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Lopid Allergy In Children
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
Yes: Talk to your doctor before stopping any medication but you don't need to wean Lopid (gemfibrozil) off. ...Read more
Yes but.......: Taking both drugs can cause muscle and liver problems. Lopid (gemfibrozil) is an older drug. Better drugs available today that are safer. If you stay on both regular checks with labs to eval liver and muscle enzymes. ...Read more
I have been using lopid (gemfibrozil) and my cholesterol values have gotten worse. Any specific reason?
Depends: Lopid (gemfibrozil) is an old medication used for treating high triglycerides, not ldl. So if your cholesterol is worse, you need to know what deteriorated: LDL or triglycerides. Be plant based, eat lean protein such as poultry and fish (no skin, grilled, baked, broiled or boiled), and decrease your carbs since they worsen both LDL and triglycerides. Add 2-4 grams of fish oil daily. You may need a new med. ...Read more
Not Necessarily: Lipid medications are used to treat a defined cholesterol or triglyceride disorder. If the lipid disorder is the result of another treatable medical condition (e.g., hypothyroidism, diabetes, etc.) then treatment of these conditions, as well as improvement in diet and exercise, can lessen or eliminate the need for lipid medications. ...Read more
Stopping it abruptly: But may not be a wise choice. Check with your prescribing doctor. ...Read more
IBS flare: Gemfibrozil (lopid) might increase flatulence, as well as loose bowel movements. If that is what you mean by ibs flare up. You should also be concerned about symptoms like pain, nausea and vomitting that could be related to pancreatitis that is a known complication from the use of gemfibrozil. ...Read more
Safety pravastatn: Maybe. The safety must always be evaluated on an individual basis, and your doctor will be the best judge of the safety of these medications for you. ...Read more
While taking lopid, (gemfibrozil) what is the best way to reduce triglyceride levels without damaging the liver?
NOT CAUSED BY LOPID (gemfibrozil): Directly.Get a more detailed answer ›
I've had high triglycerides since childhood and take lopid (gemfibrozil). I have reoccuring pain on each side of my neck at times. Could this indicate a blockage?
Exposure + Genes: One needs both a genetic component and "exposure" to a said allergen to develop an allergy. There is a growing support over the past 20 years, that growing up in an environment which is "too clean" can also lead to development of allergies down the road. Either way, allergies are on the rise. ...Read more
Nut allergy: Maybe. Your children may have inherited genes from you that make them more likely to develop an allergy, but they do not inherit a specific allergy to a food e.g. Nuts. The children have to be exposed to food proteins in the diet, before an allergy can develop. Once one develops an allergy then they are always allergic and need proper medical attention to prevent severe problems. ...Read more
Allergy tests: There are several types of testing. Some involve certain types of blood tests. Another method is to do a series of skin tests done by pricking the skin and applying different allergens. Other tests are provocative tests that can involve challanging the patient with allergic materials. Testing should be done by doctors specializing in allergy to obtain the best results. ...Read more
Skin & blood tests: Prick testing with allergenic extracts or fresh foods can help confirm allergy, as can blood tests for specific ige antibodies (rast-type tests). However, both types of testing can produce false positive results, and confirmation with food challenges may be needed. ...Read more
Not exactly: The ability to react to certain proteins in an allergic way is passed on from parents to their children, but a specific allergy is not. So if a mom is allergic to pollen and the dad is allergic to fire ants, their child may develop allergies but it may be to a food instead. If 1 parent has allergies, the child is 50% likely to develop allergies, but it's a 75% chance if both parents are allergic. ...Read more
Can I as a 46 year old, take children's Benadryl. It's all I have in the house and my allergies are terrible.
Okay to use: Okay to use children's Benadryl. Dosage will be 20 ml (4 teaspoons) per dose. ...Read more
Where can I find a statistic for the number of children who died from allergies causing anaphylaxis in the u.S.?
Only overall numbers: The incidence of anaphylaxis in children is unknown. Estimates of anaphylactic deaths (from drugs, foods, insect stings, and latex) in the us are 0.002 percent annually (2 per 100, 000): 500 fatalities from penicillin anaphylaxis; 40 fatalities from bee stings; 125-150 from food anaphylaxis. ...Read more
My husband has nut and fish allergies. I have 4 children, 2 without allergies should I get rest of kids tested before giving them these foods?
I give my 17mnth old 1/2 teaspoon of children's zyrtec (cetirizine) for allergies but some days it's not enough. Can I increase the dose or try something differ t?
Do not increase: A 17 month old should not have allergies to inhaled items like dust or pollen. Zyrtec (cetirizine) could cause drowsiness and I would avoid long term use of zyrtec (cetirizine) in your child. If your child has a runny or stuffy nose that is unresponsive to zyrtec (cetirizine) then see your doctor to make sure there isn't an infection brewing. ...Read more
Yes: Not all of the food allergies are created equal. Food allergies like dairy, egg, wheat tend to be outgrown. Tree nut and peanut are less likely (although recent studies suggest that 20-30% outgrow the peanut allergy). Environmental allergies tend to "grow on you" with time. Note: the allergy test may remain positive despite the child having outgrown the allergy. Consult with an allergist. ...Read more