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Afrin Warnings And Recalls
YES: This drug is a proven SECOND line treatment for Type 2 Diabetes and I assume it is being prescribed by YOUR Primary Care or Diabetes Care Professional! The B oxed Warnings on ANY Prescription Drug include a litany of side effects etc etc Follow your Health Care Professional's advice Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more
Zoloft (sertraline): Warning exists while taking the medication.Get a more detailed answer ›
I've taken Zofran, oral nasal decongestant, nasal spray(not Same ingredients) &.5 Ativan. Is this ok? I don't see any interactions with them online.
Lots of meds: While classic interactions are not described for above meds I still believe you may be able to get rid of few. I assume that you have nausea, nasal congestion and anxiety? Would start by suggesting to stop the nasal decongestant and tapering the Ativan, which is high risk and habit forming. ...Read more
Migraines 15yrs, tried otcs, -triptans, narcs, blockers, diet, with varying luck.Best luck-stadol nasal spray (max use 10x/mo). Any long term concerns?
Hormone: Migraine is often triggered by hormonal changes, have you tried birth control pills? If you have more than 15 migraines a month, Botox injections may be considered (not sure that this is fda approved for those under 18 but it is approved for other conditions down to age 12). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was wondering did risperdal's manufacturer provide insufficient warning labels regarding its adverse effects?
They did provide: Medication side effects are supposed to be revealed by the drug developer. However, it may take several years of use in real life settings before certain side effects are fully appreciated, evaluated and understood. ...Read more
I take Advil (ibuprofen) for period cramps, but have read reports of OTC NSAIDS raising risk of heart attack/stroke even in small doses. Any safer options?
Many options: You could schedule a visit with an Obgyn and discuss all the options for painful periods. You could consider birth control pills, patch, Nuvaring, Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD, Depoprovera, Lysteda. If you are doing having children you could consider an endometrial ablation or other surgical options. ...Read more
Not advisable: The usual dosing of afrin for an adult is 2 sprays/nostril twice a day. Any more is overdosing. It does not give incrementally improved results and risks you complications like headache, insomnia and nervousness. Absolute maximum time of usage of afrin is 5 days. Longer than this leads to tachphylaxis and worsening of nasal congestion. If you find yourself chronically congested, see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ask pharmacist: This cannot be answered well without knowing which prescription drugs you are talking about. www.drugs.com is a helpful website and you can also ask a pharmacist to see what drugs are not compatible when taken together. In general it is not wise to "mix" drugs. ...Read more
Bought some Mucinex dm today for cough and chest congestion. I also take 20mg of Lexapro (escitalopram). Drugs dot com says major interactions. Uhhhh? Can I take?
Ask pharmacist or Dr: This is very troubling indeed. And everything I've read supports what you found. Don't risk a potentially life-threatening interaction but do try to find an alternative to Lexapro (escitalopram) w/ your doctor. It's not the guaifenesin part, so you could take Mucinex pills and gargle w/ salt water for throat pain and drink honey-lemon-tea-(bit of bourbon). Sorry, but you actually may find this to work better! ...Read more
Is Buspar (buspirone) 5 mg for anxiety safe to take in heart patients? Are their any warnings I should know about?
Can you get off that filthy drug Lexapro (escitalopram) without weaning off.Doctors should stop prescribing such rubbish.Nothing but side effects?
Typically, yes: While most people are able to stop Lexapro (escitalopram) without any withdrawal symptoms, I am concerned by your reports of side effects to what is typically a very well tolerated medication. I would recommend speaking with your prescribing physician to discuss a strategy to taper your dose and consider alternative treatments, be they pharmacological or otherwise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any adverse effects when mixing sertraline (50 mg once a day) and marijuana (once, not regularly)?
I don't know that: there are studies for this. Would not recommend it. See you have depression & anxiety. Potential long-term risk of Cannabis include panic attacks, anxiety disorders, paranoia, dissociation, psychosis, aggression, ataxia, hallucinations & illusions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Long (10yr) SSRI use. Read horror stories about withdrawal and the dangers of long-term use. SSRI keeping me anxious/depressed? Permanent brain dmg??
SSRI withdrawal: Long (10yr) SSRI use. Read horror stories about withdrawal and the dangers of long-term use. SSRI keeping me anxious/depressed? Permanent brain dmg?? ANS: This is something you need to discuss with your Dr. Never stop all at once. Recommend U go to Drugs.com and see what % of folks experience this. Suspect you will be less nervous. Best way to minimize web medical worries is to use UpToDate only ...Read more
I hear many warnings on commercials about conflicts with ssris and other drugs, does that mean that ssris are unsafe?
SSRI's: These anti-depressants are generally safe but need to managed by a competent physician who understands the interaction with other medications you may be taking. Also your pharmacist has a list of interactions he or she can make you aware of. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: They are both obtainable by prescription only. ...Read more
Friend rx'd "Suprep" for colonoscopy in 3 full doses am/pm/am. Drug instructions are TWO doses which worked 4 me. I'm worried about this off label rx?
Go with instructions: Best to go with the instructions from your doctors office, or with something that has worked for you in the past. If you have a question about it, ask the pharmacist to look in to the matter. They will help you sort it out. You can always call the doctors office to make sure the instructions are intentional as well. Hope this helps! ...Read more
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Is this a bad thing? I bought otc Ginkgo Biloba yesterday and I read side effects online. Safe?
Not useful: What do you expect to achieve by taking untested medications? The best it will do is lighten your wallet. These "drugs" have not been evaluated, are not standardized, have not been shown to treat any illness. These may interfere with medication you may be taking. Do not take any herbals, supplements, over the counter drugs without consulting your doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
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