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Off-label prescribing of medicines - that is, prescribing medicines for indications, age groups or other circumstances for which they are not approved, is not prohibited by the FDA. FDA regulates approval of medicines for marketing, but it does not regulate the practice of medicine. Hence, once the medicine is on the market for certain indications it is up ...


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Since I am assuming that you are obtaining generic drugs, the word after tab or cap is the brand that made the drug. Auro is Aurobindo, Shir is Shire, Sand is Sandoz, and Solc is Solco. Sunp/Sun is likely Sun and Sunovion, and Nort is likely Northwest biopharmaceuticals. As you stated earlier, cap is capsule and tab is tablet. There are also orally ...


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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 underlying cause; hydrocortisone alone would be ineffective at treating the infection, and clotrimazole alone does not resolve symptoms as quickly. There may also be ...


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Brief background There are 2 major types of vaccines, passive and active vaccines. Passive vaccines are simply "antibodies" to fight off disease and active vaccines are "dead/weakened/components(e.g. proteins)" of the offending agent to allow your body to produce your own antibodies. Same is true for anti tetanus, (which may come in different mixtures) ...


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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 tailored on the patient symptoms and his disease activity and severity. Here a broad overview of the current management strategies of lupus: The most frequent used ...


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How refreshing to see someone with this attitude! Kudos. Doctors have been so long accustomed - and accosted - to prescribe unnecessary antibiotics (you wouldn't believe some of my experiences***) that sometimes on a borderline case, they'll just write out the script. What a welcome question this would be: Doctor, I'd like to avoid antibiotics if it's ...


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Many primary care practitioners have not received training in the evaluation and treatment of patients who are transitioning. I went to my doctor's office to be prescribed to HRT medications, but my doctor said he's not qualified to prescribe it. Is that possible? Yes, it's possible in that he may not believe he's qualified to prescribe HRT for a ...


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The range where the content of the active substance varies by 60% is way to wide in every country. In most of the world's pharmacopoeias, both national and international, the allowed variability in the amount of the active substance can be tested either as uniformity of mass or, if the amount of labeled substance is lower than a certain predefined value, as ...


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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 approval application. By including it in their application the FDA will require the manufacturer to submit evidence that splitting the pills results in equal dosages ...


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Summary: There are studies showing a difference in gastrointestinal problems and studies where no difference was observed. At least some of the effect it has on the stomach is not related to whether naproxen is released in the stomach or small intestine. There are two very small studies here: Gastroscopic Findings after Treatment with Enteric-Coated and ...


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As Don_S mentioned in comments: Probably the overall mass of Loperamide in the package. The POM has 60 mg total of Loperamide, while the OTC has 36 mg at most (18 capsules being the largest package size I saw for Imodium). I don't know what is the mass threshold between POM and OTC medications in the UK, but it's probably between those two numbers (...


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As @LangLangC pointed out, bis in die is Latin for twice a day. However, usually drugs come with a prescription information a bit more elaborate, and twice a day is more commonly abbreviated as B.I.D. This example and further examples can be found here. In this example, p.o. (per os, latin for through the mouth) means oral consumption, and b.i.d (bis in ...


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The FDA regulates manufacturers of drugs, not physicians, with respect to the drug approval process. US law does not prevent physicians from prescribing unapproved substances (presuming they aren't illegal for some other reason), as long as it is not done for unapproved research. That said, physicians may be restricted by local laws, professional ...


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Yes, and that the recommended interval for dosage is twice daily. The convention for BID (twice daily) dosing is to write "400 mg twice daily" to indicate the dosage at each administration. Therefore it would be 400 mg + 400 mg = 800 mg total daily. With some medications, the dosage is listed as daily total, divided into BID or TID dosing. For example, "...


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@BryanKrause's answer is correct. To add a little more, rules and regulations for physicians are primarily set by the state medical board and state legislature. States are different in the particulars, but you can make some general statements. Generally, if the treatment is intended to benefit the individual patient, there is informed consent (the unapproved ...


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Partly the additional sizing information required for contacts (Diameter and curvature of the cornea are needed for contact lenses but not for glasses) and the power also changes because the physical distance between the eye and the lens is different. References: Here is a page explaining the differences between the two prescription types with explanation ...


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Country - United States While theoretically possible, a consistent variance of 30% is highly unlikely and it is probable that the actual variance will vary from brand to brand, as well as from production facility to production facility, as well as from batch to batch. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) mandates a high standard of quality for inspection ...


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I have two competing theories: 1) I guess that one problem might be that Biafine contains parabens. European Council recently banned some forms of parabens (1). Furthmore, in this year EC set more restrictions for the use of parabens (2). It seems that parabens may have certain adverse health effects and EC think that these should be assessed before ...


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You can import 90 days (3 months) drug prescription supply - it sounds like you can do this in multiple times. There is a concise summary of this at https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20140321030753AARucHH but the closest (imperfect) primary source I've found is http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/medication : "The drug must be for your ...


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I finally found this: Plano - PL - This indicates there is no spherical correction in this eye. A plano lens would have no focusing power or correction to it. So it's 0. Source: How to Read and Enter Your Eyeglass Prescription - aclens.com.


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There are many factors that play a role in not allowing you to fill all the refills at once. 1- a typical insurance will pay for your medication and will not pay again until 2-3 days before you run out. (Insurance polices) 2- pharmacy systems do not allow the pharmacist to fill a medication on a patient profile more than once a day even if you do not use ...


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I do not recommend constructing your own device to administer fluticasone propionate. Although it is true that there are common mistakes in administration of fluticasone nasal spray, there are some other ways of improving administration and distribution other than using your mouth to blow it up into your sinuses - which raises hygiene/infection concerns. If ...


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Writing a script for someone so you can "get physical" with them is, of course, an ethical problem. As far as prescribing off the cuff for family and close friends, that depends. It may be quite common. Over 80% of internal medicine and family practice residents prescribed for "non-patients" in this survey. The wording in itself is troubling. If you write a ...


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Salt that is meant for human consumption refers to sodium chloride. Both table salt and salt tablets contain sodium chloride and not just sodium. They can both contain other naturally present or added minerals. Table salt usually refers to rock salt, which is obtained from underground mines. It should contain at least 97% of sodium chloride and can also ...


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According to Thought.co, table salt is 97-99% sodium chloride: https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-table-salt-604008 with common additives being potassium iodide and sodium fluoride, and anti-caking agents: Calcium aluminosilicate Calcium carbonate Calcium silicate Fatty acid salts (acid salts) Magnesium carbonate Magnesium oxide Silicon dioxide Sodium ...


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Aside from relying on their extensive training, physicians have therapeutic guidelines based on scientific studies at their disposal. These guidelines are usually issued by a national medical authority for a given disease, syndrome etc. Specifically, for antibiotics, a clinician has to take into account several factors: Which bacteria caused the infection?...


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Lets start with the concept of what is Anti-fungal medication "Antifungal medicines are used to treat fungal infections, which are most commonly found on the skin, hair and nails."NHS As you see Antifungals are medications that used to treat or prevent mycoses ( fungal infection) which divided in two major groups fungicides and fungistatics. Loprex (...


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This is a specific instance of where a physician has ordered a diagnostic test, and after agreeing to do the same, the patient decides for whatever reason not to adhere to their original commitment. The health implications obviously vary depending on what the underlying diagnosis is, and in some jurisdictions some physicians may be penalized for not ...


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90-day supplies are dominated by mail order pharmacies. According to the PBMI’s 2014-2015 Prescription Drug Benefit Cost and Plan Design Report, 61% of employers allowed community pharmacies to fill 90-day prescriptions for maintenance medications. This means that although the gap between retail and mail order is closing, there's still a restriction in ...


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Although no one can diagnose your problem over the internet, this is not uncommon in a number of viral infections, for one example, Herpes Simplex virus (HSV.) Usually people are exposed to HSV - the virus that causes cold sores - as children; in that case, little ulcers in the mouth and on the skin around the mouth are common. In adults exposed to HSV for ...


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