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Pain Medications That Do Not Make You Drowsy
Drowsy: Medications are processed through the blood supply, which passes through the brain. Pain signals from the brain to the injured body part are interupted (simplistically). Those same medications are often anelgesics, so the brain tells the body that story as well. These often go hand in hand, hence the undesirable side effect. ...Read more
Hangover: What you should not do with a hangover, is drink more alcohol. Instead, drink water and rest. You might want a small dose of alka seltzer, aleve or tylenol, (acetaminophen) for headache. Go easy on those. Maybe some milk thistle for your liver. Then consider how you got to the point of hangover in the first place, and determine whether you might be doing this often. Ask others you trust. Help is available. ...Read more
Do antidepressants do any good if your home life doesn't change? Or do they just make you ok with the everyday things that make you miserable?
Antidepressants: treat symptoms of depression when medical causes have been ruled out: eg., negative, sad mood, low energy, poor concentration, disturbed sleep/appetite. They do not solve your problems, but can make you better able to cope overall. Psychotherapy is often recommended to problem solve and help you understand why you act the way you do. Take care. ...Read more
Coffee: Homeostatic sleep drives are regulated by complex factors and Adenosine being one of them, when we are awake, Adenosine builds up and makes us sleepy, coffee blocks Adenosine and makes us awake some people naturally wake up refreshed others may have sleep apnea, may need coffee, tea etc. ...Read more
Swimming: People with asthma usually can't tolerate prolonged and vigorous exertion. However exercising under 10 minutes can often be tolerated. Swimming has been touted as the best for asthma but there has been concern that chlorinated water may aggravate asthma. In general, i try not to discourage anyone with asthma from doing any form of exercise. A couple of puffs on albuterol prior may do the trick.E. ...Read more
How do anxiety meds work? Do they make you think different? Or just calm you down and make you relaxed
That's the goal.: When you are anxious, you have a rapid heart rate, your blood pressure goes up, you sweat profusely, vision gets blurred, you feel dizzy, feel like passing out, hands get cold and clammy, all symptoms coming from the autonomic nervous system.Anti-anxiety medications reverses these symptoms. ...Read more
Is there any point to antiimflammatories if they make you retain liquids when youre trying to get rid of swelling? would i be better off not taking it
Antiinflammatory med: To best answer your question, we need to know why & where you're swelling. Non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen & Naproxen are useful for swelling due to injury (also good at relieving fever & pain). However, they're not recommended if swelling is due to heart failure or kidney disease. Nor if high blood pressure, stomach ulcers etc. Chat w/your doc to see what's best 4u ...Read more
DO NOT GIVE UP: Unfortunately, medication desired effects/side effects varies from person to person. It is almost impossible to predict how you would respond. If one medication give you trouble or doesn't work: 1. Give time if you haven't tried for 6 weeks. 2. Decrease dose for the time being 3. Change medication- . Keep trying to find one that is best for you and stick to that one. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm not sure but is there anything you can do for a person that is addicted to drugs but they won't go to rehab?
'rehab' isnt a place: If the person is willing to get help, there are intensive outpatient programs combined with ambulatory detoxification (if necessary) that can be just as effective, and even more effective than an inpatient program. However, if the person is unwilling to admit they have a problem and/or get help, I suggest you try Alanon for your own issues. They may give you info that may help you deal with it. ...Read more
Makes you sick: Sudden discontinuation of antidepressants can lead to withdrawal symptoms which may include nausea, muscle aches, fatigue, jittery or anxious feeling, and headache, just to name a few. Patients should always discuss discontinuing these medications with their provider to ensure the proper time to discontinue and to discuss a slow taper of these medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Emetrol, Dramamine (dimenhydrinate): Emetrol, dramamine, (dimenhydrinate) and bonine are all otc meds with some antiemetic effectiveness. Dramamine (dimenhydrinate) and bonine are motion sickness meds. They work a bit better than emetrol, but they cause drowsiness. These are fine for nausea, but if you begin throwing everything up you'll need something you don't have to take by mouth. For that you'll need a prescription. ...Read more
What to do if I didn't know they even had medication that can make you temporarily lose your memory. is this true?
Do psychiatric medications actually cure anything, or do they just alleviate symptoms while you're on them? Don't symptoms always return if you stop?
This is similar: to your previous question. Sometimes the medications allow e the symptoms enough for the person to learn new coping skills and then they are able to stop taking the medications. Other times they need to stay on the medications. People with bipolar for instance need to stay on them and remain in psychotherapy. ...Read more
Can be effective: Anti-depressants can be effective.Get a more detailed answer ›
Do you mean benadryl (diphenhydramine): Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine, but can be very sedating. If by doing the same thing you mean treating seasonal allergies then there are several anti-histamines that are usually not sedating, for example, fexofenadine, Loratadine and cetirizine. These are all available in various over the counter preparations. Please be sure to follow the package directions. ...Read more
Response: You do NOT say if these were sleeping pills, antihistamines, sedatives or tranquilizers, But most medication wears off over a period of hours. To become more alert, caffeine containing beverages may help, such as coffee, coke, or Red Bull. If you are unable to function adequately, might contact your doctor directly. ...Read more
Help! need to know if there's a drug to reduce drowsiness and sleep and help me get up in the morning?
?sleep disorder?: Many folks use caffeine in form of a few cups of coffee. But consistent am drowsiness and difficulty awakening and functioning when you seemingly had sufficient time asleep suggests possible sleep apnea or nocturnal myoclonus. An overnight sleep study should clarify issues. ...Read more
Which medication should I take if I get stung by a bee whilst Trailrunning (and not get drowsy). Not sure if I am allergic ?
Some remedies: Remove stinger by scraping along edge of skin with a credit card. Clean with soap & warm water. Apply a paste of 2 parts baking soda & 1 part water. OR: Mix water & activated charcoal - apply paste. OR: mix clay-like soil with water - apply. For throat, airway or tongue swelling – call 911 even if an epi-pen was used. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Estimated bac? Female, 98 lbs, 6-8 shots in 1 hr 15 minutes, no medications taken, eaten previously, slightly happy, slightly drowsy. (that's it)
Too high: , 257 to 3.6 which is 3-7 times the legal limit and is getting to a dangerous medical level. ...Read more
Most can: Some antidepressants are especially sedating, e.g., Remeron (mirtazapine) (mirtazepine), sinequan (trazodone), Elavil (amitriptyline), & nefazodone. Most of the others can be mildly sedating. A few are rarely sedating, e.g. Wellbutrin (bupropion) & Prozac (fluoxetine). Individuals vary greatly in how sleepy a given antidepressant will make them, so this is just a general guideline. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See a doctor: For right now get some tylenol (acetaminophen) then get to a doctor. Without more information it's hard to know what's going on but a "severe" headache is a symptom that merits a real evaluation. It could be a migraine, it could be muscle spasm or it could be any number of problems. Get checked out! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does 50 mg of modafinil(half of prescribed dose) is effective for drowsiness?.Drug tolerance chance?.Elimination half life?I will start tomorrow.
Dose may be low: The dose maybe somewhat low. Comes in 50s, 150s and 250 in the us. The half-life is 12 to 15 hours. I do not generally encounter tolerance developing to this medication. The only exception to that rule might be someone with idiopathic central nervous system hypersomnolence. Best wishes and i hope that this does a good job working on your hypersomnolence. Take care. ...Read more
My five month old only will eat when he drowsy or sleep he has been on reflux medication for awhile and he doesn't have big appetite what could it be?
Normal feeding?: You mention reflux medication and i see on the profile "hydrochlorothiazide." i assume that's your medication and not your baby's. If he is breastfeeding or formula feeding well and is gaining weight, then there is no concern. I was not clear from your question if you meant he was not having a big appetite for solids or for his milk? ...Read more
If I develop tolerance to certain medication, does it mean both good and bad effects of the medication become less? By good effects I mean what the medicine is supposed to do, and by bad edfects I mean side effects like sleepiness.
Side effects: Not usually. What med are you talking about. ...Read more
Allegra (fexofenadine): If you are referring to over-the-counter antihistamines than Allegra (fexofenadine) is considered one of the most non-sedating on the market. Airline pilots can take this medication while flying so it has been proven to be non-sedating. Other non-sedating antihistamines include Zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine). ...Read more
Allergies: good question. Not really taking the drug between 4 to 6 pm helps not the D form) as that is before things bloom adding in a nasal steroid spray (which is otc) in the am also helps. Your doctor could add in singulair (montelukast) at bedtime as well. Bad season this year ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Allergy Med: This is not a fair question, and I am sorry, but i must disagree with dr. Kwok. The sole oral antihistamine that does not cross the blood brain barrier and does not cause drowsiness in fexofenadine (aka.. Allegra). Every other otc oral antihistamine has the risk of drowsiness. Most effective is also not fair bc every patient is different and we tailor therapy to the patient. C ur allergist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Well : There are several approaches if medicine causes drowsiness take it at bedtime or drink tea to stay awake or start drinking coffee also fresh air cool air conditioning and exercise can help you stay awake also getting eight hours sleep and Can help you be more awake during the daytime ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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