Pharmacy Q&A: February 2011

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Q. I have seen some questions in your column regarding bad breath. I'd like to share my personal experience. I used to have bad breath and had seen my dentist and my doctor about it, but found no solution until... (Read More)

Keeping Bones Strong

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Q. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis around menopause and was prescribed Fosamax. It gave me flu-like symptoms every time I took it. Actonel gave me an ulcer. My doctor discovered I have celiac disease, which explains why I developed osteoporosis... (Read More)
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Q. My daughter was put on generic Prograf (tacrolimus) as one of her immunosuppressants after a liver/kidney transplant. On tacrolimus, the levels of the drug in her body fluctuated widely, leading to one mild and one moderate liver rejection episode.... (Read More)
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Q. I take a lot of medicine. Even my doctors say I am a walking drugstore, and I am only 37. My husband's in the Army so I use the military hospital and rarely see the same doctor. I take... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered from painful cramps in my toes and feet most of my life. I have spent hours walking around the house trying to relieve them. I have worried about the day when I am an octogenarian and... (Read More)
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Q. I am a diabetic and used to have diarrhea all the time. Then I read that sorbitol can cause diarrhea. I had been using sugar-free pancake syrup sweetened with sorbitol. I stopped using it and the diarrhea stopped immediately.... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor prescribed Voltaren Gel as a replacement for diclofenac pills. She said it would be easier on my stomach and not raise my blood pressure. How can this be? The side effects and printed warnings nearly mirror one... (Read More)
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Q. I've been plagued with post-nasal drip for decades. I also have a deviated septum that can make my breathing labored at night. I notice this especially when I've cleaned during the day. In the morning I have to clear... (Read More)
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Over the last few years we have received hundreds of comments about the stop-smoking drug Chantix. Many people complained about serious side effects including vivid dreams or nightmares, nausea, dizziness, headaches, indigestion, irritability, depression and suicidal thoughts. Others, however, were... (Read More)
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Q. I read your column about dry hands and cracks. The answer is stop washing your hands 25 times a day! I am a physician (internal medicine) and I personally use a small alcohol wipe. I just clean the palms... (Read More)
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Q. I have been taking the antidepressant sertraline for years but it doesn't seem to be working any more. The trouble is that when I try to stop taking it, I experience incredible side effects. The dizziness is unbearable. To... (Read More)
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Q. Is clindamycin a preventive drug? I was told to take it after intercourse to prevent vaginitis. What if any side effects should I watch for? Should I be concerned with it affecting my husband? A. Clindamycin vaginal cream is... (Read More)
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Q. I have a lengthy history of urinary tract infections (UTIs) that occur approximately every five months. I have seen a few urologists and had multiple tests, which have all come out normal. Both my current urologist and my gynecologist... (Read More)
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Q. I am suffering from such severe diarrhea I am sometimes afraid to leave the house. I also have bad gas and bouts of abdominal pain. I suspect the metformin I take for diabetes, but my doctor says my symptoms... (Read More)