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  • in reply to: RANITIDINE — Description #1048
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    MJ
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    That’s a good idea, Richard. =)

    in reply to: RANITIDINE — Description #1046
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    If you need to take both for your health concerns, you may do so. But you would need to provide an interval between the two medications. Fiber supplements should be taken at least 4 hours before other medications or at least 2 hours after any medication. This is to ensure that the absorption of your medications won’t be hindered by the fiber.

    in reply to: NITROGLYCERIN — Side Effects and Special Conditions #1042
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    Hi coleevans! Yes, it’s okay to take it for elevated blood pressure. This medication is actually used for treating chest pain, high blood pressure and heart attack. However, if you have persistent high blood pressure, it would be best to consult with your doctor so you will be provided with a medication regimen that could help you manage your hypertension.

    in reply to: RABEPRAZOLE — Side Effects & Special Considerations #1039
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    This medication is usually prescribed as a once a day dose. Though doctors may prescribe two doses in a day if it is to treat H. Pylori infection or Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. But unless your doctor specifically advised you to a twice a day dosage, you should stick to your once a day dose and simply give the medication time to heal your stomach. This medication usually starts to work within 2-3 days.

    in reply to: RABEPRAZOLE – Description #1037
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    On the contrary, with the same dosage, rabeprazole is more effective over omeprazole. So rabeprazole would be your best choice for now. Hope this drug could relieve your symptoms soonest. =)

    in reply to: RABEPRAZOLE – Description #1035
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    I don’t think you need to change medication immediately. Give the medication time to work with your body. Those taking Rabeprazole usually starts to feel much better after two to three days. Though it could take this drug up to four weeks to properly work. So before then, you might still experience some symptoms. If the symptoms is mild and tolerable, just ride it through. You’ll eventually feel relief.

    in reply to: RABEPRAZOLE – Description #1033
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    If that was prescribed by your doctor for long-term use, you do not have to worry. Your doctor is able to weigh the benefits and risk of the medication with regards to your condition. There are also studies that show that long-term use of rabeprazole is safe as a 2-year maintenance therapy for gastro-esophageal reflux disease.

    in reply to: RABEPRAZOLE – Description #1031
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    Hello Theodore! Rabeprazole is taken on an empty stomach while ranitidine can be taken with or without food.

    in reply to: MONTELUKAST — Side Effects and Special Considerations #1029
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    It is a promising research going on as we speak. Let’s hope for the best. =)

    in reply to: MONTELUKAST — Side Effects and Special Considerations #1025
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    The effectiveness of the medicine is immediate (the mechanism of action being to reduce leukotriene levels in the body). However, maximum effect is experienced in one week.

    in reply to: MONTELUKAST — Description #1023
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    MJ
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    That’s true.. Montelukast can be mixed and crushed with soft food or taken with juice for children.. That method is better since even chewable tablets may put off a kid’s taste buds..

    in reply to: IVABRADINE — Side Effcts and Special Considerations #963
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    MJ
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    sorry Brad, but unfortunately, ivabradine tablets are not to be chewed or crushed.

    in reply to: IVABRADINE — Description #961
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    If that is what your doctor advised you, then yes, that is right. This medication is commonly given twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. It is usual to take a dose twice daily, one in the morning and the other in the evening. Doctors usually start at a low dose to avoid unwanted side-effects, then they will be increasing the dose if needed.

    in reply to: IVABRADINE — Description #959
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    Yes, tiredness does occur for some. However, you need to take note if this side-effect persists or worsen. You need to consult with your doctor immediately if this does happen.

    in reply to: DONEPEZIL — Description #957
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    hansenberry is right. In my readings, nightmare is one of the less common side-effects of this medication. Though I do know someone who had sleep problems when prescribed with this but the dose was decreased gradually until she got to the point that the side-effect went away. Of course, you need to talk with your father-in-law’s doctor so he/she could assist him to get to the right dose without sacrificing the benefits from the medication.

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