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Not enough info: Please re-ask and be more specific about what you would like to know. For an in-depth discussion consider discussing with your medical provider or asking a provider on Healthtap Prime or Concierge. ...Read more
Please see your dent: Dentist asap to have it treated the longer you wait the worst. ...Read more
What have you tried?: How do you know there is inflammation? Did your gastroenterologist tell you it was inflamed? Usually if it is inflamed they give you a prescription for medication. There really is nothing over the counter that works in the intestines. The medications over the counter work in the stomach but not further down. Talk to your gastroenterologist. I'm sure they wuill have help. Sorry you have this pain. ...Read more
Ramipril is used for blood pressure control, to improve heart function after a heart attack, and to preserve renal function. Each of these indications has alternatives. Discuss with your doctor.
Note the most common side effect of ramipril, an ace inhibitor, is cough. Other acei will also cause cough. ...Read more
Depends on age: Most of the cold medicines have been removed from use for those under 4 to 6 years old. For small infants, nasal saline and suction are the best. After 1 year old, you can do honey, which is a natural cough suppressant. Vicks on the chest in small amounts helps, as does warm steam. If the cough is not resolving, see your doctor. ...Read more
See your GYN: At 41, you do not have time to waste if you want to get pregnant. I know of no over the counter herbs to help you ovulate. There are pills that you can get from your gyn, such as Letrezole and Clomid to help you ovulate. Glucophage (metformin) may also be useful. There are also blood tests to give you an inidication of how likely you are to succeed. Read my fertility story in www. Ticktock. Ws ...Read more
Nothing: While some doctors will disagree, I have found nothing otc that will relieve menopausal symptoms. Check w/your gyn for their opinion. ...Read more
Breathing trouble: If you have breathing trouble - you should stop smoking. The breathing problem needs to get figured out. I would see a doctor for that. Take care. ...Read more
Can you clarify?: What makes you believe you are not absorbing what you eat? If this is indeed the case, your physician needs to determine whether you have disease of the small intestine (gluten enteropathy, whipple's, others) or pancreas (adult-onset cystic fibrosis, hereditary pancreatitis, others). Especially, do not accept this claim from a non-evidence-based practitioner. ...Read more
Common cold: You probably have a virus. For symptom relief try a cough suppressant like delsym it has a good chance of helping the cough. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for the headache. Afrin for the nasal congestion for only 3 days. If you are coughing up colorful secretions you need and antibiotic. The pain relievers will help a temperature if you have a fever. A cool shower can help too. Feel better! ...Read more
A nap: Honestly, the first option to improve your sleep should not be a medicine. You should talk to a sleep specialist who can ask questions about your "sleep hygiene" (the patterns of behavior surrounding your sleep habits). Most of the time, they can make suggestions to help you improve your sleep, which is important to your overall health. ...Read more
Find out cause first: Meds may not be the best thing for you depending on the cause of vertigo. If this is bppv you might do better with repositioning maneuvers or exercises. If this is a stroke you would be better off with treatment in the emergency department. Generally meds work well though. Dramamine, (dimenhydrinate) promethazine, phenergan, metoclopramide, prochlorperazine, odansetron, etc. ...Read more
Get checked: If your headaches do not respond to pain medicines like tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin, then it would be good to get checked out by a doctor. You may also want to maintain a headache diary when you have a headache. In this you should write down anything you ate in the hours before the headache started, or how much sleep you got the night before or anything else that stands out and look for patterns. ...Read more
Constipation: Depends on the cause of the constipation. Are you healthy otherwise or taking any medications? Best see your doctor to see what kind of constipation you have. Meanwhile it would be safe to take some milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) for temporary help and drink more water. Some types of constipation respond to increasing fiber, while other types do not.. ...Read more
What Rx for HTN?:
40 F asks what to take for hypertension?
1. Find out cause. Treat the cause.
2. No Cause? Then first test the DASH diet.
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Do Chap 9 if team approves and if BP is diet sensitive BP will be much better in 2 weeks. ...Read more
Cough: Most cough cases are self limited and will improve on their own. Talk to your doc to see what he's comfortable with for cough. Robitussin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as well as tessalon perles have been used to treat cough with no major issues. Dark honey has been recommended with one success. Rinsing nose with salt water is helpful for concomitant nasal drainage. ...Read more
Some simple things: While you should seek in person care if you have severe pain, persistent fevers or great difficulty swallowing or painful swallowing, you can do some basic things at home to help. You can use warm salt water gargles to help with the throat pain. Alternatively you can use the analgesic over the counter sprays (chloraseptic spray) and/or lozenges (cephacol) to help too. Avoid alcohol beverages. ...Read more
Hot packs: There is no good drug. But if her mom is willing to try hot packs: fill a clean sick w dried beans. Heat in microwave for 1-2 minutes. Voila! Instant heat pack. I would apply the hot pack to the lid for 8-10 minutes three times a week until the stye is netter. If that doesn't work, she may need surgery. ...Read more
Do you mean orgasms? I that case there is nothing you can "take"....ask question again. More info!!!!!
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Biotene products.: Dry mouth is a common problem due to the many medications people take that cause this problem. A company named biotene has several products that are useful for alleviating this problem. I am sure there are other brands, too. Sip on water throughout the day as well. Do not suck on candies sweetened w/ anything other than xylitol. Do not sip soda or sugared drinks. Tea & coffee make you worse! ...Read more
Head cold treatments:
Non drug treatments for a cold iinclude: just waiting it out, Honey, Nasal irrigation with salt water (neti pot), Steam vaporizer, Throat lozenges.
Medications don't make you better faster, they help you cope with the symptoms: for headache/fever: Acetaminophen (Tylenol, etc.). For runny nose, facial congestion: Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) 120mg long acting tablets, twice daily. ...Read more
The answer depends:
On duration of symptoms, what symptoms are you having, and the appearance of your urine sample either under the microscope or in an automated urine test strip.
Typically, it also depends on the bacteria being treated, as well as how complicated the location of the infection is (bladder, urethra, tracts/ureters or kidney, as well as the actual antibiotic being used (5-10-14-21 days). ...Read more
Daily headaches: Some women are prescribed a low dose hormone replacement which sometimes helps (if you have no risk factors for breast cancer). You need to avoid over-using pain medications which cause rebound headaches (narcotics, tylenol, (acetaminophen) fioricet). Anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen, naproxen) sometimes help. You might need a prescription for a daily medication to try to prevent the headaches. ...Read more
Don't take melatonin: I'm more of the club that if a med is causing a side effect that is troublesome look for a different med rather than covering up a side effect with another pill. You may be able to try a lower dose or brand of melatonin. ...Read more
Tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin: 5 years old child can be given tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin suspension which is available over the counter. The dose depends on the body weight and is printed on the bottle. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be repeated every 4 hours and Motrin every 6 hours only if needed. ...Read more
Allergies: It depends on the symptoms? Go to the er if they are bad or you had a previous history of a bad reaction. Don't take a chance. For a mild skin reaction take antihistamines. ...Read more
Prenatal vitamins: Take a prenatal vitamin with at least 800 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid, or a prescription one with 1 milligram (mg) of folic acid. Talk to your OB dr if taking anti-seizure medications or a family or personal history of birth defects; you may need 4-5 mg of folic acid. Avoid excess alcohol, any smoking, marijuana, other drugs, and review any prescription meds with your doctors. Get a flu shot. ...Read more