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Doctor insights on: Pros And Cons Of Statin Drugs

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What are the pros and cons of taking fertility drugs?

What are the pros and cons of taking fertility drugs?

Depends : Fertility drugs can often be a very effective treatment for infertility. However, most fertility drugs can increase the risk for multiple pregnancy. Twins, triplets and above can be very risky for mother and babies. One approach is to use fertility drugs, create embryos and put one embryo in - this way you get the "pros" of the fertility drugs without the biggest "con". www.sbivf.com. ...Read more

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Statins (Definition)

Several drugs exist which lower cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme in liver cells (hmg-coa reductase) that is involved in cholesterol synthesis. These all have generic names that end in -statin, e.g. Atorvastatin (lipitor) and Simvastatin (zocor). Since nearly all of the meds in this class have been shown to have similar cardiovascular benefits, we often discuss them ...Read more


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What are the pros and cons of taking niacin?

What are the pros and cons of taking niacin?

Pros:: May lower your triglycerides and/or raise your HDL. Cons: side effects including flossing/heat sensation. Limited to no data on improving outcomes. (may make your labs look better on paper, but not reduce your risk on MI or stroke) ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of various fda-approved drug therapies?

What are the pros and cons of various fda-approved drug therapies?

Fibro Meds: There are several medications for fibromyalgia approved by the fda including lyrica, Cymbalta and savella (milnacipran). Most of these mask the symptoms of pain in the patients by working with the body's neurotransmitters. They are helpful, but they are not a cure. Look carefully for underlying causes of the pain. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of taking anxiety medications?

What are the pros and cons of taking anxiety medications?

Anxiety medication: Anxiety medications can relieve immediate anxiety symptoms. Some of the medications, such as the Benzodiazepines, can cause drowsiness so it is important to test out the effects before driving or operating equipment. They could also be abused. There are other medication options like Buspar, (buspirone) anti-depressants or beta-blockers that could also help anxiety that are not addicting. See your doctor about possible choices. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of taking enzymes?

What are the pros and cons of taking enzymes?

Broad Question: Unfortunately the question is missing the meat. There are a million enzymes. What specifically are you asking about? ...Read more

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Pros and cons of chest binding?

Pros and cons of chest binding?

Please Clarify: If you are transgendered and want to have that discussion please ask what you need to ask. But, i know of no physician who recommends 'chest binding'. What do you mean and in what context? ...Read more

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What are pros and cons of steroid use?

What are pros and cons of steroid use?

A no-brainer.: Cons: high blood pressure, damage to the immune system, high cholesterol, diabetes, breast enlargement (gynecomastia), bad acne, liver damage, obnoxiously aggressive behavior, stretch marks, cardiac arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, heart attacks, sudden cardiac death...And oh, yes, impotence. Not to mention that it will get you banned from competition permanently. Pros: i can't think of any. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of taking propecia (finasteride)?

What are the pros and cons of taking propecia (finasteride)?

Stops hair loss: Obviously the main reason one would take Propecia (finasteride) is to stop hair loss and even reverse it. The potential side effects are erectile dysfunction, gynecomastia, and in very rare cases, breast cancer. The side effects are generally reversible once you stop taking propecia (finasteride). If you have a family history of breast cancer, discuss this with your doctor before starting propecia (finasteride). ...Read more

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Which are the pros and cons about smoking weed/majiuana?

Which are the pros and cons about smoking weed/majiuana?

Pro- v symptoms of: Specific medical conditions. Con- possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic , delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times ; slowed problem solving. Some people develop a dry mouth, have a rapid heart rate or may feel hungry. ...Read more

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Pros and cons of theanine for add?

Pros and cons of theanine for add?

Sleep aide: I found a medical study showing that L theanine was beneficial in helping the quantity and quality of sleep in children with ADHD. Many children with ADHD have sleep disturbance. Lack of good sleep can cause worsening of the inattention and hyperactivity. I would follow the guidelines listed in this study for safety. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22214254 ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons involved with choosing marinol over smoking pot?

What are the pros and cons involved with choosing marinol over smoking pot?

Legal issue: In pa the only legal option is marinol. There are other concerns in possible contamination of pot with other chemicals that could be toxic when inhaled. Also for asthma or COPD any smoking is not a good idea. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) use?

What are the pros and cons of dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) use?

Always: There is no treatment of any kind that does not carry pros and cons, and that certainly includes stimulants like dexedrine (dextroamphetamine). If you have a disorder for which it is effective and side effects are mild to none, then you have a winner. No benefit and lots of side effects make the decision to stop easy. Harder is good benefit with notable side effects such as appetite loss and sleep problems. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of smoking weed?

What are the pros and cons of smoking weed?

Pro's - it is: Beneficial in the treatment of some specific medical conditions. Con's - possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic , delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times ; slowed problem solving. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of alternative medicines against traditional medicines?

What are the pros and cons of alternative medicines against traditional medicines?

None: If alternative medicine works, then it's medicine. The key is to find a holistic medical practitioner that will and can prescribe the best treatment for you based on your diagnosis and the best available treatment. Many therapies that fall under alternative medicine are based on pseudoscience and are potentially harmful. Find a trustworthy md that practices holistically. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of taking melatonin?

What are the pros and cons of taking melatonin?

Not for all insomnia: Melatonin is natural and not addictive like some prescription sleep medications. It works best for people who are trying to get a normal sleeping pattern that was interrupted due to traveling (time zone changes), working graveyard shift, etc. The only cons is that it isn't as effective for other types of insomnia, like to help fall asleep quickly or to fall asleep and stay asleep. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of lipoprotein/lipotropic injections?

What are the pros and cons of lipoprotein/lipotropic injections?

Two different issues: Lipoproteins made by liver & intestinal cells transport all fat molecules around body in water outside cells; required to stay alive. Lipo (=fat) tropic (=changing) injections totally different topic & refers to whatever people are selling to gullible customers. As always: Buyer Beware. No double blind, placebo controlled, prospective clinical trials have, or are required, for sales. Just sales! ...Read more

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What are some benefits and risks of taking aromatase inhibitors?

What are some benefits and risks of taking aromatase inhibitors?

Benefits > downsides: Hormonal therapy has systemic benefits in er+ patients (similar to chemo), reduces local recurrence after breast conservation, and reduces the risk of second/new breast cancers. Head to head each of these is slightly better for ais than tamoxifen. Ais major side effects are menopausal symptoms, bone and joint symptoms (arthralgias), and decrease in bone density. ...Read more

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What're the pros and cons of smoking tobacco?

What're the pros and cons of smoking tobacco?

Health effects: Smoking causes a host of diseases including lung cancer, bladder cancer, heart disease, blood vessel disease and chronic lung disease. In addition it diminishes the sense of smell and makes your breath smell bad. It is a major cause of house fires as well. The only good thing is that you smokers pay a lot of taxes and provide employment to those in the tobacco industry. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of prophylactics?

What are the pros and cons of prophylactics?

Condom?: You can check this article and form your own opinion on the matter: http://www.Womansday.Com/health-fitness/the-pros-cons-of-popular-birth-control-methods-109541. ...Read more