Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Acid Reflux and Heartburn Medications
- Ambien Detox
- B-50 for Novocaine Shot Side Effects
- Birth Control Pills
- Cortisone Shot
- Coumadin, Wayfarin
- Medications and Antioxidants
- Meds That Contain Fluoride
- Multiple Medication Problems
- Naproxen Sodium
- Radioactive Tracer Injection
- Ssri Withdrawal
- Weaning Off Medication
6/3/2008: We are proud of this site's collaboration with Jason Uttley on fibromyalgia and fluoride poisoning, and we would like to do more with this new page, created in direct response to a reader who discovered the Advair she was taking for asthma contained fluoride as a stabilizer, after she had trusted her doctor to protect her from that sort of health conflict.
If you are concerned about fluoride in your own medications, the Fluoride Toxicity Research Collaborative has an excellent compilation of medications that contain fluorine, listed by drug category. You might also check out this list of fluorinated pharmaceuticals. Here are several antibiotics containing fluoride compounds:
|Generic Name||Common Name|
|Flucloxacillin||There are several|
|Linezolid||There are several|
Other chemical additives in common pharmaceuticals are just as questionable as fluoride; however, an easily accessed list is not readily available. What drugs and chemicals are of concern to you? Have you had any uncomfortable experiences with hidden chemical components?
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
Acid Reflux and Heartburn Medications
09/11/2010: Rita from Covington, Louisiana: "Protonix (causes cancer), Prevacid and Prilosec are called the IT's. If anyone over 50, takes for long periods of time, the side effect is a HIP FRACTURE. I know people suffering right now with hip fractures, including my son age 31. My husb. Suffers SO much from Acid Reflux/Heartburn, but I will not allow him to take any of the above 3 meds. Please assist. Rita"
04/30/2013: Trudyg from Somewhere In The South, South: "I have terrible insomnia and was given ambien - took rarely at first but now am up to 5 nights/week. am noticing memory issues, like fog and forgetfull. I've got a pretty good diet - mostly veg's, some fruits, very little meat. Eggs from my own chickens. Rarely eat away from home. I posted here some time ago about everything I've tried for insomnia, but nothing has worked. Please, someone, tell me how to detox from ambien (I want it cleared out of my system). I think if I ever got myself squared away I'd be okay - take acv, 3 tbs/day + borax, take b3 and b12, multivitamin, serrapeptase + astaxanthin for arthritis. Any ideas? Thanks"
05/10/2012: Cindy In Houston from Houston, Tx: "What can I do to clear up hairy tongue I got from taking antibiotics for an ear infection? I don't want to take another antibiotic to clear this up.
It is not black hairy tongue yet, but the papillae are starting to grow long on my tongue and are beige to light brown. I've been scrubbing vigorously with my toothbrush but it is making my tongue sore. I would be grateful if someone had a idea for me."Replies
05/11/2012: Lisa from Jax, Fl replies: "Hi - I had this also and gargled with hydrogen peroxide, then gargled with Jason's mouthwash which has clove oil, glycerin, etc in it. Apparently the glycerin gets ride of the brown fur. Sometimes smoker's get this also. I ordered some glycerin to water and added a little tea tree oil, but it had almost disappeared before then. I think the glycerin is key."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 08/09/2011: Johnnie from Toronto, Ontario: "I have been getting hp's for last 25 years, but ever increased in the last 2 mos, happening daily, after eating, after strenuous work, etc,
I was on an antibiotic cipro which I thought caused it, and changed to clarithromycin, which seemed to make the hp's continue, don't know what its from, but I am going to checked out
06/16/2011: Alain from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: "Articles about side effects of medical drugs
-Average drug label lists whopping 70 side effects
-Bad Events From Drugs Are Common
More Than 700,000 People per Year Visit ERs Due to Adverse Drug Events
Oct. 17, 2006 -- Experts from the CDC and FDA estimate that every year, more than 700,000 people visit U. S. emergency departments because of side effects, accidental overdoses, and other adverse drug events.
Conclusions Adverse drug events among outpatients that lead to emergency department visits are an important cause of morbidity in the United States, particularly among individuals aged 65 years or older. Ongoing, population-based surveillance can help monitor these events and target prevention strategies.
07/02/2010: Joann from Marrowbone, Ky: "can you take atenolol and eat a high potassium diet?"
EC: According to this website, it is contraindicated: http://www.evitamins.com/encyclopedia/assets/drug/atenolol/~default
B-50 for Novocaine Shot Side Effects
[YEA] 09/30/2009: Danka from Chelsea, Ma: "Numbness after dental procedure:
I had dental procedure and got Novocain shots, came home and waited numbness to go away. And waited and waited, next day started panicking so I went to my dentist. He checked it out told me how its called when that happens, and said its rare but sometimes can happen. When I asked him what should I do he just shrugged. Worst thing is this was front upper tooth, so every movement hurt plus I hurt my gums because I cant feel anything. I didn't do anything because I thought dentist would tell me if there is anything to be done. At last I got sick of it and spent hours of research and found the solution. Vitamin B-50 complex and follow the instructions on the bottle, if you dont feel any change in several days take Vit B-100 complex. You will feel change little by little, sometimes nothing will happen for days but keep at it. It took me several months, some people got better in few days. I know its rare but you never know. So if you are that one person in millions I hope it helps you. Good luck"
Birth Control Pills
[SIDE EFFECTS] 08/12/2011: Arnz from Cebu, Philippines: "i would like to ask, thanks for having time in reading and answering this one.. I was on contraceptive pill for about 4 months now and I was wondering if I could take a diet pill with a couple of hours in interval, because I really do gain weight, please... Thank you so much"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 08/19/2012: Katie from Carmel, In: "Hello, I just came across your sight and did not see anything mentioned about prescription meds. I see that antibiotics can cause brain fog, but what about Bupropion (Generic Wellbutrin)? I have been on this for 6 months now and it has helped tremendously in certain areas and would hate to stop taking it due to the brain fog side effect. I am worried since I am starting nursing school and have to be sharp as a nail. Any suggestions? Is this categorized as the same type of brain fog? Do you know what causes it? Any suggestions as to how to get rid of it would be much appreciated! Thanks, Katie."
03/11/2012: Laurat from Durham, Nc, United States: "I have read the posts here and they have been helpful. Every tendon in my entire body is inflammed, every joint is swollen and casing me pain! The veins in my hands and feet are huge. I have pain from my neck to my toes. I've seen 2 doctors and have a follow up my a physician today.
I stopped taking Cipro on Feb 23 afer taking it for 6-7 days. I had no idea what was making me feel so horrible and this nightmare started with tingling/burning/numbness in my hands and feet and arms, and since I didn't read up on this drug, I was following what was on the bottle and didn't read the info on the printout until I had been having the tingling, numbness. This has progressed into the tendon pain and inflammation, joint swelling, you name it it hurts! Unfortunately I did not reduce my caffeine intake while on Cipro (I didn't know and had been on NSAIDS for a few months before taking Cipro! At first I had a few "pops" in the tops of my hands after the tendons were inflamed, now it seems like everything is popping. I'm scared to death of rupturing a tendon right now!!! Since my tendons everywhere are inflamed and it seems like all of my joints are swollen, it's very hard to not use either my hands, arms, or my feet/legs.
I'm on a multi vitamin, ibuprofen 600mg, magneisum supplements, fish oil, vitamin C supplements, Glucosamine/Chondroitin, alpha-Lipoic Acid 200mg. I've read here that some have benfitted from MSM in powder form and lotion applied directly to the painful area (my whole body). Where can I get MSM powder and the lotion in the US? Can it be ordered?
Right now I'm struggling getting a doctor to take this Floxing thing seriously. I was given a script for Neurontin 100 mg to help with the tingling and numbness and told to take the ibuprofen and wear hand/wrist braces. I'm putting ace bandages on my ankles and legs. This is the worst thing I've ever been thru. I'm feeling worse not better.
Thanks and please someone let me know about the MSM and anything else I can do to get some relief!"Replies
03/12/2012: Grateful from Appreciate Earth Clinic, Usa replies: "Hope you feel better really fast and heal up quickly!
Found this on the internet so hope it is helpful:
How do you make MSM Lotion?
Just stir in a heaping teaspoon of our bulk MSM powder for every 4 ounces of your favorite skin cream or lotion with a popsicle stick (or a spoon). Then wait an hour or more for the powder to dissolve, and stir again. That's it!
Also, does Cipro still have fluoride in it? It may have depleted your iodine levels which affects different areas of your body.
Wishing you wisdom and wellness!"
03/12/2012: Dud from Up The Creek In, Wv, Usa replies: "In reply to: 03/11/2012: Laurat from Durham, Nc, ---I just came across a website that sells information about how to detox from quinolonine based anti-biotics, using natural substances.
NOTE- I do not have the problem, and have never used their methods. I do not know if they work. But this may offer some hope to you.
internet search for: < The Levaquin Tendonitis Solution > and click on a link to a website. will be probably the 1st site on the search engine list.
Are you suffering from:
Muscle pain and/or weakness
Ruptured tendon, tendonosis, tendonitis, etc
Neurologic symptoms like headache or memory loss
Depression, anxiety, insomnia
Or any of a vast variety of other symptoms
These are all possible side effects of taking Levaquin, Cipro, or any of the other Quinolone family of antibiotics that the pharmaceutical/medical industry prescribes by the thousands every day.
Are you afraid that you are never going to heal?
Are you afraid that you are going to get MORE injured from the Quinolone poisoning?
Speaking bluntly... Your fears are well founded. People have hurt for YEARS, and their pain has gotten worse down the road."
08/12/2012: Ni from Emerald, Wa replies: "You shouldn't be taking ibuprofen. I wouldn't. NO NSAIDS it makes it worse no matter if it's been a while since you've taken the floxes."
04/09/2013: Judy from Denver, Usa: "March 19 I went to ER because I was short of breath and felt like I was in a daze and lost strength in legs and could hardly get uo without help. This had gone on for over a week. I had pneumonia and was admitted.
Besides antibiotics, IV's and my regular meds, they gave me cortisone for five days. I wore shoes when I went in and had no swelling of ankles. 2 1/2 days after I got the cortisone my ankles started swelling even though I was on lasix and have been for a long time. Also my belly is swollen. I've gained about 10 lbs. My right ankle is about three times it's normal size and I can't get shoes on either foot. Compression socks only seemed to make it worse. They cut circulation off. A nurse comes twice a week and in insisted I had to wear them. Prior to going to the hospital my legs lost strength and now I have therapy for that so I'm not able to take socks on and off easily. Last night the right leg bothered so much I managed to get that tube sock off ( about 4:00AM) and by 7:AM the swelling in my foot had gone down so much I managed to get a shoe on. Now I have an ace bandage in the ankle and lower leg. My doc wants me to take 2 lasix for a week and then check my kidney function to be sure it's not harming my kidneys. I also have decreased kidney function.
Anybody know how to get the effects of cortisone out of the system without resorting to lots of vitamins because the kidneys can't handle it?"Replies
04/10/2013: Trudyg from Waynesboro, Va replies: "I'd try magnesium--like epsom salts bath or magnesium oil. It is said to detox."
10/27/2012: D.s. from Los Angeles, Ca: "I received an cortisone steroid shot to my right jaw last January. I IMMEDIATELY got an extreme reaction. My face turned sheet-white, I had extreme problems breathing, the room was spinning and I became extremely nauseous. I had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. I then had to stay in the hospital for 6 days. Since then the right side of my face AND EYE will suddenly swell up and get itchy. My throat closes up and I have to carry liquid Benadryl with me at all times! The problem is getting even worse and now the right side of my throat swells up so much, I have trouble swallowing. I even feel something rubbing against the right side of my throat and I start gagging. Of course the doctor who gave me the shot wouldn't even get on the phone with me. He had his secretary tell me that the shot he gave me had nothing to do with it. This has been nearly 10 months ago and I'm getting worse and worse! Could someone PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME??? Thank you very much. D.S."Replies
11/03/2012: Barbara from Miami, Az replies: "I had a shot of cortisone when I was 16, I'm 61 now!!! And beginning almost immediately, and continuing now was an allergic reaction to soap products, perfumes, dyes and chemicals, even cleaning supplies... Sometimes, after years of using some product, I would suddenly have this reaction.... Recently, I discovered that I am also senstive to the inactive ingredients in generic medications... (I have had health issues going back maybe 10-14 years, and more recently a bunch of weird symptoms that confused the heck out of my DR, that are now gone since I dropped all my generic meds (I actually did all the research and adjustments without doctor approval... However, when I saw her and reported what had happened and how I discovered all, and that I actually pinpointed the SPECIFIC ones that were the problem... And what suppliments a derm dr had suggested to help with hte skin issues that had presented)... My health prof, who was trying to figure it all out, actually wanted me to quit my multi and other suppliments, refused to do a vitamin-mineral profile saying I was eating ok (I am obese, she never asked what I am eating).. And said I was most likely OD'ing on my suppliments.... (by the way, since this adjustment in meds type, I am dropping lbs hand over foot)
check into other things besides just getting something to eliminate the symptoms... That is what happened to me... Whenever I got a new symptom, my dr would give me another GENERIC MED for it... which led to an awful, miserable time....
07/11/2012: John from Wc, Ca, Us: "I was recently listening to a health talk radio show where the guest speaker was talking about the drug Coumadin and one of its side effects, being easily bruised. He was in the middle of his sentence saying that a certain vitamin could be taken which could help alleviate this sensitivity and I missed the answer. Might someone have the answer and possibly a suggestion for an alternative to Coumadin? Thanks"Replies
07/13/2012: G from Anywhere, Us replies: "First: type "Coumadin" into your internet search. One find, Wikipedia, states that this is rat poison. Next, type in "natural blood thinners". You will find things such as vitamin E, garlic, cayenne..."
07/28/2012: Sid from Pittsburgh, Pa.: "I was on Protonix and Plavix because I have 2 stents. But since I had to have a Pacemaker I must be on wayfarin/coumadin all the time, and with the Protonix I'm super tired all the time. Is there a natural remedy for my jittery-upset stomach that will work well with the wayfarin/coumadin?"Replies
07/29/2012: G from Anon, Us replies: "Your question should say.... What is something naturally one can take instead of warfarin (AKA rat poison/wikipedia)? Also, what naturally to take instead of a prescribed PPI? One beneficial place to start your research (after EarthClinic), for both warfarin and PPI's, is People's Pharmacy, which also has reader feedback at the bottom of the page after each of their articles. A must read for everyone is Dick Quinn's "Left for Dead". It is an excellent informative book explaining his experiences with the medical world after a heart attack, and his natural remedy findings that kept him alive after a botched surgery."
07/29/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Sid, I am highly suspicious when doctors tell people that they have to be on some medication all the time and for their whole life. I had a friend who kept having acid reflux and was very overweight. She told me she went to the Dr. and they told her she needed to take a medication for GERD for the rest of her life. I said that wasn't true, there were plenty of strategies to rid it and not have to be on medication. When she asked what, I told her. Her response was, "I think I'll just use the medication." In her mind, what I was telling her was too much work. And yes, restoring our health can take work but it allows our body to find its own balance and restore our immune system.
Perhaps you can find the natural remedies to help your body find its most optimum. The mere fact that the meds are causing you to be super tired all the time and give you a jittery stomach should be an indication of the damage they're doing. Try exploring ways to help your body restore all its systems and bring it back to optimum health in spite of the stents. Here's to your health, Lisa"
11/28/2011: Lacey from Sacramento, Ca: "Hi there,
I was perscribed Flagyl (Metronidazole) on Thursday. I understand how serious it is to not drink alcohol with this medication and asked my Dr., with it being my birthday on Friday, if I'd be able to drink then. She said finish on Thursday and I will be fine Friday. Every bit of research I do says I should wait 3 days to cleanse it out of my system. I'm confused whether that 3 days is just DR. precautionary or what. So here's where you guys come in. I'm much more into holistic approaches anyway, and this medication has already been bothering me a bit. I have been taking probiotics like crazy, and am wondering if there is a way to flush it out of my system faster, or even end it one day early. So I guess my questions are:
Is Dandelion Root tea, or anything of the like an option for me?
How serious is the "super bug" scare if stopping an antibiotic early, with my probiotic combo?
Thanks in advance!"