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Olux (topical clobetasol) is a topical steroid usually used for psoriasis or scalp dermatoses (caveat: this is not my field of expertise)
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I have psoriasis since last year, my doctor gave me olux foam and sandimmun neoral (cyclosporine) but I still have it... What can I do?
Other medications: Psoriasis is often controlled with topical steroids such as Olux and oral immune suppression like neoral (cyclosporine). However, a certain portion of psoriasis patients will not improve enough to these and may require another group of immune suppressors called tnf inhibitors. These are injectable medications that can be expensive and carry some risks, so you need to discuss the options with your dermatologist. ...Read more
Terrible idea: This is clobetasol, an ultra-high potency glucocorticoid. It will suppress inflammation and thereby allow the bacteria that cause acne to multiply out of control. It will cause atrophy of the rest of your skin. Please don't do this. All acne is manageable today; if topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day hasn't cleared you in two weeks, your physician can help you manage your disease. ...Read more
I am italian and I have atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. My doctor gave me sandimmin neoral (cyclosporine) and olux schiuma but I am still ill, what's the problem?
Reevaluation: You should be reevaluated by a dermatologist at a teaching hospital. He will probably change your medications. ...Read more
I have a birth mark on the back of my neck that over the past few years has became inflammed itchy red dry and flaky II have used t gel moistures olux foam and several others and nothing works. A doctor told me it was psoriasis but it does not spread
A biopsy may clarify: Psoriasis may not necessarily spread over long periods of time, so a lack of spread doesn't rule psoriasis out. A biopsy can help sort out psoriasis look-alikes from the real thing, and a combination of coal tar and light therapy with a dermatologist might clear it up for you. ...Read more
Have an itchy rash that's spreading. Tried cortizone (hydrocortisone) and didn't work. Now trying olux-e and its not working either. What should I use to get rid of it?
Depends: If the rash is fungal, you need to use an anti fungal cream. There are some otc preparations. However, if it allergic Benadryl (diphenhydramine) orally or topically can work. Additionally the steroid cream you used may just not be strong enough. Lastly, the rash could be coming from something internal. See your physician or a dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more
For the past few days my left wrist has been very itchy. I have a bad nickel allergy so no jewelry. I tried lotion, Olux, and Cortizone (hydrocortisone) and no relief.
What is your exposur: This brings up the question of what you may be exposed to now that you are not aware of. The nickel allergy reaction is contact dermatitis and this suggests you may have another sensitizer. You might do an inventory - watch, new detergent, etc. This is not generalized but localized to something near the left wrist. Is the wrist itchy on the top or bottom? Maybe your dog has somet ...Read more
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more
Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more
Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
RSD, or: Complex regional pain syndrome can be difficult to treat and each patient needs to be treated differently. Opioid medications are definitely not the first option. Consider medications that affect nerve pain most, like neuromodulators such as gabapentin. Clonidine has been found to help some as well. Stellate ganglion blocks can be diagnostic/therapeutic. Consider topical ketamine creams as well. ...Read more
Antacid: An h2 blocker (like Pepcid (famotidine) or its generic) once or twice daily, provides relief for many after about a week. If this fails, a proton pump inhibitor (ppi--like Prilosec or its generic) will often work where h2's have failed. If both fail after at least one week trial of each, see your dr or a GI dr for eval. ...Read more
Elimiron: Elmiron (pentosan) is a medication that is fda approved for ic (interstitial cystitis). The main way it works is not truly known, but it may help with coating the lining of the bladder. In ic, inflammation may be the main cause of pain. Have you seen a doctor in regards to this? Hopefully, you can get the proper testing and see if this med would work well for you. ...Read more
Some people do: ADD medications, stimulants in particular may change the way you feel. Some feel calmer or less restless or agitated. Some feel more focused. Some feel increased restlessness. But in short, yes, stimulants can make you feel differently than prior to taking them. ...Read more