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Listen To Our Podcast: 886 Finding Courage to Connect in 2013


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: We often think of vulnerability as a weakness, but being open and vulnerable...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/12/29/886-daring-to-be-vulnerable/

Coconut Helped Dog's Diarrhea


Q. I heard about eating coconut macaroons to help with irritable bowel syndrome on your radio program. Our dog was having trouble with recurrent bouts of diarrhea and the vet could not find a reason. I gave her coconut flakes...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/12/31/coconut-helped-dogs-diarrhea/

Pristiq (Desvenlafaxine) Side Effects & Withdrawal


Q. Can you offer me any ideas of how I can ease my withdrawal from Pristiq? My brain is cloudy, I am having brain zaps and I am agitated. I should have never tried it out. Please help! A. You...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/12/31/pristiq-desvenlafaxine-side-effects-withdrawal/

Is There Help for Lasting Sexual Side Effects?


Q. Now that I'm nearing divorce court (in large part due to sexual difficulties), I was dismayed by the response to a person inquiring about finasteride (Proscar). I have every single side effect in your answer. I have not taken...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/12/31/is-there-help-for-lasting-sexual-side-effects/

Weighing the Options for Menopause Relief


Q. I had a full hysterectomy at age 49. My health is excellent otherwise, with no smoking, regular exercise and alcohol in moderation. My gynecologist put me on Estratest. I felt great on this but my skin became extremely oily...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/12/31/weighing-the-options-for-menopause-relief/

Steroid Shots in Joints Weaken Bones


Q. What effect do cortisone shots have on the body? In order to keep playing tennis I have received shots in my hip, knees and shoulders over the last few years. I have read that oral prednisone can lead to...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/12/31/steroid-shots-in-joints-weaken-bones/

Dumb Idea Pays Off


Q. Using soap for muscle cramps was the stupidest idea I'd heard in a long while. I tried drinking tonic water for the quinine, eating lots of bananas for the extra potassium and anything else I had heard about, but...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/12/31/dumb-idea-pays-off/

Difficulties Tracking Recalled Drugs


Q. When the recall of Ranbaxy atorvastatin was announced because of glass particles in the pills, I had 30 left of a 90-day supply. The pharmacist said he had no way of tracing the lot number of my prescription. He...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/12/31/difficulties-tracking-recalled-drugs/

Beware Black Box Warnings on Your Drugs


When the FDA determines that a drug has a really serious side effect, it requires the company to highlight the problem in bold type with a black border at the top of the prescribing information. This "black box warning" is...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/12/31/beware-black-box-warnings-on-your-drugs/


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