By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2016 17 Comments
    Why is the Cost of Premarin so Outrageous?

    Q. I take Premarin, but the drug is very expensive. Both my doctor and pharmacist say there is no generic version of this drug. How can this be true? It is my understanding that this hormone treatment…

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2015 5 Comments
    Pine Bark Extract Cools Hot Flashes

    Many women find that hots flashes and night sweats during the menopause transition detract seriously from quality of life. The question then becomes how can they be managed? Managing Hot Flashes: The…

    By: Joe Graedon July 13, 2015 11 Comments
    Drug Interaction Could Lead to Disastrous Osteop…

    Doctors may not always keep up with the latest research on drug side effects. To an extent, that is understandable. A busy family practice physician, internist or OB/GYN may have to see more than 20 p…

    By: Joe Graedon March 2, 2015 25 Comments
    Hot Flashes Stop but Brisdelle Side Effects Keep…

    Have you seen the TV commercials for Brisdelle to ease symptoms of menopause? The female announcer says: "Are you dealing with hot flashes during menopause? Why suffer more than you have to? You can d…

    By: Joe Graedon July 31, 2014 24 Comments
    Is Hormone Therapy Safe for Menopausal Women? Ne…

    The headlines this week reassured millions of women that hormone replacement therapy poses no risk to the heart. This contradicts a prior study that found HRT increased the risk for heart attacks and …

    By: Terry Graedon October 28, 2013 3 Comments
    Non-Hormonal Drug to Quell Hot Flashes Has Uncom…

    Q. I read that there is a new non-hormonal medicine coming out in November 2013 for hot flashes. It is called Brisdelle. What do you know about it? What side effects should I be aware of? A. The FDA a…

    By: Terry Graedon October 3, 2013 10 Comments
    Comparison Suggests Estradiol May Be Less Risky …

    The Women's Health Initiative study used estrogens derived from horse urine along with synthetic progestin (Prempro). Ever since the study findings were publicized, some physicians have wondered if a …

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2012 9 Comments
    Handling Hot Flashes Without Estrogen

    Q. Why are doctors so determined that menopausal patients should take estrogen? When I told my doctor that I am reluctant to take Premarin for fear of cancer, she actually said that cancer is no big d…

    By: Terry Graedon April 7, 2011 9 Comments
    New Data on Hormones for Menopause

    Women have been confused about the benefits and risks of postmenopausal estrogen for years. That's because a study called the Women's Health Initiative was halted prematurely in 2002. The initial anal…

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2010 12 Comments
    Women Distressed about HRT and Cancer

    Women worry about breast cancer, and for good reason. Almost everyone knows a friend or relative who has been diagnosed with this disease. That is why the link between hormone replacement therapy (HRT…

    By: Terry Graedon December 31, 2009 3 Comments
    Black Cohosh and Red Clover Not So Hot for Menop…

    Other popular herbs are promoted for alleviating the hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. A new study shows, however, that black cohosh and red clover are no better than placebo in reducing ni…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2003 0 Comments
    More Bad News On Hormone Replacement Therapy

    For decades doctors have been pushing women to take hormone replacement therapy. That's why drugs like Premarin, Provera and Prempro were among the most popular prescription pills in the pharmacy. Pre…

    By: Joe Graedon April 21, 2003 0 Comments
    Trapped Into Taking Hormone Therapy

    Millions of women are feeling deceived and dismayed. For decades they were told that hormone replacement therapy was good for them. Not only did it relieve hot flashes, but doctors insisted that HRT w…

    By: Joe Graedon August 12, 2002 0 Comments
    Women Were Right To Question HRT

    Women are furious. For decades they have been told to take hormone replacement therapy (HRT), not only to relieve symptoms of menopause, but also to protect their hearts and preserve their bones. Some…