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Today we have even more bad news in two separate studies about the diabetes drug Avandia . With the bad news we get all the time about diabetes you might wonder why I report more negative stuff. It’s because we have much better alternatives. I have been studying a pre-print of a report scheduled to appear in the highly-respected Cochrane Library , a journal devoted to systematic reviews of health care interventions. The abstract is online . This is a publication of the Cochrane Collaboration, which has worldwide chapters in 50 medical specialties. The name comes from Archie Cochrane, who wrote a history of fatal flaws in medical practice, like the refusal by 19th century doctors to wash their hands between dissecting corpses and examining patients. Embargoed until just this hour, The Cochrane Library reports a systematic review of data by German researchers. Led by Bernd Richter, M.D., of Heinrich-Heine University, the study pooled data from 18 randomized controlled trials including m...
Will a two-week course of medrol cause weight gain?
I have been having increased headaches and my Dr. wants me to try a two-week course of Medrol to break the cycle. I have been using Frova almost daily. (He thinks due to seasonal allergies, and I'm always worse in summer.)
I'm afraid of the side effects that I have read about (weight gain, puffy face). Here's why I am afraid:
I have had severe migraines (uncontrolled episodes last 4 days) since my 20s (in 50s now). Needless to say, I've been on every preventive treatment listed and have suffered the side effects of all and that's why I'm afraid. We were trying to control them hormonally and I gained 40 lbs (30 of which is off now).
I realize I have to be on some kind of preventive medication after all is said and done. This year I went off of all preventive medication because I was so sick and tired of all of the side effects but obviously, I need to do something. I was thinking of going ba...
Definition Unintentional weight gain is an increase in body weight that occurs when a person takes in more calories than the body needs or uses. Considerations Almost 40% of all Americans are overweight . As we age, our metabolism slows, which can cause weight gain unless we also reduce the amount of food we eat and get adequate exercise. Weight gain can also be a significant symptom of several endocrine diseases such as Cushing syndrome or hypothyroidism. It may also indicate a heart or lung disorder. A continued weight gain occurs with pregnancy, whereas a periodic weight gain may occur with menstruation. A rapid weight gain may be a sign of dangerous fluid retention. Common Causes Alcohol use Certain drugs such as corticosteroids, cyproheptadine, lithium, tranquilizers, phenothiazines, some antidepressants, and medicines that increase fluid retention and cause edema Cushing syndrome Eating too much and exercising too little Emotional factors such as guilt, depression , and anxiety High-carbohydr...
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