Why Some “Gold Standard” Medications Scare Me


Dear Pharmacist, I just became a pharmacist and started reading your syndicated column. Your emphasis is usually centered around the benefits of vitamins, minerals or alternative treatments, as compared to prescription medications. Why don't you recommend more of our gold standard pharmaceuticals which are FDA approved, unlike nutritional supplements? –JK, Gainesville, Florida  

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Beat Depression Naturally- Rhodiola to the Rescue


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

Antidepressants Require Close Monitoring


Dear Pharmacist, My 16-year-old daughter has been taking an antidepressant drug for depression for 10 months. She was doing better and enjoying life but in the past few weeks her sadness has set back in.

Antidepressant Drug Quenches Craving For A Smoke


Dear Pharmacist, My pharmacist told me that my antidepressant, Wellbutrin, is the same medicine that my husband takes to stop smoking. Is this true? M.M., Jacksonville, Florida Answer:  Yes. It’s a surprise to most people