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Doctor insights on: Bilberry Plus Medication

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Will bilberries help my night vision?

Will bilberries help my night vision?

Maybe: There were some studies many years back that demonstrated improved night vision if taking bilberry. 1 randomized study and 7 non- randomized studies demonstrated positive effect from bilberry. The 4 most recent randomized controlled studies demonstrate no affect of bilberry on night vision. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/14711439 and http://www. Thorne. Com/altmedrev/.Fulltext/5/2/164.Pdf. ...Read more

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Is bilberry good for the prostate?

Is bilberry good for the prostate?

In general, No: Many herbs, vitamins, and supplements have been 'touted' and reported to be of benefit for the prostate: saw palmetto (most common), pygeum, bilberry, beta-sitosterol, pumpkin seed, stinging nettle, soy, zinc, selenium, vitamin e, etc. However, there is no proof or high quality scientific evidence to support the use of any of these. A 'heart-healthy' diet, exercise, adequate vit d most beneficial. ...Read more

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Is bilberry effective for cataracts?

Is bilberry effective for cataracts?

No: In fact there was a large scientific study of multiple dietary supplements and vitamins that found that there was no decrease in the development or progression of cataracts with their use. Cataracts are the "gray hair of the eyes" - we all get them naturally and if we live long enough we need to treat them. You can try supplements as long as they don't interfere with your health or other medicines. ...Read more

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Is bilberry safe to take pregnant?

Is bilberry safe to take pregnant?

Safe side: Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy or breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of bilberry during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use. ...Read more

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Does bilberry fruit extract work to improve vision? I want to improve my vision without getting glasses or contacts.

Does bilberry fruit extract work to improve vision? I want to improve my vision without getting glasses or contacts.

Unfortunately: There are no supplements etc which actually IMPROVE VISION. The REASON for some types of poor vision for example elevated blood sugar can be corrected with improvement of the vision itself!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Are there any supplements that improve night vision or vision in general? I am taking bilberry fruit extract but it’s not improving anything.

Are there any supplements that improve night vision or vision in general? I am taking bilberry fruit extract but it’s not improving anything.

Supplement: Economic boom. Many supplement manufacturer claim to achieve great eye health even with glaucoma but none of that is substantiated. Unless you have Vitamin deficiency which is unlikely with the American diet additional vitamin supplements is a waste of money and may have adverse effects. Maintain a healthy diet and see you eye doctor. May need error of refraction correction ...Read more

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Is there any evidence suggesting that consuming bilberry extract causes dilation of pupils, thus leading to increased night glares/starbursts?

Is there any evidence suggesting that consuming bilberry extract causes dilation of pupils, thus leading to increased night glares/starbursts?

No: No, there is absolutely no evidence that bilberry extract dilates pupils; if it did I have no doubt that this would be known. Agents that dilate pupils work via the autonomic nervous system and bilberry has no know effects on this (it can cause vasodilation but that is mediated by its effects on nitric oxide, which does not effect pupil dilation). ...Read more

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I'm taking bilberry pills. Will it decrease the effectiveness of my birth control? I'm taking birth control mononessa.

I'm taking bilberry pills. Will it decrease the effectiveness of my birth control? I'm taking birth control mononessa.

No it will not: There is some concern that bilberry may interact with diabetes medications (lower blood sugar) or blood thinner medications (slow blood clotting). However, there is no evidence that it interacts with oral contraceptives (birth control pills) or other hormonal contraceptives. ...Read more

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How long should it take for my astragalus, echinechea, eyebright, propilis, and bilberry supplements to work?

How long should it take for my astragalus, echinechea, eyebright, propilis, and bilberry supplements to work?

Supplements: Since these are herbal medication, they are not as highly regulated and studied. Onset of action will vary significantly and will depend on the reason you are taking this particular mix of herbals. ...Read more

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Can I do cardio training (brisk walking, treadmill, cycling) in case of lattice degeneration + high myopia? Does lutein, zeaxanthin, bilberry help?

Can I do cardio training (brisk walking, treadmill, cycling) in case of lattice degeneration + high myopia? Does lutein, zeaxanthin, bilberry help?

Go for it: Unless specifically restricted by your ophthalmologist or retina specialist lattice degeneration should not limit vigorous exercise. The vitamins and supplements you mentioned do not affect lattice one way or another. ...Read more

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Vitamin k, bilberry, coq12 and doxycycline for a week for an infection. All these ok to take during the day, any crazy side effects I should know?

Vitamin k, bilberry, coq12 and doxycycline for a week for an infection. All these ok to take during the day, any crazy side effects I should know?

Talk to your doctor!: Always tell your doctor & pharmacist everything that you're taking, including both prescription & non-prescription medications. Clarify w/your doctor why you should take vitamin k, bilberry & coq10. If it's not clear, stop these supplements until you've finished your antibiotics. Check out www. Drugs. Com for drug side effects & drug-drug interactions. Keep an open line of communication w/your doc. ...Read more

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Hi I am 23, Have eye floaters for past one year, checked to retinal specialist no problem found, Can hyaluronic acid, bilberry remove my floaters?

Hi I am 23, Have eye floaters for past one year, checked to retinal specialist no problem found, Can hyaluronic acid, bilberry remove my floaters?

No effect: Hyaluronic acid and bilberry ingestion have no proven positive effects on the eye or vision. They certainly will have no effect on your floaters. You have done the right thing by having them look at by a retinal specialist. You will learn to mostly ignore them over time. ...Read more

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How many days before a (big) tattoo should I stop Plavix (clopidogrel) and other blood thinning supplements (fish oil, bilberry extract, grape seed extract, etc.)?

How many days before a (big) tattoo should I stop Plavix (clopidogrel) and other blood thinning supplements (fish oil, bilberry extract, grape seed extract, etc.)?

Don't stop plavix!: First, check with your doctor who prescribes the plavix (clopidogrel) for you. If it is being taken for a heart stent that was placed less than a year ago, you CANNOT stop the plavix (clopidogrel) for any reason. Also, be very cautious about using ANY other supplements along with your prescription medicines, especially other blood thinners. Be sure your doctor knows exactly what you are taking, including supplements. ...Read more

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Should I change my migren medication to something else bcause im been taking ponstan and confergot for 10 years plus. What harm if I keep on taking it?

Depends: It depends upon how often you have migraine attacks. If the migraine is severe and frequent then you would be better off taking something to prevent these attacks. There are several meds approved for that purpose. Cafergot (ergotamine and caffeine) is useful only if you have infrequent migraine and its long term use is harmful. ...Read more

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Due to a pinched nerve-took 12mnths to diagnose-i now suffer with anxiety. Is this plus the medication im on make it more difficult to get prpregnant?

Due to a pinched nerve-took 12mnths to diagnose-i now suffer with anxiety. Is this plus the medication im on make it more difficult to get prpregnant?

Pinched nerve: Hello, sorry you are in so much pain around the holidays. You may want o check with your doctor or psychiatrist related to pain which can make the depression worse. An anti-anxiety medication may help in your case such as a small does of Klonopin (clonazepam) for the anxiety. Again, check with your doctor. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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What's the medication for bronchitis spasm. Or rather how do you manage it. What action should be taken. Plus could you refer us to any pulmonologist?

What's the medication for bronchitis spasm. Or rather how do you manage it. What action should be taken. Plus could you refer us to any pulmonologist?

Inhaler: A beta 2 agonist via inhalation is usually the treatment. A general physician can provide this care. Cannot refer in Mombasa sorry. ...Read more

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Good morning riza here still in pain with upper left chest and shoulder blade area daily no medication seems to help plus my whole body mussels hurt?

Good morning riza here still in pain with upper left chest and shoulder blade area daily no medication seems to help plus my whole body mussels hurt?

Pain: Riza - would need more information. If muscular you may try higher dose magnesium malate - 1000 mg daily or to bowel tolerance (if diarrhea reduce does) this usually helps relieve muscle pain where some medications do not ...Read more

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Please advise if it's bad to be on 3 medications right now plus pain medication?

Please advise if it's bad to be on 3 medications right now plus pain medication?

Not a simple answer: It depends on which medications you are on at the moment. If it is 3 medications for pain control, then it my not be the best course of action. If it is 3 medications for blood pressure, then it may be appropriate depending on the doses of each and which mechanisms of action are being utilized. ...Read more

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How should I cope with my depression in addition to medication?

How should I cope with my depression in addition to medication?

See a psychologist: Psychologists and other psychotherapists provide treatment that not only helps now and but helps prevent reoccurences. ...Read more

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Do you need to take medication in addition to having cbt to help with insomnia?

Do you need to take medication in addition to having cbt to help with insomnia?

Along with CBT use: Good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. ...Read more

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Marijuana plus ssri. Bad combination? The ssri is a follow up to nicotine deaddiction medication.

Marijuana plus ssri. Bad combination? The ssri is a follow up to nicotine deaddiction medication.

Bad combination: Sounds like you're still in an addiction pattern, if still using marijuana. And yes, this is a bad combination if you want to end your addictive behavior. ...Read more

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I am taking meloxicam. Can I take alka-sektzer plus cold and flu also while I am on this medication?

I am taking meloxicam. Can I take alka-sektzer plus cold and flu also while I am on this medication?

Avoid mixing manyMed: There has to be a good reason for adding any pills or taking each one of the pills. If your condition is a head cold, then you do not need to mix more than Tylenol (acetaminophen) / or Cold/Flu meds and or a decongestant. Alka- seltzer is not a safe medication to mix with Meloxican ...Read more

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Are there particular medications that work in addition to psychotherapy in teenagers for depression?

Are there particular medications that work in addition to psychotherapy in teenagers for depression?

Absolutely: There are many medications. However, only a fully qualified medical doctor, specifically a child psychiatrist, is positioned to make this determination. ...Read more

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I am 23, recently diagnosed with diabetes 2. I am trying to diet and exercise in addition to medications. What are some safe ways to drop weight fast?

I am 23, recently diagnosed with diabetes 2. I am trying to diet and exercise in addition to medications. What are some safe ways to drop weight fast?

Diet AND exercise: Make sure you exercise at least 30 minutes a day, don't skip meals, avoid soda, juice, dairy, alcohol and fried foods. Eat a healthy well balanced diet! also water, organic vegetable broth, green leafy vegetables, natural pickles, apples are great to fill you up so you don't feel hungry and they are very low in calories. Being overweight can increase ur risk of hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea. ...Read more