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and ophthalmologist examines an older patient's eyes for macular degeneration and glaucomaDrug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - March 1, 2021
woman with spring allergies blowing nose in a field of wildflowersAllergiesJoe Graedon - March 1, 2021
looking at a mammogram x-ray with a magnifying glassBreast CancerTerry Graedon - March 4, 2021 - 6 comments

COVID-19 Vaccine May Give False Positive Mammograms

Vaccination may lead to swollen lymph nodes on the same side as the shot. Radiologists are learning to recognize such false positive mammograms.

Joe Graedon - March 1, 2021

Why Buy Brand Name Drugs from Canada?

Joe Graedon - February 22, 2021

When Vitamin B12 Deficiency Causes Mental Confusion

Joe Graedon - February 22, 2021

Is Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Safe For a Dry Nose?

Joe Graedon - February 22, 2021

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

Joe Graedon - February 15, 2021

The Never-Ending Breast Implant Scandal

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CancerJoe Graedon - February 15, 2021

Can You Trust TV Ads for Cancer Drugs?

It almost seems as if every other commercial on TV is for Rx medications. Ads for cancer drugs are now frequent. How can the FDA permit this?

A person with psoriasis on his arm who can't afford Otezla
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - February 15, 2021

What Can You Use for Psoriasis If You Can’t Afford Otezla?

One reader reports that apremilast (Otezla) works very well to control psoriasis. There are other options for people who can't afford Otezla.

Bottle of Pills and a FDA APPROVED stamp
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - February 8, 2021

What Are Authorized Generic Drugs and Are They Better?

Have you ever shopped at an outlet mall? You get a branded product at a reduced price. Authorized generic drugs are surprisingly similar.

An electrocardiogram with evidence of atrial fibrillation
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Joe Graedon - February 8, 2021

Is Low Vitamin D a Risk for Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation is surprisingly common. Popular drugs can pose a risk for atrial fibrillation. Low vitamin D levels may also be a factor.

Zantac package
Acid RefluxJoe Graedon - February 4, 2021

Is Zantac – Ranitidine and Cancer the Tip of the Iceberg?

For over 30 years, millions of people took ranitidine (Zantac) for heartburn. Is there a link between ranitidine and cancer? There's new data!

a couple with sex problems
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - February 1, 2021

Can Antidepressant (Paroxetine) Make Sex Exhausting and Unfulfilling?

Paroxetine, and duloxetine can delay orgasm to the point that sexual intercourse is no longer enjoyable; it may also reduce libido.

Man checking blood pressure
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - January 25, 2021

Unexpected Items That Actually Raise Blood Pressure

Would you imagine that antimicrobial mouthwash could raise blood pressure? So can licorice, decongestant nasal spray and pain relievers.

Sign reading Bipolar Disorder and an assortment of pills
Bipolar DiseaseJoe Graedon - January 25, 2021

Lithium Damages Kidneys While Helping Bipolar Disorder

Lithium is being rediscovered for mood disorders. But Lithium damages kidneys if doses get too high. Low-dose lithium for depression is new.

Woman Pumping Gel Hand Sanitizer From A Bottle
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - January 25, 2021

Should the FDA Ban Bad Drugs?

Have you been using hand sanitizer during the pandemic? Some products are contaminated with wood alcohol. Why can't the FDA ban bad drugs?

a young woman brushing her teeth
Canker Sores (aphthous ulcers)Joe Graedon - January 18, 2021

Will Special SLS-Free Toothpaste Prevent Canker Sores?

Many readers have found that eliminating toothpaste with SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) helps them avoid canker sores. What is SLS anyway?

drug recall
DiabetesJoe Graedon - December 30, 2020

More Metformin Recalls Distress Diabetes Patients

Have you lost count of metformin recalls? We have! Contaminated drugs continue to be pulled from the market during the pandemic. It's a lot!

drugstore shelves with over the counter (OTC) pain relief products.
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - December 28, 2020

Can Tylenol – Acetaminophen Raise Blood Pressure?

People in pain face a dilemma. Can they control pain safely? NSAIDs can cause hypertension. But will acetaminophen raise blood pressure too?

Woman in distress covering her ears
DepressionJoe Graedon - December 28, 2020

Bad Mix? Diphenhydramine – Benadryl and SSRI Antidepressants

Many people don't worry about mixing OTC meds and prescription drugs. It might be a bad idea to combine Benadryl with SSRI antidepressants.

list of drug side effects with magnifying glass
Drug Side EffectsDennis Miller, RPh - December 21, 2020

What Is the Real World Incidence of Drug Side Effects?

There are many reasons why clinical trials don't reveal the true incidence of drug side effects in the real world.

Doctor holding a vial of COVID-19 vaccine
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - December 14, 2020

Volunteers Describe COVID Vaccine Side Effects

What better way to learn about COVID vaccine side effects than to ask volunteers who got shots? Visitors to this website provide answers.

Hand in glove with vaccines going into freezer
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - December 7, 2020

COVID Vaccine Storage: Lessons for ALL Drugs!

Should you care about COVID vaccine storage? 1st, if you get the vaccine you want it to work. 2nd, there are lessons for storage of all drugs!

older woman with insomnia silencing her alarm clock
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - December 7, 2020

Can Your Medicines Cause Insomnia?

Hundreds of medicines cause insomnia. Bet you didn't know that statins like simvastatin might do it. So can corticosteroids and decongestants.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine bottles
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - December 3, 2020

Side Effects of the COVID Vaccine?

Are you planning to get the coronavirus immunization? Why is it important for you to know what side effects to expect from the COVID vaccine?

Man checking blood pressure
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 26, 2020

What Are the Best BP Drugs for Hypertension?

If you have hypertension why did your doctor choose one med over another? You might be surprised to learn which BP drugs score highest.

package of statins with stethoscope
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 19, 2020

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.

Hands reaching for giant pill for coronavirus drug shortages
Drug Side EffectsDennis Miller, RPh - November 12, 2020

Critically Important Information You’ll Never See in Drug Advertisements

There is a major deficiency in drug advertisements because a hugely important and relevant body of knowledge is conspicuously absent.

Older man with leg cramps
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 9, 2020

Are Statins and Leg Cramps a Neglected Challenge?

Many people complain about statin side effects, such as muscle pain and weakness. Statins and muscle cramps seem to be ignored complications.

a kid getting a vaccination
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 29, 2020

Flu Shots Linked to Deaths in South Korea

People in South Korea are concerned about influenza vaccinations this year. That's because flu shots linked to deaths have made headlines.

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Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - October 26, 2020

Does Genetic Testing Help Avoid Problems With Anesthesia?

A reader would like genetic testing before undergoing surgery so that the choice of anesthesia can be personalized.

Doctor prepares to give a flu shot or COVID-19 vaccine
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - October 15, 2020

Should We Worry About the New Holds on Vaccine Trials?

Holds on vaccine trials are not unexpected, but they could delay development of an effective protection against COVID-19.

smart phone reads Diabetes type 2 in front of pharmacy shelves with pills responsible for the diabetes epidemic
DiabetesTerry Graedon - October 12, 2020

Are Popular Drugs Responsible for the Diabetes Epidemic?

A number of prescription drugs and some OTC medicines may be partly responsible for the diabetes epidemic worldwide.

vitamin D capsules
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - October 12, 2020

Do Your Medicines Suppress Your Vitamin D?

Corticosteroids, anticonvulsants and certain other medicines suppress your vitamin D levels. Will that make you more vulnerable to infection?

poison pill bottle
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 28, 2020

Mistakes in the Pharmacy Could be Deadly

Mistakes in the pharmacy are shockingly common. No other profession could get away with so many errors and remain respected. How can you protect yourself?

Purple milk thistles in bloom
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - September 21, 2020

Will You Lower Your Cholesterol With Milk Thistle?

MIlk thistle extract can lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. It blocks the same enzyme as statins.

An older pharmacist reads a pill bottle
Drug Side EffectsDennis Miller, RPh - September 17, 2020

18 Pharmacists Discuss Their Most Memorable Medication Mistakes

Have you ever gotten the wrong drug from the pharmacy? Here, pharmacists reveal their memorable medication mistakes.

a surprised doctor looking at a chart
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 14, 2020

Big Pharma’s Secret Strategy to Fool You

Do you have any idea how effective your medicine really is? Drug companies have a secret strategy: misleading drug stats can confuse doctors.

Drugs and Stack of money illustration
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 14, 2020

Shame on Us for Describing Drug Company “Girls’ Night Out”

Drug company execs are NOT supposed to meet with competitors to set prices. Men played golf and women sipped martinis at Girls' night out.