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Salt Substitute Side Effects
Relates to beliefs: There are many claims made that certain teas can 'detoxify' and cleanse various organs of the body. There is no well done research that confirms or denies this. So, it really comes down to one's belief about whether or not something will help them feel healthier. Trust in the source of info can go a lot further than the product itself. I'm not aware of any significant side effects of teas. ...Read more
Dehydration: The main function of diuretics is to increase the output of urine, thereby helping to manage high blood pressure. As a side effect of their chronic use, excess amounts of electrolytes can be lost in the urine leading to low levels of potassium, sodium, potassium. Calcium and magnesium levels can also be impaired. Some diuretics may cause the blood sugar to be elevated in diabetics. ...Read more
Depends: There are three main sugar substitutes-equal, slenda & nutrisweet. They have been tested extensively and are believed to be safe, although some people can have some sensitivities to one or another. Then there is stevia, which is plant based. Btw-just because something is natural doesn't necessarily make it safe. The saying-everything in moderation, is the best way to go. Best wishes. ...Read more
Metformin - side effects? Using this to counteract insulin resistance. Any comments on side effects etc?
See below most commo: Abnormal stools Changes in taste Muscle pain Difficulty breathing Lightheadedness or dizziness Nail problems Flu-like symptoms such as muscle pain, fever, chills, and weakness Feelings of a rapidly or forcefully beating heart (heart palpitations). Flushing (a skin reddening, commonly on the face) Increased sweating Increased thirst ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cardiac: Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is a form of adrenalin. It can cause increase in heart rate, elevated blood pressure and even abnormal heart rhythm. It was associated with the deaths of a major league pitcher and a college football player a few years ago. Just because something is over the counter, it may not always be safe. ...Read more
How long? Which?: Most expiration dates are about half of the actual time that the compounds remain active, but this may not guarantee their activity. Side-effects of the products of these compounds as they deteriorate vary with the compound, but very few if any have serious toxicities. Best to throw them out if they have expired. Better than taking a chance they are inactive or toxic. ...Read more
Ask pharmacist: This cannot be answered well without knowing which prescription drugs you are talking about. www.drugs.com is a helpful website and you can also ask a pharmacist to see what drugs are not compatible when taken together. In general it is not wise to "mix" drugs. ...Read more
What diuretic has the least side effects? Hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) gave me some weird side effects (lethargy, chest tightness, anxiety).
Is there any disadvantage/ side effect to low sodium salt? When compared to salt, is low sodium salt definitely better alternative?
Probably no need: Views about sodium have changed over the years. The current consensus is higher sodium intake is harmless in the absence of high blood pressure and certain heart, kidney, liver or other metabolic problems. Probably you can use salt in cooking and salt your food to taste without worry. Salt substitues usually have potassium, which can have its own problems. If in doubt, check w/ your doctor. ...Read more
Neurologist First: First, see a neurologist and make sure that what you have is a real migraine. Preventative and abortive medications are first line treatments. If you have specific trigger points, Botox injections may be helpful to eliminate these as causes. If this is helpful, surgery to free up the nerves causing the pain can be curative. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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