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Doctor insights on: Paregoric Warnings And Recalls

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In the recent news, McNeil has been found guilty of recalls dated in 2010. Are there new recalls we should be aware of?

In the recent news, McNeil has been found guilty of recalls dated in 2010. Are there new recalls we should be aware of?

Hard to believe not: In all products there are many such recalls - I expect you can do a web search to fine sites that do only that and those that specialize in different industries. Go look. Any list will be out of date in a short time, so you'd have to check regularly to be sure. It's sad but true. ...Read more

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Is the federal drug administration fda guilty of neglect for all these antiinglammatory drugs?

Is the federal drug administration fda guilty of neglect for all these antiinglammatory drugs?

All relative: Compared to other products that fda is not doing much to control, i would say people who worry about anti-inflammatories are barking up the wrong tree. Have you looked at the wild claims herbal supplements make on rows upon rows of store shelves recently? There are all kinds of joint, sex, brain, liver health promoting products. Are they as safe as anti-inflammatories? Fda has no data and no idea. ...Read more

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What kinds of anthrax worker safety guidelines have been issued?

What kinds of anthrax worker safety guidelines have been issued?

Check CDC: The centers for disease control [cdc] have issued guidelines about anthrax and worker safety. Check it out here: http://www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax/work-safety/ our tax dollars at work! ...Read more

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Confused by prescription terms qid, qd, qhs, etc. Are there official guidelines for pharmacists for writing instructions on the labels on bottles? Any website?

Confused by prescription terms qid, qd, qhs, etc. Are there official guidelines for pharmacists for writing instructions on the labels on bottles? Any website?

Not for patients: Any good pharmacy would never write the abbreviated doctor shorthand on the bottle of medication you get. If you are unsure of anything, have them relabel the bottle in words that you can understand. If you are asking before the prescription is filled and you want to know, consult a pharmacy or medical shorthand manual on latin prescription abbreviations. ...Read more

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I was wondering did risperdal's manufacturer provide insufficient warning labels regarding its adverse effects?

I was wondering did risperdal's manufacturer provide insufficient warning labels regarding its adverse effects?

They did provide: Medication side effects are supposed to be revealed by the drug developer. However, it may take several years of use in real life settings before certain side effects are fully appreciated, evaluated and understood. ...Read more

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I hear many warnings on commercials about conflicts with ssris and other drugs, does that mean that ssris are unsafe?

I hear many warnings on commercials about conflicts with ssris and other drugs, does that mean that ssris are unsafe?

SSRI's: These anti-depressants are generally safe but need to managed by a competent physician who understands the interaction with other medications you may be taking. Also your pharmacist has a list of interactions he or she can make you aware of. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is there a site that lists reports of abuse and neglect against group homes?

Check your state: Many states do have such a site. Check with your states disability office. ...Read more

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Taking drugs fromwhileliving abroad, now with drugs from living in the states: mirapex, saphris, (asenapine) tianeptine, etizolam. Any drug interactions? Way to find doctors with whom can consult re these issues?

Taking drugs fromwhileliving abroad, now with drugs from living in the states: mirapex, saphris, (asenapine) tianeptine, etizolam. Any drug interactions? Way to find doctors with whom can consult re these issues?

Mental health expert: It sounds like you are taking medications for muscle problems like RLS and psychiatric issues as well as anxiety. Your best option is to cobnsult wiuth a neurologist or psychiatrist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does the fda have jurisdiction over us made drugs and cosmetics?

Does the fda have jurisdiction over us made drugs and cosmetics?

FDA: Fda, the food and drug administration, is a federal agency that was created to gaurantee the safety of food and prescription drugs in the United States. They also try to gaurantee the effectiveness of drugs, and require testing before a drug is approved for use to show that the product is both safe and effective. This is important for so called generic drugs, which don't require the same testing. ...Read more

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Does the fda require drug companies to publish all their research?

No: And that is a problem. Sometimes, a drug company can withhold research that is not beneficial to their product but not of a primary concern. However, that "minor" concern may later be important if scores of patients get an adverse event. ...Read more

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Is there really any credibility to those books and booklet lists that rate doctors by specialties in various states? I find them useful. Are they?

Is there really any credibility to those books and booklet lists that rate doctors by specialties in various states? I find them useful. Are they?

Look for reviews: Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It is better to go to websites where one can read actual reviews written by patients. On HealthTap, one can go to each doctor's profile page and read his answers (to see his "speaking" bedside manner) and read reviews about him by patients and other doctors. On ratings websites (like Yelp*), one can read reviews too. Judge carefully, as not every review is believable. ...Read more

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Just bought everlast womens dumbells,5kg- contain California Prop 65 Warning of cancer causing chemicals,any advice in cautionary use of them?

Just bought  everlast womens dumbells,5kg-  contain California Prop 65 Warning of cancer causing chemicals,any advice in cautionary use of them?

No: The vendor is required put such warning if a chemical is used, usually in paint. However, the chemical has likely evaporated during the time it took from manufacture to you purchasing the dumbbells. ...Read more

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What are the drinking guidelines for women at company events?

What are the drinking guidelines for women at company events?

Depends: Enough to be sociable, not too much to be propositioning the boss, removing their clothing, having sex in the closet or elsewhere, and if they are driving, not enough to raise their alcohol blood levels to illegal heights. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas, why have so many patients been reviewing and reporting that switching from brand name Lexapro (escitalopram) to generic has caused adverse reactions?

Dr. Thomas, why have so many patients been reviewing and reporting that switching from brand name Lexapro (escitalopram) to generic has caused adverse reactions?

Well...: In theory, there should be no difference in efficacy or adverse reactions between Lexapro (escitalopram) & generic lexapro (escitalopram). However, it is possible to have a reaction to the inert substances used in the formulation of generic lexapro (escitalopram). If you are buying generic Lexapro (escitalopram) on the internet, there's no guarantee of purity, efficacy, or adverse reaction rates. ...Read more