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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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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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. ...
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Do drugs with the same chemical formula work identically?

As a simple example, H2O molecules are identical, but water can have three different forms (liquid, vapour, ice.) What about more complex matters, like drugs? Can they have different forms which work ...
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systemic absorption of chlorhexidine

I have question from dentistry field in Periodontology. How much is .25% chlorhexidine gel absorbed in plasma or blood when placed in periodontal pocket ? Any help would be appreciated.
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Can Crizalk 250mg cause extreme forgetfulness?

For an ALK positive (anaplastic lymphoma kinase) lung cancer, is extreme forgetfulness or any other memory related issues a recognised adverse side effect of treatment with Crizotinib?
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What is the proper time to eat Vitamin B2 and B6?

I am usually told to take particular medicines before dinner or after dinner. Does this apply to Vitamin B2 and B6? More detailly, Should I eat them in 30 minutes near dinner (after longer time, ...
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Is drug-based liver damage usually traceable to free radical generation?

From my fairly limited understanding, much of the time medications are said to be damaging to the liver, what is meant is that the process of breaking them down causes the formation of free radicals, ...
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Why are topical corticosteroids used in conjunction with an antiviral to treat herpes keratitis?

Herpes simplex keratitis is a viral infection of the eye. Topical antiviral medications are used to treat the virus. Corticosteroids ophthalmic drops are sometimes used as well. But corticosteroids ...
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Is it safer to take Naproxen once a day or twice a day?

Given the choice of taking 500mg of Naproxen once a day, or 250mg of Naproxen twice a day (separated by ~12 hours), which is safer for the kidneys and liver?
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Drug to prevent sexual desire?

Is there a drug to decrease sexual desire or prevent it? Are there therapies to eliminate the habit of frequent masturbation, if one were to want to postpone sexual behaviors until a future ...
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How do drug companies know how to produce a generic drug?

Do the original companies have to reveal their manufacturing process to the public before they sell the drugs and the other companies can copy from them after their patent is expired?
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Does use of NSAIDs prolong recovery time from febrile illness?

My understanding's that fever's an immune system response to pathogens. Would suppression of this response delay time to recovery?
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Is death due to drug-induced respiratory arrest painful?

Overdose of many psychoactive drugs (opiates, benzodiazepines and others) can cause respiratory arrest, which may lead to death. This appears in every prescribing information of said drugs, but I was ...
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What can you infer from an unknown drug from its name

When talking about drugs, three names often get discussed: brand name, generic name, and active ingredient. What are the differences between these names and what do they tell you about the drug. This ...
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What is the reason you can only take flucloxacillin on an empty stomach?

Is there a specific type of food that causes flucloxacillin to not be abosrbed more so than other kinds of food? Specifically could somebody eat for example a handful of almonds or peanuts as a small ...