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Perdiem Overnight Relief Medication
For constptn I take citrucil pwdr at nite ctrucil pills morns, 5 prns nite & perdiem pills with citru on wkends. Always ok. Not now! What todo?
Constipation: Citrucel is a brand of fiber. We need 25-36g daily along w/adequate fluids & regular exercise to keep our bowels moving. Risk for colon cancer increases as we age so we start screening at 50yo. If there's a change in bowel habits, especially if black or tarry stools, pencil thin or ribbon flat stools, unintended weight loss, etc, go see your family doc for appropriate screening. ...Read more
There are 3 classes of medications for this type of pain:
1- anti-inflammatory: steroids (solumedrol, decadron, etc)and nsaids (ibuprofen, motrin, naprosyn, (naproxen) etc)
2- muscle relaxants (e.g., soma, flexeril)
3- narcotics (vicodin, oxycodone, etc)
i prefer using classes 1 and 2 before resorting to class 3. ...Read more
Lots: Almost any of the extended release opioids. (er, sr, xl). ...Read more
I had caught a cold and had coughed from start of yesterday. I don't want to take medication and so what could I do to get relief?
I suffer from severe migraines and have tried all medications with no relief! Desperate for relief! I need something to stop the pain once it starts.
I admire your idea: It is refreshing to hear of people who want to master this. Several schools of talk psychotherapy might be of interest to you. Certainly, cbt. Also non therapy coaches of mindful meditation or other meditation approaches, martial arts instructors and other physical coaches might have ideas. Good luck! ...Read more
Over the counter pain relief medications are extremely effective for the vast majority of headaches. These medicines can be bought at a pharmacy or a supermarket without a prescription.
- paracetamol (eg panadol brand)
- ibuprofen (eg neurofen brand)
Don't forget to drink plenty of water and take some rest as well! ...Read more
No: No over the counter drugs available. Your partner needs to be treated too. ...Read more
I have been suffering from chronic migraine for 3 years with only some relief from medication. Any tips?
Yes...: You may want to consider having your doctor/headache specialist see if Botox can be approved for your migraine headaches. If it works you could have significantly less migraines for at least 3-4 months at a time. Many times people's migraines are cut in half if not more. The use of your oral migraine prevention medications and abortives are much more helpful and reduce occurrences even better. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with a mixed vertigo. I was given medication but I still feel no relief. What can I do?
Vertigo: "Mixed vertigo" is not a real diagnosis. You have not told us anything about the history of your vertigo, who diagnosed it, what tests you had, and how you have been treated; therefore, we can't provide you with a relevant response. Please see an ENT for a vestibular evaluation. Lightheadedness is due to blood pressure problems and your PCP can help with that. Do you have anxiety disorder? ...Read more
I’ve been in severe pain for 5 weeks and the only medications I’ve received are listed. I’ve begged for pain relief but denied left suffering. Why?
You aksed this: On the Health Tap Health/ Medical education site. We can not see your list of medications. ...Read more
OB: I encourage you to follow up with your OB gyn physician to further discuss your options. ...Read more
Consider eval: Stretching, heat from a shower or heating pad (don't get burned), massage, & acupuncture can help. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can help with both pain relief and in reducing inflammation. Examples are ibuprofen (like Advil, Nuprin or Motrin), Naproxen sodium (like Aleve, (naproxen) Naprosyn, Anaprox) or Asprin (such as Bayer, Ecotrin, Ascriptin). Avoid NSAID's if pregnant or allergic. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, cannabis can be very helpful for pain but at times it is not enough and can be combined with other medications. It can have a synergistic effect and may reduce the dose of other medicines needed. Consider forms high in CBD, which, while effective for pain, are less psychoactive. Cannabis can also be used topically, which again is not psychoactive yet can be very helpful for pain. ...Read more
Yes: Asthma is an inflammatory airway disease that occasionally causes reversible obstruction of the airway. Immediate relief is necessary for reversal of obstruction but anti-inflammatory agents are used to control inflammation of the airway. Key to control of asthma is control of inflammation to prevent airway remodeling hence need for chronic polypharmacy / immnuotherapy. ...Read more
What do you have?: Bleeding per rectum may originate in the anal canal, the rectum, or further up the line. Frequent anal sources of bleeding include hemorrhoids & fissures, that may respond to modifying stool texture (fiber, softeners) and topical agents, or require further intervention. Similar bleeds can be seen with anal & rectal cancer, infections, ischemic colitis, diverticular bleeds, inflammatory bowel, etc. ...Read more
The reason behind ' long use of (quick relief medications for asthma) may cause serious side effecs?!
More severe asthma: Rescue inhalers and long acting bronchodilators (salmeterol, formoterol, indacaterol), do not treat the allergic inflammation of athma. In many asthmatics (not all), they lose their efficacy over time. They also may mask worsening asthma. Therefore, remember: if you use a rescue inhaler more than x2/week daytime (except before exercise) or x2/month at night, see your doctor. ...Read more
Pressure headache on temples for 3 days now, aggravated when bending down. Pain medication brings no relief.
Possibilities: It’s possible that this headache associated with cold infection and sinusitis. If you have nasal congestion you have to treat this symptoms first. Over the counter many medicine than help you. For example Day and NiQuil, sudafed, Advil Cold and sinus. Buy one of it and follow the instructions. Good luck. ...Read more
I was dx with fibromyalgia & I am not getting pain relief from my currant medications. Would celebrex (celecoxib) be an option?
Off-label Rx: Celebrex (celecoxib) is commonly used to lessen the pain of people afflicted with the pain of fibromyalgia. However, Celebrex (celecoxib) has not been approved by the FDA to treat fibromyalgia, so this use would be an off-label prescription. Always before beginning any new drug, it is important to review your medical history with your doctor. ...Read more
I have DDD and chroni pain along with fibromyalgia. I never get any relief. I started seeing a psych and therapist but medication is what help me have?
Fibro and DDD will: Not change much with talk therapy, although pain specialists claim otherwise. Try if you must, but I'd look for a competent rheumatologist. They seem to be the best trained to manage this kind of pain with the judicious use of meds. If you can, mild exercise, hot tubs, warm wraps--all temporarily help. Surgery might help DDD but not Fibro. ...Read more
Have chronic hivee & have been put on cyclosporine. Just started taking the medication sat a.M. 200 mg a day. When can I expect to see some relief?
Unlikely: This is a difficult question to answer. Therapy for chronic urticaria can be antihistamines, one blockers, lipo oxygenase blockers, to name a few. I would reevaluate the Cyclosporine to consider alternative therapy. ...Read more
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