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Shingles vaccine: Zosatvax is a stronger version of the chicken pox vaccine. It is recomended for those over 60 yo, one shot, as 99.5 % of this population has been exposed to chicken pox and is at risk for shingles. The vaccine effectively decreases incidence of shingles by 50%.It should not be given to those with immune system problems. Most presription plans pay for it with a variable co pay. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Zosatvax is a stronger version of the chicken pox vaccine. It is recomended for those over 60 yo, one shot, as 99.5 % of this population has been exposed to chicken pox and is at risk for shingles. The vaccine effectively decreases incidence of shingles by 50%.It should not be given to those with immune system problems. Most presription plans pay for it with ...Read more
My wife has relaps. /remitting MS since 1998. She has been on Copax. for 13 yrs. and is doing very well. She is 63. Would it be safe to get Zostavax?
Not recommended: Ask your doctor but in general the pts with MS especially the relapsing remitting type are recommended against getting this vaccine. Inactive viral vaccines are usually considered safe but not while she is in crisis. The Zostavax is attenuated but not killed. It's ability to cause disease is minimized but not entirely negative. check with your neurologist as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
EFFECTIVE BUT: Yes it is effective to prevent Herpes Zoster even for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients as long as they are not immunosuppressed If immunosuppressed due to therapy than you can not give this vaccine as there is risk of disseminated Herpes Zoster.It is contraindicated ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nope & Unknown: If you're pregnant, you should not get the zostavax vaccine [it's a live virus]. After you get the vaccine, you should wait 3 months before you get pregnant [4 weeks according to the cdc]. If you're breastfeeding, we don't know how vaccine gets into your breast milk [usually they don't. Cdc says not contraindicated]. Zostavax has been tested in ages 50 and older. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Do people with chickenpox from a cranial nerve get protection from zostavax? I read CNS was sequestered from the immune system.
Zostavax is protect: You need to clarify this question with your physician. Zostavax can help prevent herpes Auster and postherpetic neuropathy. It is not 100% protection but it's better than not having any protection. There will also be a new shingles vaccine which is not live virus coming out next year. These are certainly issues you can discuss with your physician about. ...Read more
Is it safe for someone who has received the zostavax vaccine to be near a newborn? If not, how many days should they wait before it is safe again?
So call your doc: This is the HT public information site.We are thousands of volunteer docs based primarily in the US who answer medical questions.We do not offer treatments. State medical boards require a physician/patient relationship,a retrievable record,recent exam with vital signs for prescribing.Failure to do so can lead to loss or restriction of license. It may seem minor to you but it is not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isnt good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more
Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more
Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc..It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Antacid: An h2 blocker (like Pepcid (famotidine) or its generic) once or twice daily, provides relief for many after about a week. If this fails, a proton pump inhibitor (ppi--like Prilosec or its generic) will often work where h2's have failed. If both fail after at least one week trial of each, see your dr or a GI dr for eval. ...Read more