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Dr. Karen Buhler

Dr. Karen Buhler

MD, CCFP
Family Doctor
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What are the effects of drug use during pregnancy?

A:

Marijuana can cause long-term problems for the baby and their general health, and can cause prematurity.

Cocaine and crystal meth, or methamphetamine, also cause serious problems in the pregnancy. They have a high chance of causing a placental abruption, which is where the placenta separates from the uterus and suddenly the blood supply to the baby is lost. This can be quite serious and lead to death of the baby or premature labor.

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Recreational and Narcotic Drug Use During Pregnancy

Dr. Duncan Miller

Dr. Duncan Miller

MD
Family Doctor
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What causes pink eye?

A:

Pink eye is an infection in your eye, and it can be caused by either a virus or bacteria. Viral pink eye (or viral conjunctivitis) usually happens if you have a cold or an upper respiratory infection. Bacterial pink eye usually involves more discharge from the eye, and typically needs an antibiotic to clear up.

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Pink Eye Treatment

Dr. Richard Bebb

Dr. Richard Bebb

MD, ABIM, FRCPC
Endocrinologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

Can I take my thyroid pill along with my other daily medications?

A:

You have to be aware of any potential interactions with your thyroid medication and any other pills you are taking daily. The main culprits are iron and calcium supplements, which can affect how well the thyroid hormone is absorbed in your system. There is also an issue with thyroid medication and soy milk, so it's not advised to take your thyroid pill just before your breakfast if you are having soy milk with your meal. Your pharmacist or doctor can answer other questions you may have about your thyroid medications.

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Treatment Options for Hypothyroidism