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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?
None: 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
Several: 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
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
I m 280 pounds. Is there any recommended OTC drugs that are good? Im 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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