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What is the best medication to treat my migraine pain? Is there any one medication that works better than others for migraine headaches?
Everyone different: To stop headaches, most doctors would recommend triptans (such as frova, relpax, (eletriptan) maxalt, zomig, etc.), but ergotamines are also of value. Maybe best to prevent and could use botox, depakote, topirimate, beta-blockers, but also might consider otc items such as butterbur, riboflavin, coq-10, feverfew, magnesium. ...Read more
No: Each drug has a seaprate mechanism of action. Lortab a strong morphine like pain killer-hydrocodone combined with Acetaminophen (tylenol); Lyrica (pregabalin) an anticonvulsant medication (pregabilin), and your pain patches could be a local anesthetic (lidoderm), a non steroidal anti inflammatory (flectorpatch) or another morphine like drug (fentanyl patch); no single drug will have all those actions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sweating: The web site below gives a list of medications that can increase sweating. http://www.sweathelp.org/pdf/diaphoretic_class.pdf. ...Read more
Can you tell me some negative side effects of antidepressants in general- not one medication specifically?
See below: There are several different antidepressant medications that are very different, so side effect profiles vary depending on the class and specific medication. Drowsiness, dry mouth, blurry vision, constipation, dry eyes may occur with tricyclics. Sexual dysfunction and nausea is seen commonly with ssri's, less so with snri's. Some people experience a little stimulation with fluoxetine and bupropion. ...Read more
What is one medication I can taken that is not addictive to treat anxiety&depression? Or 2 that can take together also not addictive?
SSRI: Medications such as Zoloft (sertraline) belong to a group called SSRI which are used in depression/anxiety cases and they are not addictive but their use must be supervised by a MD and they need to be tapered off gradually when symptoms improve ... I suggest you see your PCP for getting into any treatment options .. ...Read more
In order to avoid being "addicted" to one medication, can I take Diovan (valsartan) this month then Benicar next month, and so on ? Thank you.
Benicar & Diovan (valsartan) are: Both blood pressure medicines (in the arb family) & have absoutely no addictive potential. Take them as directed by your doc. I doubt that you should be taking both at the same time; so check with doc as to which one u should be taking. If your BP needs to be lowered further, let doc make the choice of medication(s). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How is it that one hbp medication at a median dose will not result in lowering and another class (at an equivalent dose) will?
Patient dependent: Every patient is different and their unique genetics dictate their potential responsiveness to one med vs another. Different classes of meds for hypertension will therefore achieve different results in different patients. ...Read more
Some respond better: to one than another but all in all they are pretty much equal. ...Read more
~500: It is now generally accepted that HIV medication should be started when a persons cd4 cell count (your "t cells", the part of your immune system that helps destroy harmful pathogens and prevent opportunistic disease) is around 500. This does vary....I personally start people even at the 700-800 levels. Medications are very effective now a days and much less toxic than they were in the past. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Asthma is an inflammatory airway disease that occasionally causes reversible obstruction of the airway. Immediate relief is necessary for reversal of obstruction but anti-inflammatory agents are used to control inflammation of the airway. Key to control of asthma is control of inflammation to prevent airway remodeling hence need for chronic polypharmacy / immnuotherapy. ...Read more
A person takes one chloresterol medication. Is it best for the person to use butter or margarine on breads? What is the final opinion on this?
Final opinions: Final opinions change with evolving data and information sets. We presently are anti trans fat and getting less upset about saturated fat. Next week, month, year?...... moderation of intake of fats and avoidance of trans fats is the present reasonable advice. There are also alternatives including nothing to spread on bread. ...Read more
Pls can u advice the duration one needs medication 4 for treatment of chronic OCD that was never treated b4 & is it a curable problem.
Varies: There is a great deal of variability in the disorder, ages which it is treated etc. Many anxiety related disorders repond to behavioral or cognitive behavioral treatments and a good number of people can eventually come off meds with such treatments- certainly if there is a desire to do that, seek out an experienced psychologist who treats ocd. ...Read more
I've had a yeast infection for a week now and i took a one day medication for on it 4 days ago. Does it usually take this long to go away?
Vaginal yeast: Usually one dose is all that is needed but sometimes it has to be repeated. In addition it would be helpful for you to use a topical anti yeast cream that you insert in your vagina such as Monistat or lotrimin (clotrimazole) cream or vaginal troches. If it persists see your doctor to look for causes of an ineffective response. Is the diagnosis correct? Is your immune response fully intact? Is done obstruction. ...Read more
Do fish oil tablets help regulate good and bad cholesterol ? At what level of bad cholesterol should one start medications instead of relying on life style changes ?
Complex issue: Fish oil has multiple health effects beyond cholesterol. Severe hypertriglyceridemia is treated with 4 fish oil tablets a day, can lower triglyceride and raise HDL somewhat. Plant sources of omega-3 need to be converted to the active form which is found in fish oil. In general the worse ones diet is, the more important fish oil is. 1 to 2 tablets of fish oil is reasonable for general health ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Control symptoms : This may be viral. Control any fever that is present. Over the counter medications that have a nasal decongestant with cough suppressant would work the best. Drink plenty of fluids and get rest. If your symptoms do not improve over the next two days, you should see a doctor. Lack of resolution of symptoms suggests a bacterial infection. ...Read more
I got one of my medications at a new pharmacy. It says it's the same dose on the bottle but I'm having a lot more side effects. Is this possible?
It depends: Depends if you are taking the same brand of medication. Some people experience side effects in differences between brand name and generic medication. Some people experience more side effects because their body changes and they become more susceptible to side effects. ...Read more