Ask the Pharmacist Archive

All questions for "Ask the Pharmacist" are answered by:

Rich Wenzel, Pharm.D.
Diamond Headache Clinic Inpatient Unit
St. Joseph's Hospital, Chicago, IL

Click on the issue number for the full text of the Ask the Pharmacist column.

Issue #177 - Winter 2011
(Ask the Pharmacist was not featured in Issue #177.)

Issue #176 - Fall 2010
(Ask the Pharmacist was not featured in Issue #176.)

Issue #175 - Summer 2010
(Ask the Pharmacist was not featured in Issue #175.)

Issue #174 - May/June 2010
(Ask the Pharmacist was not featured in Issue #174.)

Issue #173 - March/April 2010
(Ask the Pharmacist was not featured in Issue #173.)

Issue #172 - January/February 2010
Ask the Pharmacist was not featured in Issue #172.)

Issue #171 - November/December 2009 
(Ask the Pharmacist was not featured in Issue #171.)

 Issue #170 - September/October 2009 
(Ask the Pharmacist was not featured in Issue #170.)

Issue #169 - July/August 2009 
(Ask the Pharmacist was not featured in Issue #169.)

Issue #168 - May/June 2009 
(Ask the Pharmacist was not featured in Issue #168.)

Issue #167 - March/April 2009 
(Ask the Pharmacist was not featured in Issue #167.)

Issue #166 - January/February 2009
(Ask the Pharmacist was not Featured in Issue #166.)

Issue #165 - November/December 2008

  • Multiple Medications for Migraine Attacks
  • Difference Between Delayed-Release and Extended-Release Depakote 

Issue #164 - September/October 2008
(Ask the Pharmacist was not featured in Issue #164.)

Issue #163 - July/August 2008

  • Over the Counter Medications for Menstrual Migraine 

Issue #162 - May/June 2008
(Ask the Pharmacist was not featured in Issue #162.)

Issue #161 - March/April 2008
(Ask the Pharmacist was not featured in Issue #161.)

Issue #160 - January/February 2008

  • Triptan Medications Will Become More Affordable With Generic Versions

Issue #159 - November/December 2007

  • Over the Counter Medications: How to Choose

Issue #158, September/October 2007

  • Serotonin Syndrome

Issue #157, July/August 2007

  • Afraid of Needles Used for Blood Samples
  • Better Drug Options for the ER

Issue #156, May/June 2007

  • Off-Label Prescribing: Why Drugs Ranging From Antidepressants to Anti-Seizure Medications are Used for Headache Management

Issue #155, March/April 2007
(Ask the Pharmacist was not featured in Issue #155.)

Issue #154, January/February 2007
(Ask the Pharmacist was not featured in Issue #154.)

Issue #153, November/December 2006
(Ask the Pharmacist was not featured in Issue #153.)

Issue #152, September/October 2006

  • Pharmacist Balked at High-Dose Prescription for Cluster Headache
  • Finding the Best Triptan for You

Issue #151, July/August 2006

  • Safe Dosing of Fentanyl Patch is Critical
  • List of Options for Quitting Smoking

Issue #150, May/June 2006

  • Always Have a Backup Plan
  • Avoiding Medications that Exacerbate Hypertension

Issue #149, March/April 2006

  • How to Be an Informed User of Prescription Drugs

Issue #148, January/February 2006

  • The Safe Use of Over-the-Counter Drugs

Issue #147, November/December 2005

  • Does Taking Medications Mean I Can't Donate Blood?
  • Countering Dry Mouth

Issue #146 - September/October 2005

  • Topiramate May Create Risk of Contraceptive Failure 
  • Migranal Now in Easier-to-Use Form
  • Avoiding Drugs that Induce Drowsiness

Issue #145 - July/August 2005

  • Combining Medications May Increase Risk of Side Effects 
  • Headaches Can Be a Side Effect of Wellbutrin
  • Knowing Maximum Dose Important to Avoid Rebound

Issue #144 - May/June 2005

  • Limits on Sumatriptan for Cluster a Matter of Debate
  • GelStat Promising, But Needs More Study

Issue #143 - March/April 2005

  • Vioxx and Drug Safety Concerns
  • Abrupt Discontinuation of Propranolol Problematic

Issue #142 - January/February 2005

  • When is a Medication a Failure?
  • Daily Ibuprofen Use May Lead to Rebound Headache

Issue #141 - November/December 2004

  • Coenzyme Q10 for Prevention of Migraine
  • The British Take Miguard, Americans Use Frova
  • Concerned About Overusing Imitrex

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