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Ok To Take Medications Before Fasting Blood Work
depends: Some medications must be taken with food due to their effect on the stomach. Some medications are better absorbed when taken with medications. Diabetic medications may cause a drastic reduction in your blood sugar if you do not eat. As you can see there are many possibilities. Check with your physician before you do anything.. Good luck. ...Read more
No: It will not affect your fasting lab results. All the best. ...Read more
Yes but...: Make sure it doesn't bother your stomach and you don't have a history of peptic ulcer disease. Use the lowest dose possible for pain/fever and for the shortest duration possible. Some newer evidence is not showing a major lipid change between fasting and non-fasting values in relation to LDL and HDL values but fasting is still standard of care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are you allowed to take medication or not while testing blood glucose after taking medicine at breakfast?
Please clarify: Hi. I'm confused. For standard diabetes tests (either fasting glucose or a glucose tolerance test) you go in for the test FASTING (i.e., NO BREAKFAST!). I'm not as worried about the meds messing up the test as I am by the fact you ate breakfast! The test is probably invalid. Be sure to tell your doctor who ordered the test. May have to repeat it. Good luck. PS Water is OK before & during test. ...Read more
Having CBC and liver panel drawn tomorrow. Taking keflex and diflucan (fluconazole). Will these affect test readings? Should i not take morning dose prior to test?
Can I take metoprolol medication before a blood test for glucose?I was asked to fast for at least 8 hrs before the test & wonder if medication counts
Ok: You should be fine taking medications beforehand. ...Read more
BP: It depends on what type of test. You should take your BP medications at the same time (either morning or evening) daily. There are very few tests that will be affected by taking your scheduled medication. So honestly, i don't think it matters how many hours before your BP test you take your medicine. ...Read more
Will Ashwagandha taken daily effect my blood work done for thyroid levels to be checked? I have Hashimotos and get routine blood work. Effect levels?
Not directly but...: Ashwagandha will not alter the accuracy of blood tests but it may improve thyroid function. Animal studies suggest Ashwagandha may increase levels of thyroid hormone in those who are hypothyroid while reducing levels if hyperthyroid. The effects are usually subtle so I would not expect dramatic changes. It's wise to test levels. See http://draxe.com/ashwagandha-proven-to-heal-thyroid-and-adrenals/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Take lisinopril 5mg daily for BP doctor also prescribed Cialis 10 mg when is best time to take before sex?
Cialis timing: Cialis should be taken at least 1 hour prior to intercourse. It does not specifically need to be taken on an empty stomach because it is a 36 hour dose. However, absorption will be affected by stomach contents, so it will take effect more quickly on an empty stomach. In order to maximize your chances for a successful erection, I usually recommend taking Cialis a few hours before sex. ...Read more
Depends: Some blood pressure meds, mostly diuretics or "fluid pills", make you pee more, & should be taken in the morning to avoid having to wake at night to go to the bathroom. Other pills, particularly beta blockers & calcium channel blockers, may actually be more helpful taken at bedtime, because they can prevent irregular heart rhythms which happen more often 1st thing in the morning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should an iron deficient patient stop supplementing iron before his iron check up blood work? how many days to stop before blood work?
Take with meal: Most nutrients are better absorbed with a full meal, although there are exceptions. For larger doses, better absorption is obtained by dividing the dose throughout the day rather than taking one big dose at once. ...Read more
Good idea: To see how effective medications are in controlling bp. ...Read more
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