Pharmacy Q&A: June 2011

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Q. I'd like to relate my experience with 20 Mule Team Borax, which my vet suggested after I had problems with pesticides. He said I'd drop dead if I kept using flea sprays, as I'm extra sensitive to such things.... (Read More)
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Q. A year ago I read in your column about a woman who complained of anal itching. I too had this problem until a kidney specialist recommended using witch hazel. This is a simple solution for a vexing problem. A.... (Read More)
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Q. I know that grapefruit juice is a problem with my blood pressure pill felodipine. I wonder about other juices like apple and orange juice. Will they affect this or my allergy medication fexofenadine? It is so hard to tell... (Read More)
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Q. I have been on thyroid medication for the past year. Last fall I noticed my hypothyroid symptoms returning: fatigue, muscle cramps and stiffness after walking just a mile of my usual three-mile walk. I also felt extremely cold, while... (Read More)
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Q. I have found a very helpful use for Burt's Bees peppermint lip balm. My nose got really sore the last time I had a cold. Applying the lip balm to my nose and upper lip gave me instant relief.... (Read More)
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Q. After using Preparation H for several days, my blood pressure went to 206 over 98 and I ended up in the emergency department for hours. Later that week I read in your column that someone else had experienced the... (Read More)
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Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen is back with the People's Pharmacy! We are delighted to announce Crown Laboratories rejoins The People's Pharmacy family of underwriters, especially since the FDA has just issued new rules about labeling sunscreen. Despite the proliferation of... (Read More)
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Q. I've read that something in coffee raises cholesterol. I also read that using a filter to prepare the coffee blocks this compound. I guess if I drink instant coffee, I'm raising my LDL cholesterol. Is that true? A. It... (Read More)
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Q. Do you have a diet for helping me survive omeprazole detox? Your book Best Choices alerted me to the dangers of the drug and I want to end my addiction. When I forgot to take the drug two days... (Read More)
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Q. I've been on simvastatin (80 mg) for several years. I've had serious problems with leg cramps and now my tendons are affected from my toes to my knees. Could the medication be responsible? A. The FDA has just issued... (Read More)
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Q. This has been a very hard year at work. The company restructured and quite a few people were laid off. The rest of us are under a lot of pressure to do more. Last winter everything seemed so bleak... (Read More)
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Q. Does sunscreen interfere with vitamin D levels? My doctor diagnosed me as seriously deficient in vitamin D even though I take calcium with D every day. I wear sunscreen whenever I go outside and wonder whether that could be... (Read More)
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Q. I've been reading about a study of niacin for cholesterol. The study was stopped after several people had strokes. I could not find out what dose was given. I take 1500 mg daily of non-flush over-the-counter niacin. Should I... (Read More)
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Q. The generic form of Xanax, alprazolam, does not work for me. It is at best 50 percent effective. A few years ago I was given alprazolam in place of Xanax. My panic attacks came back with a vengeance. I... (Read More)
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Q. I just received two packages the same day. One was my medicine from a mail-order pharmacy service. The other was a gift of cheese and chocolate. The cheese and candy had melted into a fearful mess and I had... (Read More)
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Q. I recently returned from a camping trip in the mountains where I caught a bad case of poison ivy. I am sitting here itching and oozing, and my hand is swollen up so I can barely hold the pen.... (Read More)
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Q. I had 38 chigger bites on both my feet. I thought a little burning would be much better than the monumental itching. Capsaicin ointment worked, and there was absolutely no more itching, which sometimes lasts for months. A. Some... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 49-year-old teacher and mother. I was put on atenolol 10 weeks ago for high blood pressure. I have never been so ill in my life! After taking the atenolol I began to feel breathless, exhausted, dizzy... (Read More)
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Q. I was skeptical about liquid bandage to get rid of a skin tag, but when I found out my doctor's office would charge me $95 for removal, I decided to try your remedy first. The only brand at my... (Read More)