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What Types Of Medicines Are Used To Treat Pulmonary Fibrosis
Find the cause: Some supportive-care meds are common to this and other lung diseases, but the key will be to try to identify a cause if you can. I recently autopsied a 70 year old woman with "unexplained bronchiectasis" and discovered they had missed adult-onset cystic fibrosis -- which could have been managed more effectively. ...Read more
Are there different types of medications used for to treat breast cancer? What are the differences?
Yes! Many!: Some drugs kill dividing cells (chemotherapy), block estrogen (hormone therapy), or target individual cancer cells (biologic therapy). They can be given by vein, by mouth, or injected into a muscle. Your oncologist chooses the medication based on your specific type of breast cancer. Ask your doctor how the medicine works and what side effects to expect. It's great that you're interested! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not treated: Most cases are reactive and the cause has to be addressed, specifically bleeding and inflammatory conditions, infectious or not infectious, most commonly. Even essential thrombocytemia which is affecting specifically thrombocytes is not treated unless platelet count hits 1 million. ...Read more
PH Cure: There are 9 available medications for pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) including phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors, endothelin receptor blockers and prostaclins. The treatment can be quite effective but does not generally cure pah. Lung transplant can cure the disease but has other significant issues. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Combination chemo: The drug choicees are variable among different age groups. Children with ALL are commonly treated with Vincristine/ Prednisone initially and later receive 6MP and Methotrexate. In adults we tend to use Cyclophosphamide, Adriamycin (doxorubicin) vicristine and Dexamethasone. L-Asparaginase is commonly used but only in children. In Ph+ve patients Imatinib is added as well. ...Read more
Treat encephalitis: Treatment of encephalitis depends upon the cause and clinical progression. Usually, the treatment is supportive, as many cases are viral and there is not a specific cure. However, in hsv encephalitis, Acyclovir is used to treat the virus. In certain cases, hospitalization, nutritional support, fever control, antiseizure medication, mechanical ventilation, and corticosteroids may be needed. ...Read more
What drugs are used to treat restrictive cardiomyopathy, what are their dosages and how often are they taken?
Difficult: Restrictive cardiomyopathy can be very challenging to treat. The main avenues for treatment are diuretics to keep excess fluid off the body and blood pressure control of which there are many different choices. I would recommend finding a good heart failure cardiologist to work with. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What happens if beta-blockers are drugs used to treat hypertension what is the name of the types of drugs for low blood?
Common ??: Most encephalitis is triggered by a variety of viruses that have no cure. Supportive meds/fluids can make the patient comfortable with the hope that the immune system will beat it. When the germ is a herpes virus they do have an antiviral that helps but once established is difficult to reverse damage already underway. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many to chose from: There are many different groups of high blood pressure meds beta blockers calcium channet blockers ace inhibiters angoitensin receptor blockers renin inhibiters diuretics alpha blockers central acting drugs vasodilaters so here you have all the groups and each group has several meds.What will work for you without causing side effects in your individual case is decided by your doctor. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Mastopathy: Evening primrose oils and vitamin E may be used to treat chronic breast pain due to cysts (e.g., fibrocystic changes). A 6 month month course of therapy may be needed to experience the benefits. Reduction of caffeine intake is also important. Pruthi S. Altern Med Rev. 2010 Apr;15(1):59-67.Vitamin E and evening primrose oil for management of cyclical mastalgia: a randomized pilot study. ...Read more
Sarcoidosis rx: Many if not most cases of sarcoidosis don't require any treatment. Other meds used to treat sarcoidosis that is active include plaquenil, methotrexate, and Remicade (infliximab) among others. Any medicine that suppresses the immune system can help though all have varying side effect profiles and monitoring requirements but most have fewer side effects than steroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many options: It all depends on your risk factors, h/o heart trouble, stroke, neuropathy, retinopathy, kidney problems, weight but at the present time, we're very concerned about weight gain so the best combination for me is something that does not induce weight gain or better yet, can induce weight loss. Good combination is thus metformin + either victoza/byetta/bydureon or januvia/tradjenta/onglyza. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Oral and injectable: In the US, there are 11 classes of meds approved for t2 diabetes. The most commonly used oral meds are Metformin (which help lower glucose from liver), sulfonylureas and glinides (which increase insulin production), TZDs (lower Insulin resistance) and DPP-4 inhibitors (increase insulin, lower liver glucose). Common injectables are insulin and GLP-1 agonists (like DPP-4 inh but also lower weight). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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