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A bottle of generic delayed-release Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 30 mgAnxietyJoe Graedon - May 6, 2021
girl on grass with medicines for seasonal allergiesAllergiesJoe Graedon - May 3, 2021
grabbing the sole of the foot in neuropathic painDrug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - May 9, 2021 - 10 comments

Is Vitamin Deficiency at the Bottom of Burning Sensation?

A burning sensation in the feet or the tongue could be the result of inadequate vitamin B12 levels. Some drugs may contribute to reduced B12.

Joe Graedon - April 29, 2021

Can You Delay Alzheimer Disease with Drugs for Diabetes?

Joe Graedon - April 26, 2021

Can You Trust Your Drug Quality? Maybe Not!

Joe Graedon - April 26, 2021

Constipation | Will Miralax Cause Gas?

Joe Graedon - April 19, 2021

How Bad Is Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure) for the Brain?

Joe Graedon - April 19, 2021

Mistakes in the Pharmacy Could be Deadly

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
COVID-19Joe Graedon - April 15, 2021

Should You Worry About the J&J Vaccine Pause?

Is there a good reason for the J&J vaccine pause or are the federal bureaucrats being overly cautious?

Bentall's Operation In The Ascending Aortic Aneurysm repair
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - April 15, 2021

Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Are Risky for People With Aorta Problems

People with previously weakened aortas must avoid fluoroquinolone antibiotics. It could be a matter of life and death.

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Depressed doctor leaning against wall in hospital corridor
CancerJoe Graedon - April 8, 2021

You Have Likely Been the Victim of Diagnostic Mistakes

Diagnostic mistakes are common. They can lead to disability, death or unnecessary treatment. A new study reveals dramatic overdiagnosis.

Lots of pills with the sign SIDE EFFECT in the middle
AllergiesJoe Graedon - April 5, 2021

Should You Report Drug Side Effects to the FDA?

Have you ever taken the time to report drug side effects to the FDA? You should! Most doctors are too busy and drug companies hate bad news.

Illustration of doctor's desktop with different pills, capsules, statoscope, syringe, yellow folder with label 'Skin Cancer'
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 5, 2021

Hydrochlorothiazide Side Effects: Skin Cancer and More!

Few health professionals think hydrochlorothiazide side effects are serious. But a Danish study links HCTZ with squamous cell skin cancer.

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DiabetesDennis Miller, RPh - April 4, 2021

Type 2 Diabetes, Largely Preventable, Accounts for Many Pharma Ads

Do you pay attention to the side effects listed in pharma ads? Perhaps the companies should tell us how to prevent type 2 diabetes on TV.

package of statins with stethoscope
Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)Joe Graedon - March 29, 2021

Why Do Statins Remain Controversial?

The statin wars have been raging for decades. How can statins remain controversial after so many years? A doctor takes us to task on statins!

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Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - March 29, 2021

Will Testosterone Help Women Feel Strong and Sexy?

Will testosterone help women maintain a strong sex drive after menopause? It may benefit some women, but not others. Sex is complicated!

Male doctor and senior female patient discussing osteoporosis drug options
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - March 28, 2021

What’s the Best Way to Take Delayed Release Risedronate?

Delayed release risedronate for osteoporosis should be taken during breakfast or immediately afterwards to avoid digestive distress.

Thyroid test tube
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - March 25, 2021

Do People With Low Thyroid Prefer Double Hormone Therapy?

When people have low thyroid hormone levels, they don't feel good. An old-fashioned treatment can often help.

Low-dose aspirin helps prevent infection with COVID-19
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - March 18, 2021

Can Aspirin Help Protect You from COVID-19 Infection?

In Israel, researchers found that low-dose aspirin helps protect older individuals with cardiovascular conditions from catching COVID-19.

A disoriented man with memory problems and dementia holding his face is dismay
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 15, 2021

Can Statins Cause Transient Global Amnesia?

Statins remain controversial. Many think they are the best drugs in the pharmacy. Others maintain statins cause transient global amnesia.

worker fast asleep at desk because of narcolepsy
CataplexyJoe Graedon - March 15, 2021

Narcolepsy Drugs and Disturbing Side Effects

Do you ever fall asleep unexpectedly during the day? Ever been tested for narcolepsy? There are new narcolepsy drugs but they are pricey!

Dr. Marty Makary describes the threat of antimicrobial resistant infections
PodcastsTerry Graedon - March 11, 2021

Show 1250: Antimicrobial Resistant Infections Could Be the Next Pandemic

Overuse of drugs, especially for food production, has led to antimicrobial resistant infections. These could become a huge challenge.

Young woman holding an antidepressant pill
COVID-19Joe Graedon - March 11, 2021

Will the Antidepressant Fluvoxamine Fight COVID-19?

Fluvoxamine (Luvox) has been marketed as an antidepressant since 1984. Why would this very old SSRI offer some promise against COVID-19?

An electrocardiogram with evidence of atrial fibrillation
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Joe Graedon - March 11, 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.

Lots of pills with the sign SIDE EFFECT in the middle
Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)Joe Graedon - March 8, 2021

How Safe and Effective Are Your Medicines? You Might Be Surprised!

Is your medicine safe and effective? How would you know? The FDA says a drug is "safe" even if it can cause cancer, heart attacks or death.

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 8, 2021

Zolpidem Has Different Dose for Women

The popular sleeping pill zolpidem has a lower recommended dose for women because they eliminate it from their bodies more slowly.

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Breast CancerTerry Graedon - March 4, 2021

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.

and ophthalmologist examines an older patient's eyes for macular degeneration and glaucoma
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - March 1, 2021

Glaucoma Patients Should Not Take Blood Pressure Pills at Bedtime

If blood pressure drops too low overnight, it can aggravate optic nerve damage. That is the last thing glaucoma patients need!

woman with spring allergies blowing nose in a field of wildflowers
AllergiesJoe Graedon - March 1, 2021

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!

Canadian flag over Vancouver
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 1, 2021

Why Buy Brand Name Drugs from Canada?

Many people worry about generic drug quality, but brand name meds can be pricey. Can you really buy brand name drugs from Canada for less?

A disoriented man with memory problems and dementia holding his face is dismay
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - February 22, 2021

When Vitamin B12 Deficiency Causes Mental Confusion

When people become forgetful or have memory problems they often worry about Alzheimer's disease. But what if vitamin B12 deficiency causes mental confusion?

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - February 22, 2021

Is Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Safe For a Dry Nose?

Perhaps you've heard the expression "Don't stuff beans up your nose." What about Vaseline Petroleum Jelly? According to some doctors, that's not such a good idea either.

tylenol bottles
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - February 22, 2021

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

The popular pain reliever acetaminophen may be riskier than you think. A 2014 ProPublica report has some chilling statistics.

silicone breast implants
Breast TendernessJoe Graedon - February 15, 2021

The Never-Ending Breast Implant Scandal

What happens when a breast implant breaks and leaks? The FDA recently announced serious side effects. We call this a breast implant scandal!

man watching television commercial on television with pharma ads
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.

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.