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Can low-dose naltrexone (LDN) help man in pain?Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)Joe Graedon - August 15, 2022 - 31 comments

Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) Provides Surprising Pain Relief

What do you know about low dose naltrexone (LDN) for pain? This drug has been around for decades and it just might help some people in pain.

Karen Berger, PharmD, RPh - August 1, 2022

Do You Know Someone Taking Stimulants for ADHD?

Joe Graedon - July 25, 2022

Could Your Medicine Cause Hair Loss?

Levothyroxine bottle 125mcg
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - July 25, 2022

Levothyroxine and Synthroid Are Not Interchangeable

Many people have no difficulty switching between levothyroxine and Synthroid, but others develop distressing symptoms suggesting a difference in dose.

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - July 25, 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 - July 18, 2022

Surprising Gabapentin Side Effects

Doctors should be cautious about prescribing gabapentin off-label. Gabapentin side effects can be serious. Stopping it can be difficult.

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Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - July 14, 2022

Will Benzodiazepine Use Increase Your Risk for Alzheimer Disease?

Benzodiazepines like alprazolam and diazepam have been popular for decades. Can such drugs increase the risk of Alzheimer disease if taken for long periods of time?

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Atopic Dermatitis (eczema)Joe Graedon - July 11, 2022

Are You Fed Up with Prescription Drug Ads?

It's not your imagination. Prescription drug ads have been increasing! Fed up? Why not complain to the FDA? You can contact the top cop!

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - July 11, 2022

How Can You Lower Blood Pressure Naturally?

Blood pressure medicines are helpful but they often have side effects. What are the best ways to lower blood pressure naturally?

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CancerJoe Graedon - July 11, 2022

The Miracle of Metformin Against Diabetes and Cancer

Metformin helps manage blood sugar. It is the miracle of metformin. Does metformin also help prevent or control some common cancers?

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COVID-19Joe Graedon - July 6, 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?

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Alzheimer’s DiseaseTerry Graedon - June 30, 2022

Do Flu Shots Protect You from Alzheimer Disease as Well as Influenza?

Several studies suggest that flu shots protect older adults from dementia as well as from infection. Regular immunizations seem to work best.

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CancerJoe Graedon - June 27, 2022

Benzene In Sunscreen? What’s the Latest?

Last summer we were told about benzene in sunscreen. 25 million products were pulled off shelves. But is benzene gone? Where's the FDA?

Runner holding sore leg knee pain from running or exercising jogging injury or cramp
ArthritisJoe Graedon - June 27, 2022

Does Generic Celecoxib Measure Up to Celebrex?

The question is asked if generic celecoxib relieves joint pain as effectively as brand name Celebrex. Many visitors say no!

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Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - June 23, 2022

Should You Be Taking Vitamin Supplements?

Many medications can interfere with good nutrition. If you are taking pills for certain conditions, perhaps you should be taking vitamin supplements.

Bowl of psyllium husks, an excellent source of dietary fiber, to help you get off a PPI
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - June 20, 2022

Can You Get Off a PPI Without Suffering Heartburn?

One reader found a way to get off a PPI without withdrawal symptoms: Eat just one low-carb meal a day to reduce discomfort.

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AllergiesJoe Graedon - June 20, 2022

Prednisone Withdrawal: Can You Ever Stop Corticosteroids?

Corticosteroids are prescribed to millions of people. Many may not be informed about side effects or strategies for prednisone withdrawal.

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Body OdorJoe Graedon - June 19, 2022

Are All Natural Deodorants Free of Aluminum?

Have you been seduced by the word natural? It seems safer than synthetic. Some natural deodorants and all antiperspirants contain aluminum.

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Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)Joe Graedon - June 13, 2022

Is a Loved One Taking Too Many Medicines?

A doctor wrote to us to tell us his aunt was taking 25 different prescription drugs--way too many medicines! What happened when she cut back?

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - June 6, 2022

A Generic Drug Scandal That Amazed Even Us!

Learn about an almost unbelievable generic drug scandal that the FDA has pretty much ignored. You may wonder about your generic drug quality!

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - June 6, 2022

A Lawyer Loves Halcion for Sleep! What Are the Downsides?

Sleeping pills are still big business. Everyone wants a good night's sleep. A reader insists that Halcion for sleep is the answer to insomnia.

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DepressionJoe Graedon - June 2, 2022

Surprising Ketamine Side Effects and Anti-Suicide Benefits

Ketamine has been controversial for decades. This anesthetic is now used to treat depression. What about chronic pain? Does it have a role?

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Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)Joe Graedon - May 30, 2022

Are You An Activated Patient? Engage Now!

Why are doctors firing patients? Some won't see patients unless they take meds like statins. Can an activated patient refuse to take a drug?

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Body OdorJoe Graedon - May 30, 2022

Will Stopping an Antiperspirant Cause Bad Rebound Body Odor?

Antiperspirants change the bacterial balance of your armpit...and not in a good way. If you stop, rebound body odor can be bothersome.

A bottle of TopCare Ibuprofen Tablets, 200mg dosage
ArthritisJoe Graedon - May 30, 2022

Ibuprofen and High Blood Pressure: A Dangerous Reaction!

Do you ever have aches and pains? Almost everyone does. Do you reach for an OTC pain reliever? There is a link between ibuprofen and high blood pressure.

Doctor looking exhausted after treating COVID-19 patients
COVID-19Joe Graedon - May 26, 2022

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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AnxietyJoe Graedon - May 23, 2022

Coping with Anxiety During Really Stressful Times

Are you feeling anxious? There's good reason given the headlines of late. How are you coping with anxiety? Are you taking anti-anxiety drugs?

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Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 23, 2022

Warning–Don’t Use Bleach to Treat Athlete’s Foot

Not every home remedy we get is good or safe. Advice to use bleach on athlete's foot shouldn't be followed. But lots of people disagree. Why?

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Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)Joe Graedon - May 23, 2022

New Analysis Disputes Dogma that All Seniors Need Statins

Patients following recommendations from the American College of Cardiology need statins as they get older. That's most men over 64!

Hands reaching for giant pill for coronavirus drug shortages
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - May 23, 2022

Could Coronavirus Drug Shortages Make It Hard to Get Your Rx?

80 percent of the active ingredients in our medications come from abroad. As a result, there are coronavirus drug shortages. Will they affect your health?

a woman with sweaty and smelly underarms holding her nose
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - May 16, 2022

Excessive Sweating Might Be Caused by Overactive Thyroid

Excessive perspiration, hyperhidrosis, can cause a lot of suffering. When it is caused by hyperthyroidism, the cause should be addressed.

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Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - May 16, 2022

How Could Heartburn Drug Help Plantar Warts?

Although the research is not promising, many readers report that taking cimetidine (Tagamet) can help plantar warts go away. Medical supervision advised!

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DepressionJoe Graedon - May 16, 2022

Generic Sertraline (Zoloft) Problems Lead To Anxiety and Panic

Many readers report problems with some generic sertraline products to treat depression. What has happened to Greenstone’s authorized generic?

woman staring at cell phone in bed with anxious look on her face
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?

woman with spring allergies blowing nose in a field of wildflowers
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!