Originally Posted by DannaA
Newbie here and I was wondering if someone can answer a question for me about over the counter meds.
I see a lot of people posting about killer headaches in the first week and have noticed that the general response is to drink water with salt in it.. but I havent noticed anyone suggest a good dose of Advil or tylonel... which is likely what i would do if i was suffering from a migraine type headache!? Are we not supposed to take over the counter meds?
Another otc that i use regularily right now is Tums for heartburn... and i usually need it at night when i lay down. Does anyone have experience with not needing these anymore ...are they ok to take?
Thanks in advance for your replies!!
The salt suggestion is because VERY often in the early part of Phase 1, the headaches are a direct result of electrolyte imbalance, which adding salt takes care of. If that doesn't work or you have a true migraine, take whatever OTC meds you need to
TUMS is going to be an issue while on IP - there is sugar and starch in them, neither of which you can have on Phase 1. You MAY actually find that your heartburn significantly decreases from being on IP, the diet is very anti-inflammatory on your digestive system. If you still have issues with the heartburn, you should talk to your doctor about sugar-free alternatives to the tums.