Putting a child under the age of two on Children's Claritin for his allergies...advice, or first-hand anecdotes? [more inside]
Is it possible to get an MRI and have it read, without a referral? [more inside]
Medfilter: For those of you who are familiar with PubMed, is there some super-secret way to access the full articles on that site, or is it just abstracts? [more inside]
URGENT: House guest dropped klonopin (clonazepam) on the floor, possible reactions if found by our dogs? [more inside]
Advice for treating some ridiculously persistent plantar warts? What remedies do you know that have been successful after all others have failed? Is there anyone who specializes in treating plantar warts? (In the Boston area.) [more inside]
MCAT filter: Is timing everything? [more inside]
I saw a guy today who had something going on with his legs that I was curious about. He was wearing shorts and had these sort of flesh-colored "sleeves" over both legs and what looked like some sort of therapeutic boot with a very thick sole or padding. He walked as though he had a prosthetic leg, but these were not like any prosthetics I have ever seen. He didn't have a cane, crutches or any other sort of assistance. Any ideas what this was all about?
I don’t know whether to be an doctor or go into an allied health field, like physician’s assistant or nurse-practitioner. I want to be in-between Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and the guy who gets his door knocked on by the gangster late at night and then takes the bullets out on his kitchen table: a healthcare provider who serves a community and is able to really make connections with people. More inside... [more inside]
How worried should I be about the side effects of this medicine? [more inside]
My friend is going on a 2-week vacation in the Netherlands starting tomorrow night. Her brother did something to his knee a couple of days ago and they're worried that it'll need more medical attention later. What's medical care like for tourists in the Netherlands? [more inside]
What does it take to be a doctor (MD)? And what does it take to be a doctor (PhD)? Torn about what path to pursue, [more inside]
My prescription is ourageous for brand name temazepam and my pharmacy doesn't offer any generics of it. Why would one pharmacy carry it and others not? Where can I find it.
What should a well-stocked medicine cabinet contain? [more inside]
I have relatives in Japan who want me to mail them some over-the-counter medicines--specifically, extra-strength Tylenol and Sudafed (the new kind, without pseudoephedrine.) Both are legal in Japan and would be for their personal use only. So how do I find out how much of each I can mail them at once?
Help me find medical insurance in Boston. [more inside]
If we always hear, "They could've beaten his cancer if they'd only found it sooner," then why aren't we all getting screened for cancer long before the doctor orders the tests? What tests can I get now (MRI? CT?) to check for such things? I assume that money is the issue (isn't it always?), but if I'm willing to spend the cash, what do I need to do for me and for my family members?
What's the best health advice you ever received? [more inside]
Is it safe to mix 24 hour Loratadine (Claritin) with 25-50 Diphenhydramin HCl (Benadryl)? My allergies are killing me and the loratadine does not seem to be doing the job.
Medical Filter. Recently (in the past month or so), one of my legs seems to have either grown longer than the other one, or one has shrunk. [more inside]
Is anybody aware of potential risks in increasing my dose of Lunesta beyond 3 mg? I have found that 3 mg of Lunesta doesn't always (in fact, only half the time) help me to sleep. Since my pills come in 3 mg form, I'm thinking of splitting them and taking 4.5 mg. I'm not on any other medications and won't be drinking when I take these.
Two-year old caught his thumb in a door. After two hours, the child no longer complained of pain, was using thumb fine. No swelling, cuts, or outward signs of trauma. However, the thumb "clicks" and locks in a straight position if the child extends his thumb. Is this a permanent injury? What damage was sustained? What should we ask the doctor when we visit? [more inside]
What's the cheapest way for me to get a prescription for asthma medicine? I've had asthma most of my life but it 'disappeared' for a few years. It's back now and I need a refillable prescription for albuterol inhalers. [more inside]
Educational Opportunity or Con Job? [more inside]
Seeking either a recommendation for a cardiologist in Seattle or some pointers on how to find a good one. [more inside]
Upon googling a doctor I just made an appointment with, I discovered he was convicted of 2nd degree aggravated harassment. What does this mean given that it was listed on a page of professional discipline cases? [more inside]
Does it matter if I take a 24-hour allergy pill at 10am or 10pm as long as I take it at the same time every day? [more inside]
Will my doctor switch me from an OTC medication to prescription if I just ask nicely? [more inside]
Seasonal allergy relief: I've read a bunch of the previous questions, but was wondering about allergy medicines that have gone prescription to over-the-counter or brand-name to generic since last spring. I know there's a generic Zyrtec now, but was wondering if there are any others that might be more affordable/available than they were last spring.
Calling ikkyu2: How is a clinical diagnosis of AIDS (as distinct from HIV infection) made? [more inside]
I'm looking for a respected, progressive psychiatrist in Chicagoland and am having a hard time finding a database of rankings or respected professionals. Any suggestions? [more inside]
Looking for a quick and easy online way to search the medical/scientific literature for new publications on a particular group of topics. [more inside]
Why don't insurance companies cover or help cover gym memberships? [more inside]
Medical School Interview (MMI Style) Tips? [more inside]
What is, and how useful is, if at all, interferential electrotherapy? [more inside]
How do loratadine and diphenhydramine HCI work? Specifically, how is it that both can help control allergies, yet have different side effects? I'm particularly interested in how loratadine works without causing sleepiness, while a single 25 mg capsule of diphenhydramine is able to knock me out in a matter of minutes.
Does the cold temperature outside destroy my mail-order medication? [more inside]
I am going to visit a doctor, but my Bluecross Blueshield/billing will not show his name and instead will show the doctor he reports to (according to the frond desk person), since he isn't in today. Sounds kind of strange to me. Is there anything I should be asking/should be aware of? (Or is this normal?)
Meeting a lawyer to discuss a possible malpractice lawsuit- what questions should I ask? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a good alternative to Atopica, the medicine for pets to treat atopic dermatitis? It makes my dog puke every time i give it to him. [more inside]
I'm considering a job with Pacific Medical Centers but am new to Seattle and do not have the contacts and resources to get the "inside scoop" on them. Need your advice. [more inside]
What's the best way to get a one-year-old child to swallow some foul-tasting liquid (omega-3 supplements) without spilling any on him or on the floor? [more inside]
ChinaFilter: What are some interesting and unusual medicine or tonics or elixirs I can buy in China that is not readily available anywhere else? [more inside]
Is the portrayal of CPR in tv/movies totally bunk? I read somewhere that CPR can't actually return someone to consciousness, but rather just keeps them alive long enough to receive more advanced medical treatment. Is this actually the case, or could CPR alone revive someone? [more inside]
Where is the cheapest place to get a Littmann stethoscope, used or new? [more inside]
Any specific reason why I would get really dry skin "down there," and is there a remedy? [more inside]
What is the difference between a DO and an MD? Is one particularly suited to treat certain types of illnesses/conditions better than the other?
How can someone tell if he's cut out for medical school? [more inside]
Is anyone aware of facilities similar to AC Milan's Milan Lab? [more inside]
What is a "minor ischemic event"? My mother had a CT scan, and the doc called and left a voice message saying everything's fine, schedule a follow-up appt at your convenience, which of course we will do. But the report says "minor ischemic event" and I'm wondering what that is.
I have two cats, both with a mild respiratory infection, and the drugs the vet gave us aren't making much sense to us. Can anyone help explain? [more inside]