Mar
28
2011
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MEDICATIONS FOR RA (RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS): TAKING CYCLOPHOSPHAMIDE

MEDICATIONS FOR RA (RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS): TAKING CYCLOPHOSPHAMIDE
Before starting cyclophosphamide therapy discuss the following with your physician:
•   A history of blood problems, kidney or liver conditions, HIV infection, previous x-ray therapy or chemotherapy, or a positive tuberculin skin test or tuberculosis.
•   Any medications you are taking, but in particular sleeping medications (barbiturates), diuretics (water pills), or gout medications (allopurinol).
While taking cyclophosphamide:
•   Contact your physician promptly if you notice fever or chills, sore throat, cough, unusual bleeding or bruising, a change in urine color, burning or pain with urination, a change in skin color, or a marked increase in fatigue.
•   Monitor your urination while you are taking cyclophosphamide. Make certain that the frequency of urination has not decreased. Drink large amounts of water each day to flush out your bladder.
•   Never take this medication at bedtime.
Avoid coming into close contact with persons having a viral or bacterial infection.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Both men and women must use contraception while taking cyclophosphamide. Birth defects are a distinct possibility. Decreased fertility and sterility are potential side effects of this medication. Nursing is not recommended.
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Before starting cyclophosphamide therapy discuss the following with your physician:
•   A history of blood problems, kidney or liver conditions, HIV infection, previous x-ray therapy or chemotherapy, or a positive tuberculin skin test or tuberculosis.
•   Any medications you are taking, but in particular sleeping medications (barbiturates), diuretics (water pills), or gout medications (allopurinol).
While taking cyclophosphamide:
•   Contact your physician promptly if you notice fever or chills, sore throat, cough, unusual bleeding or bruising, a change in urine color, burning or pain with urination, a change in skin color, or a marked increase in fatigue.
•   Monitor your urination while you are taking cyclophosphamide. Make certain that the frequency of urination has not decreased. Drink large amounts of water each day to flush out your bladder.
•   Never take this medication at bedtime.
Avoid coming into close contact with persons having a viral or bacterial infection.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Both men and women must use contraception while taking cyclophosphamide. Birth defects are a distinct possibility. Decreased fertility and sterility are potential side effects of this medication. Nursing is not recommended.
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Mar
18
2011
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OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO BDD TREATMENT: OVERCOMING TRIVIALIZATION OF BDD

OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO BDD TREATMENT: OVERCOMING TRIVIALIZATION OF BDD
It’s easy to trivialize BDD. Why should she care so much about how she looks? The fact that the person looks okay only compounds the problem. It may lead to reassurance—don’t worry, you look fine—rather than effective treatment. Sometimes BDD is mistaken for vanity. For BDD to be diagnosed and adequately treated, family members and clinicians need to take the symptoms seriously; BDD must be recognized as a serious psychiatric disorder that can cause severe suffering.
What To Do: I hope that after reading this book, you’re convinced that BDD is a serious disorder. If you want someone else in your life to take it seriously, you can talk with him or her about it. Or, you may want them to read this book; many people tell me this has helped other people understand BDD and realize that it’s bona fide disorder and a serious problem.
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It’s easy to trivialize BDD. Why should she care so much about how she looks? The fact that the person looks okay only compounds the problem. It may lead to reassurance—don’t worry, you look fine—rather than effective treatment. Sometimes BDD is mistaken for vanity. For BDD to be diagnosed and adequately treated, family members and clinicians need to take the symptoms seriously; BDD must be recognized as a serious psychiatric disorder that can cause severe suffering.
What To Do: I hope that after reading this book, you’re convinced that BDD is a serious disorder. If you want someone else in your life to take it seriously, you can talk with him or her about it. Or, you may want them to read this book; many people tell me this has helped other people understand BDD and realize that it’s bona fide disorder and a serious problem.
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Mar
08
2011
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DRUGS TO TREAT RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: ENBREL

DRUGS TO TREAT RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: ENBREL
Enbrel is the brand name for etanercept, a modern biological response modifier.
There is a cytokine, or chemical messenger, present in the joints called tumor necrosis factor (TNF). This inflammatory mediator is one of the major problem-causing cytokines in RA. (It gets its name because it was found to cause weight loss and the shrinkage of tumors in young animals. Many years ago, it was actually thought of as a means of controlling cancer.) On cells there is a docking mechanism called a cytokine receptor. In order for cytokine (a chemical messenger) to do its job, it must join with a receptor. Enbrel is a laboratory-made receptor. Instead of docking at the regular receptor, the TNF sticks to the laboratory-made receptor Enbrel and is inactivated.
Enbrel is taken by subcutaneous (under the skin) injection twice a week. Most patients administer the injection themselves. It is relatively easy once becoming accustomed to it.
There can be some local allergic reactions at the site of injection. You can also experience headaches, fever, low blood pressure, and upset stomach. If you develop an infection on the drug, you must call your doctor. You will probably have to stop the drug until the infection is treated and you are well enough to start it again.
Your doctor should write a special prescription for you, and you will have to learn how to inject the drug from the doctor.
The drug it can be used with almost anything, including methotrexate.
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Enbrel is the brand name for etanercept, a modern biological response modifier.
There is a cytokine, or chemical messenger, present in the joints called tumor necrosis factor (TNF). This inflammatory mediator is one of the major problem-causing cytokines in RA. (It gets its name because it was found to cause weight loss and the shrinkage of tumors in young animals. Many years ago, it was actually thought of as a means of controlling cancer.) On cells there is a docking mechanism called a cytokine receptor. In order for cytokine (a chemical messenger) to do its job, it must join with a receptor. Enbrel is a laboratory-made receptor. Instead of docking at the regular receptor, the TNF sticks to the laboratory-made receptor Enbrel and is inactivated.
Enbrel is taken by subcutaneous (under the skin) injection twice a week. Most patients administer the injection themselves. It is relatively easy once becoming accustomed to it.
There can be some local allergic reactions at the site of injection. You can also experience headaches, fever, low blood pressure, and upset stomach. If you develop an infection on the drug, you must call your doctor. You will probably have to stop the drug until the infection is treated and you are well enough to start it again.
Your doctor should write a special prescription for you, and you will have to learn how to inject the drug from the doctor.
The drug it can be used with almost anything, including methotrexate.
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