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Rythmol Sr Medication
Well sealed: Most medicines are good for a year if kept fresh in a tightly sealed container. ...Read more
Expiration date: Rhythmol is a very specialized medicine with potentially significant rhythm side effects. Check the expiration date & make sure you are being followed closely by your cardiologist. ...Read more
What do you suggest if I put on rythmol (propafenone) to convert back to nsr. Echo showed no problems, any idea how long to get out of a fib?
Atrial fibrillation: Rhythmol is a drug that can be used to prevent or convert atrial fibrillation. There is no good way to predict if it will convert the rhythm and/or predict how long it will take. In general, however, if it's going to work at the dose being given, it will generally take less than a day to convert. ...Read more
What do you recommend if I had a fib and was cardioverted and on rythmol (propafenone). Family doctor gave me azithromycin. Is it ok to take together?
Good question!: Thank you for being alert and asking this question! You should NOT take these 2 drugs together because of the risk of QT prolongation which can lead to Torsades de pointes tachycardia, a dangerous rhythm disturbance. Call your doctor and ask to be switched to a different antibiotic. Do not take the Azithromycin. ...Read more
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Are there other medications for ADD? Currently taking Ritalin (methylphenidate) SR 20mg x3. Doesn't seem to work as well as it used to
ADD medication: Yes, there are many choices. I would suggest you follow up with the person who prescribed your current medication and update them that this medication is not helping you. ...Read more
3rd week on bupropion sr 300mg. Depression is getting much worse. Is it typical for the medication to make things get worse before it gets better?
Talk with prescriber: There are many reasons why depression can get worse at the start of therapy. This sort of question really is best addressed one on one with the prescriber. I am concerned that more support is indicated particularly now that you state the depression is even worse than when treatment was started! Effective care is out there but one has to be assertive. Hard when one is depressed. ...Read more
I am a 69-year-old hypertensive. Besides my regular medications, I was recently prescribed glycomet sr 1000 mg at night. My blood sugar was 90 in fasting and 130 in pp. Is this medication required?
Check with doctor: Glycomet (metformin) is for treatment of Insulin resistance, diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver, polycystic ovary syndrome, etc... As with any medication, the doctor and the patient have to balance the benefits of the medication against it's side effects (so, one must discuss this with the doctor). Metformin helps prevent the cardiovascular complications of diabetes, and somewhat lowers LDL & tg. ...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: A 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 regard to this? Hopefully, you can get the proper testing and see if this med would work well for you. ...Read more