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Dr. Mark Pack
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Pinworms (Definition)

Small parasitic worms that are found in the gastrointestinal tract. The worms lay eggs at night in and around the anus causing a characteristic itching. They are commonly found in children. Children are infected ...Read more


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In which developed countries is pinworm medicine over-the-counter?

In which developed countries is pinworm medicine over-the-counter?

USA for sure: I can only answer for the us. Pyrantel pamate has been available otc for decades under a variety of brand names. As one of the most regulated medication venues in the world, I would assume lesser regulated countries have similar products available, but I have never investigated its status elsewhere. ...Read more

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Hi, what would u recommend to treat pinworm in adults? Now that vermox is no longer available, what is the most effective drug of choice? Either Over the counter or rx?

Pin-X: Annoying but harmless condition - this is usually what I recommend to my patients. Have to ask the pharmacist at your store about it.

http://www. Drugs. Com/mtm/pin-x.html ...Read more

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Hi, I have a dark purple lump on anus. It has been there before and I took over-the-counter pinworm medicine. It's soft to touch and itches at night.

Hi, I have a dark purple lump on anus. It has been there before and I took over-the-counter pinworm medicine. It's soft to touch and itches at night.

See a doctor: Marmoset - there are a few different things this can be and they are all treated differenly. See a doctor so that they can take a look and advise you properly. ...Read more

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Are there over-the counter medications to treat pinworm?

Yes: There are several under store brand or name brands. Pyrantel pamoate is the main ingredient in a common one. ...Read more

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What's better? Over the counter pinworm medication or prescribed?

What's better? Over the counter pinworm medication or prescribed?

OTC works: The over the counter medicine works just fine. Repeat the dose in 2 weeks to finish the job. ...Read more

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What's the best over the counter medication and the safest for treating pinworm?

Ask the pharmacist: At your local drug store, pyrantel is the generic used in the USA OTC, but read the labels carefully, and more importantly is to be sure that it is pinworm infestation not something else, good luck ...Read more

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What medication that is over-the-counter will kill pinworms in children?

None: Call your doctor to get prescription meds for all family members. ...Read more

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Is there an over counter medicine that I can take that will be strong enough to kill my pinworms? I passed an earthworm thing in stool, since I have

Is there an over counter medicine that I can take that will be strong enough to kill my pinworms? I passed an earthworm thing in stool, since I have

Yes: Pyrantel pomate is sold otc under various names like pin-rid, antiminth (pyrantel) and pin-x. When used as directed it has activity against several worm like paracites. The earthworm like thing was not a pin worm but likely ascaris. This product may help. A visit with your doc and some stool studies may be needed to sort out what problems you have. ...Read more

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What is the best pinworm medication? Do I need a prescription?

What is the best pinworm medication? Do I need a prescription?

Vemox; yes: Vermox is the medication for pinworms. In the U.S., Vermox is by prescription only. I have heard that in some other countries, pinworm medication is over-the-counter. ...Read more

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Do you need a prescription to get Ivermectin or mebendazole, or any other antibiotics that kill pinworms? Australia.

Yes, in the USA: In the United States, these medications are available only by prescription. Pyrantel pamoate is a medication which is available over the counter for treatment of pinworms. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine (over the counter or prescription) for relieving head congestion?

What is the best medicine (over the counter or prescription) for relieving head congestion?

Congestion: If you use a neti pot, be certain you use boiled water, sterile water, or distilled water. Never use water straight from the tap. There have been cases of brain infection/abscess from organisms in tap water. ...Read more

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Is there medicine to help with ADHD and if there is, is it prescription or over the counter?

Is there medicine to help with ADHD and if there is, is it prescription or over the counter?

Several: The medications for adhd are obtained by prescription only. There are both stimulants and non-stimulant options. Only a doctor (md) can prescribe them. Over the counter options do not exist for this disorder. ...Read more

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What determines over-the-counter drugs versus prescription ones?

What determines over-the-counter drugs versus prescription ones?

No prescription need: Otc drugs - the ones when no prescription needed to buy them at the pharmacy. It is usually vitamins, anti-inflammatory, cold medication, anti-allergic, herbal, etc. They won't cause significant side effects, but may cause an interaction with the prescribed drugs. ...Read more

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What are good allergy prescription drugs that are available over the counter?

What are good allergy prescription drugs that are available over the counter?

Many: I prefer allegra, (fexofenadine) it is non drowsy and once a day. There is also zyrtec that you should take in the evening as it makes some people tired. ...Read more

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Is drixoral a prescription drug, or is it sold over the counter? Is there a non-prescription drug which will have the same results as drixoral?

Is drixoral a prescription drug, or is it sold over the counter? Is there a non-prescription drug which will have the same results as drixoral?

It is OTC: It is a combination of two medicines. Pseudoephedrine (decongestant) and dexbropheniramine (antihistamine), common ingredients in many of the otc cold/allergies medications. If you read the labels, you will find that many otc have similar combo decong/antihis for cold/allergies...So, try some to see if it will help.
If not, consult your doc...
Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter or prescription drug for chronic neck pain?

What is the best over-the-counter or prescription drug for chronic neck pain?

Depends on person: There is no best drug in general. People tend to like and benefit from various things. If your neck pain is very bothersome perhaps you should see a pain management doctor for help. Other things that work include physical therapy. If you have tried all these things then you may want to see a spine surgeon for options. All the best! ...Read more

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Anxiety- what is the recommended prescription medicine for an 8 year old with anxiety attacks? Any over-the-counter remedies? Thanks

Anxiety- what is the recommended prescription medicine for an 8 year old with anxiety attacks? Any over-the-counter remedies? Thanks

Check with your Peds: The best way is to consult your pediatrician, who knows your child. He might refer your child to psychiatrist for the better result. The prescribed medication should be given when all past medical history, current history of disease reviewed and physical examination have been performed. Relaxation yoga tea and valerian root are otc alternative remedies for the anxiety. ...Read more

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I have common colds, cough and TMJ dysfunction. There are different over-the-counter and prescription drugs that I should take, is it safe?

I have common colds, cough and TMJ dysfunction. There are different over-the-counter and prescription drugs that I should take, is it safe?

Drug safety: I agree with Dr Sandler. Do not self medicate. Use medications that are recommended or prescribed by your physician or dentist.
TMJ dysfunction is usually caused by either chronic teeth grinding and/or clenching, or a bad bite. See your dentist for diagnosis and treatment. Medication will not cure TMJ dysfunction. ...Read more

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Will chronic laryngitis go away if I take an over-the-counter acid reflux medicine? Acid reflux in the past has caused me to have chronic laryngitis. Will over-the-counter reflux pills be strong enough or do I still have to take a prescription medication?

Will chronic laryngitis go away if I take an over-the-counter acid reflux medicine? Acid reflux in the past has caused me to have chronic laryngitis. Will over-the-counter reflux pills be strong enough or do I still have to take a prescription medication?

Usually: Usually you need a strong anti acid medication from the proton pump inhibitor (ppi) family. Prilosec/omeprazole is one of these and can be bought over the counter. You normally need prolonged therapy that should be monitored by a doctor. Ppis can cause weaker bones and there is a risk of worse reflux if you come off of it cold turkey. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an over-the-counter drug and a prescription drug?

Medications: That you can buy at a store or online without seeing a doctor are considered "OTC"/over the counter. If a doctor prescribes a medication that is considered a prescription medication. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Enterobiasis (Definition)

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