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Doctor insights on: Will Phototherapy Cause Side Effects For A Two And A Half Year Old

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Will phototherapy cause side effects for a two and a half year old ?

Will phototherapy cause side effects for a  two and a half year old ?

Possibly: Not because of any direct effect of phototherapy. In that age child, phototherapy has not been used in any studies i could find. Trying to use phototherapy on a child that age i believe, would likely be ineffective and possibly harmful. Harmful because they are developmentally too young to participate in or understand what is happening and could become afraid and traumatized unnecessarily. ...Read more

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What lasting effects will 10mg prednisone have on a 15 year old who has been on it for more than a year?

What lasting effects will 10mg prednisone have on a 15 year old who has been on it for more than a year?

Prednisone : talking prednisone for a long period of time can cause high blood sugar problems, stunting growth, risk of cataract, central obesity and risk of bruising. It can also cause excessive hair growth, and skin atrophy ...Read more

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My 2 month old has been on a dose of ranitidine of 18mg/kg for a month. Is this a safe dose? Can this cause long term damage?

My 2 month old has been on a dose of ranitidine of 18mg/kg for a month.  Is this a safe dose? Can this cause long term damage?

RANITIDINE DOSE: The dose is 4-8 mg/kg/day in 2 divided doses. For more severe cases like gerd, erosive esophagitis it is 5-10 mg/kg/day in 3 divided doses. Check with your pediatrician again. ...Read more

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Could a small dose of prednisone, given one time, cause an 11 yr old girl to have side effects for 2 months?

Could a small dose of prednisone, given one time, cause an 11 yr old girl to have side effects for 2 months?

No: You do not mention the specific side effects but i strongly doubt any side effects from a single small dose of Prednisone to be significant. ...Read more

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Is it possible to experience withdrawal from topamax (topiramate) and ativan a year and a half later? I took both for 5 years.

Is it possible to experience withdrawal from topamax (topiramate) and ativan a year and a half later? I took both for 5 years.

No.: If you have taken neither medicine for a year and a half, then your symptoms, whatever they are, may be quite distressing, but they cannot be attributed to withdrawal from either medicine. I suggest you contact your prescribing doctor, to consider treatment for you symptoms, if they are distressing. ...Read more

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I am 55 years old and want to know if being on a dose of 150mg of topomax for bipolar for a long period of time can have a bad side effect on you?

I am 55 years old and want to know if being on a dose of 150mg of topomax for bipolar for a long period of time can have a bad side effect on you?

Possibly: Topamax (topiramate) has many potential adverse risks. Kidney stones may be prevented with vigourous hydration, narrow angle glaucoma may occur, metabolic acidosis can occur with surgery or if kidney disease arises, cognitive issues mainly affecting short-term memory or speech can reverse when drug is stopped, heat stroke has been reported in kids. ...Read more

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Is it harmful for my 14 year old son with hypertension to take different medications for it every week for 6 weeks to see which one works best for him?

Is it harmful for my 14 year old son with hypertension to take different medications for it every week for 6 weeks to see which one works best for him?

Hypertension: I hope your son has been evaluated by a pediatric cardiologist and/or pediatric nephrologist to determine the cause of his hypertension. Changing medication weekly is not helpful because some medication take longer than a week to start working. ...Read more

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Given a prescription for prednisone for a swallowing issue. I took 40 mg for five days. How long will prednisone stay in my system? Side effects?

Given a prescription for prednisone for a swallowing issue.  I took 40 mg for five days.  How long will prednisone stay in my system?  Side effects?

3-8 days: Prednisone has a 18-36hr half-life and 5 half-lives is considered full elimination. Medication beneficial effects usually wear off in 1-2 half-lives but adverse effects can last past 5 half-lives. Potential Adverse effects are too numerous to list here. If you don't have symptoms don't worry about what a small number of other users reported as long as swallowing issue resolved and you fell well. ...Read more

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Is propranolol safe for anxiety and if yes what is the dose and complications expected in a 22 year old male?

Is propranolol safe for anxiety and if yes what is the dose and complications expected in a 22 year old male?

40mgm 1 hour before: 40 mgm to be taken one hour before the performance.It works only for performance related anxiety like giving a speech,audition,interview.It is a beta blocker and prevents adrenaline from binding to various beta receptor sites found in heart.lungs and certain parts of autonomic system.Used for this it can slow your heart,cause drowsiness,nausea and lightheadedness in some people.Mostly well tolerat ...Read more

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My 14 yr old son is going to start taking 500 mg of cephalexin twice a day for acne. Is it safe to take this for a long period of time?

My 14 yr old son is going to start taking 500 mg of cephalexin twice a day for acne. Is it safe to take this for a long period of time?

It is safe: This regimen is safe if properly managed by the prescribing doctor. Your dermatologist selected this particular antibiotic for a clinical reason, & his/her recommendations should be followed. Cephalexin is often used for pustular acne that tests positive for staph or for acne that has been resistant to the typical antibiotic, tetracycline, which can be contraindicated in an immature 14 year old ...Read more

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Can taking Percocet for back pain cause liver and kidney damage? Been taking for almost a year. Less than prescribed but at least one a day.

Can taking Percocet for back pain cause liver and kidney damage? Been taking for almost a year. Less than prescribed but at least one a day.

Highly unlikely: The oxycodone is Percocet is not the cause of the problem - it is the tylenol (acetaminophen). One tablet contains 325 mg of tylenol, and that is not enough, even daily, to cause harm in someone who is otherwise healthy and not on other medications or substances (like alcohol in excess) that can damage liver or kidney. Look into non-opiate ways to treat pain:physical therapy, weight loss,exercise. ...Read more

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What is the correct dosage for a 2 and a half yr old and a 7 yr old for melatonin at night time?

What is the correct dosage for a 2 and a half yr old and a 7 yr old for melatonin at night time?

Sleeping habits: Rather than getting your children on drugs change their sleeping habits. Have a quiet hour before bedtime. Read to them, play soft music, give them a warm bath, but dont get them excited before bedtime. Put them to bed at the same time every evening. ...Read more

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How long will a medicated bipolar manic last for a 54 year old male. He is treated for this the first time and it is lasting already for a month?

How long will a medicated bipolar manic last for a 54 year old male. He is treated for this the first time and it is lasting already for a month?

Unclear?: I am wondering if your question is, how long will a particular medication last? It is not really possible to say without knowing the name of the medication. It is very important, i think, to be in close contact with the person's psychiatrist, especially since you say there are already good results. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Hi.I used antibiotics for two years, highest dose of reacutan for seven months a long time ago.I tried all sorts.Why is my skin terrible.I am healthy.

Hi.I used antibiotics for two years, highest dose of reacutan for seven months a long time ago.I tried all sorts.Why is my skin terrible.I am healthy.

Acne?: I believe you are saying you have bad acne and various treatments such as antibiotics or Accutane have not helped. This is certainly unusual as Accutane is highly effective against most severe acne conditions. You need to see a dermatologist for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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My five years old started with a cold sore for the first time. Is there any medication or treatment for this condition?

My five years old started with a cold sore for the first time. Is there any medication or treatment for this condition?

Oral herpes?: First confirm the diagnosis. Not all apparent cold sores are due to herpes. A sore inside the mouth more likely is a canker sore, not a cold sore. Effective treatment is available for oral herpes, but not before confirming the diagnosis and it needs a prescription. Take your daughter to the pediatrician right away -- the sooner the better for accurate diagnosis and for effective treatment. ...Read more