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Advil PM sleeping pillsDrug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - June 14, 2021
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Surprising Gabapentin Side Effects

Doctors should be cautious about prescribing gabapentin off-label, because gabapentin side effects can be quite serious.

Terry Graedon - June 10, 2021

Show 1261: Overcoming Hearing Loss

Joe Graedon - May 31, 2021

Why Won’t Pharmacies Fill Prescriptions with Authorized Generic Drugs?

Joe Graedon - May 31, 2021

Does Alcohol Get into Your Body After Using Hand Sanitizers?

Dennis Miller, RPh - May 31, 2021

Why Drug Commercials Are Far More Harmful Than You Realize

Joe Graedon - May 24, 2021

Will COVID Crisis in India Lead to Drug Shortages in US?

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Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)Terry Graedon - May 17, 2021

Probiotic Can Help Prevent C. Diff Due to Antibiotics

A gut-friendly probiotic yeast called S. boulardii can help you avoid diarrhea from C. diff due to antibiotics.

Atorvastatin pills with stethoscope
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - May 17, 2021

Atorvastatin (Lipitor) Side Effects & Complications

Atorvastatin (Lipitor) has been associated with muscle pain and weakness. It this because of the statin or are such symptoms coincidental?

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AllergiesJoe Graedon - May 17, 2021

Do Flonase and Nasacort Harm the Sense of Smell?

Steroid nasal sprays may reduce or damage the sense of smell or taste; in some cases, they do not recover.

saffron threads
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 13, 2021

Will Saffron Extract Help You Sleep Better?

Research shows that saffron extract from crocus stamens can ease insomnia and depression and slow the progress of macular degeneration.

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - May 9, 2021

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.

A bottle of generic delayed-release Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 30 mg
AnxietyJoe Graedon - May 6, 2021

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?

girl on grass with medicines for seasonal allergies
AllergiesJoe Graedon - May 3, 2021

Solve Spring Allergy Symptoms Safely!

Should you use antihistamines, steroid sprays or more natural approaches for spring allergy symptoms?

Metformin Prescription Pills With Identification Numbers
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - April 29, 2021

Can You Delay Alzheimer Disease with Drugs for Diabetes?

New research on brain tissue hints that drugs for diabetes may prevent genes relating to dementia from turning on. This could delay its development.

FDA-approved pills, ampules and injections
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 26, 2021

Can You Trust Your Drug Quality? Maybe Not!

The FDA has suspended most foreign inspections. Can you trust those companies to maintain drug quality?

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ConstipationJoe Graedon - April 26, 2021

Constipation | Will Miralax Cause Gas?

Constipation is a major problem in America. That is why Miralax is so popular. Does Miralax cause gas?

Older woman taking her blood pressure
DizzinessJoe Graedon - April 19, 2021

How Bad Is Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure) for the Brain?

Should people be concerned about low blood pressure? Can it lead to falls or dementia? Are there remedies for HYPOtension?

poison pill bottle
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 19, 2021

Mistakes in the Pharmacy Could be Deadly

Mistakes in the pharmacy are shockingly common. No other profession could get away with so many errors and remain respected. How can you protect yourself?

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
COVID-19Joe Graedon - April 15, 2021

Should You Worry About the J&J Vaccine Pause?

Is there a good reason for the J&J vaccine pause or are the federal bureaucrats being overly cautious?

Bentall's Operation In The Ascending Aortic Aneurysm repair
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - April 15, 2021

Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Are Risky for People With Aorta Problems

People with previously weakened aortas must avoid fluoroquinolone antibiotics. It could be a matter of life and death.

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Depressed doctor leaning against wall in hospital corridor
CancerJoe Graedon - April 8, 2021

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 reveals dramatic overdiagnosis.

Lots of pills with the sign SIDE EFFECT in the middle
AllergiesJoe Graedon - April 5, 2021

Should You Report Drug Side Effects to the FDA?

Have you ever taken the time to report drug side effects to the FDA? You should! Most doctors are too busy and drug companies hate bad news.

Illustration of doctor's desktop with different pills, capsules, statoscope, syringe, yellow folder with label 'Skin Cancer'
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 5, 2021

Hydrochlorothiazide Side Effects: Skin Cancer and More!

Few health professionals think hydrochlorothiazide side effects are serious. But a Danish study links HCTZ with squamous cell skin cancer.

man watching television commercial on television with pharma ads
DiabetesDennis Miller, RPh - April 4, 2021

Type 2 Diabetes, Largely Preventable, Accounts for Many Pharma Ads

Do you pay attention to the side effects listed in pharma ads? Perhaps the companies should tell us how to prevent type 2 diabetes on TV.

package of statins with stethoscope
Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)Joe Graedon - March 29, 2021

Why Do Statins Remain Controversial?

The statin wars have been raging for decades. How can statins remain controversial after so many years? A doctor takes us to task on statins!

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Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - March 29, 2021

Will Testosterone Help Women Feel Strong and Sexy?

Will testosterone help women maintain a strong sex drive after menopause? It may benefit some women, but not others. Sex is complicated!

Male doctor and senior female patient discussing osteoporosis drug options
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - March 28, 2021

What’s the Best Way to Take Delayed Release Risedronate?

Delayed release risedronate for osteoporosis should be taken during breakfast or immediately afterwards to avoid digestive distress.

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Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - March 25, 2021

Do People With Low Thyroid Prefer Double Hormone Therapy?

When people have low thyroid hormone levels, they don't feel good. An old-fashioned treatment can often help.

Low-dose aspirin helps prevent infection with COVID-19
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - March 18, 2021

Can Aspirin Help Protect You from COVID-19 Infection?

In Israel, researchers found that low-dose aspirin helps protect older individuals with cardiovascular conditions from catching COVID-19.

A disoriented man with memory problems and dementia holding his face is dismay
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 15, 2021

Can Statins Cause Transient Global Amnesia?

Statins remain controversial. Many think they are the best drugs in the pharmacy. Others maintain statins cause transient global amnesia.

worker fast asleep at desk because of narcolepsy
CataplexyJoe Graedon - March 15, 2021

Narcolepsy Drugs and Disturbing Side Effects

Do you ever fall asleep unexpectedly during the day? Ever been tested for narcolepsy? There are new narcolepsy drugs but they are pricey!

Dr. Marty Makary describes the threat of antimicrobial resistant infections
PodcastsTerry Graedon - March 11, 2021

Show 1250: Antimicrobial Resistant Infections Could Be the Next Pandemic

Overuse of drugs, especially for food production, has led to antimicrobial resistant infections. These could become a huge challenge.

Young woman holding an antidepressant pill
COVID-19Joe Graedon - March 11, 2021

Will the Antidepressant Fluvoxamine Fight COVID-19?

Fluvoxamine (Luvox) has been marketed as an antidepressant since 1984. Why would this very old SSRI offer some promise against COVID-19?

An electrocardiogram with evidence of atrial fibrillation
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Joe Graedon - March 11, 2021

Is Low Vitamin D a Risk for Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation is surprisingly common. Popular drugs can pose a risk for atrial fibrillation. Low vitamin D levels may also be a factor.

Lots of pills with the sign SIDE EFFECT in the middle
Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)Joe Graedon - March 8, 2021

How Safe and Effective Are Your Medicines? You Might Be Surprised!

Is your medicine safe and effective? How would you know? The FDA says a drug is "safe" even if it can cause cancer, heart attacks or death.

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 8, 2021

Zolpidem Has Different Dose for Women

The popular sleeping pill zolpidem has a lower recommended dose for women because they eliminate it from their bodies more slowly.

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Breast CancerTerry Graedon - March 4, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine May Give False Positive Mammograms

Vaccination may lead to swollen lymph nodes on the same side as the shot. Radiologists are learning to recognize such false positive mammograms.