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Listen To Our Podcast: 847 Asthma and Infection


Tune in to our radio show on your local public radio station, or sign up for the podcast and listen at your leisure. Here's what it's about: Difficulty breathing is not only frightening; it can lead to serious medical complications...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/02/18/847-asthma-and-infection/

Do Physicians Fib?


Doctors are held in high esteem. They spend an extraordinary amount of time mastering the art and science of medicine. We trust our physicians to make the correct diagnosis, tell us the truth about our condition and recommend the best...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/02/20/do-physicians-fib/

Pickle Juice Against Heartburn


Q. Recently I had heartburn that was painful but not devastating. This doesn't happen to me often, so I had no antacids. Instead, I planned to wait until the burning stopped on its own. I took a sip (no more...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/02/20/pickle-juice-against-heartburn/

Vicks on Soles Calmed Cough


Q. I've been battling a common cold this week. One night, in desperation, I coated the soles of my feet with Vicks and the cough subsided. I have no idea how that could work, but I don't care. I slept!...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/02/20/vicks-on-soles-calmed-cough/

Trouble with Blood Pressure Drugs


Q. My very active mother visited her doctor for a routine checkup several months ago. He diagnosed her with hypertension and started her on atenolol and amlodipine. Since then she has slipped dramatically. She has no energy and has lost...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/02/20/trouble-with-blood-pressure-drugs/

Handling Hot Flashes Without Estrogen


Q. Why are doctors so determined that menopausal patients should take estrogen? When I told my doctor that I am reluctant to take Premarin for fear of cancer, she actually said that cancer is no big deal. It is just...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/02/20/handling-hot-flashes-without-estrogen/

Avoiding Gluten Stopped Migraines


Q. I had migraines all my life and have taken everything and more in the way of drugs. In December I decided to quit eating gluten (wheat, barley and rye). To my surprise, my headaches disappeared. A. Celiac disease is...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/02/20/avoiding-gluten-stopped-migraines/

Angular Cheilitis or Cracks at Corners of Mouth


Q. A friend and I were both recently diagnosed with perleche or angular cheilitis. Although the prescribed medicine (ciclopirox and fluticasone creams) clears it up, the irritation comes right back. I have very dry lips, and use lanolin to moisturize...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/02/20/cracks-at-corners-of-mouth-need-new-approach/

Are People Who Complain About Generic Drugs Nut Jobs?


Q. Never, never, never trust random folks on the internet for med advice. Generic drugs have to be the exact same thing as the brand name by law. The bioavailability as well as the delivery system also has to be...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/02/19/people-who-complain-about-generic-drugs-are-nut-jobs/

Generic Alprazolam Causes Withdrawal Side Effects


Q. I made it clear to my doctor a few years back that the generic brand for Xanax does not work effectively. It is at best 50% effective. I first realized how poorly it worked about 3 years ago when...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/02/19/alprazolam-withdrawal-side-effects/

Speaking Up to Doctor Is Hard


There are few relationships with a greater power differential than doctor and patient. Traditionally, the doctor is perceived as having all the knowledge as well as the power of life and death. There is also a tremendous amount of vulnerability...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/02/19/speaking-up-to-doctor-is-hard/

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