By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2016 1 Comments
    Can Popular Antihistamine (Benadryl) Cause Brain…

    Q. Over the past 30 years I have taken Benadryl twice. Both times it caused me memory loss as a side effect. I had to look up phone numbers that I dialed daily. I wasn't even sure what year it was. Th…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2016 1 Comments
    Are Antidepressants Linked to Violence, Mayhem a…

    There has been tremendous confusion and controversy about whether some medications can increase the risk for suicidal thoughts. For years drug companies and health professionals resisted such a concep…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2016 1 Comments
    Do You Love Your Liver Enough?

    Most Americans have no idea where the liver is located or what it does. They generally ignore their livers until something goes badly wrong. The French, on the other hand, are obsessed with liver func…

    By: Joe Graedon April 28, 2016 8 Comments
    Are PPIs Messing Up Your Kidney Function?

    Gastroenterologists and drug companies love proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These drugs help calm heartburn, reduce irritation from reflux and heal ulcers. So much money has been made from drugs like d…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2016 1 Comments
    Avoid Armpit Irritation with MoM (Milk of Magnes…

    Your underarms are extremely sensitive. This tissue is easily irritated, especially after shaving or during hot weather. The antiperspirant you use almost inevitably has a substantial amount of alumin…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2016 5 Comments
    Can You Trust Generic Metoprolol from India?

    Over the last several years a large number of Indian generic drug manufacturers have been sanctioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In many cases factories have been banned from exporting t…

    By: Joe Graedon April 21, 2016 8 Comments
    Drugs That May Put You at Risk for AlzheimerR…

    This week we read that many popular prescription and over-the-counter medications may increase the risk for dementia. This is not the first time we have learned that tens of millions of people are tak…

    By: Joe Graedon April 19, 2016 21 Comments
    Are Anticholinergic Drugs Bad for Your Brain?

    Neuroscientists have been warning for years that a class of medications called anticholinergic drugs (AC) could be bad for your brain. That's because AC drugs interfere with a crucial neurochemical ca…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2016 6 Comments
    Why Is Old Tranquilizer (Meprobamate) So Damn Ex…

    Humans have probably experienced anxiety from early days. Predatory animals like tigers or bears, rival tribes or lack of food and shelter would be enough to make anyone nervous. Ever since the 17th c…

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2016 8 Comments
    Could Nasacort Hurt the Senses of Smell and Tast…

    If you suffer from hay fever or similar allergies, you know how miserable they can make you feel. Your eyes may itch, your nose may drip, you sneeze all the time, and forget about your senses of smell…

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2016 3 Comments
    Will Memory Worsen on Migraine Medicine?

    Have you ever discovered that a jacket you once loved no longer delights you? Perhaps the style has changed, or maybe you have changed and it is now too large or too small. Giving up a jacket that ha…

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2016 5 Comments
    What is the Latest on the Long Sad Story of Anti…

    Can antidepressants lead to suicidal thoughts and actions? This controversial question about antidepressants and suicide has been hotly debated for over 25 years. Not long after Prozac (fluoxetine) wa…

    By: Terry Graedon April 7, 2016 13 Comments
    What Is the Truth about Statin Muscle Pain?

    For years, many patients taking statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs have been complaining about side effects such as muscle pain and weakness. (You can read some of the comments on this article as…

    By: Joe Graedon April 7, 2016 3 Comments
    Will Extra Testosterone Help or Hurt the Heart?

    The FDA has warned men that taking extra testosterone may increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes, but a new study of 755 men showed that those on testosterone were actually less prone to heart…

    By: Joe Graedon April 4, 2016 20 Comments
    Do Sleeping Pills Increase the Risk of Dementia?

    Although heart disease and cancer remain our big killers, nothing spells dread more than a diagnosis of dementia. Losing the ability to think, remember or function is devastating to the individual as …

    By: Joe Graedon April 4, 2016 25 Comments
    How Bad is Bad Cholesterol for Your Heart?

    Is cholesterol the chief culprit behind heart disease? For decades Americans have been told that to lower their risk of a heart attack they had to lower their cholesterol levels, especially LDL choles…

    By: Joe Graedon March 31, 2016 19 Comments
    Are You Desperate for a Good Night’s Sleep…

    We hear from an extraordinary number of people who cannot get a good night's sleep. Some have had long-term insomnia for no apparent reason. They just cannot fall asleep. They toss and turn for hours…

    By: Joe Graedon March 31, 2016 2 Comments
    What Do You Need to Know About Actos and Bladder…

    Diabetes drugs are big business because so many people need help controlling their blood sugar. But one popular drug has come under fire. What's the latest update on Actos and bladder cancer? The diab…

    By: Terry Graedon March 28, 2016 23 Comments
    How to Stop Prilosec by Taking Papaya

    Popular heartburn medicines called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can be great for alleviating symptoms. If a person decides it is time to stop taking one of these PPIs, however, the withdrawal can t…

    By: Terry Graedon March 28, 2016 30 Comments
    Was Gabapentin for Pain a Factor in Suicide?

    Suicide is devastating. Even more than a sudden unexpected death, suicide inspires feelings of guilt in the survivors who may wonder, "Could I have done something to prevent this tragedy?" In some cas…

    By: Joe Graedon March 28, 2016 75 Comments
    How Will People in Severe Pain Cope Without Narc…

    The Feds Team up to get Doctors to Say No to Narcotics In the fall of 2014 the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) made it much harder for doctors to prescribe opioid analgesics. Hydrocodone (found …

    By: Joe Graedon March 24, 2016 56 Comments
    Will People in Pain Suffer Because of FDA’…

    The FDA has followed the lead of the CDC in cautioning doctors about prescribing opioid pain relievers. Short-acting narcotics will now come with boxed opioid warnings about misuse, abuse, addiction, …

    By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2016 15 Comments
    What is the Connection Between Joint Pain and At…

    Q. You recently answered a question in your column from someone who complained about arthritis. I think you missed an important point. The reader asked about the pain medication naproxen (Aleve) for h…

    By: Joe Graedon March 17, 2016 81 Comments
    What Will People in Severe Pain Do Now?

    The CDC has issued new guidelines (JAMA, March 15, 2016) that strongly urge doctors to stop prescribing narcotics to patients with chronic pain. This public health organization believes its mandate wi…

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2016 43 Comments
    What Do You Think About Drug Ads with Cartoon Ch…

    There was a time when drugs advertised on television were for minor problems such as headaches, indigestion or colds. The makers of Alka-Seltzer, for example, had a cute animated character called Spee…

    By: Joe Graedon March 10, 2016 43 Comments
    Will Praluent Work If You Cannot Stand a Statin?

    When someone has a heart attack, there is a very good chance he will be put on a statin-type cholesterol-lowering medicine. This is called secondary prevention because the goal is to avoid a second he…

    By: Joe Graedon March 7, 2016 7 Comments
    Amitriptyline and Imodium Lead to Brain Fog and …

    Q. I am in my 50s and don't consider myself a senior citizen, but my memory has been getting worse and worse. I take amitriptyline and oxybutynin for a urinary problem, along with Metamucil and Imodiu…

    By: Joe Graedon March 7, 2016 8 Comments
    Is BC Powder a Good Way to Treat a Heart Attack?

    Q. I have a question about aspirin. I had a serious heart attack 15 years ago and have been carrying a packet of BC Powder (845 mg aspirin and 65 mg caffeine) in a plastic bag in my pants pocket ever …

    By: Terry Graedon March 7, 2016 21 Comments
    How to Control Mice Without Toxic Mothballs

    When it comes to medications, we are quick to admonish people not to let the cure be worse than the condition. The same holds true for home remedies, but even more so. There is no excuse for using ri…

    By: Joe Graedon March 3, 2016 19 Comments
    Is There a Natural Herbal Remedy for Colds?

    Colds that hit late in the season can be especially nasty. This reader has really suffered: Q. I have a terrible time with colds and flu symptoms all the time. No sooner do I get over one cold than I …

    By: Joe Graedon March 3, 2016 16 Comments
    Is There Any Natural Way to Stop Hair Loss?

    Q. Every time I shower there is more hair around the drain. I used to have nice, thick hair but it is thinning rapidly and I would like to do something to slow or stop my hair loss. Is dandruff a cont…

    By: Joe Graedon March 3, 2016 5 Comments
    Is Flibanserin, the Female Sex Pill, A Big Fizzl…

    An article published in JAMA Internal Medicine this week reports that the new female libido-enhancing drug flibanserin (Addyi) led to "one-half of an additional sexually satisfying encounter per month…

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2016 6 Comments
    What Pain Reliever Is Safe for a Heart Patient?

    Have you ever heard of a silo? Technically, it is a structure used to store grain. Metaphorically, however, the fact that it is usually separated from the other buildings on a farm is important. Peop…

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2016 24 Comments
    Do People Know About Serious Reclast Side Effect…

    Drugs to prevent broken bones can boomerang and actually cause fractures. Fortunately, this is relatively rare, but when it happens it can be devastating! Q. I have had problems with Reclast. Last Jun…

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2016 8 Comments
    What Are the Pros and Cons of Testosterone Thera…

    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been one of the most controversial and contentious treatments in medicine for decades. Now, TRT (testosterone replacement therapy) is following a similar trajecto…

    By: Terry Graedon February 22, 2016 11 Comments
    How Can You Get Off a PPI Without Withdrawal?

    When proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs were first introduced decades ago, the perception was that these drugs had hardly any side effects. Both doctors and their patients were convinced that omeprazol…

    By: Joe Graedon February 22, 2016 11 Comments
    Why Are Americans Now Worried About New PPI Side…

    Powerful acid suppressing drugs (proton pump inhibitors or PPIs) have been a gold mine for drug companies for decades. But a new report from Germany has a lot of people nervous about a connection betw…

    By: Terry Graedon February 22, 2016 24 Comments
    Is Narcotic Pain Reliever Too Risky for Seniors?

    Lately there has been a great deal of news about the dangers of taking a narcotic pain reliever such as oxycodone or hydrocodone. According to CNN, deaths from opioid overdose have reached an all-time…

    By: Joe Graedon February 18, 2016 15 Comments
    Will Testosterone Turbocharge Your Sex Drive and…

    A new federally-funded study about testosterone therapy published in the New England Journal of Medicine has created quite a stir. It seems that when testosterone gel (AndroGel) was given to men over …

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2016 11 Comments
    Is Your Heartburn Pill Putting You at Risk of De…

    The news on  proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) used to treat ulcers and serious gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) has not been good lately. Researchers have reported long-term side effects such as a…