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Why is thalidomide a current drug on the market?

Because leprosy and multiple myeloma are conditions for which other treatment options are limited. All treatments have side effects, some more debilitating than others. The trick with pharmacology is ...
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Why should I avoid milk when on antibiotics?

Products high in calcium and magnesium should not be taken at the same time as antibiotics of the tetracycline (tetracycline, doxicycline, etc.) class, and milk should also be avoided with the ...
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What can you learn from the parts of the name of a drug?

Stems and affixes tell you the class of drug (and sometimes other properties). Drugs in the same class work in a very similar way, so therefore you can tell what other drugs it's related to. This is ...
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What are the best ways to increase fertility?

I will try to answer your question by using another perspective (risk factors for infertility). MALE Among the main causes of male infertility, "idiopathic" causes (ie not du to endocrine problems, ...
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Does Benadryl (=diphenhydramine) lead to tolerance? Can I use it to help with sleep?

First generation H1-antihistamines (such as diphenhydramine = Benadryl) are well known for their sedative effects explaining their limited use in patients with allergic rhinitis. Several ...
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What makes Cialis cure Erectile Dysfunction permanently?

Is the above result believable? The results show treatment of symptoms of ED, if the medication stops then the symptoms will come back. So yes the results are believable one could say, but they are ...
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Has there been any medical studies as to whether drinking a 'Hot Toddy' can help to ward off or to help heal someone who has COVID-19?

To my knowledge no, nobody has specifically studied this in relation to COVID-19. I can't really prove the negative but I tried a few combinations of search terms in to PubMed and came up with nothing....
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How to get rid of erectile dysfunction?

Before going directly into the topic, firstly, it is necessary to comprehend the mechanism of erection, because small fault due to different factors in the mechanism gives rise to its dysfunction. ...
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Fact or Hoax : Unconventional method of saving human life from stroke?

My Grandmother died of a ischemic stroke (TIA followed by blockage) after weaning herself off of blood thinners because she didn't "need the medicine". Huge issue with his advice - the large majority ...
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Is the drug's effectiveness directly proportional to the half life formula?

Two key serum concentrations to know about in pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics are the Minimum Effective Concentration (MEC) and Toxicity Concentration (TC). Some medications have stronger ...
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Tips to improve the sleep during the night

You should keep an eye on the sleeping environment's temperature and restrict the amount of light entering the space you sleep in. Eye masks are a cost-effective solution to reducing excessive light ...
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Top medications to treat symptoms of Lupus?

Your question is difficult to answer (but still interesting) because lupus is a highly heterogeneous condition which can present various symptoms and organ involvement. Choice of therapy will be ...
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How can I learn to swallow pills without gagging?

If you are able to swallow pills but find it difficult, the following tips will help: take a sip of water before putting the pill in your mouth, and drink more water after putting the pill in as well ...
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Where does Ibuprofen inhibit COX-1, and what is its MoA?

I'm not clear why you're asking this as this information is readily available unless I missed something in your question. As for anticoagulant activity, my recollection is that if anything Ibuprofen ...
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Ritalin/Concerta/Methylphenidate is an amphetamine?

The Adderall vs. Ritalin page on Rx List gives the answer. Both Adderall (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine) and Ritalin (methylphenidate) are central nervous system stimulants used to treat ...
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Long term use of stomach acid reducers: Omeprazole or Ranitidine?

Before we discuss safety, I wouldn't agree that these two work 'equally well'. While ranitidine (a histamine 2-receptor antagonist - H2A) is a medicine with good efficacy, studies have shown that ...
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Splitting pills in half

Yes, it's true, or at least it might be true for any given pill. In the US, the FDA specifically approves splitting of pills only when the manufacturer plans for it by including it in their drug ...
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Why does caffeine make me sleep better?

Caffeine Absorption Caffeine Capsules - 200mg - 84-120 minutes So maybe you took the caffeine, were already tired so you napped(2 hours or 120 minutes) just as it was kicking in full blown and ...
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Why would it be necessary to take a brand name medication if a generic drug is available?

...the inactive ingredients, which by definition do not affect the efficacy of the drug. They can however have an effect on other physiological aspects of a human body, that's why, as far as I know, ...
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What are ibuprofen alternatives without the side effects

Are ibuprofen side effects something to worry about? Short answer: maybe. Longer answer: As with a lot of health questions, it depends on how they are being taken. If, for example, you hurt yourself ...
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Can medicines which expired a month ago be consumed safely?

No one can be entirely certain, but most studies point in the direction of "yes", for instance The testing, conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ultimately covered more ...
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How much T4 increase do you get per mcg of levothyroxine?

First of all, thyroid hormones are actively taken up into cells and accumulate there. Therefore, the apparent volume of distribution for T4 is 10 liters rather than 5 liters (1). Secondly, I would ...
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Why should I avoid milk when on antibiotics?

This is most commonly a precaution to prevent Mal-absorption. Milk has copious amounts of calcium which bond with the antibiotic in the gut. Once the tetracycline (antibiotic) bonds, it creates a ...
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Does Dextromethorphan actually suppress coughing?

The bulk of the evidence says dextromethorphan (DM) is no better than placebo. (2013) Do Cough Remedies Work? Studies involving use of dextromethorphan in children have reported no clinically ...
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What methods are there for individuals to help them remember if they have taken their medicine?

I found this list on drugs.com: Practice Makes Perfect! Learn About Your Medicines Pill Boxes Electronic Applications and Pill Reminders Calendar Alerts Tie Your Medication Doses with a ...
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Is ShockWave Therapy Useful For ED or not?

The results of our studies, which also included a double-blind randomized control trial, confirm that LI-ESWT generates a significant clinical improvement of erectile function and a significant ...
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Why is hydrocortisone mixed with clotrimazole in anti-fungal medication?

Hydrocortisone is a steroid anti-inflammatory used by itself to treat dermatitis and other inflammatory symptoms. The combined treatment gives symptom relief at the same time as treating the ...
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Please explain the algebraic reasoning in this textbook

Let's take the general equation they mentioned, (IC50)nT = k, and rearrange it to IC50 = (k/T)1/n = k1/nT-1/n. (IC50)nT = k reducing to AUC50 = k if n=1 implies that AUC50 = IC50T if n=1. If this ...
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Citrate vs EDTA

I'm not familiar with using citrate or EDTA as an anticoagulant in medical care (i.e. as a drug). However, it is often used in blood sampling tubes so that the blood sample does not clot. As to ...
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