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Would you recommend the shingles vaccine for a 65 year old patient taking 7.5mg methotrexate once weekly for rheumatoid arthritis?
Should a 69 year old lady with heart trouble be taking the drug called evista (raloxifene) for bone loss if she is also on an aspirin regime?
No, but qualified: Should not be a problem is she has no history of thromboembolic complications. ...Read more
Needs evaluation: prior to starting anxiety medication, a complete history and physical examination should be performed by your pediatrician and then referral to specialist to help teen manage and treat the anxiety. Medication should not be the only intervention. As with any medication, side effects are possible and proper follow up needs to be arranged and adhered to. ...Read more
Does olmesartan 20 mg causes dry mouth when taken once daily as a chronic medication for a 37 years old patient having secondary hypertension?And why
Depends on illness: Vitamin B12 is a vitamin, which means it is a chemical that the body needs. If a child has an illness that leads to B12 deficiency, that child can take B12 orally or via shots, depending on the doctor's advice. Injecting a child with B12 to try to affect the language delay, but who is not deficient in B12, is hopefully not the case here. We don't poke kids unless there is a very good reason. ...Read more
No.: There are certain medications that are used in specific medical settings (such as priapsism) to stop erections, but can be dangerous and should be used only by medical professionals. These include phenylephrine injections into the penis and inhaled amyl nitrate. These are not available as over the counter medications or even as normal prescription medications. ...Read more
Does lercanidipin 20mg causes dry mouth when taken once daily as a chronic medication for a 37 years old patient having secondary hypertension?And wh
No: It doesn't cause dry mouth. Here are the adverse effects with lercanidipine 10 mg/day included flushing (1.1% vs 0.4% for placebo), ankle edema 0.9% vs 1.3%), palpitations (0.6% vs 0.4%), headache (2.3% vs 1.3%), vertigo (0.4% vs 0.4%), and asthenia (0.4% vs 0.4%). Source:http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc1993952/. ...Read more
My 10 month old is prescribed to take Budesonide once daily for his asthma. Is this safe for long term use?
How long will a medicated bipolar manic last for a 54 year old male. He is treated for this the first time and it is lasting already for a month?
Unclear?: I am wondering if your question is, how long will a particular medication last? It is not really possible to say without knowing the name of the medication. It is very important, i think, to be in close contact with the person's psychiatrist, especially since you say there are already good results. Best of luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How much of a risk is there for a 49 yr old man to develop dementia/alzheimer's from light to moderate use of Xanax (alprazolam) .25 to .50 mg once or twice a week?
Some studies suggest: a connection between longer-term benzo use and dementia. Here's a link: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/03/13/benzodiazepines.aspx For more definitive info, go to the National Institute of Health (a gov. site that will give you the real deal on studies like this. http://search.nih.gov/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&affiliate=nih&query=xanax+and+dementia&commit.x=14&commit.y=9 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mum is taking levothyroxine100mcg once day for her thyroid maintenance. Does she need to take this for a lifetime?
Probably: Most people who have to take thyroid supplementation have to continue taking their medication indefinitely. There are only few exceptions. ...Read more
Can I safely lower the dose of avodart (dutasteride) to once a week from once a day to see if my erection returns. Have been on daily dose for BPH for 5 years.
How SAFE would prescribed pentox 400mg 3 times a day be for a 21 year old male who is completely healthy except for peyronie's diseease curve?
Very safe: It is possible that any medication can cause side effect or health consequence but pentox is safe and you are very healthy those factors make it very unlikely to cause problems. ...Read more
89 year old with symptoms of dementia; on 10 mg daily inderal; is there an appropriate alternative. She had adverse reaction to atenolol years ago. ?
Yes: The main question is whether her hypertension is adequately managed with inderal (propranolol). If it is managed appropriately it is unlikely that 10 mg of Inderal (propranolol) is causing adverse effect on her brain. However if she is having any symptoms that can be construed as due to the inderal (propranolol), perhaps an agent from a different class would be more suitable. We have believed that the beta blockers have psych se's. ...Read more
Should it be safe to start taking immune supressing drugs for a kidney transplant after ten years?
How SAFE would prescribed pentoxif 400mg 3 times a day be for a 21 year old male who is completely healthy except for peyronie's curve ?
Good choice.: Peyronie's disease can be helped with pentoxif alone, and also aids any surgical treatment.. See a few examples here: http://www.amepc.org/tau/article/view/1263/1675 All medicines can cause some side effects in some people. Side effects are not very common, but include abdominal pain, gas, palpitations, dizziness, agitation, blurred vision, etc.. If you have a problem call your doc about it. ...Read more
I've used anti depressants (fluoxetine and clonazapem) for 7 years. I stopped it March this year due to severe hairfall.I've consulted a dermatologist , she's prescribed only vitamin supplement course for the past 4 months and recently she has prescribed
Hair loss: is rare but has been reported as a side effect of fluoxetine. See your pcp to check thyroid, vit D (if you were depressed) and other medical factors that may cause hair loss. Your comment was cut off so don't know what med dermatologist prescribed. Vitamin supplement may have been good start as fluoxetine can take up to 90 days to leave the system. I hope this helps. ...Read more
Unlikely to matter: Proper basic diet, rest & exercise are the only support needed for proper growth. At 16 most girls have little if any growth potential left because the bone growth centers are closing. An x-ray of the left hand/wrist can be analysed for bone maturity.If the growth centers are open, more growth is possible, if closed, you're done. ...Read more
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