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Why is Maalox disappearing from drug store shelves?
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Posted on 04/13/2013 12:28:46 AM PDT by LibWhacker

I'm just including a few of the replies on ask.com...

AntonioDittmann: 4 months ago

As of this writing, Maalox continues to be scarce. Some time ago, the manufacturer, Novartis, became aware of production problems at their Lincoln, NE plant. Although most of these problems seem related to pills not associated with Maalox, the plant was entirely shut down, affecting the supply of all drugs made at that plant. According to one source, the plant is under renovation and modernization, but I have not found a documented date of re-activation provided by Novartis. Other drugs affected by this shortage/recall include the cold remedy Triaminic, and the combo remedy Theraflu.

The shortage may also effect generic or store label brands of the same type as Maalox (a compound of Magnesium Chloride and Aluminum Chloride). One possible explanation is that many of these generic label brands are actually purchased overstock of the brand name or trademarked original. In other words, a store label compound that says something like, "compare to the active ingredient in Maalox," might actually be Maalox, with perhaps a small variation in texture so as not to advantage the store label product over the trademarked product.

home4sure: 1 year ago | Last edited at 9:18AM on 4/16/2012

Someone I know called Novartis (3/2012). They said that there is no recall on the product, but that they are having a shortage of liquid Maalox because they have shut down the US and Canadian plants that manufature the product, for remodeling. They said that they don't expect to start making it again until later this year. If the store ran out of stock, they will not be getting more for a few months.

TxPatriot: 1 year ago

The Maalox shortage continues, but is NOT limited to liquid forms. I have not seen ANY form of Maalox on the shelves in months, but also the drug store generics which are based on the Maalox formulations have ALSO disappeared from the shelves. This is in liquid or in TABLET form as well.

The fact that the retailers have no information, no contact with their manufacturers, and that nobody has really reported this leads me to believe the hand of government, specifically of Homeland Security MAY be involved here. They are the only agency which can order a company to do something and under pains of NATIONAL SECURITY letters under the "Patriot" Act, hold them criminally responsible for breaking that silence about the existence of the order.

Why would not the wholesaler or manufacturer want to get the word out to their customers to hang on, we're coming back shortly...don't switch to our rivals just yet. The longer this continues, the more likely that I'm correct.

seesthetruth: 7 months ago

Go the Maalox website--you have to google Maalox USA. I think the website is www.maaloxus.com. The website says some BS about insuring the integrity of the product, so they are temporarily suspending production of the product. There is something else going on. They had to pull their absolute BEST product (Maalox Total) off of the shelves because the FDA implied that people can't read and would be taking the wrong product. The government regulates what it wants to regulate. I have a feeling there is some trouble with the government and these products. But, as I said, if you go to the website you will see the explanation.

jimmy813: 5 months ago

Something fishy is going on..The B.S. about remodeling the plants and bits of strange substances being found in the product is the EXACT SAME explanation given when EXECDRIN disappeared.



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Do any Freepers know the real story about what is going on with Novartis? Maalox disappeared over a year ago. Not only Maalox, but many other similar meds just seemed to vanish from store shelves, almost overnight.

At first, I chalked it up to competition from the new-fangled H2 blockers (pepcid, prilosec, zantac, tagamet, etc.). But the more I thought about it, the less sense that made. Entire classes of well-established products in the marketplace made by various manufacturers do not simply disappear overnight just because something better comes along. People are resistant to change. Old timers hang on to what works for them, to the familiar. Why change? That alone should keep the best products on the shelf for a long time.

Every once in a while I'll check the news aggregators for stories about Maalox. But nothing. Odd, to say the least. It really is as if a cloak of secrecy has been thrown over the situation. So naturally, like some of the contributors at ASK, I'm beginning to suspect the government is behind it. But why? What's in Maalox that the gov't doesn't want people to possess, and why the secrecy if it is something that's bad for us? I can't accept the "we're remodeling the plant" excuse. Gaviscon is also gone from store shelves and it's made by GlaxoSmithKline. So Novartis' remodeled plant explanation appears to be a bald-face lie, which increases my suspicions even more. Why would they do that?

Okay, I'm done. Slap some sense into me.

1 posted on 04/13/2013 12:28:46 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

I heard the same thing as the author of this article. It could be it’s cheaper for them to produce under store names rather than their own brand. I checked with my pharmacy. They only had a couple of bottles of their own brand and no info on the original.

I would caution even though this is a good temporary fix; it can do more harm than not as in over indulging. After gall bladder surgery; I tried everything including Maalox which worked the best for a short period. Than I stopped everything and I hardly have any problems.


2 posted on 04/13/2013 1:07:53 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: LibWhacker

Changing the subject here —sorry, but what happened to Bufferin? I haven’t been able to find it for months.


3 posted on 04/13/2013 1:12:40 AM PDT by floralamiss ("For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.")
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To: LibWhacker
Interesting.

Novartis is not a name I would have associated with Maalox. LOL!

But, apparently, it's true:

Maalox® is a relief to enjoy life

To our valued consumers, Novartis Consumer Health, the maker of Maalox®, is taking pre-emptive actions to ensure our products meet the highest quality standards, including temporarily voluntarily suspending operations at the Novartis Consumer Health Lincoln facility that produces Maalox® as well as suspending shipments from the site. As a result, Maalox® products are temporarily unavailable.

We apologize for the inconvenience that this might cause consumers and we are working hard to resume production at our Lincoln facility and return Maalox® back on to store shelves as soon as possible.

If you have questions or difficulty finding Maalox®, please call our customer service representatives toll-free at: 1-800-452-0051


4 posted on 04/13/2013 1:15:16 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: LibWhacker

Here is another discussion of the shortage
http://www.amazon.com/gp/forum/cd/discussion.html/ref=cm_cd_pg_pg1?ie=UTF8&cdForum=Fx20DX5GEB7TUX8&cdPage=1&cdThread=TxHDEY3KMVWXUU

Also, I see where Amazon is selling it for $75/bottle
WTH?


5 posted on 04/13/2013 1:25:28 AM PDT by Selene
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To: LibWhacker
Liquid Maalox contains Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide and simethicone.

Active Ingredients (in each 5 mL teaspoon) Aluminum hydroxide 200 mg (equivalent to dried gel, USP) Magnesium hydroxide 200 mg Simethicone 20 mg


6 posted on 04/13/2013 1:31:34 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: floralamiss
I can't find any cooked Italian Sausage.
7 posted on 04/13/2013 1:37:13 AM PDT by Domangart
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To: JoeProBono

well, the two hydroxides work to neutralize acid, as they are bases (OH). the simethicone works to break large gas into frothy tiny gas bubbles easier to pass.


8 posted on 04/13/2013 1:37:18 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: LibWhacker

Maybe they are having a Maalox Moment?


9 posted on 04/13/2013 1:37:48 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: LibWhacker

I absolutely love Theraflu hot drinks when I’m sick, but they disappeared from store shelves last summer. I thought they’d just been discontinued. I guess I’ll have to do a little research.


10 posted on 04/13/2013 1:38:38 AM PDT by Politicalmom (Liberalism. Ideas so great they have to be mandatory.-FReeper Osage Orange)
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To: Domangart

11 posted on 04/13/2013 1:42:19 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Domangart

Now that you mention it, Lipton had a great carbonated Green Tea sweetened lightly with natural sugar.

All that’s on the shelves now is the stuff with Sucralose and Aspartame.

It’s a plot against tea drinking sausage lovers.


12 posted on 04/13/2013 1:44:39 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: LibWhacker

There used to be a Norwegian variant of Maalox, but it too disappeared from the shelves literally overnight. Two years ago or thereabouts.

Strange thing, it used to be heavily advertized. On television and elsewhere. Suddenly you couldn’t even find old ads.


13 posted on 04/13/2013 1:45:37 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Politicalmom
Theraflu is a brand of over-the-counter cold and flu medicines from Novartis
14 posted on 04/13/2013 1:46:18 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: LibWhacker

All I know is if you stop eating sugary carbs you will never need another maalox again.

“Sugary” includes starches like potato and wheat.

Seriously. If you have chronic heartburn, cut the carbs and it will disappear in 3 days. Forever.

Eat meat and green vegetables.


15 posted on 04/13/2013 1:53:03 AM PDT by Royal Wulff
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To: JoeProBono

I don’t know, but it smells like another under-the-radar medicine regulation, possibly coming out of EU.

EU has regulated aspirin to the point where you can only buy 24 tablets a day, and at a price of around 5 bucks a pack. The Zero/EU admin will no doubt try and do the same.


16 posted on 04/13/2013 1:58:25 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: shibumi

” Lipton had a great carbonated Green Tea sweetened lightly with natural sugar. All that’s on the shelves now is the stuff with Sucralose and Aspartame.”

If you liked that then you’ll just LOVE this...

Could Dairy Industry Sneak Aspartame Into Your Milk?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3006898/posts

“It’s a plot...”

Yes, it is.


17 posted on 04/13/2013 2:09:59 AM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: PastorBooks

As a matter of fact, I commented on that thread.

Numbers 13 & 14.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3006736/posts?page=13#13


18 posted on 04/13/2013 2:16:31 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: LibWhacker

Put three tablespoons of baking soda in about a 1/2 cup of water and drink.


19 posted on 04/13/2013 2:39:35 AM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Royal Wulff
Back in 2008 I developed heartburn after a hospital stay that year when the doctor put me on an assortment of medications, including Lisinopril. The heartburn got so bad I needed yet another prescription medication to counter it. Non-prescription meds like Maalox didn't help. Couldn't eat some of my favorite foods like tomatoes or oranges. Then about a year ago, another doctor took me off Lisinopril. Overnight, the heartburn vanished.
20 posted on 04/13/2013 2:56:56 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: LibWhacker

I don’t think anyone knows what’s going on with Novartis- maybe not even them. The same thing has been happening with their heart worm preventative, Interceptor, for going on a year and a half. The ingredient (Milbemycin oxime) is available as usual in Australia, but it cannot be sold to US clients. There are many rumors- including patent expiration, trying to force clients to use much more (double) expensive combination drugs, etc, & FDA dragging their feet- but who knows?
They’re screwing over veterinarians as much as patients. For some dogs, it is life or death. (Seen both ivermectin toxicity & heavy pos HWs. Heartworms are kinder.)

It doesn’t make sense. They are losing profits & trust, big time.

We all know what a racket the pharmaceutical companies are running anyway, but Novartis flat takes the cake. All I can offer is to rant & rave with you.


21 posted on 04/13/2013 3:17:47 AM PDT by KGeorge
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To: LibWhacker
No info on Maalox, but if you suffer from heart burn get yourself a bottle of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.

Take a swig or tablespoon. Works like a charm and is good for you too!

22 posted on 04/13/2013 3:20:54 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: LibWhacker

That’s the same lame excuse they’re giving us about .22 long rifle ammo.


23 posted on 04/13/2013 3:27:40 AM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF (Because 2 terms with Jerry Brown as Governor was all I could take.)
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To: KGeorge

There’s definitely something going on with this. The Norwegian product is known as Pepcidduo, and it is supposed to be available. Yet, any attempty to buy - online or otherwise - is med with “sold out”, and that has been the status for more than two years. Also some online shops mark it - in red - as being available in Oslo by prescription. And there are different producers, so it’s not production problems.

http://www.wellsphere.com/digestive-health-article/is-there-a-recall-on-pepcid-complete/1236089


24 posted on 04/13/2013 4:06:34 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: LibWhacker

Remember Leggo my Eggo? Same deal, couldn’t get waffles and they said the factory was having proplems. But now you can get them. Probably some EPA hell inflicted on the company or FDA hell.


25 posted on 04/13/2013 4:09:02 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I’ve had one daily since 2008.


26 posted on 04/13/2013 4:40:01 AM PDT by relictele
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To: LibWhacker
I used to use the Maalox tablets.

I tried Gaviscon a few years ago and it immediately became my new favorite. Try it, the Maalox shortage might not even effect you.

27 posted on 04/13/2013 4:45:10 AM PDT by CurlyDave
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To: NoGrayZone

Many people get heartburn and indigestion symptoms because they have too little acid not too much. If ACV gives you relief you are probably one of those people. Here is a product that can prevent the problem rather than relieve it...http://www.swansonvitamins.com/swanson-premium-hydrochloric-acid-pepsin-250-caps


28 posted on 04/13/2013 5:03:48 AM PDT by csmusaret (America is more divided today , not because of the problems we face but because of Obama's solutions)
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To: LibWhacker

The Maalox plant is being retooled to make .22LR ammo lol ... there are better profit margins in ammo.


29 posted on 04/13/2013 5:09:49 AM PDT by dartuser (My firearm is not illegal ... its undocumented.)
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To: relictele

The best way to recover from them is to eat your vegetables!


30 posted on 04/13/2013 5:50:45 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: cynwoody

About 18 months ago Benefiber disappeared - NOVARTIS - I think it was manufactured in Canada. We missed that one.


31 posted on 04/13/2013 5:54:15 AM PDT by RebelTXRose
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To: KGeorge

Maalox and simethicone are the home remedies/immediate first aid for dogs w/bloat. It can give you another few minutes to get to the vet.

My vet spends a lot of time chasing down various meds that are unavailable. Some, like chewable thyroid have been impossible to get for years.

As for people, I know someone with chronic migraines who has had a standing order at the ER for her medication for years. Last time, it took 2 weeks for the MD to find any. IIRC, they are injectable. She also encountered an Indian MD at the ER who was new to the area. He treated her with contempt, implied she was just a drug seeker (she is in her 60’s)and told her to never show up there again. She filed a complaint and he was fired. It was the second ER doc who took the time to tell her the drug was in short supply and went out of his way to procure it.


32 posted on 04/13/2013 5:54:22 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: LibWhacker

When Maalox first disappeared from shelves around here I did a little research and discovered that they had an issue with the FDA over an error in their labeling. Apparently, there’s a small amount of alcohol in the formulation and the amount listed in their ingredients list was incorrect. The amount was so small though that I couldn’t understand why they couldn’t correct the problem with a small stick on label. So I always felt that something else was going on.


33 posted on 04/13/2013 6:15:58 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: shibumi

“It’s a plot against tea drinking sausage lovers.”

OMG...that sounds so ghey.

LOL


34 posted on 04/13/2013 6:16:22 AM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.....)
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To: reformedliberal
I'm never without this in my dog emergency kit.

Ten of them will buy you time and often stop it in its tracks.

Highly recommended by Great Dane breeders due to their bloating tendencies.

35 posted on 04/13/2013 6:19:20 AM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.....)
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To: Salamander

After watching all those Cult videos the other night it activated my metro gene. You Fire Woman, you.

Goo-Goo-GaGa I was Borned this way.

(Gotta be sure and get all the consonants in the word “borned” or you could really give the wrong impression.)


36 posted on 04/13/2013 6:27:29 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

Pffft.

You don’t *have* a metro gene.

Somewhat related;

A friend’s daughter was in a spelling bee and the teacher asked her to spell “biped”..but pronounced it as one syllable.

The daughter asked her to use it in a sentence and the teacher said “Humans are bipeds”.

/contemplating quadrapeds

;]


37 posted on 04/13/2013 6:31:05 AM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.....)
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To: KGeorge
get a copy of "The complete herbal handbook for farm and stable" by Juliette de Bairacli Levy ISBN 978-0-571-16116-4

For a chapter on herbal remidies for Sheep-Dogs.

For humans "The Encyclopedia of medicinal plants by Andrew Chevallier ISBN 0-7894-1067-2

38 posted on 04/13/2013 6:37:41 AM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: Nailbiter

bflr


39 posted on 04/13/2013 6:40:38 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: LibWhacker
Maalox and products like it were a cheap alternative as a phosphorous binder in animals that had renal failure. I have to have the product compounded by a pharmacy for my patients now. Alternagel has also disappeared.
40 posted on 04/13/2013 6:46:03 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: LibWhacker

The Novartis entire plant was shut down because of something wrong on the Excedrin line. Not only human medicines were affected. I give my Labs their brand of monthly heartworm medicine and I had to switch. The vet recently told me that the old medicine is starting back into production very soon. Tyhpical govt - problem over here in this corner, shut the whole damn place down.


41 posted on 04/13/2013 6:46:57 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: Royal Wulff

Yeah I think that’s a factor. I generally avoid carbs and rarely have heartburn but I baked a loaf of bread the other day on a whim. It was so good that I had three or four thick slices and, sure enough, wound up with heartburn.

BTW, I’ve read that a serving of cooked broccoli is an excellent natural heartburn remedy.


42 posted on 04/13/2013 6:50:59 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Salamander
"You don’t *have* a metro gene."

This is, in fact, a fact.

But sometimes I like to keep 'em guessing.

A few days back, when we had dinner in Greektown, the nice lady who run the joint came over and asked what our favorite thing about the restaurant was.

I said "The best thing is that you don't have a bunch of fruitcakes here."

Very seriously she replied "No, fruitcake is not Greek food."
43 posted on 04/13/2013 6:52:33 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Royal Wulff

I agree with the WHEAT

A gluten-free diet cured my chronic heartburb, I lost 25 pounds, and feel LOT better (no more inflamed joints)

I also started taking tumeric, cinnamon, fish oil, magnesium and potassium capsules

I feel quite a lot better


44 posted on 04/13/2013 6:57:23 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: shibumi

:D


45 posted on 04/13/2013 7:03:05 AM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.....)
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To: LibWhacker

Tums, tu tums tums


46 posted on 04/13/2013 7:06:20 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
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To: LibWhacker

I want Drixoral and Nizoral shampoo. :(


47 posted on 04/13/2013 7:10:04 AM PDT by Sloth (Rather than a lesser Evil, I voted for Goode.)
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To: Domangart

Is it good for a headache? :-)


48 posted on 04/13/2013 7:18:41 AM PDT by floralamiss ("For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.")
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To: Winstons Julia

“Put three tablespoons of baking soda in about a 1/2 cup of water and drink.”

If it wasn’t for the high sodium content, I’d use baking soda on a regular basis. Works wonders.


49 posted on 04/13/2013 7:31:03 AM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: Salamander

Thanx, Sal!


50 posted on 04/13/2013 7:41:50 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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