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Kirkland Aller-tec (Zyrtec/cetrizine) bottle smells like vinegar? Is it expired???

Kirkland Aller-tec (Zyrtec/cetrizine) bottle smells like vinegar? Is it expired???

Return to Kirkland: Our nose helps us to sense spoilage. Although some medications do emit some chemical scent, a strong vinegar odor suggests that the product might have been contaminated (chemical or moisture). Return the bottle to Kirkland . ...Read more

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Is ciclopirox olamine cream ok for my nose?

Is ciclopirox olamine cream ok for my nose?

It depends: Ciclopirox cream is used to treat infections caused by fungus, and therefore may be used to treat ringworm, candida, tinea versicolor and possibly seborrheic dermatitis. So, while it would likely be safe to use this cream if may not be helpful. See a dermatologist to determine the possibly cause of your condition. Once a diagnosis is made then a proper treatment can be prescribed. ...Read more

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12mo daughter w/ cold&cough.Pedia said to give 8drops fenistil twice daily&2 ml prospan twice daily.The mucus from nose is clear&hear mucus in coughin?

12mo daughter w/ cold&cough.Pedia said to give 8drops fenistil twice daily&2 ml prospan twice daily.The mucus from nose is clear&hear mucus in coughin?

Infants cold & cough: Fenistil is an antihistamine, not available in the U.S. Prospan is also not available here. General speaking American Academic of Pediatrics does not support treatment of common colds of viral origin in infants and children with cough or cold medication. Supportive measures such as warm fluid, nasal saline irrigation and hydration . The viral illness has to go to its course about 1 to 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Strep+amoxicillin=6days itchy rash=allergy.7days ago-amox+benadryl=itchy.3days ago-bendryl+60-10mg each day prednisone+hydroxyzine=itchy call dr? ×rx?

Strep+amoxicillin=6days itchy rash=allergy.7days ago-amox+benadryl=itchy.3days ago-bendryl+60-10mg each day prednisone+hydroxyzine=itchy call dr? ×rx?

Possibly amox: Amoxicillin not commonly causes a skin rash but i cannot tell whether your rash started before or after you started taking amoxicillin. Strep infection may rarely cause a rash as well. Yes, do call your doctor. ...Read more

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My son is.congested, coughing, & has an ear.infection. dr gave him Bromfed. Is that ok? He also.takes childrens zyrtec (cetirizine)

My son is.congested, coughing, & has an ear.infection. dr gave him Bromfed. Is that ok? He also.takes childrens zyrtec (cetirizine)

Bromfed (brompheniramine): Bromfed is a multi - symptom cold medication indicated for children aged 2 years and older. Since it contains an antihistamine, it should not be used in conjunction with other antihistamines such as Benedryl, Claritin, (loratadine) Zyrtec and their generic equivalents. ...Read more

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Went to dr for coughing. Gave me advair, patanase, cheratussin. He said it was allergy induced asthma.Taking allegranothing helping drip yet?

Went to dr for coughing. Gave me advair, patanase, cheratussin. He said it was allergy induced asthma.Taking allegranothing helping drip yet?

Nasal drip: If you have given this medication tegu mine several days to work, then you may ask your physician if you may need a nasal steroid to assist with the drip. ...Read more

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Cough for 3 months now,Doc has given me Azithromycin, promethazine, benzonotate,. currently taking amoxycilin& albuterolinhaler,still coughing@night?

Cough for 3 months now,Doc has given me Azithromycin, promethazine, benzonotate,. currently taking amoxycilin& albuterolinhaler,still coughing@night?

? reflux: Often an under recognized cause of cough is GERD: gastroesophageal reflux disease. Stomach contents reflux up the esophagus and can irritate the throat, stimulating cough. OTC Pepcid works for this. Most often, a prolonged cough is multifactorial so the inhaler may be helping. Other strategies that often work are saline nasal washes, and steroid nasal spray. Consider seeing a Cough specialist! ...Read more

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Whats tilade (nedocromil) asthma medication?

Whats tilade (nedocromil) asthma medication?

Nedocromil: Tilade (nedocromil) is the brand name for inhaled Nedocromil which was used to treat asthma but as it was less effective than inhaled corticosteroids, e.g. Flovent, asmanex, qvar, etc. It's popularity fell and it stopped being sold in the us in june 2010. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would 2x 250mg zithoromax cure chlamydia?

Hi docs, would 2x 250mg zithoromax cure chlamydia?

Are you trying to: Self -treat or split meds with someone. The cdc recommends treating chlamydial infections with Azithromycin 1 g orally in a single dose. ...Read more

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Can I take alrex (loteprednol) eye drops w/ contacts?

Can I take alrex (loteprednol) eye drops w/ contacts?

Yes: The concentration of steroid in alex is very low, will not precipitate on the lens nor shorten the lens life, nor should it cause any problems with the eyes under the lens in the concentration found in alrex (loteprednol). ...Read more

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33 week preg. Modrate dry cough(no mucus) and stuffy nose. Cough give me stomoc pain, dr. Priscribe me codeine/promethazine syrup 5ml 3times/day is ok?

33 week preg. Modrate dry cough(no mucus) and stuffy nose. Cough give me stomoc pain, dr. Priscribe me  codeine/promethazine syrup 5ml 3times/day is ok?

Most likely safe...: It is always hard to gauge how safe a medication is during pregnancy. Both of the drugs you mentioned are class c which is defined as drugs that have not been shown to be harmful to fetuses, but data is limiting; use if benefits outweigh potential risks. I guess i would ask how bad was your stomach pain from the cough. If it wasn't too bad, i wouldn't take anything (the safest alternative). ...Read more

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I have severe allergies was perscribed astelin nose spray & eye drops zyrtec (cetirizine) ventolin inhaler duo neb its not that effective add anything?

I have severe allergies  was perscribed astelin nose spray & eye drops zyrtec (cetirizine) ventolin inhaler duo neb its not that effective add anything?

Allergy asthma meds: It sounds like you have severe allergies and some asthma . OTC sprays Nasacort and Flonase help nasal symptoms but take a few days to kick in . Singulair (montelukast) is a prescription pill that can help with nasal or chest symptoms . Steroid inhalers are important for asthma (e.g. Qvar, Flovent). If allergies are severe, see an allergist and get skin tests. Allergy shots are better than meds for long term. ...Read more

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My daughter got profuse watery diarrhea in bangkok/ phuket. Empiric rx?

My daughter got  profuse watery diarrhea in bangkok/ phuket. Empiric rx?

Traveling Diarrhea: Without fever or blood i would first advise a simple drug such as immodium. Dosing would be 4 mg every two hours as needed up to 32 mg/day. But, of course not to use the medicine after the first dose unless the diarrhea persists. Antibiotics in that part of the world are often easy to obtain and we often use Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or Levaquin as first line if there is fever and/or bleeding. ...Read more

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Ent specialist- prescription cephelexin 500mg 3 /day - tonsillitis. Urologist- prescription sulfameth/trimethoprim 800/160 2/day for cultured uti. Can/should i take both?

Ent specialist- prescription cephelexin 500mg 3 /day - tonsillitis. Urologist- prescription sulfameth/trimethoprim 800/160 2/day for cultured uti. Can/should i take both?

Yes: Yes, you should take both. Different antibiotics are effective for different kinds of infections. Unfortunately neither antibiotic you have been given would treat both tonsillitis and UTI very well. So i suggest taking both as prescribed, along with a daily dose of probiotics from your local health food store to prevent a yeast infection and keep your normal internal bacterial flora in balance. ...Read more

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