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Can I take over-the-counter fish oil instead if lovaza? It's very expensive. Does cost justify benefits vs otc?

Can I take over-the-counter fish oil instead if lovaza? It's very expensive. Does cost justify benefits vs otc?

You can, but....: Otc does not carry the same guarantee of purity and may not work as well. Some sources otc are very good while others aren't. The less expensive it is, the less likelihood of purity and effectiveness. ...Read more

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Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Yes: If you have Insulin resistance or even diabetes metformin is fine to take. Some people have lost weight on metformin, perhaps due to GI side effects. I haven't heard that it can interfere with diet pills but those can be dangerous on their own. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter antiemetic?

What is the best over-the-counter antiemetic?

Several good ones: But best depends on cause of emesis: viral/bacterial gastroenteritis/food poisoning: emetrol, pepto-bismol, kaopectate; dizziness/seasickness: dramamine, (dimenhydrinate) bonine. Precautions: emetrol used with caution in diabetics; pepto causes black tongue/mouth/stools; dramamine/bonine can cause drowsiness & may exacerbate glaucoma. If in doubt, ask your fp/pediatrician. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter wrinkle medicine?

What is the best over-the-counter wrinkle medicine?

Here's a list: 1. Sunscreen for prevention
2. Retinol for treatment.
3. Everything else is by prescription, like retin-a, or botox. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter medicine for ezcema?

What is the best over-the-counter medicine for ezcema?

OTC creams, etc...: To treat mild or moderate eczema, Hydrocortisone 1% cream (use a thin coat on the rash, twice a day, for 5-10 days) is cheap, found at most stores and works well. A daily moisturizing cream (cetaphil, cerave, eucerin, etc.) used 2-4 times a day helps to heal eczema & to prevent return of the rash. One can avoid creams with lanolin, aloe, or fragrances if sensitive to the ingredients. Avoid soaps. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter medication to treat excema?

What is the best over-the-counter medication to treat excema?

Crisco shortening: Use it over dry skin patches and cover it with wet then dry gauze overnight, you can also use vaseline, they beat most fancy shmancy creams.. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter medications for bronchitis?

What is the best over-the-counter medications for bronchitis?

Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM: Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm has Guaifenesin that breaks up mucous and dextromethorphan that helps stop the cough. Drink plenty of fluids and change your toothbrush. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter medicine to take for stress?

What is the best over-the-counter medicine to take for stress?

Non-Medical!: Individual and collective stress is endemic. Some stress is appropriate ("a lion is chasing me"...!) but most, however, is inappropriate and caused by an overactive and automatic "firing" of these "sympathetic" defense mechanisms.

We have to "unlearn" them in a natural and automatic way so they don't exhaust us and shorten our lives. Meditation techniques are superior to any rx. Check out t.M. ...Read more

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I'm a paraplegic who must do a bowl program daily. What is the best over-the-counter meds to help me stay regular?

I'm a paraplegic who must do a bowl program daily. What is the best over-the-counter meds to help me stay regular?

Senna/Colace: Senna and colace (docusate sodium) are a good. Senna is a natural stimulant and colace (docusate sodium) is a stool softner. These should be taken daily to keep movements regular. They may have to be regulated if the consistency is not ideal. Otc suppositories are also important to initiate the bm and should be used about 30min before toileting. I hope you learned all of this in rehab. You should see a physiatrist. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter preparation for blemishes?

What is the best over-the-counter preparation for blemishes?

Salicylic acid wash: Getting started on a cleanser that has salicylic acid in it can help control breakouts. Beyond that there are many topicals available that most people are resistent to; which is why they are over the counter and not that useful. Review your situation with your doctor and start a plan of management that will be helpful to your type of acne. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter medication for a horrible cold?

What is the best over-the-counter medication for a horrible cold?

Depends on symptoms: The trick to treating a cold is to prioritize the worst of the symptoms. For example, if you have a stuffy nose, prioritize medicines for stuffiness, such as Pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine. Oxymetazoline (afrin (oxymetazoline) nose spray) is excellent and can be used with pills, but only for 3 days. For cough try mucinex-dm max strength- which has high dose guaifenesin. Ask pharm for help if you have high bp. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter sleep medicine?

What is the best over-the-counter sleep medicine?

Preferably none: The best treatment for insomnia is finding the underlying cause. Sometimes medicines are needed but first meet with a doctor to see if they are needed. Also, other than melatonin, most other over the counter sleep aids just contain Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and don't truly give one the quality sleep that is needed. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter anti inflammatory?

What is the best over-the-counter anti inflammatory?

Nsaids: There is really no best over the counter nsaid.
Ibuprofen comes in many varieties such as motrin, advil, nuprin
etc while Aleve (naproxen) is the otc variety of naprosyn.
Aleve (naproxen) probably works a little faster but is more likely to irritate
your stomach.
There are prescription nsaids which are less likely to bother your
stomach. ...Read more

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What is the best over the counter. Med to reduce fever?

What is the best over the counter. Med to reduce fever?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin: Fever reducing medications (antipyretics) include tylenol (acetaminophen) (acetominophen) and motrin/advil (ibuprofen). Both are equally effective. However, remember that fever is a symptom, not a disease. Symptoms need to be explored to find the cause. Best to consult with your doctor before starting a fever reducing medication. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter medicine for allergies?

What is the best over-the-counter medicine for allergies?

It depends: You have to be cautious with any medication. Some antihistamines may cause you to be drowsy and impair you specially when driving, others do not have this effect. Read labels carefully and determine what is best for your lifestyle.
Avoidance of triggering factors is useful if you know what you are allergic to.
A visit to the allergist may be in order! ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter weight lost supplements?

What is the best over-the-counter weight lost supplements?

Weight loss: The key to weight loss is not a pill; it is reduced caloric intake (especially sugars & starches) & increased caloric use (=exercise). Controlling portions, avoiding unhealthful snack & fast foods & sugary drinks reduce calorie intake. Walking, swimming, pool aerobics, activities involving large groups of muscles burn off extra calories. These measures work long term. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter product for treating eczema?

What is the best over-the-counter product for treating eczema?

Depends: This is difficult to answer because it depends on the location on the body. In addition, there are certain moisturizers that we can rec. But when the skin is really bad a topical steroid, usually prescription, is given. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter medication for eczema in children?

What is the best over-the-counter medication for eczema in children?

Olive oil: For our kids in alaska (where we know about eczema!), we just put a little olive oil in their bath water every day and that worked great. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the best over-the-counter sleep med. I have tried melatonin but it doesn't really help?

Help please? What is the best over-the-counter sleep med. I have tried melatonin but it doesn't really help?

Antihistamines: Hi. Melatonin doesn't work for everyone. Try diphenhidramine 25 before bed. May increase to 50 mg. Can cause drowsiness the next morning, urinary retention, and dry mouth. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter meds or way to cleanse your system? Want to cleanse my system because have never done it other than a laxative.

What is the best over-the-counter meds or way to cleanse your system? Want to cleanse my system because have never done it other than a laxative.

Not necessary: Intestinal tract normally cleans itself. Many people require laxatives or stool softners if bowels can not be regulated by diet alone. Various so called spa treatments, bowel "cleansing treatments" & high colonics etc. Vary from unnecessary to somewhat fraudulent. They only truly benefit those receiving payment. Don't ask the provider about benefits, they are biased & have mortgage payments. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter for teeth bleaching?

What is the best over-the-counter for teeth bleaching?

Crest: Crest white strips may be best, but ck with your dentist first to make sure they will not cause a problem for you. Teeth and gums have to be healthy or you can do damage. Follow package directions to the letter. Note that bleaching agents will not change color of restorations, just natural teeth. Dentist supervised bleaching more efficient than otc. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter sleeping pills?

What is the best over-the-counter sleeping pills?

OTC sleeping pill: Best sleep aid is to find & treat the cause of lack of sleep. Some otc sleep aids are melatonin for occasional insomnia. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter cream for eczema?

What is the best over-the-counter cream for eczema?

You can try these: Cerave, cetaphil moisturizing cream, aveeno (oatmeal), eucerin brand, aquaphor ointment. Use skin cleansers eg cetaphil, moisturel, aveeno (oatmeal), neutrogena or aquaphor skin cleansers instead of soap. Of course, if the eczema is of moderate severity, you will need a script for moderate potency steroids or higher. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter anti-allergy medication?

What is the best over-the-counter anti-allergy medication?

Depends: While it does depend somewhat as to what allergy you are treating, zyrtec and Allegra (fexofenadine) (generics are fine) are now both over the counter, non-sedating, and well tolerated by most people. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine to use?

What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine to use?

Allergy medications: Unfortunately there is no "best" brand. Different patients respond better to one medication than to another. Loratadine, diphenhydramine, fexofenadine and certrizine are all effective. ...Read more