Pharmacy Q&A: April 2011

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Q. I read your article about the man who always gets a runny nose when he eats. I too suffered from this problem for many years. I finally saw an ear, nose and throat specialist who prescribed ipratropium nasal spray.... (Read More)
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Q. I was told that Zoloft (sertraline) was not addicting but my experience suggests otherwise. I was on this antidepressant for nine years. I wanted to get off because it killed my sex drive. One day after stopping this drug... (Read More)
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Q. My vitamin D level is low and my doctor said I should spend more time in the sun. He didn't provide details and I don't like to sit outside in direct sunlight. Is indirect sunlight (under an umbrella) just... (Read More)
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Q. What do doctors know about niacin? Taking just one 500 mg niacin tablet daily (time-release type) has worked wonders for me in reducing my total cholesterol from more than 250 to 145 in just four weeks. Of course, I... (Read More)
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Q. Your column about the dangers of low cholesterol caught my attention. For years I avoided all fat in my diet but then I was unable to conceive. After including fat in my diet briefly I became pregnant but lost... (Read More)
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Q. I'm too busy to write to anyone about anything, but I just had to respond to your column about the single mom with heartburn. You told her to see her doctor, but you weren't nearly emphatic enough. My friend... (Read More)
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Q. You recently wrote about an ice cream cure for a migraine. I am a lifetime sufferer. While in the throes of a multi-day migraine, I ate ice cream too fast and got "brain freeze." My migraine disappeared. This has... (Read More)
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Q. For the past eight years, I have had numbness in both feet and my right hand. I recently had foot surgery due to a bone displacement. I'd hoped that this might rectify the situation, but it has not. The... (Read More)
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Q. My husband has become very worried about his blood pressure. He is 47 and a little overweight, but he gets plenty of exercise and has always been healthy up to now. The doctor started him on enalapril, but he... (Read More)
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Q. For years now, I have woken up in the middle of the night unable to breathe through my nose. This disrupted a good night's sleep, as I would have to get up and sit for 20 to 30 minutes... (Read More)
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Q. I have had thinning hair since I started on blood pressure meds. I had to switch to a short haircut. Since then I have been put on atenolol, Norvasc, Diovan and enalapril. I suspect the beta-blocker is responsible for... (Read More)
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Q. Whatever happened to Pepcid? I have not been able to find it in the stores, especially Pepcid Complete. What product would you recommend as a replacement? A. Pepcid Complete is an over-the-counter product for heartburn. It contains an acid-suppressing... (Read More)
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Q. I take 81 mg enteric-coated aspirin daily to protect my heart. I put one of the tablets in a vase to keep some cut flowers fresh and noticed that in two days the coated aspirin did not dissolve. Does... (Read More)
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Q. After having increasingly itchy and swollen eyelids for over a year, I tried the dandruff shampoo solution mentioned in your column. It worked and I have had no problems at all in over two months. I am so relieved... (Read More)
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Q. I've been on simvastatin for about six months and I have developed excruciating hip and upper leg pain. I get very tired in the middle of the afternoon and sometimes go to bed by 8 PM. I also am... (Read More)