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Pentoxifylline Warnings And Recalls
Are there any contra indications for taking butterbur with dilitiazem. The dilitiazem i take for my heart. Prevention magazine recommended butterbur.?
Save your money.: No significant contraindications, but then again there does not appear to be much benefit to taking butterbur. There are some significant side effects. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/butterbur. ...Read more
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
Ask pharmacist: This cannot be answered well without knowing which prescription drugs you are talking about. www.drugs.com is a helpful website and you can also ask a pharmacist to see what drugs are not compatible when taken together. In general it is not wise to "mix" drugs. ...Read more
Celandine: When given orally in material quantities, greater celandine has been implicated in more than a dozen cases of hepatitis. This seems to depend on the dose. The time between use and the appearance of hepatitis varies. Topically, greater celandine can cause contact dermatitis. Homeopathic preparations of this herb do not cause these issues -- this would be the remedy named chelidonium. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: Lutein supplements are given as an adjunct for the support of the health of the macula. This is largely theoretical but there is a large nih study underway currently to study this particular substance. Since the fda does not regulate health store supplements, if you feel lutein is of value, get them from a source from a major pharmaceutical company like alcon or bausch and lom. ...Read more
Not for children &: Teens in this country. I've never heard of their use in adults, but the psychiatrists on panel may have. The stimulants methylphenidate & amphetamine remain 1st line treatment with 80-90% efficacy when doses are titrated for optimal effect without significant side effects.Non- stimulants atomoxetine & long-acting Guanfacine have ~ 65% efficacy when used as single agents titrated optimally. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes/ restricted : Avandia (rosiglitazone) is available but has restricted access. Providers must be trained/certified before prescribing this drug. Pharmacies must be certified in other to dispense it. Providers must attest that no other diabetes drug is working for a patient and must tell the patient the risks of heart problems related with avandia (rosiglitazone). Patient must be registered too. Not available in your local pharmacies. ...Read more
Unsafe when smoked: It is unsafe when smoked or when taken by mouth in hgh doses- such as cups of catnip tea. It can cause headaches, vomiting and a feeling of being ill. It is unsafe to take catnip during pregnancy and breastfeeding because it can stimulate the uterus and potentially cause a miscarriage/ women with heavy menstrual periods can be worsened by catnip. ...Read more
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
Taking topiramate and vimpat (lacosamide) for seizures. Someone suggested taking herbal supplements too--any i should avoid for risk of messing with med levels?
Avoid ALL herbs, : vitamins, OTC medications, supplements, homeopathic & naturopathic medications that have not been approved by your neurologist. Medications were originally derived from plants. Ask your other doctors to check for drug interactions when prescribing medications for other illnesses you may have. Take a list of your AED's & doses to all appointments. Wear a medical alert bracelet for safety. ...Read more
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Yes: I assume you are referring to L-dopa or levodopa. Frequently combined with carbidopa, this is a mainstay of treatment for Parkinson's . It is also used in the treatment of other diseases. All medications have side effects and the potential for adverse (unwanted or unexpected) reactions. Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of taking the medication for your medical condition. Take care. ...Read more
What are some brand names for the following generic drugs: tri-sprintec, methyldopa, and hydrochlorothiazide?
Is Prozac (fluoxetine) safe for use in cardiac patients who are on aspirin -losartan-plavix and cardizem cd?
Yes: Many patients are on this combination without a problem. ...Read more
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
Can taking metformin, trental, (pentoxifylline) nifedepine and acetylsalicylic cause any side effects.My grandmother taking these, and been passing out now and then. ?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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