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Over The Counter Treatment For Narcolepsy
Some: Narcolepsy is an issue with a brain chemical that controls degree of wakefulness and control on timing of wakefulness. So herbs (caffeine and noncaffeine) products that work through a different system (often adenosine) can be helpful t keep awake during day. Also behavior for short napping helps. Food metabolism also affects, specifically gluten has been. ...Read more
What are the key symptoms of narcolepsy and his most common social/work related consequences in an adult without treatment?
Daytime drowsiness &: Falling asleep during the day. See http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001805/ for causes, diagnostic procedures & treatments. Having a bmi of 30 or above, in the " obese" range, markedly increases risk of sleep apnea, but can be genetic. Other sleep disorders & seizure disorders are included in the list of causes. The impacts include decreased work performance & increased auto accidents. ...Read more
Was lobotomy ever done as a treatment for Narcolepsy? I was born in 1995 in PA. Diagnosed when I was 5-7. Concerned about if I ever had it done to me.
Would not worry : Yes, Lobotomies were frequent in the early to mid 19th century for a range of conditions that included narcolepsy - these procedures largely went away around the early 1960s in the United States. As a result, it is not likely that you were exposed to this procedure having been born in 1995 and diagnosed around 2000. ...Read more
What is the best treatment to get all the right amount of sleep cycles at night for person with narcolepsy? I feel like I am stuck dreaming too.
Lifestyle changes: amphetamines and similar medicines can be very helpful short term. Long term there is no substitute for a lot of hard work with a sleep specialist to re-examine all aspects of your daily life...diet, exercise, mental health, work...and try to better allign your natural physiological processes. Starting with an academic based center specializing in sleep issues is a good idea. ...Read more
40 year-old white woman with narcolepsy and cataplexy since childhood, plus migraines, still searching for an effective treatment.....?
Please repost: Please repost your question with an explanation of what you mean by "effective" treatment. What is "ineffective" about the current treatment regimen? Bearing in mind that both conditions are hereditary (though the genetics are complex) and the only REALLY effective treatment is to make a better choice of parents. ...Read moreSee 9 more doctor answers
No such animal.: Unless you have very, very mild psoriasis - which might respond to Hydrocortisone cream - nothing available over the counter in the us is going to make much of a dent in your psoriasis. Sorry, but i've been doing this for 30 years and have yet to see an otc product work, other than skin cap, which turned out to have an illegal steroid in it. See a dermatologist; don't waste money on otc treatments. ...Read more
Shigellosis treatmen: No.Get a more detailed answer ›
No, don't skip meds: Addison's disease is serious; represents adrenal failure (lack of glucocorticoids, mineralocorticoids & sex hormones.) without these important hormones you have trouble with glucose metabolism, stress, severe fatigue, sodium & potassium balance, immune response, sexual development, sex drive. It's important to know why the adrenals are not functioning. Meds are prescription & taken for life. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Wound healing: Moist wound healing is crucial for the proper environment to heal most wounds. Therefore, if you don't have a allergy and your wound is not suboptimal (dirty, contaminated, has foreign bodies, too large to heal, or you have poor wound healing conditions like heart disease, venous insufficiency, or diabetes)- simple things such as Bacitracin would be sufficient. See your md for more details. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm a teenager & I traveled extensively throughout the world. The past 6 months I've had a rash. Over the counter treatment doesn't work. What now?
Heel Cups, but...: As this is a condition that commonly affects active children, it is always a good idea to have this evaluated by a foot and ankle specialist to ensure that this is the correct diagnosis. Proper stretching should also always be included in a treatment plan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No good otc: Gardnerella or bacterial vaginosis is a common vaginal infection cause by over growth of a bad bacteria or death of good bacterial. It can be affected by spermicide, doucheiing (don't do this!), overenthusiastic cleaning or bad luck. It is easilly treated with oral medication or vaginal suppositories prescribed by a doctor but i would not recommend treating it yourself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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