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Passion flower, valerian root or kava which is best for anxiety with less side effects?

Passion flower, valerian root or kava which is best for anxiety with less side effects?

No single best: Just like there is no best single drug for anxiety, there is no single best herb. We are all unique biochemically and a drug or herb that might work great for one person may not help another at all. Of the 3 you mention kava causes the most side effects. You can try passion flower ; valerian to see which works better for you, but holy basil (tulsi), rhodiola and l-theanine are also worth trying. ...Read more

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I have trouble sleeping and I was considering taking Valerian root? is there a downside to doing so? are there any side effects?

I have trouble sleeping and I was considering taking Valerian root? is there a downside to doing so? are there any side effects?

Valerian: Hi, the side effects include headache, irritability and sluggishness in the morning for some people, have you tried sleep hygiene, like: No TV in bedroom, no book in the bed, use bedroom just for sex and sleep, leave the bed if you don't fall asleep after 15-30 min, try to watch a calming movie, reading a relaxing book, have a cup of warm milk, do not exercise late at night, etc. ...Read more

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Oral birth control and 530 mg valerian root capsule. Will the herb cancel out my birth control if I just take the herb at night?

Oral birth control and 530 mg valerian root capsule. Will the herb cancel out my birth control if I just take the herb at night?

Birth Control: Valarian root is an calming herb that I use to help people relax so they can get to sleep. This will have no effect on your birth control pills. ...Read more

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I have taken isotretinoin (accutane) and a year later have side effects why are my eyes still so dry?

I have taken isotretinoin (accutane) and a year later have side effects why are my eyes still so dry?

Oil glands: Accurate does affect the oil producing glands in the eyelids. This oil makes up the superficial layer of the tear film. With a lack of oil in the tear film the eye become dry, with symptoms of burning. The treatment is initially eye drops like systane balance or refresh advanced. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of hydroquione contacting the eyes during usage?

What are the side effects of hydroquione contacting the eyes during usage?

Irritation: Once or twice accidental contact does cause a limited inflammation of the conjunctiva and cornea, that are self limiting. However if you work with hydorquinone and have repeated exposure you must see an ophthalmologist for extended corneal damage. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects of using terramycin skin ointment on the eyes?

Are there any side effects of using terramycin skin ointment on the eyes?

Yes: You should not use skin ointment in the eyes since it is not made for this purpose. It could cause significant eye irritation or more significant issues. ...Read more

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What r the side effects of intacs iimplanted inside the eyes?

It varies: Intacs are placed inside the cornea to improve the refraction.
It is not clear yet, if they can cause permanent damage to the cornea. ...Read more

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How can lutein help the the eyes are there any side effects?

How can lutein help the the eyes are there any side effects?

Lutein: Is an essential micronutrient (vitamin) for the retina. It is found in dark green leafy vegetables, like spinach, kale and mustard greens and in egg yolks. There is some evidence that lutein may be helpful in prevention of macular degeneration. So be like popeye and eat your spinach. ...Read more

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Do sunglasses have long term side effects as he is experiencing dryness in his eyes?

Do sunglasses have long term side effects as he is experiencing dryness in his eyes?

Dry eyes: Sunglasses should protect eyes, especially from wind and foreign objects. drinking plenty of fluids is important, but persistent dry eyes should be evaluated by your primary care doctor or an eye doctor as it can signal other illnesses. ...Read more

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What are side effects of the colour of the sunglasses on the eyes? Also, what color and type of glad do you recommend?

What are side effects of the colour of the sunglasses on the eyes?
Also, what color and type of glad do you recommend?

Color: Color of your sunglasses will not affect your eyesight. I have no preference for color so just use what you are comfortable with ...Read more

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Do non preservative tear drops have any side effects ? How long it take to show effect on dry eyes ?

Do non preservative tear drops have any side effects ? How long it take to show effect on dry eyes ?

Artificial tears.: There should be no side effects from non-preserved tears. The tears with preservatives can aggravate dry eye conditions in some cases. ...Read more

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Stopped taking my Cerazette pill about a week ago.yesterday started with dizziness.felt a bit sick yesterday,eyes really heavy. Side effects?

Stopped taking my Cerazette pill about a week ago.yesterday started  with dizziness.felt a bit sick yesterday,eyes really heavy. Side effects?

Going off BCPs: These symptoms aren't likely due to withdrawal off BCPs. BCPs get out of your system very quickly, within 2-3 days. Dizziness, feeling sick & heavy aren't symptoms we'd expect anyway. Probably coincidental. ...Read more

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Does valerian have possible side effects on my sexual performance?

Does valerian have possible side effects on my sexual performance?

Probably not: Few adverse events to valerian have been reported. Large doses may result in stomach ache, apathy, and a feeling of mental dullness or mild depression. Tranquilizer properties may cause dizziness or drowsiness. In rare cases it may cause an allergic reaction. Central nervous system depression; should not use other depressants, such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, opiates. ...Read more

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What to do if i was put on isatol eye drops for high pressure in my eyes yesterday, what are the side effects?

What to do if i was put on isatol eye drops for high pressure in my eyes yesterday, what are the side effects?

Istalol: Istalol is a beta-blocker drug that also reduces pressure inside the eye. Side effects can include, but are not limited to, blurred vision, double vision, drooping eyelid; burning or stinging in your eye; headache, weakness, drowsiness; numbness, tingling, or cold feeling in your hands or feet; ringing in your ears; and dry mouth. Can also affect heart, shortness of breath, and tiredness. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of OTC omeprazole?is it normal to have a headache above my eyes after taking omeprazole on the 2nd day?its my 3rd day now?

What are the side effects of OTC omeprazole?is it normal to have a headache above my eyes after taking omeprazole on the 2nd day?its my 3rd day now?

Not unusual: It may not be "normal," but WebMD says headache is a common side effect of omeprazole. Your body may adjust and the headache may go away; if not, omeprazole may not be good for you. Omeprazole is safe to take for a few weeks but I advise avoiding long-term use- see bit.ly/1b1Avqs
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Being off of seizure meds for a while is fast moving eyes and lose of balance side effects?

Being off of seizure meds for a while is fast moving eyes and lose of balance side effects?

Nystagmus: It sounds like you are having nystagmus localized to the cerebellum (due to your balance problems). I would seek care from your neurologist asap. ...Read more

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My son is blind, stage v r.O.P., his opthamologist wants him to stay on lotemax (loteprednol) indefinitely, what could be the side effects other than his eyes?

My son is blind, stage v r.O.P., his opthamologist wants him to stay on lotemax (loteprednol) indefinitely, what could be the side effects other than his eyes?

Side effects: Lotemax (loteprednol) used topically on the eye does not cause any systemic side effects. When using this medication, regular eye exams should be performed by youreye doctor. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of glaucoma medication? I have been prescribed eye drops for my glaucoma. Will any parts of my body other than my eyes be affected? Are there any negative side effects?

What are the side effects of glaucoma medication? I have been prescribed eye drops for my glaucoma. Will any parts of my body other than my eyes be affected? Are there any negative side effects?

In : In most cases glaucoma medications do not have negative effects on other parts of the body.

It is difficult to give a more specific answer without knowing which glaucoma eyedrop you are using. ...Read more

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And I am currently on lotemax (loteprednol) eye drops. Any side effects to the eyes?

And I am currently on lotemax (loteprednol) eye drops. Any side effects to the eyes?

A few: Lotemax (loteprednol) is a steroid of intermediate potency which has a lowered incidence of the major side effect of topical steroids for the eye which is elevation of eye pressure. It is very useful for topical and internal inflammation and is usually comfortable. Your ophthalmologist can check for eye pressure if you are on this long term for the unlikely elevation of eye pressure. ...Read more

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How risky is protopic used around eyes area for eczema. Worried about the lymphoma risk listed in medication side effects.

How risky is protopic used around eyes area for eczema.  Worried about the lymphoma risk listed in medication side effects.

No lymphoma risk: More recent studies fail to associate protopic with lymphoma. Tacrolimus orally in large doses permits organ transplants with some risks including lymphoma. FDA sometimes will err on the side of the most miniscule risks, otherwise known as CYA. ...Read more

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I have -5.5 in both eyes .I am 22 and I use contract lenses daily. Is lasik laser operation good ? What are the side effects in the long run ?

I have -5.5 in both eyes .I am 22 and I use contract lenses daily. Is lasik laser operation good ? What are the side effects in the long run ?

LASIK is safe: Your prescription and age are right for lasik. Lasik surgery is safe and effective with minimal side effects if patients are screened properly. You should have a lasik evaluation which will determine if you are a good candidate or not. If your corneas are too thin, pupils too large or have irregularly shaped corneas you are not a good candidate. ...Read more

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What side effects can I expect other than ptosis of the eyes. for infantile esotropia repair for 6 month old?

What side effects can I expect other than ptosis of the eyes. for infantile esotropia repair for 6 month old?

Sight-threatening: complications from strabismus surgery are uncommon. RARELY (1 in 1000 or more) perforation of the eye globe or retinal detachment may occur. Other complications include under or overcorrection. Proper timing of the surgery seems to be very important and is a little controversial. Work closely with an ophthalmologist you have high confidence in. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Been on ativan (lorazepam) 1mg for years how can I wean off? Safely getting side effects dry eyes and anxiety!

Been on ativan (lorazepam) 1mg for years how can I wean off?  Safely getting side effects dry eyes and anxiety!

Omega 3's: Do it gradually. Cut it down to 1/2 then when ok to 1/4. If there are no contraindications use calming supplements like melatonin for sleep, cortitrol for adrenal help, omega3s for their anti-inflammatory potency and find someone you can talk to when life gets hard. Omega3's will also help the dry eye. ...Read more

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I've got a dandruff on my hair, eyebrows and sometimes allergy on my forhead. What can I do? I'm afraid it go inside my eyes &do side effects?

I've got a dandruff on my hair, eyebrows and sometimes allergy on my forhead. What can I do? I'm afraid it go inside my eyes &do side effects?

Seborrheic dermatiti: You need to see a dermatologist for treatment but thisis a benign condition and does not affect the eyes. ...Read more

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Taking spironolactone,having headaches, eyes are sore when I move them.Feel a little nauseas. Are these normal side effects?should I stop taking it?

Taking spironolactone,having headaches, eyes are sore when I move them.Feel a little nauseas. Are these normal side effects?should I stop taking it?

See doctor: Return to the prescribing doctor for evaluation. You may need to stop the medication but see what doctor says for William probably need to take something for your blood pressure. So get checked out ...Read more

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Will your eyes get worse if you take a lutein and zeaxanthin eye supplement? I have normal vision but trying to improve it. Are there any side effects

Will your eyes get worse if you take a lutein and zeaxanthin eye supplement? I have normal vision but trying to improve it. Are there any side effects

Lutein & zeaxanthin: Lutein & zeaxanthin are anti-oxidants that help protect the retina against aging/stress. They do not make your eye worse. The best way to get these in your body is with natural foods unless you have confluent drusen in your retina (see [email protected]). ...Read more

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I'm on Zoloft (sertraline) and it has made my dry eyes worse and has made me sensitive to light. Will the side effects go away? Do I need to worry about vision?

I'm on Zoloft (sertraline) and it has made my dry eyes worse and has made me sensitive to light.   Will the side effects go away?  Do I need to worry about vision?

Maybe: Sertraline (Zoloft) is an effective antidepressant and anti-anxiety agent (it appears that your issue is anxiety).

Common side effects include dry mouth and stomach upset.

Generally side effects resolve within 2-4 weeks.

I would consult with your psychiatrist about whether or not you should continue this medication, DO NOT discontinue this medication on your own. ...Read more

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Refresh liquigel eye drops works amazing for my dry eyes more than any eye drop. Side effects using gel? Long term? How many times dy is ok?

Refresh liquigel eye drops works amazing for my dry eyes more than any eye drop. Side effects using gel? Long term? How many times dy is ok?

No problems: This is an effective but benign eyedrop. It is a good long-lasting lubricant and contains no products which can decay or cause allergic reaction. So you may apply it as often as you need to. ...Read more