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Doctor insights on: What Water Pills Are Allowed To Be Taken With Pregnancy

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What water pills are allowed to be taken with pregnancy?

What water pills are allowed to be taken with pregnancy?

Lasix (furosemide): Furosemide (lasix) is generally safe if there is a good reason. We avoid hydrochlorothiazide (hctz) in pregnancy. Water pills (diuretics) are generally reserved for women with serious conditions that require them. They would not be recommended for the relief of the generalized swelling of pregnancy. ...Read more

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Diuretic (Definition)

By strict definition, a diuretic is any medicine causing increased urination. More practically, a diuretic is a medicine causing the kidney to secrete excess fluid by blocking the re-absorption of either water itself or electrolytes like sodium (primarily), potassium, chloride and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). These medicines are effective treatments for many disorders including ...Read more


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Do I need to stop taking ibuprofen in advance before trying to conceive? Are there any little known foods that should be avoided during pregnancy?

Do I need to stop taking ibuprofen in advance before trying to conceive? Are there any little known foods that should be avoided during pregnancy?

Use common senses: Ibuprofen should not prevent you from conceiving/getting pregnant, but why do you take it? If you don't need it, then don't use it. Like all drugs/medicine, use smallest effective dose for shortest time possible. Avoid raw meats/fishes during pregnancy. Eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and don't drink/smoke or use drug! Follow up with your doc regularly. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take both miralax (polyethylene glycol) and colace every day during pregnancy? Should i be concerned that both are category "c" ? What are the risks if any?

Is it safe to take both miralax (polyethylene glycol) and colace every day during pregnancy? Should i be concerned that both are category "c" ? What are the risks if any?

Good meds: These agents essentially stay within the gut and are minimally absorbed if at all, into the body. Since they don't reach the blood in any significant amount, they cannot have an effect on the fetus.Part of the category c label comes from not having enough research reports to move it into a safer listing.The cat c meds show no negative effects on baby. ...Read more

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Can you tell me can I consume no2 and testosterone at a same time as both dosage instruction states that they are to be consume on an empty stomach?

Can you tell me can I consume no2 and testosterone at a same time as both dosage instruction states that they are to be consume on an empty stomach?

Can vs should: Can you take these/any supplements together? I suppose but you'd need to ask the manufacturer as there is no 3rd party oversight regarding dietary supplements, unlike OTC & prescription medications. Check out http://www.usatoday.com/search/dietary%20supplement/. BTW, you didn't ask, but no OTC testosterone "booster" works aside from stealing your money. Stick w/exercise, nutrition & sleep. ...Read more

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Can birth control pills be be used as emergency contraception? if so, how much and how, and when exactly? thanks

Can birth control pills be be used as emergency contraception? if so, how much and how, and when exactly? thanks

Some can be.: But not all are a good choice. Check reference chart to see which oral contraceptives can be used for emergency contraception and at what doses. http://ec.princeton.edu/questions/dose.html#dose ...Read more

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Are all diet pills bad for you? If not which ones are good for you to take to lose x amount of lbs..?

Are all diet pills bad for you? If not which  ones are good for you to take to lose x amount of lbs..?

Diet Pills are Bad: Yes. All of them. No pill or diet supplement designed yet leads to real or permanent weight loss. Some lead to early and limited weight changes but they do not lead to solving obesity or being overweight. Please do not waste you money on such products. ...Read more

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Have you heard of the over-the-counter diet pill thinogenics. If so are they ok to take?

Have you heard of the over-the-counter diet pill thinogenics. If so are they ok to take?

No.: Over the counter pills often contain harmful ingredients and are not regulated as prescription drugs are regulated. Anything that cuts your appetite likely works on your autonomic nervous system, and that affects your heart rate, blood pressure, vascular tone, etc. Don't take chances with your health. Adopt a healthy lifestyle and don't look for a quick fix. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with anismus. A clinic advised me to take two doses of miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily along with two sennoside pills. They claim this can be done forever without any harm. What are your thoughts on this?

I have been diagnosed with anismus.  A clinic advised me to take two doses of miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily along with two sennoside pills.  They claim this can be done forever without any harm.  What are your thoughts on this?

Always Risks: Anytime laxatives are taken for a long period of time, there are usually some repercussions. The colon will eventually become weaker and weaker and can (but not always) stop functioning without the laxatives. However, sometimes this is the only answer to a problem. If you don't like your doctors recommendation, i submit you have a second opinion in person with another physician. ...Read more

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I want to know if there is any snake bit first aid drug that can be bought, kept at home and taken as first aid, before taken victim to hospital ?

I want to know if there is any snake bit first aid drug that can be bought, kept at home and taken as first aid, before taken victim to hospital ?

No.: Snake bite antivenin is extremely expensive and requires medical supervision to give it and to monitor for side effects. It is great that you are making up a first aid kit though! Everyone should do so. By the way: diphenhydramine (Benadryl), liquid and capsule forms, should be in everybody's medicine cabinet, to prevent potentially fatal allergic reactions which can occur without warning. ...Read more

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Why can I buy bacitracin over-the-counter while other antibiotics have to be prescribed? I've been told by doctors that antibiotics need to be taken for the full time period that they are prescribed. Why isn't bacitracin subject to the same rules since it

Why can I buy bacitracin over-the-counter while other antibiotics have to be prescribed? I've been told by doctors that antibiotics need to be taken for the full time period that they are prescribed. Why isn't bacitracin subject to the same rules since it

Good : Good question. The fda makes these rules. They felt that topical antibiotics like Bacitracin would be safe over the counter. Pills on the other hand were not judged to be safe and might be over used leading to resistance of the bacteria to the antibiotic. So those were factors the fda considered in restricting or allowing use of one versus the other. What the fda decides can change from year to year based upon those in charge. Science and politics and lobbying and public opinion all play roles in fda decisions. ...Read more

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Is there anything wrong with taking omega3 pills (one pill a day) even if you are not in specific need for it ?

Every medication: Has side effects. So if you don't have a reason to take it, you will be buying its side effects without a good reason. Ask your doctor, but i would not take any medication unless there is a reason to do so. ...Read more

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What medicines should I not be taking in order to take plan b?

What medicines should I not be taking in order to take plan b?

Agree w Dr. Collins: No absolute contraindications. Plan B One-Step is up to 89 % effective when taken within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex. It can reduce chance of pregnancy by up to 95% if used within 24 hours. It continues to reduce the risk of pregnancy up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex, but is less effective as time passes. ...Read more

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How long after taking malaria pills can you try to have a baby? Are there any effective options that

How long after taking malaria pills can you try to have a baby? Are there any effective options that

Varies with the meds: There are several medications for prevention of malaria when traveling. Some are ok for use in pregnancy, while others are not. Some stay in the body days to weeks, while others stay in the body many weeks. An infectious disease doctor, or a primary care doctor with knowledge of travel medicine or tropical medicine, can look up the details for various drugs and write the prescription. ...Read more

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Are there any pills that can be taken for nausea while pregnant?

Are there any pills that can be taken for nausea while pregnant?

Many medications: See your ob/gyn or midwife for more advice on treating nausea while pregnant. There are lots of medications such as zofran, reglan (metoclopramide), promethazine, phenergan, and dimenhydrazine. But you can start with over the counter medications like benadryl (diphenhydramine) and vitaming B6/pyridoxine. Ginger also good! ...Read more

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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more