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Ask Dr. Gott 6/28
Constipation drug banned in United States
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    DEAR DR. GOTT: I love your column. It's been very beneficial to my family in many ways.
    I took Zelnorm over a year ago, until my doctor said the Food and Drug Administration had taken it off the market and it was no longer available. Since I was suffering from chronic constipation, it was very helpful in regulating my system. I've had nothing but problems now that I'm not using it. I've tried a number of prescription drugs, over-the-counter stool softeners and just about everything I can find. Nothing works like Zelnorm did. I hope there will be minor changes to the drug and it will become available again in the near future. Until then, are overseas markets reliable and trustworthy? The generic name is tegaserod, and I see it can be bought from online pharmacies.
    DEAR READER: Zelnorm, a product manufactured by Novaritis, was introduced to combat Irritable Bowel Syndrome and constipation. It was removed from the market in March 2007 after an analysis of 29 separate studies revealed that patients using the product suffered a higher probability of heart attack, chest pain and stroke.
As I have indicated in the past, the FDA is responsible for ensuring the safety of all drugs, whether manufactured here or abroad.
    Before you consider the option of purchasing outside the country, consider Digestive Advantage, available at your local pharmacy. The product has been highly endorsed by Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers and might do the trick without prescription medication. Keep me posted.
    To give you related information, I am sending you copies of my Health Reports "Irritable Bowel Syndrome" and "Constipation and Diarrhea." Other readers who would like copies should send a self-addressed, stamped, number 10 envelope and $2 (per report) to Newsletter, PO Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title(s).

    DEAR DR. GOTT: My husband, who is in his 70s, has developed a strong odor. It smells like hair that needs to be washed despite the fact that he showers and washes his hair daily. By the end of the day, the smell is so strong that I can smell him from several feet away.
    This has been going on for a couple of years, and, during that time, he has tried several different types of shampoos, with no change. He finally spoke to his doctor, who didn't know what to do. Please help.
    DEAR READER: Several ailments can cause a person to develop a strong body odor. One of the most common is kidney disease. I suggest your husband return to his physician for a complete exam and blood tests. Once the results are in, you and your husband should sit down with the doctor to discuss what they mean and whether a referral to a specialist is in order.
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