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Are There Any Herbal Medications That Are Dangerous To Take While In Flight
Although many medications come form plants like Aspirin and digtalis, herbal medications are made from plant parts with medicinal properties and not processed to contain just a single component. Many have been developed in traditional cultures and have recently been found to have active healing elements that are comparable to prescription drugs. There is variability ...Read more
I am not giving you: Answer to your question. I wanted to bring up a different option. I have treated a number of pregnant women who have anxiety with weekly acupuncture sessions. It usually tides them over until the next session. It is safe, efficacious and does not cause drug interactions. Take care. ...Read more
Avoid if possible: Buspirone is category b meaning no known risks but is not generally recommended in pregnancy but may be safer than other options. Most meds are cat c meaning not generally recommended esp in 1st trimester. Others are cat d, very risky. Best to use non-med strategies for anxiety management & stress reduction. Therapist can guide. Support network important. Consult physician re medication. ...Read more
Plenty: But first you have to know why you are coughing. See your doc or make a virtual consult. ...Read more
Uncertain: There are some meds that are known to be potentially unsafe to the fetus. However, there are quite a few meds for which the risk is unknown. As a result, decisions about using meds for mood disorders is handled on a case by case basis, with a thorough discussion of what is known about a particular compared to what might be the risk of not using meds. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM: Is safe to take.Get a more detailed answer ›
Many options: It seems to always be a challenge to obtain adequate sleep in this stressful life. Medicines are sometimes used. Many are considered safe. Use of benedryl, Ambien and Lunesta (eszopiclone) in their standard doses are considered safe. Avoiding excess alcohol and caffeine as well as using natural options like stretching, yoga, and meditation till be your best choices. ...Read more
What's the question?: There are lots of supplements, some of which may help with depression, e.g., st. John's wort and omega-3 fatty acids. If purchased from reliable sources, they're mostly safe. Efficacy is another issue, esp. If, as you say, depression is undiagnosed. Why not get an evaluation and proven treatment plan? Maybe it isn't depression but an undiagnosed medical condition such as hypothyroidism? ...Read more
Depends: Are you doing the flying? If so, any sort of sedating medication is absolutely contraindicated. ...Read more
Fairly safe: The general rule is to avoid all drugs when pregnant. But depression is a risk in pregnancy too, so these risks must be weighed. If a woman can function without antidepressants during pregnancy, she should. But if she is clinically depressed, most psychiatrists feel that medicating (usually with an ssri) is safer for both mother and baby than leaving the depression untreated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are there any vitamins or herbs that are recommended to avoid when taking Lexapro (escitalopram)?
Most are safe: Always take these as suggested and select a good brand. Here are the ones to avoid: valerian, st john's wort, same, kava kava, and gotu kola. Be well! ...Read more
Avoid pills: Melatonin considered to be safe , but this is natural substance, not a "pill". Daily walks , relaxation exercises, make sure your bed is comfortable... There are special big pillows designed for pregnant- you may look up on-line, which " hugs" you body. Make sure your bedroom is cool, quiet , and dark enough. Avoid browsing the channels , ideally no tv in the bedroom. Stretching exercises.... ...Read more
Don't do it unless:: Depending on the nature of your thyroid condition, certain diet medication will be contraindicated. Until your thyroid condition is under control, you should not consider medication for weight loss. Medication for weight loss should only be considered with your doctor's recommendations. ...Read more
Are there alternative drugs to Benzodiapemes that work? If so what are they? Also, are there any herbs that work if there are no drug alternatives?
Benzodiazepine subst: Yes, there are alternative drugs to benzodiazepines, depending on what you are treating. If sleep, Rozerem (ramelteon) is non-addicting. Sleep hygiene with early exercise also works. If depression, antidepressants. If anxiety, some SSRI's, also help. Please see your doctor or let us know what you are treating, so we can be more specific in our recommendations. ...Read more
Herbs and CM: There are no clinical studies in reputable journals that support the use of herbal supplements to prevent cardiomyopathy. The best way to prevent cardiomyopathy is to make sure that your blood pressure is well controlled and that you do not develop diabetes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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