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  • Zyrtec is a useful drug if taken on a short-term basis. However, when taken for greater periods of time, Zyrtec side effects can lead to chronic itching, hives, and very unpleasant living.

    My Symptoms of Zyrtec Antihistamine Withdrawal

    My Symptoms of Zyrtec Antihistamine Withdrawal

    by Michael M Griffin73

  • A board-certified anesthesiologist discusses the common cardiac effects of general anesthesia and also explains why there is some variability.

    Effects of Anesthesia on the Heart

    Effects of Anesthesia on the Heart

    by TahoeDoc33

  • Prescription muscle relaxers have a broad ranges of uses, both for acute and chronic illness. In this article, a pharmacist presents all of the currently available prescription muscle relaxers.

    Prescription Muscle Relaxers List

    Prescription Muscle Relaxers List

    by Jason Poquette336

  • Millions of medicines are taken every year by human beings—but how many of us know how they actually work? Why they can be dangerous, and why is it important to take them as prescribed?

    How Do Medicines Work in the Body?

    How Do Medicines Work in the Body?

    by Helen Murphy Howell40

  • In this article, I provide first-person experience with individuals I have known who suffered knee problems, along with some useful links to additional information. Some suggestions for decision-making, along with photos and a video, are included.

    Risks of Knee Replacement Surgery and Osteoarthritis

    Risks of Knee Replacement Surgery and Osteoarthritis

    by Patty Inglish46

  • The cost of herniated disc surgery depends on several factors. In this article, I discuss the cost of my son's microdiscectomy, as well as information about what to expect before and afterward.

    Herniated Disc Surgery: Cost and What to Expect

    Herniated Disc Surgery: Cost and What to Expect

    by Kristin Trapp23

  • The entire body is affected by an anesthetic. Here, a board-certified anesthesiologist gives an overview of the effects of anesthesia from head to toe.

    How Does Anesthesia Affect the Body?

    How Does Anesthesia Affect the Body?

    by TahoeDoc28

  • Are you wondering if you can eat a normal diet after gallbladder removal surgery? Dietary complications may vary from one person to the next, but there are foods that can help in the healing process.

    Diet After Gallbladder Removal Surgery

    Diet After Gallbladder Removal Surgery

    by Edmund Custers7

  • Whether you are planning to have knee replacement surgery, or whether you're currently recovering from the procedure, there's a lot to know. This is what I learned from my experience.

    My Experience With Total Knee Replacement Surgery

    My Experience With Total Knee Replacement Surgery

    by Liz Elias27

  • Cost comparisons between Medicare Advantage, Original Medicare, Medigap and Part D health insurance plans to help you decide which plans are best for you.

    What You Need to Know About Medicare Costs

    What You Need to Know About Medicare Costs

    by Sondra Rochelle0

  • Anesthesiologists are medical doctors who specialize in the care of patients before, during and after surgery. Whether the anesthetic is routine and easy or emergent and life-threatening, the anesthesiologist is with the patient the whole time they are in the operating room.

    A Day in the Life of an Anesthesiologist

    A Day in the Life of an Anesthesiologist

    by TahoeDoc13

  • At some point, most of us need to see a doctor, so it's important to be prepared with the names of a few good medical providers we trust and feel comfortable with. What characteristics should we look for in a good doctor? How can we find a good medical professional?

    7 Characteristics of a Good Doctor and How to Find a Good Doctor

    7 Characteristics of a Good Doctor and How to Find a Good Doctor

    by Geri McClymont9

  • There is so much information out there on whether or not to get the flu shot. What's a person to do? A walk through my search and what I found.

    The Big Debate Over Getting the Flu Shot

    The Big Debate Over Getting the Flu Shot

    by Lorelei Nettles0

  • Keeping secrets is only one of the things that nurses do best. From test results to warding off bad spirits, this article reveals why nurses do what they do and what to expect in the hospital.

    10 Things Nurses Don't Want You to Know

    10 Things Nurses Don't Want You to Know

    by Kelly (Brown) Wagner219

  • Learn how to use Candid B cream to treat ringworm, jock itch, yeast infections, and other fungal infections of the skin. Find out about precautions and side effects, as well.

    Candid B Cream: Uses and Side Effects

    Candid B Cream: Uses and Side Effects

    by Dr Manura Nanayakkara229

  • At the age of 65, I had internal and external hemorrhoids removed by surgery. This article first examines the nature of hemorrhoids and then details what to expect after hemorrhoid removal surgery.

    What to Expect From Hemorrhoid Removal Surgery

    What to Expect From Hemorrhoid Removal Surgery

    by Paul Richard Kuehn4

  • Do you feel a painful lump on the front or inside of your thigh? It may be a femoral hernia. Learn about what it is, the causes, and what to expect in terms of diagnosis and treatment.

    What Is a Femoral Hernia and How Is It Treated?

    What Is a Femoral Hernia and How Is It Treated?

    by flycatcherrr109

  • Nursing aides or assistants are an important part of the healthcare team. In this article, I will provide some helpful tips on how to do your job effectively and be a well-loved and respected aide.

    Professional Etiquette for the Certified Nurse's Aide

    Professional Etiquette for the Certified Nurse's Aide

    by Jayme Kinsey24

  • Most people are so nervous about their cataract operation, they don't think much about what to expect after the procedure. Unfortunately, some surgeons don't provide adequate information, either.

    What to Expect After Cataract Surgery

    What to Expect After Cataract Surgery

    by Kate Swanson266

  • The cost of a Crystalens implant can vary widely. Learn how the cost can be affected by a surgeon's philosophy and product packaging—from personal experience and the experience of others.

    Crystalens Cost With Cataract Surgery

    Crystalens Cost With Cataract Surgery

    by gracenotes64

  • The sweat chloride test for cystic fibrosis measures chloride ions in an individual's sweat. A positive result indicates the presence of cystic fibrosis.

    Sweat Test for Cystic Fibrosis

    Sweat Test for Cystic Fibrosis

    by Leah Lefler10

  • Knowing what to expect during your CT scan (aka CAT scan) can help reduce any anxiety you may have. This article explains everything that will happen before, during, and after the procedure.

    What to Expect When You Are Scheduled for a CT Scan

    What to Expect When You Are Scheduled for a CT Scan

    by Gable Rhoads4

  • Are you having a calcium scoring test? Here is what you need to know about why your doctor ordered it and what it will tell about your health.

    Calcium Scoring Explained

    Calcium Scoring Explained

    by Virginia Kearney5

  • Lidocaine is commonly used for local anesthesia. While its use is safe when dosing guidelines are followed, there are some risks, complications, and potential toxicity issues to understand.

    Lidocaine Side Effects and Toxicity

    Lidocaine Side Effects and Toxicity

    by TahoeDoc22

  • Considering a tonsillectomy as an adult? Based on my personal experience, here is a guide about what to expect during the procedure as well as during recovery.

    What to Expect From an Adult Tonsillectomy

    What to Expect From an Adult Tonsillectomy

    by Brittany Brown-Doherty24

  • Follow tricyclic antidepressants as they enter your body. Get a better understanding of the pharmacological effects as well as their sides effects.

    The Course of Tricyclic Antidepressants

    The Course of Tricyclic Antidepressants

    by Kristina0

  • It's a brave new world. Where genealogy meets genetics, 23andMe provides direct-t0-consumer genetic testing. You pay to turn over your DNA and personal data. Big companies profit. Understand the risk.

    The Risks and Benefits of 23andMe DNA Analysis

    The Risks and Benefits of 23andMe DNA Analysis

    by FlourishAnyway26

  • Are you a candidate for a total knee replacement? If so, I hope this article, which includes my husband's joint replacement, will benefit you. Hip and shoulder replacement candidates can also benefit.

    Tips for a Successful Total Knee Replacement Surgery

    Tips for a Successful Total Knee Replacement Surgery

    by Linda Bilyeu97

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  • A mastectomy causes both physical and emotional pain, not just from the surgery but because of the lifestyle changes it requires. Knowing what to expect helps. These tips for adapting to your new body should also help.

    The Pain of Mastectomy: What to Expect and How to Cope

    The Pain of Mastectomy: What to Expect and How to Cope

    by Catherine Giordano14

  • These are the highlights of my jaw surgery—from the hospital stay to my recovery time at home. The surgery solved my overbite issue, and I survived the procedure and the hospital stay. However, it was not a walk in the park.

    My Corrective Jaw Surgery Experience

    My Corrective Jaw Surgery Experience

    by emilybee41

  • CT contrast, also known as contrast dye, is used to better visualize blood vessels and some internal organs. How does it work? Are there any side effects and/or risks?

    What Is the Contrast Dye Used in CT Scans?

    What Is the Contrast Dye Used in CT Scans?

    by Gable Rhoads6

  • An interscalene block of the brachial plexus is used to provide pain relief during and after shoulder surgery. Find out from an anesthesiologist what you should know before having this type of block.

    Interscalene Block: Nerve Block for Shoulder Surgery

    Interscalene Block: Nerve Block for Shoulder Surgery

    by TahoeDoc22

  • Post-spinal anesthesia side effects can result from the needles, the technique, or the medications used. Most side effects are minor and short-lived.

    Post-Spinal Anesthesia Side Effects

    Post-Spinal Anesthesia Side Effects

    by TahoeDoc65

  • The recovery time for a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is about two weeks or more depending on the individual. This article will discuss what to expect both during and after gallbladder surgery.

    Gallbladder Surgery Recovery Time

    Gallbladder Surgery Recovery Time

    by Edmund Custers11

  • Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid pain medication, is a powerful drug. Its use in the operating room is routine and valuable, as explained in this article. Abuse and addiction with fentanyl are dangerous and often deadly, even with just one use.

    Fentanyl for Pain Management — Use and Abuse

    Fentanyl for Pain Management — Use and Abuse

    by TahoeDoc8

  • A 2009 study estimated the average U.S. citizen to have 9.2 surgeries in their lifetime. Any one of them could alter or end a life. The importance of your choice for a surgeon cannot be overstated.

    Choosing a Surgeon, Simplified

    Choosing a Surgeon, Simplified

    by Leland Johnson4

  • Know what to expect and how to prevent and/or treat the most common after-effects of anesthesia, including nausea, sore throat, confusion, muscle aches, itching, and emotional outbursts.

    Common Anesthesia Side Effects: What to Expect

    Common Anesthesia Side Effects: What to Expect

    by TahoeDoc372

  • It's important to keep your medications organized. Here are a few simple guidelines you should follow when organizing your medications.

    How to Get Your Medications Organized

    How to Get Your Medications Organized

    by Melissa Flagg OSC8

  • Candid-V1, -V3, and -V6 are anti-fungal vaginal preparations that come with a clotrimazole tablet and an applicator. It is used to treat vaginal candidiasis, also known as yeast infection.

    Candid-V1, -V3, and -V6: Usage and Side Effects

    Candid-V1, -V3, and -V6: Usage and Side Effects

    by Dr Manura Nanayakkara193

  • A long-term kidney transplant recipient lists her top 10 ways to keep an organ transplant going strong. This helpful and encouraging advice can apply to the recipient of any type of organ transplant.

    Ten Things to Do to Have a Long-Term Organ Transplant

    Ten Things to Do to Have a Long-Term Organ Transplant

    by Kristin Kaldahl32

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