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Alternative To Vagifem
Basically, no: Gabapentin (US spelling) is an anticonvulsant/pain drug with specific and relatively benign properties. It appears you are using it for a pain syndrome. Pain may respond to many types of treatment, depending upon the person and the condition. You might find something else outside allopathic medicine that works as well for you, for your condition. An alternative for you, maybe not for others. ...Read more
Depends: What are the alternative therapies and are these in place of standard treatment? For instance massage and exercise programs are beneficial and safe. Questionable medications, herbal supplements and accupuncture have little evidence to support their use. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Natural alternatives to pain medication? What are some natural, alternatives to taking pharmaceutical pain medication?
Look at all : Complimentary modalities from acupuncture to meditation. Each one can help each individual differently. Look at anti-inflammatory medical foods as well, such as limbrel, which, in one study, suggested it could help with pain after ninety days almost as much as alleve; some patients benefit greatly, others do not. Try all modalities that are not bad for you and see what works for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arthritis: Alternative arthritis treatments, which are far more than can be mentioned in 400 letters, are often safe, but often ineffective. Glucosame has some positive effect on arthritis, but most are no better than placebo (help about 30% of those who try it). Most physicians do not recommend treatments that have no more benefit than a placebo, but most patients with arthritis try them anyway. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Generic versions of medications are usually fine, but they are not identical. The fda allows for a modest degree of difference in "bioequivalence". Essentially, a generic medication is allowed to be sold if it is between 80% - 125% of the brand name medication. Most generic medications are fine for most people, but there is always some percentage of patients for whom they are different. ...Read more
Yes: The cells at the surface of the skin contain 3 essential lipids - cholesterol, ceramides and free fatty acids. These lipids form a barrier and help to protect us from dehydration and external dangers. A natural moisturizer, that is similar to cholesterol is squalene. Squalane is a saturated form of squalene that is used as a natural moisturizer and carries little risk of sensitivity or irritation, . ...Read more
Come FlyAway With Me: Viagra (sildenafil), Levitra/Staxyn (vardenafil,) Cialis (tadalafil) and stendra (avanafil). Cialis lasts the longest (36 hours, sometimes up to 100 hours).Viagra the shortest (4 hours to maybe 12). The rest between 5 and 10 hours.Check carefully for individual side effects and precautions. Oh, by the way, you'll be interested to know that Viagra reduces jet lag in hampsters. ...Read more
Possibly: All osteopathic physicians are trained in standard medicine. "herbs and natural remedies" are not part of their medical curriculum, and any claimed expertise in this area is entirely outside the realm of a standard physician's education. Having said that, there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that dos on average prescribe fewer medications than mds. ...Read more
What are alternative ways to treat osteopenia (or osteoporosis) without using prescription drugs?
Osteoporosis: The best way to treat with over the counter medications is with vitamin d supplementation as well as with calcium. Typical diets do not contain enough of these. Also, your skin helps to convert vitamin d into the usable form for your body so be sure to get outside. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
AAIM: The American Academy of Insurance Medicine is a member-based group open to physicians who are medical directors of insurance companies, as well as underwriters, medical consultants and other professionals working in insurance medicine. AAIM's physician members who serve as medical directors serve as advisors for underwriting and consultants for claims and plan designs http://www.aaimedicine.org ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is rephresh vaginal gel a good alternative for pregnant woman who want to cure their bv naturally rather than metrogel?
NO!: So, first there's nothing natural in rephresh vaginal gel. I don't know where you got this ridiculous idea. Read the ingredients. It's mostly chemicals plus a processed sugar (glycerin) & water. Doesn't nothing for an infection like BV. You need to use the proper medication to treat it (ANTIBIOTICS!) like metrogel and then maintain a healthy vaginal floral balance with proper sexual health & diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unfortunately, no.: It is important to stay on medication and have it adjusted as needed with your psychiatrist. If there were a natural alternative, someone would be a billionaire, but it simply is not available. Your psychiatrist can help you try new medictions which have been approved by the FDA, natural alternatives are far too risky for anyone with bipolar. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vaginal estogen: Vaginal estrogen is used to treat vaginal dryness, itching, and burning; painful or difficult urination; and sudden need to urinate immediately in women who are experiencing or have experienced menopause for additional information visit:http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0000333/. ...Read more
On Vagifem 10mg twice a week for many years too much $ now low on income-what's just as good for menopause symptoms?
Vaginal dryness: Vagifem is very good for vaginal dryness but not for other symptoms of menopause. The absorption from the vagina is too low to treat systemic symptoms. If you stop it and have vaginal dryness you could try over the counter vaginal moisturizers such as Prevaleaf Oasis or you could try prescription Estrogen cream like Premarin (conjugated estrogens) or Estrace ...Read more
Neither: The amount of estrogen that is absorbed into your circulation (and therefore helpful to your bones) is quite minimal with vagifem. That is both it's benefit (the estrogen stays local) and the limit (it doesn't get into the circulation). So - vagifem will neither help nor hurt your osteoporosis. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Using vagifem; finished 2wk period of continuous use. Can I use this every 3rd day or does it have to be the same 2 days of each week? Thank-you
Sure: Every 3rd day is fine, typically, the maintenance dose is one pill vaginally two nights a week. ...Read more
Vagifem: Like all medications, Vagifem has risks and benefits. It is a matter of balancing these. Benefits include improvement of vaginal health. You may need to discuss these with your doc, but many people do use vagifem long term. It is generally thought to be a safer than oral estrogens, but risks still may include a small increase in blood clot issues, dementia, and possibly uterine or breast cancer. ...Read more
I am post menopause and use vagifem twice a week but I have a persistant ich and dryness in my nether region and it actually keeps me up at night. What can I do about this as it is becoming debilitating.
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I am 69. Having a scan as concern 7cm fibroid has grown. Can Vagifem pessaries tablets cause growth.I also get constant UTIs. Is there a connection?
Not associated : The vagifem and pessary are a non issue with your fibroid. As long as you are not symptomatic you can watch the fibrous otherwise uterine artery embolization, myomectomy or hysterectomy may be necessary. Hard to know about the UTI. Make sure you are having a culture to make sure you are have true infections. ...Read more
How often can you use vagifem to treat symptoms of interstitial cystitis? 3 to 4 day intervals is not sufficient, also using Marvelon. Many thanks!
Atrophic Vaginitis: Vagifem is used to treat thinning of the vagina or off label for pH changes in the vagina. It can be used daily for 1-2 weeks and then twice weekly. It can take up to 3 months before improvement is seen. As for a specific treatment for interstitial cystitis, it is not specifically great for treating IC Depending on your IC symptoms, there is a range of treatment options. ...Read more
1000 : 1000 mcg make up 1 mg so 100 mcg = 0.1 mg 10 mcg = 0.01 mg 1 mcg = 0.001 so, the 0.1 mg dose is 10 times stronger than the 10 mcg dose. I hope this helps!. ...Read more
Do you think I can use silicon lubricant when you already use vagifem estrogen tablets in vagina?
If more comfortable: Only if more comfortable with it over vagifem alone. ...Read more