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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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People’s Pharmacy: Heart rhythm drug ‘poisoned’ lungs

My healthy husband went for a physical because he was going to retire. They found he had an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation and put him on amiodarone. Within a few months, he could not function and went in for a cardioversion. They said he was not getting enough oxygen.

People’s Pharmacy: Diuretics lower chance of kidney stones

Thank you for sharing your experience. Urologist Fredric Coe agrees that thiazide diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide, chlorthalidone or indapamide can reduce the chance of kidney stones. Researchers have found that low-dose thiazides work as well as high doses to prevent development of kidney stones

Motley Fool: For good and bad times

Some businesses are hurt more than others by pandemics and recessions. One company with some resistance to both is pharmacy chain CVS Health.

People’s Pharmacy: Calcium supplements ‘both potentially crucial and perilous’

Q. Since 1995, I have been taking calcium supplements to keep my bones strong. I was shocked and surprised when an ultrasound done on my clavicles for deltoid pain revealed calcium deposits! Are my calcium supplements responsible? A. This question should have a simple, straightforward answer. Unfortunately, it does not.

People’s Pharmacy: Can you read the fine print on your prescription?

When my pharmacist dispensed a prescription for the antifungal drug fluconazole, he included the official prescribing information. It boggles my mind. First, the print is too small to read without a magnifying glass. Second, the details are beyond my comprehension. 

People’s Pharmacy: Can a supplement relieve neuropathy pain?

I’ve suffered from neuropathy in my feet for a couple years. It mostly caused numbness rather than pain, but recently it became very painful, like someone stabbing me with a fork. A friend recommended a supplement for healthy feet and nerves. 

People’s Pharmacy: Tramadol made chronic headaches worse

My doctor prescribed tramadol for chronic migraines, and I took it for a year. It worked at first, but after a while I realized I felt awful every morning. I had more migraines than ever and always in the morning.

People’s Pharmacy: Sunscreens don’t block vitamin D formation

Q. You’ve written about sunscreen, but I haven’t seen you address the topic that worries me most. By using sunscreen every day, you may limit the amount of vitamin D your body makes. Some studies suggest that lower vitamin D contributes to a greater risk of cancer. When scientists study sunscreen, they should monitor vitamin D in participants. Has anyone done that?

People’s Pharmacy: Mysterious white spots from Campho-Phenique

A customer came in my store with shorts on. Her legs were bright red from sunburn except some small spots that were white with no sunburn. I asked her about those white spots. She said she'd had chigger bites and put Campho-Phenique on each one before she went out in the sun.

Check with pharmacist for drug safety concerns

I have just read that the Food and Drug Administration will be asking some drug companies to recall metformin. How can I tell if my diabetes medication is being recalled?