By: The People's Pharmacy September 3, 2015 0 Comments
    Diabetes Drugs Trigger Severe Joint Pain

    The FDA has just issued a warning about a serious complication of certain popular diabetes drugs. Gliptins, known as DPP-4 inhibitors, include medications like Januvia and Onglyza. Januvia was approve…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 31, 2015 7 Comments
    Fennel Seeds Help Overcome Heartburn Drug Withdr…

    We hear often from people who have had difficulty discontinuing a proton pump inhibitor drug such as omeprazole, esomeprazole or lansoprazole. These acid-suppressing drugs are widely prescribed for st…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 31, 2015 0 Comments
    Stopping Lyrica Suddenly Can Trigger Withdrawal …

    Many drugs are capable of causing physiological dependence, so that when a person quits taking the medicine he immediately experiences side effects. In many cases, these reactions may be similar to th…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 28, 2015 11 Comments
    New FDA Warning About Januvia Joint Pain Side Ef…

    On August 28, 2015, the FDA issued the following caution: "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the type 2 diabetes medicines sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin, and aloglipt…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 24, 2015 32 Comments
    Generic Drugs Banned in Europe But Not in the US

    Over a year ago we received a message from a pharmaceutical research scientist. He worked for a large clinical research company in India that tested generic drugs to see whether they reached blood lev…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 23, 2015 10 Comments
    Pharmacist Speaks Up About Statin Side Effects

    Do health professionals trust the pharmaceutical industry too much? That is the provocative question raised by a pharmacist who has had personal difficulties taking statins: Q. I am a retired pharmaci…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 20, 2015 9 Comments
    The Inside Story on the Female Sex Pill Flibanse…

    There has been a great deal of excitement about the FDA's announcement that it has finally approved Addyi for women with low sex drive. Not surprisingly, this is the hot health story this week and the…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 17, 2015 3 Comments
    What Are the Risks of Tooth Whitening?

    With access to good dental care, it is now possible to keep teeth healthier compared to past decades. Many people are now taking steps to keep their pearly whites prettier, too. This reader wants to k…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 17, 2015 4 Comments
    Medicines that Shift Serotonin Levels Can Cause …

    Serotonin used to be an esoteric term used by neuroscientists to describe a chemical found in the brain, digestive tract and blood. But thanks to drugs like Paxil,  Prozac and Zoloft, this chemical t…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 17, 2015 2 Comments
    Prednisone Side Effect Led to Hip Replacement

    One of the great benefits of an interactive website such as this one is that people get to point out things we may have omitted. They often illustrate their points with their own experience. This read…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 10, 2015 7 Comments
    Are Your Drugs Secretly Causing Your Diabetes?

    Q. My husband is really struggling with high blood sugar. I suspect some of his medications may be causing it to stay up. We are on a fixed income and his diabetes drugs are terribly expensive. We are…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 10, 2015 6 Comments
    Inhaled Steroid Can Cause Hoarseness

    Inhaled corticosteroids are supposed to solve problems rather than cause them. But although they can certainly make breathing less laborious for people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary dis…

    By: Joe Graedon August 6, 2015 5 Comments
    Contrave Side Effects: Benefits and Complication…

    Q. I am a 56-year-old female who had my thyroid removed in 2006. Fortunately, there were no signs of cancer. Of course, without a thyroid gland I have been on thyroid medication ever since. I am havin…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 3, 2015 37 Comments
    Gabapentin for Pain Drove Patient to Brink of Su…

    How could a medicine that is supposed to relieve pain make someone suicidal? Turns out it happens far more often than most health professionals realize. If physicians and pharmacists do not warn patie…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2015 25 Comments
    The Fuss Over Amalgam Fillings Intensifies

    In our last newsletter we discussed an investigative report from Greg Gordon titled "Health Officials Kill Proposal to Curb Mercury Dental Fillings." Mr. Gordon pointed out that the FDA was poised to …

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 30, 2015 3 Comments
    Drug Companies Delay Reporting Drug Reactions Th…

    When a drug company finds out that one of its medications caused a serious or unexpected reaction, it has 15 days to report the case to the Food and Drug Administration. How well do pharmaceutical fir…

    By: Joe Graedon July 27, 2015 50 Comments
    The Dental Fillings Cover-Up and the FDA

    Did you know that the FDA proposed restricting mercury amalgam dental fillings back in 2011? If that comes as a surprise, don't feel bad. We didn't know about it either, and we pay close attention to …

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 27, 2015 8 Comments
    Tart Cherries Excel in Marathon Competition

    Dedicated athletes of many stripes often rely on "vitamin I"-ibuprofen. (The other OTC nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, naproxen, may be nearly as popular but lacks a snappy moniker.) We have hear…

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2015 78 Comments
    Devastating and Surprising Side Effects of Cipro…

    Over 20 million people take a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones annually for everything from sinusitis and urinary tract infections to bronchitis and skin infections. Two of the most famous…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 20, 2015 11 Comments
    Patients Detect Drug Side Effects Before FDA Doe…

    How do you know what side effects your drug can cause? If you ask doctors or pharmacists, they will often consult the official prescribing information sanctioned by the Food and Drug Administration. T…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 16, 2015 22 Comments
    More Drug Recalls From India – Do You Trus…

    The overwhelming majority of generic drugs are now made abroad. India supplies a large proportion of those formulations. In recent days two large Indian drug companies have received bad news from the …

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 13, 2015 12 Comments
    Is Your Medication Causing Nightmares?

    We are all encouraged to get a good night's sleep. That's because scientists have found that restful sleep is important for brain function, cardiovascular health and diabetes management. Nothing inter…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 13, 2015 2 Comments
    Some Drugs Should Not Be Given to an Elderly Per…

    Sometimes it seems as if the very people who are most likely to be taking medications are those who are most vulnerable to side effects, not to mention interactions. Of course, accumulating birthdays…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 9, 2015 10 Comments
    New FDA Warning About NSAIDs and Heart Attacks I…

    On July 9, 2015, the FDA issued another warning about non-aspirin NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). We have been warning about cardiovascular complications for years and now the FDA is st…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 2, 2015 7 Comments
    Natural Crystal Deodorant Caused Bad Body Aches

    Q. For years I have used a crystal-type (stick or rock) deodorant. This last year I have noticed frequent all over body aches; playing golf, taking walks, just moving around. I quit the crystal deodor…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 29, 2015 3 Comments
    Common Medicines Throw a Monkey Wrench Into Ment…

    Many people fear a diagnosis of Alzheimer's more than cancer or heart disease. That's because we have treatments for the two big killers, but virtually nothing to reverse the inevitable decline of dem…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 25, 2015 1 Comments
    ADHD Drug Daytrana Can Cause Permanent Disfiguri…

    A "Drug Safety Communication" from the FDA (June 24, 2015) is alerting physicians, pharmacists and patients that the Daytrana skin patch containing the drug methylphenidate can cause permanent skin c…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 22, 2015 14 Comments
    Do Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Damage Memory?

    Q. I read that a new study on statins and short-term memory was published in the June 8, 2015, JAMA Internal Medicine. Would you address this? It seems contrary to what I have read in your column. A. …

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 18, 2015 7 Comments
    Hidden Hazards of MRIs

    Have you ever had an MRI to diagnose osteoarthritis of the hip or check for cancer or an aneurysm? MRI or magnetic resonance imaging is considered much safer than CT scans that require ionizing radiat…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 18, 2015 9 Comments
    You Could Be Risking Bad Sunburns If You Are Tak…

    Forty years ago baby boomers enjoyed soaking up the sun's rays and admiring their golden tans. Today, they are spending more time with dermatologists and plastic surgeons trying to undo the damage. Ag…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 15, 2015 5 Comments
    Sex Pill for Women Cracks Medical Taboo

    The topic of women's sexuality has been taboo for centuries. Both men and women are often uncomfortable discussing female libido. Men's sexuality, on the other hand, has received a lot of attention. P…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 15, 2015 3 Comments
    Cataracts and Diabetes Could Be Complications of…

    It can be extremely frustrating to discover that a medication you have been taking conscientiously to prevent illness has resulted in a new health problem. Unfortunately, this has been the experience …

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 11, 2015 13 Comments
    Heartburn Medicines Boost Risk of Heart Attacks …

    Here we go again...another serious complication linked to acid-suppressing drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). This time the adverse reaction appears to be an increased risk of heart attacks…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 8, 2015 3 Comments
    Aroma of Testosterone Gel Smelled Up the House

    It isn't often that the fragrance of a medication causes a reaction. But added scents can sometimes be irritating, and one reader found that the aroma of testosterone gel was unbearable. Q. My husband…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 4, 2015 15 Comments
    Does Hair Dye Cause Cancer?

    Q. I had bladder cancer, which was treated successfully with surgery. When I asked my doctor why people get this kind of cancer, he talked about smoking and exposure to dyes in manufacturing. I quit s…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 4, 2015 0 Comments
    Are Antidepressants in Pregnancy Safe?

    For years, obstetricians have worried about whether women suffering from depression during pregnancy should be prescribed antidepressant drugs. On the one hand, depression during pregnancy has been as…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 1, 2015 13 Comments
    Do Flonase and Nasacort Harm the Sense of Smell?

    The benefits of steroid nasal spray for allergies are significant. There are, however, some side effects that you may want to know about before you start using them. A loss of the senses of smell and …

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 1, 2015 3 Comments
    Help with Pricey Prescription Drug Bills

    Pricey prescription drug bills are a serious problem for anyone paying out of pocket or whose insurance has a hefty copay. (That may be most of us these days.) Having the doctor write the correct pres…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 25, 2015 26 Comments
    Can You Put Lipstick on Big Pharma and Its Piggy…

    Big Pharma has a problem. According to the Wall Street Journal, "Drug Makers are Having Trouble Improving Their Reputations." A new survey shows that drug companies are not perceived as outstanding in…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 25, 2015 6 Comments
    Turmeric Plus Coumadin Triggered Scary Nosebleed

    Turmeric and its major component curcumin can cause bleeding trouble when combined with drugs used to prevent clotting. It is smart to check on possible interactions before mixing herbs and medication…