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Mother Taking Prescription Medications (Overview)

If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, you probably want to know what medications and herbal remedies are safe to take after you become pregnant. Ideally, it would be best to discuss your current medications with your doctor before you conceive. In any case, as soon as you know you are pregnant, inform your health care providers and discuss what medicines are safe for you to take. If you are breast-feeding, some medications may pass into the breast milk and cause unwanted effects on your nursing baby, so check with your health care provider about taking medications after the baby is born as well.


Mother Taking Prescription Medications (Overview)

If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, you probably want to know what medications and herbal remedies are safe to take after you become pregnant. Ideally, it would be best to discuss your current medications with your doctor before you conceive. In any case, as soon as you know you are pregnant, inform your health care providers and discuss what medicines are safe for you to take. If you are breast-feeding, some medications may pass into the breast milk and cause unwanted effects on your nursing baby, so check with your health care provider about taking medications after the baby is born as well.


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Mother has had severe dry eye and had tried all types if prescription meds and over the counter. Seems worse inside house. Any new suggestions?

Mother has had severe dry eye and had tried all types if prescription meds and over the counter. Seems worse inside house. Any new suggestions?

Other options: Does Mom have Sjogren's (an arthritic condition with very dry mouth and eyes)? Has she used ointment at night and flax oil supplements? Punctal plugs can also be useful; they can be installed quickly and painlessly in the office by your ophthalmologist. She can also use an ultrasonic vaporizer at the bedside to keep eyes moist at night. She should be seen an ophthalmologist for this (not optom ...Read more

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Taking Antibiotics (Checklist)

Follow directions on label
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Take all doses as directed. Don't stop when you feel better.
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Do not take someone else's antibiotic
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Throw away any leftover antibiotics when you're done
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My mother has been on estrace 2.0mg since 1973. She was told not get off of it. Should she, after all this time, get off of it? My mother, age 79, full hyterectory 1973, on estrace 2.0 mg. She went to gyn doctor and he gave her a prescription to get estra

My mother has been on estrace 2.0mg since 1973. She was told not get off of it. Should she, after all this time, get off of it? My mother, age 79, full hyterectory 1973, on estrace 2.0 mg. She went to gyn doctor and he gave her a prescription to get estra

There : There are certain risks to estrogen replacement therapy. Your mother appears to have weathered these risks quite well. There may be less risk of increasing the risk of clots with transdermal (gel/lotion/cream) delivery of estrogens. The key is may. These newer methods will definitely be more expensive. Staying on her current dose still is an option. ...Read more

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Taking Statins (Checklist)

Consider nighttime dosing to decrease effects of cramping during day
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Get routine labs to monitor your progress and eat well, too!
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Can i get a prescription w/o parent consent?

Not at 48 years old: You do not need a parent to get medication. You are an adult. ...Read more

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What is the harm in drinking alcohol when taking prescription medications?

What is the harm in drinking alcohol when taking prescription medications?

Two problems: Alcohol and many medications interact in a manner that amplifies the drunkenness; depending on the amount of alcohol and medications, and the kind of medications, this can be or small increase in buzz, but reach proportions that the sedation becomes lethal. The other problem: alcohol can block or reduce the beneficial effect of medications. Don't forego medicines to drink, either! ...Read more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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Follow up with your treating physician
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What exactly is the harm in drinking alcohol when taking prescription medications?

What exactly is the harm in drinking alcohol when taking prescription medications?

The alcohol: May interact with the medication to increase side effects or may impact metabolism of the medication. ...Read more