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Older man with leg crampsAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)Joe Graedon - January 17, 2022
fish oil capsulesAtrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Terry Graedon - January 10, 2022
hand holds high dose vitamin D capsule between thumb and forefingerDrug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - January 17, 2022

Will a Big Dose of Vitamin D Give You Leg Cramps?

Will taking a big dose of vitamin D alleviate nighttime leg cramps or trigger them? The answer may vary from one individual to another.

Joe Graedon - January 10, 2022

Will the Antidepressant Fluvoxamine Fight COVID-19?

Joe Graedon - January 10, 2022

The Itch That Won’t Quit | Itching After Stopping Xyzal (Levocetirazine)

Joe Graedon - January 10, 2022

How Can You Avoid Being Harmed in the Hospital?

Terry Graedon - January 10, 2022

How Can You Ease Heartburn Symptoms?

Joe Graedon - January 3, 2022

Should the FDA Banish PPIs for Heartburn?

A bottle of generic delayed-release Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 30 mg
AnxietyJoe Graedon - January 3, 2022

How To Stop Duloxetine (Cymbalta) Without Withdrawal Symptoms

Millions of people take antidepressants for anxiety, arthritis, depression, nerve pain or fibromyalgia. Are they told how to stop duloxetine?

St. John's Wort (Hypericum)
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - January 3, 2022

St. John’s Wort Can Lift Mood, But May Damage Eyes

One side effect of St. John's wort, photosensitivity, can be harmful to vision. People may wish to consider other ways to manage depression.

man watching television commercial on television with pharma ads
CancerJoe Graedon - December 27, 2021

Can You Trust TV Ads for Cancer Drugs?

Drugs commercials want you to "ask your doctor" for an Rx. Ads for cancer drugs are very persuasive. How can the FDA permit this? Stop them!

Older woman taking her blood pressure
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - December 27, 2021

Will Low Blood Pressure Increase the Danger of Dementia in Older People?

Is lower blood pressure always better? Many people think that 120/80 is ideal but older people may be at risk for dementia if diastolic BP goes too low.

woman with the sniffles holds a tissue to her nose
ColdsTerry Graedon - December 27, 2021

What Cold Medicine Is Safe for People With High Blood Pressure?

Decongestants can boost blood pressure. People with high blood pressure should look for cold medicine without phenylephrine.

Molnupiravir from Merck
COVID-19Joe Graedon - December 23, 2021

What You Should Know About New Antiviral COVID Pills

If you are wondering about the new antiviral COVID pills, Paxlovid and molnupiravir (Legevrio), we've got you covered with this in-depth info

a bottle of Synthroid 175mcg, people on Synthroid, brand name Synthroid thyroid pills
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - December 23, 2021

Taking Thyroid Medicine at Bedtime Fights Off Fatigue

Taking thyroid hormone at bedtime avoided interactions with coffee, supplements and soy. As a result, people had more daytime energy.

A bottle of cold medicine poured into a spoon
DepressionJoe Graedon - December 20, 2021

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!

Man doubled over with heartburn pain holds his stomach
Acid Stomach (heartburn)Joe Graedon - December 16, 2021

Are Heartburn Drugs (PPIs) Linked to Stomach Cancer?

Heartburn drugs (PPIs) are hugely popular. Doctors prescribe them in enormous quantities and they are widely available over the counter. Is there a link with stomach cancer?

Woman in bed with restless legs
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - December 13, 2021

Do Heartburn Drugs or Antihistamines Trigger RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome)?

Restless legs syndrome can be mysterious. Most people do their best to cope with RLS. But did you know that some meds like antihistamines trigger RLS?

Man checking blood pressure with systolic blood pressure under 130
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - December 13, 2021

Meloxicam Raised Blood Pressure Through the Roof!

Have you taken an NSAID such as celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen or naproxen. All can raise BP. Meloxicam raised blood pressure too high!

pills that look a lot like blue Viagra pills (sildenafil)
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - December 9, 2021

Can Sildenafil – Viagra Help Prevent Dementia?

When most people read about Viagra they think erectile dysfunction. But could Viagra help prevent dementia? A new study is intriguing!

a bottle of Synthroid 175mcg, people on Synthroid, brand name Synthroid thyroid pills
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - December 6, 2021

Do Walnuts Really Interfere with Synthroid Effectiveness?

The manufacturer warns patients not to eat walnuts if they take Synthroid. Research studies don't reveal the reason.

Hand holds transparent orthodontic fixture
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - December 6, 2021

Alendronate Makes Dental Correction More Difficult

People taking alendronate to counteract osteoporosis may not respond well to orthodontic treatment moving their teeth.

Taking a blood sugar reading with a lancet, diabetes risk
DiabetesJoe Graedon - December 6, 2021

Do Statins Increase the Risk for Diabetes or Not?

There has been resistance to the idea that statins increase the risk of diabetes. Doctors don't like dealing with this statin side effect.

Pfizer sign outside of company
COVID-19Joe Graedon - December 2, 2021

Is the Oral Pill Paxlovid an Answer to COVID-19?

What should you know about PAXLOVID, an oral medicine against COVID-19? Is it more effective than molnupiravir? Are there any downsides?

The word antibiotics surrounded by pills and a stethescope
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 29, 2021

FDA Warning For Popular Cipro and Levaquin Antibiotics!

It took the FDA decades to recognize the serious and potentially irreversible side effects of Cipro and Levaquin antibiotics. We hope the new warning works.

bucket of money
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 29, 2021

Taking Prostate Drug Abiraterone (Zytiga) with Food Could Save $300,000

Abiraterone (Zytiga) is a key advance for treating prostate cancer. The cost: over $100,000 a year. Taking it with food could save big bucks!

Bottles of Red Yeast Rice on a store shelf
DiabetesJoe Graedon - November 22, 2021

Does Red Yeast Rice Raise Blood Sugar Levels Like Statins?

Red yeast rice contains some statin-like compounds. Does that mean it can cause statin-like side effects? Will red yeast rice raise blood sugar levels?

older woman with insomnia silencing her alarm clock
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 22, 2021

Does Popular OTC Antihistamine Increase Risk of Dementia?

Does the antihistamine diphenhydramine (DPH) increase the risk of dementia? What about anticholinergic drugs for overactive bladder (OAB)?

Noxzema deep cleansing cream
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - November 22, 2021

Noxzema Relieved Eczema

Many readers have reported that Noxzema relieved eczema. The herbal extracts it contains seem to counteract itch.

person with high blood pressure of 154/109
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 15, 2021

Common Medications That Raise Blood Pressure

Are you taking medications that raise blood pressure? You may be surprised to learn that many drugs can do this, including NSAIDs for pain.

Young woman spraying on deodorant to underarms
CancerJoe Graedon - November 15, 2021

Why Put Aluminum or Benzene In Your Armpits?

We used to worry about aluminum in antiperspirants. There's a new concern: benzene in your armpits. MoM deodorants are free of both. On sale!

Pile of pills and multivitamins
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - November 11, 2021

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.

Female hand holding model of human kidney organ at back of body
Acid RefluxJoe Graedon - November 11, 2021

Doctors Deny That PPIs Can Cause Kidney Damage

PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) are great at suppressing acid, relieving heartburn and healing ulcers. But evidence suggests PPIs can cause kidney damage.

grape juice with pectin, certo and grape juice
ArthritisTerry Graedon - November 8, 2021

Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

Drinking a concoction of the liquid pectin Certo and grape juice appears to ease knee, shoulder or hip pain for many people. Will it help you?

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young man having a heart attack because of high lp(a) levels
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 1, 2021

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.

Bottle of Bayer Low Dose Aspirin (baby aspirin) 81 mg
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 1, 2021

How Dangerous Is It to Stop Taking Aspirin?

The US Preventive Services Task Force says millions of people should stop taking aspirin to prevent a heart attack. Better be cautious!

cats snuffling on a bed next to a pillow
ArthritisJoe Graedon - November 1, 2021

Petting the Cat Almost Killed It!

Petting the cat can cause a life-threatening reaction if you have a topical NSAID on your skin. Pillow poisoning of pets is another hazard!

man with a bad ARB cough
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 1, 2021

Valsartan (Diovan) Side Effects Include Terrible Cough!

Sometimes a drug side effect gets overlooked. Has that happened with blood pressure medications called ARBs (like losartan and valsartan)?

Dr. Paul Offit discusses the evidence on vaccines
PodcastsTerry Graedon - October 28, 2021

Show 1278: Evaluating the Benefits and Risks of Medical Breakthroughs

Medical innovation teaches us a lot we didn't know before. How do we evaluate benefits and risks of medical breakthroughs?