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Are there any herbal medications that are dangerous to take while in flight?

Are there any herbal medications that are dangerous to take while in flight?

Blood thickeners: One precaution while flying is to avoid deep vein thrombosis which is more likely if you have a tendency to form clots more easily. That said, I am unaware of any herbal medication that does this. ...Read more

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Herbal Medications (Definition)

Although many medications come form plants like Aspirin and digtalis, herbal medications are made from plant parts with medicinal properties and not processed to contain just a single component. Many have been developed in traditional cultures and have recently been found to have active healing elements that are comparable to prescription drugs. There is variability ...Read more


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Are there any anxiety medications that are safe to take while pregnant?

Are there any anxiety medications that are safe to take while pregnant?

I am not giving you: Answer to your question. I wanted to bring up a different option. I have treated a number of pregnant women who have anxiety with weekly acupuncture sessions. It usually tides them over until the next session. It is safe, efficacious and does not cause drug interactions. Take care. ...Read more

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Are there any anti-anxiety/anti-depressants that are safe to take while pregnant?

Are there any anti-anxiety/anti-depressants that are safe to take while pregnant?

Avoid if possible: Buspirone is category b meaning no known risks but is not generally recommended in pregnancy but may be safer than other options. Most meds are cat c meaning not generally recommended esp in 1st trimester. Others are cat d, very risky. Best to use non-med strategies for anxiety management & stress reduction. Therapist can guide. Support network important. Consult physician re medication. ...Read more

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Are there any cough/cold medicines that are safe to use when also on Escitalopram?

Are there any cough/cold medicines that are safe to use when also on Escitalopram?

Plenty: But first you have to know why you are coughing. See your doc or make a virtual consult. ...Read more

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Are there any meds for depression/bipolar that are safe to take during pregnancy?

Are there any meds for depression/bipolar that are safe to take during pregnancy?

Uncertain: There are some meds that are known to be potentially unsafe to the fetus. However, there are quite a few meds for which the risk is unknown. As a result, decisions about using meds for mood disorders is handled on a case by case basis, with a thorough discussion of what is known about a particular compared to what might be the risk of not using meds. ...Read more

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Are there any sleeping pills that are safe to take?

Are there any sleeping pills that are safe to take?

Many options: It seems to always be a challenge to obtain adequate sleep in this stressful life. Medicines are sometimes used. Many are considered safe. Use of benedryl, Ambien and Lunesta (eszopiclone) in their standard doses are considered safe. Avoiding excess alcohol and caffeine as well as using natural options like stretching, yoga, and meditation till be your best choices. ...Read more

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Are there supplements that are safe to take for undiagnosed depression?

Are there supplements that are safe to take for undiagnosed depression?

What's the question?: There are lots of supplements, some of which may help with depression, e.g., st. John's wort and omega-3 fatty acids. If purchased from reliable sources, they're mostly safe. Efficacy is another issue, esp. If, as you say, depression is undiagnosed. Why not get an evaluation and proven treatment plan? Maybe it isn't depression but an undiagnosed medical condition such as hypothyroidism? ...Read more

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Are there any types of prescription drugs that should not be taken while flying?

Are there any types of prescription drugs that should not be taken while flying?

Depends: Are you doing the flying? If so, any sort of sedating medication is absolutely contraindicated. ...Read more

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Are there any antidepressants that are safe to take during conception/pregnancy? Thanks!

Are there any antidepressants that are safe to take during conception/pregnancy? Thanks!

Fairly safe: The general rule is to avoid all drugs when pregnant. But depression is a risk in pregnancy too, so these risks must be weighed. If a woman can function without antidepressants during pregnancy, she should. But if she is clinically depressed, most psychiatrists feel that medicating (usually with an ssri) is safer for both mother and baby than leaving the depression untreated. ...Read more

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Are there any vitamins or herbs that are recommended to avoid when taking Lexapro (escitalopram)?

Are there any vitamins or herbs that are recommended to avoid when taking Lexapro (escitalopram)?

Most are safe: Always take these as suggested and select a good brand. Here are the ones to avoid: valerian, st john's wort, same, kava kava, and gotu kola. Be well! ...Read more

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Outside of melatonin, are there any other herbals that you can recommend for sleep?

Outside of melatonin, are there any other herbals that you can recommend for sleep?

Sleep: Some herbals that are used to help sleep include valerian, kava kava, chamomile, passion flower, hops, skullcap & california poppy. ...Read more

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Are there any sleeping pills that are safe to take during pregnancy?

Are there any sleeping pills that are safe to take during pregnancy?

Avoid pills: Melatonin considered to be safe , but this is natural substance, not a "pill". Daily walks , relaxation exercises, make sure your bed is comfortable... There are special big pillows designed for pregnant- you may look up on-line, which " hugs" you body. Make sure your bedroom is cool, quiet , and dark enough. Avoid browsing the channels , ideally no tv in the bedroom. Stretching exercises.... ...Read more

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Are there any diet pills that are safe while treating the thyroid?

Are there any diet pills that are safe while treating the thyroid?

Don't do it unless:: Depending on the nature of your thyroid condition, certain diet medication will be contraindicated. Until your thyroid condition is under control, you should not consider medication for weight loss. Medication for weight loss should only be considered with your doctor's recommendations. ...Read more

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Are there any melatonin antagonists that people can take during the daytime?

Are there any melatonin antagonists that people can take during the daytime?

Luzindole: There is an experimental melatonin receptor antagonist called Luzindole which has been used in research only. It has been found to disrupt the circadian rhythm and also produce some antidepressant effects. ...Read more

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Are there alternative drugs to Benzodiapemes that work? If so what are they? Also, are there any herbs that work if there are no drug alternatives?

Are there alternative drugs to Benzodiapemes that work?  If so what are they?  Also, are there any herbs that work if there are no drug alternatives?

Benzodiazepine subst: Yes, there are alternative drugs to benzodiazepines, depending on what you are treating. If sleep, Rozerem (ramelteon) is non-addicting. Sleep hygiene with early exercise also works. If depression, antidepressants. If anxiety, some SSRI's, also help. Please see your doctor or let us know what you are treating, so we can be more specific in our recommendations. ...Read more

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Are there any herbal supplements that can be ingested to prevent cardiomyopathy?

Are there any herbal supplements that can be ingested to prevent cardiomyopathy?

Herbs and CM: There are no clinical studies in reputable journals that support the use of herbal supplements to prevent cardiomyopathy. The best way to prevent cardiomyopathy is to make sure that your blood pressure is well controlled and that you do not develop diabetes. ...Read more

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Are there cold medicines that are ok to take when you are on coumadin (warfarin)?

Are there cold medicines that are ok to take when you are on coumadin (warfarin)?

Yes...: ...But they are also pretty useless most of the time. If you are taking coumadin, (warfarin) your underlying condition may make you more susceptible to infections, so check with your doctor if you need anything more than a "cold" med. ...Read more

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Is melatonin safe to take during pregnancy? if not, are there any sleep aids that are safe?

Melatonin: Unless you really need it I would not recommend Melatonin during your pregnancy. That said, a phone call to your obstetrician will clarify this for you. ...Read more