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What's the likelihood of long term antibiotic prophylaxis resulting in pulmonary fibrosis with Nitrofurantoin? Mom's getting sequentially recurrentuti

What's the likelihood of long term antibiotic prophylaxis resulting in pulmonary fibrosis with Nitrofurantoin? Mom's getting sequentially recurrentuti

Pulmonary fibrosis : Pulmonary fibrosis due to nitrofurantoin is rare, about less than 1% reported in literature, but risk increases with age of patient and other medical condition. Symptoms may start to develop after 6 months of treatment. Usually fatigue, dry cough and shortness of breath without fever. Stop the nitrofurantoin if these symptoms develop and see a physician immediately ...Read more

Prophylaxis (Definition)

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What is prophylaxis?

What is prophylaxis?

Prevention: Giving a medication, vaccine or treatment to prevent a disease. ...Read more

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What does prophylaxis mean in dentistry?

What does prophylaxis mean in dentistry?

Tooth Cleaning: Tooth cleaning is referred to as prophylaxis or prophy. The reason for the name is that it's done to "prevent" or minimize chances of tooth disease. ...Read more

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What is sbe prophylaxis?

What is sbe prophylaxis?

Endocarditis: Sbe stands for subacute bacterial endocarditis. It can occur in patients who have a very leaky valve in the heart (mitral valve) causing a back flow (called regurgitation) across the valve. During a dental cleaning, bacteria from the mouth may travel through the blood and seed such a valve, cause bacterial endocarditis. To prevent this, antibiotics are prescribed for these folks before cleaning. ...Read more

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What is postexposure prophylaxis or pep?

What is postexposure prophylaxis or pep?

Prevention of hiv: One can be infected by HIV if stuck by an infected needle; however studies have shown that if highly active anti-retroviral (haart)medication is taken within 36 hours of exposure to the HIV virus through needle stick and/or body fluid or any bloody fluid, the risk of contracting the disease is dramatically decrease when haart is taken as prophilaxis ( prevention). ...Read more

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What is the best prophylaxis for traveler's diarrhea?

What is the best prophylaxis for traveler's diarrhea?

Food,H2O precautions: Travelers diarrhea is due to bacteria in water, uncooked foods, salads & fruits in developing countries; avoiding these will reduce the risk. Prescription medications for short term travelers may minimize diarrhea in certain circumstances. Prescriptions for self treament are sometimes given. Always get pre-travel advise, medications and vaccines from your pcp or infectious disease md. ...Read more

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What causes my attacks and prophylaxis? I take ergotamine tartarate.

What causes my attacks and prophylaxis? I take ergotamine tartarate.

Migraines?: If you are taking ergotamine, then someone has likely determined that your attacks are migraines. Migraines are a very common problem, but their cause is not entirely understood. There are many over-the-counter and prescription medications that may be helpful for migraine prophylaxis. Discuss your options with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is subacute bacterial endocarditis prophylaxis?

What is subacute bacterial endocarditis prophylaxis?

Prophylaxis: This is antibiotic therapy given before a procedure which may induce bacteria into the blood stream in a patient with pre-existing heart valve abnormalities. There is very little evidence outside of some animal studies to suggest the efficacy of this, but it is often used because the doctor believes it is effective, or in fear of subsequent litigation if they fail to do so. ...Read more