Pharmacy Q&A: November 2011

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Q. My mother has high blood pressure and cholesterol. She takes lots of medications including simvastatin for cholesterol and atenolol, clonidine and HCTZ for high blood pressure. In addition, she takes a drug called Detrol for overactive bladder. I fear... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 38-year-old widow. When my husband was alive, we had an amazing sex life. We enjoyed sex two or three times daily, sometimes up to five times. Each time I experienced orgasm. So I can't forget those... (Read More)
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Q. Thank you for addressing the many issues with antidepressants. I was given a prescription to help with hot flashes due to menopause. Many years later when I tried to get off of them, my withdrawal symptoms were debilitating. After... (Read More)
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Q. I used Preparation H for some hemorrhoid irritation in the morning before I saw my doctor for a normal checkup. I almost broke the blood pressure machine. They measured my blood pressure three times because it was so high.... (Read More)
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Q. I read recently that women who take vitamins die sooner than women who don't. That puzzled me, but the vitamin I am especially concerned about is vitamin D. My doctor has made it clear that if I don't get... (Read More)

New Use for Cialis

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Q. I read in your column that Cialis is now indicated for benign prostate enlargement (BPH). I am very interested in this treatment, but I expect my doctor will be skeptical. Where can I find documentation to show him? A.... (Read More)
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Q. I heard your radio show on infection control last week while driving to the hospital to visit my wife. Later that day, because of your show, I observed the following: A nurse arrived to hang another bag of antibiotics.... (Read More)

Chapped Lips Need Relief

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Q. I am addicted to lip balm. If I don't have a tube in my pocket it feels like an emergency. Even when I apply it repeatedly the relief is short lived. Is there something in this type of product... (Read More)
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Q. I have type 2 diabetes and have been taking Actos for the last ten years. I have seen notices on TV about this drug causing bladder cancer, and I'm worried. Is there a test to determine if I have... (Read More)
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Q. Whenever I read about people suffering with plantar fasciitis I sympathize. My compounding pharmacist prepares ketoprofen gel for me. It penetrates the thick skin of the heel of the foot and reduces pain and inflammation. A. Topical ketoprofen can... (Read More)
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Q. Recently I needed to have a tooth extracted. The periodontist prescribed amoxicillin and on the tenth day I came down with severe diarrhea (like the prep for a colonoscopy). This started on Friday night and by the time I... (Read More)
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Q. I cannot take statins, but my cholesterol is very high. My physician has recommended that I take cholestyramine. Can you tell me about the pros and cons of this drug? A. Cholestyramine was approved under the brand name Questran... (Read More)
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Q. My mother is getting on in years, and her physician recently increased her dosage of Ativan. As a result it seems she changes from more anxious to more out of it than before. Is this kind of mood swing... (Read More)
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Q. I would like to point out a side effect of allergy medications that contain pseudoephedrine for nasal decongestion. Taking Claritin D left me completely unable to fall asleep. I was literally up all night with a racing heartbeat. I... (Read More)