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8 Ways to Save Your Brain, Learn Faster & Calm Down

Last December, I forgot where I parked my car at the mall and I had to go find a security  man to drive me around and find it. Well, that’s embarrassing.  At first I thought someone stole my Subaru, but that just didn’t make sense. Who would steal the 4 year old dirty one, I […]

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Prescription Sleeping Pills and Natural Remedies for Rest

Prescription Sleeping Pills and Natural Remedies for Rest Dear Pharmacist, What are the best medications to help me sleep? I’ve tried all the natural remedies, I need something stronger!  –V.E., Sacramento, California Answer: Why, as a nation, do we have trouble sleeping? It should be such a natural act. I urge you to find the […]

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The Insomniac’s Dream Come True

Dear Pharmacist, I have trouble with prescribed sleeping pills, they make me do crazy things like sleep walk, eat and wake up family members in the middle of the night “just to chat.” What are natural options? –A.A., Superior, Colorado Answer: It depends on what kind of insomniac you are. About one fifth of Americans […]

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Thyroid Help- Selenium Helps Hashimoto’s and Grave’s Disease

First up, I should tell you I wrote an awesome book on this subject Thyroid Healthy   🙂  Dear Pharmacist, I have Hashimoto’s thyroid disease, and my husband has Grave’s. We are a perfect match because he makes too much and I make too little. Advice? –B.L., Dallas, Texas Located at the base of your throat, […]

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New Sleep Drug- Excitement Builds for Suvorexant

Dear Pharmacist, I can’t sleep well and have taken Ambien for years. What else do you recommend? –F.T., Bradenton, Florida Answer: If you can’t sleep on Ambien, I’d try something different. Another novel sleep drug is coming to the market called “Suvorexant” and so far, I like it. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is […]

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Natural Ways to Get Some Zzzs

Dear Pharmacist, I’ve had a couple of years of bad insomnia. I’ve tried medications, but I want something natural. Suggestions? –P.T., Denver, CO Answer: There are many natural supplements that are known to help insomnia among them GABA, kava, valerian root, catnip, glycine, hops and melatonin. I’ll discuss the last three in today’s column. Let […]

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Non-Drug Solutions for Restless Legs Syndrome

Dear Pharmacist, I’ve had restless legs syndrome (RLS) for 4 years and it’s keeping my husband awake, and I’m so tired during the day I can’t function. My doctor is sick of me, and wants to try Horizant now, since Requip and Mirapex didn’t work. Should I try? –T.N., Centennial Colorado   Answer: Your doctor […]

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New Prescription and OTC Drugs for 2010

Dear Readers, Here are the most interesting products that became available in the past year, 2010.  I wish you all a very happy new year! Dream Water, OTC:  Try the “Snoozeberry” drink, it’s a delicious way to fall asleep because the blueberry-pomegranate drink contains all-natural sleep-inducing ingredients like GABA, melatonin and 5-HTP. Sold at pharmacies. […]

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Good Medicine, Bad Night’s Sleep

Dear Pharmacist, I have always been healthy but lately, I just cannot sleep properly. The only thing I take is Evista for osteoporosis. Could there be a connection? V.R., Hallandale, Florida Answer: Yes, Evista can cause insomnia in some women. There are many other drugs that could keep people tossing all night: Albuterol (Ventolin, Proventil) […]

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Stress Less, Sleep More with Simple Remedies

Stress Less, Sleep More with Simple Remedies Dear Pharmacist, I read chapter 8 of your book “The 24-Hour Pharmacist” and want to take 5-HTP to help me sleep. You suggest taking it at “dinner” and this has caused a disagreement in our household.  I think “dinner” is the evening meal, but my wife says “dinner” […]

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