By: The People's Pharmacy April 23, 2015 9 Comments
    Blood Pressure Drug Combos That Could Be Lethal

    When doctors prescribe blood pressure medication, their goal is to reduce the likelihood that a patient with hypertension will develop heart attacks, strokes, kidney damage, eye problems or even Alzhe…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 23, 2015 2 Comments
    Joe Graedon Discusses Generic Drugs on WTVD

    Joe Graedon talked about the pros and cons of generic drugs on ABC11 (WTVD Durham NC) on April 22, 2015. Here's a link. Saving money is a big advantage, but only if the medication works properly. How …

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 23, 2015 3 Comments
    Another Scary Side Effect Linked to Heartburn Dr…

    Canadian researchers have found that older people taking acid suppressing drugs such as esomeprazole, lansoprazole and omeprazole are at higher risk for kidney failure. The scientists used medication …

    By: Joe Graedon April 20, 2015 33 Comments
    New Statin Study Confirms Scary Link to Diabetes

    Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs like atorvastatin, lovastatin and simvastatin are supposed to prevent heart attacks and strokes. New research from Finland suggests that such drugs may increase …

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 20, 2015 14 Comments
    Reader Was Enraged by Advice about Stopping Cymb…

    We were taken to task recently by a reader who thought our answer to a question from someone having a terrible time with Cymbalta withdrawal indicated a lack of respect. None was intended. Q. You blew…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 16, 2015 6 Comments
    Diabetes Drug Dust-Up Reveals FDA Deficiencies

    A week ago the FDA put out a report that "suggested significant or near-significant increases in all-cause mortality" associated with the diabetes drug Onglyza (saxagliptin). In other words, more pat…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 13, 2015 9 Comments
    Stopping Cymbalta Suddenly Led to Disaster

    Certain medications have the potential to cause a very disorienting withdrawal syndrome if they are discontinued abruptly. People should be warned about this possibility before they begin taking the d…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 13, 2015 29 Comments
    Is Mustard for Leg Cramps Snake Oil or the Real …

    One of the strangest remedies we have stumbled across in recent years is a spoonful of mustard to combat leg cramps. If you have ever experienced a charlie horse in a calf muscle in the middle of the …

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 13, 2015 7 Comments
    Do the Risks of Acetaminophen Outweigh the Benef…

    Acetaminophen is a popular pain reliever sold under the brand name Tylenol and around the world as paracetamol. A new analysis of research shows that it may not work as well as expected for some commo…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 30, 2015 17 Comments
    Can Flu Shots Cause Long-Lasting Arm Pain?

    On December 27, 2014 we first heard about the possibility that a flu shot could lead to persistent arm pain. Don V. shared his experience with the relatively new "Quad" influenza vaccine. This quadriv…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 30, 2015 77 Comments
    Should TV Drug Ads Skip Scary Side Effects?

    Drug company marketing executives hate having to warn people about dangerous drug complications and side effects. Imagine a car salesman trying to sell a car but having to warn customers that there is…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 23, 2015 19 Comments
    Soaring Generic Drug Prices Squeeze Patients

    Q. Has anyone done some investigative journalism to expose why several generic medication prices have skyrocketed? My clobetasol ointment has gone up 300 percent over the last year. My understanding i…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 23, 2015 2 Comments
    Chantix and Alcohol Don’t Mix, Says FDA

    It can take years for the FDA to recognize a drug interaction problem. That's because there is no organized system for anticipating or testing potentially dangerous drug combinations. Alcohol and Chan…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 23, 2015 8 Comments
    How to Prevent Dementia

    Q. I am interested in information about preventing dementia. What drugs should someone avoid to prevent memory loss? Are there any drugs that might help? Please answer in the newspaper so my wife won'…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 23, 2015 5 Comments
    Flonase Nasal Spray Can Help with Nose Spray Add…

    Q. I have been using Afrin Nasal Decongestant Spray for two decades. My mom started me on it when I was a kid with bad allergies and then I couldn't stop. I finally got off Afrin by using Flonase and …

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 19, 2015 6 Comments
    Do Januvia Side Effects Include Cancer of the Pa…

    Q. My wife is taking Januvia to control her blood sugar. Without Januvia her sugar level is 130 or more. With Januvia it is in the range of 110, which is close to normal. I heard an interview on the r…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 16, 2015 15 Comments
    Drugs May Be Driving the Diabetes Epidemic

    Diabetes has become one of the world's most troubling diseases. The American Diabetes Association estimates that nearly 28 million Americans have type 2 diabetes. About 8 million have not been diagnos…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 16, 2015 1 Comments
    Statins Sap Sex Drive and Lower Testosterone

    As visitors to this website know, statin-type cholesterol-lowering medicines remain among the most popular drugs in the pharmacy. Many cardiologists maintain that such medications are extremely safe, …

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 16, 2015 15 Comments
    Getting Off Prilosec Is a Challenge but Reduces …

    Q. I have been on Prilosec for the last ten years. I was recently diagnosed with C diff and decided after doing some research that I should stop the Prilosec. I've been off it for about a week now and…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 16, 2015 4 Comments
    Yerba Mate for a Gentle Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

    Yerba mate (pronounced matay) has been valued in South America for centuries, long before Columbus set off on his epic journey. A hot "tea" was made from the leaves of a holly tree (Ilex paraguariensi…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 16, 2015 26 Comments
    Doctors Disagree About Putting Petroleum Jelly i…

    A decade ago we responded to a reader who put Vicks VapoRub in her nose before bed to control symptoms of post-nasal drip. We suggested that this might not be such a good idea and quoted the manufactu…

    By: Joe Graedon March 9, 2015 17 Comments
    Lisinopril Cough Caused Loss of Consciousness

    We are constantly amazed by the number of reports we have received about ACEi (angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors) and cough. These are among the most widely prescribed blood pressure drugs in t…

    By: Joe Graedon March 9, 2015 21 Comments
    Statin Smackdown: Doctors Disagree on Pros &…

    There are few modern medications that have stirred such heated debate as statins. Some health professionals believe the benefits have been overblown and the risks downplayed. Others have hailed such d…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 9, 2015 20 Comments
    TV Drug Ads or Pharmaceutical Sales Reps for Inf…

    Have you ever become frustrated or annoyed at prescription drug advertisements on television? Many people love to hate these commercials, but of course they must be effective at increasing prescriptio…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 5, 2015 1 Comments
    FDA Issues Testosterone Warning, But Research Is…

    Television commercials focusing on the dangers of "low T" have gotten many men to ask their doctors for a prescription. In 2013, prescription testosterone medicines such as AndroGel or Axiron hit $2 b…

    By: Joe Graedon March 5, 2015 16 Comments
    New Research Links Aluminum to Alzheimer’s…

    That was the title of an article Joe wrote over 26 years ago for a newspaper column. FROM KING FEATURES SYNDICATE FOR RELEASE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 6, 1989 Here is the original article: I'm getting nervous…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 5, 2015 7 Comments
    Aggressive Blood Pressure Control Leads To Menta…

    Physicians have been debating the role of high blood pressure and dementia for decades. Some studies suggest that hypertension is linked to cognitive decline while others have found that higher blood …

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 2, 2015 15 Comments
    Hot Flashes Stop but Brisdelle Side Effects Keep…

    Have you seen the TV commercials for Brisdelle to ease symptoms of menopause? The female announcer says: "Are you dealing with hot flashes during menopause? Why suffer more than you have to? You can d…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 2, 2015 13 Comments
    Is the FDA Protecting Drug Companies Instead of …

    For decades we were staunch defenders of the FDA. We thought the agency did an amazing job protecting consumers from bogus products. We applauded the organization for making sure Americans' medication…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 2, 2015 26 Comments
    Does Generic Celecoxib Measure Up to Celebrex?

    Q. My doctor prescribed Celebrex several years ago to help ease the arthritis pain in my knee. Three days ago my pharmacy substituted with generic celecoxib. I was pleased with the savings, but my pai…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 9, 2015 2 Comments
    Testosterone May Not Be Linked to Heart Attacks …

    Q. I am a 54-year-old male and I have noticed a drop-off in sexual performance and energy. I have seen commercials for products that either boost or cause your body to produce testosterone. What can y…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 9, 2015 9 Comments
    Wishing for Motion Sickness Medicine That Won…

    Q. I was just reading your article on anticholinergic drugs and decided to check on a drug, promethazine, that I take for motion sickness. I usually only take it when I travel on cruise ships, airplan…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 5, 2015 6 Comments
    Asthma Treatment with Prednisone Triggered Stero…

    Q. My 16-year-old grandson's pediatrician prescribed prednisone for 5 days with a follow-up of 6 weeks of steroids for a recent asthma attack. My grandson was also given an inhaler with steroids in it…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 5, 2015 4 Comments
    FDA Adverse Event Reporting System Is Outmoded

    The Institute for Safe Medication Practices has issued a scathing report on the Food and Drug Administration's adverse event reporting system. This computerized database collects information on drug s…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 2, 2015 17 Comments
    Did Anti-Anxiety Medicine (Clonazepam) Lead to A…

    Q. My wife has taken clonazepam for more than 15 years now and shows signs of Alzheimer's disease. Is there clinical evidence to support this connection? A. Clonazepam belongs to a class of drugs call…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 2, 2015 40 Comments
    Nurse Suffers Painful After Effects of Flu Shot

    Q. I am a nurse practitioner and had to get a flu shot this year as a condition for working in my hospital. I hadn't been sick in three years but I ended up with the flu, even after the shot. Now two …

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 2, 2015 9 Comments
    Is It Illegal to Get Your Prescriptions from Can…

    Q. What's the latest on buying prescription drugs from Canada? The cost of brand name medications is destroying us financially. Is it true that buying drugs from a Canadian pharmacy is illegal? A. In …

    By: Joe Graedon January 27, 2015 37 Comments
    Are Your Drugs Raising Your Risk for Dementia?

    Here we go again, with headlines that sound like they could be hype: "Hay-fever drugs linked to Alzheimer's" (Irish Independent) "Over-the-counter pills could raise risk of Alzheimer's: study" (New Yo…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2015 20 Comments
    Patients Are in the Dark About Drug Pros and Con…

    If your doctor told you he could leap tall buildings in a single bound like Superman, you would be skeptical. But if he told you that a drug or a surgical treatment would cure what ails you, you might…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 26, 2015 53 Comments
    Sore Arm Persists for Weeks after Receiving Flu …

    Q. It has been seven weeks since I had my annual flu shot, and my arm is still sore at the injection site. I do not think I have a Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) from having…