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Medicine For Crest Syndrome
Scleroderma is a connective tissue disease that involves changes in the skin, blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs. It is a type of autoimmune disorder, a condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue.
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Not necessarily: No, milder forms of crest syndrome are diagnosed late as the symptoms from one or more of the five conditions within crest are not noticeable. ...Read more
Lab work: If you have some of the classic findings and an anti-centromere antibody, you're likely to receive the diagnosis. It's not always severe and sometimes the best treatment is supportive measures and observation. ...Read more
I have hashi moto andtested positive for crest syndrome. Dr. Thinks could be false positive. What should I do to know for certain false positive?
Basic doctoring: We have a joke in clinical medicine -- if a $10000 workup comes back without a clear answer, do a history and physical exam. The anti-centormere is sensitive and specific enough for crest, but it's easy for the lab to do wrong. If you do not have raynaud's, calcium chunks and hardening in the fingers, a stiff esophagus won't do its job, and odd vessel formations, stop worrying about crest. ...Read more
The. R in CREST is: Raynauds which can show up as darkening if the fingers or hand due to spasm in blood vessels. But having ray aids dies not mean it is crest syndrome. Calcinosis. Esophageal dysmotility. Sclerodactyly and telangectasia are the other letters. Many causes of raymaud a are NOT associated with a known issue. Speak to your doctor about being evaluated ...Read more
Yes but unlikely: Those are two rare diseases. It is possible to have both, as having one doesn't protect you from getting the other, but it would be very unusual. ...Read more
Is there anything else besides lupus and crest syndrome that could lead to high centromere anitbodies on a nuclear ab screen? Could it just be a fluke
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Is crest syndrome with high centromere b antibody considered a rare disorder with rheumatologists having only a few such patients? Should I seek out a scleroderma specialty center for regular care?
No: Any rheumatologist is well-versed in this disorder, and you should have one there in amarillo or in lubbock. ...Read more
Is Neurontin (gabapentin) useful for joint pain or just nerve pain? Is it safe to take if you have CREST syndrome?
CREST & Neurontin (gabapentin):
Hello. Neurontin (gabapentin) is useful for joint and nerve pain. It boils down to the type of pain you have. Stabbing, burning, pins & needles, tingling, electric, numbness, etc. Type symptoms usually respond to Neurontin (gabapentin).
It's safe to take with CREST Syndrome. Rare for Neurontin (gabapentin) to exacerbate CREST symptoms. ...Read more
Crestor (rosuvastatin): And Lipitor (atorvastatin) are both effective statin drugs. Crestor is a bit more mg for mg potent than Lipitor (atorvastatin) but the outcomes with both drugs are similar. Lipitor (atorvastatin) can be had as a generic, Crestor is still on patent so is lots more expensive. ...Read more
Are statin drugs safe for long-term use? I take 5 mg. Crestor (rosuvastatin) 5 x week. It's keeping my numbers in check, but at what cost over time? 48 yr old male.
Statins: As far as we presently know statins are safe over time. There are some questions whether long term there might be some abnormalities of glucose handling produced. There are liver and other abnormalities which we've seen with statins that sometimes require the statin to be withdrawn. The great majority of patients on statins have no problems to the present time. ...Read more
I been taking the drug crestor (rosuvastatin) a statian for around a week now I been noticing my heart is racing its 5 mg should I stop it?
Probably not: Crestor (rosuvastatin) in this dose does not often cause a racing heart. It might be that your heart is rented for another reason. I would check with your doctor regarding this symptom and consider wearing a 24 hour monitor. It may be that your symptoms are unrelated. ...Read more
Taking crestor instead of Lipitor (atorvastatin) for 2 mo., but now exper. Severe body aches, is this a side effect? Reading more and more about this drug causing problems! Should I go back to lipitor (atorvastatin)?
Side-effects similar: But some people react differently to each statin was your switch for Lipitor (atorvastatin) 40 to Crestor 40, or 20mg. Or were you at the highest dose of Lipitor (atorvastatin) (80mg)? If so, only cestror 40 is more potent. Lipitor (atorvastatin) has gone generic and may have a price advantage. Discusss with your prescribing doctor. A CPK is warranted. ...Read more
An addendum - totally happened within 6 months of taking crestor! Cannot convince dr. That gets a kickback from this drug. Coronary arteries-clean!
Angry?: Why don't you just stop the drug if you don't want to take it? No one can force you to take it if you don't want to. Btw, correlation does not prove causation. If a red car drives by your house and your forget where you put your keys, did the red car cause you to forget? ...Read more
Each time I try crestor (rosuvastatin), (rosuvastatin) within a month my ear and area leading from ear to neck hurts. When I stop crestor (rosuvastatin) it goes away. How can statin drug do this?
Statin drugs: Statin drugs all can have side effects similar to what you are experiencing. I would advise you not to take any statin drug. ...Read more
Once crestor (rosuvastatin) is no longer called for, how long does it take the body to get rid of the remnants of the drug? Ie, mind, muscles, and joints! Frances
Statins and SEs: Crestor, (rosuvastatin) while a good statin drug, does have the risk of some severe side effects. Once you stop this drug you should begin to see a diminishment in the side effects within a couple of days. But, it may take five to seven days to get to a low enough blood level to be considered 'out of your system'. ...Read more
Not much: Treatment of elevated lp (a) is a bit tough. Potent statins can mitigate the risk by lowering the ldl-cholesterol level as much as possible (below 70 mg/dl), since that particle is tied to the ldl-c molecule. Estrogen therapy in women, Niacin in both sexes, and in the future, cholesterol ester transfer protein inhibitors (if they come to market) may lower lp (a) levels. ...Read more
Impossible: There is no generic medication for Crestor (rosuvastatin) at this time as the medication is still under patent. The generic name for Crestor (rosuvastatin) is Rosuvastatin and you may be on that med, but it is not generic (and won't be for years). Generic statins currently available are pravastatin, simvastatin, atorvastatin, and lovastatin. All statins have the same action, but some may be better for some people. ...Read more
Can Be Taken Anytime: Some statins (pravachol, zocor, (simvastatin) mevacor) have very short half-lives (2-4 hours) and have a better effect if taken at night. This is because the medication works by decreasing cholesterol synthesis which is increased during the evening hours. Other statins (lipitor, crestor) have very long half-lives (14-18 hours) and have equal effect if taken in the morning or evening. ...Read more
Expired Crestor: 40 F My crestor 10mg expire in 2017 is it ok to take them thanks they are samples? ANS: most likley. It is still early in 2017. Most meds are good long after the expiration dates. Check with your Dr giving them to you. ...Read more
It depends on the: Type of stroke. If the stroke is from a blood clot from the heart, as would occur in atrial fibrillation, Crestor (rosuvastatin) would be ineffective. If it was a stroke due to cholesterol buildup, it is effective and can decrease risk of another stroke by about 50% at dose of 40 mg. For a stroke due to hemorrhage from high blood pressure, it would be ineffective. Aspirin or clopidogrel usually used with Crestor (rosuvastatin) ...Read more
Yes and no: Crestor’s maker suggests it should be taken whole and not be crushed, chewed, or broken. There is no reason that it cannot necessarily be crushed, aside from the coating possibly masking the drug’s medicinal taste, but do be aware upon crushing the tablet, some of the coating pieces could remain, kind of how like if you crushed M&M’s, you’d see the difference between chocolate and candy coating. ...Read more
Yes there is: Crestor has both a generic (up to 80% similar to original) and a clone (100% identical to original) available ...Read more