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prophylaxispro‧phy‧lax‧is /ˌprɒfɪˈlæksɪs $ ˌprɑː-/ noun [countable, uncountable]  technicalMI a treatment for preventing disease
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prophylaxisThat was the day I learned that Jasper was not on any prophylaxis against pneumocystis.Importantly, prophylaxis against stress ulcers with H 2 antagonists and antacids has been implicated in abnormal bacterial overgrowth in the stomach.Propranolol, which is used so commonly in migraine prophylaxis, is not beneficial in most cluster headache patients.This agent may be used in the cluster headache patient, as described in the discussion of migraine prophylaxis.It is therefore recommended that for optimal prophylaxis, a further treatment be given at 4-6 weeks post-lambing.All three patients received prophylaxis with subcutaneous heparin and compression stockings.Long-term bacterial susceptibility to co-trimoxazole is important to monitor in any area where co-trimoxazole prophylaxis could be recommended.
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