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New Medication Taking
What are your: Concerns. .. and what is the medication? ...Read more
Are you less likely to develop SJS if you've taken medication for a long time, compared with a new medication you're taking?
Steven Johnson: SJS is an inflammatory disorder of the skin triggered by an allergic reaction to certain drugs including antibiotics, such as some sulfonamides, tetracycline, amoxicillin, and ampicillin. In some cases, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and anticonvulsants, such as Tegretol and phenobarbital have also been implicated. Over-the-counter medications may act as triggers as well. ...Read more
Should be aware.: Liver cells regenerating all the time. Your doc should worry about your medications as it is generally too technical for the lay person to predict liver toxicity and drug / drug interactions. You should listen to them. Be honest about alcohol use and your history of any liver disease. ...Read more
Is Lexapro (escitalopram) safe? I get nervous when taking new medications. I'm currently taking lorazepam when needed.
Having real difficulty dealing with my constant anxiety attacks just started taking new medication after other medications weren't successful.?
Not just meds: The best treatment for anxiety does not rely only on medications, but also includes psychotherapy. It sounds like your doctor has been trying multiple things to help you, and you've not yet arrived at a plan that works. If your doctor is not a psychiatrist, you might consider consulting with one for further options. Also, consider working with a psychologist in therapy for anxiety. ...Read more
2 weeks since gum surgery for new crown. Taking pain medication, advil (ibuprofen) every 6 hours. Sometimes pain wakes me. Is this normal?
Not at all: See the Surgeon ASAP for follow-up. You should be on nothing stronger than warm salt water rinses. Get in there tomorrow. Good Luck. ...Read more
Sudden full body itch, no rash, not used new products, not taking medication, no known allergy to some food. Liver and kidney healthy. No bites. Help!
Possible allergy: It could be allergy to cloth, shampoo, soap, or other item, you should have skin test to find the cause of problem. ...Read more
Get educated: About possible side effects. Discuss this with your pharmacist and provider. ...Read more
Stopped taking seasonique 8 days and prescribed microgestin how long will it take for the new medication to be effective? I haven't started it yet.
Aubagio was just released for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Bg-12 (oral fumarate) should be available before mid year. Both are oral drugs which will be added to the only other oral drug- gilenya (fingolimod).
There are several other drugs which will be added within the next few years proving that there is reason to be optimistic about the future of ms treatment. ...Read more
Could you tell me how long it takes your body to get used to the side effects of a new medication?
Depends: This depends on the specifics of the drug, as well as how you specifically metabolize it. Talk to your doctor about the specific drug to get best information about that question. ...Read more
My new husband is very allergic to my cats. Is there a shot or daily medication to help me keep the cats?
Not easy 2 deal with: This is a tough situation. Sorry...With no easy answer. Since you say "severe" I presume it may include breathing trouble. An allergist would ask detailed questions about your home environment, his exposures (? In bedroom) etc before prescribing medication or making other recommendations. Good luck. ...Read more
Recurring hypochondria? I keep worrying about every little new "abnormality" that I find in my body. How do I stop this without psy/medication?
Both: Your best bet is a combination of psychotherapy and psychiatric assessment/evaluation (and medicine if indicated). This combination has consistently been shown to offer the highest rates of success in a variety of disorders. Just find professionals you can really partner with, be open to change and accepting new ways of thinking / and you're well on your way to being better! Hope that helps! ...Read more
Recently, news reported that medications in tablet form technically don't 'expire' on date & can be used yrs later with potency still at 90-95%. True?
Medications: Yes. In general. But, that answer cannot cover every single medication known or produced. ...Read more
$$$$$$&: You don't wanna know, especially if paying cash for it. ...Read more
I'm taking a new asthma medication described as specific to beta 2 receptors. What does this mean?
Beta-2 agonist: You are likely taking albuterol, or some form of it, which specifically targets the beta-2 receptors in the lungs for it's intended effects. These specific receptor medications are intended to treat disease of the lungs, without cross-reacting to beta-1 receptors in the heart. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Can I still exercise while taking my medication listed in my profile? .I'm on my third week taking a new antibiotic for sinus
Maybe: If you exercise at a high intensity and have an infection you need to back off some if you have significant fever you might need to take break and rest. Some antibiotics risk a serious skin reaction if sun exposed. Why are you taking antibiotic? That reason is more likely to slow you down than the antibiotic itself check with your doctor with these details to be certain. ...Read more
Switched insurance plans. If I seek new PCP will they continue me on the medications I'm currently taking, as they're very effective for me.
Usually: Switching PCPs can be stressful. However, your new PCP would likely continue your previous medications if they're reasonable and work for you. Make sure you take all old medical records (labs, study results) to the new provider to help with the transfer of your care. Http://patients. About. Com/od/therightdoctorforyou/a/howchgdoctors. Htm ...Read more
Have to drop 10 medications that I have been taking religiously for the last 3 years in a week because I can't get a new PCP. Is this ER worthy?
If I read you correctly I strongly recommend that you have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility.
Please take with you your bottles of meds.
Hope all goes well -- cannot see why not! ...Read more
If I am taking Seroquel (quetiapine) abd its not working as well, can I ask if I can try increasing the dose first or just try a new medication?
You can ask...: ...the physician who is treating you. Quetiapine (Seroquel) is a second-generation "atypical" antipsychotic that is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It may be especially useful in bipolar depression. If the medication has been effective and then seems to lose effectiveness, either an increase in dose or a switch in medication may be reasonable. Talk to your MD. ...Read more
Take as directed!: Before you accept any new prescription or medication, know why it's recommended. Know what it's intended to do. Remind the prescriber about all your other medications, including otc medications & supplements (not the same thing!). Learn about common side effects & dangerous ones, too. Find out if you're supposed to get refills or if this is a one time deal. And take w/ or w/o food as directed. ...Read more
Reported 5-10% loss: Fda approval for the weight loss pills, Qsymia (by vivus, inc.) and Belviq (lorcaserin) (by arena pharmaceuticals) came recently. Qsymia reportedly helped patients on average lose at least 10 percent of their weight after a year of treatment in clinical trials - compared to the average 5 percent weight loss seen in clinical trials of belviq (lorcaserin). That means the 222-pound person might be 200-pounds after a year. ...Read more
Several: Now that we have studies showing that long-term benefits for interferons and Copaxone are likely minimal at best, and that 60% of pts do not do well by 2 yrs, we are starting to see the emergence of far more potent meds. Gilenya and tysabri (natalizumab) are here. Tecfedera is close, lemtrada by end of year. Daclizumab, ocrelizumab, the newer s-1-p drugs being looked at. Even new drug for spasticity. ...Read more
Zyprexa; Seroquel;: Non-medication treatment and accurate diagnosis are most important 1st steps. ...Read more
Pain relief: Celecoxib is licensed for use in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, acute pain, painful menstruation and menstrual symptoms, ankylosing spondylitis and to reduce the number of colon and rectal polyps in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis. It was originally intended to relieve pain while minimizing the gastrointestinal adverse effects usually seen with conventional nsaids. ...Read more