The toxic effects of theophylline, aminophylline, and other xanthines are additive. Use with other xanthine medications should therefore be avoided if intravenous aminophylline is to be given for acute bronchospasm in patients who have been taking maintenance theophylline therapy, serum-theophylline concentrations should be measured first and the initial dose reduced as appropriate (see Uses and Administration, below).
Constipation is a common problem experienced by many patients and can be caused by chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, stress, or medications. Please do not be afraid or embarrassed to call your doctor or nurse at any time; if left untreated the constipation may get worse and not improve on its own. Many chemotherapy and anti-nausea medications cause constipation, so when starting chemotherapy take a stool softener like Ducosate every day unless otherwise directed.
Sixty-year-old Mrs Kaye was a very healthy lady who never missed her daily walk to the park and went swimming twice a week. She had never experienced any health problems, except occasional indigestion, for which she usually took ranitidine.
Why do old people become constipated? Generally for the same reasons that young people become constipated. Certainly they do not become constipated as a simple consequence of aging.
A colourless to yellow, slightly viscous liquid having a characteristic pungent odour. It darkens on exposure to air and light.
The term “diarrhea” originates from the Greek diarr, which means through, and rhein, which denotes flow. Although this descriptive term is appropriate for the symptoms, the word diarrhea may not have the same meaning for all patients and physicians.
Has there been any research done on individual responses to psychotropics as a predictor of their underlying neurochemistry? For example, when an individual is given Prozac and experiences extreme fatigue, can we use this information in a clinically relevant way? I’d appreciate your comments on this issue as well. I am not aware of any published research on this intriguing question, as you have phrased it, but perhaps I can point you in a useful direction.
Specialty care for asthma can be confusing because each type of provider may have a different focus. Pediatric allergists specialize in the reactions of the immune system to common environmental allergens, such as pollens, dust mites, or pet dander, that can play a key role in asthma. Allergists use skin tests to detect allergies and may, in some cases, treat allergies by giving repeated small doses of the allergen.
The following terms have been used as ‘street names’ or slang names for various forms of nitrazepam: Don Moggies; Moogles; Nitro’s; The Don. Practically insoluble in water slightly soluble in alcohol.
Of special concern are infants and children and elderly or debilitated patients with diarrhea. These patient populations are at increased risk from complications from diarrhea, including dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.