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Week of June 3, 2002

    Question: I recently had two clients who were started on Detrol-LA and developed "intrusive thoughts". I tried researching the Internet (Medscape and PubMed) and could not find anything. My employer recently attended a symposium on drugs and the elderly and heard detrol could cause psychosis in the elderly, but she could not find any articles to support this. Do you have any information about this?    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: I experienced extreme discomfort in my fingers and toes. To relieve the stress in my feet, I wear about four pair of socks and tight shoes helps. I get temporary relief in my hands when my husband squeezes my fingers together as hard as he can. I've taken Paxil for a year now. It's helped and now I can be touched...    Dr. Pies' Answer

    Question: My 52-year-old brother has been diagnosed with Pick's Disease. As a result, he is now living with my elderly parents. They do quite well with him, with the help of myself and his other siblings. Can you suggest any activities he can do?    Dr. Pies' Answer