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Is acth stimulation test done at a normal lab that draws blood?

Is acth stimulation test done at a normal lab that draws blood?

ACTH test: The lab can draw blood for measurement of cortisol, but someone has to give the injection of acth (cortrosyn). The injection can be given IV or im. A lab that only draws blood would probably not be able to do this. Someone needs to order the acth and give the injection. ...Read more

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Is facility that provides controlled conditions in which scientific research, experiments & measurements are performed. An example is medical (clinical) lab where tests are done on clinical specimens in order to get info. About the health of a patient in terms ...Read more


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Lab tests: SED 25, glucose 80, luteinizing horm 5.0, thyroid stimulating horm 0.966, FSH 7.1. All on 12/17/14. Related to chronic hives?

Lab tests: SED 25, glucose 80, luteinizing horm 5.0, thyroid stimulating horm 0.966, FSH 7.1. All on 12/17/14. Related to chronic hives?

No: See a dermatologist. Do you take aspirin or any meds or any herbs or vitamins, etc.? Hives for over 6 weeks is termed chronic urticaria and is usually not allergy. Meanwhile you can try Zyrtec (cetirizine) (cetirazine) 1 or 2 a day. Sometimes larger doses may be used. There is a chance it could make you sleepy. ...Read more

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3.1 Prolactin level? Pituitary Microadenoma TSH levels up and down, no other tests done. Is this level okay?

3.1 Prolactin level? Pituitary Microadenoma TSH levels up and down, no other tests done. Is this level okay?

Normal prolactin: This is a good prolactin level for a follow-up assessment. Surprisingly so. Are you on any medications? have you had surgery on the pituitary? Regardless, with these labs, the appropriate course is follow-up. Re-check the labs in 6-12 months depending on symptoms. ...Read more

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Could a rogue lab tech sabotage your drug screen?

Could a rogue lab tech sabotage your drug screen?

Unlikely: Anything is posssible but these tests are run on automated equipment so tampering with the results is not likely at all. ...Read more

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Endo just ordered T3 (liothyronine) today; Cortisol a.m.25.5(6.2-19.4); FSH 169.7(25.8-134.8)-is FSH diagnostic in a post oophorectomy patient?

Endo just ordered T3 (liothyronine) today; Cortisol a.m.25.5(6.2-19.4); FSH 169.7(25.8-134.8)-is FSH diagnostic in a post oophorectomy patient?

It just confirms: what you already knew, that you've had your ovaries removed and your body is attempting to stimulate them, which is impossible to do since they're gone. It's a worthless test in you. ...Read more

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Saliva cortisol tests are abnormally low. Serum cortisol tests are normal. Dr says i don't need an acth stim test due to serum results. Agree?

Saliva cortisol tests are abnormally low. Serum cortisol tests are normal. Dr says i don't need an acth stim test due to serum results. Agree?

Yes: If your saliva cortisol tests are low, then you have adrenal insufficiency. Acth stim test will only help determine if the cause is in the adrenal glands, pituitary gland or hypothalamus. Without other hormonal abnormalities or abnormal levels of sodium or potassium, this test is generally not needed and treatment for the adrenal insufficiency can be done. ...Read more

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Hormone results for 19 y/o male: PRL 26 ug/L, LH 6 IU/L, FSH 2 IU/L, Oestradiol 87 pmol/L, Total test 317 ng/dL, SHBG 517 ng/dL. OK or seek action?

Hormone results for 19 y/o male: PRL 26 ug/L, LH 6 IU/L, FSH 2 IU/L, Oestradiol 87 pmol/L, Total test 317 ng/dL, SHBG 517 ng/dL. OK or seek action?

Hormones: Why did you check your sex hormones to begin with? Any particular symptoms which made your doctor to check these, The SHBG number seems a little off, also Estradiol seems a little bit elevated, but remember the normal values could be a little different from lab to lab.consult your provider ...Read more

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Recently took pre-conception blood tests. results are : AMH-6.7 ng/ml; LH 2.90 mlu/ml; FSH: 5.18 mlu/ml; Prolactin :9.51ng/ml, TSH- 1.15. normal?

Recently took pre-conception blood tests. results are : AMH-6.7 ng/ml; LH 2.90 mlu/ml; FSH: 5.18 mlu/ml; Prolactin :9.51ng/ml, TSH- 1.15. normal?

Look fine: The doctor who ordered the tests should have informed you that they are normal and that your reproductive hormones seems to be healthy though there is no guarantee that there isn't some other problem which might make it hard to conceive. ...Read more

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How could free testosterone measured by equilibrium dialysis (mayo labs) be over 50% more than calculated free testosterone (issam.Ch)? Data (4/26): tt 533, shbg 41, albumin 4.5, cft 9.7, ft 15

How could free testosterone measured by equilibrium dialysis (mayo labs) be over 50% more than calculated free testosterone (issam.Ch)? Data (4/26): tt 533, shbg 41, albumin 4.5, cft 9.7, ft 15

Lab variation: The calculated free t will depend on how accurately the lab measures each component (total t, shbg, albumin) as well as the algorithm used to do the calculation. The free t by dialysis can be more accurate, as it depends on one test being done correctly. However, labs vary enormously in how well and accurately they can do the test. If the levels are normal, don't fret the details. ...Read more

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TSH with human anti-mouse antigen lab test correlation and purpose ?

TSH  with human anti-mouse antigen lab test correlation and purpose ?

Unclear questions: Mouse antibodies are used in many immunoassays, including test for TSH. Could you please restate your questions as it is not clear in its present form. You may visit this site for information on TSH. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003684.htm ...Read more

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Where are ADH (vasopressin) and oxytocin produced?

Where are ADH (vasopressin) and oxytocin produced?

ADH (vasopressin) & Oxytocin: Both are produced in hypothalamus and stored in the posterior pituitary gland. ...Read more

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Fsh, lh follicular stimulating hormone (fsh) 4.96 and LH is 2.89 .Is this normal?

Fsh, lh
follicular stimulating hormone
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4.96 and LH is 2.89 .Is this normal?

Probably: Normal ranges can vary from lab to lab, so the 1st step would be to compare your results to the reference range, usually listed in parentheses such as (1.5 - 10). For hormone tests, however, results have to be interpreted in the context of what is happening clinically. Expected values for someone who is pregnant, or on birth control pills, or who should be ovulating at the time could all differ. ...Read more

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Please explain where is ADH (vasopressin) and oxytocin produced?

Please explain where is ADH (vasopressin) and oxytocin produced?

Pituitary: Hi. ADH (vasopressin) & oxytocin are made in neurons in the hypothalamus and travel down the axons in the pituitary stalk to the posterior pituitary where they are stored until they're released. They're referred to as "posterior pituitary hormones", but they're made in the hypothalamus and only stored and released from the posterior pituitary. ...Read more

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Would standard process adrenal supplements (drenatrophin pmg and adrenal desiccated) affect labs – cmp, tsh, free t3, (liothyronine) free t4?

Would standard process adrenal supplements (drenatrophin pmg and adrenal desiccated) affect  labs – cmp, tsh, free t3, (liothyronine) free t4?

Adrenal supplements: 46F asks about lab effects of adrenal supplements on CMP,TSH,FT3 and Free T4. This has likely never been studied as there is no regulation of adrenal supplements & makers can put anything in them until a bunch gets sick & reported to FDA. I would avoid these unless you need to waste money. I would also avoid a Dr who prescribes them. But need more information. Consult with me. ...Read more

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Recent tests showed my 9am plasma cortisol level was high (644 nmo/L ref range 170 - 550nml/L) and 11pm salivary cortisol normal. What can this mean?

Recent tests showed my 9am plasma cortisol level was high (644 nmo/L ref range 170 - 550nml/L) and 11pm salivary cortisol normal. What can this mean?

Stress: Chronic stress can cause elevated cortisol--although it could also be due to your diabetes. I suggest DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), 25 mg in the morning. DHEA should help to normalize your cortisol, and help you handle stress. I also suggest 1,000 mg mastic gum (available on line or from a health food store) for your abdominal distress--may be able to discontinue Rabeprazole. ...Read more

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What are natural sources of oxytocin?

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What are natural sources of oxytocin?

It's made in your: Brain. Hypothalamus, to be exact.

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Does oxytocin help with autism?

Does oxytocin help with autism?

It's promising: Oxytocin has potentially beneficial effects that are causing us to work further on assessing its value. There is enough info to suggest it plays a role in helping people "bond"/relate & also in decreasing anxiety. I've just begun using it with specific fda authorization in our autistic patients. We'll have more info soon. Limitations include short half-life & the overly dilute nasal spray. ...Read more

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Is buccal oxytocin available without a prescription?

Is buccal oxytocin available without a prescription?

No one: Uses that any more that was used 30 yrs ago, it can be very dangerous, and u can't get it without a script oxytocin should onlky be given by a controlled pump IV in a hospital ! ...Read more

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Does woman release oxytocin whenever they have intercourse?

Does woman release oxytocin whenever they have intercourse?

Yes, and even before: Oxytocin is also released into the blood during many types of touching; including cuddling, hugging, kissing, orgasm, sex and snuggling. The physical effects of oxytocin include increased sensitivity of nerve endings, stimulated muscle contractions, increased heart rate plus the desire to touch and be touched. It is often called the "bonding" hormone. Men also release it during orgasm. ...Read more

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Why isnt oxytocin available for those with lactation problem?

Why isnt oxytocin available for those with lactation problem?

It is dangerous: Oxytocin is used to augment labor, and is also the hormone that is involved in let-down in a lactating woman. It does not really increase milk supply as much as it allows the milk to release. It is only used in labor under very careful monitoring because it can drop someone's blood pressure. Fenugreek, metaclopromide, and pumping are better options to increase supply. ...Read more

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Does pitocin (oxytocin) and prostaglandin have the same effect?

No: They are different hormones with completely different effects. ...Read more

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Her fist time being fingered, is the chemical oxytocin released?

Hmmm: Is the finger in question in a vial of oxytocin... Then it would be released. ...Read more

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What can I do to clear my head from the oxytocin high after sex?

What can I do to clear my head from the oxytocin high after sex?

Self Limiting: If you do feel what you call natural Oxytocin high after sex.After sex it will clear by itself in some time and you do not need to take any meds or do anything to correct it ...Read more

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I've read that oxytocin has helped those with autism. Is that true?

I've read that oxytocin has helped those with autism. Is that true?

Under study: There are reports that individuals (mostly adults) with asperger's disorder and high-functioning autism who use inhaled oxytocin so that it gets into the brain find themselves feeling more inclinded to be social, at least for a time. No studies suggest permanent changes, and it is unlikely to be a "cure" for autism, although it is an interest research lead. ...Read more

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Naturally inducing labor before needing pitocin, (oxytocin) what to do?

Naturally inducing labor before needing pitocin, (oxytocin) what to do?

Nothing: Natural initiation of labor is due to several body internal hormone factors that work in concert to start the process. There is nothing that can be done externally to initiate the process. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what hormones counteract oxytocin and how do they do it?

Could you tell me what hormones counteract oxytocin and how do they do it?

Why?: Not sure why you are asking this. Oxytocin is the hormone released by the pituitary gland during breast feeding that causes release of milk. It is also used pharmacologically to induce labor as it causes uterine contraction. If your question is more related to stopping breast milk production after pregnancy, bromocriptine had been used previously, but is no longer allowed for this use. ...Read more

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Do you have to have pitocin (oxytocin) when you have prolonged labor? i would like to try avoid chemical inductions due to risk of AFE, I am terrified

Do you have to have pitocin (oxytocin) when you have prolonged labor? i would like to try avoid chemical inductions due to risk of AFE, I am terrified

Very Very Rare...: Fortunately, Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE) is very rare. Most Ob/Gyns practice their entire career without seeing a single case. Oxytocin is recommended for many reasons including prolonged labor. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Acog released study re some adverse outcomes of use of pitocin (oxytocin) in labour augmentation. How worrisome is this for those of us who had pitocin (oxytocin) used?

Pitocin (oxytocin) has been : Used for years and continues to be used if it is used properly it is very safe I use it on almost all of my inductions and to augment labor without inducing and augmenting my patients many could have ended up with problems, some doctors abuse and do not use Pitocin (oxytocin) properly ( not too many) in those cases it can cause problems, Pitocin (oxytocin) has saved many of my pts from c-section have done 5000+delivery. ...Read more

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What produces oxytocin and vasopressin?

What produces oxytocin and vasopressin?

Pituitary and adrena: The posterior pituitary gland makes oxytocin, and a layer of the adrenal gland makes vasopressin(epinephrine). ...Read more

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What does oxytocin do?

It is used to: Induce or stimulate labor in the hospital by a specific protocol by a contolled IV pump. ...Read more

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What happens if you have hypo or hyper oxytocin?

Not a disease: There is no such disease or syndrome for low or high oxytocin. ...Read more

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Oxytocin use in office setting ok?

Oxytocin: Oxytocin is a powerful hormone. When we hug or kiss a loved one, oxytocin levels drive up. It also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. In fact, the hormone plays a huge role in pair bonding. Prairie voles, one of nature's most monogamous species, produce oxytocin in spades. This hormone is also greatly stimulated during sex, birth, breast feeding, and the list goes on. ...Read more

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What is an oxytocin challenge test?

What is an oxytocin challenge test?

Fetal statuss check: A oxytocin challenge test(oct) involves giving a pregnant mother the drug to stimulate at least 3 contractions in a 10 minute interval to check whether the fetal heart rate accelerates(reassuring) or declines. It allows the OB md to check on the fetal status especially when there are concerns about the baby's wellbeing. ...Read more

Dr. Kenneth Stoller
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Oxytocin (Definition)

Brings on or strengthens labor contractions during childbirth. Also used to ...Read more


Dr. Peter Ihle
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Pitocin (Definition)

Pitocin is a labor inducer which is a kind of women's ...Read more