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Preg loss of chromosome normal embryo 2 weeks after cardiac activity detection w/ immunosuppressant, anticoagulant treatments. Chance of future success?

Preg loss of chromosome normal embryo 2 weeks after cardiac activity detection w/ immunosuppressant, anticoagulant treatments. Chance of future success?

Probably good, but: Impossible to say without tests. Early loss is very common and usually does not increase the risk of happening again. You need to be examined and tested to determine if you have a risk for a second (or more) losses. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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What would you suggest for a immunosuppressant drug that won't cause weight gain?

What would you suggest for a immunosuppressant drug that won't cause weight gain?

?: Unfortunately Mme it is not a pick and choose matter, it depends on the condition and which dug best suits the case and doesn't interact with other medications you are already on, you definitely have the choice together with your doctor to decide between 2 or 3 drugs that would be equally effective in a particular situation, it isn't an absolute across the board choice, wish you wellness ...Read more

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Where can I find a list of all immunosuppressants?

Wikipedia: Epocrates can be a bit difficult for a non-physician to navigate. You might want to start with wiki instead. This article has quite a bit of information in it. :http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/immunosuppressive_drug. ...Read more

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Can I take echinacea on immunosuppressant?

Can I take echinacea on immunosuppressant?

Probably not: Echinacea is itself a mild immunosuppressant so it is not a good idea to combine it with prescribed immunosupressants. You should discuss this question with the physician who prescribed these immunosuppressive medications. ...Read more

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Can I take echinacea while on immunosuppressant?

Yes.: However, taking echinacea for an extended period may itself cause some immune dysfunction. So only take it for short periods of time. ...Read more

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Can immunosuppressants cause low body temperature?

Can immunosuppressants cause low body temperature?

No (not directly): If a person become seriously infected (septic) while on an immunospressant they can have a low body temperature. Drugs that directly cause low body temperature include meds for anxiety, depression, alcohol, beta blockers, opiods, and general anesthesia. ...Read more

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Can immunosuppressants actually make autoimmune diseases worse?

Can immunosuppressants actually make autoimmune diseases worse?

Sometimes: Anti tnf medications (enbrel, remicade, (infliximab) etc) used to treat rheumatoid arthritis sometimes cause a lupus like syndrome. Prednisone is used to treat inflammatory muscle diseases, but sometimes prolonged treatment causes muscle weakness. ...Read more

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Can you take enough immunosuppressants to completely shut down the immune system?

Can you take enough immunosuppressants to completely shut down the immune system?

Yes: But you would not survive. One can overdose with immunosuppressive drugs just like any other medications. That is why the doses are controlled and monitored. ...Read more

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After transplant do you have to take immunosuppressants for the rest of your life?

After transplant do you have to take immunosuppressants for the rest of your life?

MOst Likely yes.: Unless you got your organ from your identical twin (or your clone) you will need to take medicine to prevent your body from attacking your transplant. ...Read more

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What are some natural antibiotic/antiviral foods that will not interfere with immunosuppressants?

What are some natural antibiotic/antiviral foods that will not interfere with immunosuppressants?

Don't fall for it!: Eat a well balanced diet. There are no foods that have a clinically significant antibiotic or antiviral effect. That's junk science! ...Read more

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My temperature is 97.6 and I'm currently taking imuran, (azathioprine) an immunosuppressant. Should I be concerned?

My temperature is 97.6 and I'm currently taking imuran, (azathioprine) an immunosuppressant. Should I be concerned?

No fever: 97.6 is not a fever and it is also not abnormally low. Taking Imuran (azathioprine) is serious business and you need to be monitored by your doctor but the temperature that you list it not a concern. If you have symptoms of being ill, tell your doctor. ...Read more

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If one receives a dura mater transplant, is the recipient required to take immunosuppressant medication for life, as with other tissue transplants?

No immunos required: No immunosuppression is required for a dura mater transplant, or for most types of tissue transplants. Most of these tissues have been processed in ways that remove the antigens (proteins) exposure to the new host's immune system and therefore do not provke a rejection response. The big risk for dura mater transplants is creutzfeld-jacob disease (prions) transmission. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: immunosuppressant?

What is the definition or description of: immunosuppressant?

Complex answer: Your immune system is comprised of two main compartments: innate and specific branches. There are many different cell types in each group including neutrophils, eosinophils, macrophages, basophils, t cells and b cells, and others. Anything that affects either the total number of those cells or their function can be considering immune suppressing or an immunosuppressant. ...Read more

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Do you know how to cure psosiaris without using immunosuppressant?

See below.: Psoriasis is generally treated with a variety of medications and therapies. Immunotherapy is generally considered for extensive or recalcitrant disease. The choice of treatments is between you and your doctor. But these are just treatments. There is no cure. ...Read more

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What are some immunosuppressant options for churg-strauss syndrome?

What are some immunosuppressant options for churg-strauss syndrome?

See: Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/churg-strauss-syndrome/basics/treatment/con-20028895

Get a more detailed answer ›
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Can immunosuppressants cause a low body resistance to flu?

Can immunosuppressants cause a low body resistance to flu?

Yes: That is why it is so important for immunocompromised people to get yearly flu shots. Not FluMist as it is a live virus. ...Read more

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Help! Can antibiotics be taken while on immunosuppressants?

Help! Can antibiotics be taken while on immunosuppressants?

Yes...: They can be used to fight an infection. Ask your doctor to see which antibiotic they recommend for your condition. ...Read more

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Can immunosuppressants be used to help with fibromyalgia pain?

Can immunosuppressants be used to help with fibromyalgia pain?

Fibromyalgia: No. Immunosuppressive drugs are used to treat inflammatory or autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. There are 3 FDA-approved treatments for fibromyalgia that rheumatologists can use. I am happy to do a consult if you would like. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there are any non steroid immunosuppressants?

Please tell me if there are any non steroid immunosuppressants?

Yes: Calcineurin inhibtors (e.g. Prograf (=tacrolimus), Neoral (=cyclosporine)) and anti-proliferative agents (e.g. Cellcept (=mycophenolate mofetil), Imuran (=azathioprine) are not steroids. ...Read more

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Why are immunosuppressants good for some people if we need our immune system to fight off disease?

Why are immunosuppressants good for some people if we need our immune system to fight off disease?

Relative: Immuno-suppression is resorted to when there is a "hyperactive " immune state leading to an auto-immune disease or condition, or to allow the immune system to adapt to a transplanted tissue, that doesn't mean that the immune system is totally knocked out (in some states yes during bone marrow transplant) but can still fight certain infections, till total recovery, the immune system is complex ...Read more

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Can immunosuppressants prevent the body from running a fever when one is sick?

Can immunosuppressants prevent the body from running a fever when one is sick?

Usually not: Usually not. Anti-inflammatories (nsaids or tylenol (acetaminophen) or asa) can mask a fever but immunosuppressants tend not to affect the reaction of a fever. ...Read more

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What can happen to someone on immunosuppressants if they're around someone who has the flu?

What can happen to someone on immunosuppressants if they're around someone who has the flu?

They can get sick.: Patients on immunosuppressants are more susceptible to cold and flu viruses. The best way to avoid viruses is to stay away from people who are sick. Frequent hand washing and the judicious use of disinfectants may also reduce the risk. ...Read more

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What are the long-term effects of chemo and immunosuppressants? (long after you're cured). Will your immune system always remain more compromised?

What are the long-term effects of chemo and immunosuppressants? (long after you're cured). Will your immune system always remain more compromised?

Not true: The immune system is minimally compromised during chemo but the effects are temporary. As soon as the blood counts recover (4 weeks after last chemo), the immune system is practically back to normal. Total body irradiation as done for allogeneic bone marrow transplantation is the only therapy that has longer lasting immunosuppression. ...Read more

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Is going through medschool risky for someone on immunosuppressants?

Is going through medschool risky for someone on immunosuppressants?

Not necessarily: Depends on why you are on immunosuppressants and how severely immunosuppressed you are. I wouldn't let the fact that you are on immunosuppressive meds stop you from pursuing a career in medicine. ...Read more

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Is chemo an immunosuppressant?

Is chemo an immunosuppressant?

Yes: Because it suppress your immune system by affecting your bone marrow which maintain your immune system. Your withe cells (fight infection), red cell (prevent anemia), platelets (prevent bleeding) may go down making you prone for infection, anemia, bleeding. Oncologist have meds to avoid this, they are very good at this. Stay strong, keep fighting. ...Read more

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Why would immunosuppressant drugs make a patient susceptible to disease?

Why would immunosuppressant drugs make a patient susceptible to disease?

See below.: Immunosuppressive medications turn off the cells that are responsible for fighting infections. ...Read more

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Why would immunosuppressant drug make a patient more susceptible to disease?

Why would immunosuppressant drug make a patient more susceptible to disease?

Yes: In general, patients taking immunosuppressants are more susceptible to infections. The risk depends on the type of immunosuppressant. ...Read more

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My sister is suffering from takayashu arteritis... she is currently taking immunosuppressants. Just want to ask the prognosis of this disease?

My sister is suffering from takayashu arteritis... she is currently taking immunosuppressants. Just want to ask the prognosis of this disease?

See below: The two major predictors of outcome are incidence of complications (hypertension, aortic aneurysm, retinopathy)
and if the disease is progressive or not. The 15-year survival was 66 and 96 percent for patients with and without a major complication, respectively, and was 68 and 93 percent for those with and without a progressive course. ...Read more

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What can happen to someone on immunosuppressants like prograf, if hanging around someone with the flu?

What can happen to someone on immunosuppressants like prograf, if hanging around someone with the flu?

Could be affected: Your immune system is not as strong while using prograf, so be careful and use social distancing if around someone with the flu. Hand washing after contsact is especially important. ...Read more

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I have a history of asthma and have a corticosteroid inhaler. If I'm sick, should I refrain from taking it since it's an immunosuppressant?

I have a history of asthma and have a corticosteroid inhaler. If I'm sick, should I refrain from taking it since it's an immunosuppressant?

Absolutely not!: The amount of medication absorbed into your body with inhaled steroids is minimal and does not cause immunosuppression. And if your illness has any effect on your asthma, such as a bad cold, respiratory tract infection, etc, then you should even think about increasing the dose during the illness. Excellent question, but stay on the medication! ...Read more

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If you are taking immunosuppressants after an organ transplant what infections are too much for your body to handle and which ones are safe.

If you are taking immunosuppressants after an organ transplant what infections are too much for your body to handle and which ones are safe.

These are serious: Since you are immunosuppressed there are a variety of infections bacterial fungal even mycobacteria. This is something you need to find out what your statuses and be certain that your physician has discussed this with you ...Read more

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Do all the immunosuppressants give you teeth and gums side effects?

Do all the immunosuppressants give you teeth and gums side effects?

Yes.: Immunosuppressant drugs shut down the immune system such that the body has a harder time warding off infection. The teeth and gums can be afftected by an increase in cavities and dry, red gum tissues. Easily treated by a dentist with Fluoride treatments and saliva substitutes. ...Read more

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Why a person get sick more easy after take immunosuppressant?

Suppressed immune: Patients taking immunosuppressants are at increased risk for getting sick b/c they are taking drugs that specifically suppress the immune system. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about immunosuppressant drugs? Wouldn't they make you sicker?

What can you tell me about immunosuppressant drugs? Wouldn't they make you sicker?

Necessary in some: If you are suffering from an auto-immune disease (such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis) or received an organ transplant, you need to take immunosuppressive medications to prevent your immune system (your white blood cells) from attacking your body or transplanted organ (s). They do increase your risk of opportunistic infections and you may need prophylactic antimicrobial medications. ...Read more

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I have RA & MCTD and want to get a tattoo. I have not started my immunosuppressants yet and won't for 2 weeks. Is this safe to do now?

I have RA & MCTD and want to get a tattoo. I have not started my immunosuppressants yet and won't for 2 weeks. Is this safe to do now?

Probably but: Although an uncomplicated tattoo would be affect your immunosuppressive treatment. But if it gets infected for any reason, you may have to postpone the treatment until this problem can be resolved. So why the hurry in getting your tattoo? Incidentally, immunosuppression may also slow down your wound-healing from the tattoo. If you must get it, allow at l3ast 6 weeks for wound healing. ...Read more

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If a kidney transplant fails after 3 years, can the patient go back to dialysis to stay alive? Do the immunosuppressant medications need to be cont?

If a kidney transplant fails after 3 years, can the patient go back to dialysis to stay alive? Do the immunosuppressant medications need to be cont?

No: The sole purpose for the immunosuppression is to keep the body from rejecting the graft and thus there is no reason to keep taking it if the transplant is no longer functioning. Yes you will need to get dialysis while waiting for another transplant. Best to check with your nephrologist to see if there may still be some residual function in the transplant before you stop the IS drug. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Immunosuppressant (Definition)

Your immune system is comprised of two main compartments: innate and specific branches. There are many different cell types in each group including neutrophils, eosinophils, macrophages, basophils, t cells and b cells, and others. Anything that affects either the total number of those cells or their function can be considering immune ...Read more