By: Joe Graedon July 25, 2016 0 Comments
    Is the FDA Putting Americans at Risk with Chines…

    The Food and Drug Administration is caught between two hard rocks. On the one hand the agency has been criticized for inadequate oversight of foreign drug manufacturing facilities, especially in China…

    By: Terry Graedon July 25, 2016 0 Comments
    Stopping Antihistamine Leads to Unbelievable Itc…

    Every so often, doctors discover something from their own experience as patients that they didn't learn in medical school and haven't heard from their colleagues. Often, the symptoms of withdrawal fr…

    By: Joe Graedon July 21, 2016 17 Comments
    Are Rehab Hospitals Hazardous to Your Health?

    If you suffer a serious injury in an automobile accident, get a knee or hip replaced or suffer a stroke, there is a very good chance you will end up in a rehabilitation hospital. These facilities are …

    By: Joe Graedon July 21, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Save Money and Smell Good During the Heat…

    The weather will be brutal over the next couple of weeks because of heat and humidity. That means you will be sweating up a storm, which is actually a good thing since perspiration is your body's natu…

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2016 7 Comments
    How Much Tonic Water Is Safe for You?

    In the heat of a summer afternoon, a tall cold glass of tonic water can seem very appealing. It may even have health benefits, such as warding off nighttime leg cramps. But if you get carried away and…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2016 2 Comments
    Should Everyone Be Taking Metformin to Fight Can…

    Metformin was created in the 1920s by chemists who were working with the French lilac plant. That's because healers had been using French lilac for centuries to control the symptoms of type 2 diabetes…

    By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2016 15 Comments
    How Can You Stop Acid Suppressing Drugs Without …

    As complications from proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) accumulate, people are getting worried. Millions of people take medications like dexlansoprazole, esomeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantopraz…

    By: Joe Graedon July 11, 2016 24 Comments
    What Are the Most Common Statin Side Effects?

    Many health professionals are convinced that statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs do not cause any side effects. These physicians published a review that stated that very idea (European Journal of …

    By: Joe Graedon July 11, 2016 15 Comments
    Can A Drug for Restless Legs Turn You Into a Gam…

    Americans are firm believers in free will. Most reject the idea that someone could become a gambling addict or a compulsive shopper because of a prescribed medication. We cannot imagine that anyone wo…

    By: Joe Graedon July 4, 2016 4 Comments
    Will My PM Sleeping Pills Lead to Dementia?

    People with insomnia are caught between two hard rocks. On the one hand they are told that lack of sleep can lead to all sorts of health problems including high blood pressure, forgetfulness, diabetes…

    By: Joe Graedon July 4, 2016 6 Comments
    Testosterone Side Effects: How Scary Are They?

    Treatment with the male hormone testosterone has been highly controversial for years. The FDA makes it clear that testosterone side effects are worrisome and physicians should NOT prescribe the hormo…

    By: Terry Graedon July 4, 2016 6 Comments
    What Is the Danger of Xylitol?

    There is a strong consensus that Americans get too much sugar in our diets. As a result, there are sugar substitutes in a number of popular foods and beverages and also in some medications. One of tho…

    By: Joe Graedon July 4, 2016 15 Comments
    Abilify Side effects: How Dangerous Are Antipsyc…

    Mental illness has always represented a challenge to the medical community. TV commercials to the contrary, there is no silver bullet to cure anxiety, bipolar disease, major depression or schizophreni…

    By: Terry Graedon June 27, 2016 4 Comments
    Will Your Pharmacy Make a Mistake?

    When it comes to using prescription medicine safely, there are a few rules to follow. Always ask why you are taking the drug, when to take it and for how long. Ask whether it will interact with any ot…

    By: Joe Graedon June 27, 2016 34 Comments
    Is Bad LDL Cholesterol Good for Older People?

    For decades we have been told that so-called bad LDL cholesterol will clog our arteries and cause heart attacks and premature death. That is why statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs have been prescr…

    By: Joe Graedon June 27, 2016 8 Comments
    Are My Medications Causing Me Memory Problems?

    Most people assume that if they begin to have memory problems it is either "natural" aging or bad luck. If a relative had Alzheimer's disease, forgetfulness and dementia are blamed on genetic factors.…

    By: Joe Graedon June 20, 2016 15 Comments
    Are There Alternatives to Unpleasant Tamsulosin …

    Many physicians think that the best approach to benign prostate enlargement and problems peeing, especially at night, is a prescription for tamsulosin (Flomax). But for some, like this reader, tamsulo…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Fight Niacin Flush with Apple Pectin

    New research suggests that cholesterol may not be the single most important factor leading to heart disease. Nonetheless, it is still relevant in many situations, and doctors will still focus on impro…

    By: Joe Graedon June 16, 2016 36 Comments
    Will Higher Bad LDL Cholesterol Help Older Peopl…

    A new analysis of prior research suggests that higher levels of so-called bad LDL cholesterol is associated with longer life for older people. Not surprisingly, many cardiologists are outraged over th…

    By: Terry Graedon June 16, 2016 0 Comments
    Why Is FDA Warning about Invokana and Farxiga?

    The Food and Drug Administration has just strengthened its warning on certain medications prescribed for people with type 2 diabetes. Canagliflozin and dapagliflozin are sold under the brand names In…

    By: Joe Graedon June 13, 2016 4 Comments
    Why Potassium Chloride Is Not Always a Safe Salt…

    People have been warned that salt (sodium chloride) is dangerous, especially for people with high blood pressure. New research suggests that is only true when people with hypertension consume a lot of…

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2016 14 Comments
    Can You Conquer Heartburn with Coconut Water?

    How do you ease heartburn? Millions of people take acid-suppressing drugs every day, but the risks from long-term use of medicines like esomeprazole, lansoprazole or omeprazole have gotten a fair amou…

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2016 3 Comments
    Do You Need to Stop Your Anticoagulant Before a …

    Doctors frequently advise people to stop taking certain medicines prior to surgery or an invasive intervention like a biopsy. Anticoagulant drugs are especially likely to trigger such a warning, sinc…

    By: Joe Graedon June 13, 2016 12 Comments
    Are Medical Mistakes and Deaths Being Swept Unde…

    A provocative article in the prestigious medical journal BMJ (May 3, 2016) was titled "Medical Error--The Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S." The patient safety experts from John Hopkins went on…

    By: Joe Graedon June 9, 2016 10 Comments
    Side Effects, Interactions and Problems with Pro…

    A lot of men who never contemplated problems peeing are now taking drugs to help them urinate: tamsulosin (Flomax, Jalyn), alfuzosin (Uroxatral), silodosin (Rapaflo), doxazosin (Cardura) and terazosin…

    By: Terry Graedon June 8, 2016 5 Comments
    Life-Threatening Reaction to Diarrhea Medicine

    The gold standard diarrhea medicine in the pharmacy is loperamide, also sold under the brand name Imodium. It is used to treat conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease or colitis that can cause…

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2016 12 Comments
    How Dangerous is Aluminum for People? What’…

    Skip to the end of this article for the money point: Only two days left to save on Economy Sized MoM Aluminum-Free Roll-on Deodorant! Are You Exposed to Aluminum? We have been asking the question for …

    By: Terry Graedon June 6, 2016 15 Comments
    How to Ease Heartburn without Harming Your Kidne…

    When the first proton pump inhibitor drug, omeprazole (Prilosec), was introduced, it was greeted enthusiastically. It appeared to reduce symptoms of acid reflux and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux dise…

    By: Terry Graedon June 2, 2016 3 Comments
    How Risky Is Ritalin for Kids’ Hearts?

    Parents often worry about the possible side effects of drugs prescribed for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Often they are reassured that there are no serious problems, but a new stud…

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2016 12 Comments
    Tremors from Tramadol Could Be Scary Serotonin S…

    Tramadol is becoming a mainstay in the treatment of pain, especially now that opioids have come under such scrutiny. But the FDA warns that this medication can interact with many other drugs to trigg…

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2016 4 Comments
    Will Fish Oil for the Heart Contribute to Prosta…

    For decades health professionals focused primarily on cholesterol (especially LDL cholesterol) as the chief culprit in heart disease. Now, other blood fats are considered important, especially triglyc…

    By: Joe Graedon May 23, 2016 16 Comments
    Patient in Severe Pain Suddenly Cut Off from Vic…

    Much has been written over the last several months about the abuse of opioid narcotics. The FDA, CDC, DEA and other federal agencies have all been warning about opioid overdoses and deaths. But over …

    By: Joe Graedon May 23, 2016 13 Comments
    Does Everyone Over 65 Need Statins to Lower Chol…

    Many doctors are now following recommendations set out by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. People over 65 with perfect cholesterol numbers, normal blood pressur…

    By: Joe Graedon May 15, 2016 5 Comments
    Did Sleeping Pill Cocktail Leave Insomniac Zombi…

    Tens of millions of people have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep. They are frequently told that inadequate sleep can contribute to a variety of health problems from weight gain and hypert…

    By: Joe Graedon May 14, 2016 17 Comments
    Are There Any Allergy Remedies That Won’t …

    People who are sniffling, sneezing and suffering because of summer allergies are caught in a terrible bind. Some popular antihistamines have the ability to affect the brain in an unpleasant way. In ad…

    By: Joe Graedon May 12, 2016 93 Comments
    New FDA Warning For Popular Cipro and Levaquin A…

    They're called fluoroquinolones (FQs) or quinolones for short. Tens of millions of prescriptions have been written for: Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) Gemifloxacin (Factive) Levofloxacin (Levaquin) Moxifloxaci…

    By: Terry Graedon May 12, 2016 5 Comments
    How Do Heartburn Drugs Harm Blood Vessels?

    Proton pump inhibitors or PPIs have been extremely popular treatments for acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion. They were considered among the safest drugs in the pharmacy for years. But recent rese…

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2016 6 Comments
    Are You Swallowing A Deadly Drug Combination?

    Americans are swallowing more medications than ever before. A recent nationwide study showed that one in three older people take at least five different prescription drugs (JAMA Internal Medicine, Apr…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2016 10 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 11 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…