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Is it compulsory for a patient in the eyes of the doctor to take all medications prescribed? I' ve had open heart surgery and have been given Lanoxin and Warfarin. I' ve stopped seeing doctors, and stopped my tablets because I find the Warfarin difficult to tolerate, although 1 do miss the Lanoxin. I would value your reply.
While watching a health segment on television, I saw a report on a new drug in America for the treatment of obesity. I was wondering if there is any chance that this will be available in Australia soon?
I have had a lot of funny turns lately, and all my doctor has given me is aspirin. How can this help?
Are aspirin and Panadol safe in pregnancy?
What are dieureticks (sic)? My doctor has said that is what I am taking.
I have a fluid build-up in my tissues, which gives me a bloated appearance. I take one Navidrex tablet each morning and Plendil twice a day for high blood pressure. I never pass much fluid. What do you suggest?
I have heard that people can get addicted to some drugs like tranquillisers that can bomb you out. My doctor wanted me to take some, but I said no. Was that the right thing to do?
I have glaucoma, and as well as eye drops I have been prescribed Diamox tablets. I have had pins and needles in my fingers since they started. What are the side effects of Diamox?
Could you tell me about Roaccutane? What effect does it have on the body and how safe is it?
I am taking Endep and Epilim for the prevention of migraine, but I have found that i have put on a lot of weight since starting these medicines. Why is this so?
I have been put on a medicine called Phenelzine by my doctor, and I am told I have to stay on a strict diet, and mustn' t stop the tablets. Can you tell me somethinq about these please?
My doctor has started me on a drug called Digoxin. What is this used for and does it have side effects?
How good is Zovirax? At $150 for a course it should be brilliant! My doctor has suggested I use them for my cold sores, as i get them badly every couple of weeks.
I have been taking Aldactone three times a day for 8 months for the reversal of excessive facial hair. It has been 75% successful, but my doctor says I must keep taking it to maintain the results. I am worried about any side effects, and I would rather not take any tablets, but am dubious about what would happen if I stop them. I would appreciate your opinion.
What are antihistamines? I see some cold remedies boast that they don' t have them, but my doctor told me to get some for a cold. What is best?
I have been prescribed a variety of tablets for my arthritis over many years. I believe that these are all classed as anti-inflammatory drugs. I never like taking drugs, but they do seem to help me. I would still like to know what are the side effects of anti-inflammatory pills?
What is the Inderal my doctor has prescribed for me used for? I always like to know about my medication, and several friends have told me they are on this drug, but for different reasons. Your advice would be appreciated.
Can people who have had stomach ulcers take aspirin? Can enteric-coated aspirin be used in these people?
As a 77 year old, my doctor has suggested that I take 100 mg of aspirin every day to reduce my risk of having a stroke or heart attack, but I have had a stomach ulcer in the past and take Zantac every day. I was told that I should never take aspirin again because of my ulcer. What should 1 do?
Are sleeping pills harmful?
What is the difference between a decongestant and an expectorant? I find these medical terms very confusing.
Eight years ago, a blood test showed an excess of uric acid, and although I had no problems with gout or arthritis, my doctor put me on Zyioprim each day, saying failure to take the tablet could result in gout. A health shop proprietor said Zyioprim could actually cause problems if taken long term. Can you advise me?
Can you tell me about a drug called Capoten that my doctor has prescribed for me?
I am a pensioner, but despite having to pay $3.30 for my medications, there are some that I will have to pay a lot more for. Why aren' t all the medicines essential for a pensioner subsidised?
My wife has had a mastectomy for breast cancer. The doctor has prescribed Tamoxifen, which produces hot flushes and fevers. What are the risks if she stops takinq the drug?
My mother has been on Aldomet tablets for many years to control her blood pressure. Are there any adverse effects from takinq this medication for such a long time? What would happen if she stopped them?
35 years ago I was prescribed Stilboestrol to reduce the risk of miscarriage. 1 understand there may be side effects from this treatment that affect the daughters of those mothers who took the drug. What are these side effects?
After successfully taking Aldactone for nine months to treat oedema and period problems I noticed a loss of hair from my scalp which has caused the development of two small bald patches. I have stopped the Aldactone, but the hair loss has continued. Is this a recognised side effect of Aldactone? How can I treat the bald patches?
I have been prescribed Xanax for post-traumatic stress. At the moment I would barely be sleeping at all if I were not taking it. Can you tell me which group of drugs Xanax falls into, can it cause addiction, and what are its side effects?
What are tranquillisers? The chemist told me that the pills my doctor prescribed for my problem were this type of drug. Are they dangerous?
My doctor has started my sister on Lithium. How safe is it and what is it used for?
Can you tell me about a drug called Sinemet? My husband has been taking it for years, and I don' t know why.
I was exposed to malaria-carrying mosquitoes for 20 years, and had many severe attacks of malaria. Is there any evidence that the anti-malaria medications can affect the eyesight?
I have just been prescribed Sinequan. Is it a safe drug? What is it used for?
I have been prescribed Serepax to help me cope with my divorce. What are the main side effects of Serepax? Are they addictive?
I have a daughter who takes Tegretol for nocturnal fits. She has only had three in three years, and they follow overwork and stress. Do these tablets cause any liver or kidney trouble, and if she did not take them and had more fits, would she get brain damage?
My husband and I have taken Mucaine and Quickeze for many years for a hiatus hernia and reflux. With the scare about aluminium and Alzheimer' s disease, I don' t know if we should keep taking them. We need them despite being on Losec. Can you let me know if there is any proof that they are harmful?
I have suffered episodes of constipation, flatulence, burping and a dry cough since taking a course of iron tablets. What can ! do to correct this problem?
Antibiotics give me an upset stomach. Is there anything I can do to stop this?
I' m having my wisdom teeth out. Can you recommend something that will help me deal with the effects of the general anaesthetic?
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