Ok. So you've tried the antivirals to control your herpes and are looking for something else. Or, you want a natural approach to managing your symptoms. I get asked this all the time. It's SUCH a difficult question to answer. While I love the idea of an over the counter vitamin or supplement that can improve a person's symptoms or reduce their risk of disease, its difficult as a scientist to find any clear evidence of true benefit for most. However, I do recommend some supplements to certain patients - glucosamine for people with osteoarthritis, for example. Here's my take on a few supplements that may be of some benefit to people with herpes. Lysine has been used to help treat or prevent both oral and genital herpes lesions. There is evidence that lysine, taken as a supplement or by increasing lysine in your diet (from fish, chicken or eggs) may speed recovery of the ulcers and may reduce recurrence rates. However, this evidence is far from conclusive. More importantly,...
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.
The treatment of acid reflux can be complicated and frustrating for many patients. When treatments based on lifestyle and dietary changes fail many patients require medications to deal with their disease. Until recently most of these treatments required a trip to see a physician and a prescription.
Medications like Zantac , Prilosec, and Prevacid have already been added to the OTC market. The FDA has also recently approved Axid and Zegrid for over the counter preparations. While there are definitely benefits to having these medicines over the counter there can also be issues for many patients.
The first problem can be related to insurance coverage for your medications. There are many patients who found themselves forced to pay more for prescriptions once they went over the counter because their insurance no longer covered the medications. If you find this to be the case for you it can help to file an appeal with your insurer or discuss alternatives with your physician. Ma...
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