In the summer of 2005, I met several MS patients who were undergoing Solumedrol treatments. I was in the infusion clinic for a release as were several other patients. One patient (I’ll call her Mary), however, was there for a different reason. She had just had a baby.
Before the baby was born, Mary had a plan. She had gone off of her disease-modifying drug (Rebif) when she learned she was pregnant and she planned to breastfeed for a certain period of time before going back on Rebif. The Solumedrol treatment was to ward off any postpartum MS rebounds.
The decision to breastfeed was an important one to Mary as she felt that it was vital to the well-being of her new daughter. But how did Mary decide what drugs to take or not take during that time period?
This week is World Breastfeeding Week and thanks to the LactMed database, offered by the National Library of Medicine, we can research the effect of different drugs and chemicals on lactation.
I’ve worn glasses for as long as I can remember. I got my first pair of contacts in the fifth grade. I felt so free with those contacts, but after so many years of wearing them, I developed Dry Eye Syndrome. You're probably wondering what this all has to do with my stroke. Well, before I had my massive stroke in 2001, I was considering LASIK eye surgery. LASIK is an acronym for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusi, a refractive surgery procedure performed by ophthalmologists. In my case, my eye doctor said the procedure would correct my vision to 20/20 or better. Then, I had my stroke. Naturally, the surgery had been put on the back burner ever since.
Actually, it wasn’t even on the back burner. In fact, up until about a month ago, I basically forgot about it completely. My eyes were beginning to bother me again.
At first, I figured I shouldn’t even ask my doctor about it, given my condition and the fact that I was taking Coumadin, a blood-thinner. Then, I decided, what...
Lisa Nelson RD #8: Please clear up the confusion about grapefruit and medication! Is it safe for individuals taking medication for heart disease, such as Lipitor, to eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice? When is grapefruit not allowed?
Dr. Shelby-Lane: I am including information that may help answer your question about grapefruit and a variety of nutritionals that affect statin drugs for the lowering of cholesterol.
Zocor (Simvastatin), for example, is a Statin drug, used to lower high cholesterol levels, and also known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor. Zocor may affect the absorption or utilization of vitamins E and coenzyme Q10. Tests showed the average concentration of coenzyme Q10 in blood plasma decreased by approximately 50% after statins were used for 30 days. Supplementation is considered beneficial.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may increase the effects of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors and should not be consumed at the same time. It i...
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