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Older woman takes pills, experiences adverse drug reactionsDrug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - January 26, 2023 - 2 comments

Are Older Patients More Likely to Suffer Adverse Drug Reactions?

A study in Ireland shows that many older people experience adverse drug reactions from their prescriptions.

FDA-approved pills, ampules and injections
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - January 9, 2023

Why Have I Lost Faith in the FDA?

The FDA maintains that if it approves a medication, it is "SAFE and EFFECTIVE." Is that true? Have you lost faith in the FDA? If so, why?

Doctor prepares to give a flu shot or COVID-19 vaccine with proper injection technique
BruisesTerry Graedon - January 9, 2023

Does Injection Technique Lead to Bruising from Immunization?

Over the last few decades, nurses and pharmacists have changed their standard injection technique. Does that affect patient reactions?

grabbing the sole of the foot in neuropathic pain
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - January 9, 2023

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.

wart on pinkie finger
Cold Sores (herpes simplex 1 or HSV-1)Joe Graedon - January 9, 2023

Did COVID Vaccines Erase Warts?

COVID vaccines work by stimulating the immune system. Is it possible that COVID vaccines erase warts through the same mechanism?

Thyroid test tube. Will levothyroxine alone normalize thyroid function?
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - January 9, 2023

When Treating Hyperthyroidism Results in Too Little Thyroid Hormone

Treating hyperthyroidism with pills or radioactive iodine may lead to hypothyroidism. That can result in too little thyroid hormone. Balance!

A bottle of TopCare Ibuprofen Tablets, 200mg dosage
ArthritisJoe Graedon - January 9, 2023

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.

FDA Approved pill bottle illustration
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - January 6, 2023

YIKES! FDA Approves Lecanemab Against Alzheimer’s

Is a new dementia drug a breakthrough? The FDA has approved lecanemab for Alzheimer's. What's the back story? What about side effects?

drug recall
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - January 5, 2023

A Dose of Carcinogens with your BP Medicine?

Three more companies have recalled blood pressure drugs. Some quinapril (Accupril) pills had a dose of carcinogens (nitrosamines). Enough!

a bottle of PredniSONE 1mg, short-term steroid use, prednisone side effects
AllergiesJoe Graedon - January 5, 2023

Prednisone Side Effects: Deal With The Devil?

Prednisone is a valuable medication for many serious conditions, but prednisone side effects can be serious, including sepsis and psychological reactions.

french lilac flowers
CancerJoe Graedon - January 5, 2023

The Miracle of Metformin Against Diabetes, Cancer and COVID-19

Metformin helps manage blood sugar. It is the miracle of metformin. Metformin also helps prevent long COVID and some common cancers.

dermatologist demonstrating angular cheilitis on patient
Angular Cheilitis (cracks at corner of mouth)Joe Graedon - January 2, 2023

Curing Cracks at Corners of the Mouth Saved Mom’s Life

Vitamin B12 deficiency and pernicious anemia can be life threatening. Find out why cracks at the corners of the mouth may be an early tip off!

Young woman hold her hands up in fear
AnxietyJoe Graedon - January 2, 2023

Benzodiazepine Dependence | A Hard Habit to Kick

Getting off benzos can be tough. Benzodiazepine dependence is more common than many people realize. Symptoms can be davastating. A SLOW taper is essential!.

Bowl of psyllium husks, an excellent source of dietary fiber, to help you get off a PPI
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - January 2, 2023

Can You Get Off a PPI Without Suffering Heartburn?

Readers found ways to get off a PPI without withdrawal symptoms: Eat just one low-carb meal a day to reduce discomfort, or take psyllium.

A disoriented man with memory problems and dementia holding his face is dismay
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - December 29, 2022

Aduhelm for Alzheimer’s: Breakthrough or Boondoggle?

Congressional committees just issued a report on the Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm. They are critical of both the FDA and the drug company! Why?

Smiling seniors showing off vaccinations
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - December 29, 2022

Will Flu Shots Protect You from Alzheimer Disease?

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

Female hands with blood-pressure meter
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - December 26, 2022

Amlodipine (Norvasc) Side Effects

Amlodipine (Norvasc) is thought to be a super safe blood pressure medicine. Many visitors report side effects from rashes to swollen feet.

an assortment of candies colored with food dye
ColitisTerry Graedon - December 22, 2022

Are Your Children Getting High Doses of Food Dye and Sugar?

Some popular brands of cereals and candies contain unexpectedly high levels of food dye. Research in mice links this to bowel inflammation.

Tamiflu box and capsules for protecting yourself from the flu
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - December 19, 2022

The Inside Story of Tamiflu Side Effects & Benefits

What's the story on drugs for influenza: Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Xofluza (baloxavir)? What about Tamiflu side effects? Beware nausea!

Depressed doctor leaning against wall in hospital corridor
CancerJoe Graedon - December 15, 2022

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 shows they are rampant in the ED.

marijuana plants
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - December 12, 2022

Will Cannabis Cream Really Ease Neuropathy?

There is too little research on cannabis cream for nerve pain to know for sure that it will help. However, the studies that have been done suggests that is possible for some–not all–patients.

Gabapentin pills in a bottle, 300mg
ArthritisJoe Graedon - December 12, 2022

Are Doctors Overprescribing Gabapentin for Pain?

Opioids scare people. Many doctors have turned instead to gabapentin for pain management. Even surgeons are prescribing this epilepsy med.

desperate young woman calling Suicide Hotline Number
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - December 5, 2022

People in Pain Need Access to Suicide Hotline Number

People contemplating suicide because of untreated pain or any other reason should call 988, the Suicide Hotline Number.

young man having a heart attack because of high lp(a) levels
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - December 5, 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.

Depressed doctor leaning against wall in hospital corridor
Alzheimer’s DiseaseTerry Graedon - December 5, 2022

Drug Boomerang: When Meds Cause What They Should Cure

Medicines should NOT cause the problem they are supposed to treat! Surprisingly, though, the drug boomerang effect is far too common.

a cup of coffee on a saucer
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - December 5, 2022

Thyroid Medicine You Can Take with Breakfast

Liquid or soft-gel thyroid medicine (Tirosint) does not interact with coffee or common breakfast foods as Synthroid does. Consistency is key.

Young woman hold her hands up in fear
Acid RefluxJoe Graedon - December 5, 2022

Do Doctors Know How to Help Patients Stop Medications?

Have you ever been told how to stop medications? It's rare for prescribers to provide detailed withdrawal instructions. The FDA doesn't help.

arthroscopic knee surgery
ArthritisJoe Graedon - November 30, 2022

Do Treatments for Knee Arthritis Do More Harm Than Good?

Treatments for knee arthritis are turning out to be either ineffective or harmful. Steroid shots and arthroscopic surgery are problematic.

A bottle of cold medicine poured into a spoon
DepressionJoe Graedon - November 28, 2022

Beware of Serotonin Syndrome from Cough Remedy Interaction

Have you ever swallowed cough medicine? A surprising number of drugs can lead to a cough remedy interaction. Serotonin Syndrome can be awful!

Woman weighing herself on a scale to see if new weight loss medicine is helping
DiabetesJoe Graedon - November 28, 2022

Should Doctors Prescribe Ozempic for Weight Loss?

Because of the buzz on social media semaglutide is in short supply. Doctors are prescribing the diabetes drug Ozempic for weight loss. Shame!

mail truck delivering mail to mail box covered with snow
CancerJoe Graedon - November 28, 2022

Will Oklahoma Upend Mail-Order Pharmacy?

How were your medications shipped to your pharmacy or mailbox? Who monitors mail-order pharmacy? Oklahoma has proposed a revolutionary rule!

soluble aspirin is easier to swallow
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - November 28, 2022

Soluble Aspirin May Be Easier to Swallow

Aspirin dissolved in water may be easier to swallow than regular enteric-coated tablets. Here's how to do it at home.

African american man holding his arthritic knee in pain
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 24, 2022

Do NSAIDS for Osteoarthritis Wreck Joints?

A surprising new long-term study suggests that if doctors prescribe NSAIDs for osteoarthritis of the knees, the drugs may damage joints.