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    By: The People's Pharmacy December 22, 2014 0 Comments
    Hallucinating Ghosts on Tramadol

    Q. I was recently prescribed tramadol for pain from a bad hip. (There is probably surgery in my future.) I ended up with hallucinations. Ghost-like people were floating along next to my shoulder. I th…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 22, 2014 0 Comments
    Sugar Paste Helps Dog Heal

    Q. My German shepherd has been suffering from a chronic ulcerated wound that did not respond well to anything the vet prescribed. The surgery for such a wound is invasive and risky for an older dog. I…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 22, 2014 0 Comments
    Blood Pressure Pill May Lead to Hair Loss

    Q. I am a 47-year-old female who once had very thick red wavy hair. It was so thick hairstylists would comment on it. In the past several months, however, I have been losing so much hair that I am rea…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 22, 2014 0 Comments
    Vitamin C Can Protect Stomach from NSAID Injury

    Q. I read that taking vitamin C at the same time as aspirin can reduce stomach irritation. Does this protective effect of vitamin C also apply to other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen? A. One of …

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 22, 2014 0 Comments
    Hand Washing Is Crucial to Avoid Sharing Germs

    Q. I am outraged when people refuse to take reasonable precautions like washing their hands after using the restroom. I was hospitalized with norovirus and I can tell you that the diarrhea was dreadfu…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 22, 2014 0 Comments
    Do Statins Mess Up Mental Function?

    There are few more contentious issues in cardiology today than the pros and cons of statins. These cholesterol-lowering medications are among the most successful drugs in history. Statins Save Lives! …

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 22, 2014 0 Comments
    Fenugreek Helped Burning Feet

    Q. My mother had been bothered with burning feet for some time, and we had not found a solution till recently. We suspected that the burning was related to her type 2 diabetes and I'd read somewhere t…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 18, 2014 5 Comments
    Show 974: Toxin ToxOut

    Living in the modern world means being exposed to a great many chemical compounds, from those in our shampoo to the ones that make up that unforgettable new-car smell. The safety of many of these comp…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 18, 2014 1 Comments
    New Treatment Offers Hope for Stroke Victims

    Strokes are often caused by a blood clot in the brain. If the patient shows up at the emergency department soon enough after symptoms* start, doctors can inject an enzyme that dissolves the clot and o…

    By: Joe Graedon December 18, 2014 4 Comments
    Chewing Gum Fights Ear Infections

    Q. I was surprised when our pediatrician suggested I should be giving my five-year-old chewing gum to prevent repeated ear infections. He said to look for a brand with xylitol. Is there something spec…

    By: Joe Graedon December 18, 2014 2 Comments
    Falls Can Be a Deadly Consequence of Medicine

    Decades ago Mom and Dad protected you from accidents and picked you up if you fell. Now it's time for you to return the favor. A fall can be life-threatening for an older person. A broken hip can lead…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 18, 2014 3 Comments
    This Year’s Flu May Be a Little Different

    The flu is making an appearance around the country, but in many cases it isn't behaving like the usual influenza. There are reports that people are ill with aches and fatigue. They lose their appetite…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 18, 2014 2 Comments
    High or Low Glycemic Index in Diet Doesn’t…

    People at risk for diabetes are often advised to concentrate on whole grains, vegetables and other types of minimally processed foods that don't make blood sugar rise quickly. A new study from Harvard…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 18, 2014 1 Comments
    For Blood Pressure, Sugar May Be Worse Than Salt

    When public health authorities give dietary recommendations to help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, they usually focus on salt. We are all advised to cut our sodium…

    By: Joe Graedon December 18, 2014 0 Comments
    Does Antidepressant Act Like An Aphrodisac?

    Q. I have been taking Wellbutrin (bupropion) for depression for seven years. I don't think it increases my sex drive, but it doesn't interfere with it either. Before that I took sertraline during a ve…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 18, 2014 2 Comments
    Do You Know How to Use Your Inhaler?

    Certain medical devices are widely used by consumers to control dangerous disease symptoms. Two of them, epinephrine self-injection and asthma inhalers, are used in emergency situations. A new study s…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 18, 2014 4 Comments
    Yoga Has Real Cardiovascular Benefits

    Yoga is real exercise, according to a meta-analysis of 32 randomized controlled trials. The investigators found that yoga can help people lose weight, lower their blood pressure, reduce their heart ra…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 18, 2014 0 Comments
    Feeling Young Helps Lower the Impact of Many Bir…

    The saying "you're only as old as you feel" is supported by new epidemiological research. Scientists in London enrolled 6,000 older people a decade ago and tracked their attitudes and activities. Peop…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 15, 2014 0 Comments
    Use Your Holiday Coupon

    As the final days of the holiday shopping frenzy approach, we offer you a way to take a deep breath and reduce the stress. You can shop from your computer and save money. For just two more days, until…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 15, 2014 0 Comments
    Will Ginger Cure Prostate Cancer?

    Q. I'm 68 years old and had my prostate removed in May, 2007. I have been cancer-free for seven years, but now the cancer has returned. I'm on Lupron to control it. Several family members sent me an a…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 15, 2014 1 Comments
    Sunblock in Lip Balm Caused Cheilitis

    Q. I had no end of trouble with cheilitis for several years. Eventually a very practical allergist suspected the benzones in lip sunblocks could be causing the irritation of my lips. She was right. In…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 15, 2014 2 Comments
    Cayenne to Combat Leg Cramps

    Q. My husband and I swear by a product called cayenne, an herbal extract of Capsicum annuum. We both use it for leg cramps and it works in seconds. I mix about 12 drops in a small amount of water and …

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 15, 2014 4 Comments
    Drug Combo Causing Intolerable Dry Mouth

    Q. My mother has atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure. She takes Lasix for heart failure and Detrol for an overactive bladder. Her arthritis is troublesome, and her doctor prescribed Lyric…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 15, 2014 6 Comments
    Burning Tongue May Signal Vitamin Deficiency

    Q. I adopted a vegan diet early this year, and now I have begun experiencing a burning sensation on one side of my tongue. It is quite uncomfortable. This happened once before when I was single and no…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 15, 2014 0 Comments
    How to Calm a Cough: Drugstore Vs. Grandma

    At this time of year, when folks squeeze into crowded shopping centers, gather for holiday parties or lift their voices for seasonal songs, viruses can travel fast. What doctors term "upper respirator…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 15, 2014 4 Comments
    Aspirin Helps Control Plantar Psoriasis

    Q. I was diagnosed with plantar psoriasis more than a year ago. The palms of my hands and bottoms of my feet developed very dry skin that cracked and bled. They looked like they had dry glue all over …

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2014 6 Comments
    Heartburn Drug (Tagamet) a Last Resort Against S…

    Q. Please tell me more about treating warts with Tagamet. Do you make a paste of the Tagamet and put it on the wart, or do you swallow the pills? A. You are not the only person who wants to know about…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 11, 2014 10 Comments
    Show 973: The Pros and Cons of Generic Drugs

    The FDA has insisted for years that generic drugs are identical to their brand-name counterparts. Physician and medical historian Jeremy Greene writes: "Generic drugs never were--and still are not--ex…

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2014 0 Comments
    It’s Not Too Late to Give the Gift of Good…

    Are you still trying to figure out what to give family and friends for the holidays? Last minute shopping can be incredibly stressful. Why not give a meaningful gift that will last for years and make …

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 11, 2014 0 Comments
    Big Holiday Savings and Social Media Give-Away

    As we look back on the past year and forward to 2015 and celebrate the holidays with our circle of friends, readers and listeners, The People's Pharmacy would like to offer you a chance to win one of …