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What is the side effects of nuclear medicine uptake on thyroid?

What is the side effects of nuclear medicine uptake on thyroid?

No effect: Low radiation dose thyroid uptake test with radio tracer i123 or i131. Thyroid gland picks up the iodine tracer. I-123 has a shorter half life than i-131 (13 hrs vs. 8.1 days), so use of i-123 exposes the body to less radiation. Thyroid gland function not affected by scan. Should not have test if pregnant or breast feeding. Tests are for thyroid function determining hypo vs hyperthyroidism. ...Read more

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Nuclear Medicine (Definition)

The medical specialty of nuclear medicine involves the use of unsealed radioactive pharmaceuticals that can help image molecular flow throughout the body. The medical use of radiopharmaceuticals also includes the treatment of some cancers and bone pain. Nuclear medicine is separate from diagnostic radiology, which utilizes the use of external (sealed) radioactivity ...Read more


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My son got 2800 immnoglobin e level what is the medicine or procedure to attain normal. Is there any side effects is this normal please help?

My son got 2800 immnoglobin  e level what is the medicine or procedure to attain normal. Is there any side effects is this normal please help?

Allergy?: A high immunoglobulin E level indicate a high tendency to allergy to various factors. Why was the test done? Ordered by whom? If your primary care doctor ordered it but did not explain what it means, please ask for a referral to an allergist. If the specialist ordered it, I'm sure he/she will go over what it means and what needs to be done, depending on his symptoms. ...Read more

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No matter what prescribed or OTC medicine I take, I never noticed any side effects that are possible. Does that mean I have drug tolerance? Common?

No matter what prescribed or OTC medicine I take, I never noticed any side effects that are possible. Does that mean I have drug tolerance? Common?

Side effects: Side effects are simply a possibility in a small percentage of patients. The majority of people who take medications do not experience side effects. Count yourself in the lucky majority. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am 52 yrs old taking regularly omerpazole type medicine for 5-6 years but don't want to continue in regularly due to its side effects.please advise?

I am 52 yrs old taking regularly omerpazole type medicine for 5-6 years but don't want to continue in regularly due to its side effects.please advise?

It is time!: It is time, don't you think to lose weight (if your are overweight), quit smoking, (if you smoke) and to find the cause of your troubles rather than continuing to cover up the problem by just treating the symptoms of heartburn? Keep a food diary. Stop using alcohol. Find the cause of the heartburn. ...Read more

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What are the side effects for abrupt discontinuation of medicine?

What are the side effects for abrupt discontinuation of medicine?

Depends on the med: Some medications can be safely discontinued without a taper, others require a gradual reduction to avoid side effects. The side effects can be mild to severe, and are dependent upon the medication. Review your medications with your pharmacist or physician; they can safely advise you on the best way to stop your medicine. ...Read more

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I m male 23 years old.is there any medicine which makes me taller without any side effects?

I m male 23 years old.is there any medicine which makes me taller without any side effects?

No: Unless you have been very ill or malnourished for extended periods then it is unlikely that you can grow any more. Remember, please, size does not matter! Tall or short only describes a physical trait, it does not automatically confer kindness, generosity, responsibility, a sense of humor, the ability to be a good friend or a good person to work with. Smarts, talent, joy are not due to size! ...Read more

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Does the medicine from the iontophores patch stay in body once the patch is removed? Can there be possible side effects once patch is removed?

Does the medicine from the iontophores patch stay in body once the patch is removed?  Can there be possible side effects once patch is removed?

For a short time: Iontophoresis patches are used for acute soft tissue injuries to help focus the administration of medication right to where it is needed in the body. The medicine does not linger in these areas for a long time. Not more than if the medication was taken by mouth. The side effects that have been noted after the patch is removed are mostly related to possible skin irritation. ...Read more

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My son is four and was prescribed sigulair but I do not like the side effects what is a better medicine?

My son is four and was prescribed sigulair but I do not like the side effects what is a better medicine?

Asthma vs. allergies: It depends what the singular was prescribed for. If he has asthma then using an inhaler or nebulizer is an alternative treatment. If prescribed for allergies, then you can switch to an alternate allergy med., and there are several available over the counter. ...Read more

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What is the medicines to increase height 5-6 inches without any side effects?

What is the medicines to increase height 5-6 inches without any side effects?

None: First, everything has side effects. Second, there is no medication known that will increase the height in an adult. ...Read more

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