A twist on the question "is it better to let a cold run its course or is it better to medicate?". There have already been AskMeFi threads to this regard but
I repeat the question because of something a doctor told me: if you dry up the runny nose/postnasal drainage, you prevent the mucus from going into your upper respiratory tract, thereby precluding the chest-clearing cough. Is this sound medicine? I've gone through four Kleenex just typing this question.
posted by the sobsister
on Oct 31, 2006 -
How does colour-coding of medications work? For instance, Prozac is typically the combination of green and white, and the generic brands also perserve this colour. Is there some kind of universal system that pharmaceutical companies adhere to? How are the colours of medications determined?
posted by perpetualstroll
on Oct 28, 2006 -
What is the best allergy medicine (prescription or over the counter) for allergies to dogs or cats? So many seem more geared towards allergies to mold, dust, hayfever, etc. [more inside]
posted by psususe
on Oct 24, 2006 -
Here's the situation: I changed health insurance plans about two years ago ago. I have a good plan, based in Californa, that costs me about $250 a month. Since starting the coverage, my major medical expense - for about a year - have three monthly medications which I take for recently-diagnosed bipolar disorder. I have never claimed these expenses on my insurance, nor have I ever put any of my psychiatric costs on a claim. The reason is that I've been advised not to do this, especially with a bipolar diagnosis, since, in the words of my psychiatrist, "once that's on your record, you'll have a very hard time if you need to change insurance plans." (I should add that the diagnosis, while scary, and the resulting treatment, has changed my life so much for the better that I'd sell pretty much sell a kidney to keep paying for the meds, if I had to.) [more inside]
posted by soulbarn
on Oct 16, 2006 -
Why can't vaccination encourage the evolution of viral potency?
posted by freebird
on Oct 5, 2006 -
I want to make a plague doctor costume for Halloween, and I want it to be as accurate as possible. [more inside]
posted by bookish
on Sep 24, 2006 -
MEDICAL INSURANCE: I'm getting some for the first time in 8 years. Clearly I should have at least catastrophic, but help me decide whether having more is worth the cost. Also: any opinions about HealthyNY insurance? [more inside]
posted by lorimer
on Sep 15, 2006 -
Can anyone recommend a good chinese herbalist or an acupuncturist in NYC? Thanks.
posted by Maishe
on Aug 25, 2006 -
I have chronic sinus infections for which I am now considering surgery after trying most major medical options, as well as a massive allergen removal program. I read about a product called "Sinus Buster" which uses pepper in the form of a nose-drop to clear sinuses. I bought some, and based on just a few days usage, there is a definite improvement. I'm surprised, since the manufacturer also claims that the product can help you lose weight and has even said that it can cure some forms of cancer (multiple miracle claims=sure red flag.)
So, my questions:
- Does anyone else have any exeperience with this product?
- The stuff burns, which I am getting used to - but is it really a good idea to put something that (at least) feels caustic up my nose? Is there a possibility of long-term damage?
-Can I become reliant on it for clearing my congestion, as with "traditional" OTC nose drops?
Here's the product URL: www.sinusbuster.com
posted by soulbarn
on Aug 15, 2006 -
How do I come up with a scientific theory to explain complex phenomena? My area of research is medicine, but I'm interested in the opinions of all flavors of scientists. [more inside]
posted by lunchbox
on Aug 3, 2006 -
rough and tumble lifestyle finally (inevitably) leads to serious shoulder injury. am i to be gimpy forever? [details inside] [more inside]
posted by markovitch
on Jul 24, 2006 -
What is the underlying physiological cause for paresthesia (tingling of the fingers) secondary to hyperventilation?
Specifically, what metabolic or neurological process causes you to feel tingling in your fingers when you hyperventilate?
posted by scrump
on Jun 30, 2006 -
I need resources to help me negotiate/make sense of the minefield of my "prostate specific antigen" (PSA) score/level. [more inside]
posted by Xurando
on Jun 7, 2006 -
I've got a several month's supply of Zoloft sitting around that I no longer use. I'd like to send it to a friend in another city, as she's got no insurance and the damn stuff's expensive. We both have valid scripts. Am I asking for trouble? [more inside]
posted by item
on Jun 7, 2006 -
I need your help. I'm a licensed acupuncturist and a herbalist. I have been involved in many out reach programs in the past. My goal was to reach out to as many immigrant groups with no to low health insurance coverage and educating them of available resources. The unique experience came working with the Korean community in New York City. This group tends to have such a high stomach cancer rate and about 70% of the patient population I came in contact with tested positive for H. pylori. The standard of treatment for H. pylori is course of antibiotic drugs. I don't know if you guys are aware but if you don't have health insurance to cover for these meds, it cost about $300 out of pocket expense.
So, my thing is this - I wanted to set up a research program using simple herbs that are readily available and in low cost. I know nothing about setting up a research program. What do I need to do and who do I need to talk to? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
posted by haesung
on May 25, 2006 -
I'm trying to find the name of a Mexican male "performance" enchancer that I once saw at a Walgreens in Berkeley. It comes in a yellow box and has a picture of a bull's head on it and is apparently made from bull's testicles. The design is fantastic, and I'm having no luck google-fuing up a name.
posted by AArtaud
on May 12, 2006 -
Seeking a new internist, family doctor, and wonder what Board Certified means as relevant to credentials [more inside]
posted by Postroad
on Apr 10, 2006 -
I am trying to put together a playlist of songs about doctors and hospitals. Not metaphoric "Love Doctor"- type songs, but more along the lines of The Replacements' "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out." [more inside]
posted by Failure31
on Mar 25, 2006 -
I need some help brainstorming ways to keep my transdermal patch from falling apart. [more inside]
posted by MadamM
on Mar 14, 2006 -
Can anyone tell me about/lead me to any legitimate sources concerning the effects of pranayama breathing techniques on diabetes? [more inside]
posted by msali
on Mar 7, 2006 -
Best Source for Timely Medical Information:
What is the best place to find new and recent in-depth information (clinical studies, treatment protocols, etc.) related to specific medical topics? I'm thinking of a medical journal / search engine combo. [more inside]
posted by letterneversent
on Feb 2, 2006 -
An entirely pedantic and possibly stupid question, but does anybody know what the name of that elliptical thing with the hole is that doctors used to strap to their heads? It was used as an eyepiece of some sort. You generally see this in cartoons and it's a common symbol attached to medicine. I want to say that it's an occulator or some such, but I know there has to be a specific name for it. Bonus points if you can point me to its history. Thanks so much!
posted by ed
on Jan 10, 2006 -
I currently have an excellent health insurance plan - however, it does not cover a medication my doctor would like to prescribe. It is available on my spouse's plan, however. I don't want to change insurers because my doctor only accepts my exisiting company, and I want to keep her. However, I can get onto my spouse's policy for quite a bit less than the monthly cost of the medication.
Is this legal? Ethical? Are there any pitfalls? Would one insurance company be able to share information about my medical history with another? Would there be trouble for me if I became seriously ill?
posted by soulbarn
on Jan 3, 2006 -
Alternative-MedicineFilter: I need to find a report of a Clinical Study on efficacy of Acupuncture in Chronic Pain Management. [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard
on Dec 29, 2005 -
While reading this
excellent thread, an interesting question popped into my mind - why was bloodletting so popular for so long when it so obviously doesn't work? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco
on Dec 23, 2005 -
I have a family member who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 2. The psychiatrist has prescribed them 1000 mg of Depakote a day, what is the average prescription if anyone knows? Is this a lot or only a minor dosage? [more inside]
posted by nosophoros
on Dec 23, 2005 -
I have a friend who constantly medicates herself with OTC medications/remedies as a source of comfort. Is this hypochondria? [more inside]
posted by aebaxter
on Dec 23, 2005 -
MedicFilter: I'm on Prednisone
for 5 days for the second time of my life, and just like the first time, it's working as intended to clear up my severe congestion, but it's also making me king of the freaking world.
Why is this? [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis
on Dec 15, 2005 -
Have my prescription tranquilizers been damaged by exposure to cold? [more inside]
posted by S.C.
on Nov 28, 2005 -
Are MDs allowed to prescribe medication for themselves? If so, are there any limits on what they can and can't procure for personal use?
posted by cior
on Nov 23, 2005 -
Last week, my sister (34 years old, very active and in good health) suddenly developed complete numbness in her legs and arms that completely incapacitated her within 24 hours. After a few harrowing days in the hospital during which more and more things were ruled out, today the definitive diagnosis is Transverse Myelitis
I had never heard of this before; does anyone have any experience (direct or indirect; family or friend) with the disease? Thanks in advance for any stories or indications of what we can expect.
posted by yhbc
on Nov 15, 2005 -
I'm about to start my first salaried job, and will therefore have health insurance. My girlfriend has none. We'd like a method of birth control that's safer and more effective than condoms, but neither of us can afford birth control pills out of pocket. As a man, is there any way I can use my health insurance to pay for birth control pills? If not, what are my other options? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit
on Nov 13, 2005 -
Paging any dermatologists, epidemiologists, or pathology-minded scientists -- any idea what in name of the gods this
is? (Probably SFW, but not safe if you want to eat today or at least not wretch). [more inside]
posted by The Bishop of Turkey
on Nov 8, 2005 -