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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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 ...
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Why stomach ulcer need more than one antibiotic at the same time?

Almost all treatment recommendation for gastritis, duodenitis or peptic ulcer that has Helicobacter pylori, calls for 2 or 3 antibiotic at the same time, why is that ? Why not use a single effective ...
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How common are tics as a side-effect when taking Lamotrigine? [closed]

I am on Lamotrogine (specifically in the form Epitec). Last week my dose was raised by 25mg (from 200mg/day to 225mg/day). Over the last couple of days I have developed a tic in my eyes. At first it ...
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Is nurse prescribing limited to PGD medication?

Are nurse prescribers limited to giving PGD medication only? Or are there non-PGD medications they are permitted to prescribe? This question relates to NHS general hospitals in the UK.
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Why should I avoid milk when on antibiotics?

I'm taking antibiotics (specifically, amoxicillin clavulanate) to fight off an ear infection. As she prescribed my antibiotics, my doctor told me not to eat milk products for a few days, then only eat ...
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Is Moderated Caffeine Good? (if so how much and how often)

I have never engaged in caffeine except in rare circumstance where I take Excedrin due to a headache/migraine. However, after reading about the enhanced mental state from caffeine and trying a cup of ...
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Why is thalidomide a current drug on the market?

Given the thalidomide birth defect disaster of the 1960s, why was it later approved by the U.S. FDA for treatment of leprosy (1996) and of multiple myeloma (2006)? Presumably, the teratogenic issues ...
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Antidepressant response post MAOI tachyphylaxis

In 'Listening to Prozac' (Pg. 305) Kramer notes that once monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) poop-out, depressed patients are often unresponsive to subsequent pharmacological interventions (and in ...
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For how long drowsiness and intoxication last with Tramadol 50mg [closed]

My mother took Tramadol 50mg with two panadeines and had drowsiness and intoxication. How long can I expect that to last? Some web sites say 12-24 hours. Is that right?
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Can low libido be a side-effect of schizoprenia medications?

I suffer from schizophrenia and depression and take medication for this. My current medication are Qutipin (200 mg) Oxetol (600 mg) Bupron (300 mg) Arip (30 mg) Qtencare (tablet) I consulted ...
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Is Myopia Reversible/Curable?

Myopia, meaning short sightedness is said to develop when eyes are exposed to excessive strain. But what I've failed to understand properly is whether myopia can be reversed or cured in any manner? ...
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Does taking medication lose hyperfocus on ADHD?

I wonder if taking medication to deal with unconcentration on ADHD would lose hyperfocus, which is considered one of the advantage of ADHD. I understand taking medication on ADHD have a side effect ...
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Is it mandatory to for a blood pressure patient to take medicines throughout the life span? [closed]

I have blood pressure and I want to get rid of medicines.I developed High BP about 4 years ago. Can I prefer to cure it from natural diet that includes natural diet from Spinach, Apple, Carrot and ...
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How can someone not working in the pharmacologic industry help find a solution for a medical problem without donating money and without waiting? [closed]

The question is about the minimum knowledge and equipment required to create drugs for treating infectious diseases or drugs for pain reduction or drugs for cancer treatment and where to acquire ...
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Eye drops came to mouth through eyes

I was using eye drops for allergy, after some time felt bitter taste in my mouth. I unknowingly consumed a little of it. So generally is it OK to consume nasal, eye, ear drops that come in mouth ...
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How much T4 increase do you get per mcg of levothyroxine?

A normal starting dose of levothyroxine is 50 mcg per day. According to ATA, absorption is 60-80%. Let's assume 70% and let's assume 5 L of blood in the average human being. 50 mcg * 0.7 / 5.0 = 7 ...
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How does donepezil impact the immune system?

Is it immunosuppressive? If so, to what extent? What are the mechanisms for this effect?
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Will there never be a cure for cancer? [closed]

They've yet to come up with anything except pumping you with poisons that merely give you an extra year or two to live while you suffer humiliating side-effects. When you ask experts about why they'...
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Elderly Father Takes Prevacid for last 20 years, seems to do more harm, how to stop [closed]

Note: Requesting guidance on how to approach, not medical advice. My Dad is in his early 70s and has taken Prevacid once a day for nearly 20 years. After eating food would come up after an hour. ...
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Synthroid : 30 minutes to 1 hour before meal. What if person waits more than 1 hour

My dad is currently taking Synthroid and according to instructions (link) Use SYNTHROID only as ordered by your doctor. Take SYNTHROID as a single dose, preferably on an empty stomach, one-half to ...
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Fact or Hoax : Unconventional method of saving human life from stroke?

When someone gets a stroke their capillaries in the brainare gradually tearing. Usually, we bring the patient to the nearesthospital for immediate treatment. On the other hand. There's one ...
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Is Depo-Provera shot directly start working?

Is Depo Provera shot directly start working or waiting must be required for it's effects. Secondly when the second shot should be conducted? Exactly after three months or can a delay of one to three ...
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What is the amount of caffeine in the human body over time?

Let's say I know how much caffeine I drank and when. Just knowing my sex, weight (and maybe height), what is the best estimate for how much caffeine is in my system now? For example: Suppose I drank ...
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Why do some medications have HCl?

I have seen a lot of medications including a few that I take for certain situations. 1 of the medications that I occasionally take is Benadryl. The main component of this is Diphenhydramine HCl. I ...
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how does the immune system identify allergens? application: varenicline and lobeline

I'm wondering if we know how the immune system identifies allergens. My biochemistry knowledge is basic so I apologize if I use concepts incorrectly! Specifically, I want to know about the likelihood ...

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