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Listen To Our Podcast: 816 Balance Disorders (Archive)


Most children love to roll or spin until they feel dizzy. But though adults may also enjoy amusement rides, unwanted dizziness is no fun. There are many potential causes, and diagnosis can be difficult. A leading expert on balance disorders...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/04/07/816-balance-disorders/

Do Sleeping Pills Shorten Lives?


Q. What can I do to get a reasonable night's sleep? I have just spent another sleepless night. If I don't get some sleep soon I will go nuts. I also worry that insomnia will undermine my overall health. I...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/04/09/do-sleeping-pills-shorten-lives/

Generic Drug Is Matter of Life and Death


Q. My husband is suffering seizures after being forced to switch to generic levetiracetam (Keppra). I can buy the brand for $735.00 per month, but at 62 years of age we can't afford to spend this much every month. I...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/04/09/generic-drug-is-matter-of-life-and-death/

Will Nopal Cactus Control Blood Sugar?


Q. I have type 2 diabetes and heard that if you drink nopal cactus tea it can help control blood sugar. Where can I get the fresh cactus pads or ready made tea? A. You will need to be in...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/04/09/will-nopal-cactus-control-blood-sugar/

Niacin Side Effects: Hot Flashes Are Nasty


Q. I am taking niacin 1000 mg to improve my good cholesterol. I get a hot flash about 20 minutes later that lasts about 15 minutes. Is this normal? My doctor recommended niacin since the bad LDL cholesterol is fine...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/04/09/niacin-side-effects-hot-flashes-are-nasty/

Foot Powder Foiled Fungus


Q. I have had toenail fungus for more than 37 years. I started using a light sprinkle of foot powder containing cornstarch with zinc in my shoes and socks when I go for my daily walk. This week I noticed...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/04/09/foot-powder-foiled-fungus/

Vicks on Feet Calms Cough


Q. I searched the Internet looking for ways to help my husband get some sleep and not cough all night. Ever since his radiation therapy for vocal cord cancer, he has coughed at night. After applying Vicks VapoRub to his...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/04/09/vicks-on-feet-calms-cough/

Prednisone Side Effects: Deal With The Devil?


Prednisone (and similar corticosteroids) can be a life saving drug. It saved my sanity when I developed sudden hearing loss in one ear. That was a really scary experience for someone who depends on hearing to be able to do...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/04/08/prednisone-side-effects-deal-with-the-devil/

Drug Interactions Can Be Deadly


Mixing household cleaners can be deadly. Putting ammonia and bleach together generates potentially lethal gas. Mixing medications can be equally dangerous. Yet physicians still prescribe combinations such as Viagra and nitrate heart medicines or the antibiotic cotrimoxazole (Bactrim or Septra)...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/04/08/drug-interactions-can-be-deadly/


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