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Questions tagged [medications]

Questions related to intake, use, safety, side effects, pharmacokinetics, or any other aspect of a drug prescribed by a physician.

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Meaning of “potential pharmacogenetic characterisation might also be evaluated so that these syndromes are treated at an earlier age.”

This could be offtopic because this might be just a case of sloppy phrasing and a case of "asking to guess what the authors really meant". A quote from an abstract (GTP-cyclohydrolase deficiency ...
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What is this thing in the reference image called? Is it an Infusion Pump?

Please check this reference, you'll see the machine with some colored buttons and small display in middle top of image. What is this? Is it a volumetric Infusion Pump? Reference
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How to know if it is oily hair-dry scalp or dry hair-oily scalp?

What does it mean for a scalp to be oily or dry and how to treat it? I have been reading about scalps and hair types to identify a shampoo. But I dont understand how a oily scalp produces dry hair ...
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Why do doxycycline pills also contain lactose?

Prescriptions in the UK contain doxycycline as doxycycline hyclate. They are also listed as containing lactose. Why is the lactose helpful?
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Migraines and tryptophan

One theory about migraines is that it is triggered by dropping serotonin levels. One medication, sumatriptan, acts by raising serotonin acting as a reuptake inhibitor. Since tryptophan is converted ...
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Why is episodic use of infliximab associated with a higher incidence of antibody formation towards the drug?

It has been shown in many studies that episodic use of infliximab (and other Anti-TNF agents) increases the incidence of antibody formation towards the drug, when compared with giving the drug on a ...
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Dextroamphetamine vs Dextroamphetamine Salt Combo

Important: I've already consulted my doctor and am not seeking medical advice. I'm just curious here. I've been prescribed and have taken Dextroamphetamine for some time (round orange pill). Recently ...
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Is the drug's effectiveness directly proportional to the half life formula?

For instance half life of a 150ml drug injected to you is 50 days (so you have 75ml left in your system). At 100 days you'll have 37.5ml left in your system. But does that mean the drug is most ...
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How to correctly use salicylic acid plasters against a plantar wart? [closed]

The instructions say it's best to apply them before bed and before washing with warm water and drying the area, but doesn't mention if they should stay on only for the night or for 24 hours. Shouldn't ...
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Inhaling pills possible?

A friend of mine told me some time ago that it actually can be dangerous to take pills (the process of taking it), which to me seemed like a pretty bold statement -- swallowing a pill doesn't seem to ...
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At what point would blood loss impede the ability to achieve an erection?

So first I feel I should clarify this isn't to support some vampire fetish. No this is actually to bring some scientific fact to my fictional work. How many pints in a one month period could an ...
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What to do if someone mistakenly ingests food contraindicated by medication requirements?

In the past I have read a couple of times that one should not consume milk-based-products when taking certain medication for a certain amount of time before and after taking the product. To be a ...
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Where can I find the original brand names of every psychotropic medication?

I'm looking for a place to find the original (initial) brand name of every psychotropic medication when it was first introduced (internationally, not necessarily in the US). I'm not interested in ...
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How does total mg of medicines effect human body?

Most of people are concious about taking medicines by seeing the mg level of medicines as they think that high mg of medicine can effect their body so they limit the use of medicine of high mg instead ...
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Is ShockWave Therapy Useful For ED or not?

I read the following in an article from a Facebook page for a clinic in the Lebanon region, and I am trying to know if this choice is good or not?: Extracorporeal ShockWave Therapy, or ESWT, is a ...
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How does the med, Spironolactone, help with PCOS?

I've been taking Spironolactone for my acne for many years (I'm a woman in my late 20's now). I have been taking it for this intended purpose. The other day, a doctor was looking over my meds and for ...
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What are the dangers of missing a dose and overdose? [closed]

I'm a computer engineering student that would like to address this issue on my next project using prototype and maybe a web-based software or app. But before that, I had to understand why patients ...
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NHS free prescriptions [closed]

If the UK National Health Service offers free prescriptions to certain groups of society, How is the medicine payed for ? My question is do the various drug companies have a 'deal' with the NHS to ...
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Can scopolamine really be given through the ear?

As you might have seen theres a new facebook post going around about a 22 year old women who was drugged in a mall. Supposedly a group of men had 'blown a substance in her ear' and she nearly passed ...
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hair repigmentation and growth from secukinumab

I saw this study(link) about a patient who received a drug called secukinumab and experienced hair re-pigmentation from white to black and hair re-growth and as you can see the results are pretty ...
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a cure for gray hair is on the way? [closed]

I saw this news article (here is the article about it in a medical journal) and began to wonder if the cure for gray hair is on the way. Those immunotherapy drugs can restore hair color only in people ...
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What methods are there for individuals to help them remember if they have taken their medicine?

Forgetfulness whether one has taken the medication already or not is not an uncommon problem. However, especially while taking different medication simultaneously, adherence to the prescription is ...
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Can Cheek bone grow bigger and wider in adulthood when you gain weight? [duplicate]

From somewhere, I might have been heard that If you gain weight even in your adulthood when your growth has been finished, Facial bones can grow because obesity causes hormone balance problems(such as ...
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Why is Tradozone prescribed to aid with insomnia?

Per Wikipedia article: Many clinicians use low-dose trazodone as an alternative to benzodiazepines for the treatment of insomnia. Two recent reviews found that trazodone is the second most ...
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Is benzoyl peroxide as body wash less effective than creams?

For severe acne, wouldn't it be most effective to contact and subject the affected areas to Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) for as long as possible? If yes, then ought it not be applied as a cream? As a body ...
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Why are certain drugs prescribed more often to either males or females?

I have some original data on prescription frequencies of certain common drugs and I have calculated the gender ratio of patients for each. The list below contains Top 15 of the most commonly ...
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Does Dextromethorphan actually suppress coughing?

I had a pretty annoying dry cough a while ago following a cold. In the list of incredients for a cough syrup that I used, it said: Each 5 mL or 1 teaspoonful (tsp.) contains: DM | Cough ...
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Are supplements like Glucosamine permanent or temporary?

I've been into body building for the last 25 years, and my joints are in poor shape. There are things made for sore joints like Glucosamine Sulfate and Turmeric Curcumin that get great reviews. But ...
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Why is it that some medicines “may” cause a side effect?

For example, take the drug diphenhydramine. The website says that "Diphenhydramine is used to treat sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, hives, skin rash, itching, and other cold or allergy symptoms." ...
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Would sharing patient data improve health Care? [closed]

I believe information about a patient is key in medical practitioners. In most cases people seek medication where they find convenient to them. If one has to access medication in another health ...
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What is the mechanism of acute caffeine tolerance?

I'll admit this curiosity is based on a personal experience I'll document here, but I do believe it's an interesting and useful academic question to study and explore. For a while, I've noticed that ...
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What is the benefit of effervescent tablets?

So you have these 'fizzing' tablets, that are to the best of my knowledge referred to as effervescent tablets. The wiki page provides some details, including that they are tablets which are designed ...
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How much does aspirin affect blood clotting?

How long does it take for the clotting effects to wear off. Assuming one dose of around 600mg of aspirin and exactly how much effect does it have on clotting of minor bleeds?
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What resources are available to identify oral medication?

What databases are available to visually identify oral medication found without packaging? Are there different databases for US, European, Far East, etc?
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Will regular consumption of Probiotics cause side effects?

Probiotics are good for people with stomach aches. Is there a medical risk that regular consumption of probiotics without exceeding daily dosage will cause bad effects like addiction or harm to health ...
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What's next after DMARD failure in rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease that is most characterised by a progressive destructive joint disease that is traditionally managed with disease modifying drugs. If these fail to control ...
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What should a GP do if a patient unilaterally discontinues the prescription of a specialist? [closed]

The patient has been diagnosed with a condition by a specialist, unknown to the GP. The specialist prescribes a medication. A month later the patient visits his GP, but three days prior to his ...
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Pills in cold car overnight - still okay?

I accidentally left my depression/anxiety medication in the car overnight. The coldest it got was -6 with a wind chill of -12 (Celsius). The medication in question are tablets, not liquid or gel ...
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Replicated medicine by pharmacists

There has been a discussion in the Netherlands about expensive medicine for rare illnesses. One solution mentioned in the discussion is to allow the pharmacy to replicate the drug in question. I do ...
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Are there different side effects between taking a pill and a syrup (the liquid version of the same pill)?

Whether pain killer or cough medicine, are there differences between taking a pill and taking the liquid version of the same pill? Can I avoid some side effects of a medicine by taking the syrup ...
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What are the indications for ethanol?

I am preparing a paper on an unrelated topic, but a point I am arguing is contingent upon knowing what the clinical indications are for alcohol. Now, I am going to preempt the confusion by simply ...
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What increases Histamine in the body?

What increases histamine in the human body, and are there oral forms of intake to stimulate this increase?
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How can I learn to swallow pills without gagging?

Many people have difficulty swallowing pills or even find themselves unable to do so. While some medications are available in other forms, many are not. Is it possible to learn how to swallow pills? ...
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Chewing Over the Counter Pain Medication?

I am completely unable to swallow whole pills. Never been able to overcome the gag reflex. But I am in a lot of pain and the doctor prescribed over the counter pain medication such as Advil. I have ...
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Heart Rate response to beta-blockers in elderly vs adults [closed]

Beta-blockers act by decreasing the heart rate of the patient. Why is this response decreased in the elderly?
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Why does anybody still prescribe Citalopram with Escitalopram available (apart from price)?

As far as I could find Escitalopram is superior in every way, except for the US price (which might no longer even be the case). So why is the former still widely used worldwide? Did I miss anything? ...
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Why do hemorrhoid medicines include moisturisers such as Witch's Hazel and Aloe Vera?

I read that Witch's Hazel is good as home remedy for hemorrhoid nodules and that it is sometimes a component of medicines. But Witch's Hazel creams are generally intended for the face. So what is the ...
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Relationship between biological half-life and duration of action of a drug

Wikipedia: Half-life describes the time it takes for the blood plasma concentration of a substance to halve its steady-state. First, does this imply that the blood plasma concentration of a drug ...
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Does running help to get rid of a product put in the body by intramuscular injection?

I receive an intramuscular injection of Haldol (Haloperidol) every week. Does doing exercise (such as running) helps in getting rid of the injected Haldol?
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Fish bone stuck in my throat [closed]

I ate fish at lunch yesterday, kinda felt something in my throat, i assumed it'd go away. Later i started feeling like something is definitely there. I tried looking for it using but couldn't see it. ...