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The Medicine Cabinet: Ask the Harvard Experts
From Harvard Health Publications, "The Medicine Cabinet: Ask the Harvard Experts," will provide consumers with advice from a team of highly respected doctors at the Harvard Medical School. The Harvard team will answer commonly asked questions about the efficacy, safety and side effects of a wide range of pharmaceuticals, drugs, herbs and supplements.
The Medicine Cabinet: Ask the Harvard Experts Samples
Q: My doctor just prescribed atorvastatin for high cholesterol. A: Like you, I love the taste of grapefruit, and it contains many healthy nutrients. Furanocoumarins block an enzyme called CYP3A4 in the intestine.
Q: I have several medications that are well beyond their expiration dates. A: The manufacturer's expiration date on most medications is 2-3 years from when the pills were made. There are two ways in which pills might "go bad."
Q: Is it true that having good relationships increases your chance of living longer? A: Since the late 1980s, studies have suggested that this is true. A few years ago, researchers at Brigham Young University looked at this phenomenon closely.
Q: I've been taking over-the-counter Prilosec for acid reflux. A: You are correct. Omeprazole is part of a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors.
Q: I've had type 1 diabetes for 23 years. A: Some people with diabetes can't comfortably tolerate a glucose level that is at the lower end of the ideal target range.
Q: I have frequent headaches. A: My first advice is to make an appointment with your primary care clinician. Every day, I hear about someone telling one of my patients about a natural cure.
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