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Ttc do I take my prenatals once a day or three times a day??? Daily means with every meal right???

Ttc do I take my prenatals once a day or three times a day??? Daily means with every meal right???

Once a day: To help women stick with their prenatal vitamins, a prenatal vitamin tablet should provide all the vitamins needed in a quantity that taking one tablet only per day provides sufficient supply of vitamins. Typically, this is the case. If not, it will say in the instructions on the bottle. Prenatal vitamins can be taken any time of the day - again, when a woman can fit it easily into her schedule. ...Read more

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Always after I take a meal I feel dizziness, what could this mean?

Always after I take a meal I feel dizziness, what could this mean?

Think insulin: Some of us eat large meals and many times there are too many carbohydrates we take in at once. When we eat food we secrete a hormone called Insulin that will help lower blood sugar after a meal. Sometimes people can develop dumping syndrome when food is passed too rapidly into your small intestine. Try to determine if there is a specific food that could be causing your symptoms (food sensitivity). ...Read more

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It says to take Bentyl (dicyclomine) 30-60 minutes before meals. Does that mean it will not work if you take it anytime during the day & not just before meals?

It says to take Bentyl (dicyclomine) 30-60 minutes before meals. Does that mean it will not work if you take it anytime during the day & not just before meals?

Will still work: Since Bentyl (dicyclomine) is an antispasmodic, it is used to "relax" the bowels. In IBS, many events are triggered by food so Bentyl (dicyclomine) is generally taken a little before every meal. ...Read more

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What does getting sick before/after eating every meal mean?

What does getting sick before/after eating every meal mean?

Gastrointestinal pro: Could be a liver, gallbladder problem, if there is pain, then may be an ulcer or pancreas problem. ...Read more

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If I have a meal full of calories then I have diarrhoea does that mean I haven't consumed those calories?

If I have a meal full of calories then I have diarrhoea does that mean I haven't consumed those calories?

Gastro-colic reflux: The "diarrhea" you passed after consuming your meal is not likely to be the food you just ate. At issue is the "gastro-colic reflux" which stimulates colon emptying after stomach distension. Normal bowel frequency varies from 3 movements/ day to one movement every 3 to 4 days. Stool consistency, measured by bristol stool scale, varies from normal (4), hard (1-3), soft (5-7). ...Read more

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Normally for prescription stated 3 times a day after meal. Does that means 4 hourly or 8 hourly for the interval?

Normally for prescription stated 3 times a day after meal. Does that means 4 hourly or 8 hourly for the interval?

Ask Prescriber: Generally, 3 times a day means an 8 hour interval. However, if the medication is known to irritate the stomach, you may be told to take it 3 times a day with a meal meaning that you take it when you eat. Without knowing the medication, it is hard to advise you. You need to call the provider that prescribed the medication to get clarification. ...Read more

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Instruction from Nexium (esomeprazole) package says take it at least one hour before meal. Is that mean I can take it 3 hours or 6 hours before meal or at bed time

Instruction from Nexium (esomeprazole) package says take it at least one hour before meal. Is that mean I can take it 3 hours or 6 hours before meal or at bed time

Yes: Proton Pump Inhibitors such as esomeprazole (Nexium) are absorbed best and provide the best benefit when taken first thing in the morning 1 hour before any food. ...Read more

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My sugar is 282 after meal that means I am diabetic?

My sugar is 282 after meal that means I am diabetic?

Yes!!!: Go see family doc for official confirmation. Diabetes defined as fasting glucose >125, random sugar >200, or a1c >6.5. This last test is used to evaluate sugar control over last 3 months. Lower is generally better unless you have frequent hypoglycemic (low sugar) episodes. Regular exercise & better nutrition (think low glycemic index) can help lose weight (if excessive) to lower sugars & controldm. ...Read more

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If I have diarreah after eating 2 meals does that mean I didn't get the nutrients or calories from those foods?

If I have diarreah after eating 2 meals does that mean I didn't get the nutrients or calories from those foods?

NO: The Calories/Nutrients are absorbed by the stomach/Small Intestine....Diarrhea is usually a large intestinal issue!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I burp a lot after a big meal what does it mean?

I burp a lot after a big meal what does it mean?

Burping: ... Can be a symptom of Gerd. If it is happening frequently, I would consider trying antacids such as Tums (calcium carbonate) initially. If you're having to take them frequently, then I would see your doctor to consider a trial of medication. In the meantime, avoid anything that you notice brings on your symptoms. Alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomatoes, onions, and orange juice are frequent culprits. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my stomach hurt when I wake up and after every meal?

What does it mean if my stomach hurt when I wake up and after every meal?

Interesting, but...: ...We're going to need a little more help from you. We can have your answer if you tell us: the location of your pain, its intensity, duration, timing (with meals but also with urination, stooling, position?) ; accompanying issues like fever, tenderness, vomiting, bleeding, etc, ; circumstances (exposures, pregnant, stressed). Also what tests have been run so far? Any recent stresses? ...Read more

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Can drinking tons of water mean that you will never bloat from a high sodium meal?

Can drinking tons of water mean that you will never bloat from a high sodium meal?

No...: The sodium will help hold water in the body. Eventually if your kidneys are working well you'll be able to clear it but it may take a while. ...Read more

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Glucose in urine what does it mean? This is the first time I have ever had this! I also had a big meal before test

Glucose in urine what does it mean? This is the first time I have ever had this! I also had a big meal before test

Kidney limits: Glucose tends to start spilling into the urine any time the blood sugar content exceeds its ability to reclaim it as it filters the blood. This usually equates to a blood sugar of 170 mg/dl or above, that is common to those with type 1 or 2 diabetes.It can also occur at times when the blood sugar is up for other reasons. Time to see your doc. ...Read more

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What does it mean when glucose levels fluctuate from 65 to as high as 146 in 18 hrs, accompanied by fatigue and up to 6 meals per day, and dehydration?

Varying glucose: See a doctor to find out if you have diabetes by having your hemoglobin a1c checked. You should do this as quickly as possible. You also need to have a complete chemistry panel and a CBC to see if you are not anemic or have low levels of potassium in your blood. Good luck. ...Read more

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My wife had a colonoscopy and they found a 3cm sessile polyp in the transverse colon @ 60 cm. The polyp was removed in a piece meal fashion. What does that mean?

My wife had a colonoscopy and they found a 3cm sessile polyp in the transverse colon @ 60 cm. The polyp was removed in a piece meal fashion. What does that mean?

Polypectomy: The gastoenterologist typically uses a hooped metal device to remove the polyp. Sometimes the poly is big enough that they need to cut it in half to get to the base. ...Read more

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