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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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Would taking 2000mg taking of pumpkin seed oil and multivitamins containing zinc oxide daily give way to an overdose in zinc ?

Would taking 2000mg taking of pumpkin seed oil and multivitamins containing zinc oxide daily give way to an overdose in zinc ?

Not a problem: pumpkin SEEDS are a good source of minerals like zinc. The oil from the seeds does not contain the minerals. So have as much of the oil as you'd like and look to a quality source to get 25-50 mg of supplemental zinc per day. ...Read more

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Taking sertraline 200mg a day.Ok to take a high strength vitamin b complex too? I've read up to 18g of inositol helpful for ocd. Under extreme stress.

Taking sertraline 200mg a day.Ok to take a high strength vitamin b complex too? I've read up to 18g of inositol helpful for ocd. Under extreme stress.

Vitamins & OCD: You could take a b complex vitamin without interacting with your sertraline -- also you're right about inositol and ocd: http://tinyurl.Com/mqgbjoa i suggest discussing this with your psychiatrist -- and if you want to try them, add only one at a time. Inositol may cause flatus and nausea, so you may want to work with it gradually. ...Read more

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I take lorazepam for anxiety as needed. I was thinking of taking a GABA supplement. Is it ok to take them together? Can GABA supplements help me?

I take lorazepam for anxiety as needed. I was thinking of taking a GABA supplement. Is it ok to take them together? Can GABA supplements help me?

Unclear: Some early data suggests that GABA containing supplements may help with anxiety, so make what you will in regards to this. There is even less data in regards to interaction, which makes it unclear if you will have any issues taking it with lorazepam and amitriptyline. ...Read more

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Can i safely take succinic acid to help with menopausal symptoms, especially weight gain? I take a multi-vitamin and cranberry supplement daily.

Can i safely take succinic acid to help with menopausal symptoms, especially weight gain? I take a multi-vitamin and cranberry supplement daily.

Safe but not proven : I know of no evidence that succinic acid helps with weight gain related to menopause. It is a component of amberen, which claims to have studies showing it helps hot flashes, headaches & anxiety, but even they don't claim their studies show it helps weight loss. I am skeptical about it helping but it seems safe to try (though I am concerned it contains msg). See comment:. ...Read more

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I have osteoporosis and high blood pressure, and take a calcium channel blocker with an arb. Besides exercise, will taking calcium pills help?

I have osteoporosis and high blood pressure, and take a calcium channel blocker with an arb.  Besides exercise, will taking calcium pills help?

Calcium with vita D: Osteoporosis needs to be treated up prevent fractures. You need up start calcium with vitamin d 500/200 2-3x/ day plus a medicine called Fosamax or one in its class to adequately treat osteoporosis . A DEXA scan should be done after a year of treatment initiation. Increase in physical activity will help bone remodeling. ...Read more

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Can I try 3-4 TUMS (calcium carbonate) for severe leg cramps while on Prednisone? I do take multivitamin & a Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium supplement. Have OA. Any harm?

Can I try 3-4 TUMS (calcium carbonate) for severe leg cramps while on Prednisone?  I do take multivitamin & a Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium supplement.  Have OA. Any harm?

Possibly: TUMs (calcium carbonate) may affect the absorption of other medications. Also if they have calcium in them you do not want to go above 1,500 mg of calcium a day because of the risk of kidney stones. Also you said you have OA and we typically do not use Prednisone for that condition. Please make certain of your diagnosis ...Read more

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Expert opinion please: could taking a calcium supplement reduce anxiety?

Expert opinion please: could taking a calcium supplement reduce anxiety?

Unlikely : Calcium as a mineral causes an increase in muscle tone and in excess can contribute to muscle spasm, headaches, and heartburn. Not a recipe for relaxation. ...Read more

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Can you take an antidepressant with a calcium supplement?

Can you take an antidepressant with a calcium supplement?

Yes, but...: Yes, you certainly can take both, and many patients do. Keep in mind that many calcium supplements act as antacids, which reduce the stomach's acidity, and some antidepressants need stomach acidity to be absorbed. The net effect can be that the antidepressant doesn't work or doesn't work as well. Talk to your treating physician as to how to manage this. ...Read more

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An old pharmacist advised me to take ZenMag instead of Xanax (alprazolam) for anxiety and stress. Is it better?I have magnesium deficiency.

An old pharmacist advised me to take ZenMag instead of Xanax (alprazolam) for anxiety and stress. Is it better?I have magnesium deficiency.

ZenMag: magnesium MG: supplement for MG deficiency. Should be monitored by physician as too much MG can affect heart/kidney problems. Side effects and overdose rare but may include blurred/double vision, coma, dizziness/fainting, drowsiness, increased/decreased urination, slow heartbeat, troubled breathing. Xanax (alprazolam) helps severe anxiety but habit-forming. Stress reduction strategies best for anxiety/stress. Best regards. ...Read more

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Can I take a fat blocker with benefits?

Can I take a fat blocker with benefits?

Generally not: When on a diet rich in fats and you take pills to block fat absorption, you are likely to have problems controlling your bowel movements. You may find yourself in situations with the need for immediate access to a toilet and possibly even situations where you don't always make it in time. Limit fats and increase proteins and don't take such medications. ...Read more

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Does taking extra magnesium help to avoid ritalin (methylphenidate) tolerance?

Does taking extra magnesium help to avoid ritalin (methylphenidate) tolerance?

Unlikely: Drugs such as Ritalin (methylphenidate) have a tendency to develop tachyphylaxis or tolerance over a period of months, and often dosage increase is only temporarily useful. A better plan might be to switch to a similar medication in a slightly different class, and go back to Ritalin (methylphenidate) after 3 months. I am unaware of any success in preventing phenomenon by use of magnesium. ...Read more

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Iron supplement for anemia/ckd patient: i take 325 mg ferrous fumerate but suffer from constipation. Since my iron level is low, doctor said taking it twice a day will help. Will single dose 17g miralax work to reduce GI symptoms? Thanks

Iron supplement for anemia/ckd patient: i take 325 mg ferrous fumerate but suffer from constipation. Since my iron level is low, doctor said taking it twice a day will help.  Will single dose 17g miralax work to reduce GI symptoms? Thanks

Examine your diet: Most common cause of constipation is your diet. Foods that are constipatory are the grains: rice, barley, oats; milk, bananas. Why don't you 1st try to eliminate those foods from your diet for a week and see if your stools loosen up a bit. In general, not good to counter effects of one medicine by another one. ...Read more

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I'm currently taking a daily prenatal vitamin. Is it ok to also take a daily biotin supplement? Thank you!

I'm currently taking a daily prenatal vitamin. Is it ok to also take a daily biotin supplement? Thank you!

So I don't really: know if you are taking prenatal vitamins in case you get pregnant or actually are pregnant. Biotin would be considered safe in pregnancy, but it is best to consult your prenatal physician/midwife before adding any supplement. Biotin/B7 can be found in cauliflower, yeast, egg yolk, avocado, raspberries, salmon, etc--the best sources. Some women feel biotin may prevent postpartum hair loss. ...Read more

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I am taking klonopin (clonazepam) twice daily for anxiety. Will eating maca root powder as a supplement conflict with my medication?

I am taking klonopin (clonazepam) twice daily for anxiety. Will eating maca root powder as a supplement conflict with my medication?

Nobody really knows: There are thousands of supplements advertised to do all sorts of magical remedies. Very few supplements have real research studies to show benefits (but manufacturers make claims, based on theories, animal tests, testimonials, chemical similarities, etc... but not oon real research because real research is hard to do and is expensive to do). Also, how does one know what really is in a supplement? ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Anxiety Relief (Definition)

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