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Claritin Generic Walmart
Yes: the same active ingredient, but some people respond differently to different brands ...Read more
Yes: In general that is a correct statement. ...Read more
That depends: Best to have multiple millions (to billions) of cultures. Best to be in slow release form (so it isn't all killed in the stomach). Best to have multiple strains. Unfortunately - cheaper probiotics often don't have these features. The higher quality probiotics are more expensive. ...Read more
You can't/shouldn't: I suppose you could buy Cialis or any other drug for that matter from online presence of brick & mortar pharmacies. But if you want prescription drug for cheap off Internet, I'd be leery, especially if they're not based in States. There's no guarantee that you're getting what you paid for. Be even more suspicious of Internet pharmacies that offer to sell prescription drugs w/o prescription! ...Read more
Depends: All 3 of the mentioned new generation antihistamines (zyrtec, allegra, (fexofenadine) clarinex) are effective for treating allergic rhinitis and hives. What's interesting is that each individual person may respond better to one over the other. While every allergist probably has his/her favorite, truth is...They all work. If not happy with one, try a different one! ...Read more
I've been prescribed Dymista, an expensive brand name allergy nasal spray drug. Is there a cheaper, generic alternative that does the same thing?
Individual drugs: It's fluticasone propionate and azelastine combo. First is OTC now, second needs Rx, but cheap; call doc for a script. I know other docs have their patients mix them (or other steroid nose sprays) together in same bottle, but that's totally off label - and I have no idea if they are compatible, so I personally do not recommend it. Just use one, then use the other. ...Read more
Close: Xyzal (levocetirizine) (levo-cetirizine) is the r-isomer, of zyrtec (cetirizine). Medications are usually a combination of r + s (called racemic). Typically only the r side contributes to the clinically meaningful action of the drug. So, the companies have been able to separate the active r side from the inactive s- side. This means it may be as or more effective at half the dose. ...Read more
Lisinopril: Lisiinopril.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not really: Both are stimulants by different mechanisms.Get a more detailed answer ›
Do brand hyzaar (losartan and hydrocholorthiazide) 100/12.5 and generic losartan hctz 100/12.5 work the same?
Are there any new, more effective allergy meds than zyrtec, claratin, allegra (fexofenadine)...etc.?
Allergies - hayfever: Everyone is unique and that includes the distribution of histamine receptors that we all have. Thus some anti-histamines work well for some people while other meds don't. It's a matter of finding the right antihistamine for u. Older meds like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) might actually be worth a try. Seeing an allergist would be best as there are new meds just coming out now for allergies (grastek, oralair, Ragwitek ...Read more
Can no longer find brand Avapro (irbesartan) at pharmacies. I know there are recall problems w/ generics (ie toprol) If generic ok..who is preferred manufactr?
Expired medication: Typically, when a medication expires, it's because it loses its potency or effectiveness. There are some medications that, with time, do breakdown with time into harmful substances. Check with your pharmacist to make sure. I would not recommend taking any expired medication. ...Read more