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Pergonal (menotropins): I wasn't sure pergonal (menotropins) was still available! The usual reaction is controlled ovarian hyperstimulation; its been around since early 1960s and very safe/effective. Side effects are minor: pain at injection site, bruising, infrequently itching. If used and monitotred properly adverse reactions are quite rare; ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome is uncommon at under 1%. ...Read more
Pergonal allergy: Pergonal is a hormone medication that is used to treat infertility. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects see: https://www. Drugs. Com/cons/pergonal. Html ...Read more
Daily injection: All are given as injections, once daily is common. Some stimulation protocols call for multiple daily shots. Somewhere between 5-to-11 total days is also typical, but this can also vary depending on the clinical specifics of the patient and the preferences of the doctor. ...Read more
Multiple Pregnancy: Injectable gonadotropins - fertility shots - brand names gonal f, (follitropin alfa) follistim, menopur, repronex, puregon, bravelle, etc are FSH and sometimes lh. Your brain makes these hormones already. Giving more hormone will encourage your body to make more than one egg at a time. The biggest risk from these drugs is multiple pregnancy. Multiple pregnancy is risky for mom and for babies. ...Read more
Fertility treatment: Gonadotropin hormones affect the ovaries or testes - fsh or follicle stimulating hormone and lh or luteinizing hormone. These are used for fertility treatment: for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (ivf) to cause production of multiple eggs, for ovulation induction or superovulation (releasing more than one egg), or for low hormone levels (hypogonadism) in women or men trying to conceive. ...Read more
Gonadotropes: Fsh and lh are pituitary gonadotropins, they are released in response to pulsatile signals of gnrh from the hypothalamus. The cells that store and release them are sometimes called gonadotropes. ...Read more
Multiples, OHSS: Multiple pregnancy and ovarian hyperstimulation are the two most common side effects of gonadotropins. ...Read more
Estrogen: feminization of sexual tissues, fertility, uterine contractions, vasodilatation, hepatic stimulation, lower seizure threshold, strengthening of bones, breast/endometrial/ovarian tumorigenesis.
Progesterone: support pregnancy, implantation, keeps pregnant cervix closed, immunosuppressant, muscle relaxant, prothrombotic, prevents breast cancer.
Gonadotrohins: menarche, stimulate ovaries. ...Read more
Are gonadotropic hormones only glycoproteins (fsh, lh)? Sex steroids would be classified as steroids, separate from gonadotropins, right?
Right: I'm glad you are learning the differences among the classes of biomolecules. ...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