By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2016 3 Comments
    People Continue to Complain About Generic Ambien…

    We have received so many complaints about generic Ambien that we have lost count. We notified the FDA years ago about this problem but so far there seems to be no interest in finding out what the prob…

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2016 1 Comments
    Is Prostate Drug – Tamsulosin – Safe…

    Q. My family doctor has prescribed tamsulosin for frequent urination at night. I am a 75-year-old woman, and after reading about the side effects of this drug, I am concerned. I can live with the freq…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2016 0 Comments
    Did Nexium Cause Bone Loss and Nerve Pain?

    Whenever you decide to take a new medication, you should know what you will get out of it in terms of benefit and what side effects you might experience. This is especially important for drugs you wi…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2016 9 Comments
    How Safe is Nightly Lorazepam for Bad Insomnia?

    Millions of people suffer chronic insomnia. They toss and turn and worry about the consequences of inadequate sleep. The trouble is that almost all the drugs that are prescribed come with side effects…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2016 6 Comments
    Is Your Breakfast Messing Up Your Medicine?

    When was the last time you read a manual? Most of us are so impatient that we skip straight to plug and play. That's true whether it's a computer program, a cell phone or a rental car. Taking pills is…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2016 0 Comments
    Why Did Generic Remeron (Mirtazapine) Disappoint…

    People who are seriously depressed depend upon their medication to get through challenging times. Without a reliable medication they can fall back into a dark depression. This reader shares the frustr…

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2016 1 Comments
    Why Would Metformin and Crestor Stop Prostate Ca…

    Q. I have been treated for prostate cancer. My oncologist has recommended that I take the diabetes drug metformin and the cholesterol medication rosuvastatin to reduce my risk of recurrence. When I sa…

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2016 4 Comments
    Have You Had Problems with Generic Cymbalta (Dul…

    Brand name drugs like Cymbalta have become unaffordable for many patients. That's why most people are dispensed generic Cymbalta (duloxetine). We have received complaints that some generic formulation…

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2016 2 Comments
    Can You Trust Your Electronic Prescriptions?

    There was a time when a visit to the doctor's office often resulted in a paper prescription that you would take to the pharmacy. Nowadays there is a strong likelihood that if you need a medication you…

    By: Joe Graedon August 4, 2016 12 Comments
    Can You Trust Your Multivitamin?

    It can be challenging to get all the nutrients you need from food, especially if you are taking medications. That's because many medicines can interfere with vitamin and mineral absorption. Some, like…

    By: Joe Graedon August 1, 2016 6 Comments
    How to Cut Back on Blood Pressure Medications

    Many people are put on blood pressure medications for a lifetime, even if conditions change. This reader lost significant weight and no longer needs two drugs to control hypertension: Q. I've been tak…

    By: Terry Graedon August 1, 2016 3 Comments
    Did Her Stop-Smoking Drug Make Her Wet the Bed?

    There is no question that quitting smoking is one of the most important steps a person can take to improve her health. There are now a number of medications that can help people become non-smokers. Th…

    By: Joe Graedon August 1, 2016 12 Comments
    How Can You Avoid Being Harmed in the Hospital?

    When was the last time you were in a hospital? How was the experience? Good we trust. Hopefully there were no medical mistakes or misadventures. Sadly, a surprising number of people are harmed in the …

    By: Joe Graedon July 28, 2016 6 Comments
    How Can I Save Money with Reliable Canadian Onli…

    The cost of prescription drugs has been skyrocketing. Cancer drugs jumped 18% to nearly $40 billion last year. Drugs for Hepatitis C were over $18 billion. Prescription drug prices are far outstrippin…

    By: Terry Graedon July 28, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Treat Infections with Less Antibiotics

    Taking antibiotics for relatively few days might work just as well as taking them for a week or two, at least for some cases of pneumonia. This would have the advantages of exposing patients to less …

    By: Joe Graedon July 25, 2016 52 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 7 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 19 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 9 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 8 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 25 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 7 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 8 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 6 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 18 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 4 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 1 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…