Pharmacy Q&A: November 2008

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Q. I was recently traveling in France and ran out of the acetaminophen I brought from home for my painful arthritic knee. When I attempted to buy more acetaminophen from a French pharmacy, the pharmacist said acetaminophen is not sold... (Read More)
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Q. I struggled for years with hair loss, dry skin and tiredness all the time. I was finally sent to an endocrinologist who discovered I have Hashimoto's disease and prescribed Armour Thyroid.Now that I take this natural hormone, my hair... (Read More)
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Q. I read your column about floating poop. When I experienced this about seven years ago I ignored it because there were no other symptoms. Luckily for me, I ended up in the emergency room with a kidney stone. This... (Read More)
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Q. Someone wrote to you about using zinc oxide as a deodorant. I tried it but it didn't work for me.At the same time my hemorrhoids were burning and itching, and even Preparation H didn't seem to help. Since zinc... (Read More)
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Q. Every winter my skin gets awfully dry and itchy. My hands and particularly my fingertips really suffer. At times they crack and bleed. I heard that you have written about solutions for these problems. I would be so grateful... (Read More)
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Q. I am having trouble leveling out my Coumadin. Many foods are not included on the list the dietitian gave me. Cranberries are a puzzle, for instance. The nurse says eat them; the doctor says don’t. Can I eat cranberries... (Read More)

Aleve Makes Her Drowsy

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Q. Can Aleve sometimes cause drowsiness? I only take one but later I find myself dozing off. Is there a hidden ingredient that causes this? Am I the only one who experiences this problem?A. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as... (Read More)

Annoyed at ED Ads

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Q. I'm so irked about erectile dysfunction ads. I'm a mature adult, married (with adult children), so I’m not ignorant or prudish.I think, however, that if you have a problem, you know it and should see your doctor. These advertisements... (Read More)
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Q I have read that cold medicines for children continue to be sold even though they have not been thoroughly tested. Sadly, some businesses are quick to put out OTC medications just to turn a profit (and a rather large... (Read More)
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Q. You have saved my sanity! I’ve always enjoyed your column, but never needed your advice until last year.I had been suffering in silence as my hair changed its texture from wavy to straight. Then my fingernails began to deteriorate.... (Read More)
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Q. If the price is too good to be real, the drug might be a fake! With Nexium over $4 a pill, I ordered it from an online Canadian drugstore. When the pills came, they were from India and they... (Read More)
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Q. I was watching Oprah and heard a doctor on her show say that poop should NEVER float. Why?I have not changed my diet at all, but all of a sudden about two months ago, every time I have a... (Read More)