Online pharmacies are not all legit

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY

October 27, 2008|By JOE AND TERESA GRAEDON

If the price is too good to be real, the drug might be a fake! With Nexium more than $4 a pill, I ordered it from an online Canadian drugstore. When the pills came, they were from India, and they were generic. This medicine did not work, and now I have my asthma symptoms and cough back. I don't know what I will do, since I can't afford the name brand!

Acid-suppressing drugs such as Aciphex, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec and Protonix can relieve reflux. Some people with this condition develop other symptoms, such as asthma or cough, as a result of acid irritation. If your medicine is not working, your condition might be aggravated.

You have discovered one of the pitfalls of using an online pharmacy. Not all "Canadian" pharmacies are in Canada. Some online drugstores source their medicines from around the world to get a better price. The Food and Drug Administration has no control over the quality of such medicines.

We are sending you our Guide to Saving Money on Medicines with some tips on how to tell if an online Canadian pharmacy is legitimate. Anyone who would like a copy, please send $2 in check or money order with a long (No. 10), stamped (59 cents), self-addressed envelope to: Graedons' People's Pharmacy, No. CA-99, P.O. Box 52027, Durham, NC 27717-2027. It also can be downloaded for $2 from our Web site at peoplespharmacy.com.

I have been diagnosed with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). My symptom is a gagging reflexive cough.

I have accidently found out that I get relief from the chronic cough by sucking on dried cloves. This is the most comforting relief I have had from this condition in many years. When the cloves are soft, I usually eat them. I eat two to four a day. Are cloves safe to eat?

Cloves have been used as a spice for seasoning food for centuries, and they are generally recognized as safe for that use. Dentists have used clove oil topically for pain relief, and some Eastern medical traditions suggest that cloves can be helpful against heartburn and cough.

We would discourage you from eating cloves every day, however, as there are some disturbing data suggesting that an ingredient in clove oil (eugenol) may alter DNA (Mutagenesis, May 2006). Whether this would lead to cancer is unknown.

My husband is very interested in the remedy with raisins and gin. He is really suffering with arthritis in both knees.

He takes ibuprofen or naproxen, but neither helps that much. He has seen an orthopedic surgeon, but he's not ready for knee replacement yet. Short of surgery, he is willing to try almost anything, including something silly like raisins and gin or Certo and grape juice. Can you send us the recipes?

We have heard from many people who have found the gin-raisin remedy helpful. One wrote: "I have had both my hips replaced due to arthritis, and have been an avid golfer for more than 40 years. I thought I was going to need one of my hips redone this spring due to all the pain that has come back. A few days before my spring golf trip to Nevada in mid-March, I started taking the gin-and-raisin remedy.

"I have been pain-free ever since. I was in agony before. My pain was gone in 48 hours from the first day I tried it."

We are sending you our Guide to Home Remedies with the recipes for gin-raisins, Certo and grape juice, and other low-cost approaches to joint pain. Anyone who would like a copy, please send $2 in check or money order with a long (No. 10), stamped (59 cents), self-addressed envelope to: Graedons' People's Pharmacy, No. R-1, P.O. Box 52027, Durham, NC 27717-2027. It also can be downloaded for $2 from our Web site at peoplespharmacy.com.

In their column, Joe and Teresa Graedon answer letters from readers. Write to them in care of this newspaper or e-mail them via their Web site.

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