By: The People's Pharmacy December 15, 2014 3 Comments
    Drug Combo Causing Intolerable Dry Mouth

    Q. My mother has atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure. She takes Lasix for heart failure and Detrol for an overactive bladder. Her arthritis is troublesome, and her doctor prescribed Lyric…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 11, 2014 6 Comments
    Trouble with Tramadol

    Doctors often worry about their chronic pain patients becoming addicted to narcotics. That may explain the popularity of a pain reliever perceived as non-addictive. Tramadol is categorized as a weak o…

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2014 3 Comments
    A Deadly Drug Interaction Often Ignored by Docto…

    Combining a common antibiotic with an even more common blood pressure medicine can result in sudden death. The interaction can lead to dangerously high levels of potassium (hyperkalemia) in the body, …

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 7, 2014 1 Comments
    Questions About Generic Forms of Concerta

    Q. I was delighted to read about FDA concerns regarding generic Concerta. My prescription insurance is going to an essentially generic-only pricing system that will push the price of brand-name Concer…

    By: Joe Graedon December 3, 2014 26 Comments
    Expose Reveals Why We No Longer Trust All Generi…

    For more than 25 years we were among the most enthusiastic boosters of generic drugs in America. That began to change in the late 1990s because we were receiving so many complaints from patients. Inve…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 26, 2014 0 Comments
    Paracetamol Is Acetaminophen

    Q. I have taken just about every arthritis medicine known to man including Advil, Voltaren, Aleve, Celebrex and Vioxx. They either make me constipated or give me a stomach ache. A friend from Australi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2014 17 Comments
    All Adults Between 66 and 75 Should Be On Statin…

    A research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine (online, Nov. 17, 2014) points out that 97% of older Americans between 66 and 75 years of age should be taking statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs. That …

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 26, 2014 6 Comments
    Reflux Drugs Reduce Diversity of Gut Microbes

    Scientists at the Mayo Clinic noted that people taking the strong acid-suppressing drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to treat reflux are more susceptible to intestinal infections such as thos…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 26, 2014 7 Comments
    Getting Patients to Take Their Medicine

    Doctors usually assume that if their patients would only take their medicine as prescribed, they would get better. The problem is that only about half of all those getting a prescription follow throug…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 24, 2014 2 Comments
    Did Cholesterol Drug Take the Joy Out of Sex?

    Q. I am a healthy 53-year-old man with high cholesterol. I take atorvastatin to keep it under control. Soon after starting on this drug I noticed that my erections were softer. Cialis solved that prob…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 24, 2014 2 Comments
    Generic Drug Prices Are Skyrocketing

    Generic drugs are supposed to be inexpensive alternatives to pricey brand name medications. But in recent months there has been a surge in the price of some generic drugs, making them absurdly expensi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 23, 2014 17 Comments
    Should You Give Up On Aspirin?

    The aspirin headlines were grim. If you read no further you would conclude that aspirin is a bust when it comes to heart health. Here is just a small sampling of the spin on the latest aspirin study: …

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 20, 2014 1 Comments
    NSAID with Anticoagulant Raises Risk of Bleeding

    A Danish study has found that a common combination of medications can increase the possibility of serious or even lethal hemorrhage. People with the irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation (…

    By: Joe Graedon November 17, 2014 13 Comments
    FDA Drops a Bombshell on Slow-Release Generic Dr…

    The Food and Drug Administration's announcement last week that two generic Concerta formulations might not work as well as the brand name medication has rekindled questions about the FDA's generic dru…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 17, 2014 17 Comments
    Scary Reaction to Flu Shot

    Q. I was given a flu shot at a routine doctor visit. Afterwards, I didn't feel well. I went to bed early and slept for over 11 hours. The following day, I began to have difficulty breathing. I thought…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2014 3 Comments
    Will Your Food Foil Your Medicine? Deadly Drug I…

    Are you taking your medicine correctly? Or are you wasting good money by swallowing your pills with food that can counteract their benefits? Millions of people make mistakes without realizing it. In s…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 10, 2014 7 Comments
    New Discoveries Confirm Amazing Aspirin Benefits

    Aspirin is more than 100 years old and it is still capturing headlines. Research continues to reveal new uses for this ancient drug. Aspirin Against Cancer A number of studies have shown that aspirin …

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 10, 2014 4 Comments
    Crestor Should Not Be Combined with Red Yeast Ri…

    Q. Is it harmful to take Crestor with red yeast rice? My doctor prescribed Crestor, but I have also been taking red yeast rice. I would like to get my cholesterol level lower so I do not need to take …

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 6, 2014 3 Comments
    CoQ10 Eases Gulf War Syndrome

    Almost a third of the troops that fought in the Persian Gulf War in 1990 and 1991 were later diagnosed with Gulf War syndrome. What Is Gulf War Syndrome? This is characterized by muscle pain, weakness…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 3, 2014 6 Comments
    Did Ballerina’s Pain Reliever (Ibuprofen) …

    Q. I am a 56-year-old woman recovering from a stroke. Although my general health was very good, I had long used NSAIDs to ease the pain and inflammation of chronic injuries from 35 years teaching clas…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 27, 2014 8 Comments
    RLS Drug Triggered Serious Gambling Addiction

    Q. I have had restless leg syndrome (RLS) for as long as I can remember. I've been on a lot of different medications that did not work. When I started taking ropinirole (Requip) several years ago, I f…

    By: Joe Graedon October 27, 2014 3 Comments
    The Dangerous Dilemma of Sleeping Pills

    Insomniacs are caught in a classic double bind. On the one hand, they are told that the consequences of chronic sleep deprivation include hypertension, heart failure, obesity, depression, cognitive dy…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 26, 2014 1 Comments
    Propofol Linked to Less Confusion after Surgery

    Q. After reading your column on the aftereffects of anesthesia, I want to share my own experience. I had severe memory lapses for months after undergoing anesthesia. It was like knowing something was …

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 4 Comments
    Treating Restless Legs Could Trigger Compulsive …

    Some medications prescribed to control the tremor of Parkinson's disease patients and the discomfort of restless leg syndrome can have unanticipated side effects. Compulsive Behaviors Some people taki…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 1 Comments
    Children Are Frequently Given the Wrong Dose

    A new study shows that parents and caregivers frequently miscalculate the dose of pain medicine and fever reducers for children. The younger the child, the more likely there will be a dosing error. Po…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 20, 2014 134 Comments
    Patients in Pain Are Outraged about New Hydrocod…

    On October 6, 2014, a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) decision to restrict access to hydrocodone combination pain relievers (HCPs) went into effect. Medications like Lortab, Norco, Vicodin and g…

    By: Joe Graedon October 20, 2014 10 Comments
    The Battle Behind the Black Box Warning for Chan…

    Last week there was high drama at the Food and Drug Administration. The maker of the stop-smoking drug Chantix (varenicline) wanted the FDA to remove the black box warning for this medication alerting…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 13, 2014 4 Comments
    Is Your OTC Pain Reliever Deadly?

    Is death an acceptable side effect for over-the-counter medicines? Most people assume that non-prescription drugs are super safe, although nearly everyone knows that prescription medications frequentl…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 13, 2014 3 Comments
    Is Mother Being Overmedicated?

    Q. My mother has always been active but lately she seems to be fading. She complains about insomnia and dizziness. Her doctor recently prescribed bupropion and she had horrible side effects: trembling…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 6, 2014 1 Comments
    Black Box Warnings Are Easily Overlooked

    Lifeguards warn swimmers of hazardous conditions by flying red flags on the beach. The police use flares to alert motorists to an accident on the road ahead. The FDA relies on a black box warning in t…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 6, 2014 2 Comments
    Stopping Pristiq Cold Turkey

    Q. What are the side effects if I stop taking Pristiq cold turkey? A. This is a very bad idea. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) can trigger severe withdrawal symptoms if stopped suddenly. These include: dizzi…

    By: Joe Graedon October 6, 2014 32 Comments
    60 Minutes Confirms Drug Companies are Bankrupti…

    Two weeks ago we wrote a newspaper column about the incredible cost of medications for cancer and hepatitis C. We pointed out that the hepatitis drug Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) costs $1,000 per pill and has…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 1, 2014 15 Comments
    Can Cholesterol Go Too Low?

    Goldilocks didn't know beans about cholesterol, but she was an expert on porridge—not too hot, not too cold. We wish cardiologists were more willing to follow her example. Everybody knows that when …

    By: Terry Graedon September 29, 2014 25 Comments
    Did Anesthesia Scramble His Brain?

    Q. What can you tell me about the after-effects of surgical anesthesia? I am a healthy 72-year-old man, still very active. Five days ago I had TURP prostate surgery. Now I’m plodding through a two-w…

    By: Terry Graedon September 29, 2014 8 Comments
    Ambien Led to Sleep Driving and Cleaning

    Q. I need help getting off Ambien. I have discovered that I am driving, cleaning the house, cooking and eating while I am “sleeping” after taking this pill. How can I get a decent night’s sleep …

    By: Terry Graedon September 29, 2014 8 Comments
    Stop-Smoking Drug Chantix Has Risks

    Smoking remains one of the biggest health hazards in the world today. Even after decades of dire warnings, more than 40 million Americans still smoke. That’s nearly one in five. Smokers die 10 years…

    By: Terry Graedon September 29, 2014 5 Comments
    EpiPen Reversed a Life-Threatening Reaction to B…

    Q. You have written about the EpiPen for treating allergic reactions, especially to bee stings. I just spent 8 hours in an emergency room with an allergic reaction to lisinopril, the prescribed blood …

    By: Joe Graedon September 29, 2014 62 Comments
    New Research Confirms that NSAIDs Can Be Deadly

    A study just published in the journal Rheumatology concludes that popular pain relievers called NSAIDs can raise the risk of developing blood clots in veins (venous thromboembolism or VTE) by 80 perce…

    By: Joe Graedon September 24, 2014 9 Comments
    People’s Pharmacy Expertise Featured on Ni…

    We have been  campaigning for transparency in generic drug approval, manufacturing and distribution for over a decade. That's because we have heard from so many visitors to this website about difficu…

    By: Joe Graedon September 24, 2014 14 Comments
    Amlodipine & Benazepril Side Effects Make N…

    Q. I am taking the blood pressure drug amlodipine (Norvasc) along with benazepril (Lotensin). I have experienced tremendous swelling of my hands, feet and ankles. My doctor seems unconcerned about th…