Pharmacy Q&A: February 2008

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Q. I've read that people, especially older folks, should be out in the sun for at least 10 minutes per day to get vitamin D. What if the person has had skin cancer? I am conscientious about sunscreen, but someone... (Read More)

Do NSAIDs Cause Gas?

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Q. I am taking naproxen for pain in my lower back, hands and knees. It seems to do the trick for the pain but I am having lots of flatulence. There is probably no connection but I would like to... (Read More)
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Q. I have very sensitive skin that reacts badly to everything. I have used Listerine for years to clear up small blemishes. Apply a dab to the area at night and usually by morning the spot is clear. It doesn't... (Read More)
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Q. My husband had hip replacement surgery in January. For two days after the surgery, he was a bit groggy. By the third day he was hallucinating. I was trying to prevent him from injuring his new hip while he... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered with stomach pain and reflux for a long time. I have tried Zantac and Pepcid without much success. I am now taking Prevacid that my doctor prescribed to control excess acid. Even after an increase in... (Read More)
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Q. When I needed treatment for toenail fungus, my doctor suggested I soak my toes in Listerine for 30 minutes a night for thirty days. I sent my husband to Costco for a giant jug of Listerine. He returned with... (Read More)

Is Your Soap Clean?

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Q. Is bar soap a possible source of bacteria? Is it better to use liquid soap? A. Soggy bar soap can become contaminated with bacteria. But not all liquid soap is free of germs. Microbiologist Charles Gerba, PhD, has found... (Read More)
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Q. There was a lot of hoopla recently about the drug Zetia. I called my doctor, who told me to continue taking it, but if it's not doing anything good for my high cholesterol, why bother? A pharmacist told me... (Read More)
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Q. I just read that grapefruit increases the risk of breast cancer. What gives? I always thought fruits and vegetables prevented cancer. A. One study showed that grapefruit raises estrogen levels in postmenopausal women. Higher estrogen is associated with greater... (Read More)
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Q. You had a question from parents concerned about their son using more than three big bottles of mouthwash in a week. Shame on you for soft-pedaling the use of Listerine. My dad dried out and then restarted on mouthwash.... (Read More)
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Q. My orthopedic doctor did not warn me that the anti-inflammatory drug he prescribed might raise my blood pressure. When it spiked to 172/92 I got scared. The doctor did not respond to my complaints and a pharmacist said it... (Read More)
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Q. My daughter has excessive nosebleeds. Do you have any herbal or home remedy suggestions? A. You may want to start in the pharmacy. There are three products to consider: Nosebleed QR (www.biolife.com and 800-722-7559), NasalCEASE (www.nasalcease.com and 800-650-6673) and... (Read More)
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Q. I live in the U.K. On Christmas Eve my boyfriend had been been using Champix for some months. He was drinking and went berserk for no reason, assaulted me and destroyed my apartment. I fled and waited in an... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor recently put me on Fosamax for osteoporosis once a week. A few days later I was in terrible pain with my arthritic thumbs. They hurt so much I wanted to cut them off. I called my doctor... (Read More)