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Why would my doctor tell me to avoid tamoxifen?

Why would my doctor tell me to avoid tamoxifen?

Risks vs. benefits: Tamoxifen is a very effective drug for the prevention and treatment of hormone-sensitive breast cancer. However, like all medications, there are small risks associated with tamoxifen, including a risk of blood clots, stroke, uterine cancer, and cataracts. I would suspect that your dr. Felt that the risks outweighed the benefits in your case or that your cancer was not sensitive to tamoxifen. ...Read more

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Dr. Sean Canale
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Tamoxifen (Definition)

This medication is used to: treat breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body in men and women. Treat early breast cancer in women who have already been treated with surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy. Reduce the risk of developing a more serious type of breast cancer in women who have had ductal carcinoma in situ (dcis; a type of breast cancer ...Read more


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Can you tell me how i can ask my doctor to prescribe me hormones to make my breasts grow?

Can you tell me how i can ask my doctor to prescribe me hormones to make my breasts grow?

Hormones won't: Necessarily do the job. Some oral contraceptives can be associated with increase in breast size in some women (sometimes). ...Read more

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What would you suggest I do to convince my mom to take me to the hospital?

What would you suggest I do to convince my mom to take me to the hospital?

What for?: Explain your symptoms to your mother. Don't know if you have an acute or a chronic problem. Don't know if is it is psychological or straight medical. Don't know how severe the symptoms are. Don't know why there would be resistance- are parents insensitive? Are you hypochondriacal? Don't have much info to go on here. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor told me to take tofranil (imipramine) when needed?

What do you suggest if my doctor told me to take tofranil (imipramine) when needed?

Not sure: imipramine is not usually an "as needed" medication. call your doctor and get clarification. also, what do the instructions on the bottle say? ...Read more

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Why would my heart arrhythmia doctor tell me to eat more salt? He did not really tell me why.

Why would my heart arrhythmia doctor tell me to eat more salt? He did not really tell me why.

Arrhythmia & salt: In general, too much salt can lead to fluid retention and elevated blood pressure, which in turn can increase your risk of heart disease and arrhythmia. But if your sodium level is abnormally low, you may need more salt intake. Salt may be an important source of iodine if you are deficient. So, your case should be discussed with your doctor because we don't know the context. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor doesn't want to see me anymore and told me to get another doctor because I asked questions?

What do you suggest if my doctor doesn't want to see me anymore and told me to get another doctor because I asked questions?

Interesting.: Did you ask lots of questions? Did you take up large amounts of time asking questions? Did you ask questions that pertained to the problem that you came in for? Did you go in with one chief problem or multiple issues? Do you ever use doctor's visits as a way to get social needs met? I don't mean to insult you with these questions - just trying to understand the dynamic. ...Read more

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How could i convince my doctor to let me get HGH therapy?

How could i convince my doctor to let me get HGH therapy?

Don't ask: Unless you are a prepubertal short person or have hypothalamic/pituitary damage. An endocrinologist would want to do dynamic hormone tests to see if you really have a deficiency of hgh. Otherwise he or she should not give it to you. ...Read more

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What would you suggest I do to convince my psychiatrist to prescribe me antidepressants?

What would you suggest I do to convince my psychiatrist to prescribe me antidepressants?

May not need: Your psychiatrist may feel that you will do better without meds, and may feel you will respond better with a different approach. You might want to discuss your options and get explanation regarding rationale of your current therapy. ...Read more

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What would you suggest I do to convince my boyfriend to go to the doctor for ulcers?

DON;T YOU KNOW?: You should know him better then any of us on this forum, should know what makes him tick! ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to stop the gp prescribing too much wrong medication for my elderly dad?

Can you tell me how to stop the gp prescribing too much wrong medication for my elderly dad?

Geriatric assessment: This is where a full eval by a Geriatrician can help. Polypharmacy is common and have a significant impact on may things in the elderly- including hospitaliztions for adverse drug reactions, falls and confusion. A frequent review and education og the patient about his meds may help duplication of meds and missue. Please try to find a board certified Geriatrician in your area for a comprehensive. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could my pain management doctor refuse to prescribe for me unless i quit smoking?

Please tell me, could my pain management doctor refuse to prescribe for me unless i quit smoking?

Hard to say: I'm not able to answer based on limited information, and can't comment on another doctor. If you are referring to getting controlled medications for your pain, such as narcotics, some providers consider patient use of any addictive substances to be a cause of not prescribing pain medications. Smoking cigarettes has been connected to having lower ability to handle pain. Consider quitting! ...Read more

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What to do if I had an MRI and my doctor is sending me to a specialist, can anyone explain to me what he meant?

What to do if I had an MRI and my doctor is sending me to a specialist, can anyone explain to me what he meant?

An abnormal finding: It depends on the site evaluated by the MRI. In any event, an abnormality was possibly seen and you are being referred for further evaluation ...Read more

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What do you advise if doctor won't tell me anything. can anyone help me understand my trans vaginal ultrasound?

What do you advise if doctor won't tell me anything. can anyone help me understand my trans vaginal ultrasound?

Persistence: When ever, I wish to have my own doctor give me more details, I have always requested the doctor to spend a few more minutes with me. Almost all doctors have given me extra time. Just remember to respect the time that is allotted for your visit. If you think you will need extra time with the doctor, make sure you mention it while scheduling your appointment. All will be well. ...Read more

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What would be a good way to convince my doctor to prescribe me anti-depressants?

What would be a good way to convince my doctor to prescribe me anti-depressants?

No need to convince: Tell your doctor what symptoms you are experiencing and he will be able to arrive at a diagnosis. However, if you feel that you have depression and your pcp does not agree with you, then ask to be referred to a psychiatrist for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Please tell me what to say to my gp if i want to talk to a therapist?

Please tell me what to say to my gp if i want to talk to a therapist?

Tell your GP: what is bothering you and why you think you may benefit from psychotherapy. Most physicians know a number of therapists and can give you a few referrals to psychologists who specialize in the issues you are struggling with. You could also set up a consult with a psychologist on HealthTap's concierge service. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me when should I talk to my doctor about blood sugar problems?

Doctors can you tell me when should I talk to my doctor about blood sugar problems?

Depends: Upon the problem. If your sugar isn't in control, you should talk w/your doctor or the medical team as often as necessary to get it under control. Don't try to do it all yourself, ask for help, advice and assistance. ...Read more

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Could my doctor have give me nolvadex or Clomid (clomiphene) to help me if i took prohormones and got gyno, how to know?

Could my doctor have give me nolvadex or Clomid (clomiphene) to help me if i took prohormones and got gyno, how to know?

Clomid (clomiphene): At 37 years of age, you do not have the luxury of wasting time with a doctor who does not specialize in infertility. You need a complete assessment. This is the only way to know your needs. ...Read more