Pharmacy Q&A: February 2009

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Q. When I first met my friend Mike twenty years ago, he was going through bottles of antacids. He’d been doing this for 12 years, far longer than the bottle label recommended.He had a severe bout of anemia and was... (Read More)
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Q. What are the best sites for financial help with very expensive drugs? I don’t qualify for Medicaid but my drug bills can reach $5,000 a month. I have multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s and atrial fibrillation. I am a retired nurse... (Read More)
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Q. My 62-year-old husband had a prostatectomy a year ago. It was successful, but he continues to have bladder problems. His urologist put him on Detrol for this.When he started acting confused and paranoid, I got concerned. At the urologist's... (Read More)

In Praise of Ambien

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Q. After reading all the complaints about Ambien, I would like to put in a good word for this sleeping pill. I’ve had trouble sleeping all my life. When I finally fell asleep, I had a hard time waking up.A... (Read More)
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Q. My husband takes Actos, metformin and glyburide for type 2 diabetes, Lipitor for cholesterol and Diovan HCT for high blood pressure.The doctor prescribed vitamin B12 because my husband’s low in this vitamin. He can’t get up the stairs without... (Read More)
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Q. My son was prescribed amoxicillin for an ear infection. The prescription was sent electronically to the pharmacist. The pharmacy gave us prednisone with the wrong doctor’s name on the script. Even the address was wrong.The pharmacy clerk tried to... (Read More)
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Q. You ran a story about lisinopril causing cough. I had the same experience.My regular doctor referred me to an audiologist who diagnosed acid reflux. I then went to an ENT doctor who had no suggestions. Finally I saw an... (Read More)
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Q. One of your readers asked for advice regarding constipation caused by Fosamax and Lipitor. I was surprised you did not mention taking Metamucil to help with constipation.I have had to follow that regimen for over 30 years, taking 3... (Read More)
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Q. I'm a 26-year-old female in a committed relationship with a man I am deeply in love with and have been for two years. I've always had a healthy sex drive, but now I'm concerned.In the beginning we had a... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 63-year-old woman who had estrogen-positive breast cancer 10 years ago. I had bilateral mastectomies, no chemo or radiation.Now I am extremely estrogen deprived and cannot have sex because of the pain from vaginal dryness. My doctor... (Read More)
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Q. I was on atenolol for high blood pressure and kept complaining to my doctor about fatigue, tiredness, light-headedness and swelling feet and ankles. I couldn’t breathe or walk up a flight of stairs without stopping to catch my breath... (Read More)
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Q. You ran a letter from a forensic crime scene detective who used Vicks VapoRub to mask nasty smells on the job. You should have said, Don’t put Vicks VapoRub in your nose, your horse’s nose or your meerkat’s nose!... (Read More)