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Subj: Hallucinations?
Date: 6/7/2011
Can vicodin 750mg, 3 a day, predisone 10mg 1a day, 20mg elavil 1 day, and 10mg valium cause hallucinations? My mom is 75 has severe pain, arthritis, scoleosis, and is hooked over like a candy cane.


AskDocWeb: Yes, valium may cause hallucinations, which is considered a severe side effect that should be reported to the prescribing physician. A small percentage of patients taking vicodin also report having hallucinations.

Subj: Trying to order
Date: 7/15/2011
I am having a hard time trying to order.


AskDocWeb: If you give us the name of the product then we may be able to help.

Subj: Thank you
Date: 8/1/2011
Very informative website…thank you.


AskDocWeb: You are welcome Nicole. Have you checked out the BMI Calculator?

Subj: Bone marrow suppression?
Date: 8/9/2011
Does Prasugrel cause bone marrow supression?

Dr G.

AskDocWeb: According to an article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2008; 51(21), a 3-month repeat-dose study in B6C3F1 mice showed no histologic effects on bone marrow.

Subj: Generic Amlodipine
Date: 8/10/2011
I wanted to know if there is a generic for amlodipine or another medication that won’t make my legs, ankles and feet get swollen.


AskDocWeb: Amlodipine is a generic of Norvasc and unfortunately swelling is one of the most common side effects of this drug. Amlodipine is classified as a calcium antagonist (calcium channel blocker), which are used to treat a variety of conditions; high blood pressure, migraines, Raynaud’s disease, etc. so an alternative would depend on what is being treated. If swelling occurs while taking Amlodipine, talk to your doctor.

Subj: Cool site
Date: 9/9/2011
Cool site.


AskDocWeb: Thanks Rob, we appreciate hearing that.

Subj: Protein in urine
Date: 9/19/2011
protein in your urine what could cause this?


AskDocWeb: Having low levels of protein in your urine is normal. Even high levels of protein in the urine aren’t necessarily unusual, particularly in younger people after exercise or during an illness. However, some diseases and conditions can allow proteins to pass through the filters of your kidneys, allowing excessive amounts of protein in the urine.

One of the symptoms of passing too much protein is when your urine is very foamy, frothy or bubbly. People who take a lot of protein supplements, such as whey protein powder, may also see this bubbly urine. If your body is not breaking down these proteins efficiently, the protein is usually expelled from your body in your urine.

If you continually experience the foamy or bubbly urine, regardless of the amount of protein you are consuming, then you should go see a doctor. Foamy urine can be a symptom of a serious issue such as kidney infection, kidney damage, or a gallbladder problem.

Subj: Increased hair loss
Date: 10/16/2011
My problem is my hair loss and oily skin and I have purchased the product and noted increased hair loss after using the product Should I stop using it?


AskDocWeb: What product are you using and how long have you been using it?

Subj: Can’t see my comment
Date: 10/20/2011
I posted a comment but i can’t see it?


AskDocWeb: Answers to comments and questions sometimes need to be researched, which takes time. Your comment and answer was posted to the Nisim Feedback page.

Subject: Where Did “Piss Poor” Come From (And other interesting facts)!
Date: 10/24/2011
We older people need to learn something new every day — just to keep the grey matter tuned up. They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot and then once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you were “Piss Poor.”

But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot — they “didn’t have a pot to piss in,” and were the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

Here are some facts about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!”

Houses had thatched roofs, thick straw piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying, “It’s raining cats and dogs.”

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, “Dirt poor.”

The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.

(Getting quite an education, aren’t you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: “Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.”

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, “bring home the bacon.”

They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and “chew the fat.”

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of “holding a wake.”

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (“the graveyard shift”) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, “saved by the bell,”or was considered “a dead ringer.”

And that’s the truth. Now, who ever said History was boring!?

Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, ‘What the heck happened?’


My question
Date: 10/31/2011
Where’s my question ?


AskDocWeb: Questions and their answers are posted to the forum that best matches the subject matter.

Affects of Valium
Date: 11/8/2011
My husband had been suffering from very painful gouty arthritis for many years. He takes allupurinol, colchesin, naproxen. He is also taking maintenance meds for hypertension, vascoride, aspilet. These meds did little to ease pain and swelling. Recently he took the Chinese Med, Cow’s Head Tung Shueh. It showed great results!! No inflammation, no pain. HOwever, I read that it contains valium. He stopped taking it and how he suffered!!! The inflammation and unbearable pain came back!! How will valium affect him? And will his kidneys suffer from taking all these meds?


AskDocWeb: The most likely effects of Valium (Diazepam) are drowsiness, incoordination, muscle weakness, and tiredness. Valium is metabolized by the liver and in some cases jaundice results. If you are concerned about liver damage due to meds, you may get a liver function test periodically to put your mind at ease. This is a good idea for individuals with a history of liver problems (or who’s livers are already working hard to metabolize alcohol or other drugs).

What forum?
Date: 12/28/2011
I entered a question a couple of days ago but cannot remember under what forum.


AskDocWeb: Welcome back Lissette! It appears that you have made 2 posts earlier today. Those posts are on page 100 of the Ambien forum. Memory problems are one of the side effects of that drug. If there is anything else we can do for you, just let us know.

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