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What OTC medications are okay to use while on probation?

What OTC medications are okay to use while on probation?

Depends: As a physician and a law enforcement officer, your use of over the counter medications will depend on the stipulations of your probation. Except for extreme circumstances, plain tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, or Aspirin should be fine. Be cautious, however, about pain medication mixed with decongestants as this sometimes causes problems with probationers. Check with your probation officer. ...Read more

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What cold medications are safe to take while on cardizem?

What cold medications are safe to take while on cardizem?

Decongestants: Be careful of taking decongestants - either nasally or orally- if taking meds to lower your blood pressure. These decongestants can cause your blood pressure to go up or increase. Drinking lots of fluids, hot steam inhalation and using saline nasal sprays are all appropriate. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take melatonin while you are on other medication?

Is it safe to take melatonin while you are on other medication?

Usually, But...: You need to check with the pharmacist who has a list of all your medications and any possible interactions. ...Read more

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What are the safest cold and allergy medicines I can use while pregnant?

What are the safest cold and allergy medicines I can use while pregnant?

Most AHs and NS: The 2008 updated guideline on rhinitis noted that studies on over 200000 pregnant women failed to show any congenital defect from antihistamines. Nasal steroids are also safe although budesonide is the only one studied and consider Cat. B for pregnancy. In the 1st trimester, avoid Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or hydroxyzine since this is the period congenistal defect occurs. Avoid oral decongestant as well. ...Read more

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What OTC pain meds are ok to take while pregnant?

What OTC pain meds are ok to take while pregnant?

Tylenol (acetaminophen): Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe during all parts of pregnancy. Anti-inflammatory medicines like advil (ibuprofen) can be safe at some stages of pregnancy but not others so check with your obstetrician before taking anything other than tylenol. ...Read more

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Can i take over-the-counter medication for allergy while pregnant? If so, what is safe?

Can i take over-the-counter medication for allergy while pregnant? If so, what is safe?

Antihistamine: Most otc antihistamines are considered category b for pregnancy. There is also a category b rx nasal steroid as well. ...Read more

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Is red yeast rice safe to use for lowering my LDL . And should I be taking some other drug to counter act the side effects, if any?

Is red yeast rice safe to use for lowering my LDL .    And should I be taking some other drug to counter act the side effects, if any?

Depends on brand...: Red yeast rice contains several natural forms of a class of drugs called statins. Lipitor, (atorvastatin) zocor, Crestor are all statins. The safety profile is similar to these prescription drugs. Pharmaceutical companies put pressure on the fda to put pressure on nutraceutical companies to remove the active ingredient. Herbal actives by nature's plus still contains it, others do not. Coq10, 300mg for s.E.'s. ...Read more

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What are some safe things to use (prescription or non prescription) for psoriaris during pregnancy?

What are some safe things to use (prescription or non prescription) for psoriaris during pregnancy?

Topical steroids: Topical steroids do not cross the placenta, though you should not use them for too long at a time, nor too extensively. Selsun blue shampoo as a body wash gives some relief, as well. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of using diet pills if your under 18? Im under 18, and i would like to use diet pills. Will it harm my health to use them?

What are the side effects of using diet pills if your under 18? Im under 18, and i would like to use diet pills. Will it harm my health to use them?

How old are you?: Is your bmi 30 or above and if you've been unsuccessful with diet and exercise alone, it would be reasonable to add appetite suppressants to a physician supervised program of proper nutrition and adequate exercise. It also depends on other health conditions you have and medications you may be on. Side effects include increased heart rate, insomnia, dry mouth, constipation. Talk to your doctor! ...Read more

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I cannot use dextromethorphan due to other medication i take. Is there any prescription orover the counter cough suippressant i can take?

I cannot use dextromethorphan due to other medication i take.   Is there any prescription orover the counter cough suippressant i can take?

Benzonatate: benzonatate plus or minus guaifenesin is an alternate. I assume the conflicting meds you take are one of the SSRI or SSNRI antidepressants. The conflict is that concurrent use may cause the serotonin syndrome. ...Read more

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Are there any relaxants that I can take while on a anti-seizure medication?

Are there any relaxants that I can take while on a anti-seizure medication?

Seizures relaxants: Some relaxants can be used in combination as an anti-epileptic with seizure meds, as klonopin, (clonazepam) ativan. Your doc can guide you further. ...Read more

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Modafinil and Norimin. Do I need to use alternate contraceptives if these are taken together on a weekly basis?

Modafinil and Norimin. Do I need to use alternate contraceptives if these are taken together on a weekly basis?

Potentially: According to the package insert on Mondafinil it may decrease the effectiveness of contraception. An IUD may be a better option for you than birth control pills. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a multivitamin everyday? I'm not on any medication. And also, are they effective?

Is it safe to take a multivitamin everyday? I'm not on any medication. And also, are they effective?

Yes it is and needed: In addition to a balance diet of Complex Carbs, Quality Proteins (plant and/or animal) and Essential Fats, a quality MVI (multivitamin) is an important consideration & is effective. Because our soils have been possibly over-farmed, we are losing some of the nutrient value of the produce grown. And, for that reason, along with the fact that most people eat a SAD (Standard American Diet), a MVI (multivitamin) should be added. ...Read more

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What OTC meds can be taken while on the prescription nadolol for headaches?

What OTC meds can be taken while on the prescription nadolol  for headaches?

Most all: Nadolol is a beta blocker similar to inderal. The main side effect is on the rhythm of the heart and low blood pressure. Usual pain medications are safe and appropriate including aspirin, tylenol, (acetaminophen) ibuprofen, be careful about the caffeine content. ...Read more

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I am taking methimazole and metoprolol to treat hyperthyroidism. Are there any OTC drugs I should not take at the same time?

I am taking methimazole and metoprolol to treat hyperthyroidism.  Are there any OTC drugs I should not take at the same time?

Hyperthyroidism: Hi. As long as your hyperthyroidism is treated, any OTC drugs should be OK. Once the methimazole dose is effectively adjusted to attain normal thyroid function, you'll be able to stop the metoprolol, and that will be even better. Good luck! ...Read more

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What kind of drugs can be taken while using roacutane? And why is alcohol forbidden?

What kind of drugs can be taken while using roacutane? And why is alcohol forbidden?

liver toxicity: Roaccutane (isotretinoin) is generally given for severe recalcitrant cystic acne. It has a host of potential side effects but one of the most important is its effect on the liver. You don't want to take any medications or consume alcohol that would also have toxicity on the liver and amplify the affects of the isotretinoin. Your doctor will check your liver functions periodically. ...Read more