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Can You Take Otc Drugs While On Probation
I am taking methimazole and metoprolol to treat hyperthyroidism. Are there any OTC drugs I should not take at the same time?
No drug, OTC or otherwise is 100% safe. Do not take any unless you have a health need for one. Discuss all your medications, OTC, herbals, nutritional supplements etc with your doctor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Depends: If the migraines are severe or occuring frequent and interfering with your normal activities, I would recommend seeking medical attention. ...Read more
Drug tests only test for specific drugs that the company or doctor want to test for.
Several OTC drugs can cause a positive reaction on an initial drug screen. However, if the screen is sent to the lab for confirmation, the lab can give a much more accurate report. In this case, only the specific drugs will be reported from the lab. ...Read more
L-arginine, maybe: There have only been 2 studies to date, however, evaluating the effectiveness of l-arginine for ed. One study involved 50 men who took l-arginine (5 grams a day) or a placebo. After six weeks, significantly more men taking l-arginine experienced an improvement in sexual function compared with men taking the placebo. Interestingly, it only benefited men who had initially low levels nitric oxide. ...Read more
I m 280 pounds. Is there any recommended OTC drugs that are good? I'm healthy as a horse. Good bp, normal, hr, just wondering bc im stuck
Wt loss is algebra: Calories in minus calories burned. It's that simple. Very little evidence to support the billion dollar diet press. Eat less and exercise more in any combination you choose. It will take a year to lose 100lbs so make sure whatever you do is sustainable. Slow and steady wins this race. ...Read more
Simethicone: Simethicone is used to help reduce gassiness. It actually reduces foaming effects by causing smaller bubbles to form larger bubbles that then are more easily removed from the GI system. There are many over-the-counter products that contain simethicone, including: gas-x and mylanta gas. ...Read more
Could u please suggest me some best OTC drugs inbindia to boost my sexual drive, hardly I last for 20 min please help?
Premature ejaculatio: Search this site for "premature ejaculation" to find ways to treat this. However, as all doctors here are american trained & certified, it's unlikely that any will keep up-to-date on medications sold elsewhere. Best for you to ask your local physician. With that in mind, there are no otc drugs or supplements to treat premature ejaculation although ssri antidepressant is used off-label. ...Read more
Are there any OTC drugs like Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for ADHD focusing issues?
Not really: Some people find that caffeine helps them, but there are no medications as potent as Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and other stimulants available over the counter. Lots of products advertised on the internet as "natural" treatments; nearly all contain various forms of stimulants. Better to know what you're taking and what the dose is. ...Read more
What do you mean by: ... Cure? If you truly want to have it never come back, then none of the otc meds will do this. The otc medications available to treat allergic rhinitis are anti-histamines. They block the effects of histamine. Itching, swelling, redness, sneezing and pouring watery darainage. All work well for this, some more than others. They work better if you take them before the reaction starts. ...Read more
Prescription vs non-: Prescription cosmetic meds, i.e. Hydroquinone bleach cream, are regulated by the fda just as any other medication. Most of the otc meds for acne etc. Were once prescription-meds, but now available w/o script because they are considered relatively safe to use. Cover-up make-ups are often not regulated by the fda--use at your own risks. Do your own research. Consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more
I have a recuring shingles at the same spot. Pain goes and comes with OTC drugs. On now for 3 weeks. Will it ever go away completely. Am 60 yrs.
We may need a second question or response here. Do you not have prescription medication to calm the shingles down and to let healing occur? Have you not gotten the shingles vaccine yet?
If the answer is no to either or both of those questions that is what is paramount about your next moves. ...Read more
Is constant heartburn a serious problem? Every time I eat, I get moderately painful, sometimes very painful, heartburn. Should I just try some OTC drugs, or is it better to get this looked at?
Try otc medications, provided you are not allergic. There are some medication on the market that are very effective for helping with heartburn. Your doctor will want to know if you have tried this option prior to seeing him/her. Some of the medications can take up to 14 days to begin working. If after a couple of weeks the otc meds are not helpful, make an appointment to see your doctor.
It is important that you do not leave this untreated. The acids in your stomach can cause deterioration of your espohagus or an ulcer. Also, is any of these pains are associated with chest pain that is tight/pressure or radiates to the jaw or back, it could be a cardiac issue.
Go to the er if this is the case. ...Read more
It's allergy season! What are strategies to deal help deal with the typical allergy symptoms that does not involve OTC drugs?
Depends: Otc antihistamines are effective at treating mild allergic reactions. If the reaction included respiratory/chest symptoms, GI symptoms, lightheaded, near fainting then it's a good idea to discuss with your doctor or an allergist to identify the trigger and prepare an action plan so it doesn't happen again. ...Read more
Yes: Tulsi can interact with blood thinners (coumadin/warfarin) or other meds that slow blood clotting (nsaids). Caution should thus be used if also taking garlic, gingko, omega-3 fish oils. Tulsi reportedly can interact with drugs used during surgery & cause bleeding complications. Definitely inform your docs if you are using this herb. ...Read more
What to do if I have a bad yeast infection and I don't want to use pills or OTC drugs. Please help?
To treat yeast: Without yeast medication. Yeast grow on sugar so avoid sweets, fruit juice, limit fruit to 2 servings per day, avoid alcohol, avoid simple carbs and limit complex carbs. Avoid unneeded antibiotics. Boric acid capsules can treat yeast. You can make your own or use yeast arrest vaginal suppositories. If this doesn't work use over the counter yeast cream - yeast infections can be uncomfortable. ...Read more
What is a way to reduce headaches without using OTC drugs? Allergic to nsaids. Looking for a natural/alternative way to treat headaches
a pain on the left side of my chest, below the breast off and on for 1 month now seems to worsen after I eat anything. OTC drugs not working?
Sounds like Reflux of Acid. If you tried Omeprazole and Pepcid (famotidine) AC without help talk to your Doctor.
May avoid spicy cheezy and Fried food.
If you are exercising a lot, like upper body strengthening or weight lifting; may you pulled a muscle and having pain with certain movement or deep Breathing. Try to rest from those strenuous exercise for a week. ...Read more
Probably none: There are several otc vaginal yeast infection treatments available - most are multiple day vaginal creams. There is one that requires only one dose. One dose doesn't necessarily mean one day cure - it could take more than one day for the medication to be effective. Most of the otc yeast medications are effective about 70% of the time - if your symptoms persist, see your doctor. ...Read more
Can you rec some vitamins and herbal supplements or OTC drugs that can help kick heroine addiction?
There aren't any: The chances of an individual kicking on one's own is very, very low. Opioid withdrawal results in widespread pain, chills, aches/pains, diarrhea and vomiting, as well as anxiety and insomnia. It is usually too severe by day 2-3 for people to stand it, and they use again. Some meds can help a little (tylenol, motrin, pepto bismol) but real help means a doctor helping you. Please get into treatment. ...Read more
2 yrs after meniscus repair. Having sharp pain, not lessened by OTC drugs/ice. Swelling persists since surgery for entire 2 yrs/ xray showed nothing.
I have a sore throat and I can't hear out of my right ear due to sinus drainage. I have no insurance, what OTC drugs and at home remedies can u suggest?
Afrin (oxymetazoline): Otc nasal sprays can be used for a short time (3-5 days) to quickly relive sinus pressure. ...Read more
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