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What To Take For Travel Sickness
Make sure: There are treatments for travelers diarrhea. Unfortunately other types and causes of diarrhea can mimic travelers diarrhea. Its best to see a doctor who can take a full travel and medical history before starting any antibiotics, you want to make sure its nothing more serious. ...Read more
New prescription Rx: An old medication was recently reap proved for morning sickness... Bendectin. It was pulled off the market years ago but the fda voted to allow it back in with a new name.. Diclegis. It's just b6 and doxylamine (both things mentioned in other answer i believe). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What do you advise if I'm traveling to uganda for three months and want to know which anti-malaria pills are the best to take?
Anti-malaria pills: There are several antimalarial drugs that are available. You & your doc can decide on the best drug for you - based on travel plans, medical history, age, drug allergies, pregnancy status, & other factors. Make sure to allow enough time for some of the drugs to become effective and for a pharmacy to get these meds. Travel medicine or ID specialists can help. Don't forget - AVOID the BITE! ...Read more
No. Mainly safe: medications used for motion sickness are similar to medications used for nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. In general, these medications are acceptable to use during pregnancy. Most of these medications may cause some drowsiness, so be careful if you are driving after their use. Some evidence suggests that the wrist bands that put pressure on the wrist acupuncture site also may be useful. ...Read more
Flu: If you have the flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid’s. Rest a lot! in some situations antiviral medications (tamiflu, relenza, flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Flu preparation: 1- frequent handwashing 2- cover your mouth when coughing/sneezing 3- avoid touching your face 4- avoid those who are ill 5- if you are ill, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever subsides without using anti-fever medicines 6- while sick, avoid others http://www.Cdc.Gov/flu/protect/preventing.Htm. ...Read more
Malaria in Nicaragua: "Malaria in Nicaragua: prophylaxis is recommended for the districts of Chinandega, Leon, Managua, Matagalpa, RegiÃ³n AutÃ³noma AtlÃ¡ntico Norte (RAAN), and RegiÃ³n AutÃ³noma AtlÃ¡ntico Sur (RAAS)." See: http://www.mdtravelhealth.com/destinations/mamerica_carib/nicaragua.php ...Read more
Migraine: There are two kinds of therapies: abortive- design to alleviate the pain during am attack and preventive- designed to reduce frequency and intensity of migraine. Migraine is usually triggered by either diet, poor sleep, stress or certain medications. Check with your doctor to find our whatever be your best medication as it may vary for person to person based on their history. ...Read more
Stay hydrated: Make sure you're taking enough fluids, and eat only a bland diet until you feel completely better. This means easy to digest foods like rice, bananas, toast, plain baked potato, broth, etc. Avoid fried, heavy, fatty, saucy, creamy foods until your condition has returned to normal (and consider avoiding all that same stuff for your general health after you're better). ...Read more
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