I just wrote “2015” for the first time the other day. The good news is, six days into the new year, I’ve broken no resolutions, nor am I about to. You see, I never made them. Why set myself up to fail?
Nevertheless, I’m not opposed to taking time out to pause and reflect and take stock. We all want to come out the end of the year better off than we went in. Too often, life has other ideas, but sometimes things turn out right for any number of unexpected reasons. Instead of sticking to it and gritting our teeth and planning ahead and all the rest, we give up, let go, and allow things to happen.
Maybe this new year, we need to toss aside conventional wisdom and go counter-intuitive. A few examples from my past …
Giving up completely …
Sixteen years ago, I went into 1999 with a killer depression. There was no way I was going to make it into 2000, much less into February. All these years later, I’m still trying to dec...
What is a medication that treats severe migraines that is equivalent Topamax, but does not have the memory loss side effect? Zahra.
Most of the medications of that type have the potential for some cognitive side effects, but Topamax does seem to be one of the worst. There are several others you can discuss with your doctor, including:
zonisamide (brand name Zonegran)
divalproex sodium (brand name Depakote)
gabapentin (brand name Neurontin)
You can find a full listing in Migraine preventive medications – too many options to give up!
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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Over-the-counter birth control methods are used during sex to avoid pregnancy and sometimes to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Over-the-counter means that they can be purchased by anyone, without a doctor's prescription.
For more information about birth control options, see:
Birth control and family planning
Birth control - over the counter; Contraceptives - over the counter
Over-the-counter birth control methods are not as effective against pregnancy as some prescription methods. However, they are more effective against STIs than any other method except not having intercourse (abstinence). They enable people to protect themselves against pregnancies and STIs without having to:
Deal with long-term side effects
Spend a lot of money
Wait for a doctor's appointment
A male condom is a thin sheath pla...
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