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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Read that it's advisable to stop taking arava (leflunomide) while on antibiotics to allow its effectiveness after surgery ( due to infections & faster recovery). Tx?

Read that it's advisable to stop taking arava (leflunomide) while on antibiotics to allow its effectiveness after surgery ( due to infections & faster recovery). Tx?

See details: Arava (leflunomide) stays in your system for months after it is stopped. Therefore, if you need to treat a serious infection, the Arava (leflunomide) should be washed out by taking cholestyramine. Stopping it without the washout is worthless. ...Read more

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Must I allow my child to have an ipad in his bed?

Must I allow my child to have an ipad in his bed?

No: Why would you feel that your child must have one. There is absolutely no need for one. And in his room, you can not supervise what activities are occurring. ...Read more

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Could the fda allow bugs in our food?

Could the fda allow bugs in our food?

Unclear: I'm not clear on your question. The FDA does not allow pathogens or bugs in the food supply. However, there are so few food inspectors that they can't inspect everything. So, yes, it is possible that "bugs" get into the food. The FDA was created in the early 20th century because real live bugs would be in the meat supply - read "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair. ...Read more

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Any drugs that are not allowing me to drink?

Any drugs that are not allowing me to drink?

There are some: Antabuse (disulfiram) or Disulfiram is a medication used to help people stop drinking. It causes them to become violently ill if they drink or are exposed to alcohol. There is also an antibiotic medication called Flagyl that can have a similar chemical effect. ...Read more

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Can rehab allow someone to live independently?

Can rehab allow someone to live independently?

Yes: Depending on the reason why the person needed rehab in the first place. The goal of any rehabilitation is to improve someone's function to the fullest it possibly can be. ...Read more

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Should I allow my sixteen year old son to wear contacts?

Should I allow my sixteen year old son to wear contacts?

Depends on him: Is your son responsible and able to follow the directions for their use? If so, he may be fine wearing them. Children as young as infants have been able to wear contacts. The key is removing them and cleaning them appropriately. Abusing contact lenses by not cleaning them or overwearing them can lead to intolerance and even infections. Be a good judge of his abilities and ask his eye doctor. ...Read more

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How long should I allow for my appointment in endoscopy?

How long should I allow for my appointment in endoscopy?

Usually: 1/2 -1 hour for preop and preparation, another 1/2-1 hour for procedures and 1/2 hour for recovery but best to discuss with your endoscopist ahead of time. ...Read more

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What can I do to allow more peace in my life and get off of anxiety medications?

What can I do to allow more peace in my life and get off of anxiety medications?

Great question: First things first. Before tapering anxiety medications, consider practices which may help center you no matter what's going on around you. One of the best i've found is mindfulness meditation -- and there are many mindfulness-based stress reduction courses available these days. Also you can work in psychotherapy on your anxiety -- this would give you additional self-awareness & calming tools. ...Read more