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Sween Prep Medication
I'm a MSM and spoke to my doctor, who fails to acknowledge my orientation and concerns, about PrEP. Where should I go for this medication?
Be direct: This topic is just starting to get more attention in mainstream primary care. The medication can be expensive and not well covered. You might want to get more information on coverage of Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) through your insurance to see if it will be cost prohibitive. If treatment will be affordable it is definitely worth being more direct with him about starting treatment. ...Read more
Is there any way I can have a colonoscopy if I cannot tolerate drinking the prep medication? I had bariatric by-pass surgery and can't drink it quick
Im doing a colonoscopy prep..i have fibromyalgia and it's flared up as well as having a migraine. I have medication for both but I don't know if I can?
Can what?: Do you mean you don't know if you can take the colonoscopy prep? If you're feeling too ill from fibromyalgia or migraine, call GI doctor to discuss and re-schedule colonoscopy when you feel better. But be sure to have it done soon. It may save your life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HIV prevention works: Taking a daily medication to prevent HIV infection is called Pre-Exposure Prevention. Anyone who has risk for HIV infection should consider whether PrEP is right for them. You can find a list of resources on the website www.pleaseprepme.org ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Colonoscopy prep says no herbal medications 7 days before. Does this include probiotics, fish oil, or melatonin?
Im a 31 year old gay man who is HIV-. i spoke to my GP about PreP (truvada) and he raised concerns about future drug resistance. Is this a concern?
Get 2nd opinion: Get a second opinion. While we try to avoid overt disagreement with users' own doctors, resistance of HIV to antiretrovial therapy (ART) is a potential problem with preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP). However, it has not turned out to be a frequent problem in practice. If you are likely to be sexually active with possibly infected partners, you probably should do it. See an HIV/AIDS specialist. ...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
So call your doc: This is the HT public information site.We are thousands of volunteer docs based primarily in the US who answer medical questions.We do not offer treatments. State medical boards require a physician/patient relationship,a retrievable record,recent exam with vital signs for prescribing.Failure to do so can lead to loss or restriction of license. It may seem minor to you but it is not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 isnt 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bunion: Conservative management for a bunion may include wearing specialized shoes with wide, low heels or an increased medial pocket. Orthoses may help. For your hike, i would carefully select your shoes or wear a medial bunion pad to reduce irritation. Applying ice when you are resting can help with inflammation. If you still have pain, Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen may help. ...Read more
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