I got canker sores when there was sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) in the toothpaste. As soon as I switched to toothpaste without SLS, the mouth sores went away.
Unwanted side effects
These sexual side effects linger. Five years later, I still have ED and low ejaculate. The symptom of frequent nightly urination, however, has ceased to be a problem. Will the sexual side effects ever go away?
A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine (November 2012) reported persistent sexual side effects in men who took finasteride. These included reduced sexual arousal, lower ejaculate volume, erection difficulties and inability to reach orgasm. The study subjects also complained of smaller penis size and reduced sensation. It is not clear how long these complications may last. Dutasteride is likely to have similar side effects (Urology, March 2014).
I am averse to taking prescription medications that could cause pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer. I understand that might be a risk with some of the newer diabetes drugs.
Is there a natural way to lower my HbA1c using dietary supplements?
Luckily, there are many things that help get blood sugar under control naturally, such as coffee, cinnamon, dark chocolate, stevia, vitamin D, exercise and a low-carb diet. To learn more, we offer our book “Best Choices From the People’s Pharmacy” (online at www.PeoplesPharmacy.com).
Metformin, an older drug that lowers blood sugar, also may reduce the risk of common cancers. Some newer drugs such as Byetta, Januvia, Onglyza, Tradjenta and Victoza have been linked to pancreatitis, but the risk remains controversial.
When to take medicine
Reach Joe and Terry Graedon at PeoplesPharmacy.com.