my life. Help!?

Hi I'm 32, I'm not on any medication. I have no underlying health issues that I know about. I have never experienced an orgasm in my life. Help!?

No orgasm: If you did not have abusive sexual experience in your life, ask your doc to prescribe testosterone cream 2%. Use 1 ml
daily applied to the skin of lower body
for 1month, than 2x a wk for 2 mo. Ask as well for prescription for oxytocin spray, 40 units/ml. 2 nasal sprays in each nostril 1 h. Prior sexual encounter. You may have to go to compounding pharmacy for prescription. Happy traveling ...Read more

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I need serious help getting my anxiety under control. Itstotally ruining my life. Any suggestions besides medications? I'm on quite a few as it is.

I need serious help getting my anxiety under control. Itstotally ruining my life. Any suggestions besides medications? I'm on quite a few as it is.

Manage anxiety: By learning relaxation skills & learning to modify the thoughts, perceptions & beliefs that trigger your anxiety. Learning to calm your body & your mind is the key. You can learn these skills on your own, but having a mental health professional "coach" you is quicker & more effective. Biofeedback helps learn relaxation skills (www. Bcia. Org & www. Aapb. Org). Meds alone are not best treatment. ...Read more

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Can a woman take medication to boost her sex life?

Can a woman take medication to boost her sex life?

Yes, discuss w. Dr: Some women with low blood testosterone levels (yes women also have circulating testosterone, much lower levels than men) which can reduce libido. Small application of testosterone gel (1/7th of packet) boosts the libido in some women. Your dr. Or sex therapist are best people to advise. Good luck. ...Read more

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Medication for the rest of his life if type 1 diabetic?

Medication for the rest of his life if type 1 diabetic?

Yes: He will need Insulin for the rest of his life if he is a type 1 diabetic, unless he gets a pancreas transplant. ...Read more

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I have xeronic eczema! What should I do? What medication & life style?

I have xeronic eczema! What should I do? What medication & life style?

Eczema: Eczema and xerosis (dry skin) often respond to moisturizers and topical corticosteroid cream for short periods of time. A humidifier when the air is dry is helpful. See a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What is half-life in the context of medication for pregnant women; longer?

What is half-life in the context of medication for pregnant women; longer?

Pretty much the same: The ability/rate at which your body clears and processes compounds and/or elements generally increases a little bit (e.g. Gfr: glomular filtration rate/kidney). Overall, this affect has no real significance when it comes to half-life matters. ...Read more

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What can I do to allow more peace in my life and get off of anxiety medications?

What can I do to allow more peace in my life and get off of anxiety medications?

Great question: First things first. Before tapering anxiety medications, consider practices which may help center you no matter what's going on around you. One of the best I've found is mindfulness meditation -- and there are many mindfulness-based stress reduction courses available these days. Also you can work in psychotherapy on your anxiety -- this would give you additional self-awareness & calming tools. ...Read more

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Is there a way to live a normal life with OCD without taking a lot of medications?

Is there a way to live a normal life with OCD without taking a lot of medications?

It is possible: Treatment for OCD revolves around taking back control of your thoughts and actions. This can be done with psychotherapy and/or medications. The important thing is to get help from a trained professional. ...Read more

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How is anxiety disorder diagnosed? How would medication help? What would this change in my life?

How is anxiety disorder diagnosed? How would medication help? What would this change in my life?

Anxiety disorders: We diagnose by doing thorough interviews and history taking. Symptoms such as agitation, hypervigilance, startle response, avoidance behaviors, unusual fears, dreams that wake you up, etc. Medication such as SSRI can help some to manage symptoms but therapy is the long-term answer for most anxiety disorders. Recommend a Psychologist Certified in EMDR Therapy as most effective and fastest. ...Read more

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What can be done if medication prescribed does not work. How serious is this issue is it life threatening?

What can be done if medication prescribed does not work. How serious is this issue is it life threatening?

Return to prescriber: It is not possible to answer or even guess at your question without more information. But you must have a physician, and sometimes the first medicine for a problem does not work. So go back, explain this, and ask what else might work. Also ask about your fear that whatever it is might be life threatening. Good luck! ...Read more

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What to do if I have acute appendicitis that is just making my life worse. Can it be treated with drug medications?

What to do if I have acute appendicitis that is just making my life worse. Can it be treated with drug medications?

Infection: Appendicitis is an infection of the appendix. Most often surgery is recommended to remove the infected appendix before it bursts or causes serious internal infection (peritonitis). This needs to be treated urgently in an emergency room. ...Read more

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Just prescribed levothyroxin 75mcg if I start taking this do I have to take this medication for life? Went from hyper to hypo if take can go off later

Just prescribed levothyroxin 75mcg if I start taking this do I have to take this medication for life? Went from hyper to hypo if take can go off later

Replacement: The medication is replacing the thyroid hormone that your body is not making anymore or making too little. This hormone is essential for the body to function properly. Unless something happens that your body starts making it again (rare) you will have to continue taking it. If your doctor prescribed it I suggest you take it... ...Read more

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Can you succeed in life if you have ADHD but take medication for it and the medication works fine?

Can you succeed in life if you have ADHD but take medication for it and the medication works fine?

Yes you can: You can also help yourself further by avoiding foods with pesticides on them, and eating as healthily as you can. This means eating organic fruits and veggies, especially those in the "dirty dozen": http://tinyurl. Com/c7g2a6q those in the "clean 15" are less pesticide-laden. Research shows some associations between organophosphate exposure and adhd in kids. Http://tinyurl. Com/2u4wfot. ...Read more

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Does ADHD in child require life long medication? Does anybody outgrow it?

Does ADHD in child require life long medication? Does anybody outgrow it?

Some outgrow it: The assistance medication has for some adhd kids can eventually diminish as the pass through adolescence & many will discontinue it at that time. I encourage kids/parents to do at lease a wk off meds @ least once a year to see if they notice a difference in ability to focus & complete tasks. If none seen & work is proceeding well, stop med. Some kids recognize the benefit & may need it as an adult. ...Read more

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Do pinworms ever go away 100%? Or are they in you for life? (Using medication)

Do pinworms ever go away 100%? Or are they in you for life? (Using medication)

They die: Most meds act as a toxin to kill them. They shed and are gone, however, re-exposure to pinworm eggs can lead to a re-infestation numerous times. Pinworms are also uncommon in adults. Itchy bottoms are not always pinworms. The symptom can represent many other issues. ...Read more

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What antiretroviral medications can cause a life threatening hypersensitivity?

What antiretroviral medications can cause a life threatening hypersensitivity?

Any drug: Any drug can cause a severe allergic reaction. Some medications are more likely than others such as sulfa, aspirin, penicillin, etc. During 20 years of practicing allergy, I have rarely seen a severe reaction to an antiretroviral medication although this is just my experience. ...Read more

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Would it be best to take medication for depression or solve the underlying life issues?

Would it be best to take medication for depression or solve the underlying life issues?

Depends on cause: Some people experience depression without having any underlying issues. For them, medication is usually indicated. If you tend to have more underlying issues, therapy is very important. Depending on how one responds to therapy, medication is sometimes added. For severe depression, a combination of medication and therapy work best ...Read more

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Are GAD medications treating or need to be taken all my life? Do they have side effects on the quality of life?

Are GAD medications treating or need to be taken all my life? Do they have side effects on the quality of life?

Not a good idea: To take any anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication for life, unless medical or psychological conditions are severe enough to warrant. This is a medical and psychological judgment call, and is rare. The usual time these meds are taken is 6 months, and then re-assessed, thinned or stopped--with supervision. If Sx's return, meds are usually re-started, usually for longer, but not for life.. ...Read more