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Q: My stomach gets upset after I eat meals, sometimes with cramping and diarrhea. When I stopped drinking milk and eating dairy products, I got better. I’ve drank milk all my life without any problems. What’s going on? Dairy products like milk, ice cream, yogurt, and cheese contain lactose or milk...
Last month, Ginger, one of my patients, asked me, "What do you think about the medicine Metanx®?”I asked her, “Is it a supplement?” "No," she answered. “It’s a type of medicine. You need a prescription for it. It’s supposed to help nerve pain in diabetes.” Metanx® contains only one ingredient: L-...
Q: My husband takes 1000mg of Vitamin C when he feels a cold coming on. Does it really help? Yes. Vitamin C does not prevent the common cold but can decrease the symptoms and shorten its duration. Ascorbic acid or Vitamin C was identified as a vitamin in 1928. Although this discovery earned the...
Q: My toenails are getting really thick and yellow. Are there any non-prescription products that can help? Fungus infection of the toenails, called onychomycosis, often starts small, with little white spots on one toenail. As it takes hold, it changes how your nail grows out. It’s common to have...
A cup of coffee gives me a pleasant lift in the afternoon, but if my husband drinks it after 1 p.m., he can’t sleep at night. While he can enjoy a couple of beers with no trouble, if I have more than one, I’m looking for the nearest flat surface for a nap. One of my co-workers at the 200-bed...
Keith is an active 88-year-old former college basketball player and retired physical education teacher. "When I started getting up 3-4 times a night to go to the bathroom, my urologist started me on this medicine." He showed me a sample bottle of Vesicare® (Solifenacin), a drug marketed for...
Keith is an active 88-year-old former college basketball player and retired physical education teacher. "When I started getting up 3-4 times a night to go to the bathroom, my urologist started me on this medicine." He showed me a sample bottle of Vesicare® (Solifenacin), a drug marketed for...
Q: My doctor wants me to start taking a particular medication once a week to strengthen my bones. How long do I have to take it? May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to become thinner and more likely to break. If you have...
Over 50% of elderly Americans may be deficient in vitamin D. You are more likely to be low in vitamin D if you are older, are obese, have dark skin, are homebound, or live in an institution like a nursing home. We call vitamin D the “Sunshine Vitamin” because our skin generates vitamin D from the...
Last week, 66-year-old Betty confided, “This year, my allergies are really bad. I have a nose spray, Flonase® to take care of my stuffy nose and sneezing, but this year, it isn’t helping. What else I can try? Do you think I need to see my doctor?” A new prescription nose spray will soon be...

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