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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
3 doctors shared insights

Over The Counter Medicines (Overview)

Over-the-counter medicines are drugs that can be legally obtained without a prescription.


Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
3 doctors shared insights

Over The Counter Medicines (Overview)

Over-the-counter medicines are drugs that can be legally obtained without a prescription.


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Low pottasuim ? What number do you have to be? An can I take over-the-counter medicine?

Low pottasuim ? What number do you have to be? An can I take over-the-counter medicine?

Potassium: Different labs have different normal values. Certain medications for high blood pressure can cause potassium to be high or low. Foods that are high in potassium include bananas, oranges/ juice, tomatoes, potatoes, canteloupe. Potassium levels that are too high or low can cause abnormal heart rhythms, so follow up with your dr and adjust medications & diet accordingly. ...Read more

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Does health insurance pay for over-the-counter medicines?

Does health insurance pay for over-the-counter medicines?

Varies by insurance.: It all depends on your insurance company. Some insurance plans cover over-the-counter medications. For example, in california, medicaid covers things like generic tylenol and Motrin without any co-pay. Private insurance plans may be different. Usually the best way to find out this information is through the insurer's website. Sometimes finding the info is hard, however, even for doctors! ...Read more

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How old do you have to be to buy over-the-counter medicines?

How old do you have to be to buy over-the-counter medicines?

Depends: It depends on the medication. If it has no controls anyone with money can purchase the medication unless there are other particular state regulations. ...Read more

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What over the counter medicine can I use to take it away? Or even home remedies?

What over the counter medicine can I use to take it away? Or even home remedies?

Take what away?: What are you trying to take away? Please write back w/more specifics so that we can best address your concerns. Or arrange for a Virtual Consult w/any HealthTap doc. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter medicine for ezcema?

What is the best over-the-counter medicine for ezcema?

OTC creams, etc...: To treat mild or moderate eczema, Hydrocortisone 1% cream (use a thin coat on the rash, twice a day, for 5-10 days) is cheap, found at most stores and works well. A daily moisturizing cream (cetaphil, cerave, eucerin, etc.) used 2-4 times a day helps to heal eczema & to prevent return of the rash. One can avoid creams with lanolin, aloe, or fragrances if sensitive to the ingredients. Avoid soaps. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter medicine to take for stress?

What is the best over-the-counter medicine to take for stress?

Not a mediCAtion: Meditation does not require a prescription, and you can do it every day without problematic side effects. There are many different forms, but the simplest way i've found is mindfulness-based stress reduction. You can do it anywhere you're breathing or doing any activity at all. For info: www.Umassmed.Edu/cfm/home/index.Aspx they list programs beyond ma. Also: www.Mindfullivingprograms.Com. ...Read more

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I'm very short and i'm almost 200 pounds, what over-the-counter medicine can help me lose weight?

I'm very short and i'm almost 200 pounds, what over-the-counter medicine can help me lose weight?

None: There are no otc medicines that really are effective, the best way to lose weight is to eliminate the 2 or 3 most important reasons for the weight gain. Here they are: 1. Drinks with sugar--juice, soda 2. Fast foods-burgers, fries 3.Fried foods 4. Skipping meals 5. Bad snacks- chips, cookies, cake, candy if you remove just 2 of these, you can lose 4 lb/per week, just give it a try, 1 day at a tim. ...Read more

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What is an over-the-counter medicine for anxiety?

What is an over-the-counter medicine for anxiety?

There is no : Over the counter anti anxiety medication. You need to get a prescription from a physician or psychiatrist. ...Read more

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