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I've been taking advicor for five years and now my doctor is switching me to zocor (simvastatin). How long does the niacin stay in your body. Flushing?

I've been taking advicor for five years and now my doctor is switching me to zocor (simvastatin). How long does the niacin stay in your body. Flushing?

Good question: I researched your question: the half life of extended release Niacin in Advicor (lovastatin and niacin) is very variable, & depends on gender, dose, & individual characteristics. It peaks 5 hours after a single dose. Following years of treatment, it's probably safe to assume that it will take days (3-5) to wear off completely. Possibly longer depending on dose. ...Read more

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Cholesterol medicine advicor (lovastatin and niacin) side effects.?

Cholesterol medicine advicor (lovastatin and niacin) side effects.?

Med side effects: Advicor (lovastatin and niacin) contains a statin as well as niacin. Side-effects include muscular aches (statins), inflammation (both), lft elevation (both), and flushing (niacin). Dangerous toxicity is rare, but muscle aches can occur in 10% patients. ...Read more

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I need medical advice for dealing with anxiety?

I need medical advice for dealing with anxiety?

What have you done: So far to address your anxiety? Medical evaluation to check for medical causes for symptoms is a good place to start. Psychiatric ; /or psychological evaluation is also important. See what recommendations come from this. In the meantime, talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat. ...Read more

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Can pharmacists dispense medical advice or just information?

Can pharmacists dispense medical advice or just information?

Yes they can..: Pharmacists may provide medical advice related to drug administration, side effects, interactions ...Read more

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What are some good apps that doctors have for medical advocate advice?

What are some good apps that doctors have for medical advocate advice?

HealthTap: Be sure to put healthtap on your smartphone as well as on your home laptop or pc. That way, you can get these excellent answers when you are out and about, and not just while sitting at your keyboard! ...Read more

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How do I know these are real medical doctors on this app? Why would they give free medical advice?

How do I know these are real medical doctors on this app? Why would they give free medical advice?

Some do help out..: Checking on someone's credential is not that hard and there are software/ways to know whether or not someone does have a medical license or not. As you probably know, pharmacists, psychologists, phlebotomists, physical therapists etc...Are also on this website. I guess it is hard to be 100% sure, thus when in doubt, check with your own doc. Many docs do want to help out---i do. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Hi Dr! Away from medications, I need your advice, I'm a medical student & I can't handle all my lectures, I need study methods please :)?

Hi Dr! Away from medications, I need your advice, I'm a medical student & I can't handle all my lectures, I need study methods please :)?

Organization: Hello Layan,
Medical school can be very overwhelming, and organization is essential. How is your time organized and are there any other outside stressors cooccurrence at the same time? Are you taking enough breaks? Is it possible to have someone take notes for you so you can focus on the lectures? ...Read more

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Can the consults here be relied upon for sound medical advice & valid for medical-legal purposes? Pls inform. If u r not sure, pls confirm w/collegue

Can the consults here be relied upon for sound medical advice & valid for medical-legal purposes? Pls inform. If u r not sure, pls confirm w/collegue

Absolutely: All the physicians here are thoroughly vetted, well trained, Board Certified Physicians. We have an active Peer review process to assess consults that are given as well. Perhaps you need to check with customer service if you have other concerns. ...Read more

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I need medical advice for jaundice?

I need medical advice for jaundice?

Need more info..: Jaundice is just a symptom with many possible causes...infection, medications, metabolic problems, even cancer. We need more information to advise you. ...Read more

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What is against medical advice?

Not listening to doc: It means you are not following your doctor's advice. ...Read more

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Medical advice on nescafe on human health?

Medical advice on nescafe on human health?

Coffee: Coffee has been studied for years. It seems like every few months I see info on it. Latest info I saw was it decreases the incidence of gallstones. Some instant coffee's contain partially-hydrogenated oils. These oils are not healthy at all. Coffee stains your teeth but can be bleached out ;-)
http://www. Bantransfats. Com/abouttransfat. Html ...Read more

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If you referred a child for phycological advice is that your medical decison not the phycologists?

If you referred a child for phycological advice is that your medical decison not the phycologists?

Confusing question: I often send kids to see a specialist when it is evident that they need their specialty care. Whether this is a bone doctor or a psychologist, it is a decision based on my recognition from my training that that is what they need. Whether you split hairs & call this a medical decision or a psychological one is not the point. I use the training & experience I have as a physician to make that decision. ...Read more

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Need some medical advice please on hypertension?

Need some medical advice please on hypertension?

Hypertension: What advice do you need? Get a good dr., follow the dash diet, don't smoke, get at least half an hour of aerobic exercise a day, take any medications the dr. Prescribes as they are prescribed as well as any other suggestions your doctor gives you about your well being. If your pressure is well controlled, you should have minimal problems because of the condition. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about orthopedic medical advice on osetochondroma?

Can you tell me about orthopedic medical advice on osetochondroma?

Very difficult 2 ans: There R books written about how 2 treat these. As U kno, some can become oasteochondrosarcomas. Essentially if there is a single OC found incidentally, it can B excised if easy 2 get @. Or can just B watched by X-rays every 1-2 years. If single & causes symptoms, excision. Multiple OC lesions R just watched over time, exciseing only those symptomatic: putting pressure on adjacent structures. Gogle ...Read more

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What advice would you give to college freshmen who are thinking about going into the medical field?

What advice would you give to college freshmen who are thinking about going into the medical field?

Good grades GPA/MCAT: If by medical field you mean medical school.
You have to take pre med courses which includes minimum 1 yearof chemistry, biology, physics and organic chemistry, english and calculus. In 2015 you may need courses in sociology and psychology. Gpa above3.5 and good score on mcat.
Hard work helps always for most, but have fun as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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Pls can u advice what it means if a medical professional says that patient has external locus of control? Thanks

Pls can u advice what it means if a medical professional says that patient has external locus of control? Thanks

Outside control: External locus (location) of control means that your behavior is not self-directed and motivated by people or events outside of you.
Examples:
a child who completes homework without prompts is self-directed, relys on inner resources so has internal locus of control.
A child who only does homework because of nagging, threats, punishment depends on outside force and has external locus of control? ...Read more

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Hi, I recently had a medical examination following a car crash, I need some advice about innapropriate behaviour?

Hi, I recently had a medical examination following a car crash, I need some advice about innapropriate behaviour?

Depends: No medical exam should make you feel uncomfortable. Even the most intimate of examinations should be done in a highly professional and objective fashion. If you felt uncomfortable, were asked to reveal areas of your body that might not need to be, or touched in a funny way without a logical and reasonable explaination, then the doctor may have been inappropriate. Also a nurse should be in the roo. ...Read more

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When purging I had quite a bit of blood coming up followed by discomfort. Besides taking a break from the purging should I consult medical advice?

When purging I had quite a bit of blood coming up followed by discomfort. Besides taking a break from the purging should I consult medical advice?

Yes: Eating disorders are incredibly serious (both medically and psychologically). .. As you could be harming your brain/body in ways you haven't even thought of. Your best bet is to speak with a psychiatrist to help you address the underlying causes of why you feel the need to purge. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Hi dr, I visited food advisor and she told me I am 5 kg under my weight. My medical result is normal. I look very skinny. Plz advice for an appetizer.

Hi dr, I visited food advisor and she told me I am 5 kg under my weight. My medical result is normal. I look very skinny. Plz advice for an appetizer.

Good fat such as: Olive oil, coconut oil, fish oil, and butter can be helpful. Lots of protein in the form of protein shakes from powder. Please visit your doc. As long as you are healthy all is ok. You can do some exercise, perhaps light hand weights, to tone and strengthen muscles. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I got lipotropic injections last year in August. I didn't use it at the time. It was stored in a cool dark place. I just injected myself with it. Is it unsafe? Should I get medical advice? I never thought it might have an expiration date

Lioptropic injection: Using expired medications is not recommended. However if you did it most likely will have no ill effects for you. Especially this type of injection. Hope that helps ...Read more

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Which medical advice for gonorrhea diseases?

Which medical advice for gonorrhea diseases?

Resistant Gonorrhea: There is a new drug resistant form of gonorrhea sweeping through the western world. If you have gonorrhea you need to be treated and to be treated by someone who knows how to treat for this drug resistant form. ...Read more

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Need medical advice for severe case of ebstein's anomaly?

Need medical advice for severe case of ebstein's anomaly?

Complicated question: Severe ebstein anomaly of the tricuspid valve is a disease that is best cared for in centers with an established track record of successful ebstein care. Surgery is particularly complex. There are frequent arrhythmias complicating care. There are differences in care depending on many associated factors and also on the age of the patient. ...Read more

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Need medical advice for severe hip pain!?

Need medical advice for severe hip pain!?

Depends: Depends on the location of the "hip." the term "hip" is often not specifically localizing, even for physicians. If pain in in the groin, actual hip joint may be involved. If pain is on the side, it may be bursitis. If pain is in the butt, other possibilities. This would have to be localized and then specific treatment of bursal injection, identification and assurance of no fx. ...Read more

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How can you use progesterone cream. Need serious medical advice?

How can you use progesterone cream. Need serious medical advice?

Why use it?: The purpose in using it is not clear from the qustion. Some situations warrant vaginal use for fertility medicl advice may be needed. ...Read more

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I want to go to medical school, do you have any words of advice concerning the application process?

I want to go to medical school, do you have any words of advice concerning the application process?

Going to Med School: As an older adult applying for medical school you will be bringing some life experience with you. It is such a pleasure and a joy to be a physician.
So, jumping through the hoops, the long hours, the insurance mess is all worth it.

Select a broad range of schools and remember when you are interviewed it is your time to interview them to find the best fit for you. ...Read more

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Any advice? What sort of disability/medical reason/injury would require the use of forearm crutches?

Any advice? What sort of disability/medical reason/injury would require the use of forearm crutches?

Any need for: Long term crutch use can require lofstrand, or forearm crutches. Axillary crutches are not intended for long term. So if some one needs crutches long term, say from nerve damage in legs leading to weakness, they may require these types of crutches. ...Read more