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Husband and wife dealing with dementiaAlzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - November 30, 2022 - 4 comments

Is New Dementia Drug a Breakthrough Against AD?

Is the new dementia drug a breakthrough? Headlines make it seem as if lecanemab is a game changer against Alzheimer's. We need more data!

Joe Graedon - November 28, 2022

Will Oklahoma Upend Mail-Order Pharmacy?

Terry Graedon - November 28, 2022

Soluble Aspirin May Be Easier to Swallow

Joe Graedon - November 24, 2022

Do NSAIDS for Osteoarthritis Wreck Joints?

red capsules of CoQ10 spill out of bottle
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - November 21, 2022

CoQ10 Has Heart Benefits

Readers' reports that the dietary supplement CoQ10 has heart benefits are supported by scientific studies.

Oxycodone tablets and pill bottle for people in pain
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 21, 2022

Are People In Pain Committing Suicide For Lack of Opioids?

When people in severe pain are denied access to effective pain meds, it's a travesty! Are pain patients dying because of a lack of opioids?

drugstore shelves with over the counter (OTC) pain relief products.
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 17, 2022

Curcumin or NSAIDS for Knee Arthritis and Heart Health?

Most doctors prescribe NSAIDs like celocoxib, diclofenac, meloxicam or naproxen for knee arthritis. Which is safer, curcumin or NSAIDs?

a bottle of Abilify & aripiprazole, digital pills
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - November 17, 2022

Abilify (aripiprazole) Side Effects & Terrible TD Complications

Certain medications can cause involuntary movements of the lips and tongue (tardive dyskinesia). Do the drugs Austedo & Ingrezza reverse TD?

Pill bottled labeled Adderall
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)Joe Graedon - November 17, 2022

Will Adderall Shortage Cause Amphetamine Withdrawal?

The FDA has announced an Adderall shortage. That means some people may experience symptoms of amphetamine withdrawal. What can they do?

Bottle of Pills and a FDA APPROVED stamp
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Joe Graedon - November 14, 2022

Generic Metoprolol Reveals Flaws With FDA’s Approval Process

We've been hearing about problems with generic metoprolol since 2007. They're still coming in. If you can't afford Toprol XL what can you do?

woman taking acetaminophen during pregnancy
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)Terry Graedon - November 9, 2022

Does Acetaminophen During Pregnancy Lead to Cranky Kids?

Children of parents who took acetaminophen during pregnancy were more likely to have trouble sleeping and paying attention.

couple with sexual disparity
Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPH)Joe Graedon - November 5, 2022

Prostate Drug Had Lasting Effects on Sex Life

Drugs for an enlarged prostate gland, dutasteride and finasteride, can have long-lasting negative consequences for a man's sex life.

man having a heart attack undergoing CPR
cardiac arrestJoe Graedon - November 5, 2022

Is Lp(a) Contributing to Unexplained Heart Attacks?

Most doctors measure total cholesterol, LDL-C, HDL-C and triglycerides. But is Lp(a) contributing to heart disease? Why has it been ignored?

frustrated doctor with his fingers in his ears
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 5, 2022

Why Do Doctors Deny Drug Side Effects?

Most medications can cause adverse reactions. Why do so many doctors deny drug side effects? A study sheds a little light on this bad habit.

Depressed doctor leaning against wall in hospital corridor
aortic aneurysmJoe Graedon - November 3, 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!

Hands reaching for giant pill for coronavirus drug shortages
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 3, 2022

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

Amoxicillin has been around for 50 years. This antibiotic is now in short supply for kids. Coronavirus drug shortages have impacted hospitals

Obesity: angry overweight twins who are pointing
DiabetesJoe Graedon - October 31, 2022

Musk’s Wegovy Weight Loss Drug Upsets Readers

The best way to lose weight remains an ongoing dispute. We have been denounced and praised for discussing a Wegovy weight loss strategy.

facial swelling caused by angioedema
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 31, 2022

Lisinopril and Angioedema: A Life-Threatening Side Effect

Have you heard of angioedema? Most people haven't. Doctors may miss the diagnosis, especially if lisinopril and angioedema affect the abdomen.

Active duty military members
Back PainTerry Graedon - October 31, 2022

Can NSAIDs for Pain Harm Your Kidneys?

A study of US Army soldiers found that those who took high doses of NSAIDs for pain were at a small but significant increased risk of kidney damage.

feet with ants demonstrate diabetic neuropathy
DiabetesTerry Graedon - October 31, 2022

Supplements to Help Ease Diabetic Neuropathy

Certain supplements such as benfotiamine and alpha lipoic acid may help ease diabetic neuropathy. Topical capsaicin could also relieve pain.

woman with bad bellyache in bed
Acid RefluxJoe Graedon - October 31, 2022

PPIs are Safe! No, PPIs are Dangerous! What to Believe?

PPI confusion continues. One study suggests that PPIs are linked to serious adverse events. Then we are told PPIs are safe! What's going on?

Celecoxib pills
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 24, 2022

Is Celecoxib Safe To Prevent Nighttime Urination (Nocturia)?

How do you prevent nighttime urination? Some people take an NSAID such as celecoxib, diclofenac or ibuprofen. Are they safe and effective?

senior woman seeks solution for dry nose
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - October 24, 2022

Safe Solution for Dry Nose

Readers have found applying a personal lubricant or saline gel can be a good solution for dry nose. This is safer than a petrolatum product.

woman scratching her back
AllergiesTerry Graedon - October 24, 2022

Zyrtec Withdrawal Is a Nightmare

We've heard reports from many people that getting off of Zyrtec (Cetirizine) poses a real itching challenge. Is there such a thing as Zyrtec withdrawal?

Doctors Arguing
DiabetesJoe Graedon - October 24, 2022

Angry Doctor Insists HCTZ Is Safe!

Over 10 million people take hydrochlorothiazide for blood pressure. A doctor says HCTZ is safe! He's mad at us for describing side effects.

Obesity: Fat man wears tight blue shirt
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 17, 2022

Ozempic or Wegovy for Fast Weight Loss?

The diabetes drug semaglutide is making headlines! Articles about Ozempic and Wegovy for fast weight loss are everywhere. Good or bad idea?

Red rice close-up
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 17, 2022

How Does Red Yeast Rice Compare to Statins?

Red yeast rice (aka RYR) is a very popular dietary supplement. How does it compare to simvastatin? What about RYR side effects? Is RYR safer than statins?

tylenol bottles
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 17, 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!

Angry patient being refused by pharmacist
Drug Side EffectsDennis Miller, RPh - October 13, 2022

Why Haven’t We Fixed Pharmacy Mistakes?

State boards of pharmacy have largely failed to protect the public. The result is an alarming number of pharmacy mistakes.

a bottle of Synthroid 175mcg, people on Synthroid, brand name Synthroid thyroid pills
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - October 10, 2022

Do Walnuts Really Interfere with Synthroid Effectiveness?

The manufacturer warns patients that eating walnuts with their medicine could interfere with Synthroid effectiveness.

benefits and risks of aspirin tablets on blue paper
ArthritisTerry Graedon - October 10, 2022

How Do You Weigh the Benefits and Risks of Aspirin?

Before starting a daily regimen, carefully consider the benefits and risks of aspirin. Will you be helped or harmed by this amazing drug?

A handful of pills and Canadian Flag
AllergiesJoe Graedon - October 10, 2022

Can You Trust Canadian Online Pharmacies?

In some generic medications, there may be different "inactive" ingredients. Can you safely save money using Canadian online pharmacies?

woman standing on tennis ball to relieve plantar fasciitis
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - October 3, 2022

How to Manage Plantar Fasciitis Pain Without Drugs

You could get relief from plantar fasciitis pain with physical therapy, orthotics or even home remedies. Will one of these get you moving again?

poison pill bottle
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 3, 2022

Mistakes in the Pharmacy Could be Deadly

Is there a pandemic of mistakes in the pharmacy? Pharmacists worry about working conditions that make mistakes inevitable. Protect Yourself!

3d rendered anatomy illustration of human lung and heart
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 3, 2022

How Does the Heart Drug Amiodarone Hurt Your Lungs?

The heart drug amiodarone can lead to a number of serious side effects, including damage to the lungs, thyroid, liver, corneas and heart.

man watching television commercial on television with pharma ads
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 26, 2022

Can We Stop Deceptive Drug Ads on TV?

Are you tired of all the prescription drug commercials on television? If so, why not take action? Let's end deceptive drug ads together!