I rarely spend much time in support of antidepressants. I know they have a place in the effective treatment of major depression and I know many people feel they help with less severe forms of depression, although the reasons for this may be complex and there are just as effective, or better, alternatives. But, I think if you’ve engaged in an informed discussion with your doctor and you’ve reached a decision that antidepressants are worth a shot, then there’s a case to be made for giving them a chance to work.
In their defense, most family doctors have a limited palate of treatment options when it comes to depression. Putting to one side the person who simply churns out a prescription and leaves you to it, there are plenty who don’t. They are however dealing with a disease process that isn’t fully understood and using tools, usually in the form of drugs that may or may not help. These same drugs can’t change the social circumstances or stresso...
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...
Millions of Americans in pursuit of a remedy for stuffy nose and sinus pressure turn to over the counter (OTC) nasal sprays because of their quick action, availability and presumed safety. But did you know prolonged use of topical nasal decongestants (TNDs) often leads to addiction? Case in Point: A 32-year-old male was referred to me because of complaints of chronic nasal blockage. The patient suspected his problem was hay fever (allergic rhinitis). During the interview, he revealed that a year ago he began to have trouble sleeping because of a stuffy nose. He felt considerably better after using a TND before going to bed. Within 2 weeks he began to awaken in the middle of the night requiring another dose of his nasal spray for relief. One month later he required doses 4 times daily in order to avoid severe nasal congestion. By the time I saw him, he was going through almost a bottle of nasal spray daily. His diagnosis was Rhinitis Medicamentosa (RM) which means nasal inflammation (rhi...
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