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Pharmacy Q&A: April 2009

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Q. My wife has been taking Lipitor for about three years. Two years ago she began to have memory problems, and they have gotten steadily worse since then.She has been to a neurologist and there does not seem to be... (Read More)
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Q. People’s Pharmacy has gotten me into a problem with my dear wife. As a regular reader of your column, I always share stuff with her if I think it may help. Your comment about taking magnesium supplements to help... (Read More)
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Q.  My best friend was on Effexor (venlafaxine) after going through a dreadful divorce. She’s young, strong and vibrant. After a period of time she realized she no longer wanted to take Effexor. Her doctor simply said, “Stop taking it.”When... (Read More)
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Q. I have taken pain relievers for years for arthritis pain in my knees and hips and plantar fasciitis in my left foot. I thought drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen were my friends.My rheumatologist prescribed Celebrex but suddenly my kidney... (Read More)
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Q. Thanks for a tip you offered. A woman recommended a combination of Listerine and diluted vinegar for toenail fungus. She mentioned that it also made her feet soft. I don't have nail fungus, but as a "barefoot girl" I... (Read More)
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Q. My husband was taking amiodarone for a heart rhythm problem. He developed pulmonary fibrosis as a side effect and died last November. I just can’t understand why this dangerous drug is still on the market.A. We are so sorry... (Read More)
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Q. I started working as a substitute teacher three years ago. Ever since, I’ve been getting frequent colds that often turn into bronchitis. Then my doctor prescribes antibiotics.I am now suffering with my second cold in a month. I wash... (Read More)
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Q. I am a singer, so my voice is critical to both my livelihood and my sense of well-being. I was recently diagnosed with mild asthma and my doctor prescribed an inhaler called Flovent.I am fairly certain that this medicine... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor recently prescribed Premarin Vaginal Cream. It has improved my life dramatically, reducing dryness and easing other symptoms of menopause. Are there any negative effects? Is it absorbed into my body?A. Premarin Vaginal Cream contains conjugated estrogens just... (Read More)
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Q. I have been taking Protonix for heartburn for at least six months. After I learned that long-term use might lead to complications, I tried to stop taking it. Big mistake!After about a week, I had to start taking it... (Read More)
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Q. I have a problem and I don't know where to turn. My partner and I don't have sex very often anymore. We have been together for over five years.I became depressed because of work, family and medical issues but... (Read More)
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Q. I had severe leg pain during the night and day for about four months. My doctor did blood work and found that my vitamin D level was 8. She prescribed me 50,000 IUs per week for twelve weeks and... (Read More)
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Q. You’ve heard from a lot of people with bad indigestion. I used to be one of them. One day quite by accident I forgot to buy milk. To my surprise the next day the indigestion disappeared. Since I have... (Read More)