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Doctor insights on: Over The Counter Bug Bite Meds

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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)

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)

Yes: If you have Insulin resistance or even diabetes metformin is fine to take. Some people have lost weight on metformin, perhaps due to GI side effects. I haven't heard that it can interfere with diet pills but those can be dangerous on their own. ...Read more

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Is there a particular over-the-counter ointment I should put on my 22 month old's bug bites?

Is there a particular over-the-counter ointment I should put on my 22 month old's bug bites?

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

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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

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

No meds: Since there is no fever higher than 103, no need for any medications. All cough medication sold otc for children should not be used until the child is at least 6 years old. But even then, it doesn't do anything, don't waste your money! ...Read more

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Whats an over-the-counter drug for chron's desease?

Whats an over-the-counter drug for chron's desease?

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 more

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What an over the counter drug that's like hydrochlorothiazode?

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

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So.is there any over the counter meds that will give an appetite?

So.is there any over the counter meds that will give an appetite?

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

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What over-the-counter drug can help reduce my guilt and help me eat more?

What over-the-counter drug can help reduce my guilt and help me eat 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

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What are come home remedies or over-the-counter meds I can take for allergic reactions?

What are come home remedies or over-the-counter meds I can take for allergic reactions?

Allergic Rxns??: U need to describe ur allergic rxn! is it just basic allergies or is it cough/swelling/shortness of breath, hives (eg.. Anaphylaxis)?!?! you really need to be more specific before any medication recommendation should be provided. ...Read more

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Any over-the-counter meds for recieding gum?

Any over-the-counter meds for recieding gum?

No: But that said brushing, flossing and rinsing with biotene might help. You should be under the care of a dentist! ...Read more

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What are over-the-counter meds for erythrasma?

What are over-the-counter meds for erythrasma?

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

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Which over-the-counter drug could kill someone?

Which over-the-counter drug could kill someone?

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

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Is there an over-the-counter meds for pcos? And what med is it?

Is there an over-the-counter meds for pcos? And what med is it?

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 more

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Which over-the-counter drug is good for gout?

Which over-the-counter drug is good for gout?

OTC drug: There is nothing over the counter for gout. Best are rx from doctor unless you can try alieve and those types. ...Read more

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Can a pharmacist help me choose over-the-counter meds?

Yes: The are very helpful in this circumstance. Also your primary doctor can help. ...Read more

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What's so bad about overdosing on over-the-counter pain meds?

What's so bad about overdosing on over-the-counter pain meds?

Overdose: Wow - i guess the answer is "death" - that's what is so bad about it. Never a good idea to justify this thought process just because its tc medication that is easy to get. Exercise extreme caution with this belief. ...Read more

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