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Antiseptic 1st Aid Medication
Can I use rite aid's first aid antiseptic to clean new ear piercings? It says 91% isopropyl alcohol.
Yes.: Sure, you can use it — but plain isopropyl alcohol will work just as well, and it's cheaper. ...Read more
My mom has diabetes and regularly takes insulin shots. She has a wound on her right toe. What first aid medication should I give her and her wound?
See a doctor: Forget the cream. See a doctor asap especially if wound is on the bottom of the toe. ...Read more
Not emergent: More damage is done trying to lower BP quickly than from high bp. 140/100 is mildly elevated and is not harmful over the shortrun. High BP causes damage over many years. That said, the first line drug is hydrochlorothiazide which is dirt cheap, has only rare side effects, and has excellent outcome data. ...Read more
I want to know if there is any snake bit first aid drug that can be bought, kept at home and taken as first aid, before taken victim to hospital?
No.: Snake bite antivenin is extremely expensive and requires medical supervision to give it and to monitor for side effects. It is great that you are making up a first aid kit though! Everyone should do so. By the way: diphenhydramine (Benadryl), liquid and capsule forms, should be in everybody's medicine cabinet, to prevent potentially fatal allergic reactions which can occur without warning. ...Read more
Opinion Question.: The best first aid kits are the ones that include the most variety of items you feel comfortable using. Usually first aid kits don't use brand name products in it. Having a first aid kit that has items you feel you will never feel comfortable using, would be a waste of money. This is an opinion question. ...Read more
What is the best thing to do to start to aid "bladder leakage"? Is there a medication that I can start to relieve it?
Maybe...: If you are having leakage of urine when you cough, laugh, or sneeze...a condition known as stress urinary incontinence...it may be due to declining sex hormone levels. Correcting these hormone levels (IMO, using "bio-identical" estrogens, testosterone, and progesterone) is best. But in other women, I've had some success recommending OTC pseudoephedrine ("Sudafed") which tightens sphincters. ...Read more
HOW do u aid a oral mucocele ? Do I have to see a doc n get prescribed a certain medication or is there store medicine I can jus buy ?
Exercise medication: Anxiety disorders can be treated with different classes of meds — safest in terms of low risk potential are probably the ssris but many of those can in fact cause weight gain. Wellbutrin (bupropion) is approved for depression — may or may not help for anxiety and may reduce weight a little. Cognitive-behavioral therapy directed at lifestye, exercise, stress reduction, etc is very effective, but takes work. ...Read more
I have extremely helpful but I hate the idea of having to take a sleep aid too. Is there anything I can do without more medication?
Yes, be sure that : You are using excellent 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, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, >. ...Read more
What are some Rx medications that can help a person stay asleep for 8-10 hours?? I need a strong sleeping aid that will put me into a very deep sleep.
I need my chronic medication and my psychiatrist won't give me a script until I come see her but my med aid is exhausted. How can I get a script for my chronic meds as I haven't had my medication in 2 days now. Thanks?
Dont skip medication:
It s critically important not to run out of chronic prescription medication. If the condition is on chronic, you are allowed chronic visits, which do not come from day to day cover benefits. Check with your Medical aid.
You can get a script from your GP, or if funding is a problem, you may need to go to the local state clinic. ...Read more
Can I take Somnapure natural sleep aid and Puritea natural energy and antioxidants from Peak Life with current medications?
I'd be careful ...: As you know, manufacture of herbal supplements is not regulated so their purity, safety and effectiveness can not be guaranteed. You are on some medicines, including Lamictal and Toviaz, (fesoterodine) which are unique and actually could interact with quite a few things. Somnopure contains valerian extract & Puritea contains ginseng. I hate to discourage something that sounds so promising, but I would avoid. ...Read more
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Are there any supplements I can take that will aid in reducing stomach acid? I can't tolerate any of the acid reducing/PPI medications.
Tums (calcium carbonate): Will help mitigate stomach avid. It is calcium carbonate which is used too much can cause high calcium levels in the blood however. Only take routinely under the supervision of a doctor. ...Read more
What to do if I am taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) 500mg and it says not to take antacids, iron or vitamins, do you think it's okay to take nght time sleep aid with this medication?
Cipro (ciprofloxacin) & sleep aid?: Well, it says no antacids, iron, or vitamins. While you don't specify which sleep aid you take, it's unlikely to contain antacids, iron, or vitamins. To be certain, however, check the label of your sleep aid & obtain the name or active ingredient & ring ur pharmacist and/or MD. Always tell each of ur prescribers all meds ur taking, including over the counter meds/supplements for proper counsel! :) ...Read more
Sudden increase in hair loss- started taking 20 mg atarax 2 months ago for sleep aid- direct relationship? If so, if medication stopped will hair loss stop immediately?
Not likely related: Loss of hair (alopecia) is not listed on the known rare side effects lists for hydroxyzine and a brief literature search doesn't indicate any case reports. However, idiosyncratic individual reactions to drugs are always possible. I would see a dermatologist for examination of your skin and hair and get advice there. If you stop, and it is related, I would expect gradual improvement, not rapid. ...Read more
What medication do you usually prescribe for periodontitis disease? Can antiseptic mouthwash help? I am 16 and I am worried that my teeth will fall out if I can't visit a dentist.
See a dentist: I know you say you can't see a dentist but you must. $ can be issue but it will cost more in long run to not get it done now. You must clean better than normal, rinses may help but will not cure your probs. A dental cleaning and continual care is your only definitive treatment. ...Read more
On Trazadone (anti-depressant n sleep aid drug for insomnia). If I have CAD, and Lupus, will this medication make either of the 2 conditions i have worse?
Trazadone and CAD:
As true of all medications untoward side effects may cause one to be worse and detract from the medications main health benefits.
Best discuss this with your doctor to be safe. ...Read more
Wash, treat, cover: Wash cuts and scrapes with tap water and a liquid soap. Dry the area and apply an antibiotic ointment such as Bacitracin or bacitracin/polymyxin. Cover with a band-aid. Continue this regimen 1-3 times/day until the wound is healing well, usually 1-2 days more minor cuts and 3-5 days for more significant injuries. Note than rubbing alcohol & hydrogen peroxide often prevent adequate wound healing. ...Read more
Safety: When a child is under the supervision of a sitter injuries and other health related events can and will occur and the sitter is the person who is able to first respond. In emergencies (choking, cuts, anaphylaxis, etc) understanding basic first aid is essential to stabilize the child until emergency personal can arrive. ...Read more
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Knowing how to administer first aid is important in any type of situation, whether it's a life-
threatening emergency or just a simple scratch on the arm. Administering first aid correctly can often mean saving a limb or even saving a life.
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