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Maca Root And Hyperthyroid
Is it okay to take over-the-counter anxiety medication (valerian root extract and hops extract) with azathioprine and mesalazine?
Yes: In fact some companies make supplements that combine these in the same capsule, often combined with additional herbs, to support sexual and reproductive health. It is common in herbal medicine to combine multiple herbs together for a synergistic effect. It is generally quite safe to combine herbs. ...Read more
Is gingko biloba and maca root safe supplements to take fot ssri induced sexual dysfunction? Currently on 30mg fluoxetine/day. Dosages? Other herbs?
Probably safe but...: There are some concerns gingko with fluoxetine might increase risk of seizures but it's unlikely. There are no known interactions with maca. BUT these are unlikely to help. The best solution is to stop fluoxetine and try different treatments but this should only be done with help of a doctor. Other antidepressants such as bupropion cause less dysfunction. Consider non-pharmacologic Rx-see comment: ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would maca root powder or ginkgo help with my loss of libido and ability to orgasm whilst on lexapro (escitalopram)?
Taking supplements for adrenal functions but need blood test..How long does siberian ginsing, licorice root and bovine stay in system?
Adrenal Fatigue: First off, in addition to dr. James wilson's af site, this guy has a good article on af, causes, treatment etc. http://tinyurl.com/b8x5rvr as to how long things are in the system...We look at what doc's call "half-life"..This is the time it takes to get 1/2 of it gone. They say it takes 5 half lives to totally clear it. The half lives are- sg .8-7.4 hrs lr 5 hours (what do you mean bovine?). ...Read more
My TSH levels are 4.67.My prenatal vitamins don't have iodine.Can I take iodine supplements along with levothyroxine?or levothyroxine is sufficient?
Not iodine deficient: Hi. No one in America is iodine deficient. If you're hypothyroid, it's because of autoimmune destruction of the gland (assuming you haven't had thyroid surgery). Giving more iodine when you're already replete will not help. Is that TSH on l-thyroxine? You need a dose increase if it is. Take your l-thyroxine, and don't worry about the iodine. Good luck! ...Read more
Can hypothyroid symptoms be fast heart rate and insomnia? Will adding cytomel to Synthroid (thyroxine) help?
Maybe hyperthyroid: Hyperthyroidism (too much circulating thyroid hormone) will often produce rapid heart rate and insomnia - along with other symptoms like diarrhea, weight loss, and jitteriness. Low thyroid may cause weight gain, sluggishness, coarse/dry skin, and constipation. Ask your care provider about your symptoms. Please do not "freelance" with Cytomel or synthroid, (thyroxine) as this may harm you! lgromko md. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can i take B12 vitamin, zinc, l-arginine, korean panax ginseng, and horny goat weed with maca thru out the day? Is it safe to take all those?
Any study done on the raw radish juice (or raphanin) having effects on thyroid function? How much radish juice will be beneficial to my thyroid?
Not to my knowledge: In researching your question i found multiple websites repeating the same claim that radishes/raphanin benefits thyroid by "keeping the production of thyroxine & calcitonin in normal balance" basing this claim on research done in russia, but I have not found a single citation to this research. Radish may help the thyroid, but I am skeptical given the lack of research. And no one knows how much. ...Read more
Been hypothyroid for 10 years on syn. 75mcg. Having fast heart rate and insomnia. Endo lowered syn. To 50mcg and wants to add cytomel (liothyronine). Will this help?
Can green coffee bean extract, raspberry ketones, and konjac root be taken together with exercise and healthy eatting?
Diet frauds: Why would you want to take these products? They will, in no way, lead you to real or lasting weight loss. ...Read more
Any interaction between using the herbs valerian roots and borago and taking antidepressants venlafaxine 37.5 (modified release) and risperidone?
Don't mix meds: Even though i specialize in natural medicine I do not have patients mix natural and pharmaceutical meds unless it is clear that there is no negative interaction. You are talking about two types of mood disorder treatments and i suggest that you do not mix them. One or the other, with guidance from a professional, is best. ...Read more
Will taking pumpkin seed oil supplements 1000mg for hair loss, negatively effect my thyroid functioning? I have hypothyroidism taking 75mcg synthyroid
Not studied: Hi. No one has studied the effect of pumpkin seed oil (PSO) on thyroid function; just like no one has studied its effect on hair loss! So take PSO to your heart's content; you're enriching some snake oil salesperson, but I seriously doubt it will have any effect on your thyroid function tests or l-thyroxine dose. Good luck! ...Read more
Little data...: Experiments on some animal models have shown that maca root may improve sperm motility. Studies in humans are much more limiting. No clinical trials have tested whether or not maca root improved fertility. Prenatal pills will not help with fertility, but will help your fetus grow properly if you do conceive. Good luck. ...Read more