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How exact are the times for how long to wait between pills?

Good question though a broad one! Well, it all depends on the 'pill' or 'medicine' you are on. Different medicines have different half-lives. And 'half-life' is the factor that mostly decides the '...
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How often should you drink water? Not how much

Referring to published research, there is no known quota on drinking frequency since fluid intake from beverages and food in time period takes care of the total hydration status of an individual in a ...
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How does the abbreviation BID apply to medication dosing?

As you've stated BID = bis in die = twice a day. According to a standard dosage sheet from the University of Florida, BID = every 12 hours. However, I was reading a forum for nurses [See References]...
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Why do so many OTC drugs have one-size-fits-all dosing instructions?

To continue and elaborate the idea hinted in @Carey Gregory's comment ("I suspect the answer is that if a drug isn't safe and effective for both 100 and 400 pound patients, it's not going to be ...
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How are the administration times for medications determined?

Generally, based on pharmacokinetics and safety or efficacy. Drugs are metabolized and eliminated from the body at some rate, with the rate and mechanism depending on the specific drug. Both ...
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At what daily dose does daily aspirin use become dangerous for a long-term user?

Aspirin, just like all NDSAIDs, affects enzymes associated with pain transmission; they are COX-1 and COX-2 (cyclooxygenase-1 and 2). COX-1 helps protect the stomach and intestinal lining from the ...
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Elderly Father Takes Prevacid for last 20 years, seems to do more harm, how to stop

First, we can't give advice specific to an individual on Health SE. See rules. BUT what I CAN do is help guide your next discussion with his doctor. (Those are great diagrams and will help your ...
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At what daily dose does daily aspirin use become dangerous for a long-term user?

Aspirin is a platelet inhibitor. As such it has a number of bleeding risks - including GI bleeding as described above. Risks also include increased bleeding risk from injury including cuts, bruising, ...
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Do dosage directions refer to the amount of medical product or to the amount of active ingredient of it?

First of all, the leaflet in question also states: Your doctor will tell you how much Daktarin oral gel to take and for how long you should take it. It is essential that your therapy is ...
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How often should you drink water? Not how much

In a recent Time magazine article, they reference a 2015 study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition about recommended water drinking frequency, "A randomized trial to assess the ...
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Accidentally took cold medicine an hour early

The main concern here is whether you took more than a recommended daily and more than a recommended single dose. That being said, people are different (in body mass, metabolism, health status etc.), ...
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Folic acid dose before conception

Contact your physician and find out for sure from them. The ranges vary and are different for every women. Below is some answers, but you can't take important medical advice from the internet. Please ...
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At what daily dose does daily aspirin use become dangerous for a long-term user?

Commonly prescribed dose of aspirin for certain types of arthritis can be as high as 4 g/day (Drugs.com). For angina pectoris and heart attack prevention, even low doses (75-325 mg/day) can result in ...
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Kidney stones and sodium (salt)

1) Sodium is an essential nutrient so you need to consume it regularly. The safe minimum sodium intake for individuals who do not sweat excessively is said to be 200 mg sodium (500 mg salt) per day. ...
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Higher doses of a drug being less effective?

Drugs may have different actions at different concentrations. So, for instance: Buprenorphine is 25 to 100 times more potent than morphine.18 Buprenorphine exhibits partial agonist behavior at the ...
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Why are some medicines recommended to be taken with a high dose and low frequency?

Actually, according to the official drug label found here, 3 out of 5 indications allow several dosage regimens that include those you asked about: 2.1 Treatment of Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal ...
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Why would you take Vitamin D twice a week instead of once a day?

Medication can come in not only varying doses, but also the release time can vary. For instance, if you have a painkiller and you want it to work for a long period of time, you can coat it with ...
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How much zinc per day is "too much"?

The European Food Safety Authority lists a population reference intake of 9.5 mg/day for men and 7.0 mg/day for women. The same source lists a tolerable upper intake limit ("UL", a level that should ...
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Multivitamin course duration

The potential toxicity of vitamins varies enormously, but as a rough guide, fat soluble ones have a much higher potential to be stored in your body and build up to toxic levels whereas water soluble ...
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Maximum safe dosage of zinc for 4-6 weeks

You are right, too much zinc could be harmfull but in your case you are at the upper limit. Zinc supplements should not exceed 40mg per day for adults. You find all details here: https://ods.od.nih....
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