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Prophylaxis

Prophylaxis is a treatment or medication that is taken to prevent diseases. Prophylaxis is divided into primary and secondary. Primary prophylaxis is a vaccination that is used to prevent or increase resistance in the body against disease. Secondary prophylaxis is the administration of antibiotics in individuals with risk factors to prevent the occurrence of disease.

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I get palpitations often. Should I take Disprin for prophylaxis?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 62 year old female. I get palpitations quite often. My blood pressure remains 130/90 with Telma 20 mg and Nebicard 2.5 mg. Also, some friends told me to take Disprin 2.8 mg for prophylaxis. Please advise if I need to take Dispirin or anything else.  Read Full »


Dr. Sanjib Kumar Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your blood pressure is fairly controlled. I suggest you continue both the medicines. Please do an ECG (electrocardiogram) when you are getting palpitations. I suggest you take calcium and vitamin D3 tablets and Meconeuron OD (Methylcobalamin) once a day for three mon...  Read Full »

Is it possible to contract HIV while on a PrEP regimen?

Query: Hi doctor, I had sexual exposure with a girl five days ago. Her HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) status is unknown, but she had no symptoms or bumps, and she told me she had more than 20 sexual partners (some of whom she had unprotected intercourse with). I engaged in insertive vaginal sex (with a...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by single-protected intercourse are almost nil if a condom is used in a proper manner. The chances of unprotected oral sex are almost nil unless there are bleeding wounds in the oral cavity. It appears the...  Read Full »

Do I require a booster for the vaccines had in childhood?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a photographer and would likely venture into so many remote areas. I will obtain appropriate malaria prophylaxis before traveling to remote areas and have a large supply of DEET and Permethrin mosquito repellent. I want to be sure that I am up-to-date with all of my vaccines and that...  Read Full »


Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I appreciate your attention to your health and the steps you've taken to stay protected. Considering the vaccines you've already received, I would recommend getting the typhoid and pneumococcal vaccine to further safeguard your health. Since you've completed most of the ...  Read Full »

As I am concerned about raccoon roundworm exposure, can I take Albenza 10 days course?

Query: Hello doctor,I am concerned about a possible raccoon roundworm exposure. I have read that I can take a prophylactic 10-day course of Albenza to keep any eggs from entering my CNS. I might have type 2 diabetes for a while and have put off bloodwork to find out. I am a glaucoma suspect based on the la...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Albendazole 400 mg single star dose is enough for prophylactic deworming. 10 days course is not required. Usually, it is very safe and is well tolerated. A rare side effect is a seizure, that can happen if the worm is already lying dormant in your CNS. I generally pr...  Read Full »

Are malaria and typhoid vaccines safe for a 9 month old baby?

Query: Dear Doctor, Is it safe for a 9 month baby to travel to the Dominican Republic? Also, is it safe for a 8-9 month old to take vaccines for malaria and typhoid?  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is safe to travel to Dominican Republic, but you need to care abut many issues. While traveling there are many issues related to health of your baby, example: he can get infection like malaria, typhoid, hepatitis A & E and varicella. So if you use prophylactic m...  Read Full »

Is one tablet of Septra daily, enough for my dad who has AIDS?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is 58 years old and weighs 49 kg and 5.8 feet tall. He is on ART medicine since the last 13 years. He has AIDS. He had seizures last year, so he is also taking Ecosprin 75 mg, Septran, and Eptoin daily. I have two questions. Many doctors are surprised that he is only having...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Septran (Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim) is an antibiotic used in AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) patient to prevent PCP (pneumocystis pneumonia) infection. It is prevention dose, that is, prophylaxis (treatment dose, which is two tablets three times a da...  Read Full »

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