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Could taking certain medication (Albuterol, Flovent, Buspar) effect Syphilis Serology test results?

Could taking certain medication (Albuterol, Flovent, Buspar) effect Syphilis Serology test results?

Highly unlikely: The initial tests for syphilis are screening tests which are quite sensitive but may be non-specific. If these are negative it is not going to be from medications you are taking. If positive they are almost always followed up with more specific testing to be sure that they were not biologically false-positive results. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more


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Can taking a prescription anti-inflammatory medicine (Mobic) interfere with thyroid biopsy (FNA) results? Or a daily allergy pill (Claritin)?

Can taking a prescription anti-inflammatory medicine (Mobic) interfere with thyroid biopsy (FNA) results? Or a daily allergy pill (Claritin)?

No: If there are doubts about the biopsy, and it's clear that the lesion was sampled by the operator, then get two more pathologists to look at the slide. ...Read more

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7yrs on prednisone & methotrexate + for "resistant ra" recent elevated jo1, histone, muscle pain. How to confirm if polymyositis w/o stopping meds?

7yrs on prednisone & methotrexate + for "resistant ra"
recent elevated jo1, histone, muscle pain. How to confirm if polymyositis w/o stopping meds?

Mucle testing: Inflammatory myopathy, including polymyositis, is best diagnosed and treated by a trained rheumatologist. Symptoms are proximal muscle weakness. Abnormal lab tests include elevated muscle enzymes (CPK, AST/ALT); positive antibody tests, including Jo-1; abnormal EMG/nerve conduction test; edema seen on an MRI of proximal muscles; muscle biopsy showing destruction and regeneration of muscle cells. ...Read more

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Ongoing polymyositis treatment @5mg prednisone&500mg sulfasalazine/day&17.5mg methotrexate/wk...What are appropriate jo1, wbc, abs mono, etc results?

Ongoing polymyositis treatment  @5mg prednisone&500mg sulfasalazine/day&17.5mg methotrexate/wk...What are appropriate jo1, wbc, abs mono, etc results?

Speak to your MD: With all due respect, your best place for this source of information is the physician providing your care, who knows you as a patient, your medical condition, and any other factors that may influence your treatment and results. This type of forum is best suited for general information on a topic, but not advice on specific care of a complicated problem. ...Read more

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Dose having Ulcerative colitis go against ICSI treatment working for me?

Dose having Ulcerative colitis go against ICSI treatment working for me?

UC and pregnancy: It depends. If your ulcerative colitis is well-controlled, your miscarriage rate will be slightly higher than the 1 in 6 of the general population and will, therefore, be followed as a high-risk pregnancy. Here is a good resource: http://www.ccfa.org/resources/pregnancy-and-ibd.html ...Read more

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Best way to taper off clonexapam. 0.50 b.I.D. Doseage timeline 4 years.... Used as sleep with cymbalta (duloxetine). Doc no help?

Best way to taper off clonexapam. 0.50 b.I.D. Doseage timeline 4 years.... Used as sleep with cymbalta (duloxetine). Doc no help?

Talk to your doctor: I would talk to either your prescribing physician or another physician with experience with both your mental health conditions as well as the gastrointestinal symptoms you contend with at the present time. There is mention of a hiatal hernia and endoscopy for an ulcer so it is important to not make huge changes in your regimen too fast for your body to catch up with! stay safe! ...Read more

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Ent prescribed oral liquid budesonide, levaquin (levofloxacin) and a chelating agent to add to my neil med rinse. What does the chelating agent do?

Ent prescribed oral liquid budesonide, levaquin (levofloxacin) and a chelating agent to add to my neil med rinse. What does the chelating agent do?

Disrupts biolfilms: The theory is that in a sinus that is colonized with certain bacteria, the bacteria can form a layer that resists antibiotics form penetrating into it. Chelating agents my disrupt this layer and improve the resolution of the infection. ...Read more

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High asthma, body shakes and taking ventilin pump oftenly, and got medication named “clarithromycin tablets USP 500 mg. Synclar 500 cipla” for cough?

High asthma, body shakes and taking ventilin pump oftenly, and got medication named “clarithromycin tablets USP 500 mg. Synclar  500 cipla” for cough?

antibiotics ; asthma: Clarithromycin is a macrolide class of antibiotic that effectively treats most upper and lower respiratory tract infections (not virus). There is some evidence that it has "anti-inflammatory properties" and used to treat asthma. The primary treatment for persistent asthma is an inhaled steroid sometimes in combination with a long-acting bronchodilator. An asthma specialist can assist in a plan. ...Read more

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In vasculitis treatment, what is treatment with Cellcept intended to improve? (ie joint/muscle pain, GI issues, lessen blood in urine, petechia etc)

In vasculitis treatment, what is treatment with Cellcept intended to improve? (ie joint/muscle pain, GI issues, lessen blood in urine, petechia etc)

Cellcept : Is given as an immunosuppressive, it's mainly given post transplant, kidney, heart, etc..to help prevent rejection of the transplanted organ by the active immune system of the recepient. Its use in other autoimmune conditions as vasculitis is along the same principle: suppress the active immune system so it won't attack its own, (self) tissues, hence all the symptoms would improve, best wishes ...Read more

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How dose such a small maintenance dose of prednisone 5 mg daily w/ plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) prevent my lupus flares more than plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) alone? It works great.

How dose such a small maintenance dose of prednisone 5 mg daily w/ plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) prevent my lupus flares more than plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) alone?  It works great.

Can help!: While plaquenyl is a slow acting but effective drug, Prednisone is used in much higher doses in active sle. There are a number of reasons you might feel so much better on a low (5mg) dose: 1.Plaquenyl has not fully kicked in. 2. Arthritis (non-deforming) or arthralgias associated with the disease will have substantial pain relief with a dose this low. 3. You will get a modest energy boost at 5mg! ...Read more

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Can retrovir (zidovudine) and stavudine (d4t, zerit) be taken together in an HIV regimen of medicine?

Can retrovir (zidovudine) and stavudine (d4t, zerit)  be taken together in an HIV regimen of medicine?

Yes: But the choice of combinations will depend upon assessment by a competent HIV specialist, measuring not only the sensitivity of the virus in a given patient, but the tolerance of that patient to the side-effects of the medicines. ...Read more

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mycophenolate mofetil and prednisolone are used for treating chronic kidneydisease is this correct treatment along with BP medicines

mycophenolate mofetil and prednisolone are used for treating chronic kidneydisease is this correct treatment along with BP medicines

See below: Those drugs are used to prevent rejection after kidney transplantation and for lupus nephritis. If you have either of these conditions, the treatment is appropriate. You mention that you smoke. The incidence of heart attack is much increased in these conditions and made much worse by smoking-I urge you to stop. ...Read more

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Is cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) a drug prescribed to treat dermatomyositis?

Is cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) a drug prescribed to treat dermatomyositis?

Yes: Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) is an immunosuppressant drug used to treat a variety if conditions. In rheumatology it is most commonly used to treat certain types of lupus. Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) has been used successfully to treat dermatomyositis. It can help lower and or eliminate the steroid dose. ...Read more

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Medications for rheumatism and high blood pressure?

Medications for rheumatism and high blood pressure?

Medications: That question is so far out of bounds, it is unanswerable for this simple app. There are over ninety different blood pressure medications and then you add on a whole other disease. This site is not to learn pharmacology or science. Your treating physician will help you decide on the appropriate treatment for your conditions. ...Read more

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What are the best drugs for rheumatism?

Rheumatism: Need to know first what you mean by rheumatism. Standard tylenol (acetaminophen) works quite well for osteoarthritis. Sometimes you may need drugs like aleve or ibuprofen. If you have a more inflammatory process you really need to see your doctor. Do remember no drug comes without potential side effects if used in excess. ...Read more

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What is rheumatism?

What is rheumatism?

Outdated term: We no longer use the term rheumatism as it previously referred to multiple conditions that affected joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and even nerves. In some cases, it meant rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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What causes rheumatism?

Osteoarthritis: Rheumatism is an older generic term for arthritic type of aches and pains. It is not a specific diagnosis. It can have many causes but most often is a term used for osteoarthritic pain. ...Read more

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How do you treat rheumatism?

How do you treat rheumatism?

Treatment: Multiple choices depending on extend of the disease and need for aggressive therapy. All treatment have risk and benefits that must be individualized. Not one size fits all. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat rheumatism?

What can I do to treat rheumatism?

100's of types: There are over 100 diagnoses that cause "rheumatism, " an older generic term for joint aches and pain. Treatments vary with diagnosis. If you have "rheumatism, " ask your pcp or see a rheumatologist for specific dx. ...Read more

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How does palandromic rheumatism manifest itself?

Recurrent pain: This is a syndrome of recurrent pain in joints with periods of no pain there is generally no inflammation associated with it and markers of inflammation like ESR or cro are normal and all serological like rheumatoid factor are negative. Often responds well to anti inflammatory mess or plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). ...Read more

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What are alternative ways to ease rheumatism pain?

What are alternative ways to ease rheumatism pain?

Improve lifestyle: Chronic joint pain/swelling can be helped using an anti-inflammatory diet (plant based, whole grains and lean protein), drink 0.5oz/pound you weigh for joint hydration. Using supplements like omega 3 4-6 grams/day, glucosamine and curcumin are important as well. Maintain a healthy weight. Exericse with tai chi, in a heated pool. Acupuncture, reiki and meditationcan also help with pain. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: rheumatism?

What is the definition or description of: rheumatism?

Joint pain: "rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer to rheumatoid arthritis specifically. ...Read more

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What pain medicine to help rheumatism ?

What pain medicine to help rheumatism ?

Many Options: Great questions. There many options in this situation. First line agents include anti-inflammatories and tylenol (acetaminophen). More advanced medications include drugs that attempt to treat the underlying cause of rheumatism. Although opioids are occasionally used they are unlikely to help in the long-term. ...Read more

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Why do so many farmers have rheumatism?

Why do so many farmers have rheumatism?

Farmers rheumatism: Farmers work long hours, often in tough work conditions. If unable to take a break from labors during growing seasons or when tending to daily chores, or to take time off if injured, wear and tear can take their toll. Those of us who eat what farmers produce rarely stop to thank them for their efforts-- so here's to farmers! ...Read more

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Are infrared lights good for rheumatism pains?

Are infrared lights good for rheumatism pains?

The warm joints!: Warming inflamed joints can help alleviate symptoms of joint pain. However, no benefit, other than symptom improvement occurs. (this has been shown about warm paraffin baths for hands in rheumatoid arthritis.). ...Read more

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Someone that has rheumatism is because that person has lupus?

Someone that has rheumatism is because that person has lupus?

Not really: Rheumatism is a general term for aches and pains. People with lupus can have joint pain but there are many other conditions that have aches and pains as well. ...Read more

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What causes rheumatism artritis?

What causes rheumatism artritis?

Genes, environment: The complete answer is unknown, but this is certainly a genetic disease. We have known to quite some time that RA clusters within families. There are non-genetic causes (environment), such as smoking, that also increases the risk of developing ra. The arthritis foundation has a webpage that attempts to answer this question: http://www.Arthritis.Org/who-gets-rheumatoid-arthritis.Php. ...Read more

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What is the best homemade cure for rheumatism?

None: If by homemade, you mean it is something that you can make yourself, the answer is none. ...Read more

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What is the difference between athrithis, rheumatism?

What is the difference between athrithis, rheumatism?

No difference: These terms are typically used interchangeably. Rheumatoid arthritis on the other hand is quite different from osteoarthritis in that it much more inflammatory and typically more debilitating. ...Read more