Pharmacy Q&A: October 2010

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Q. I take felodipine for high blood pressure. I know I can't take it with grapefruit juice. I recently read that orange and apple juice may also affect medications. Is there a fruit juice I could use for taking my... (Read More)
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Q. My mom (age 70) took Chantix for two weeks to help her quit smoking. She stopped the drug a week ago, but she is now confused, dazed, paranoid, has hallucinations and cannot concentrate or function. This seems to be... (Read More)
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Q. I have noticed a lot of hair loss in the last two months. It began after I started three new medications. I asked at the drug store and was told that none of these drugs have hair loss as... (Read More)
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Q. I was overweight with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. I was taking three different medications (plus a statin to lower cholesterol) and living in a kind of "fog" with decreasing hope. I stumbled upon information that screamed,... (Read More)
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Q. I suffered with eczema for years. It was so bad that my sheets were bloody when I woke up. The intense itch in my hands was torture. I saw numerous doctors, including dermatologists, who prescribed steroid creams and prednisone.... (Read More)
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Q. I have bitten my fingernails for years. I've stopped several times for as long as six months, but just like a smoker, I can't kick the habit for good. The biggest problem is when I'm reading, watching TV or... (Read More)
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Q. I read somewhere recently that a woman almost died while cleaning with chlorine bleach and ammonia. I clean with these items every week. Could you tell me how this could possibly cause death? A. Combining the common cleaning... (Read More)
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Q. My boy friend does not suffer from impotence, far from it. But he is taking Viagra. He says it helps him achieve better erections and last longer. I think it's ridiculous, but he jokes about it and says a... (Read More)
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Q. I was in the hospital for serious injuries resulting from an automobile accident. They included a crushed tibia that was a compound fracture. As you can imagine, there was concern about bone infection. I also had broken ribs and... (Read More)
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Q. Would you please send me information about pharmacies in Canada? I am currently in the Medicare doughnut hole. Just two refills I requested today will cost me $883.72. A. Between now and the end of the year many Medicare... (Read More)
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Q. You wrote about a 13-year-old girl with migraines that lasted five days. I too used to suffer from such headaches. They're horrible! In my late 30s, I started taking atenolol for high blood pressure. It brought the blood pressure... (Read More)
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Q. I was fascinated to read that women's sexual desire increases after they take testosterone under the tongue. Could you get the same effect by eating "mountain oysters" (cattle testicles) or would the cooking process and digestive juices destroy the... (Read More)
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Q. A dentist prescribed clindamycin for my tooth infection and swelling. It did clear the infection, but one week after completing the clindamycin I developed awful diarrhea. The pharmacy warning sheet I received with the prescription mentioned this serious side... (Read More)
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Q. My daughter ended up with lice several weeks ago. She most likely picked them up from one of the girls at a sleepover. We treated her with lice shampoo twice, and did every-other-day comb-outs. I also vacuumed, cleaned, washed... (Read More)
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Q. I know your column is not official medical advice, but doesn't it bother you at all to promote witchcraft like black pepper for bleeding? You haven't provided one scintilla of solid evidence to support it. As a physician, I... (Read More)