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Ineffective Otc Treatments
Occasionally i get nervous, have anxiety and feel anxious. Any OTC treatments, etc that will help? I don't want go see dr for this.
Yes: You can use l-theanine. Other calming options are passionflower, kava ( not recommended due to liver toxicity), valerian root, and essential oils with lavender. If you use valerian root, be careful as it can be intoxicating in high doses as i found on a dive trip to fiji where the locals use it to induct you as an honorary member of their tribe. Don't confuse natural to mean weak or benign. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nope: Sorry, none -- only prescription treatments. But you also need professional diagnosis; even with typical symptoms or risks, there are several other possible diagnoses. Low cost care may be available at a community or public health clinic; contact your local or state health dept for advice. They also may be able to help solve your insurance problem, e.g. via the Affordable Care Act or Medicaid. ...Read more
Yes!: For mild skin disease, Hydrocortisone ointment or cream. Scalp: tar, selenium, and zinc pyrithione shampoo. Patient with sebo-psoriasis of the face can wash with these. There is a product: "skin zinc, " also effective. Finally. Mild ultraviolet light-not to the point of burn, will also help. ...Read more
Remedies: Black cohosh is an herb which may be beneficial for hot flashes, but which should be avoided if there is liver illness. The lignans in flaxseed and flaxseed oil may help night sweats/ to obtain the most benefit from flaxseed oil, it should be cold grinded. The plant Estrogens in red clover may be helpful with mild menopausal symptoms but may be contraindicated in a woman with either breast >>>. ...Read more
Lot;, what's "best"?: Lots of laxatives work fast. What do you mean by "best"?Safe? Active? Occasional or more often use? Why are you constipated? Diet? Inactivity? Lack fluids? Meds? Disease? Stimulants, e.G senna, cascara, bisacodyl, aloe-work fast, crampy. Minerals/saline-magnesium in various forms, phosphate-work fast, can screw up chemistries enemas: (no soap suds) nonabsorbables e.g. Miralax, slower. ...Read more
Alopecia areata: There aren't over the counter treatments for alopecia areata that are effective. You will just waste time trying a minimally effective treatment instead of jumping right on the condition with good treatment. The sooner you treat it the better chance of regrowth. See your dermatologist for effective therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
OTC is better: In my humble opinion but lots of opinions are out there. ...Read more
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