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Otc Medication For Stye
Although many medications come form plants like Aspirin and digtalis, herbal medications are made from plant parts with medicinal properties and not processed to contain just a single component. Many have been developed in traditional cultures and have recently been found to have active healing elements that are comparable to prescription drugs. There is variability ...Read more
I can feel the beginnings of a hordeolum on my lower left eyelid. Is there any OTC medication for treating it?
Warm soaks: Hot compresses for 5-10 minutes, 3times a day will help treat. There are otc lid scrubs that will help clear the lashes of excess oils and lid debris that can block the oil glands. Antibiotics eye drops are not available without a prescription so an exam by an ophthalmologist is needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am on a regiment of Certizine and Fluticasonw for year round allergies which seems not to work. What OTC medication would be the next thing to try?
I can not afford to see a doctor am on a high deductible do you have and other subjects as far a otc medication I could take for a couple of months un?
Try private consult: A Healthtap doctor may be able to diagnose certain conditions through a private paid consult on this site, and may be able to prescribe certain medications for you. Or they can advise you about OTC options that may help. The price for a virtual consult is much lower than a typical clinic visit. Healthtap offers a variety of options for patients. ...Read more
Eczema control: Eliminating irritants, fragrances, dyes, using a mild cleanser w/o washcloth or sponge, not using hot water in shower, moisturizing with fragrance-free cream/ointment for sensitive skin all help with improving eczema. Hydrocortisone ointments may help but care must be taken in where they are used and for how long as they can damage skin. Around eyes, they can increase pressure and lead to glaucoma. ...Read more
Evaluation first: Medication may or may not be what you need, so please get a psychiatric evaluation of yourself and your depression first. It's important to understand the issues contributing to your depression before dosing up with anything. Exercise and healthy whole-foods diet can do a lot; so can meaningful relationships. Otc, people try st. John's wort, sam-e, or rhodiola for mild to moderate symptoms. ...Read more
Possibly: Talk this over with your doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have tonsillitis issue been using OTC medication but it does not help, should i consider removing them ?
Can get an ENT exam: If a patient has tonsil symptoms, and actually has enlarged tonsils, painful tonsils, repeated tonsil stones, or other symptoms such as snoring, recurrent strep throat infections, etc..., she can see an ENT (Ear Nose Throat; Otolaryngologist) doctor for an exam and opinion. A few people do get tonsillectomies as adults, but tonsils usually shrink down as people age from childhood to adulthood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a cold and feel nauseous and seems like I’ll pass out or begin to lose balance. This is before I took OTC medication. Should I be worried?
I've had diarrhea for 6 weeks and OTC medication doesn't seem to help. Channged my diet but still the same. What else can I do? What is causing this?
See your doctor.: There are many possible causes of diarrhea, most of which are self-limited and resolve on their own in a week or two. Since yours has been going to longer, I think you should see your doctor to help sort out the problem. In the meantime, try increasing the amount of fiber in your diet and drinking plenty of fluids. Good luck. ...Read more
What OTC medication is most comparable to prescription hydraquinone? I understand nothing is as strong as an rx, but i cannot afford to have it filled
Fade cream: Porcelana is a "fade cream" that had been otc for years. Not sure what is in it or how it works. ...Read more
I've had a cold for about a week and have been taking OTC medication but it doesn't seem to be helping much. I also seem to get them often please help?
Not a cold: Symptoms of allergies can often be mistaken with cold and flu. Generally, a cold that does not go away can be related to other underlying causes. Seasonal allergies are often one of the causes. Your doctor will be able to help you distinguish your symptoms to get a proper diagnosis. ...Read more
Cushion heel: Heel pain may be related to tendonitis, pressure sores and a number of other conditions. Please take ibuprofen and elevate your leg. Your shoes should fit well with a cushioned heel. Please see a physician if there are signs of infection. ...Read more
Absolutely!: Many of the older otc meds were approved long before the current, more stringent, regulations. Even Aspirin has so many side effects and drug interactions that it would never be approved for otc use in this day and age. In particular, many herbal preparations contain plant proteins to which pollen-allergic people might react, and also contain potent medications that can interact with rx meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Over the counter: Otc- stands for over the counter and simply means that it is available without a prescription. Some otc medications are restricted to pharmacist only, meaning that you may only purchase from a pharmacist, in order to get proper counselling and supervision on proper use. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers