Pharmacy Q&A: January 2006

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Q. I drank decaf coffee for 25 years. About 15 years ago, my cholesterol started going up. I’ve done everything my doctor suggested, including diet, exercise, Mevacor, Zocor, Lipitor and red yeast rice. Some numbers went down but my triglycerides... (Read More)
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Q. I was amused to hear that scientists have finally figured out that birth control pills reduce a woman’s sexual desire. I’ve known that for years. When I was younger, the effect wasn’t as obvious, but in my 20s and... (Read More)
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Q. I read about a new drug called ribotanan, I think, but I may have spelled it wrong. The drug affects the body's cannabinoid receptors. It is supposed to curb appetite, lower cholesterol and block glucose. Are you familiar with... (Read More)
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Q. All my life I have had a strong sex drive. Over the last few years, however, I have had some difficulty maintaining an erection. My urologist prescribed Cialis, which works pretty well. But he scared me by saying I... (Read More)
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Q. In the last four months or so, my blood pressure began to climb higher and higher, despite my daily dose of the blood pressure medicine, lisinopril. In the last month, I began to feel short of breath and weak,... (Read More)