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Medicine Side Effects

All medicines, including over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, herbal therapy, and alternative therapy, can result in unwanted adverse reactions. These side effects are listed for all drugs after extensive human trials. The common causes of side effects are high dosage, the interaction between drugs, drugs affecting the healthy cells in the body, and individual reaction to an ingredient.

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I have severe headache and knee and leg pain after taking antidepressants. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am taking medication prescribed by my doctor. The medications are Depricap, Rivotril, Serloft, Comig, and Ruling. I have only been taking these tablets for two days, but I am already experiencing severe headaches and knee and leg pain. My question is, is this normal? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. It is not due to the above medications, but you seem to be on too much medications. Tablet Depricap (Fluoxetine) is an antidepressant, and the tablet Loft (Ofloxacin) is also an antidepressant. If you have started medication just two days, yo...  Read Full »

Should I continue Admenta and Aricept if I have side effects?

Query: Hello doctor,My aunt has been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for the past three years, and I gave her the tablet Amenta, but I forgot to give her the tablet Donep. The situation got worse four months ago, and the doctor recommended giving her the tablet Admenta 10 mg and Aricept 10 mg. She impro...  Read Full »

Dr. Florilyn Joyce Chulsi Bentrez

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If she has muscle pain after taking the Donepezil tablet, I suggest you start with a low dose at 5 mg for two weeks before increasing it to 10 mg. If she cannot tolerate the side effects discontinue the drug.  Read Full »

I want to know how Bedaquiline helps in MDRTB. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been diagnosed with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, and I am a bit concerned about the treatment options available. I have heard about a drug called Bedaquiline being used in some cases. Could you tell me more about this medication and how it fits into the treatment regimen for m...  Read Full »

Dr. Albana Greca

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your first query consult is on us! I am sorry to hear that you are going through multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Bedaquiline is an antibiotic used in the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). It works by inhibiting an enzyme necessary for the ...  Read Full »

Does using Tacrolimus ointment cause cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, Is Tacrolimus ointment 0.03 % safe, or might it cause cancer? I have lip swelling, and my doctor suggested using it twice daily. However, I am worried as I read that it has a higher risk of causing cancer. Please help. Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Tacrolimus ointment is safe for you to use. I will state the reasons for the same: 1. It is an ointment and not a tablet. Oral absorption leading to systemic toxicity is far less in topical ointment than in oral ta...  Read Full »

I started Venlafaxine and am having side effects. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I was recently diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and have not consulted an ADHD specialist. My doctor prescribed 37.5 mg of Venlafaxine for my anxiety and possible ADHD, but it made me feel extremely moody, sad, and sluggish. I have consumed one tablet for two days alone. I am afraid...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are on a low dose of Venlafaxine (37.5 mg once daily) to manage your anxiety. Usually, the dose will be increased to 75 mg once daily after a week or so. In your case, consult with your doctor about any increase in dosage. It will take one to two weeks for you to...  Read Full »

I have extreme shaking and severe weakness. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 46 years old. My weight is 147 lbs and height is 5 feet 3 inches. I am currently taking Tizanidine, Nabumetone, and Hydrocodone as prescribed for a back injury sustained over three years ago. My symptoms are extreme shaking, severe weakness sometimes to the point of feeling like I am...  Read Full »

Dr. Shinas Hussain A. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query, and I can understand your concerns. I think you had a back injury, pain, and spasticity (stiffness) for which you are taking the above mentioned drugs for last three years. Let me explain briefly about the drugs you are taking. Nab...  Read Full »

I have erectile dysfunction from antidepressants. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 24 years old, weight 86 kg and height 170 cm. I am facing erectile dysfunction after leaving antidepressants for one month. I do not have erections. The erection is very weak and I cannot sustain it. I went into depression four months back for which I was on antidepressant medicat...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your problem and understand your concern. Well, it can be side effects of these drugs but it should have subsided by this time. So, you need to get some investigations such as serum prolactin level and serum testosterone leveldone. Depending, upo...  Read Full »

I have anxiety and insomnia. Please advise safe medication.

Query: Hello doctor, One of the doctors prescribed me XeFexor Duo (combination of Flupentixol and Escitalopram) for psychosomatic symptoms due to persistent anxiety. All my tests like TMT, 2D echo, 48 hours Holter monitor, ECG, kidney or liver tests, blood tests, vitamin tests, etc are normal. I read the s...  Read Full »

Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You must understand that there is a difference between potential side effects that are reported with the drug and commonly seen side effects with a drug. While the side effects that you mentioned have been reported in the literature, they are not common and I have not ...  Read Full »

Can I take Carisoprodol as I have Ibuprofen allergy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am allergic to Ibuprofen. Can I take Carisoprodol?  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Carisoprodol is a muscle relaxant barbiturate compound. Do not use it if you are allergic to Meprobamate, Tybamate or Mebutamate or Carisoprodol itself. However, Ibuprofen allergy is not a contraindication for use of Carisoprodol as they are different line of compound...  Read Full »

After taking Atenolol, I feel dizzy and tired. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been on Atenolol for the past six years. I was prescribed this for a high heart rate. It worked well the first five years. But, from the last year, it has ruined my life. I have no energy. I get light headed and dizzy. I am on 100 mg a day. I am not sure what to do.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is probably Atenolol-induced low heart rate and blood pressure. First, you need to get your blood pressure and pulse rate checked. You should buy an electronic BP apparatus which shows both blood pressure and pulse rate or else you could get it checked from a nea...  Read Full »

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