Pharmacy Q&A: April 2007

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Q. I take 600 mg to 1200 mg of Motrin every day for headaches. My doctor wants me to take aspirin for my heart. Is there a conflict?A. The ibuprofen (Motrin) you take may counteract the heart protecting power of... (Read More)
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Q. I read about the person who ate ice all the time. I too ate ice excessively. When I started taking an iron tablet every day, the craving stopped.Eating ice can totally ruin your teeth. Several months after I quit... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 35-year-old woman who lives a very active and busy life. I work three jobs and have a family with three teenage boys.The problem is that within the last two years my sexual drive has dwindled down... (Read More)
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Q. A lot of press attention has been given recently to the benefits of dark chocolate for lowering blood pressure. A banner at the bottom of the television screen said that eating chocolate is as good as some blood pressure... (Read More)
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Q. I try to limit my family's salt intake because high blood pressure runs in my husband's family. I found "Morton's Lite Salt" at the store. The package claims it has "half the sodium of table salt...can be used in... (Read More)
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Q. I have been taking Ambien for about six months. It really helps me get a decent night’s sleep but now I have heartburn.Can Ambien cause reflux? I hate to take Nexium to counteract indigestion that might be caused by... (Read More)
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Q. I have taken Wellbutrin XL for two years and it has taken care of my depression beautifully. In January my insurance company switched me to the generic called Budeprion XL. I didn’t think twice about it. I just assumed... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor said that I should be taking an aspirin every day, but my pharmacist said that aspirin doesn’t protect women the way it does men. Who’s right and what’s the best dose? A. A new study of almost... (Read More)
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Q. I was diagnosed with “depression” and for several years I took a series of different antidepressant drugs. The results were unsatisfactory and I experienced many unpleasant side effects.Then one year I was hospitalized for an unrelated medical problem. During... (Read More)
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Q. My mother was admitted to the hospital a few weeks ago for dehydration, acute bronchitis and pneumonia. During the admission, they checked her blood level of Coumadin and discovered it was about ten times higher than normal.The doctors in... (Read More)
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Q. I have a comment regarding the lady whose sex drive doesn't match her husband's. Perhaps a better balance in household duties would create a better balance in their sex drives. She is exhausted from working all week and doing... (Read More)
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Q. Why don't they take Ambien off the market? I spoke to a friend who drove 20 miles at 7:30 in the morning and doesn't remember a thing that happened. Another driver saw him weaving around on the road, tried... (Read More)