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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...
Most of us have grown used to taking over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, even if it's a daily aspirin now prescribed to many people as they age, or allergy medications for hay fever or animal allergies. In general, these drugs have been proven safe when taken as directed, or they wouldn't have gained approval to be sold without a prescription.
The danger lies in that OTC drugs are often taken without any thought at all that these are, indeed, drugs , and that they need to be included on your list of medications so that your doctor knows what you are taking. The same advice hold true for nutritional supplements.
We need to be aware that all drugs have side effects. Side effects aren't always bad. In fact, at times, a side effect is so beneficial for some people that the drug is prescribed for that very reason.
However, the side effects of many drugs are negative, and cumulative effects can cause symptoms that could mimic memory problems, among other issues. A blog post co...
There are a number of different medications that are currently used to treat anxiety disorders. Antidepressants, although originally intended to treat depression, have been found to be effective in relieving symptoms of anxiety. Medication does not “cure” anxiety. While some people may not feel relief from anxiety symptoms and some may not be able to tolerate side effects, the majority of people do find relief from the debilitating impact of anxiety in their lives. There are a number of antidepressant medications on the market today used to treat different types of anxiety: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) • Clomipramine (Anafranil) • Fluoxetine (Prozac) • Fluvoamine (Luvox) • Paroxetine (Paxil) • Sertaline (Zoloft) Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) • Paroxetine (Paxil) Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) • Paroxetine (P...
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