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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How to get rid of erectile dysfunction?

Erection problems happen mostly with men. What causes it and what is happening in the body?
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Why did the UK ban phenmetrazine?

I used small doses everyday for years, it's the only thing that made my social disorders bearable. I wasn't breaking any laws. Why did the (UK) government recently ban phenmetrazine when they ...
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Tips to improve the sleep during the night

That I know, I don't have physical and psychological problems, but during the last year I slept pretty bad on purpose (playing, studying, etc ) and I feel that this has negatively affected me. Lately ...
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Stuttering problems

I am a college student with stuttering problems. My first language is Spanish and my second language is English. I came to the U.S four years ago. I didn't stutter that much back then on my first days ...
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Are generics tested for side effects?

I have been reading about generics vs brand-name drugs. I've learned that generics go through extensive testing for bioequivalence (both rate of absorption and total absorption of the active ...
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Does wart treatment (such as freezing) kill the wart or only triger the bodies natural immune reaction?

I’ve heard competing claims about (plantar) wart treatment. Some doctors say freezing it with liquid nitrogen is to kill the wart, while trying to minimize the damage to surrounding healthy tissue. ...
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Is nervousness a kind of illness? [closed]

Is nervousness a kind of illness? For example, we are nervous when we meet a lot of people or we are afraid to talk or perform in front of a large audience during a meeting. What is the best way to ...
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Interactions with Resalor (Prucalopride)

Resalor (Prucalopride) is not available in the United States, and thus no information for it is available on WebMD. Is it safe to take both Resalor and Diflucan (Fluconazole)? Is there anything one ...
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Can i do pranayama when i am suffering from asthma?

I have asthma. I heard that Pranayama is a remedy for asthma. So, what type of precautions would I need to take? And in how many days would you see expect to see the results?
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What does it mean for a medication to be “hard for the liver” or “hard on the kidneys”?

We often hear that a medication is "hard for the liver" or "hard on the kidneys". What does that really mean? What about when a person takes vitamin pills? Is that also hard on the liver or kidneys?...
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Why does overuse of antibiotics cause resistance?

The way I see it there are 2 cases: 1. The patient uses antibiotics and has an infection. 2. The patient does not have an infection and uses the antibiotics. For case 1, this is a legitimate use. ...
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Why would it be necessary to take a brand name medication if a generic drug is available?

Many prescription pads have a way for the doctor to indicate if a brand name medication must be dispensed instead of the generic version (e.g. a line where they can write something like "brand ...
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What is difference between loprox and antifungal cream?

To get loprox (cicloprox), you need a doctors prescription. It's used to cure fungal infections. But you can buy some antifungal creams without prescriptions. Can't you just replace one with ...
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What is the tablet inside generic Omeprazole capsules

Inside every generic delayed-release capsule of Omeprazole is what you would expect, hundreds of tiny granules, but there is also an entire tablet. An oblong, white, plain (no text) tablet. What is ...
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Accidentally took cold medicine an hour early

So I currently have a cold and the medicine I'm taking is supposed to be taken every 4 hours. For some reason I thought I was supposed to take my next dose at 3pm, but after I took it, I realized I ...
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Lab test for Pregnancy, Not Clearly listed?

Can anyone list the Laboratory Test that are prescribed in the picture?(It's for a pregnancy in week 28+1).
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The “gay bomb” and medical aphrodisiacs

Former Nobel laureates and other researchers at Harvard awarded the 2007 Ig Nobel Peace Prize to the creators of the "gay bomb" -- a non-lethal military weapon under development intended to induce ...
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Why gamers dont wear glasses [closed]

I noticed on every gaming channel no one is wearing glasses and thats bad for a eye to live i think gamers like "DanTDM" is playing games everyday which is very bad but i found glasses that have ...
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What constitutes an emergency doctor's appointment

I tried booking an appointment at short notice today and I was asked if it was an emergency. I said yes, but they disagreed and made an appointment for the following week. I'm wanting to know what ...
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How many years is considered long term drug/medication usage

Patients tend to worry about the side effects that may be caused by longterm drug/meds usage. How many years do you have to consume the drug/meds to say that you are longterm on it? Likewise, if you ...
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Uremic encephalopathy, diabetes, and halucinations

I'm in highschool, interested in patient diagnosis and treatment and that's why I'm asking this question. I've recently heard about a patient with end-stage uremic encephalopathy and diabets. He has ...
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What is the reason behind doctors giving some medicines after/before the meal?

How they give medicine like you have to take in early morning without taking any food?
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Side Effect of Lyrica medication

Due to nerve swelling I was taking Lyrica medication for a few weeks, but after I started to take the medication I started to feel some side effects, such as swelling eye in the morning, appetite ...
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Refrigeration for peptides

I left a bottle of peptides on my desk without refrigeration for about 24 hours. Are the peptides ruined? My house is generally kept cool and the bottle was cool to the touch when I picked it up again....
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Amisulpride and elevated prolactin levels

Amisulpride has a half life of 12 hours, according to some articles. Amisulpride often causes an elevation in prolactin levels, which can be chronic with long term use. This causes endocrine system ...
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Can a drug to be used in the clinic to treat a disease that failed a clinical trial? [duplicate]

I am searching for drugs for my uncle who has prostate cancer who is afraid to take corticosteroids. I read about the drug cabozantinib, but it said it failed a 3rd phase clinical trial, even though ...
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Are there any long term health risks for a woman (and/or her children) when using hormonal birth control?

Research seems to indicate that contraceptives which contain only progestin are generally considered safe for women even when taken daily as pills for several years. But my wife conceived while ...
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How anti-inflammatory are nsaids?

So I currently have some bad tonsillitis and an infection in one of my ears. My doctor at school gave me ibuprofen (for pain and anti-inflammation) and penicillin. I was just wondering if higher doses ...
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Why does caffeine make me sleep better?

I have self-administered around 4 mg/kg of caffeine (peroral), and around two hours later I fell asleep, being just a little bit sleep-deprived. After around five hours of sleep I found myself awake, ...
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Splitting pills in half

Sometimes a physician will instruct the patient to reduce the dosage of a prescription medication by 50%. Obviously, if the tablet has an enteric coating, or is in a special encapsulation (such as ...
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Effectiveness of hormonal birth control

I recently got on birth control, I waited a week until I had unprotected sex so the pill could adjust start taking effect. But I'm still a little scared because I had sex without a condom after the ...
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Will taking Clonazepam daily as a sleeping aid for long term cause any side effects?

I suffer from insomnia. Are there any side effects if I take Clonazepam daily as a sleeping aid for long term? Will I become tolerant to it?
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Effects of taking 1800mg of ibuprofen at once

I took one and I waited about 15 to 30 min and then I took two more. Each pill is 600mg. Altogether it is 1800mg in 30 minutes time. Could something happen? If not, could something happen if I took ...
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Is There a Way to Stimulate Taste Buds After Stroke?

After a stroke late last year, my 87 year-old grandfather hasn't been doing so hot. After being discharged from the hospital's rehab center, he has been in our care for over two months. Keeping food ...
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Does Ritilian, or other AD/HD medication, abuse increase college students ability to study?

In colleges abuse of ritalin, or any of the newer AD/HD medications within the similar family of stimulants, is quite common. The belief is that it will assist those without AD/HD when studying, or ...
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Can early exposure to stimulates, like ritalin, result in higher tolerance to them?

As a child I was diagnosed with ADD and put on Ritalin from a young age. As a child I use to have significant insomnia, but did not realize it was due to Ritalin until I finally stopped taking it ...
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L-carnitine effective for weight loss?

L-carnitine is an amino acid that is naturally produced in the body. It is known as a fatty acids transporter (from the intermembraneous space in the mitochondria into the mitochondrial matrix) during ...
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Side effects of ivermectin and anti-hypertensive drugs

Are there any side effects when the drug Ivermectin and anti-hypertensive drugs are taken together? I'm only asking out of curiosity. I worked briefly as an intern with US-AIDS for the control and ...
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Sertraline (Zoloft) safety?

Sertraline, is a very commonly prescribed medication for patients suffering with mental health conditions such as Depression. Overdose guidelines, however, are not firmly presented. What dosage of ...
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What can the variability of strength be between different brands of supposedly identical medications?

I remember reading that medications are within allowable specs if the contain +/- 30% of the labelled strength. I can't find the source of that information in order to check its validity. If that is ...
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How much food is necessary to buffer the stomach when taking medicine?

Very often, doctors or pharmacists will advise patients to take certain pills with food to "act as a buffer" so the patient is less likely to get a stomach ache from taking the pill. How much food is ...
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Folic acid dose before conception

What is the normal folic acid dosage that should be taken while trying to conceive? The minimum dosage available in my region is 5 mg tablets. Is that an acceptable dose? I read somewhere that the ...
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When is a stomach “empty” for the purpose of taking medication?

Some medication (certain antibiotics, thyroxine, PPIs) need to be taken on an "empty stomach". For most patients, that just means they take them after sleeping. However, certain circumstances can lead ...
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Effect of milk on effectiveness of oral tetracycline

Tetracycline is known to be inhibited by calcium ions, and milk contains quite some calcium ions. What I want to ask is, to what extent does drinking milk affect the effectiveness of orally taken ...
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What is the safety margin on duration of an antibiotics (levofloxacin) treatment?

Recently I was prescribed an antibiotics (levofloxacin) treatment of 500mg daily for 7 days. Being in Indonesia the doctors generally don't give any information and I took my first dose at exactly the ...
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Do dosage directions refer to the amount of medical product or to the amount of active ingredient of it?

I have a package of Daktarin oral gel, and want to decide what quantity to take. I have trouble understanding the leaflet. The box says that each gram of the gel contains 20 mg of the active ...
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How does Ponstan treat headaches?

I was having a headache and it remained this way for 3 to 4 hours. Then I took "Ponstan" . My headache was completely gone immediately. What active ingredient is in Ponstan and how does it work? Also,...
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Long term use of stomach acid reducers: Omeprazole or Ranitidine?

I find omeprazole (Prilosec, Losec) and ranitidine (Zantac) work about equally well for stomach acid reduction. For long term daily use, which is safer?
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Does tolerance develop to medicinal use of dextroamphetamine?

Dextromphetamine is used long-term to treat ADHD. Does the agent's effectiveness in treating the disorder decrease with time? Do the mood elevating properities of the drug attenuate?
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Why is medicine used to treat symptoms which are our body's way of telling us something is wrong?

If symptoms are our bodies way of saying that something is wrong and needs to be attacked/fixed, why do we take medicines to suppress our symptoms? Doesn't that negate the point of having the symptoms?...