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My b.P reads 90/150. Should I start medication or change the life style. My age is 34 and have a family history of high b.P. Please suggest?

My b.P reads 90/150. Should I start medication or change the life style. My age is 34 and have a family history of high b.P. Please suggest?

Change your ways now: If your blood pressure is 150/90 and you have a family history of high blood pressure, you would be smart to control any risk factors which contribute to high blood pressure. For example: get exercise, reduce weight if you are overweight or obese, and minimize your intake of salt. If you are a smoker, that habit's just got to go! All of these measures will help tremendously in the long run. ...Read more

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I have xeronic eczema! What should I do? What medication & life style?

I have xeronic eczema! What should I do? What medication & life style?

Eczema: Eczema and xerosis (dry skin) often respond to moisturizers and topical corticosteroid cream for short periods of time. A humidifier when the air is dry is helpful. See a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What could be the best medication for a two year old rashes due to tropical high temperatures?

What could be the best medication for a two year old rashes due to tropical high temperatures?

Heat rash: A low concentration Hydrocortisone cream or ointment (. 05-1%) should help. Also corn starch powder (johnson's baby powder) helps ease out the itch. ...Read more

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Ok if modification of life-style does not work for weight loss and I want to take a medication so what is the best drug of choice?

Ok if modification of life-style does not work for weight loss and I want to take a medication so what is the best drug of choice?

Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate): I have had the best results with Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) which was recently approved by the fda. The biggest issue is that you have to change your lifestyle while taking the pills or you will gain all the wt. Back immediately after stopping the medication. It can cause birth defects. A group-accountability program such as weight watchers has been shown to have the best results over time, especially for women. ...Read more

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67 yrs. Angiotensin 1 converting enzyme (ace) serum 126.7, what should be done? Bad? What does this mean? Life style changes. Medication? Thank you

67 yrs. Angiotensin 1 converting enzyme (ace) serum 126.7, what should be done? Bad? What does this mean? Life style changes. Medication? Thank you

ACE levels: 51 M Notes: 67 yrs angiotensin 1 converting enzyme (ace) serum 126.7, what should be done? Bad? What does this mean? Life style changes. Medication? Thank you
ANS: not enough information to help at this point. Are you 51 or 67? Need to know why it was measured, what meds, other illnesses, & what is normal in that lab. Get this information & will be happy to do 2nd opinion as I specialize in RAAS ...Read more

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Do fish oil tablets help regulate good and bad cholesterol? At what level of bad cholesterol should one start medications instead of relying on life style changes?

Do fish oil tablets help regulate good and bad cholesterol? At what level of bad cholesterol should one start medications instead of relying on life style changes?

Complex issue: Fish oil has multiple health effects beyond cholesterol. Severe hypertriglyceridemia is treated with 4 fish oil tablets a day, can lower triglyceride and raise HDL somewhat. Plant sources of omega-3 need to be converted to the active form which is found in fish oil. In general the worse ones diet is, the more important fish oil is. 1 to 2 tablets of fish oil is reasonable for general health ...Read more

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I took 450 milligrams of Zantac (ranitidine) and tested positive for meth on a store bought dip stick style ua given at work. I am not a drug user. What gives?!

I took 450 milligrams of Zantac (ranitidine) and tested positive for meth on a store bought dip stick style ua given at work. I am not a drug user. What gives?!

Could Be False +: There is literature that with routine drug screens - which are great, and cost-effective - there are quite a few false positives, and the literature on Zantac (ranitidine) seems to corroborate that. Gas chromatography- mass spectroscopy is considered the "gold standard" in most scientific literature, though in practice it is not often performed in many clinics and hospitals. Also - 450mg of Zantac (ranitidine) is a lot! ...Read more

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What medication can I take for pile?

What medication can I take for pile?

Steroid like cream: Check with your pharmacist as their are steroid like creams that can help with hemorrhoids. Increase fiber and fluids so as not to get constipated, which can increase your risk of hemorrhoids. If severe, you may need to see a dr. For treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How exactly does pain medication work?

How exactly does pain medication work?

Two ways: Pain medication can work at the site of the pain like a anti inflamation medication or at the central nervous system like the opioids. Depending on the necessity for the doctor will prescribe the appropriate medication. ...Read more

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What is the best medication for a cold?

What is the best medication for a cold?

Cold: Most of the medications don't really work and in fact may make the cold last longer. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen for aches and fever. Mucinex to thin out secretions. Lots of fluids and rest. ...Read more

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How can I start taking less medication?

How can I start taking less medication?

Not sure about less?: If you are taking drugs for a chronic condition like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, then this a difficult question. If you are concerned about how many pills you are taking in a day, maybe combinations or long acting drugs can reduce the number. Either way, this is to be discussed with your physician since these alternatives are not for everyone. Good luck. ...Read more

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I took the wrong medication by accident?

I took the wrong medication by accident?

Wrong medication: You can call the poison control # at 1-800-222-1222 if you are worried about the impact of the medication that you took. ...Read more

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Any medication for decrease my appetite?

Any medication for decrease my appetite?

Yes, but: There are many appetite suppressants on the market but you must be very careful. Do not try any of them without first speaking to your physician. They can often raise your blood pressure which would be a problem with hypertensives. Ask first before you do anything.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there ways to grow without medication?

Is there ways to grow without medication?

Not sure: If you mean "bulking up" there are many supplements in nutrition stores that may be considered. Of course you should talk this over with your physician as they may effect you in other ways. If you mean height, I am not aware of anything for this. ...Read more

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What medications are used to relieve pain?

What medications are used to relieve pain?

Otc: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can help with both pain relief and in reducing inflammation. Examples are ibuprofen (like Advil, Nuprin or Motrin), Naproxen sodium (like Aleve, (naproxen) Naprosyn, Anaprox) or Asprin (such as Bayer, Ecotrin, Ascriptin). Avoid NSAID's if pregnant or allergic to them. In that situation can consider acetaminophen. ...Read more

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What is the best anti diarheal medication?

What is the best anti diarheal medication?

Loperamide: Best depends upon the underlying cause. Best treatment for diarrhea due to cancer is to treat the cancer and best treatment for diarrhea caused by lactose intolerance is to stop the lactose, but in general loperamide is a good agent. ...Read more

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How do I know if my medication is too high?

How do I know if my medication is too high?

Dose??: If you mean is the dose too high we must narrow it down to what type of medication. All medications have side effects- many of which are associated with excessive dosing. Speak to your primary physician or pharmacist about the specific medication. ...Read more

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What medication should one use for clymydia?

What medication should one use for clymydia?

Doxycycline: doxycycline is the drug of choice to treat chlamydia, it should be prescribed by a licensed health care provider. The treatment is seven days. Azithromycin one dose may also be used to treat chlamydia infections ...Read more

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How can I tell my friends I'm on medication?

Your decision: It is your decision whether or not you wish to share this information. I think it is fine to be candid. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever used the medication nauzene?

Has anyone ever used the medication nauzene?

Nausea: Nauzene is used to treat nausea. It is a combination of dextrose; fructose; phosphoric acid. Though it is a rather safe drug, your need for a drug for nausea (i assume it is chronic) should be discussed with your physician. ...Read more

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Can any medication make someone to be darker?

Can any medication make someone to be darker?

No: Not every medication makes people darker. Drug-induced skin pigmentation is however often seen. Pigmentation may be induced by many drugs. The primary drugs implicated include antipsychotic drugs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), phenytoin, antimalarials, amiodarone, cytotoxic drugs, tetracyclines, and heavy metals. ...Read more

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What medications needed after the angeoplast?

That is a very: Patient specific question and will have to addressed by your cardiologist. It will depend on whether you had just angioplasty, or also a stent. If stent what type. And your other health issues. Talk to your doc. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives to pain medication?

What are some alternatives to pain medication?

What is Diagnosis?: When you have a clear diagnosis there are always options for rx. Physical therapy, modalities, otc meds and then rx meds may all be utilized along with complementary rx such as acupuncture, chiropractic and massage. For nerve injury/failed back surgery, treatments such as spinal cord stimulation enable enhanced quality of life and reduced or elimination of opioid medications. ...Read more

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What is the medications that cause happiness?

What is the medications that cause happiness?

I know of no: Medications that consistently make one feel happy. If depressed - antidepressants can help significantly. We each find our own, individual way to happiness. Finding what is meaningful to you is essential to a true sense of well being. Take care. ...Read more