Pharmacy Q&A: March 2010

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Q. I have been on Fosamax for approximately eight years and have NEVER been told it should not be taken so long. I am 62 years old and have always worked out to stay healthy and strong. I fell last... (Read More)
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Q. I am 50 years old and in good health. I have taken Prozac until quite recently. Over the last few years my libido and my ability to perform sexually have diminished noticeably. I thought that when I stopped the... (Read More)
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Q. I have been on Evista for two years to prevent breast cancer after surgery and radiation for DCIS (pre-cancer in my breast). I have suffered the whole time with terrible hot flashes. One month ago I tried pine bark... (Read More)
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Q. Recently I heard that there was a cream or ointment for getting rid of age spots. I think I heard it referred to as Hydroxycordone but I am not sure. Is there such a product that can be bought... (Read More)
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Q. My total cholesterol is 140, my LDL is 55 and my HDL is 47. I am on simvastatin. My chiropractor believes that my numbers are too low for me to be on medication. He says the brain is made... (Read More)

Swallowing Pills

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Q. During a recent stay in the hospital, while swallowing pills I mentioned to the nurse that I had a dread of having a large pill getting stuck in my throat. She explained that the RIGHT way to swallow is... (Read More)
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Q. I had plantar warts on the bottoms of my feet for close to five years. It got to the point where I didn't wear flip flops or anything that showed my feet, which was hard because I'm a surfer... (Read More)
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Q. I'm a paramedic and also work in an OB (obstetrics) unit. A little Vicks under the nostrils helps a lot. I've never had a new dad get sick or faint when he's used it. I believe more people get... (Read More)
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Q. It seems living in the Pacific Northwest is a health hazard from lack of vitamin D. Not only have I been diagnosed with low vitamin D, practically everyone else I know also has this problem. Many of my irritating... (Read More)
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Q. I had colon surgery last year and as a result I suffered from embarrassing smelly flatulence. Fortunately, I found a product called Devrom (www.devrom.com). It has changed my life! A. Stinky gas can be extremely embarrassing. Devrom contains bismuth... (Read More)
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Q. I am a mid-level prescriber (a clinical nurse specialist) who has submitted 37 adverse event reports to the FDA's MedWatch program regarding generic lamotrigine. Most of the adverse events involved a loss of response, but many involved a loss... (Read More)
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Q. You often have questions on nosebleeds, particularly on whether using certain products in the nose would cause lung problems. I have had many nosebleeds over the years and not long ago had to go to the emergency room to... (Read More)
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Q. I suffer from heart disease and take aspirin and Plavix as blood thinners as well as Lipitor and fish oil to lower cholesterol. The medical literature suggests that ibuprofen interferes with the heart benefits of aspirin and may cause... (Read More)
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Q. How can you tell if a can has BPA in its lining? I have been eating canned salmon after reading that it is wild caught and preferable to farm raised salmon. Now I wonder if I am getting too... (Read More)