Pharmacy Q&A: April 2008

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Q. I take hormone replacement in the form of bio-identical hormones from a compounding pharmacy. The prescription is a triple-estrogen compound with progesterone. The compounding pharmacist stated that because all three forms of estrogen are used, the risk that accompanies... (Read More)
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Q. I desperately need your help. I was diagnosed with genital herpes three years ago, and this diagnosis has left me full of emotions. I am crying as I write this letter.For fear of scorn and rejection, I cannot disclose... (Read More)
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Q. Is chewing Aspergum as effective as chewing an aspirin if you think you are having a heart attack?A. Physicians frequently advise patients who think they may be having a heart attack to dial 911 and chew a baby aspirin... (Read More)
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Q. My 81-yr-old Mom is currently prescribed allopurinol to prevent gout, enalapril and labetalol for high blood pressure, metformin for diabetes, Plavix to thin her blood, Zocor to control cholesterol plus extra Magnesium and potassium (Klor-Con).She exhibits confusion, symptoms of... (Read More)
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Q. I have a much higher sex drive than my partner. He is in his late 30s, while I am in my mid 20s. I would prefer to have sex every couple of days while he is fine with having... (Read More)
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Q. I have back problems and have been taking Vicodin daily for pain. The last six months, my breathing has been terrible. I’d have to stop and catch my breath with any little thing.I’ve been off Vicodin for a week... (Read More)
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Q. I developed a dry cough soon after my doctor diagnosed me with hypertension and put me on Altace. I would cough and cough until I would gag and throw up at work into my trashcan because the coughing would... (Read More)
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Q. Have you heard of using milk of magnesia on severe acne? My son has cystic nodular acne. He is 16 and has been under a dermatologist’s care for many years.We have spent thousands to no avail. He has recently... (Read More)
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Q. I was diagnosed with celiac disease and advised to avoid gluten from wheat, rye and barley. Avoiding gluten in my diet has made a huge difference for me. Are there any resources to help me avoid gluten in pills?... (Read More)
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Q. I have heard that an ingredient in plastic called bisphenol A can get into foods and beverages from containers. I was so impressed with the evidence of harm that I thought I would see what food I could buy... (Read More)
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Q. I have read that using decongestant nasal sprays can be addictive. What are your views on using oral OTC cold remedies for more than seven days? Will these cause any symptoms when I stop? A. There is considerable controversy... (Read More)
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Q. As a physician, I have been testing my patients for 25-hydroxy-vitamin D for several months. Many are deficient and some have symptoms of pain and muscle weakness. I advise patients to take one or two vitamin D supplements of... (Read More)
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Q. I have taken both lithium and Wellbutrin for 15 years to control bipolar disease. Recently I have become very thirsty. It is most noticeable when I'm speaking to large groups. (This is part of my job that hasn't changed... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered with insomnia for years. My doctor prescribed Ambien, which gives me eight hours of restful sleep. Then the pharmacist switched me to generic zolpidem for under $15. He said it was identical to Ambien.It wasn’t! I... (Read More)