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No, not really: Diet pills decrease appetite a bit (they are related to stimulants). Other pills block fat digestion. One's desire to eat can be much stronger that a diet pill's power to decrease his appetite, so he will likely continue to eat too many calories. Also, diet pills don't increase one's desire to exercise. If something as simple as a diet pill was effective, we would not have so much obesity today. ...Read more
It denotes the presence of excessive water in intravascular space - vessels & interstitial space - among cells, due to poor automatic water movement and distribution by poor perfusion by low BP from hydration or/+ weak heart, poor osmotic pressure from malnutrition, poor water excretion from kidneys, & poor lymphatic drainage. More? Ask your doctor or contact me; I ...Read more
Here are some...: For someone with fluid around the heart, the use of OTC diuretic would be probably not effective and helpful enough. Hence, go to be evaluated for assuring the diagnosis first before treating it. How to do these safely & correctly? Follow suggestions in articles listed in http://formefirst.com/onDealSickness.html. Best wish to health... ...Read more
OTC Mouthrinses: It depends what you are trying to prevent. If you want to prevent cavities, use act Fluoride rinse. If you want to prevent gingivitis (bleeding gums), use listerine. If you want to prevent gingivitis and have dry mouth, use crest prohealth. (it does not have the alcohol that listerine does which can make dry mouth worse.). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Nifedipine is a medication used to treat high blood pressure. There are many different medications and combinations of medications that can be used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). A prescription is needed, and the doctor will follow along in order to get one on the best dosage of the proper medication(s). Lifestyle treatments (diet, exercise) are also important. ...Read more
Antiinflammatories: Antiinflammatory pills are commonly used to treat the symptoms of gout. Ibuprofen and Naproxen are available over the counter, and of course are less powerful than prescriptions. However, these treat symptoms only and not the underlying problem. Make sure you consult with your doctor regardless to make sure the gout is being treated appropriately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Marketing; NoneExist: Humans=Hi-Tech; medicine=Low-Tech (http://goo.gl/Blh6rW). Thus no effective/safe treatments exist (either prescription, much less OTC) for many common human behavioral problems, despite marketing to the contrary. If they did, obesity might not be such a huge problem & huge marketing demand for such agents would not exist. Only agents I have found effective: pramlintide+pramlintide titrated by user ...Read more
In most cases..: Spironolactone, an aldosterone inhibitor is better. Low potassium is not a side-effect. It is an anti-hypertensive drug as well. Furosemide is not, and it increases aldosterone. Studies show that the use of Furosemide in congestive heart failure does not prolong life. Spironolactone does! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is a magnesium pill (250mg) effective to relieve constipation (in addition to fiber, plenty of water)?
No: Magnesium citrate solution (a liquid) can help with constipation in the same way that Miralax (polyethylene glycol) does. A magnesium pill though will not be as effective for constipation. Docusate is a pill that softens stool and can be helpful. Senna is another pill, a stimulant laxative, and works by increasing bowel activity. Fiber and fluids, yes, absolutely continue. ...Read more
Not over-the-counter: The medicine is by prescription, so a woman goes to her Ob-Gyn to be evaluated for it. Whether or not medicine can be used also depends on the age of the baby fetus (the number of weeks pregnant). The doctor will talk with the patient to be sure that the patient is making a good permanent decision, because abortion is a hard decision for any woman to make. ...Read more
First find the cause: The management depends on the composition of the stone. If you pass a stone, it can be analyzed by a lab. A urologist or nephrologist can check urinary excretion rates for substances that cause stones; with blood tests as well to provide an effective treatment regimen ...Read more
None. None of: them work,at least in the US.Get a more detailed answer ›
Which ones?: It's very difficult to answer broad open ended questions. Let's assume that you're referring to prescription acne medications. By definition, all have to effective to be approved by FDA for use in States. There has to be some level of safety too. However, some are safer than others. For instance, isotretinoin is safe for female but poses significant birth defect risk. Over-the-counter non-prescrpt ...Read more
Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin: Fever reducing medications (antipyretics) include tylenol (acetaminophen) (acetominophen) and motrin/advil (ibuprofen). Both are equally effective. However, remember that fever is a symptom, not a disease. Symptoms need to be explored to find the cause. Best to consult with your doctor before starting a fever reducing medication. ...Read more
Finished drinking 6 glasses of water first thing in the morning before food can aid in weight loss and detox? Is that true? Will excessive water harm?
Hyponatremia: Yes, forcing yourself to drink water can dilute the essential salts in your blood which mediate all the nerve signals in your body, so you can poison yourself with too much water! sixteen ounces is plenty at the start of the day. You can gauge the appropriateness of the amount of water you are drinking if your urine stays pale yellow--never clear or deep yellow. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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Are Juniper berry supplements o.k. to take for cleansing the kidneys over a short period of time?
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