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Thursday, June 9,2011

Beat Depression Naturally- Rhodiola to the Rescue

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, I’ve been fighting low- to mid-level depression for years and at the same time trying to avoid becoming dependent on anti-depressant medication. I’ve tried St. John’s wort, and it didn’t help me. Can you recommend another alternative treatment? --D.C. Gainesville, Florida
Thursday, June 2,2011

Shop Like A Pharmacist

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, Are there certain ways to shop and ensure that I buy high-quality supplements? --J.J. Boynton Beach, Florida
Thursday, May 26,2011

Non-Medicated Ways to Zap Zits

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, My teenage son’s dermatologist suggested Accutane (isotretinoin) for acne. I looked it up on the Internet and it scared me. Can you suggest some alternatives? --B.A., Orlando, Florida
Thursday, May 19,2011

Beware: Medicines and Supplements Can RAISE Your Cholesterol

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, I started two new medications a few months ago, and suddenly my cholesterol is too high. It’s so bizarre because I had perfect numbers all my life, and I eat well and exercise. Can drugs raise cholesterol? --J.G. Breckenridge, Colorado
Thursday, May 12,2011

Calcium Supplements May Raise Heart Attack Risk

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, Is it safe for me to take calcium supplements? You said on facebook that they might increase heart problems. Why is that? --.N.R., Seattle, Washington
Thursday, May 5,2011

Red Yeast Rice- Mother Nature’s Statin

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, My cholesterol is high, and my doctor is giving me 3 months before putting me on a statin, which I don’t want to do. Can you a natural solution? --C.H., Gainesville, Florida
Thursday, April 28,2011

Blood Pressure Medications Are Better Spaced Apart

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, I take four different medications for blood pressure in the morning. The labels all say, “Take once daily.” Is that the best way to take them? I only ask because I bought a blood pressure monitor and I test myself, and my blood pressure is great all day and rises by nightfall. --D.F., Hollywood, Florida
Thursday, April 21,2011

Headaches Driving You Nuts? Eat Some

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, My dad used to eat almonds all the time, he said it helped with his headaches and joint pain. I inherited this condition, lucky me... and I’m not sure if they work or not but I eat them once a week. Is there any medicinal truth to the almond folklore? --C.P., Portland, Oregon
Thursday, April 14,2011

Cardiac Arrhythmias May Be Caused by Nutritional Deficiencies

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, I have been experiencing what my cardiologist calls “benign” arrhythmias for 2 years. They come and go, and I am unable to link them to any activities, foods or medicines. We’ve tried digoxin and beta blockers, which didn’t work. He says he can fix them with ablation and a pacemaker or just leave them alone for now. Sometimes they make me lightheaded and I get frightened. Do you think I should do the procedure? --S.C., Denver, Colorado
Thursday, April 7,2011

Urinary Tract Remedies to the Rescue

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, I’m plagued by urinary tract infections (UTIs) and I hate the side effects of the Septra antibiotic that I take daily. I’ve heard that drinking cranberry juice cocktail can help. Should I try that? --B.K., New York City