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What is the most productive review source for internal medicine recert boards for those short on spare time?
Medstudy: Do not waste your time on anything else. ...Read more
Avoid Cold medicines:
Cough in young children is extremely frustrating for parents. Unfortunately cough medications used in adults don't work in children. Decongestants in combination with cough medications can actually be harmful.
Using guafenesin may be helpful to help secretions stay loose. Increasing fluid intake and humidity in the air can definitely help. Honey (for kids over 12 months) may be a natural remedy. ...Read more
I started taking metformin and have productive cough and sinusitis. Can it be caused by metformin? Should I continue taking it or stop the medicine?
Only one: If your symptoms go away with an antihistamine only (benadryl, claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec or allegra) not any combination pill then this is due to allergies & you should remove all fragrances, aerosols, smoke, candles, in skin care & home. If one of these does not work in an hour & your cough persists you MUST see a doctor to find out the cause. It could be something serious. Naturally, if you smoke, quit. ...Read more
Depends: If you have also been having chills or a fever, there's a decent chance you might have a pneumonia, in which case you will need an antibiotic. If this is just bronchitis and the pain is simply from coughing, a little Ibuprofen might help. Frankly, you probably need a physical and a chest xray. Pneumonias left untreated can be dangerous and lead to complications. See a doc. ...Read more
I have bronchitis. I feel a knot in my back when I breathe in, but can breathe ok. Cough is not productive, with medicine. Should I take my inhaler?
Yes: When people have chronic bronchitis, the bronchospasm may be felt even as muscle spasm. It also can come out as cough. Try to see if inhalers work. But also reconsider URI or allergic rhinitis as cause especially for a nonproductive cough, causing sinopulmonary syndrome. Discuss with your doctor to see what works best. ...Read more
My 92 year old mother has a productive cough. Should she take cough medicine? Usually her cough is dry but feels she is coming down with a cold.
Yes: Most pts. May benefit from over the counter anti-cough medicines like guaiphenesín with dextrometorphan unless they have had an indesirable efect before. Codeína is stronger but it will dry the secretions causing mucus plugs interfering with air movement. At her age pneumonias are common and deadly so she must be followed closely ...Read more
I have throat discomfort, it seems to be itching everytime & I suspect it's also inflamed. I have a productive cough. What medicine should I take?
Nasal saline: The best bet is to do thorough irrigations of your nose with saline solution. There are several devices which work — neilmed makes a terrific sinus rinse bottle that's very effective. Try rinsing twice per day. If symptoms continue you may require nasal steroids or antihistamine by nasal inhaler. These are available by prescription. ...Read more
What medicine will work for OCD/anxiety/ADHD? I am on Zoloft (sertraline) but my intrusive thoughts stop me from being productive? Always caught up in my thoughts
Cognitive-Behavioral: Therapy iworks if frequent & long-term. Practice techniques till their automatic; I.e., wear a rubber bracelet & "snap out" obsessions. Tourette Syndrome has multiple motor tics & at least 1 vocal tic for at least a year, often + ADHD & OCD, Stimulants for ADHD ^ anxiety. The non-stimulants Intuniv & Kapvay can be used with SSRI's. A neurologist or psychiatrist can re-evaluate & treat. ...Read more
I have a dry non-productive cough that will not go away, and my ribs hurt horribly from the never ending hacking. Is there any I have been taking cough suppressants like mucinex, and cold medicine like nyquil. Trying to sleep is horrible, all I do is gu
I have a friend who is asthmatic has a productive cough for about two weeks. What drugs can I give to her? She also had fever and runny nose.
A Doctor Stat!: If your asthmatic friend has a case of bronchitis or pneumonia she needs to be evaluated by a physician to determine the cause of her symptoms and start whatever treatment is required. This will most likely not be anything that you can give her or do for her! Have her seen immediately. ...Read more
101 fever, not sweaty, occasional shivering, mild productive cough. What should I do? It's the second day. Been taking ibuprofen (nurofen medicine).
Many things could cause your symptoms, some viral (not treated by antibiotics) and others, bacterial (respond to antibiotics)
doctor will need to examine you, perhaps test, to decide how to manage. ...Read more
I was advised rosuvas-f for trigylicide level of 246. It is necessary to take this drug or should I take only rosuvas.
Discuss with your Dr: Rosuvastatin alone, with a good diet and exercise regimen, may bring down both your cholesterol and trigs. Your dr. knows your case best, and if you have reservations of the combo drug let them know. Maybe you can prove with the one only and dieting/exercising that you can lower both your chol (total and LDL) as well as your trigs. Good luck. ...Read more
Do not use if pregna: Category x drugs are contraindicated for use in pregnancy due to studies demonstrating evidence of serious fetal abnormalities in animals, humans, or both such that fetal risks clearly outweigh maternal benefit. Check out http://www.Empr. Com/drugs-contraindicated-in-pregnancy/article/125914/ for more info, including partial list. ...Read more
Laughter, of course: Sorry for the glib answer. Since there are thousands of medicines for thousands of conditions, could you be more specific in your question. Overall, I think antibiotics are one of the most amazing inventions in the history of mankind. ...Read more
Many of them: This is not an easy answer since there are many drugs categorized as unsafe. The american porphyria foundation has good resources on drug safety: http://www.Porphyriafoundation. Com/testing-and-treatment/drug-safety-in-acute-porphyria. Just because a drug may be listed as unsafe doesn't mean it's unsafe for everyone. However, it's important to use caution with any drug that is potentially unsafe. ...Read more
Yes: It is one of the chemo agents used in conjunction with Xeloda (capecitabine) (oral 5FU) or in the chemo combination with Folinic acid, 5 FU and the oxaliplatin as FOLFOX. The platinum targets DNA but in tumors the localization site is on tumor membrane where DNA localizes possibly in the form of mutated mitochondrial DNA ...Read more