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I have interstitial cystitis.I want to know if taken vitamin B2 (riboflavin) will make it get worst? I know B12 does.

I have interstitial cystitis.I want to know if taken vitamin B2 (riboflavin) will make it get worst? I know B12 does.

It depends...: Not everybody with interstitial cystitis reacts the same way. Many do find that a b complex irritates their bladder, but often they can tolerate some b's individually. Some find b6 and B12 irritating while others have no problem with those. Vitamin b2 is not particularly irritating to the bladder but the only way to find out how it affects you is to try it. Start with a low dose. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. William Harris
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Painful Bladder Syndrome (Definition)

Pbs is also called interstitial cystitis (ic). It is a chronic condition of the bladder that causes pain in the pelvis and low abdomen. The exact cause is unknown but seems to have some correlation with endometriosis and is more common in women. There is a lot of research by urogynecology and urology trying to better understand what causes it and how to treat it. Diet has ...Read more


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Is there any herbal product helpful in treating interstitial cystitis?

Cysta Q: Product by farr labs based on one study for ic & one on prostate. Both done by dr. D. A. Shoskes. The ic study had 22 patients. Neither study was good. And from the search i did, i could not find a randomized placebo trail. As with many treatment for ic, some patients may find benifit but this has not been my experience in treating my patients. However, i haven't seen any harm in trying it. ...Read more

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Can you rec some vitamins and herbal supplements or OTC drugs that can help kick heroine addiction?

Can you rec some vitamins and herbal supplements or OTC drugs that can help kick heroine addiction?

There aren't any: The chances of an individual kicking on one's own is very, very low. Opioid withdrawal results in widespread pain, chills, aches/pains, diarrhea and vomiting, as well as anxiety and insomnia. It is usually too severe by day 2-3 for people to stand it, and they use again. Some meds can help a little (tylenol, motrin, pepto bismol) but real help means a doctor helping you. Please get into treatment. ...Read more

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Could you suggest good herbal supplements/vitamins that can help dry eyes or improve vision?

Could you suggest good herbal supplements/vitamins that can help dry eyes or improve vision?

Yes: Oral omega-3's can help dry eyes. I have many patients that have seen the benefits of them with their symptoms for dry eyes. Evoa dry suppliments, thera tears nutrition is another. ...Read more

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Can we really need all these vitamin and herbal supplements?

Can we really need all these vitamin and herbal supplements?

Depends: I usually like to test for levels before telling people they need to take a vitamin. Sometimes guesswork can be used, but i tend not to prefer the 'toss them all in and see what sticks' approach. ...Read more

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What are the best vitamins or herbal supplements for weight lifting?

All of them: Your daily diet requires well over 40 non caloric nutrients that you normally get from "god made"food. Weight lifting comes from training, accompnied by a high calorie diet well supplied with all the vitamins. You might try a well rounded mutivitamin. ...Read more

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What Vitamins or Herbal Supplements would you advise taking to help with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

What Vitamins or Herbal Supplements would you advise taking to help with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic fatigue: Vitamins and herbal supplements are fine but not very likely to control your chronic fatigue syndrome. If you haven't seen your doctor about this please do so. If you have seen the doctor and nothing happened, please ask for a referral to a Sleep doctor. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many different vitamins and herbal supplements can I take at a time?

Can you let me know how many different vitamins and herbal supplements can I take at a time?

Zero: Only take vitamins and supplements that you or your doctor think will fulfill a deficit in your diet. Extra vitamins don't make you "healthier" on daily vitamin is adequate for most people that eat a healthy diet. ...Read more

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I am taking herbal supplements fish oil, estrogen, multiple vitamin, hyaluronic acid, pumpkin seed oil. Are these safe to take with each other?

I am taking herbal supplements fish oil, estrogen, multiple vitamin, hyaluronic acid, pumpkin seed oil. Are these safe to take with each other?

Not really, but why?: Who knows? They may not even be safe by themselves, as you never really know what's in them to begin with. Why are you taking them in the first place. What are you attempting to fix, and how are you going to tell if any of them help -- what criteria are you going to use. They will commonly interact adversely with other supplements and also with prescription meds. Avoid at all costs. ...Read more

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How to get a bigger, buttock, larger breast and curvier hips? With a vitamins or herbal supplements?

How to get a bigger, buttock, larger breast and curvier hips? With a vitamins or herbal supplements?

Neither: Your general shape, which includes all that you've mentioned, is largely determined by genetics. If you are genetically small breasted, supplements won't make them bigger. But you can very much improve the shape of your buttocks and the lift of your breasts with good, regular exercise that involves both cardio and resistance training. You can look fantastic without being large breasted. ...Read more

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Is it safe 2 use at johns wort w/a "super energy up" herbal supplement from vitamin shoppe? And if so how many mg of St. John's wort is ok take daily?

Is it safe 2 use at johns wort w/a "super energy up" herbal supplement from vitamin shoppe? And if so how many mg of St. John's wort is ok take daily?

No way to know . . .: Unfortunately, in the States, dietary supplements such as herbal supplements etc are not regulated by 3rd party. So there's no guarantee of quality, much less safety & efficacy. With that said, St John's wort appears to be a safe herb (http://goo.gl/wNd0nD, http://goo.gl/VQsKpV & http://goo.gl/qeZLII) although I can't vouch for interactions & safety when used w/other supplements. ...Read more

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How do you get tested for ?Interstitial cystitis?

How do you get tested for ?Interstitial cystitis?

Clinically: No labs are useful for diagnosing interstitial cystitis, but the blood vessels on the inner lining of the bladder present a distinctive apperance on cystoscopy. It's a difficult disease and i wish you luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about interstitial cystitis?

Bladder inflammation: Interstitial cystitis is a chronic painful bladder disorder that affects approximately 1 million americans. The exact cause is not known. Symptoms are similar to a bladder infection with urgency to urinate, pain and pressure. Treatments are tailored to individual patients. These may include Elmiron (pentosan) (the first oral medication approved specifically for ic), antihistamines, and pain medications. ...Read more

Interstitial Cystitis (Definition)

Also called interstitial cystitis, this is a chronic condition of the bladder that causes pain in the pelvis and low abdomen. The exact cause is unknown but seems to have some correlation with endometriosis and is more common in women. Ongoing research by urogynecologists and urologists are trying to better understand what causes it and how to treat it. Diet has ...Read more


Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more