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Are There Effective Meds To Dissolve And Keep Away Gallstones
Forgive my frankness: Imagine that you are caught in a burning building. Would you ask the fire department, "how can you help me without spraying water?" don't let some aversion you have to scientific medicine cause yourself or a teen for whom you are responsible suffer unnecessarily from a chronic, serious, non-lifestyle-related, readily-manageable disease. Base your thinking on facts, not internet / pop lies. Cheers. ...Read more
Are there any natural remedies or supplements to treat endometriosis? I'd like to get off of my birth control pills.
Are there side effects with medications used to treat osteoporosis if they are injected instead of taken orally? Do you avoid stomach upset, etc.?
Injectables are: less difficult on the stomach, and they also do not depend on gut absorption. so for many women the injectable bisphosphonate drugs like pamidronate for osteoporosis (amongst other things) are useful. the downside is that injectable drugs can seriously lover your blood calcium levels. The doc prescribing the medication knows this and you should have that monitored. ...Read more
Are there any medicine that help fix acne scars? Or are there certain vitamins that help with acne and if there are how often should I take it for ?
Scientific Rx: Nothing you can do or take will repair acne scars. I'm sorry you weren't treated as you should have been. A dermatologist can make the scars less visible by dermabrasion or other methods. Vitamins won't touch acne, but if your benzoyl peroxide hasn't cleared you, your physician can write for prescription-strength rx -- an antibiotic, retinoic-acid derivative, "the pill", others. ...Read more
Are medicines like renetedine that are not from PPI family also effective in treating lapryngeal reflux or they are only good for protecting stomach?
Are homeopathic remedies like cobrynol and arnica tablets really safe to use? How effective are they? Are they safe to take with other OTC pain meds?
Most homeopathy safe: Almost all homeopathic remedies are extremely safe & often effective though i reserve judgment on cobrynol; the main exception is low potencies of toxic substances;cobrynol does not reveal potency on its website & does list many side effects but most homeopathics have no side effects;consider nyloxin, a similar product with a longer track record (though it can have mild side effects)- see comment:. ...Read more
Many things, yes &..: Probiotics have many uses & benefits. They are famous for reducing GI symptoms like diarrhea & constipation & are proven to prevent diarrhea due to using antibiotics, but they also can regulate/boost/balance the immune system, helping allergies, asthma & autoimmune problems. They can lower cholesterol. See http://online.Wsj.Com/article/sb10001424127887324784404578143402702878118.Html & comment:. ...Read more
I have tried many treatments to dissolve gallstones and the pain is still there. Time for the or?
Yes.: The only definitive treatment of gallbladder disease is to remove the "gallstone factory". Thankfully, this can usually be removed via out-patient laparoscopic surgery. Like all operations, there are risks and it is up to you and your surgeon to decide if the benefits of this operation outweigh the risks. If you are like most patients, your quality of life will improve after this surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are some natural ways to deal with toothaches because the meds are tearing up my stomach and liver?
What other type of medicines are out there to help with bile dumping. I'm on cholerystime but get ill nausea from it. Any suggestion s.?
Is there any other foods I need to avoid besides grapefruit while on colchicine? Any foods that can help flush it out?
Colchcine: If you're taking colchicine for gout prevention or treatment, many patients are advised to avoid organ meats like liver, kidney, and sweetbread. Many find that wine triggers attacks of gout at times. I'm not aware of the grapefruit connection and colchcine but Will look it up. ...Read more
Are there any over-the-counter medications /ointments for chalazions? I really need help and warm compressors are not working for me.
Doxycycline: Doxycycline can be used to thin out the oils in meibomian glands to facilitate drainage. Warm compress is still your best bet. If you warm a small potato in the microwave until warm and wrap it with a damp washcloth it will hold its heat much longer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Limited power: Something as simple as tree oil or over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide may be all it takes, but this is the 21st century and life's hard enough without acne. I start folks with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative; it should be very cheap and works quite well. ...Read more
I’ve tried a variety of drugs to help me cope with the pain, and they aren’t providing enough relief. I don’t feel ready for surgery; are there any other treatments available to me?
What are the best non-drug ways to alleviate menstrual cramps? Are there certain foods/supplements or forms of exercise that work well?
If symptomatic: Gallstones not causing any symptoms, such as being found incidentally during an abdominal ultrasound or ct performed for an other reason usually do not require surgery. On the other hand, gallstone pain is a very strong indication for cholecystectomy (surgical removal of gallbladder) which nowadays is invariably performed laparoscopically. ...Read more
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