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What Otc Medications Are Okay To Use While On Probation
Depends: As a physician and a law enforcement officer, your use of over the counter medications will depend on the stipulations of your probation. Except for extreme circumstances, plain tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, or Aspirin should be fine. Be cautious, however, about pain medication mixed with decongestants as this sometimes causes problems with probationers. Check with your probation officer. ...Read more
Can clonazepam 1 mg show up dirty for any kind of drug on a 4 panel drug test that parole and probation use?
Declare your Rx: In most jurisdictions patients are encouraged to take their prescribed medications, including clonazepam. As long as you have a current prescription in your name and are taking the medicine as prescribed, the safest course would be to notify the PO in advance that you are taking prescription medication. (be prepared to show proof.) going off meds you need is a much greater risk for most. ...Read more
Could use your help docs! my brothers on probation and recent failed a urine drug screen. He has struggled w addictions for the longest?
Hitting bottom: To get clean ; sober it's said one must hit bottom. Ppl think that means something really bad must happen. But some ppl have really bad things happen ; keep using. Bottom isn't what happens, but the emotional realization that it isn't working, that it's too painful to go on using. You can't keep yr bro sober ; you can't do anything to make him use. Al-anon mtgs help family of alcoholics, try it! ...Read more
Is there a hair follicle test that can detect LSD use by my teen? She tells me it can't be tested and switched from pot for that reason. I am at a loss for what to do. She was arrested for possession of pot and is on probation with random drug tests.
What happens to our bodies when we take prescirbed and OTC medications unecesarily or not for their intended use?
Depends on variables: Some prescribed or otc meds have a rather safe general profile and do little harm. However, any drug that is strong enough to be effective when used appropriately, may be strong enough to do significant damage when used wrong. Some individuals also can have an unexpected toxic reaction to any medication and die from a single dose. ...Read more
Im here in ksa, its been a week now im suffering from hemorrhoids, can you please help what should I do and what OTC medications I should use?
Care of hemorrhoids: Medical therapies for hemorrhoids: bowel regimen (fiber, stool softeners, water, juice, laxatives and probiotics to achieve two soft bowel movements daily), salves (prep h, desitin, (zinc oxide diaper cream) anti fungal), and hygiene (shower, hair dryer area daily). If the medical therapy fails to control, hemorrhoids, then ask for surgical referral. There are surgeries available to help you. ...Read more
What is the safest OTC medication for insomnia? I am taking lorazepam but i don't use it for insomnia. I use it for gad.
I like melatonin.: Valerian root ; chamomile are also popular. Insure that you use good sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk. ...Read more
More than 2 weeks: Most problems treated with otc should resolve quickly. ...Read more
What OTC allergy medications are safe to use while taking methadone daily for pain mgmt treatment? 140 MGS per day. Thank you.
2nd generation: antihistamines are best, because they do not increase sedation, and don't have major interactions or effects on sedation. They are all pretty much OTC these days as well. The best, in my experience, is Loratadine (Claritin). Unless you have severe congestion, I would avoid the Claritin-D or pseudephedrine (Sudafed), since it likely will give a false positive amphetamine test on urinalysis. ...Read more
My toenails have been getting a light yellow tint to them and the surface feels a little uneven..What OTC medication should I use to treat this?
First you need:
To determine what is wrong. Is the discoloration due to a fungus? Or possibly from nail polish you were wearing?
If you are looking for an otc, you can try tea tree oil. If it is nsuccessful, you might just have to try the local podiatrist for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
No, but...: Vaginal itching and a cottage cheese-like discharge could be signs of a yeast infection. A woman with these symptoms can safely try using over the counter yeast infection medication. If the symptoms do not go away, you might consider seeing a doctor to evaluate the problem since it could mean a different diagnosis. ...Read more
What to do if I have a bad yeast infection and i don't want to use pills or OTC drugs. Please help?
To treat yeast: Without yeast medication. Yeast grow on sugar so avoid sweets, fruit juice, limit fruit to 2 servings per day, avoid alcohol, avoid simple carbs and limit complex carbs. Avoid unneeded antibiotics. Boric acid capsules can treat yeast. You can make your own or use yeast arrest vaginal suppositories. If this doesn't work use over the counter yeast cream - yeast infections can be uncomfortable. ...Read more
What kind of OTC medication can I use to treat eustachian tube dysfunction? (already using flonase)
Keep using it: In the right way, directed backwards and outwards towards your ear away from the midline to avoid the nasal septum and to spray the nasal cavity well back to the where the Eustachian tubes openings are. It also helps if you irrigate your nose regularly with saline before using the flonase, if no improvement see your doctor/ENT, good luck ...Read more
Suffering from red watery eyes for a week now along with itching .. What should I do and know about that ! and what proper OTC drug i might use ?!
A few possibilities: This could be due to allergies, dry eyes, or eye infections. All can start or affect 1 eye first. The treatments are very different. For allergies, zaditor (ketotifen) is a good otc eye medicine. For dry eyes, lubricating tears are necessary. For infection, usually of the eyelids, start with eyelid warm compress and diluted baby shampoo scrubs. You should have a baseline exam with your eye doctor. ...Read more
Besides azo, what otc oral medications can i take for a yeast infection caused by antibiotic use?
Azo won't prevent: a yeast infection, altho oral probiotics MAY lessen the chance of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Bacteria from the digestive tract are the most common cause of UTI's. If diarrhea facilitates the introduction of bacteria into the urinary tract, preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea could theoretically help prevent UTIs. Dr. Anne ...Read more
Only a few.: For allergic rhinitis Nasalcrom or other products containig Cromolyn Sodium (sodium chromoglycate) are same but you have to use then 4 times a day. Nasal sinus rinse will help remove irritants, allergens or obstructing mucus nasal decongestant sprays can be used if totally obstructed but you run the risk of worse rebound congestion.Do not use more than 3 days. ...Read more
Do OTC treatments still work to kill head lice, or is there resistance and you must use prescription medication? What medicine do you use?
Yes OTC RID: works when instructions are followed.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can a doctor test for Creatinine & Kidney Function w/ a urine sample that is provided via OTC drug tests kits that use the cups a patient urinates in?
I get a lot of mucus in my throat at night and in the morning. Is this a post nasal drip problem? What OTC medication should I use?
Seasonal flu: Stay hydrated, get enough rest and and use OTC decongestants. If it does not resolve in 10-14 days, or it keeps getting worse see your doctor. ...Read more
You can but I would: You can but i would explain to my probation officer the over the counter drugs you're taking as i think he / she would like to know this information , as to make sure it doesn't cause a dependency or dirty drug test due to certain herbs/ medicatiins mininking illegal drugs/ substances. ...Read more
Doesn't matter: Toradol (ketorolac) is a pain reliever in the same class as Ibuprofen (Motrin) or Naproxen (Aleve), called NSAIDs. It isn't a controlled drug like a narcotic or amphetamine. It is perfectly legal to take under any circumstances, and would not cause problems in any type of drug screen. They are looking for signs of drug abuse, especially of narcotics or cocaine. ...Read more
My friend has took 20 alprazolams in the past few weeks and has a drug test in 11 days for probation. Will it be gone for a urin test?
I failed 2 drug tests in 3 days I'm not using opiates what can cause this. When it was disputed it still came back positive. But I tested at probation?
False positive: Poppy seeds can cause false positive for some opiates. It would depend on which opiate they are testing for. There are other things including medications that can cause this. Best advice be open and honest and ask your doctor to go thru with you other possible causes. ...Read more
No: Probation tests involve testing for illicit substances, in which category tobacco does not fall. Unless there was a judicial order that you not smoke, there is little or no likelihood that they would be even testing for cotinine, the metabolite in urine, or care about it. In minors, some juvenile authorities might be interested, since it is not legal to sell cigarettes to people under 18. ...Read more
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