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I suffer facial and neck swelling one day post vitamin d supliment medication biodal 50000iu. Shall i stop it or reduce dosage? Pls advise
Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, mucous membranes, and skin. It is also known as retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye. Vitamin A promotes good vision, especially in low light. It may also be needed ...Read more
Vitamin d deficiency I am only able to sleep 3-4 hours before needing to wake up to make a number one? In addition i find myself going a lot during the day as well. I am 26 years old on no medications. My diet consists of grilled chicken cesar salad fo
Dr : Dr lin provided excellent input. Your diet is extremely restrictive. There is a rainbow of colors when it comes to vegetables and fruits. Each contain different enzymes. To get a balance, you need to be eating a variety of colors. It is not surprising that your vitamin d levels are low with your limited food intake. Since you do not appear to take in red meat, you may also have a low carnitine level. I very much agree with the recommendation of working with a nutritionist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am 13 weeks pregnant. I am on Synthroid (thyroxine) 50 mcg and citranatal DHA vitamins. I also had a hepatitis at an age of 5. Can i eat two grapefruits a day or will it interact with medications listed above?
Doubtful: 2 grapefruits will not interfere with your mediciation; however, can interfere with other mediciations and antibiotics: check with your OB-GYN. ...Read more
What makes you gain weight any vitamin or medication i can take ? I don't really have an appetite to eat so what can I do to gain 20lbs atleast?
An approach....: First make sure you don't have a severe life- threatening illness preventing you from gaining weight. That will require seeing a clinician. Once done consider other variables: dietary protein, digestion, absorption. I start with a plant based, anti-inflammatory, low glycemic, hormonally correct protein powder (1-2x/day) that is also chock full of vitamins, trace minerals, and enzymes. ...Read more
Yes: Vitamins are medications when they are used to treat a given condition caused by the deficiency of that vitamin. By definition, a vitamin is a substance that needs to be present in a very small quantity to maintain health. "vita" life, "min" miniscule or very small. Examples being scurvy, the deficiency of vitamin c, or rickets the deficiency of vitamin d. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many meds, also...: 327 (!) medications are known to interact with tamoxifen- not all seriously. The prescribing doc should supply this info! see http://www.Drugs.Com/drug-interactions/tamoxifen.Html the main herb that can interact is st john's wort. Gla, melatonin and tocotrienols may have supportive interactions- see http://www.Evitamins.Com/encyclopedia/assets/drug/tamoxifen/~default. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Together is fine: You do not need set number of hours, you can take them together or apart, whatever fits your schedule. ...Read more
Yes, however...: You don't say which medication but it is safe to take B12 with all medications, but it should not be taken at the same time as tetracycline (take at least an hour apart). Many medications reduce absorption & thus increase our need for B12. I advise sublingual or chewable methylcobalamin. See http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-b12-cobalamin & http://bit.ly/1cBhjvn. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there any vitamin/medication that i can take so that when i go to the sun i get a tan and not red ?
What are some of medication/vitamins you need to take when you are trying for babies? Am 27 years old.
Prenatal vitamins: Prenatal vitamins are typically full of b vitamins especially folate (folic acid) which if taken prior to getting pregnant lowers risk of spinal tube defects. Some studies suggest benefit to fish (oil) but that data is still early. Otherwise, best to check w/your family doc or OB for their specific recommendations given where you live & your specific medical, surgical & obstetric history. ...Read more
Want to start taking Rainbow Light One Women's vitamin, does the herbal blend react with any medications?
Rainbow Light One: Woman's vitamin seems to be a pretty good multiple vitamin, but as with any chemical you put in your body, it can interact with other ones/medications.Specific herbs that interact with the medicines you list you are taking are St. John's Wort, tryptophan, ginkgo. Your best bet is to go online to a drug interaction site and list your vitamin and each Rx med you are taking. Better: get vits in diet! ...Read more
Is there anything that i can do to improve my fertility? Any medication or vitamins i can take that are inexpensive?
Trying for pregnancy: A healthy lifestyle doesn't hurt, but most likely will not improve chances. If you have any risk factors like prior pelvic infection, you shouldsee a doctor since your fallopian tubes might be blocked. Otherwise, the best chances for pregnancy are by having intercourse at least every other day a few days before and around the time of ovulation. (usually 14 days before your expected period). ...Read more
Migraine prevention: Migraine prevention is normally recommended when headaches occur 2 or more days per week. They work best when they are used continuously. Substances known to help prevent migraines include magnesium, butterbur, amitriptyline, topiramate, propranolol, and vitamin B2. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Are there any medications, vitamins, foods, or practices (e.g., exercise, meditation) shown to decrease SHBG levels?
Some say.....: This is an area w/ adherents and skeptics. The positive things I've heard are related to fish oil - but even they warn about too much. Goldilocks lives! Too much is bad - too little is bad - you need to finf "Just right"! I've always liked moderation, so not a problem. Read about it online. http://www.livestrong.com/article/476813-how-to-lower-shbg-levels-in-men-with-fish-oils/ ...Read more
Are there any vitamins and minerals that are advised NOT to take whilst on Levothyroxine medication ?
Why deficient?: Thanks for writing. I trust this is laboratory-proved. You are in danger. If you have become B12 deficient through a vegetarian diet, i hope you'll reconsider this lifestyle, which despite much hype actually offers little benefit and many dangers, or that you'll supplement. If you have a problem absorbing B12 (several possibilities), it's a lifetime on injectable b12, which isn't bad. Good luck. ...Read more
I have Hemoglobin (low iron) is there anything I can do ? Or any medications, vitamins I could take to fix this?
Ok then: we all have hemoglobin. Some have low hemoglobin (anemia), of which one of the types of anemia is due to low iron. Discuss with your doctor as this is many times due to blood loss, and it's sometimes necessary to treat what's causing the iron deficiency, and not just replacing iron. But in meantime you can probably start some simple Iron supplements. The pharmacist can point them out to you. ...Read more
Is there any effect if medications such as antibiotics and vitamins taken at the same time? Will vitamins cause sickness sometimes?
I know you should not take probiotics within 2 hours of medications, but can I take them at the same time as my vitamin & calcium pills?
Probiotics: You should be fine.Get a more detailed answer ›
Just turned 60. Exercise and eat pretty good. Have never taken vitamins. 6', 183 lbs.--should I start? Take medication for hypertension...
Only if diagnosed : You need to take medications for Hypertension only if diagnosed and not controlled by non-pharmaceutical means. To make the diagnosis you need to have your blood pressure measured as there are no symptoms of Hypertension. Otherwise continue what you are doing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes usually this is safe.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is it ok to be on preventive vitamin supplements while being on the medication for the particular disease?
Is there any medication, vitamins or hair oil for premature grey hair? What cause premature grey hair?
No known solution: Pigmentation in follicles require proper 1)production of melanin (the pigment) and 2)the proper transfer of melanin into the follicles. If either of these steps is amiss, we will grey. In a healthy individual, when we start to grey is genetically programed. In an extreme situation such as starvation or malnutrition, we will experience hair loss, reduce melanin production, and thus greying. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a doctor: Not sure what you mean by over active nervous system, but need a comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more
Is there really a best time on taking medications? Like Claritin (loratadine) and prenatal vitamins?
If my urine is bright orange with red tent what does that mean? I do not take any medication or Vitamins.
Red tinted urine: You may have trace blood in your urine. A urinalysis can confirm this. It is important to check this right away, because blood in your urine can be dangerous and a source must be identified. Also, you can get a blood test for bilirubin levels, since abnormal bilirubin levels change urine color. Some foods like carrots, blackberries, beets, and rhubarb can turn your pee a pink color. ...Read more
Ok turmeric and ala don't work - what are alternative OTC vitamin/herbs good for lupus to go with my medications :) ?
None, but...: There aren't any otc herbs, vitamins, or supplements that treat lupus, but that may be a good thing. Once a person has lupus, she has an autoimmune disease. Her immune system is no longer working right. However, it would be quite frightening if companies were selling over-the-counter herbs, vitamins, or supplements that were strong enough to alter the function of people's immune systems. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Which medications should I stop before the allergy test. And for how long should I stop them is it three days or 1 week is vitamins ok to take?
Antihistamines: Vitamins are ok. Primarily it is antihistamines that are the issue, and need to be avoided for a week prior to the test. Some for 5 days, depends on the allergist and the method of testing. Beware of antihistamines now in nasal sprays and eyedrops. Plus certain pysch drugs (notably antidepressants). Tests should include + and - control tests; + control doesn't show positive? Problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very,?blood thinners: Hemp seed oil has the ideal mix of essential omega 3 & 6 fatty acids as well as other beneficial compounds & is arguably the healthiest oil (though not good for cooking). There are no known interactions but because it is a natural blood thinner caution should be used if on blood thinners. See http://www.ratical.org/renewables/TherapHoil.html & http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/272024.php. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer