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I'm on Zoloft 25mg daily. Is it ok to take Xanax (alprazolam). 5mg and bonine 25mg at the same time? Will these three medicines interact (meds prescribed, bonine otc)

I'm on Zoloft 25mg daily. Is it ok to take Xanax (alprazolam). 5mg and bonine 25mg at the same time? Will these three medicines interact (meds prescribed, bonine otc)

Interactions: There may be some interaction between xanax (alprazolam) and bonine (meclizine), increasing dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. I would not recommend taking all 3 at the same time, and would talk with your doctor and/or pharmacist before proceeding. Read more

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What is the strongest OTC pain medicine to take?

What is the strongest OTC pain medicine to take?

None: There is no good answer. The choice of medication is dependent upon cause, type, severity of pain. I personally do not feel it is a good idea to take otc pain meds except for minor problems such as menstrual cramps and common mild headaches. If you are requiring frequent otc pain meds, find out what is wrong. Read more

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What Medicine From OTC Can I Take For Costocondrities Pain?

What Medicine From OTC Can I Take For Costocondrities Pain?

NSAIDs: Hi RubyM927, please see your doctor to confirm your chest pain is caused by costochondritis and not something more serious. In addition, make sure you do not have any contraindications to NSAIDs. Costochondritis is treated by reducing inflammation either by modifying activities that cause the inflammation and/or utilizing OTC NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen. Read more

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Can I take expired medicine can it do any harm?

Can I take expired medicine can it do any harm?

Depends on...: Whether an expired medication is safe or not depends on the medication, the patient, and how long it has been expired. Usually, people should not use expired medications. Occasionally, the medication chemistry changes with age and becomes harmful. Read more

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Is it harmful or dangerous to take expired medicine?

Is it harmful or dangerous to take expired medicine?

Generally ok: With rare exceptions (tetracycline, nitoglycerine and Insulin for example) most medications are generally safe upto 15 years after the expiration date. This was demonstrated by a study done by government on medications stored by the military. The date is required by the fda to certify that a medication is fully potent. Read more

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Is it okay to take expired cold medicine? (6 months)

No.: Expiration dates are established to drugs in order to "guarantee" the effectiveness of the same. Depending on the medicine, it can do nothing or it could work as an exception but there is no way that a doctor can okay the use of it. Read more

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What is the best OTC medicine to take to erection issues?

What is the best OTC medicine to take to erection issues?

Rather then taking: Over the counter male enhancement/ performance pills - would encourage you to see an urologist to determine the cause for erectile difficulties. Read more

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What's the best OTC medicine to become taller? I want my 16yrs old son to take the medicine?

What's the best OTC medicine to become taller? I want my 16yrs old son to take the medicine?

Growth in Child: Your child is still growing. There are no 'otc' medications for growth. The best option is good nutrition with good regular intake of products high in calcium. Read more

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I take 40mg of pantoprazole one time each day. What OTC medicine can I take as effective alternative? What dosage of it should I take?

I take 40mg of pantoprazole one time each day. What OTC medicine can I take as effective alternative? What dosage of it should I take?

Treating Acid reflux: I always want to start with why you are not treating the underlying reason for your heart burn? Taking a medication daily just to suppress something that is abnormal seems good in a short period, but not good for long term. Do you know why you have heart burn? Do you know which foods cause this to be worse? Does your physician discuss this with you? Read more

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How long does it take the drug metformin to expire?

How long does it take the drug metformin to expire?

Expiration: Most drugs expiration date is a year. Some drugs less. There have been studies that looked at the efficacy of drugs post expiration and some were still effective as many as 20 years out. Best is to see your doc and see what's best for you. :) Read more

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Is there an OTC medicine I can take for winter allergies?

Is there an OTC medicine I can take for winter allergies?

Yes: I presume you must be referring to dry, itchy skin that occurs in winter also called the winter itch. It is not an allergy but caused by drying of the skin due to evaporation of skin oils. This is due to the low humidity and use of dry indoor heat. The treatment is regular application of a good skin moisturizer daily after bath and also using a humidifier to reduce dryness. Read more

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Are there any OTC medicine that I can take to balance my hormones?

Are there any OTC medicine that I can take to balance my hormones?

No.: Hormones generally do not need "balancing." There are about 20 major hormones and a host of others which are regulated very carefully by your body. They balance themselves. Is there some specific symptom or concern you have? Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if you take an expired at home urine drug test?

Could you tell me what happens if you take an expired at home urine drug test?

Inaccurate: The expiration date is the last date at which the manufacturer considers the test to be accurate. After the expiration date you may get a measure that is not correct. Read more

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Help! Need to know if there are good OTC medicines that I can take to stop this vertigo?

Help! Need to know if there are good OTC medicines that I can take to stop this vertigo?

Yes: Dramamine (dimenhydrinate) over the counter is Meclizine 25 mgm. It will cause drowsiness. The problem is you do not know why you have the vertigo, nor do you know if it is the result of inflammation in the inner ear or the brain. Although the dramamine (dimenhydrinate) will give you some relief of the vertigo, I urge you to get a diagnosis before treatment. Read more

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Are there any OTC medicine I can take to become happy?

Are there any OTC medicine I can take to become happy?

I don't think so.: I don't think it's possible to take any substance and have it make you happy, at least happy in the way I define happiness. Smarter minds than mine have tackled this question. I can only tell you that becoming happy is not something you get and then keep. I also think there is a difference between feeling good and being happy. Lots of things make us feel good, the journey is what make us happy. Read more

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