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Pharmacy Q&A: June 2007

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Q. The expiration date on all my medicine is one year after the prescription is filled. Does this mean the Percocet I have on hand for a bad back becomes toxic after that time or is it just ineffective? A.... (Read More)
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Q. A few weeks ago I could not get out of my chair to go to bed. I was telling my body "stand up" but my back and legs just wouldn’t respond. I eventually managed to lever myself up with... (Read More)
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Q. I’ve been using Rogaine (minoxidil) for more than 12 years to slow hair loss. I started taking the oral medicine Proscar when I heard that this drug could also help grow hair. (Proscar was cheaper and stronger than Propecia.)... (Read More)
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Q. Does aspartame affect bleeding if you are taking a blood thinner like Coumadin? I know that cranberry juice poses a potential problem with this drug. How can I keep up with Coumadin interactions? A. Coumadin (warfarin) is a life-saving... (Read More)
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Q. I have taken Lipitor for several years. I’ve begun to notice numbness in my feet along with sporadic memory loss and difficulty balancing my checkbook and using the computer. I have a PhD, so this is alarming. My doctor... (Read More)
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have read that aluminum seems to be associated with Alzheimer’s 
disease. Could the aluminum in antiperspirants increase the risk? What else can you use to reduce underarm sweating and odor? A. The aluminum-Alzheimer’s connection has been debated for... (Read More)
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Q. Since quinine sulfate is no longer available for leg cramps, I wonder if there is any danger in drinking "tonic water" just for the flavor. Quinine is an ingredient, I believe. A. Although the FDA has banned the use... (Read More)
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Q. My husband takes Coreg, Lanoxin, amiodarone, Lasix, metolazone, Lipitor, aspirin, Uroxatral, Renagel, potassium and insulin. He also gets a shot of Procrit weekly for severe anemia caused by kidney problems.He takes so many pills it gets very confusing. Even... (Read More)
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Q. I recently read that some sunscreens contain hormones that might affect young children. I am an avid user of sunscreen. I’m concerned about any adverse effects on my children, especially my 9-year-old daughter.What specific ingredient should I be avoiding?... (Read More)
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Q. I have had great trouble stopping the antidepressant Effexor. I tapered off this medicine as instructed, but I still have a feeling like electrical shocks going through my brain. Getting off this drug has been a nightmare. If for... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered with constipation for more than a year and have had little success finding relief. Someone suggested that I eat an entire red pepper daily. This certainly does not appeal to me, but I am feeling desperate... (Read More)
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Q. Some time ago I read in your column about someone who had success removing skin tags with a liquid bandage. I would appreciate hearing about this remedy. I have several of these growths around my neck where the chain... (Read More)
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Q. You have written about allergies but I think you may have missed the next great allergy drug. I was having problems last winter and tried Claritin, Allegra and Zyrtec in succession, but all had lost their effectiveness. The nurse... (Read More)