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Prescribed "donnatal elixir" and it's not working. Help?

Prescribed "donnatal elixir" and it's not working. Help?

Please notify the: Prescribing physician so that alternatives can be discussed. ...Read more

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What is the appropriate dosage range for lortab elixir?

What is the appropriate dosage range for lortab elixir?

Recommended dose: For adult: 11.25mL every 4–6 hrs; max 67.5mL/day. Always ask your doctor about your medication. ...Read more

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2 years expired acetaminophen w codeine elixir. Safe?

2 years expired acetaminophen w codeine elixir. Safe?

Not recommended: Any time you take expired medication, you run the risk of taking a medication that may have a different chemical makeup then was originally intended. I would recommend you don't use any medication beyond its expiration, especially not two years past. ...Read more

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Can I give my child wal tap elixir and tylenol (acetaminophen) at the same time?

Check ingredients: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is Acetaminophen so you will want to make sure that this is not listed as an ingredient in wal tap elixir. You also did not mention the age of your child. You should always check with your child's doctor before mixing medications. Safety first. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I give my six year old expired Benadryl (diphenhydramine) elixir (exp date 2 months ago)?

Can I give my six year old expired Benadryl (diphenhydramine) elixir (exp date 2 months ago)?

New bottle is better: You could probably give your child the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) without any adverse side effects. Perhaps the potency has decreased but if the medicine was properly stored, it shouldn't cause any harm. But if the medicine has been expired for two months, it's probably been in your cupboard for over two years. If your child had a bad allergic reaction, you'd feel a lot better knowing the medicine was still good. ...Read more

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How often can I give my 2 year 11 mo. Old/36 lbs. 1/2 tsp. Of Dimetapp elixir? He had some at 730am.

How often can I give my 2 year 11 mo. Old/36 lbs. 1/2 tsp. Of Dimetapp elixir? He had some at 730am.

Dimetapp: Is usually dosed every 4-6 hours. Timing intervals for any specific medication is generally listed on the label. ...Read more

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For adco napamol elixir, could a pregnant woman drink it?

For adco napamol elixir, could a pregnant woman drink it?

Yes, she can: The activity ingredient of adco napamol is paracetamol, a.k.a. acetaminophen, which taken in pregnancy is preferred over ibuprofen. Keep in mind though that it is best to avoid any medications in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is blackthorn berry elixir safe for consumption by pregnant women?

Is blackthorn berry elixir safe for consumption by pregnant women?

Alcoholic beverage: Absolutely not. These goofy "natural revivers / health drinks" are loaded with alcohol, like brandy. The health claims are of course bogus. I am sorry you were troubled by this. ...Read more

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Can I give phenergan (promethazine) elixir to eight month old baby?

Can I give phenergan (promethazine) elixir to eight month old baby?

No: Years ago this medication was used frequently in infants and children, but not any more. Reports of apnea, failure to breathe, with tragic results began appearing in kids under 2 years of age. There is a black box warning on this med for use in infants. If you have it on hand, store it for later use. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous if you swallow a bit of Decadron (dexamethasone) elixir when using as rinse for oral linchen planus?

Is it dangerous if you swallow a bit of Decadron (dexamethasone) elixir when using as rinse for oral linchen planus?

No: If you swallow the whole thing, you may end up with side effects from the cortisone. The small amounts you are swallowing is not likely to cause problem. ...Read more

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My son is nearing 36mos., 34lbs. Is 7.5ml of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) elixir 125mg/5ml every 8hrs too much? Also, prescription Benadryl (diphenhydramine) has 14% alcohol. Does OTC as well?

My son is nearing 36mos., 34lbs. Is 7.5ml of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) elixir 125mg/5ml every 8hrs too much? Also, prescription Benadryl (diphenhydramine) has 14% alcohol. Does OTC as well?

Check your product: The standard diphenhydramine (benedryl) elixir is 12.5 mg/5ml while the suspension is 25mg/5ml. If you have a 125/5 it would be far too much to give at that weight. If it were the 12.5/5 it would be ok. Available syrup or elixir contain 5-5.6% alcohol. ...Read more

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Hi is it safe to use dimetapp elixir to my baby (7 months old)? His doctor said that it is ok. I am worried because it is said it is not recommended f

Hi is it safe to use dimetapp elixir to my baby (7 months old)? His doctor said that it is ok. I am worried because it is said it is not recommended f

I am glad you are: Worried and being cautious. True it is not recommended because most of these medications have not been tried and tested amongst children less than two years old! That is why you see " ask your pediatrician " on all the medicine packaging and bottles. However, it is safe to use dimetapp under your doctors recommendation. ...Read more

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Can I give Dimetapp Elixir Colour Free Cold&Allergy, which has exp 03 2014 and been stored in the fridge since I bought it in Jan 14, to my 11 yr old?

Can I give Dimetapp Elixir Colour Free Cold&Allergy, which has exp 03 2014 and been stored in the fridge since I bought it in Jan 14, to my 11 yr old?

You should be ok: Generally, it is not advisable to take medications after the expiration date as they may lose chemical properties that make them effective. However, it may work and is unlikely to cause any harm. ...Read more

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Elixir ferrous gluconate for pregnant woman?

Elixir ferrous gluconate for pregnant woman?

Ferrous Gluconate: Ferrous gluconate, in appropriate doses, is a goos iron supplementation if you are anemic. The elixir or pill form are both safe. ...Read more

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Can I take bronchicum elixir if I am 20 weeks pregnant having cough after flu?

Can I take bronchicum elixir if I am 20 weeks pregnant having cough after flu?

Probably safe: As you know we try to avoid most of medications, now in review of this elixir it is made on the base of tyme, which is fairy safe. If possible I would recommend a lots of fluids and humidified air. ...Read more

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I am 5 weeks pregnant and have taken benadryl elixir to help me sleep. I see now that it has cinnamon in it. Will this cause a miscarriage?

I am 5 weeks pregnant and have taken benadryl elixir to help me sleep. I see now that it has cinnamon in it. Will this cause a miscarriage?

No: Cinnamon will not cause miscarriage. For the sake of your and your baby's health, you should be under the care of an obstetrician. If you have not seen one, please see one at your earliest.
Wish you good health and a healthy baby! ...Read more

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What is a "medication HA"?

What is a "medication HA"?

I think: Medication headache....a type of frequent or daily headache. I'm not positive though. Need to see what the context the phrase was used. ...Read more

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What is best pain medication?

There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more

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I need refills on my medications?

Not here: For that you will likely need the prime service of healthtap. Easier to call your pop imo ...Read more

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Are expired medications effective?

Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more

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Which pain medication works better?

No answer: The best drug is the one that works with the lowest side effect incidence. That will change between patients. ...Read more

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Safest medication to take for pain?

ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more

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How can I dispose unused medications?

How can I dispose unused medications?

Several options: You can take them to your local pharmacy for proper disposal. Some medically oriented charities will also take medication for distribution to the disadvantaged. ...Read more