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pre·scribe

(prē-skrīb'),
To give directions, either orally or in writing, for the preparation and administration of a remedy to be used in the treatment of any disease.
[L. prae-scribo, pp. -scriptus, to write before]

prescribe

(prĭ-skrīb′)
v. pre·scribed, pre·scribing, pre·scribes
v.tr.
To order the use of (a medicine or other treatment).
v.intr.
To order a medicine or other treatment.

pre·scrib′er n.

prescribe

[priskrīb′]
Etymology: L, prae + scribere, to write
1 to write an order for a drug, treatment, or procedure.
2 to recommend or encourage a course of action.

pre·scribe

(prĕ-skrīb')
To give directions, either orally or in writing, for the preparation and administration of a remedy to be used in the treatment of any disease.
[L. prae-scribo, pp. -scriptus, to write before]

pre·scribe

(prĕ-skrīb')
To give directions, either orally or in writing, for preparation and administration of a remedy to be used to treat any disease.
[L. prae-scribo, pp. -scriptus, to write before]

Patient discussion about prescribe

Q. How do doctors know what chemo meds to prescribe? Do they take a piece of the cancer tumor and lab it to see what chemo drugs kill that specific cancer tumor cells. Or do they randomly figure these meds should respond to these cells? I understand that the doctors put a patient through killing all cells which may be better.

A. It all comes down to a "hit or miss" if one chemo type doesn't work then they try another, or combinations. From experience and testing they basically know which type of chemo works on an overall average for a certain cancer type.
Although many can get one type of cancer, each reacts differently in each individual depending on their immune system, age, and lifestyle. so each chemo also reacts different in people.

Q. I am wondering why did he prescribe me a bacteria? My doctor has prescribed some probiotic medicines for diarrhea recently and these medicines are actually bacteria…..I am wondering why did he prescribe me a bacteria?

A. Some bacteria like Lactobacillius and Bifidobacterium are normally present in the guts of the humans and they are beneficial bacteria for humans. If not present or if they reduce in the guts then other harmful bacteria may invade your guts and will lead to other bowel problems, low immunity and ulcers. So these bacteria are friendly. Diarrhea would flush out these gut bacteria which have to be supplemented immediately by giving probiotics in some.

Q. Why a mood stabilizer like lithium is commonly prescribed to all type of bipolars. Why a mood stabilizer like lithium is commonly prescribed to all type of bipolars before any other medicine?

A. Lithium is an effective mood stabilizer for a lot of people however it is not for everyone. My partner had a very bad reaction to lithium and is now on Lamotrigine, which is working very well for her. Mood stabilizers are a vital part of a treatment program for bipolar patience, it helps control and balance moods.

More discussions about prescribe
References in classic literature ?
And such a pilot and ruler will provide and prescribe for the interest of the sailor who is under him, and not for his own or the ruler's interest?
He asked any student who happened to be standing near him what he would prescribe for a patient he had just seen.
A Fox asked him, "How can you pretend to prescribe for others, when you are unable to heal your own lame gait and wrinkled skin?
Nay, some are so cautious on this head, that, to avoid a possibility of killing the patient, they abstain from all methods of curing, and prescribe nothing but what can neither do good nor harm.
The barber-gillie, who was a doctor too, was called in to prescribe for me; but as he spoke in the Gaelic, I understood not a word of his opinion, and was too sick even to ask for a translation.
The sixth competency identifies the following as essential skills: uses professional judgment to prescribe; collaborates and consults with the client, family, and other health professionals over prescribing; prescribes within legislative framework; understands use, implications, contra-indications and interactions of prescription medication; understands age related implications of medications; evaluates the effectiveness of the client's response; demonstrates an ability to limit and manage adverse reactions; recognises situations of drug misuse; and understands the regulatory framework of prescribing.
That's why patients should write down their questions and concerns before visiting their doctor and, during the visit, make notes on the doctor's diagnosis, the medications he prescribes and other directions.
Under the new rules, a doctor who prescribes a drug in good faith for a legitimate medical purpose (including pain relief) is not subject to sanctions, provided he observes certain safeguards and keeps careful records.