Vitamins and Medications

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Wondering about your health? Confused by what you’ve read? Browse our Ask the Nurse answer archive to find answers to many women's health questions and concerns. All answers are from a Cleveland Clinic women's health nurse.

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Calcium Supplements

March 20, 2014 at 11:04am

Does taking calcium supplements contribute to hardening of the arteries?

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Smoking Cessation

February 11, 2014 at 8:02am

What can I do to support my smoking cessation efforts (holistic or pharmacological)?

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Multivitamins: Chewy vs Tablets

December 30, 2013 at 7:56am

What is your opinion regarding chewy supplements vs. tablets?

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Best Vitamins for Women to Take

September 12, 2013 at 2:56pm

I am 49 years old, I exercise five times a week, I’m average weight, I’ve never smoked and I eat pretty healthy. What daily vitamins should I be taking? I am very confused by all the different choices out there.

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Omega-3 Supplements and Fish Allergies

August 5, 2013 at 10:49am

I am 42 years old and I don’t have any health problems, but I have had some joint pain in my hip area. I read an article that taking an Omega-3 supplement would help with some joint pain.

However, I am allergic to fish and shellfish (I am able to eat canned fish and tuna). Is it safe to take the Omega-3 supplement with my fish allergy?

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Methylcobalamin and Stress

February 15, 2013 at 2:36pm

Is methylcobalamin safe to take as a vitamin to combat stress? The dosage is one sublingual tablet of 1,000 mcg daily. Are there any side effects that I should be concerned with?

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Vitamin B and Magnesium for Migraines

February 10, 2013 at 9:32am

My doctor recommended that I take vitamin B and magnesium for my migraines. Is there a specific vitamin B that I should take, and how much vitamin B and magnesium do I take on a daily basis?

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Too Much Calcium In My Diet?

August 22, 2012 at 4:09pm

I wonder if I can have too much calcium in my diet? I eat a lot of non-fat Greek yogurt, low-fat cheese and drink at least two glasses of non-fat milk daily. I take a Nature Made 600 mg calcium supplement (60 percent DV) and a Nature Made Multi for Her + 50 (I’m 70), which has 30 percent DV. I also take 1000 IU of D3 and take a D3 supplement of 1000 IU.

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Sun exposure and Vitamin D

June 19, 2012 at 10:37am

How much of the body has to be exposed without cover to get enough Vitamin D? Ten minutes is always the time I find when researching, but I cannot find out how much of the body has to be actually exposed.

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Thyroid stimulating hormone levels

August 31, 2011 at 9:33am

I recently had blood work done because I have been very fatigued and have experienced a real loss of energy. My Vitamin D level was 17.8 and my Free T4 was .49. My TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) was in the normal range of 2.09. My doctor put me on a Vitamin D supplement. Will the Vitamin D make my thyroid level go back up, and do you think I should be on thyroid medication? My doctor says that I should get my blood work done in two months and see how it is then.

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