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What Drugs Work As A Diuretic
By strict definition, a diuretic is any medicine causing increased urination. More practically, a diuretic is a medicine causing the kidney to secrete excess fluid by blocking the re-absorption of either water itself or electrolytes like sodium (primarily), potassium, chloride and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). These medicines are effective treatments for many disorders including ...Read more
Mycratine: First, although this proprietary product is marketed as "homeopathic, " it's not homeopathic in its use. It's not prescribed by a careful, individualized case-taking, and is a "complex" that isn't described on the label. It's also had no homeopathic provings (the method by which 3000+ other homeopathic remedies are studied and their effects discovered). Company testimonials say it works, though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Causes sleep: Propofol brings about sleep quickly and allows a patient to wake up quickly, with few side effects and very little nausea. It is useful at the start of general anesthesia or as a sedative by itself. Valium can be a good sedative but it lasts a long time in the system. It also can cause prolonged amnesia, which Propofol will not. Propofol must be given only under anesthesiologist supervision. ...Read more
IBS drugs: Once ibs has been confirmed (disease states excluded), treatment is symptom-directed. In your case, is your goal to address pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloating/gassiness, or variable stools? What have you tried so far, and with what success? Have sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), lactose intolerance, celiac disease been ruled out? ...Read more
Buspirone given as a physicians prescription for 2x's daily. I will do this. As a point aside, would this medication work on a "as needed" basis?
Not first line Rx.: Pilot study in 1990's suggested possible benefit after failure of other therapies. ...Read more
Reason taking?: If you are taking it for blood pressure, there are multiple non-beta blocker options available, including ACE inhibitors, ARBs, calcium channel blockers, thiazide diuretics, etc. If you are taking it to slow a rapid heart rate condition, then non-dihydropididine calcium channel blockers, diltiazem or verapamil, may be options. ...Read more
Not really: Coffee ( due to the caffeine) may pick up a person and energize them. In doing so it may temporarily relieve some of the symptoms of depression such as fatigue, tiredness and lack of energy . However, coffee does not treat depression and if it is present it would be helpful to have an evaluation by a psychiatrist or other mental health professional. ...Read more
Very few OTC drugs!: There are few otc weight loss drugs that work for any duration without tolerance, and rapid weight gain ocurring with cessation. Good nutritional support is your best bet, combined with exercise. That having been said, ephedrine, guarance, phenylpropanolamine, caffeine, provided you do not od on these, can be taken with enbrel (etanercept). ...Read more
I know topamax (topiramate) for migraine also works as appetite suppressant, but what is the chemical reason? Does metabolism change or just taste for foods/amts?
Does stimulant ADHD medications give effects from the first pill or it needs 4-6 weeks to benefit like non stimulant meds ?
Few days: Stimulants like Adderall or Ritalin (methylphenidate) usually take a few doses to work well. It may take weeks to find exactly the correct dose for each patient. This is the difficult part. If you are also taking other medications, your physician may want to increase your dose more slowly. Lastly, if you are taking all the medications you listed, you may have serious medication interactions. Talk to your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What type of damage can taking a lot of illegal drug such as crystal, coke, dab, mushroom in 48 hour do to you?
Lamotrigine for migraines, "visual snow," tinnitus...? Gabapentin doesn't do enough for me, doc recommended this as an option, how common are the side effects? What do you think of this drug as an option? He talked about other anti-epileptics like Depak
My opinion: I am NOT impressed with either lamotrigine or gabapentin, as preventatives for migraine headaches, and feel that Depakote, beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, and topirimate are far superior. OTC remedies also work, such as butterbur, riboflavin, CoQ10, magnesium, feverfew. BOTOX also. ?headache specialist? ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is it safe to take generic medicine with same formulation as a branded one? I am talking about hypertension controlling drugs here
Why does lyrica (pregabalin) sometimes give depression as side-effect. And for instance GHB is sometimes used as an anti-deppresant? Is it that big of a diffrence?
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