Questions tagged [side-effects]

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Can MRI scans be dangerous for one's health?

Can MRIs have any deleterious effect on one's health? Or would it be safe to have say 5 MRIs per year?
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What effects does alcohol have on underage children?

In most countries, there is a legal drinking age: 21 in the U.S., 18 in most European countries. I've always been told that legal drinking age is in place because alcohol has harmful effects on ...
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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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What are the long-term side effects of melatonin?

What are the long-term side effects of taking melatonin as an oral supplement? The couple of articles I have read are inconclusive: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/11/what-is-melatonin-...
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Why does my antibiotic make my urine yellow?

When I was given antibiotics for fever by my doctor, I noticed that my urine is unusually yellow. Why is that?
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Is smoking during pregnancy harmful to child and mother?

In what way does smoking cigarettes by the mother affect the child and the mother during the pregnancy? What are further consequences it might have during the pregnancy and delivery of the baby?
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Alcohol consumption during pregnancy

In what ways does consuming alcohol affect a mother and her child during pregnancy? Can it cause serious effects on the baby that is yet to be born? Can it cause any consequences to the mother and ...
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How safe are contact lenses?

Are there any side effects to wearing contact lenses for a long time? Is there any way that wearing them can damage your eyes? I'm referring to long-term use that is within or close to the ...
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Are there any untoward synergistic effects in taking a combination of acetaminophen plus ibuprofen?

A number of years ago, it became popular to advocate a combination of acetaminophen and ibuprofen (or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication) at the usual higher doses (e.g. 1,000mg ...
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Can effervescent multivitamin tablets cause teeth problems?

I somehow stumbled upon this article: Revealed: How fizzy vitamin supplements can wreck your teeth. Certainly, Daily Mail is probably not a very reliable source. But when I searched in Google Scholar ...
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Are there any hazards associated with changing sleep schedules (shift work)?

One of my friends works on rotational shifts (if she works a week during the day, another week she needs to work during the night). Her sleeping cycles are changing continuously. Will this cause any ...
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What are side effects frequencies based on?

I am one of these patients who reads everything that comes with their pills. Including, of course, the sometimes really long side effects list. Where I am, and from what I read online this is common, ...
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Does inhibiting prolactin levels cause any health problems?

I am using a prolactin inhibitor drug called "Dostinex". In general, it has some positive effects on me (increased libido, better mood) and I haven't realized any bad side effects. I'm wondering, ...
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Effects of X-rays on the human body

What is the maximum number of times a person can safely undergo x-ray scanning? If this limit is exceeded, are there serious and/or life threatening side effects that the person may experience?
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Effects caused by staying near the mobile network towers

What are the possible consequences and health problems that a person staying very close to mobile signal towers could be subjected to. I have heard that the people who stay very close these towers ...
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Light Sensitivity as a result of Caffeine Intake

Is it possible that caffeine as a psychoactive chemical could produce an effect of light sensitivity in an individual or worsen an already present condition of light sensitivity? More specifically ...
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What is the time frame of developing adrenal suppression when taking oral corticosteroids?

I was prescribed a short-term prednisolone therapy. From my research, it seems that many of the side effects are associated with prednisolone replacing the natural corticosteroids produced by the body,...
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How does anxiety and stress affect the bowels?

It appears to be accepted that anxiety and stress can cause constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but how does your mental state actually affect the functioning of the bowel?
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Outcomes and risks of LASIK surgery

If an individual with poor eyesight undergoes LASIK surgery, will it return the sight exactly to normal? What are the risks of the procedure? Are there any side effects or complications to be ...
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Why isn't paracetamol routinely combined with n-acetylcysteine?

Whether it's acute large dose paracetamol or long term regular dosage of paracetamol usage, it is a problem for the liver, ototoxic and even potentially life-threatening. While one might question the ...
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Lithium side effects (kidney)

Lithium (taken as a mood stabilizer) can lead to renal problems in patients, especially those taking it long-term. How prevalent are these side effects and how are they managed - for example, ...
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Low voltage exposure

I know that there is a lot of information regarding the dangers of life-threatening levels of electricity, but I have not seen much about the dangers of low voltages of electricity. For example, I ...
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How much space should be in between taking an antidepressant and drinking coffee?

For stimulants such as Methylphenidate and coffee, it is at least an hour, so I read: Stimulant + Stimulant = Stimulated. Don't take your Concerta with coffee in future. Space them out at least ...
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Do the broken mercury thermometer causes any health problem or poisoning?

While using a mercury thermometer if it breaks and the mercury content in it is accidentally swallowed will it cause poisoning? and will it cause any long term effects or side effects on the body of ...
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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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Effects and side effects of artifical oxytocin

I have heard that oxytocin improves mood drastically, is secreted in the body during certain activities, can be synthesized artificially, and the artificially synthesized oxytocin can be consumed ...
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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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What are the health risks of consuming 6-8 liters (1.5-2 gallons) of water daily?

Are there any health risks of consuming large quantities of water at a time or throughout the day?
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Is Glue on Chocolate and other Wrappers Safe/ Edible?

Is the glue from the wrappers on chocolate bars (Yorkie for example) and other foods safe to eat and consume (sometimes it gets stuck on the product)? I tried researching but came up blank... I am ...
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Grapefruit Seeds (not juice) and Cialis

My andrologist prescribed me Cialis and Cistonorm. While reading Cialis leaflet I have discovered that grapefruit juice might affect how Cialis work and Cistonorm contains grapefruit seeds. I know ...
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What is wrong with taking coffee and methylphenidate together?

I think this question is related to my other question here Concerta or other kinds of methylphenidate can be and is seen by some to be several cups of a coffee in one pill. Provided my understanding ...
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Does drinking water more than 10 liters per day has any benefit or side effect?

I knew the fact that drinking water more is good for health. 3 Liters per day is good enough for health. But I am drinking more than 10 liters per day. My question is does drinking water more than 10 ...
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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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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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How long should I wait to drive after taking a painkiller?

Recently, I was prescribed hydrocodone. Part of the instructions I was given (on the label, from the physician, and from the pharmacist) included not to drive while taking the medication. However, it ...
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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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Effect of water consumption on rate of digestion

I drink a lot of water, a maximum of 0.5 liter per hour. Does this change the rate of digestion and are there any side effects for this kind of habit?
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Does daily hair wash reduce body heat and cause hair loss? [closed]

Does washing hair daily reduce the body heat? and Does washing hair daily cause hair loss or split hair or any hair problems and side effects in health?
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Is there any possible health risks to eating subway every day? [closed]

Every day, I eat an average 6' subway sandwich, which is around 300 calories plus a drink (sweet tea). There may be a possibility that the meats are processed and i can realize that, but is eating ...
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What are the health concerns with using a laptop on your lap?

I've always wondered why people say I should not put my laptop my lap while using it without telling me why, until I found out that it leads to male infertility and skin discoloration. Are there any ...
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Why some people experience no side effects from a drug?

NOTE: Please, do not refer to the article it has been given as an arbitrary introduction to the question I've stumbled upon an article daily heroin usage for 20 years. Basically, the article is ...
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Frequency of drug side effect listed as “unknown”

I'm looking at the side effects of Madopar, and all of them are listed as "unknown frequency". How can frequency be unknown? Even if just one of a million patients got a certain side effect, that ...
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Turmeric vs Ibuprofen

Is there any truth in what is said here, that Ibuprofen is toxic to heart muscle and turmeric is an effective alternative? I have tried to find the study mentioned but cannot find it.
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Does less sleep lead to weight loss?

Sleeping less at night time leads to sleep at morning. Does this less sleep lead to weight loss ?
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Could any Vaccines be dangerous for G6PD enzyme deficient people?

I have searched a lot, but didn't find an answer for this: Is there any Vaccines that could be dangerous for G6PD enzyme deficient people? About g6pd : http://www.g6pd.org/
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Even topical tetracycline causes teeth discoloration?

I learned that tetracycline can cause tooth discoloratoin when taken orally. How about topical use as a creme? Can tetracycline also stain the tooth through skin absorption?
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Why does acne get worse during the first two weeks of treatment with isotretinoin?

I've heard and read from multiple sources that acne gets worse during the first two weeks of treatment with isotretinoin, but I haven't been able to find an explanation as to why this happens. From ...
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How common are tics as a side-effect when taking Lamotrigine?

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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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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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 ...