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Prostaglandin (Overview)

A prostaglandin is any member of a group of lipid compounds that are derived enzymatically from fatty acids and have important functions in the animal body. They are mediators and have a variety of strong physiological effects, such as regulating the contraction and relaxation of smooth muscle tissue. Prostaglandins are not endocrine hormones, but autocrine or paracrine, which are locally acting.


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51.5yrs. Sudden onset of dysmenorrhea. What are prostaglandins? Can they cause dysmenorrhea at my age? If so, how is this possible?

51.5yrs. Sudden onset of dysmenorrhea. What are prostaglandins? Can they cause dysmenorrhea at my age? If so, how is this possible?

Pain: Prostaglandins are hormones that cause inflammation and pain. NSAID drugs like Advil and Aleve (naproxen) help with this. 51 is the average age of menopause in the US. This could be something like a degenerating fibroid also, so visit your OBGYN and see if they can do an ultrasound to visualize the pelvis. ...Read more

Prostaglandin (Overview)

A prostaglandin is any member of a group of lipid compounds that are derived enzymatically from fatty acids and have important functions in the animal body. They are mediators and have a variety of strong physiological effects, such as regulating the contraction and relaxation of smooth muscle tissue. Prostaglandins are not endocrine hormones, but autocrine or paracrine, which are locally acting.


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How exactly do prostaglandin analogue eye drops open the uveoscleral passageways?

How exactly do prostaglandin analogue eye drops open the uveoscleral passageways?

Not known: These are effective anti-glaucoma drops which allow the internal eye fluid to get out of the eye both at the normal drain (the angle) and the posterior circulation (uvealscleral). Prostaglandins are bodily produced hormones and these chemicals affect many bodily functions and have been found to help with glaucoma pressure. The exact mechanism is not known, but is being studied. ...Read more

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What is a prostaglandin?

What is a prostaglandin?

They are complicated: A prostaglandin is any member of a group of lipid compounds that are derived enzymatically from fatty acids and have important functions in the animal body. Every prostaglandin contains 20 carbon atoms, including a 5-carbon ring. They are mediators and have a variety of strong physiological effects, such as regulating the contraction and relaxation of smooth muscle tissue. ...Read more

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How effective is limaprost -alprostadil analogue in cervical herniated nucleus pulposus ? my doctor gave me limaprost 30micro and prostaglandin 10mg

How effective is limaprost -alprostadil analogue in cervical herniated nucleus pulposus ? my doctor gave me limaprost 30micro and prostaglandin 10mg

Herniated disc: Limaprost is a derivative of prostaglandin E-1 which is a potent vasodilator and inhibitor of platelet clumping or aggregation. In some cases of mild to moderate compression Limaprost works well. However most research does not support a clinical benefit. ...Read more

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Have used travatan for 7 mos. & have recently developed red eyes. People say i look tired. Why would this side effect not show up until after 7 mos.?

Have used travatan for 7 mos. & have recently developed red eyes. People say i look tired. Why would this side effect not show up until after 7 mos.?

Normal: It is common for sensitivity to certain eye drops to develop over time. It is different from being allergic to a bee sting. While most patients don't develop sensitivity to travatan, some do. There are other eye drops that can be tried. Also, slt laser is a good treatment. ...Read more

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What are some bizarre side effects of xalatan (latanoprost)?

What are some bizarre side effects of xalatan (latanoprost)?

Eye color changes: Xalatan (latanoprost) is a prostaglandin drug that can change iris color and cause lash growth. This medicine is used to control eye pressure (glaucoma). It can also cause discoloration of the skin around the eye. These changes can be permanent. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is a prostaglandin?

They are complicated: A prostaglandin is any member of a group of lipid compounds that are derived enzymatically from fatty acids and have important functions in the animal body. Every prostaglandin contains 20 carbon atoms, including a 5-carbon ring. They are mediators and have a variety of strong physiological effects, such as regulating the contraction and relaxation of smooth muscle tissue. ...Read more

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How does a prostaglandin help women enjoy sex more?

How does a prostaglandin help women enjoy sex more?

Its complicated: Prostagladins help with regulating the contraction and relaxation of smooth muscle tissue (among other things). To the extent that they cause the uterus or vagina to contract during sex and orgasm, they may help a woman enjoy sex more. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: prostaglandin?

See below: A prostaglandin is any member of a group of lipid compounds that are derived enzymatically from fatty acids and have important functions in the animal body. They are mediators and have a variety of strong physiological effects, such as regulating the contraction and relaxation of smooth muscle tissue. Prostaglandins are not endocrine hormones, but autocrine or paracrine, which are locally acting. ...Read more

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Asthma. Should I take a prostaglandin?

Asthma. Should I take a prostaglandin?

None available: While prostaglandins have been shown to play a role in the development of asthma in some individuals, there are currently no prostaglandins available for the treatment of asthma. ...Read more

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How does delta-12 prostaglandin j relate to cancer?

How does delta-12 prostaglandin j relate to cancer?

Slim pickings: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21967980 It's toxic to leukemia stem cells in one mouse model, or seemed to be so in one lab. I couldn't find anybody reproducing the work, and stuff that sounds too good to be true usually turns out not to be true. This is being used to get people to take omega-3 pills despite the recent work showing them to be worthless for older claims. Be discerning. ...Read more

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What is the function of prostaglandins, thromboxanes, and leukotrienes? :)

What is the function of prostaglandins, thromboxanes, and leukotrienes? :)

Platelets: They all contribute in the platelets function that are responsible in part in blood clotting. ...Read more

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Would prostaglandin induce a period?

Would prostaglandin induce a period?

No: A progesterone withdraw or an ovulation induction will induce a period. Usually about 48-72 hours after stopping a course of progesterone, a period or menses or withdraw bleed will occur. 14 days after ovulation, if there is no pregnancy, a menses will occur. ...Read more

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Wjat is the difference between histamine and prostaglandin? Both of them promote inflammation right?

SImplistic: Inflammation is an enormously complex orchestration of biomolecules and their production, release and effects on a huge variety of tissues. Histamine and the several prostaglandins both exert a variety of effects, sometimes enhancing one another and sometimes opposing one another. Histamine is a common Amino Acid minus carbon dioxide; prostaglandins are strange-shaped lipid-based molecules. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the role of prostaglandins in bone healing?

Could you tell me what is the role of prostaglandins in bone healing?

If I am correct-: -they regulate the inflammatory response needed to activate healing and then the process of laying down bone. The use of NSAIDS cause inhibition and interfere with the formation of bone ...Read more

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I read that endometriosis can cause infertility through a substance called prostaglandin. What is this and is it true?

I read that endometriosis can cause infertility through a substance called prostaglandin. What is this and is it true?

Possible: It is true that endometriosis causes infertility. However, the specific mechanism is not very clear. We believe that endometriosis may cause pelvic adhesion, affect the tubal function, decrease ovarian reserve, and reduce embryo implantation. There are several factors may be involved including prostaglandin, cytokine, such as tnfa. ...Read more

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