Questions – Answers

About Propulsid prescribed along with asthma medications

I have been prescribed propulsid (10mg 15 minutes before meals and bed) and prevacid (20 mg once a day – am) by my allergist. I have been having difficulty with extrinisic asthma for a number of years.

Mastocytosis and Prilosec

Question: I have systemic Mastocytosis. My Dr. has put me on PRILOSEC.

Prilosec and gastro-esophageal reflux disease

Question: I have Esophageal reflux condition for years. I am 36 years old and have the pain part of the problem taken care of with the use of Prilosec which I take daily, however I still have the reflux…..( the problem is that my gastroenterologist recommends surgery, but my family doctor prefers continued medication). What is your opinion?Answer: You are not alone in feeling confused as to the best long term treatment (surgery vs.

Hypnotherapy effective in the short run for treating IBS?

THE QUESTION Some studies have shown hypnotherapy effective in the short run for treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), whose symptoms include stomach cramping, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. Do the benefits of hypnotherapy continue for extended periods?

Hormone replacement therapy

THE QUESTION Recent studies have suggested that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) involving a combination of estrogen and progestin may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Does hypertension affect the risk of HRT-associated stroke?

Cisapride, Omeprazole and H2 Blocker

Question: I had a drug information question about the following combinations used in peptic ulcer disease: Cisapride and H2 Blocker, Omeprazole and H2 Blocker. I did a medline search and could not find any substantiation for the use in peptic ulcer disease.

Using Tagamet

Question from Eric of San Francisco:I am taking 3 tablets of Tagamet after dinner and have two questions: Are three tablets at once the best way to take the medication (this is how the pharmacist recommended it). ALSO, and more importantly, my skin has felt hot and sunburned (though I have not been in the sun) while taking the medication. Is that a possible side-effect (sun sensitivity or extremely dry skin?).

Causes of Chronic Diarrhea

A few months ago, you wrote about overgrowth of bacteria in the intestines as a cause of chronic diarrhea. I’d like to know what else could cause chronic diarrhea. My situation doesn’t seem to be related to overgrowth of bacteria.


A few years ago the subject of bulimia was constantly splashed across the covers of women’s magazines. Lately I haven’t seen anything about it.

Is fiber useful to individuals with IBS?

Is fiber useful to individuals with irritable bowel syndrome? Studies addressing the question have reached different conclusions, due both to problems in study design and to the variable nature of symptoms described as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).