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What can vitamins/medications can prevent premenstrual migraines?

What can vitamins/medications can prevent premenstrual migraines?

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

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24 year old female who is getting bald. Should I take specific vitamins/medication/oils? I tried minoxidil it didn't work.

24 year old female who is getting bald. Should I take specific vitamins/medication/oils? I tried minoxidil it didn't work.

Workup: There are a number of potential reasons for hair loss. Recommend a dermatological assessment to see if cause can be determined. That would allow for a specific targeted treatment plan. Take care. ...Read more

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I've noticed vitamins/medications coming out in my stool post colectomy. How can I be sure that birth control pills are fully absorbed and effective?

I've noticed vitamins/medications coming out in my stool post colectomy. How can I be sure that birth control pills are fully absorbed and effective?

Should be okay: Birth control pills are mostly absorbed in the stomach. As long as you don't have any other bowel motility issues, you should receive an effective dose of hormone from the pill. On the other hand, there are many alternative contraceptives that you may consider. ...Read more

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Are vitamins considered medications too?

Are vitamins considered medications too?

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 more

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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?

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

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Do you know of side effects if I take vitamins and medication at the same time?

Do you know of side effects if I take vitamins and medication at the same time?

Yes: The absorption of some medications, like thyroid medications and some antibiotic will be blocked by taking calcium with it. You should always tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking supplements so they can advise you of potential medication interactions. ...Read more

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I hear a lot about vitamin C and how good it is for you, is it a good idea to incorporate it in with other vitamins and medications. Tyvm

I hear a lot about vitamin C and how good it is for you, is it a good idea to incorporate it in with other vitamins and medications. Tyvm

Fresh fruit: Fresh fruits and vegetables are natural sources of vitamin C (especially citric fruits like lemons, limes and oranges). Additional supplements don't hurt but have not been shown to help. ...Read more

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Any vitamins or medications that would help with chronic fatigue syndrome?

Any vitamins or medications that would help with chronic fatigue syndrome?

Vitamins no, meds yes: There are meds which can be often very helpful in chronic fatigue states. Before starting meds be sure you have been evaluated for other possible causes. I would also urge a sleep study as well. ...Read more

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My urine is bright neon yellow (not goldish at all), but I'm not taking any vitamins or medications other than birth control. What could be the cause?

My urine is bright neon yellow (not goldish at all), but I'm not taking any vitamins or medications other than birth control. What could be the cause?

Urine Color: The color of your urine can be changed by dyes in foods, medications, drinks, disease and by ingesting dyes. If you changed the brand of BCP or the generic version it could cause this. The urinary tract medicine pyridium (phenazopyridine) is a common cause as well. Liver disease can cause this as well. If you have any yellowing of the whites of your eyes or this does not resolve seek medical care ...Read more

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I'm 30, mom of 15 mo. Was on prenatal during pregnancy. I don't take any vitamins or medications. Feel lack of energy. What vitamins should I take?

I'm 30, mom of 15 mo. Was on prenatal during pregnancy. I don't take any vitamins or medications. Feel lack of energy. What vitamins should I take?

Prenatal: If you are breast feeding you should keep taking your prenatal vitamins, you are giving a lot of nourishment to your child. You should also get checked to make sure you aren't anemic, sometimes that can cause fatigue. You should for sure take omega fatty acids. If you are still breast feeding don't use fish oil, best bet is actually chia seeds, they are high in omegas, and also proteins. ...Read more

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Are vitamins considered a medication or something else?

Are vitamins considered a medication or something else?

Vitamins: Are considered supplements. There are some powerful vitamins, sometimes called nutriceuticals, but still supplements. ...Read more

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Are there any medications, vitamins or herbs to avoid with tamixifen?

Are there any medications, vitamins or herbs to avoid with tamixifen?

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 more

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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

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What is the best over-the-counter medication/vitamin for pms?

What is the best over-the-counter medication/vitamin for pms?

Vitex/chasteberry: The herb vitex aka chasteberry does have some research support in improving pms symptoms:

http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/11129515

calcium may also be helpful:

http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/10763903. ...Read more

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I have Hemoglobin (low iron) is there anything I can do? Or any medications, vitamins I could take to fix this?

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

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Are there any medications, vitamins, foods, or practices (e.g., exercise, meditation) shown to decrease SHBG levels?

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

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Is there a way to naturally treat restless leg syndrome without medication, vitamins or herbs?

Is there a way to naturally treat restless leg syndrome without medication, vitamins or herbs?

In summary, Yes!: 1. Adhere to healthy sleep habits.
2. Avoid substances that worsen RLS (e.g. Alcohol, caffeine, some prescription medications)
3. Daily exercise.

Please consult with a local sleep medicine specialist for further information. ...Read more

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Other than age, thyroid, diet, and medication/vitamins, what medical conditions would cause suddenly shortened periods of a healthy female? (18 days)

Irregular periods: Not a whole lot. I would have your FSH, LH, estradiol, TSH levels checked for starters. Follow up with your GYN doctor as well for an exam ...Read more

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Is it safe to take multivitamins with xanax (alprazolam)? . Better yet is it safe to take multivitamins with any medication since it's vitamins and not medication?

Is it safe to take multivitamins with xanax (alprazolam)? . Better yet is it safe to take multivitamins with any medication since it's vitamins and not medication?

Yes, it's safe: It is safe and there are no interactions. The use of multivitamins is so ingrained in our society. If you eat healthy and right, there is no need to take and spend money on all those multivitamins. Your food has them. You can google the latest studies on multivitamins and you'll be surprised. ...Read more

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Is there any medication, vitamins or hair oil for premature grey hair? What cause premature grey hair?

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 more

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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

I suffer facial and neck swelling one day post vitamin d supliment medication biodal 50000iu. Shall I stop it or reduce dosage? Pls advise

Related?: No way of knowing whether your neck swelling is in any way related to the vitamin d or is something entirely different. Advice would be to not take it again and go and see a doctor and be evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

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What things such as lotions, antibiotics, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and food or drinks, make birth control less effective?

What things such as lotions, antibiotics, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and food or drinks, make birth control less effective?

Mainly antibiotics: Antibiotics may affect the bacteria in the gut that can interfere with absorbing the pill.
There are some meds that alter gastric motility and that can affect things as well. ...Read more

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I'm 16, I hate my breast size. Is there anyway I can make them grow naturally without surgery? Any medications/ vitamins? Anything?!?! Thanks.

I'm 16, I hate my breast size. Is there anyway I can make them grow naturally without surgery? Any medications/ vitamins? Anything?!?! Thanks.

Breast size: There are no medications/vitamins or treatments that can make your breast grow naturally. Your body has not matured completely. You must give yourself and your body the respect that it deserves to allow it to do what it does naturally. ...Read more

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I'm 16, & I hate my breast size. Is there any way I can help them grow naturally without surgery? Medication/ vitamins? Anything at all?!? Thanks.

I'm 16, & I hate my breast size. Is there any way I can help them grow naturally without surgery? Medication/ vitamins? Anything at all?!? Thanks.

Breast size: No, I am sorry. The media demands that we live up to a certain appearance - tall, thin, beautiful skin, large breasts, small hips, etc. As a young woman, you are a target and it's all about companies getting rich by selling you clothes, makeup, plastic surgery. You are still developing and so will your breasts. Embrace who you are and the beautiful woman you will become. ...Read more