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 3 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 20 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 33 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 19 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 36 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…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 26, 2015 4 Comments
    Blood Pressure Pills Are Contributing to Nerve D…

    Q. I have high blood pressure for which I take metoprolol, hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), hydralazine and lisinopril. I have developed pins and needles in my fingers and numbness in my hands that keeps m…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2015 3 Comments
    Simvastatin User Misses His Grapefruit

    Q. I love grapefruit. I have been prescribed simvastatin for high cholesterol, and I am not supposed to eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while I am on this drug. Is there any way to control my…

    By: Joe Graedon January 22, 2015 10 Comments
    Dangerous Interactions with Warfarin (Coumadin) …

    Q. Last year I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. I am now on warfarin and understand I will have to take it for the foreseeable future. I have regular blood tests to make sure my blood is clotti…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 19, 2015 11 Comments
    Is MiraLAX Safe for Children?

    Q. My 2-year-old grandson has problems with constipation, and his pediatrician has recommended MiraLAX to be taken daily. He has now been taking it for about two months. I am concerned that his pediat…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 19, 2015 0 Comments
    Prostate Pill Leads to Stuffy Nose

    Q. Is a stuffy nose a side effect of Flomax? I can't think of any other reason my nose is so stuffed up. A. In the studies done for this drug to be approved to relieve symptoms of an enlarged prostate…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 19, 2015 12 Comments
    Anti-Anxiety Drugs Raise the Risk of Alzheimers …

    Are anti-anxiety agents and sleeping pills making us stupid? That is a question that is giving some scientists nightmares. These are among the most prescribed drugs in America. Alprazolam (Xanax) is d…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 15, 2015 3 Comments
    FDA Is Concerned about Drug Quality

    The Food and Drug Administration has just announced a restructuring. The agency will be adding a new department, the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality, to rectify some serious manufacturing problems th…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 12, 2015 10 Comments
    Popular PPI Heartburn Drugs Have Scary Side Effe…

    Q. More and more evidence suggests that long-term use of PPIs is bad for health. I've read they contribute to osteoporosis, C diff, pneumonia, vitamin deficiencies and other problems. There are 30 mil…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 12, 2015 3 Comments
    Tramadol Interaction with Antidepressants Can Be…

    Q. Recently my husband took tramadol after back surgery. He was also taking an SSRI anti-depressant. He suffered severe hallucinations and sleep-talking throughout the night. The ER doctor suspected s…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2015 8 Comments
    New Eliquis (Apixaban) Alert: Unexpected Side Ef…

    In our inbox yesterday morning was a media alert from Adverse Events, Inc., regarding the anticoagulant Eliquis (apixaban) and some new cases of colon cancer and liver injury. There is nothing in the …

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 8, 2015 4 Comments
    Corn Syrup Study Raises Red Flag

    Just how risky is a sweet tooth? While we have been warned not to overdose on sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, we are usually assured that they are identical in their physiological effects. Now a st…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 5, 2015 14 Comments
    Does General Anesthesia Affect Brain Function?

    Q. I know two senior citizens (in their 70s) who had misadventures with surgical anesthesia. They are both rapidly losing their short-term memory. Do specific anesthesia drugs cause this in geneticall…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 5, 2015 5 Comments
    Natural Vitamin D3 is Easier on the Stomach

    Q. My doctor says I need to take vitamin D3, but I know from past history that vitamin D3 upsets my stomach, no matter what the dose. I was pleased to learn that there are two different kinds of vitam…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 1, 2015 5 Comments
    Flu at Epidemic Levels! What Should You Do?

    Have you noticed that friends, family and co-workers are sick? Perhaps you too have fallen prey to this year's influenza virus. Well, the CDC has just acknowledged that the country is in the midst of …

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 29, 2014 0 Comments
    Blood Pressure Pill Makes Skin Sensitive to Sun

    Q. I am taking Dyazide for high blood pressure and have developed skin rashes and itching when exposed to the sun even after generous coatings with sunscreen. What is it and why does exposure to sunsh…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 29, 2014 16 Comments
    The Inside Story of Tamiflu: Side Effects &…

    If you have been watching TV lately you may have seen a commercial for Tamiflu (oseltamivir). A very sick-looking man is seen creeping about in a very small house. He blows his nose with a teeny tissu…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 29, 2014 11 Comments
    Generic Drug Failure Can Be Life Threatening

    Q. My 7-year-old child had not had a seizure in four years. Her epilepsy has been controlled with Keppra and the ketogenic diet. Recently, she was switched to levetiracetam, the generic form of Keppra…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 25, 2014 10 Comments
    Can Cocoa Substitute for Aspirin?

    Q. My husband takes a baby aspirin every day on the advice of his doctor. He wants me to do the same, but I am afraid to. Years ago, before I met him, I had a frightening allergic reaction to aspirin.…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 22, 2014 26 Comments
    Hallucinating Ghosts on Tramadol

    Q. I was recently prescribed tramadol for pain from a bad hip. (There is probably surgery in my future.) I ended up with hallucinations. Ghost-like people were floating along next to my shoulder. I th…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 22, 2014 5 Comments
    Blood Pressure Pill May Lead to Hair Loss

    Q. I am a 47-year-old female who once had very thick red wavy hair. It was so thick hairstylists would comment on it. In the past several months, however, I have been losing so much hair that I am rea…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 22, 2014 3 Comments
    Vitamin C Can Protect Stomach from NSAID Injury

    Q. I read that taking vitamin C at the same time as aspirin can reduce stomach irritation. Does this protective effect of vitamin C also apply to other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen? A. One of …

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 22, 2014 16 Comments
    Do Statins Mess Up Mental Function?

    There are few more contentious issues in cardiology today than the pros and cons of statins. These cholesterol-lowering medications are among the most successful drugs in history. Statins Save Lives! …

    By: Joe Graedon December 18, 2014 2 Comments
    Falls Can Be a Deadly Consequence of Medicine

    Decades ago Mom and Dad protected you from accidents and picked you up if you fell. Now it's time for you to return the favor. A fall can be life-threatening for an older person. A broken hip can lead…

    By: Joe Graedon December 18, 2014 0 Comments
    Does Antidepressant Act Like An Aphrodisac?

    Q. I have been taking Wellbutrin (bupropion) for depression for seven years. I don't think it increases my sex drive, but it doesn't interfere with it either. Before that I took sertraline during a ve…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 15, 2014 8 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 7 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 4 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 27 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…