By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 0 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 0 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 7 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 3 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 13 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 24 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: Joe Graedon September 29, 2014 58 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…

    By: Joe Graedon September 22, 2014 3 Comments
    Did Antipsychotic Drugs Contribute to Suicide?

    Q. My 36 year old daughter told her doctor she was depressed so he prescribed Seroquel. She began hallucinating and after a month she became paranoid and thought demons were attacking her. She never h…

    By: Joe Graedon September 22, 2014 12 Comments
    Simvastatin Side Effect Ruined Thanksgiving Dinn…

    Q. After my husband had a heart attack he was prescribed simvastatin. It wasn't long before I noticed a change in his cognitive function. He loves to cook but suddenly had trouble following recipes an…

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2014 0 Comments
    Lisinopril & Other Pril Pill Side Effects S…

    Some of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the world for high blood pressure are called ACE inhibitors. These compounds help blood vessels relax and dilate by blocking angiotensin converting enzyme…

    By: Terry Graedon September 18, 2014 8 Comments
    Do Statins Benefit Older People?

    Statins such as atorvastatin, rosuvastatin or simvastatin have been the mainstay in cholesterol control for decades. The evidence that they prevent second heart attacks in middle-aged men is indisputa…

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2014 4 Comments
    NSAIDs for Arthritis Tore Up Stomach

    Q. I began taking meloxicam in April for inflammation. By June my stomach was so messed up I couldn't stand it. My pain doctor switched me to diclofenac, but I had the same stomach issues. My stomach …

    By: Joe Graedon September 11, 2014 4 Comments
    The Miracle of Metformin Against Diabetes and Ca…

    Q. My doctor recently suggested that I should start taking metformin to help prevent a recurrence of prostate cancer. When I looked the drug up online I discovered that it is prescribed for diabetes. …

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2014 2 Comments
    Celexa Withdrawal Triggered Sound of Eyes Moving

    Q. I was concerned about a swooshing sound when my eyes move. Thank goodness I found your website. I thought I was losing my mind. I had been taking Celexa for generalized anxiety for the last eight y…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2014 11 Comments
    Taking Thyroid Medicine at Bedtime Fights Off Fa…

    Q. I've been taking levothyroxine for years and have felt crappy the whole time. I could barely drag myself out of bed. Trying to take my thyroid medicine on an empty stomach and wait an hour before e…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2014 8 Comments
    A Big Weekly Dose of Vitamin D Caused Terrible H…

    Q. My vitamin D level was low so my doctor prescribed vitamin D2 in a dose of 50,000 IU once a week. Within a day I was experiencing terrible nausea and heartburn. It took a couple of weeks for me to …

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2014 1 Comments
    Should You Take Aspirin for Cancer Prevention or…

    Q. I am utterly confused about aspirin. I read recently that the FDA discouraged the use of aspirin to prevent heart attacks. Now I read that regular aspirin use lowers the risk of cancer. So, should …

    By: Joe Graedon August 28, 2014 4 Comments
    Curing Stomach Ulcers May Keep Bad Breath and Sm…

    Q. I have an awful problem with gas. The odor is so terrible no one would want to be around. I talked to my doctor about it, but he said there was nothing he could give me for it because I have ulcers…

    By: Terry Graedon August 25, 2014 10 Comments
    Putting Vicks in the Wrong Spot Could Set a Tail…

    Q. Years ago my mother, who was a nurse, used Vicks VapoRub almost as a cure-all for us children. One hot summer day, my family and friends were out in the yard enjoying themselves while I was in the …

    By: Terry Graedon August 25, 2014 9 Comments
    Cholesterol-Lowering Drug May Have Led to Lastin…

    Q. I seem to have permanent nerve damage after taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) for six years and then Crestor (rosuvastatin) for a year. I developed severe pain in my leg muscles, primarily my calves, w…

    By: Terry Graedon August 24, 2014 5 Comments
    Hay Fever Sufferers Could Get Relief from Ragwee…

    Q. I am allergic to ragweed. Every fall I suffer miserably until the first big frost. My allergist has suggested shots, but I hate getting stuck every week and they are expensive. What else can I do b…

    By: Joe Graedon August 21, 2014 8 Comments
    Healthy Foods Foster Flatulence: How To Prevent …

    Q. I am trying to eat healthier by eating less meat and more vegetables, but I am not yet a vegetarian. I have noticed that on the days I have a meatless meal, for example eggplant, zucchini and brocc…

    By: Terry Graedon August 18, 2014 2 Comments
    Warning–Don’t Use Bleach to Treat At…

    Q. You have sometimes written about ways to treat athlete's foot, but you haven't mentioned the best one: BLEACH! On the rare occasion that I get a toe fissure or itchy sole, I just pour several glugs…

    By: Terry Graedon August 18, 2014 6 Comments
    Is Hair Loss a Minor Side Effect? Many Drugs May…

    Q. I have heard that many medications can cause hair loss. Is this side effect temporary? Does the hair grow back when the drug is stopped? A. A surprising number of medications can cause temporary ha…

    By: Terry Graedon August 18, 2014 11 Comments
    How to Overcome the Constipation Caused by Narco…

    Q. Recently I took a dear friend to the ER. We thought she had a urinary tract infection. She was so weak she needed a wheelchair to get into the hospital. After running numerous tests, they ruled out…

    By: Joe Graedon August 14, 2014 31 Comments
    Pain Reliever Awakens Alzheimer’s Patient …

    Q. My 82-year-old mother has had Alzheimer's for eight years. She sat all day and didn't feed or bathe herself. Although she smiled pleasantly, she couldn't retain working memory for more than two min…

    By: Joe Graedon August 14, 2014 8 Comments
    Scary Fig Reaction Could Be Harbinger of Deadly …

    Q. I have fig trees in my back yard and they were especially fruitful this year. I love fresh figs, but lately I have been experiencing a scary reaction. My lips tingle and my tongue swells up. Could …

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2014 8 Comments
    Mango Reaction Could Be Linked to Poison Ivy Sen…

    Q. Many years ago, while my dad was stationed in Hawaii, I climbed the mango trees to pick mangos for chutney. I got such a terrible reaction: my eyes were swollen shut, my hands were so swollen I cou…

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2014 9 Comments
    Did Heartburn Medicine Undermine His Bone Streng…

    Q. No one would ever suspect that I have just been diagnosed with osteopenia (weakened bones). I am a man in remarkably good health with blood results to kill for. I work out three times a week at the…

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2014 10 Comments
    Does Toothpaste with Tartar Control Contribute t…

    Q. I have had trouble with recurrent canker sores for years. I finally figured out that avoiding toothpaste with tartar control or whitening agents keeps me out of trouble. A. The medical literature i…

    By: Joe Graedon August 7, 2014 13 Comments
    Beware of Sudden and Unexpected Psychiatric Drug…

    When Sylvia was put on a heartburn medicine called metoclopramide (Reglan), she never expected to experience a psychotic breakdown. After all, how could something for your stomach affect your brain? Y…