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flu shots protect senior Asian man from infectionAlzheimer’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.

Terry Graedon - June 23, 2022

Should You Be Taking Vitamin Supplements?

Joe Graedon - June 13, 2022

Is a Loved One Taking Too Many Medicines?

FDA-approved pills, ampules and injections
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!

Big Pink Pills
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - June 6, 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?

Alarm clock in the middle of the night
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.

Ketamine warning sign
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?

woman sniffing her smelly armpit and checking for stinky body odor
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!

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

foot with athlete's foot on pinky toe
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?

package of statins with stethoscope
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.

foot with plantar warts
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!

depressed teen holding her head
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!

Woman experiencing painful kidney stones holds her side
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - May 5, 2022

Beware Kidney Injury From the Triple Whammy!

Some common medications are linked to kidney injury when taken together ("triple whammy"): NSAIDs, diuretics and ARB or ACEi BP medications.

Bottle of Bayer Low Dose Aspirin (baby aspirin) 81 mg
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 28, 2022

Should You Take Aspirin for your Heart? Does Your Doctor Know for Sure?

Is it worthwhile to take aspirin for your heart? The experts weigh in with new recommendations. How will you make the right decision?

Pfizer sign outside of company
COVID-19Joe Graedon - April 28, 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?

vaccination to fight flu
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - April 25, 2022

Have You Had Lasting Pain from a Shot?

Some readers have experienced lasting pain in their shoulders following a vaccination. This may be due to the shot being administered to the wrong site.

tylenol bottles
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 25, 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!

Voltaren gel
ArthritisJoe Graedon - April 25, 2022

Serious Side Effects of Voltaren Gel Are Scary!

People think that what goes on the skin stays on the skin? Topical NSAIDs get into tissues. Do doctors know the side effects of Voltaren Gel?

A woman struggling with all her medication, with many pill bottles on her kitchen table
COVID-19Joe Graedon - April 21, 2022

Preventing Deadly Drug Interactions Harder Than You Think

Do you swallow more than 2 or 3 pills daily? A study notes that preventing deadly drug interactions is hard, especially during the pandemic!

tylenol bottles
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 21, 2022

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

Is Tylenol riskier than you think? A study from Canada notes that too much acetaminophen is responsible for liver toxicity! Do warnings work?

Chest X-ray showing pleural effusion at right lung due to lung cancer
CancerJoe Graedon - April 18, 2022

Does Your Medicine Pose a Cancer Risk?

Establishing a drug-induced cancer risk may take 5 to 10 years or longer. The FDA rarely requires such long-term research. What can you do?

man with a confused and surprised expression
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - April 18, 2022

Heartburn Drugs like PPIs Are Linked to Dementia

Should the FDA reconsider allowing PPIs to be sold OTC? There's growing evidence that PPIs are linked to dementia. A Swedish study shows how.

young man having a heart attack because of high lp(a) levels
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 17, 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.

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 7, 2022

Should You Worry About Vision Loss from Viagra?

The likelihood of serious vision loss from Viagra is low, but a recent study confirms it is real. Report ANY changes in eyesight promptly!

Packet of Antidepressant Prozac Pills
DepressionJoe Graedon - April 4, 2022

Generic Prozac Didn’t Do the Job | Fluoxetine Failure!

Can you trust all generic drugs? Readers say some generic Prozac pills don't work. Is it psychosomatic? We share a dog story that says no!

a hypodermic needle inserted into a vial of medicine
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 4, 2022

Reclast Side Effects Incapacitate Patient

Reclast is a once-a-year injection for osteoporosis. That means it is LONG-LASTING. For those who have Reclast side effects, that's trouble.

drugstore shelves with over the counter (OTC) pain relief products.
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 27, 2022

Pain Reliever Confusion: Aspirin | Advil | Aleve | Excedrin

Are you suffering from pain reliever confusion? What's best? Aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Tylenol or Excedrin? Learn about the differences.