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Doctor looking exhausted after treating COVID-19 patientsCOVID-19Joe Graedon - May 26, 2022 - 1 comments

What’s Up with Paxlovid COVID Rebound Infection?

What do you know about Paxlovid COVID rebound? What should you do if you experience COVID symptoms after taking Paxlovid? Here's an update!

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - May 9, 2022

Horse Pills Make Her Gag: How to Swallow Big Pills

If some pills get stuck in the throat they can cause serious damage. A reader describes esophagitis after doxy! How do you swallow big pills?

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - May 9, 2022

Can Your Medicines Cause Insomnia?

Hundreds of medicines cause insomnia. Statins like simvastatin may do it. So can corticosteroids and the BP drug amlodipine. Were you warned?

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AllergiesJoe Graedon - May 9, 2022

NasalCrom (Cromolyn Sodium) Is Surprisingly Helpful for Allergies

Are you sneezing, sniffling and congested? Are allergies making you miserable? Antihistamines and corticosteroids are popular. NasalCrom is another option!

Woman experiencing painful kidney stones holds her side
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - May 5, 2022

Beware Kidney Injury From the Triple Whammy!

Some common medications are linked to kidney injury when taken together ("triple whammy"): NSAIDs, diuretics and ARB or ACEi BP medications.

Bottle of Bayer Low Dose Aspirin (baby aspirin) 81 mg
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 28, 2022

Should You Take Aspirin for your Heart? Does Your Doctor Know for Sure?

Is it worthwhile to take aspirin for your heart? The experts weigh in with new recommendations. How will you make the right decision?

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COVID-19Joe Graedon - April 28, 2022

Is the Oral Pill Paxlovid an Answer to COVID-19?

What should you know about PAXLOVID, an oral medicine against COVID-19? How hard is it to get an Rx? What about dangerous interactions?

vaccination to fight flu
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - April 25, 2022

Have You Had Lasting Pain from a Shot?

Some readers have experienced lasting pain in their shoulders following a vaccination. This may be due to the shot being administered to the wrong site.

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 25, 2022

Tylenol & Alcohol: Acetaminophen Side Effects!

Can you take Tylenol PM and alcohol together? We got spanked by a company spokesman, but the label is confusing! It says to avoid alcohol!

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ArthritisJoe Graedon - April 25, 2022

Serious Side Effects of Voltaren Gel Are Scary!

People think that what goes on the skin stays on the skin? Topical NSAIDs get into tissues. Do doctors know the side effects of Voltaren Gel?

A woman struggling with all her medication, with many pill bottles on her kitchen table
COVID-19Joe Graedon - April 21, 2022

Preventing Deadly Drug Interactions Harder Than You Think

Do you swallow more than 2 or 3 pills daily? A study notes that preventing deadly drug interactions is hard, especially during the pandemic!

tylenol bottles
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 21, 2022

If Acetaminophen Is Killing People, Why Should You Trust Tylenol?

Is Tylenol riskier than you think? A study from Canada notes that too much acetaminophen is responsible for liver toxicity! Do warnings work?

Chest X-ray showing pleural effusion at right lung due to lung cancer
CancerJoe Graedon - April 18, 2022

Does Your Medicine Pose a Cancer Risk?

Establishing a drug-induced cancer risk may take 5 to 10 years or longer. The FDA rarely requires such long-term research. What can you do?

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Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - April 18, 2022

Heartburn Drugs like PPIs Are Linked to Dementia

Should the FDA reconsider allowing PPIs to be sold OTC? There's growing evidence that PPIs are linked to dementia. A Swedish study shows how.

young man having a heart attack because of high lp(a) levels
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 17, 2022

Is Lp(a) the Best Kept Secret in Heart Disease?

Doctors rarely test for Lp(a), but 1 out of 5 people have high levels. Statins raise Lp(a) but a low-carb diet lowers this key risk factor.

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 7, 2022

Should You Worry About Vision Loss from Viagra?

The likelihood of serious vision loss from Viagra is low, but a recent study confirms it is real. Report ANY changes in eyesight promptly!

Packet of Antidepressant Prozac Pills
DepressionJoe Graedon - April 4, 2022

Generic Prozac Didn’t Do the Job | Fluoxetine Failure!

Can you trust all generic drugs? Readers say some generic Prozac pills don't work. Is it psychosomatic? We share a dog story that says no!

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 4, 2022

Reclast Side Effects Incapacitate Patient

Reclast is a once-a-year injection for osteoporosis. That means it is LONG-LASTING. For those who have Reclast side effects, that's trouble.

drugstore shelves with over the counter (OTC) pain relief products.
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 27, 2022

Pain Reliever Confusion: Aspirin | Advil | Aleve | Excedrin

Are you suffering from pain reliever confusion? What's best? Aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Tylenol or Excedrin? Learn about the differences.

Chest X-ray showing pleural effusion at right lung due to lung cancer
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 24, 2022

Popular Blood Pressure Pills Under Cancer Cloud

Millions of people take ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers) like losartan and valsartan. Is there a cancer cloud hanging over these drugs?

Dr.Mitchell Lazar describes the vicious cycle of COVID and diabetes
PodcastsTerry Graedon - March 24, 2022

Show 1275: The Vicious Cycle of COVID and Diabetes

Research now reveals a link between COVID and Diabetes. Millions of people could now be at risk for type 2 diabetes because of long COVID.

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 21, 2022

Is Your Medication Causing Nightmares?

When sleep is disrupted with terrifying dreams, it makes sense to consider medication causing nightmares. Statins and Steroids are culprits.

Beware of biotin in high doses
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - March 21, 2022

Beware of Biotin Interfering With Thyroid Tests

Doctors and patients should beware of biotin supplements messing up thyroid test results. To avoid a false diagnosis, stop the biotin first.

Man with pain around kidneys or back holding his side
Acid RefluxJoe Graedon - March 21, 2022

PPIs and Kidney Damage | Nephrologist Spanks GI Doc

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are popular with GI docs. But is there a link between PPIs and kidney damage? What about PPIs & kidney stones?

and ophthalmologist examines an older patient's eyes for macular degeneration and glaucoma
CataractsJoe Graedon - March 21, 2022

Statins and Cataracts: Why Did It Take So Long to Uncover This Connection?

The evidence is accumulating that statins and cataracts are linked. Why has this complication been ignored for so long? Were you warned?

COVID-19 long hauler Woman in bed with fatigue feels bad after COVID-19
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - March 17, 2022

How to Sleep During Anxious Times

Many people are finding the news of the day overwhelming. We offer tips on getting to sleep during anxious times like these.

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 17, 2022

Do Statins Save Lives? Doctors Don’t Agree!

How good are statins for preventing heart attacks in primary prevention? More important, do statins save lives? Read surprising new results.

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Atopic Dermatitis (eczema)Terry Graedon - March 14, 2022

Is Dupixent a Super Solution for Bad Eczema?

One reader is delighted with the way Dupixent (dupilumab) controls symptoms of eczema. This injection is pricey, however, and also has side effects.

Atorvastatin pill pack next to a stethoscope and an electrocardiogram
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 14, 2022

Doctors and Patients Confused About Statins and Muscle Damage

The FDA lists myositis and rhabdomyolysis as serious statin side effects. What is the connection between statins and severe muscle damage?

Packet of Antidepressant Prozac Pills
DepressionJoe Graedon - March 7, 2022

Prozac Poop Out and Other Drug Drop Offs

If a medication you have taken for years stops working, it can be disastrous. In the case of fluoxetine, we call it Prozac Poop Out.

man with burning mouth syndrome breathing fire
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - March 7, 2022

How Can You Ease Heartburn Symptoms?

You don't have to take a PPI like omeprazole to ease heartburn symptoms. Other medications and nondrug approaches like baking soda can help.

angioedema, choking, man sticks out his tongue while coughing
AnaphylaxisJoe Graedon - March 7, 2022

Lisinopril Side Effects Can Be Life Threatening: Beware Angioedema and ACE Inhibitors!

Lisinopril and other ACE inhibitors can cause a serious complication: angioedema. The face and neck swelling of angioedema could result in death.

Young woman spraying on deodorant to underarms
CancerJoe Graedon - February 24, 2022

Why Put Aluminum OR Benzene In Your Armpits?

We used to worry about aluminum in antiperspirants. There's a new concern: BENZENE. What's it doing in your aerosol spray? It's a carcinogen!