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What Over The Counter Medicines Are Safe
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)
I have common colds, cough and TMJ dysfunction. there are different over-the-counter and prescription drugs that i should take, is it safe?
Drug safety: I agree with Dr Sandler. Do not self medicate. Use medications that are recommended or prescribed by your physician or dentist. TMJ dysfunction is usually caused by either chronic teeth grinding and/or clenching, or a bad bite. See your dentist for diagnosis and treatment. Medication will not cure TMJ dysfunction. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is it safe to use a different over-the-counter yeast infection medicine right after the first one I completed but didn't really clear all my symptoms?
I've got a headache, sore throat, runny nose&cough and breastfeeding is there any over-the-counter medicine that is safe to take & which aren't.?
Breast feeding cold: For the headache, tylenol (acetaminophen) is perfectly safe to take. For the runny nose you can safely use either brompheniramine (an antihistamine) or an over-the-counter nasal spray like afrin or neosynephrine. The only caution with the nose sprays is not to use them for more than 3 days. ...Read more
Varies by insurance.: It all depends on your insurance company. Some insurance plans cover over-the-counter medications. For example, in california, medicaid covers things like generic tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin without any co-pay. Private insurance plans may be different. Usually the best way to find out this information is through the insurer's website. Sometimes finding the info is hard, however, even for doctors! ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the medication. If it has no controls anyone with money can purchase the medication unless there are other particular state regulations. ...Read more
Prevent/Control LPR: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid,nexium). See a GI doctor if persistent. ...Read more
No: Most people reach their maximum height in their late teens. Without nutritional problems or chronic childhood illnesses, height is largely based on genetics and parental heights. Aside from eating right, exercising, sleeping well, and being happy, there's not much a person nor his doctor can do to increase height. In rare cases, growth hormone is approved for use in younger, extremely short kids. ...Read more
Had an headache for three weeks with no help with the over-the-counter medicines please help. What should I do?
R/O TENSION HA: The 4 basic headaches are Tension, Sinus,migraine and cluster. The muscles that originate at the base of the neck insert near the temple. Rest /ice and a darkened room may help. Also a NSAID like Aleve (naproxen) /daypro. Muscle relaxant ie KLONOPIN/ FLEXERIL . Meditation/Yoga/Biofeedback. GF DIET WHOLEAPPROACH.com You need a full exam an blood work to be through. If symptoms worsen seek medical evaluation ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am 23 years old and I am suffering with an internal hemnorhoid. I have used over the counter medicines such as Anusol with no success. Any advice?
Hemorrhoids: If you have tried OTC products and it still bothers you - you should see a proctologist ...Read more
Tylenol (acetaminophen)?: This type of condition can be severe and debilitating. Once a diagnosis of sciatica has been made, effective management of sciatica involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education, 2) nonpharmacological management (e.g. acupuncture, CBT), and 3) pharmacological (medical) management. See an international pain specialist for evaluation and professional management. ...Read more
Chronic sinusitis: Salt water washes twice daily would be a great start. Adding a nasal saline mist three to four times per day would help to keep moisture present. And a non-sedating antihistamine would be the final thing to consider. Never afrin or dristan. Sudafed also has many unwanted side effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some ideas: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
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