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What are good allergy prescription drugs that are available over the counter?

What are good allergy prescription drugs that are available over the counter?

Many: I prefer allegra, (fexofenadine) it is non drowsy and once a day. There is also zyrtec that you should take in the evening as it makes some people tired. ...Read more

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What are the best allergy drugs that are available over the counter?

What are the best allergy drugs that are available over the counter?

3 major ones: Non-sedating are loratidine (claritin), fexofendadine (allegra) and cetirizine (zyrtec). Diphenhydramine is very effective as well but is sedating. ...Read more

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What are over the counter medicines for anal fissure?

What are over the counter medicines for anal fissure?

No good ones: The best course of action is to get an examination done by a general or colorectal surgeon. That doctor will be able to prescribe a course of action that may or may not involve medications. ...Read more

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Are acne pills safe and effective? What kind do you prefer over the counter or in stores/online?

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Are acne pills safe and effective? What kind do you prefer over the counter or in stores/online?

Which ones?: It's very difficult to answer broad open ended questions. Let's assume that you're referring to prescription acne medications. By definition, all have to effective to be approved by FDA for use in States. There has to be some level of safety too. However, some are safer than others. For instance, isotretinoin is safe for female but poses significant birth defect risk. Over-the-counter non-prescrpt ...Read more

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Do you know if there are any of the popular widely used anti-anxiety meds available over the counter?

Do you know if there are any of the popular widely used anti-anxiety meds available over the counter?

In the United States: Over the counter versions of prescribed medications for anxiety to not exist. Other things to due include: deep abdominal breathing progressive muscle relaxation positive mental imagery avoid caffeine avoid alcohol and substance use. ...Read more

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What are some over the counter medicine i can use for vaginal pimples/folliculitis?

What are some over the counter medicine i can use for vaginal pimples/folliculitis?

Folliculitis: I recommend buying a feminine wash with antibacterial soap to cleanse the area. There are no over the counter creams recommended for the area. You need to see a physician to be examined and obtain a prescription for this infection, and to be certain it is not a different problem. ...Read more

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Is there any over the counter medicines that lighten periods??

Is there any over the counter medicines that lighten periods??

Menstrual cycles: No over the counter medicines . Please see your pediatrician if heavy periods . You may need medicine to lighten them . ...Read more

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What are some appetite suppressants? Are they available over the counter?

What are some appetite suppressants? Are they available over the counter?

See below: there are lots of over-the-counter weight loss remedies. Most of them are not very good. The best way to lose weight is first contact your physician and have an examination and describe to him or her, your concerns with weight gain. Finding why you have gained weight is just as important as how you lose it. For some insight. You can go to www.weigh station.net and read our newsletters. ...Read more

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Is there any medication over the counter that I can buy to treat MRSA?

Is there any medication over the counter that I can buy to treat MRSA?

No: MRSA is a type of Staph infection that is resistant to penicillin-type antibiotics. MRSA infections can occur in many parts of the body, but blood infection, or internal infection with MRSA is life-threatening and needs IV antibiotics. More commonly, MRSA causes either skin infections or boils underneath skin. Prescription oral antibiotics are required: clindamycin, tetracycline, or "Bactrim". ...Read more

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Is there any OVER THE COUNTER medications I could take for H.PYLORI?

Is there any OVER THE COUNTER medications I could take for H.PYLORI?

No: It is a bacterial infection and requires antibiotics which require a prescription from a doctor. So see your doctor. ...Read more

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What anti-depressants can I buy over the counter?

What anti-depressants can I buy over the counter?

Some options: St. John’s wort has been used for centuries for depression. St. John’s wort can interact with a large number of medications. Studies suggest that Omega Three fatty acids from fish oils can help all kinds of conditions from ADD to depression. ...Read more

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What are the best over the counter remedies for Bacterial Vaginosis?

What are the best over the counter remedies for Bacterial Vaginosis?

Prevention: repHresh helps with prevention but for treatment you really need antibiotics which aren't available over the counter in this country. Sorry I can't be of more help ...Read more

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Are homeopathic remedies like cobrynol and arnica tablets really safe to use? How effective are they? Are they safe to take with other OTC pain meds?

Are homeopathic remedies like cobrynol and arnica tablets really safe to use? How effective are they? Are they safe to take with other OTC pain meds?

Most homeopathy safe: Almost all homeopathic remedies are extremely safe & often effective though i reserve judgment on cobrynol; the main exception is low potencies of toxic substances;cobrynol does not reveal potency on its website & does list many side effects but most homeopathics have no side effects;consider nyloxin, a similar product with a longer track record (though it can have mild side effects)- see comment:. ...Read more

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What are the best yeast infection treatments over the counter?

What are the best yeast infection treatments over the counter?

Many choices: There are many over the counter choices available at any local drug store (there will be a separate section). Monistat is a common medication but there are many others. They are all very similar. ...Read more

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What medications cure ascariasis? And can you get any of them over the counter?

What medications cure  ascariasis? And can you get any of them over the counter?

Ascariasis: The most common are Albendazole (albenza), Ivermectin (stromectol) and mebendazole. Each can be curative with a single oral dose, but may produce abdominal pain and nausea. None of these is available in the usa without a prescription. Before being treated you should submit a stool specimen for diagnosis. If you are not reinfected this may cure itself if you really have ascaris. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of any topical muscle relaxants that are sold over the counter?

Can you tell me of any topical muscle relaxants that are sold over the counter?

There's none: Only thing close is an nsaid, otc. If a big concern, seek advice from ur pcp. ...Read more