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Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX

Pharmacology
Middleport, NY
41 years experience

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Community Pharmacist Owner of six community pharmacies Active in Professional Associations Board Member of Rochester Drug Cooperative Past President of the National Community Pharmacists Association Past President of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York

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Pharmacology

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A female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Yes fall allergies: The fall pollen counts are extremely high due to the hot dry summer. You probably are experiencing fall allergies. Antihistamines may help (claritin, ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Perhaps: An enema can be effective for pre-colonoscopy treatment. You may need to combine with citrate of magnesia and bisacodyl (dulcolax) tablets as well, to... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Usually for life: Since levothyroxine is a thyroid hormone replacement, hypothyroidism is controlled with continuous treatment with replacement therapy. Once dose is ad... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
To kill yes: Permethrin is an effective treatment to kill scabies- if done properly....Apply all over- liberally in groin area and between fingers and toes (from c... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Not bad: Citalopram is a ssri (selective seratonin reuptake inhibitor) and is in a relatively safe class of anti-depressants. Aripriprozole (abilify) is a str... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
No not with nitrates: All erectile dysfunction medications can not be taken with nitrates. All work to dilate blood vessels as their mechanism of action and are contraindi... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
All the way in: A glycerin suppository will dissolve in the rectum. It should go all the way in, where it will help lubricate as well as stimulate a bowel movement- i... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Lozenges: Lozenges or numbing throat spray with help with the sore throat. Chloraseptic is a good topical anesthetic and comes in lozenge and spray. I like vita... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Yes: Yes, these three medications can be used together and treat different conditions.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Ask you ob/gyn: There are a few good medications for nausea, such as over-the-counter emetrol, eating crackers, and even sometimes vitamin b-6. During pregnancy it is... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Inuslin or oral: Depends on type of diabetes. For juvenile or type i diabetes human Insulin is the best to start. If adult onset or type ii starting with oral agents G... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Rogaine (minoxidil): Rogaine (topical minoxidil) can help with receding hairline as can hair vitamins.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Not necessarily: Not necessarily, best to follow up. Sometimes corrected with diet and supplements. Slight fluctuations do not indicate failure, but more the need for... Read More
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A 72-year-old male asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Both are safe: Both Pantoprazole (which is generic for protonix) and Nexium (esomeprazole) are proton pump inhibitors to reduce acid secretions in your stomach. The... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
No : Acyclovir won't affect you negatively, but you should never take an anti-infective without the supervision of your healthcare professional who can eva... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Mouth nose eyes : Mucus membranes are the soft tissue at openings of your body such as your mouth, nose, around eyes, throat, anus and vagina. Asthma can dry the secre... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Cultured yogurt: Yogurt (provided that is has an "active culture") is an excellent food source of "probiotics"- or re-culturing the intestinal tract. Also many nut... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Enema: You don't say how long it has been since your last bowel movement. But if 2 suppositories (were they laxative or glycerin) and a bottle of citrate of ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Antiinflammatory med: After tooth extraction- there is inflammation. So an anti-inflammatory medication is very important. Ibuprofen or Naproxen are both available without ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Muscle relaxants: Lyrica (pregabalin) is more of a nerve blocking agent for treatment of the fibromyalgia. If you have concomitant muscle spasms, perhaps a muscle relax... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Highly likely: Very likely with sexual contact- you will transmit hsv1 genital to your partner.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Salt water gargle: Salt water gargle and lozenges- numbing lozenges such as chloraseptic or cepacol or even halls will sooth. I like vitamin c lozenges which are soothi... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
What is the question: Zpack is an antibiotic (zithromax) which is safe to take with Aleve (naproxen) which is an anti-inflammatory pain reliever which can alleviate the sym... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Not likely: There is no established correlation with use of thyroid replacements such as synthroid (thyroxine) and sterility. So no worries.
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A female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Not really: "addiction" to a topical medication would be very rare. It may be possible for you (not really your skin) to develop a tolerance to milder doses of hy... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Fairly common: Retin a (tretinoin) commonly causes dryness of the skin. Ask the dermatologist for a moisturizer that would be safe to use on the acne-prone areas to ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Muscle weakness: Statins (hmg coa reductase inhibitors) can have the side effect of muscle weakness. This could be the result of the depeletion of coenzyme q-10- whic... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Reduced acid: Usually long term use is not a problem- although suppressing acid for too long may lead to lack of complete digestion is some circumstances. Duodenal... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Yes: Vitamin a and d cream for one- which is often located with baby diaper rash products as well as in the skin care department.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
If first month no: If you are on Aviane for the first month and were not previously on oral contraceptives the previous cycle, then you have diminished protection again... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Now: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Bactrim are both anti-biotics. They could potentially be taken at the same time. Why 1 bactrim? If you are treating a urinar... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
CAN'T BE SURE: Emetrol is a phospholated carbohydrate solution and should be safe, but the only answer is that we can't be sure. It has never been tested in pregnant... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
22 day: Oral contraceptives control ovulation and help regulate periods. The 21 tablets are active hormone and should prevent the onset of your period. The l... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Only if prescribed: Inhalers can help breathing problems other than asthma. For instance, exercise induced breathing difficulty or bronchitis, may be reasons to use an in... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Rogaine (minoxidil) and hair vit: Rogaine (minoxidil) is available over the counter to promote hair growth. There are a variety of hair and nail formula vitamins that will help as well... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Should be fine: The pedialyte and orange juice should supply the electrolytes and some vitamins you may have been missing since not eating properly. As long as you a... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Not really different: There really is no significant therapeutic difference between the two forms of diphenhydramine, which will work well for sleep in either dose.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Sorry for your loss: So sorry for your loss. This situation is obviously very stressful. For the bloated and gas- you could take an acid-blocker, or antacid-combined with ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Please see gynecolog: Please see your gynecologist. Antibiotics have been documented to cause contraceptive failure. If you have been sexually active there is a risk for pr... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Yes you have membran: Yes, we all have mucous membranes- mouth, nose, eyes, rectal and vaginal. If you have contacted the mucous membranes of an HIV infected partner, you s... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Yes: Azo (azo-standard) has Phenazopyridine in it. This is a dye and a urinary tract analgesic. The dye will turn your urine red, but will help relieve th... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
See your physician: You should see your health care provider for examination. It is not appropriate to self medicate with antibiotics...That could lead to resistant infe... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
24-48 hrs after stop: You should not have any alcohol while on Metronidazole and for 24-48 hours after stopping. Alcohol can cause a serious reaction and make you deathly ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Can help with OCD: Anit-depressants can help if your perfectionism hinges on obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd)- but procrastination is inconsistent with that condition... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Probably not: If you are compliant with your Depo-Provera therapy, probably not. Frequent intercourse does not increase or change your chances of getting pregnant.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
See your doctor: If you are not at an acne prone age, these could be infected boils that need antibiotic treatment. Please see your health care professional for evalu... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Saturation?: Do you mean low iron saturation? That would mean that your hemoglobin is low. That the iron in you blood is low. What used to be called "iron poor b... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Over the counter: Otc- stands for over the counter and simply means that it is available without a prescription. Some otc medications are restricted to pharmacist only,... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Yes: Yes prempro (conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone) and estrogen replacement products can cause stomach irritation. You should take with some f... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 41 years experience
Lubricant laxative: A glycerin suppository is a lubricant, laxative suppository that really has no medical ingredient. It lubricates the bowel and stimulates a bowel move... Read More
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Mar 7, 2013
I think! he is a very good doctor an answer very clear on questiong on pations.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. GIROUX is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. GIROUX is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! I also noticed only at night after going to bed 3 hours after eating that I'm waken by mild tummy cramps
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I am so scared I do not want to get pregnant and I thought it was ok since I started the pill while on my period.
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Thanks for your quick reply! I run a Fibromyalgia support group in which I get askedthis a lot.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, NY
Graduated 1981MD

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bowl of hygeia, Lifetime achievement award-drug Topics/Parata
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