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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 36 THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD Saturday, November 16, 1974 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb You had a column stating that patients taking an anti-clotting medicine should not take Tylenol because it would intensify the medication. I am taking Coumadin as prescrib- ed by my doctor and, not hav- ing read your column, took Tylenol. It seems that you are right, because I did have blood in my urine. My doctor said Tylenol was okay to take but to stay away from aspirin. I told him about your article that Tylenol should not be used during anti- clotting medication. He suggested that there had been a misprint in the paper and why didn't I write to the paper for a correction. I checked with another doctor and he too said Tylenol was okay perhaps my kidneys had a problem, so I ended up having an x-ray of my kidneys. The x- ray proved my kidneys were okay. So, how can one explain the Tylenol problem? I found that bleeding occurred on three different occasions after using Tylenol and am convinc- ed you are right. Any ad- ditional information would be appreciated. Dear Reader My column stirred up a hornet's nest, and that is good. NO ONE should take acetaminophen (known as Tylenol, Apamid, Conacetol. Tempra and other trade names) if they are tak- ing anti-clotting medicines, (sometimes called blood thinners) without having the doctor take a blood clotting test. There are so many peo- ple taking anti-clotting medicines after a heart at- tack, or because of clotting problems, or even a stroke, that this point deserves the widest possible public dis- emination. The fact that peo- ple like yourself can buy acetaminophen medicines without any prescription makes it dangerous for you, in my professional opinion. You can use these medicines without any danger of hemorrhage if you are not taking an anti-clotting medicine. Tylenol has no effect on normal clotting, but it increases the activity of anti-clotting medicine. This does not mean that peo- ple taking anti-clotting medicines can not take Tylenol or other brands. It means the doctor may need to decrease the dose of anti- clotting medicine if the patient takes Tylenol. You could even take it "oc- meaning one or two tablets in a week or two. Beyond that, see your doctor. One manufacturer acknowledges these facts. The AMA Drug Evaluation 1971 states acetaminophen "poten- tiates action of oral an- ticoagulants" (page Drs. Albert Antlitz and Lawrence Await of the University of Maryland reported a study of an anti- clotting medicine, Coumadin and acetaminophen (Tylenol) and found it necessary to decrease the dose of Coumadin from 5.8 to 4.4 mg (over 20 per cent) to prevent the clotting test from becom- ing prolonged while taking Tylenol. (NOTE TO DOCTORS: reference, Current Therapeutic Research, Vol. 10, October, 1968, page Some patients respond, differently than others, but the studies showed conclusive- ly that acetaminophen under any trade name will increase the action of anti-clotting medicines if acetaminophen is used a week or more. Small doses for two days were not shown to have this effect. So, my advice is for anyone taking anti-clotting medicines and Tylenol for several days or more should have his blood tested. Also, I think a warning should be on the label of acetaminophen medicines. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this new- spaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on balanced diet, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for the "Balanced Diet" booklet. Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS Nov. 16, 1974 Louis Kiel was hanged for high treason 89 years ago in 1885 at the police barracks at Regina. A Manitoba-born half-breed, he attempted in "1870 to set up a Metis state during a legal hiatus between the Hudson's Bay Company's withdrawal from Manitoba and the Canadian government's assumption of power. Defeated by an ex- peditionary force, he fled but was later elected a member of Parliament, only to be expell- ed from the Commons and declared an outlaw. The se- cond rebellion, in 1885, was put down by an armed force at the battle of Batoche, Sask. 42 BC Tiberius, Roman Emperor, born. 1837 The Lower Canada authorities ordered the arrest of Louis Papineau, resulting in the start of the rebellion of 1837. 1841 Ferencz Kossuth, Hungarian statesman, born. 1918 Hungary proclaimed a republic. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. 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Pass 7 What do vou bid now? vulnerable, as South vou hold: The bidding has proceeded: North East South INT 2V What action do vou take? vulnerable, as South vou hold: V5 4K876 The bidding has proceeded: North East South INT 2V Whal action do you lake? vulner- able, as South vou hold: The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 1 2 Dble. 2 What do you bid now? vulnerable, as South vou hold: 453 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 1 IV 1 2V 3 V Pass 3 Pass o Whal vou bid now? Your horoscope By Jearte Dixon SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Your birthday today: You can "settle in" this year on whatever plateau of develop- ment is appropriate to your age and stage of growth. Conservative, traditional approaches prove productive, particularly if you've been pursuing other courses lately and are switching methods now. Today's natives have strong urges for power in one form or another. Many are gifted in theatrical arts and magic. ARIES (March El-April Despite your efforts to avoid work and business, both enter into this Sunday and must be dealt with. Items you stumble onto need sorting out. TAURUS (April 20-May Impromptu outings, leisurely travels turn out well. Avoid overextension, haste and fatigue by starting early. Pauses for rest and reflection are in order. GEMINI (May 21-June A current of interest and ac- tion carries you away from your usual rounds. A recent event inspires you to special volunteer work. CANCER (June 21-July Family flare-ups are probably inescapable. Resolve them early by finding the source of the problem. Renew relationships; initiate homecomings. LEO (July 23-Aug. Deviate from stale routines. Ignore competitive remarks from relatives that are only said for amusement. MARDE'S 5EMN6 A I SKATINU I SOMETHING AT TMAT DIPNT AGREE WITH ME HI AND LOIS VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Pursue favorite hobbies SHORT RIBS and recreation that can be shared with loved ones. Social contact and how you deal with it are important to your fututure. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Fall back on familiar traditions today. Your self- restraint, sympathetic under- standing make others happy. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Health and its care should not be forgotten despite a rush of activity. Travel and visits are favored. Stop at points of interest en route. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Friends develop dif- ficult moods and meddle in financial matters. Look for hidden facts and lost objects. Settle budget so you can close accounts promptly. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. You have something ex- tra going for you now, plus friendly acceptance where you hadn't really expected it. Skip business, commercial sidelines altogether. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. A basic understanding comes about quietly amid complex events. Pursue details tomorrow. Meanwhile, there's much to do. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Accept friends as they are, but not their well-meant advice. Social activities bring you fresh experience. Watch expenses, cash outlays. NOuJ, IT'S JUST A MATTER OF YOUANPM6 UIORKINSON MY SKATING so i CAM DO WELL IN TME COMPETITION... HOW DO IM FI6UKES LOOK? YOU'RE NOT MUCH fOK. 5U6ARCOATING, ARE 11 COULD HAVE BEEN UODER S1UFFEP WITH SALTED SEA URCMINS OR TME BOILED OSTRICH WITH SWEET SAUCE OR MAYBE "THE FLAMINGO BAKED WnW DATES OR TME P0RMICE STUFFED WITH R9RK. THAT'S MOT I TRUE. ALL I WANTED WAS A FAIR AVERAGE LOVER, AND SOMEONE WHO'D SQUEEZE THE TOOTHPASTE FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE TUBE. THE TROUBLE IS YOU EXPECT TOO MUCH OUT OF A HUSBAND. B 01 ada' panii a jo heat gove year expo fear nucli type this A. sour temj men ture only dusti age, of p BUGS BUNNY Ask Andy QUESTION SELECTION Andy sends a complete 20 volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Tina Prezioso, age 12, of Trumbull, Conn., for her question: How does Andy select questions for the column? Every year or so, lots of young persons reach the right age to start reading Andy's column. So once in a while it seems only fair to explain how it works. Besides, sometimes his faithful old readers tend to forget some of the details. So once in a while they may welcome a few reminders. The column answers questions from readers between the ages of 7 and 17. Naturally, we permit interested adults to read it if they wish, but Andy does not answer their questions. He cannot even answer all the questions from his young pen pals and, as you can imagine, selecting just two for the daily column is a big problem. Some people seem to think that Andy runs a sort of contest for the best questions. This is nonsense because he happens to think that every questions that pops into your head is better than best. Nevertheless, he does have a few rules to guide him. In the first place, he tries to pick questions that are likely to interest most of his readers. As a rule, these questions are of two types. Some are surprising questions that nobody ever thought of before. Others are popular favorites that everybody asks sooner or later. For example, Andy reads a question about a saiga. Until that moment he had never heard of this rare, remote animal. But he investigated and the story was so fascinating that he thought most of his readers would en- joy it. This selection was easy because only one pen pal ask- ed about the saiga. On the other hand, the fastest flying bird is a very popular topic. Recently 20 or so readers asked about it. As you can imagine, it was very hard to select one of 20 to appear in the column. In cases of this sort, Andy depends upon a few guidelines. Some must be disqualified because the writing is almost unreadable. Fancy lettering and perfect spelling are not necessary, but the words must be plain enough for Andy to read without getting a headache. Some forgot to sign their names or to include home addresses with ZIP codes. Since the reader selected gets a book award, obviously Andy needs this information to know where to send it. But most of the 20 were dis- qualified because they forgot to give their ages. This is im- portant because younger readers like simpler answers and older readers enjoy deeper explanations. Suppose Andy is left with two equally good questions. Then he selects the card or letter that seems most polite and friendly. But please remember that he can select only a few of your many, many perfect questions. If your question was answered for somebody else, please do not feel mad or sad. Other good ones will pop into your head. You can ask Andy as many questions as there are stars in the sky and, who knows, one of yours may be selected at some future time. Qimtiont asked by chil- dren of Herald readers, should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Brokerage merger stage TORONTO (CP) Brokerage firms T. A. Richardson and Co. Ltd. of Toronto and C. J. Hodgson Securities Ltd. of Montreal said Friday they are engaged in "serious discussions with'a view to joining forces.." In a short statement, the companies said further details will be announced later. Earlier this month. Richardson said merger talks with A. E. Osier. Gendron Ltd.. another Toronto-based firm, had been terminated. No reason was given. BLONDIE r I'M GOIN6 BOWLISJG TOMIGMTAND THAT'S MOW DID YOU GETOUT TO SO BOWLINS TOMISMT HE I I'M THE MAN OF THE HOUSE AND r DO AS I PLEASE.' LUCKY FOR ME SHE WASN'T HOME WHEN I MADE ARCHIE PATRIOTISM IS ARCHIE, FOR WHY DO YOU THE DOT YOUR J CEN cTENNIAU? AND IS THAT SUPPOSED TO BE- A STTJy? ON YOUR HEAD IN WE WERE AT THE DRIVE-IN....IN EeC-IE'S BUGGY...-AND I FORGOT THE. ROLL BAR WHEN THEY PLAYED THE NATIONAL ANTHEM THAT'S BANDAGE.' HAGAR THE HORRIBLE I I BEETLE 8AILEY SOMEONE WRITTEN IN TH CAN YOU 6ET BURNT 5TUFF OFF? LCLABNER AH WOULDNT HAV0 A S-PKRK O' WAMHOOD IW IF AH BARRCP SALS ALL THEVS GOOD NOW IS ROOTS OUT WIF THAR NOSES, MAKES 'EM FINE 9UT NOT NO PREAAtS- O' LOVE THEMSELVES CLJTA TH' RCWANCE TUMBLEWEEDS THIS MONTH THE FEATHER GOES TO THE TRIPE'S NAVY KeCRUrmR J.. .THAT JOPPER SWAP MORI THAT PUFFi-E PAPPYJ PCOTHONIC MAME VOU INPIANOFTHEMONTHJ THE CREEKS 7RIEPDPANPTHE CANOE'S GOTA HOLE IN IT. HOWSTHIN6S WITH THE PDOHAWK NAVY, PEN? COOLP PEtfER ;