Frequently Asked Questions
See below for frequently asked questions we receive from our patients. We are also available to answer your questions by calling us at: (954) 581-8706
» In general avoid taking any medication. Most often, small problems may be remedied with either rest & relaxation, or adjustment of diet, and /or change of eating habits.
» We ask that you consult us prior to taking any medications. There are a few medicines, however that we feel are safe to use with discretion.
If you have Cough / Sore Throat
» Robitussin DM
» Chloroseptic Lozenges
» Celestial Seasonings Lozenges
» Cepacol Lozenges
Congestion / Sinus Trouble
» Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
» Tylenol Sinus Maximum Strength
Severe Cold Symptoms
» Tylenol Cold
» Robitussin Cough & Cold Liquid Gels
» Pepto Bismal
» If symptoms persists more than one week contact your physician´s office
Sometimes it is helpful to figure out when you experience indigestion. Is it before meals, when your stomach is empty? Is it when you have just finished a large meal? Is it in the evening or morning all the time? Often this situation is relieved by eating small and more frequent meals or avoiding specific irritating foods or by having less in your stomach at bedtime. If these suggestions don´t help, you might try, Mylanta, Maalox tablets or liquids
Again, we suggest that you consider your diet and the time of day that you eat your meals. During pregnancy it is thought that there may be an increase in gastric (stomach) secretions, and perhaps a cracker or a piece of toast before getting out of bed may be helpful. You might also try eating smaller and more frequent meals and try never to skip meals. You can also try:
» Cola Syrup
» Ginger Tea
» If you cannot keep any fluids down for more than 24 hours, please contact your physician´s office.
There are many reasons or causes for constipation during pregnancy. Sometimes it is due to the iron in your vitamins, the increasing size of the uterus, the lack of bulk or roughage in your diet (bran cereal, whole crackers, wheat bread, leafy green vegetables, fresh and dried fruit). First, try to increase the fiber in your diet. If the constipation does not improve you may take Metamucil or Fiber con which are bulk forming substance, or milk of Magnesia, which is a laxative. These products may be used occasionally but if constipation becomes a persistent problem, please call the office.
Usually when there are problems with bowl elimination, hemorrhoids occur. Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins at the rectal opening. Most often burning, itching and irritation occur with hemorrhoids. The treatment of this problem is keeping bowel movements soft and regular. Sitz baths three times daily and using Witch Hazel, tucks or Preparation “H” after bowel movements will help. Should you have any rectal bleeding, please lets us know.
As you might know, headaches may be caused by a number of reasons such as stress, being over worked, being over tired, or changes in hormonal levels occurring during pregnancy. Be sure to get enough sleep and take a break during daily activities. We do not suggest the use of aspirin or Ibuprofen. Tylenol (acetaminophen) regular or extra strength can be used.
Although is it not always possible to avoid these conditions, it may be helpful to drink fluids, and get plenty of rest. Co-Tylenol tablets or liquids may be used as a decongestant. Most other decongestants as well as antihistamine Actifed / Sudafed may be used. For a dry or “stuffy” nose, Ocean Nasal Mist should be used as often as needed. For a cough, we suggest plain Vick´s Formula 44 and also throat lozenges are fine to take. Should your symptoms persist, or your temperature is over 101 degrees Fahrenheit, please call the office.
Go to the emergency room if you are less than 20 weeks pregnant and have the following issues:
» If you are bleeding / spotting
» Severe Cramps
» Severe Nausea / Vomiting
» Feeling weak or unable to eat
Go to Labor / delivery at Broward General Medical Center if you are over 20 weeks and have the following issues:
» If you are bleeding / spotting
» If you are having contractions
» If the baby is not moving
» If your water broke
» Fever 100.3 or greater
If it is a life threatening emergency, call 911. For non life threatening emergencies; call our office at 954-581-8706 and we will give you a call back within 30 minutes.
If you have any questions or concerns about your pregnancy, call our office and have the following information available
» Your name
» How many weeks pregnant
» Describe your specific problem
» Pharmacy phone number
» Your contact number
Call our office phone number 954-581-8706, and an answering service will pick up. If you do not get a call back from a physician within 30 minutes, please call the same phone number again.