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Are there any good over-the-counter treatments for anxiety?

Are there any good over-the-counter treatments for anxiety?

Antihistamines: Mildly sedating antihistamines (e.g., Diphenhydramine = benadryl) sometimes help with mild anxiety. Herbal tea containing valerian root &/or chamomile can be calming. Unlike most prescription anxiety meds, these are not habit-forming. However, if anxiety is persistent it's better to address the causes instead of just treating the symptoms. Also, try stress management, relaxation, &/or therapy. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Hi there! Are there any effective over the counter drugs for depression and anxiety?

Hi there! Are there any effective over the counter drugs for depression and anxiety?

No: Sorry, but there are none. Talk w/ a Dr if possible for referral and please consider that talk therapy improves or can even avoid Rx treatment for many cases. Seek a good one for you to trust and to help decide if you need a drug. ...Read more

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Are there any good over-the-counter anti-anxiety/depression medicine?

Are there any good over-the-counter anti-anxiety/depression medicine?

A few: For starters, you really need a good evaluation to determine the severity of your anxiety and depression. Over the counter medicines are only documented to "work" for these conditions when mild to moderate. In that situation, though, sometimes st johns' wort or sam-e can help. In conjunction you want to be eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and engaging with others in your life. ...Read more

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Are there any new treatments for OCd, apart from exposure and delay therapy? also are there any herbal supplement for this problem

Are there any new treatments for OCd, apart from exposure and delay therapy? also are there any herbal supplement for this problem

NO herbals: OCD is defined as a obsessive condition with compulsive tendencies. There are some meds specifically therapy that are in the SSRI family. I would not take any herbals as these are not studied and ST Johns wort is not appropriate for this. See your doctor and get the best advice. Most appropriate would be to see a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Are there any good over-the-counter medication for arthritis pain?

Are there any good over-the-counter medication for arthritis pain?

Glucosamine: You can take supplements such as combination of glucosamine and chondroitin. Additionally, you can also take painkillers such as advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter treatments for laryngomalacia?

Are there any over-the-counter treatments for laryngomalacia?

No: Tincture of time.Nicknamed infantile larynx. Most laryngomalacia disappears by 12-24 months of age. Stridor may come and go over months depending on your child’s growth and activity level. Very rare severe forms of laryngomalacia require surgery.Prolonged laryngomalacia may persist in weak muscular disorders like cerebral palsy. ...Read more

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Are there any OTC medicines that are used for anxiety?

Are there any OTC medicines that are used for anxiety?

Yes: there are some herbal alternatives such as valerian root and l-theanine that you can buy over the counter at many vitamin and supplements aisles. But if you are on medication check with your doctor to make sure there are no interactions. ...Read more

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Do you know if there are any of the popular widely used anti-anxiety meds available over the counter?

Do you know if there are any of the popular widely used anti-anxiety meds available over the counter?

In the United States: Over the counter versions of prescribed medications for anxiety to not exist. Other things to due include: deep abdominal breathing progressive muscle relaxation positive mental imagery avoid caffeine avoid alcohol and substance use. ...Read more

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Are there any natural remedies for pms? Are there any over-the-counter or natural remedies that are known to be effective in the treatment of pms? .

Are there any natural remedies for pms? Are there any over-the-counter or natural remedies that are known to be effective in the treatment of pms?

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Try Vitamin B6: Pyridoxine hcl is vitamin b6. It's available over the counter. Some get relief using it just the week before menses; others use it every day. Experiment with more than one pill a day but don't overdo it. If that doesn't help, steer clear of caffeine and chocolate. Next step - talk to your dr. About antidepressants or progesterone. ...Read more

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Are there any good over-the-counter treatments for injuries and wounds?

Simple Care: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter treatments for asthma in adults?

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Are there any over-the-counter treatments for asthma in adults?

Unfortunately no: Currently there are no safe, effective treatments available over the counter for treatment of asthma. If you are experiencing frequent symptoms of asthma (symptoms of cough, wheeze, chest tightness, shortness of breath) more than 2x week, you should seek out a medical professional as this is a potentially dangerous condition. ...Read more

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Are there any good treatments for insomnia in adults?

Are there any good treatments for insomnia in adults?

Learn relaxation : Skills (biofeedback may help -- www.Bcia.Org or www.Aapb.Org) & practice good sleep habits -- consistent bed & wake times, warm bed & cool room, quiet & dark room, minimize caffeine & alcohol, use relaxing pre-sleep routine, use bedroom only for sleep & sex (no tv, eating, reading, etc.). Talk to a sleep specialist or http://greeleypsychologist.Com/sleep.Xhtml for more details. ...Read more

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Are there any non prescription remedies that could help alleviate the symptoms of adhd?

Are there any non prescription remedies that could help alleviate the symptoms of adhd?

For some : Some patients, children and adults. Are able to find benefit in dietary interventions and the use of supplements. Some foods are more likely than others to have affect on behavior and focus and attention. Because it can be overwhelming to decide which interventions to try a provider familiar with the options can save you time. ...Read more

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What are good allergy prescription drugs that are available over the counter?

What are good allergy prescription drugs that are available over the counter?

Many: I prefer allegra, (fexofenadine) it is non drowsy and once a day. There is also zyrtec that you should take in the evening as it makes some people tired. ...Read more

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Any over the counter medications you can recommend for anxiety?

Herbals: Valerian root, Passionflower, Chamomile and Kava (potential for liver problems) are some natural approaches to anxiety. However, I recommend by approaching this by non-pharmacologic means first. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of oral HPV? Are the lesions/warts painful? Is there any over the counter treatment for them like creams/pills...etc? Help

What are the symptoms of oral HPV? Are the lesions/warts painful? Is there any over the counter treatment for them like creams/pills...etc? Help

Usually no symptoms: Oral HPV infections are not rare, but a lot less common than genital ones. Almost all oral HPV infections are asymptomatic and invisible: no warts, bumps, pain, burning, or anything else. When warts do appear, they are painless bumps, often with a "cauliflower" appearance. There are no recommended OTC treatments. Happily, oral HPV is rarely dangerous. If you suspect oral warts, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter treatments for nail diseases that are effective?

Are there any over-the-counter treatments for nail diseases that are effective?

Nail diseases: I believe that Lamisil (terbinafine) cream- trademark is somewhat effective for nail fungus. That is what i think you are referring to... But there are many nail diseases, including those due to heredity, trauma, bacteria, and autoimmune diseases, even lung diseases. Please consult a dermatologist regarding the proper diagnosis and treatment of your particular nall ailment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are there safe over-the-counter remedies of the flu for children?

Are there safe over-the-counter remedies of the flu for children?

Yes and no: There are several treatment for flu symptoms, but antiviral treatments are prescribed, the sooner the better. ...Read more

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Are there any better and newer treatments for inflammation of the brain?

Are there any better and newer treatments for inflammation of the brain?

Varies: Many different inflammatory conditions out there, and must be specific. But ms is inflammatory, and we have lots of newer and very successful treatments, especially, the newer oral agents. Research in neurology is quite extensive and amazing, and hopefully will continue, if financial support is available. ...Read more

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Are there any good over-the-counter treatments for anxiety?

Antihistamines: Mildly sedating antihistamines (e.g., Diphenhydramine = benadryl) sometimes help with mild anxiety. Herbal tea containing valerian root &/or chamomile can be calming. Unlike most prescription anxiety meds, these are not habit-forming. However, if anxiety is persistent it's better to address the causes instead of just treating the symptoms. Also, try stress management, relaxation, &/or therapy. ...Read more

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Are there any good over-the-counter treatments for injuries and wounds?

Simple Care: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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Can you tell me good over-the-counter treatments that treat hemmorhoids?

Can you tell me good over-the-counter treatments that treat hemmorhoids?

Hemmorhoids: It is a very common problem, not to worry. Can be related to either constipation or diarrhea. Hemorrhoids should be evaluated by a colo-rectal or general surgeon you will require dietary, bathroom habit modifications and sometimes office based procedures if medical management is ineffective. ...Read more

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I have eczema on my scalp. What are good over-the-counter treatments. Are there good medications that don't hurt my hair.

I have eczema on my scalp. What are good over-the-counter treatments. Are there good medications that don't hurt my hair.

Are you sure?: Are you sure it is eczema??? Eczema elsewhere? If so, what treatment for it? No eczema treatment will hurt your hair. Use something in the shower which is good for dry skin. There are many. Body wash (Dove, Aveeno, (oatmeal) Eucerin, Cetaphil) can be used in the shower for scalp +face as well as the body. Look for a liquid cortisone. If this is not satisfactory, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What is good over-the-counter treatment for psoriasis?

What is good over-the-counter treatment for psoriasis?

No such animal.: Unless you have very, very mild psoriasis - which might respond to Hydrocortisone cream - nothing available over the counter in the us is going to make much of a dent in your psoriasis. Sorry, but i've been doing this for 30 years and have yet to see an otc product work, other than skin cap, which turned out to have an illegal steroid in it. See a dermatologist; don't waste money on otc treatments. ...Read more

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Please describe a good over-the-counter treatment for psoriasis?

Please describe a good over-the-counter treatment for psoriasis?

Cortisone creams: Options are very limited. Cortisone creams can help but if the disease is more than very mild you should see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can you recommend a good over-the-counter eczema treatment?

Can you recommend a good over-the-counter eczema treatment?

Eczema treatment: Cortisone cream can be useful but consult your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is there a good over-the-counter treatment for child canker sores?

Is there a good over-the-counter treatment for child canker sores?

No, I mean NO: Acyclovir is wonderful in adults. Please consult your pediatrician for dosage. Can we talk? My concern is how in the h did a child get infected? Is there something more serious involved? I worry, do you ? I do hope this was caught innocently, ok?Good. ...Read more

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Wat is a good way to get rid of a yeast infection not responding to over-the-counter treatments or diflucan (fluconazole)?

Wat is a good way to get rid of a yeast infection not responding to over-the-counter treatments or diflucan (fluconazole)?

May not be yeast: Vaginal infections that don't respond to the over-the-counter creams and Fluconazole may not be yeast infections. Bacterial vaginosis and other vaginal infections may cause similar symptoms. You should have a pelvic exam to look for those things. If it is yeast, you may need a longer course of medicine. You may also need to help "good bacteria" grow by taking probiotics or cultured yogurt. ...Read more

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I have a light seborrheic dermatitis on my forehead and cheeks. What is a good over the counter treatment to fight the scaling and to reduce the redness from it.

I have a light seborrheic dermatitis on my forehead and cheeks. What is a good over the counter treatment to fight the scaling and to reduce the redness from it.

Seborrheic: For your face and cheeks as opposed to your scalp like most people deal with, I would suggest you start with some OTC 1% hydrocortisone cream just on the affected areas twice a day until the lesions clear up and then stop the cream so your skin doesn't get used to the cream and have other issues as a reaction to chronic hydrocortisone use and then just use as needed. ...Read more

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Can over-the-counter acne treatments expire? Like 4 months. Is it still good to use?

Can over-the-counter acne treatments expire? Like 4 months. Is it still good to use?

Yes, use it: Medication manufacturers are required to put expiration dates on their products but that doesn't mean the drug stops working immediately after that date. If medications are stored properly there is still residual effect left in them. I would not recommend using significantly outdated medications but that is not a problem in this case. ...Read more

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How good is over-the-counter yeast infection treatment?

Usually good: If symptoms persist, it might not be yeast. Get checked out by your doctor or nurse practitioner. ...Read more

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Are there any good over-the-counter anti-anxiety/depression medicine?

A few: For starters, you really need a good evaluation to determine the severity of your anxiety and depression. Over the counter medicines are only documented to "work" for these conditions when mild to moderate. In that situation, though, sometimes st johns' wort or sam-e can help. In conjunction you want to be eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and engaging with others in your life. ...Read more

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Any good over-the-counter remedies for anxiety?

Any good over-the-counter remedies for anxiety?

More than Meds: Medication treats the symptom, not the cause. You can learn to control your anxiety using cognitive behavioral therapy, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation or exercise to name a few. People with severe anxiety do best with a combination of self-management, therapy and medication. ...Read more

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Over the counter treatments for bronchitis?

Over the counter treatments for bronchitis?

Acute bronchitis....: Acute bronchitis is an infection of the airways, usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. If a bacterial infection is present, antibiotics are sometimes needed. If a virus is the culprit, treatment is largely symptom relief, including drinking plenty of fluids, rest, etc. Saline nasal spray can help with nasal congestion, throat lozenges can help the sore throat, etc. If worsening, see dr. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter treatments for laryngomalacia?

No: Tincture of time.Nicknamed infantile larynx. Most laryngomalacia disappears by 12-24 months of age. Stridor may come and go over months depending on your child’s growth and activity level. Very rare severe forms of laryngomalacia require surgery.Prolonged laryngomalacia may persist in weak muscular disorders like cerebral palsy. ...Read more

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What are the over-the-counter treatments for angular chelitis?

What are the over-the-counter treatments for angular chelitis?

Petroleum jelly/HC1%: You can use petroleum jelly frequently, or aquafor.Hydrocortisone1% available over the counter may be used.But avoid licking your lips and over the counter vitamin containing all of vitamin bs may be used as there may be vitamin deficiency as well contributing to it if no response see your doctor as you may need antifungal antibiotics. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter treatments for asthma in adults?

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Unfortunately no: Currently there are no safe, effective treatments available over the counter for treatment of asthma. If you are experiencing frequent symptoms of asthma (symptoms of cough, wheeze, chest tightness, shortness of breath) more than 2x week, you should seek out a medical professional as this is a potentially dangerous condition. ...Read more

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How effective are over-the-counter treatments for athlete’s foot?

How effective are over-the-counter treatments for athlete’s foot?

Very effective: Over the counter athletes foot cream can be very effective if used appropriately and if used for a long enough period of time. I recommend to my patients to use the cream "twice as long." this means to use it until symptoms are gone, then continue it for the same length of time it has been used to get to that point. ...Read more

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