One of the frequent questions I've seen here and on other asthma websites is whether asthma can be safely treated with (cheaper) over the counter medicines. So, I thought I'd use this post to explore the answers to that question.
Before I get started, though, let's refresh your memory about a couple of asthma facts:
Asthma is very treatable. While asthma is a chronic, long-term illness that often can't be avoided in the first place, the good news is that it is fairly easily treatable in most cases. With the right treatment, people who have asthma should be able to live full, active lives without many -- or any -- limits.
The best treatment for the majority of people with asthma is a daily or twice daily inhaled steroid. Of course, no one medicine works best for everyone, but research has shown that inhaled steroids are generally the most effective asthma medicine. If they are used correctly, as prescribed, they should control your symptoms most of the time.
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
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Generic Name: DEXTROMETHORPHAN LIQUID - ORAL Pronounced: (dex-trow-meth-OR-fan) Tussin Maximum Strength Cough Oral Interactions
If your doctor has directed you to use this medication,
your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug
interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change
the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist
This drug should not be used with the following
medications because very serious interactions may occur:
MAO inhibitors (isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue,
moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, selegiline,
Avoid taking MAO inhibitors within 2 weeks before, during,
and after treatment with this medication.
If you are currently using any of these medications listed
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