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 much T4 thyroid is equivalent to an amount of T3?

How much T4 thyroid is equivalent to an amount of T3? E.g. will x T4 generally be created to 1/2x T3?
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How offput should one be when drug interaction checkers say “X will decrease/increase the level or effect of Y by altering drug metabolism”?

There are several online drug interaction checkers such as this. This one classes interactions as one of: Do Not Take Together Serious Significant Minor One possible message that checkers ...
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Can an antipyretic (I.e. Aspirin) lower normal body temperature?

Is it possible for an antipyretic medication taken when not experiencing fever to cause a person's body temperature to drop below normal? I found one article that seems to say yes, but only for large ...
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prebiotics and probiotics dosage & can I have them regularly?

I've heard some good things about prebiotics and probiotics - for example, here. I also came across this line... As with any dietary supplement, be aware that probiotic supplements are regulated as ...
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How important is the amount of active ingredient in an ointment?

I own a small tin of "Dr Chase" ointment that is probably 40 years old. This stuff is amazing. In my family we save it for particularly stubborn or difficult cuts and sores because it will heal ...
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Can Neem Leaves be taken directly (Azadirachta indica, Nimtree)

Nimtree is really precious when it comes to skin hygiene. It also has other vital health benefits. Is it alright to take the Nimtree leaves directly? As I heard from a friend that it is harmful to ...
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Does keeping different types of medications in one pill bottle affect their quality?

I take a number of different medications and herbal supplements. Because keeping separate containers in my pocketbook is cumbersome, I've been combining them together in the same prescription bottle. ...
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Can oral contraceptives prevent ovarian cysts from forming?

I wanted to know if there are any ways or any preventive measure that a female can take to prevent the formation of ovarian cyst. In many websites I found that using oral contraceptives prevents the ...
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Do we have a general system of class of drugs that a layman can understand?

When I was reading the accepted answer in the Why do doctors prescribe steroid tablets even though they know the side effects? question, I noticed this phrase located in the second paragraph: ...if ...
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How do anti-gas remedies work?

There are medicines for gas that you can give to children. How do they work? They are sold (in the US) over the counter indicating they are of low health risk, but are there any issues if to much is ...
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Antidepressants and side effects [closed]

There is a friend of mine who takes antidepressants regularly, and now he is kind of addicted to them. Will this cause any health problems for him? How about any long term side effects?
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Are steroids effective for treatment of ACEI-induced angioedema?

A class of blood pressure medications called angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI, e.g. lisinopril, benazepril, etc) sometimes have a side effect of angioedema, usually manifesting as lip ...
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Are OTC pain medications safer than prescriptions?

Are pain medications that I can buy Over the Counter (OTC) any safer than prescriptions I receive from a doctor to manage pain? For example, I have migraines. There are several OTC medications ...
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Medications for asthma [closed]

What are the medications that are available for treating asthma? Do they have any side effects or long term effects on the patient's body?
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Topical nifedipine cream and hypotension

Nifedipine usually is used against high blood pressure. Also nifedipine cream is used for treatment of anal fissures. Can the topical cream applied anally also cause hypotension?
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Crohn's disease and naproxen

Naproxen has some side effects, for example: upset stomach, mild heartburn or stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation; But can it be responsible for ulcerative colitis or a Crohn's desease flare?
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Why do doctors prescribe steroid tablets even though they know the side effects?

Sometimes doctors prescribe steroid tablets to suppress pain for diseases, such as arthritis. Why do they prescribe it even though they know the side effects?
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How exact are the times for how long to wait between pills? [closed]

A 120mg pill of Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine hydrochloride), for example, lasts for 12 hours. You are not supposed to take another Sudafed pill before the 12 hours are up. How exact is this 12-hour limit?...
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Is there any evidence for health benefits from cannabis?

From the Wikipedia article on medical cannabis: The Cannabis plant has a history of medicinal use dating back thousands of years across many cultures. Its usage in modern times is controversial,...