Doctors Dialogue Index


The following are transcripts of Doctors' Dialogue produced by the Doctors of for Focus On Digestion Center

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Hepatitis C

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Interview with Dr. Jay Marks Editor

  • IBS: Dr. Jay Marks' perspective on diagnosis and treatment
  • Are anti-depressants effective for IBS?
  • Is tincture of opium safe and effective for IBS?
  • Is acupuncture useful in treating IBS?
  • What are effective treatments for IBS?
  • Are intolerance of MSG, lactose, and sucrose part of IBS?
  • What is fedotazine?
  • Is simethicone effective in treating IBS?
  • Is alosetron (Lotronex) effective for IBS?
  • How effective is fiber and avoiding caffeine in helping IBS?
  • Are Questran and Colestid effective in controlling diarrhea?

Interview with Dr. Jay Marks Editor

  • What antacids can be used both for GERD and calcium supplement?
  • What GERD treatment measures are safe for pregnancy?
  • What to do about night time reflux during pregnancy?
  • What to do if GERD symptoms do not respond to optimal treatment?
  • What foods to avoid for GERD?
  • Will GERD symptoms improve with losing excess weight?
  • Why is acid reflux worse at night time?
  • Can heartburn occurring during exercise be heart pain?
  • Can bad breath be from GERD?
  • What treatments are available for Barrett esophagus?
  • Night time Zantac appropriate treatment for GERD?
  • How long can you take Prilosec safely?
  • Any subsitute for Propulsid in treating GERD?
  • Use of Propulsid?

Hepatitis C
Interview with Dr. Edward Block Author

  • How common is Hepatitis C infection in this country?
  • How is the diagnosis of Hepatitis C made?
  • What is unique about Hepatitis C?
  • Can Hepatitis C be sexually transmitted?
  • What blood tests are available to determine Hepatitis C infection?
  • What are Hepatitis C genotypes?
  • What is the reason for treating Hepatitis C?
  • What treatments are available?
  • What is the most effective treatment for Hepatitis C?
  • What are the side effects of interferon/ribavirin treatment?
  • Who are good candidates for treatment of Hepatitis C?
  • Who are NOT good candidates for treatment of Hepatitis C?
  • Do you recommend treating Hepatitis C patients with normal liver tests?
  • What is your advice regarding diet and vitamins in patients with Hepatitis C?
  • Should Hepatitis C patients receive immunizations for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B?
  • What in your view constitutes a treatment relapse?
  • What can be done for patients who experience treatment relapse?

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