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Does sodium oxybate age you since it's compared to as using heroin?

Does sodium oxybate age you since it's compared to as using heroin?

No: And heroin itself doesn't "age" people either. Sodium oxybate (aka GHB- gamma hydroxybutyrate) is a sedative, but doesn't really have specific organ toxicity. While alcohol and methamphetamine themselves will make people sick and appear older, neither opiates nor sedatives do that. The complications of use - overdose, impurities, infectious complications - are what cause the 'aging." ...Read more

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Since starting xyrem my teeth are in an incredible amount of pain! Any idea if it's the sodium or unrelated? Air even hurts them- what do I do?!

Since starting xyrem my teeth are in an incredible amount of pain! Any idea if it's the sodium or unrelated? Air even hurts them- what do I do?!

Unrelated: Unless you are also clenching or grinding your teeth unconsciously during the day or at night when you would not be aware of such a habit. I know of no reason to directly attribute your tooth pain to taking xyrem. I would see your own dentist for a complete and thorough dental exam. ...Read more

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How much sodium is safe to use for someone on high blood medication?

How much sodium is safe to use for someone on high blood medication?

How much salt HBP?: The recommended maximum is <1, 500 mg sodium and >4, 700 mg Potassium.

Get the DASH diet book for guidance.

ISBN 9780743410076

available as ebook for your computer.

You can also get the app myfitnesspal and use it to track the sodium in what you eat. Suspect it will be a surprise to see how much you are getting.. ...Read more

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What helps lower sodium levels in your body besides medication? I have heard bananas will anything else?

What helps lower sodium levels in your body besides medication? I have heard bananas will anything else?

No foods: Will lower sodium levels in your body as it is an essential component without which you'd die quickly. If your sodium is too high you may be slightly dehydrated, took too much diuretic, or you have a medical problem that needs your doctor's attention. If you have a real problem, which is unlikely, you can't fix it by yourself. ...Read more

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I'm 54 yrs and my doc said I have low blood sodium. What can cause this besides medications?

I'm 54 yrs and my doc said I have low blood sodium. What can cause this besides medications?

Hypoactive thyroid: Is another possible reason if all the medications have been excluded. Have your doctor check TSH level. ...Read more

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What is the effect of having alcohol (sometimes intense) with phenytoin sodium medication course going on (300mg/day)? Please answer precisely

What is the effect of having alcohol (sometimes intense) with phenytoin sodium medication course going on (300mg/day)? Please answer precisely

Off label opinion: Would propose that consumption of one or two drinks in 24 hrs would be unlikely to cause severe problems, but Phenytoin is a rather troublesome drug, as has zero order kinetics, and alcohol and Phenytoin can interact, which would create a problem with drug level fluctuation. Would discuss in further detail with your neurologist. ...Read more

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Mum had Hyponatremia sodium 108 went to ED. It was BP medication since she came out she is confused it is now 131 how long should she be confused?

Mum had Hyponatremia sodium 108 went to ED. It was BP medication since she came out she is confused it is now 131 how long should she be confused?

Confused: Two things:
1: Please call your mother's doctor!
2: Consider a consult with a Psychologist.

Please keep me posted.

PS: I have two brothers with family in London and I hope to see them in December! Can't wait. ...Read more

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Will chloromycetin (chloramphenicol sodium succinate) interact with other medications?

Will chloromycetin (chloramphenicol sodium succinate) interact with other medications?

306 interactions: There are 306 drugs that are known to interact with chloromycetin (chloramphenicol sodium succinate).

Use this to check if any of the medications you're taking interact with chloromycetin (chloramphenicol sodium succinate):

http://www. Drugs. Com/drug-interactions/chloramphenicol, chloromycetin (chloramphenicol sodium succinate).Html. ...Read more

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Is the intravenous infusion that is given to a patient is the same as sodium bicarbonate or has some sodium bicarbonate added to some medication. Thx?

Is the intravenous infusion that is given to a patient is the same as sodium bicarbonate or has some sodium bicarbonate added to some medication. Thx?

Uncommon: Bicarbonate in intravenous infusion is uncommon and may be used infrequently to correct acid-base balance in metabolic disorders.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What medication is better=== klaron (sodium sulfacetamide) or differin?

What medication is better=== klaron (sodium sulfacetamide) or differin?

Differin, (adapalene) but...: Different people have different results, no pun intended. Today, no one needs to have acne. I start people with topical clindamycin; I required 25 years on systemic tetracycline with good results. A dermatologist can write for a retinoic acid derivative that's very powerful even for the toughest cases. Good luck. ...Read more

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What medication is better and more effective? Klaron (sodium sulfacetamide) or differin?

What medication is better and more effective? Klaron (sodium sulfacetamide) or differin?

Depends: Claron is an antibiotic topical, and the differin (adapalene) is more like tretinoin, so opens up the pores. Either can be effective, claron if pustules, differin (adapalene) if blackheads. ...Read more

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I would like to know why manufacturer's use levothyroxine rather than thyroxine in their thyroid medications? Levo has heavier sodium molecule

I would like to know why manufacturer's use levothyroxine rather than thyroxine in their thyroid medications? Levo has heavier sodium molecule

Thyroxine: 22M asks about diff between levothyroxine and thyroxine and notes Levo has heavier Na molecule. ANS: my recollection is that most Na is not of the heavy type. Recommend you look at the chemistry of Na at wikipedia for more details about heavy Na. ...Read more

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Is it ok I am taking bone-up superior calcium formula is a dietary supplement. Taking this instead of the medication alendronate sodium tablets 70 mg?

Is it ok I am taking bone-up superior calcium formula is a dietary supplement. Taking this instead of the medication alendronate sodium tablets 70 mg?

Osteopenia: Calcium is commonly not an issue as dietary calcium is often sufficient with most people's daily dietary intake. More commonly, osteopenia/osteoporosis is correlated with vitamin d deficiency. I'd have your calcium and vitamin d levels checked. Resistance exercises also help build stronger bones. There are side-effects to bisphosphonate therapy, but believed that their benefits outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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I m suffering from avascular necrosis of hips. ... I m on medication taking vitamins calcium n sodium tablets. .. Plz suggest?

I m suffering from avascular necrosis of hips. ... I m on medication taking vitamins calcium n sodium tablets. .. Plz suggest?

Osteonecrosis (AVN): Nonoperative management for avn of the femoral head (hips) is generally ineffective. If 15% or less of the femoral head is involved & no symptoms are present, there is a chance it will resolve without surgical intervention. Treatment with bisphosphonates has been tried with variable results. Joint preserving surgical procedures may be the best available option. ...Read more

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I am hypothyroid and taking medication from past 15 years. Thyroxine sodium 62mcg. Can I use ground flaxseed? If not can I use flaxseed oil? Spirulina?

I am hypothyroid and taking medication from past 15 years. Thyroxine sodium 62mcg. Can I use ground flaxseed? If not can I use flaxseed oil? Spirulina?

With thyroxine: I'm not sure if you're wanting to take the listed supplements instead of thyroxine (no) or with your thyroxine (yes). Essentially, if your thyroid levels are in the good range, you can take anything that someone with a normally working thyroid can take. Because different docs have different opinions, it's always best to check with your own doc, and make sure s/he knows exactly what you're taking. ...Read more

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Seizures caused from depleation of good sodium in my body. Caused from over medication of drug soma. Went into hospital, they brought sodium levels up through i.V's. Taking Depakote 500 mg. 1x per day to avoid seizures. Suggest support groups, effects on

Seizures caused from depleation of good sodium in my body. Caused from over medication of drug soma. Went into hospital, they brought sodium levels up through i.V's. Taking Depakote 500 mg. 1x per day to avoid seizures. Suggest support groups, effects on

It: It is probably true than anyone can have a seizure under the right conditions. These conditions include poisoning by prescription or recreational drugs, withdrawal from prescription or recreational drugs (including alcohol), brain injuries, general illnesses, and abnormal levels of blood salts (electrolytes -- including sodium). When people have seizures with provocation, they are not considered to have epilepsy, and usually don't require long term seizure medication.

People who have a tendency to have repeated seizures with little or no provocation have epilepsy. The diagnosis is made by history, and supported by results from tests like brain-wave recordings (eegs) and brain imaging (usually mri). Epilepsy usually does require long-term use of seizure medications like depakote, or other interventions like epilepsy surgery.

Taking Depakote for a provoked seizure is an unusual clinical approach. Depakote can be given for other reasons. Since Depakote use can be accompanied by serious short term and long term side effects, it is important to see a doctor to develop a better understanding for its use in specific cases. ...Read more

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Medication: I take 2 Colace (generic Docusate sodium) daily per doctor for chronic constipation. Can this discolor urine because of red dye?

Medication: I take 2 Colace (generic Docusate sodium) daily per doctor for chronic constipation. Can this discolor urine because of red dye?

Pharmacist: I know of countless patients who took this stool softener and never encountered reports of this side effect. Your pharmacist can be of great help in answering any questions about your medications as he/she has access to much information about them. ...Read more

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Low bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). Causes, dangers?? No loose bowels or medications. Chest pain for a month. Doctor said heart is ok, just a little fast.

You're still GOOD!: I think we spoke this morning, no? Low bicarb is nothing to be alarmed about. If you'd like to send it to me in an INBOX consultation message I'd be happy to read it in the context of any other labs or test results you may have. I'll be finishing your note later this evening so please watch for it. Have you considered something like YOGA CLASSES? Www. Healthtap. Com/dr-drsaghafi ...Read more

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Why some medication caming with sodium, potassium and HCl and other medication without?

Why some medication caming with sodium, potassium and HCl and other medication without?

Pharmacologic basis: It is based on where the medication is metabolized and absorbed as well as whether the medication is time release or not. Some of these formulations may lengthen the time the medicine lasts or where it acts. ...Read more

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Is Dilantin a safe drug. Does it deleped your sodium?

Dilantin: Dilsntin is available as Dilantin sodium.As such it does not deplete sodium. It can however, cause osteoporosis or hypothyroidism among other side effects. ...Read more

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Does tianeptine sodium show up in a 5 panel drug screen?

Does tianeptine sodium show up in a 5 panel drug screen?

No: While tianepine is a mu-opioid receptor agonist, it is not chemically an opiate, and would not show up on most drug screens. It is not approved for use in the US, and I am not sure it is legal to import it. It is not without side effects, and if you are using it, you would be well advised to have a physician assisting you with its use. ...Read more

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If I'm allergic to sulfa drugs, could I be allergic to sodium cetostearyl sulphate?

If I'm allergic to sulfa drugs, could I be allergic to sodium cetostearyl sulphate?

Sulfa allergy?: Not all sulfas cross react. Sulfa antibiotics do not cross react with most other sulfa drugs. Of course you could develop a second allergy though it is unlikely. ...Read more

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I have been on sodium valproate for 40 years, what are the risks of taking this drug long term?

I have been on sodium valproate for 40 years, what are the risks of taking this drug long term?

Sodium valproate: Side-effects can be :headache, drowsiness, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, nausea, vomiting abdominal pain, visual disturbance etc
refer to this website for more information

http://drugs. Webmd. Boots. Com/drugs/drug-437-Sodium-Valproate. Aspx
Follow up with prescribing physician. ...Read more

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