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Over The Counter Bug Bite Meds
Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if i don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)
Can try HC1%, Itch-X: For bug bites, a toddler can take over-the-counter oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to block histamine, which causes itching. Putting Hydrocortisone 1% cream 2-3 times a day on the bites for 4-5 days will help them go away. For more itch relief, one can add an anti-itch gel such as "itch-x" on the bites. Itch-x has an anesthetic to numb the itch. If bites are growing large or are painful, a doctor can evaluate. ...Read more
I have heard that over-the-counter Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can decrease swelling after an insect bite. Generally, how many mgs. Is needed to decrease the swelling?
11month old seems a bit warm.Clammy hands but no fever seems fine just a bit tired with a light cough. Can i give her over-the-counter med? If needed
None available OTC: Currently there isn't any medicine specifically for crohn's disease is available otc. Tylenol (acetaminophen) etc..Can be used for mild pain etc..But nothing to treat the disease itself. You must see a doc, often gastroenterologist, to get these types of medications. It is difficult illness to treat, but can be controlled if relatively mild etc... Best of luck to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: Since this kind of drug can have potentially serious side effects if not used properly, it will not likely be OTC now or ever. ...Read more
New onset anorexia?: Appetite is a complex process mediated by the brain, emotions, metabolic needs, health of the gut & surrounding organs. Lack of weight loss would be good news here. I recommend a visit to your doctor to discuss the circumstances that preceded your anorexia & that may contribute to its persistence. Simple testing is much more appropriate than delaying appropriate treatment with ?futile OTC agents. ...Read more
Not a drug: No drug will prevent feeling guilty for eating. This symptom could mean you have an eating disorder, which requires serious treatment with psychotherapy. Some medications can help accompanying features like depression and anxiety, if needed. But the focus of treatment is in talk and behavioral therapy. Please see a therapist or psychiatrist for an evaluation of your needs. ...Read more
Antiseptics: This is rather chronic, superficial skin infections often occuring in the skin folds areas. Topical antiseptics such as peroxide/manganate, rubbing alcohol (burns quite a bit), or not commonly thought of is hand-sanitizer. Benzoyl peroxide cream may help. It is important to keep dry/clean. May need topical antibotic script from doc and oral meds needed for severe cases. Good luck. ...Read more
Not going there.: If you are having thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the National suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support. ...Read more
No: It can be hard to treat but stop the sugar in the liquids, even fruit juice is full of them. Consider metformin, 30% of women will begin to ovulate on 1500 mg, try the xl version and go up slowly while eliminating cokes, juice, etc. Remember, those with pcos have 2x the rate of depression, wellbutrin (bupropion) can work well with metformin for weight loss but go up slow. No easy fix, but can b treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The are very helpful in this circumstance. Also your primary doctor can help. ...Read more
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