To protect yourself from the hidden harms of herb and drug interactions, discuss your regimen with your pharmacist and prescriber.
Ketamine infusions seem promising against life-long depression. A new study reports ketamine worked as well as electro-convulsive therapy!
Many medications can interfere with good nutrition. If you are taking pills for certain conditions, perhaps you should be taking vitamin supplements.
Ozempic (semaglutide) seems less likely than some other medications to trigger cardiovascular problems, but diabetic retinopathy may worsen.
Most health professionals do not believe that statins can cause transient global amnesia or other memory problems. What do patients say?
Certain medicines may trigger bad dreams or even nightmares. One reader found that Xyzal for allergies was a problem.
There is no simple answer to the question: is hormone therapy safe? Each woman must evaluate the pros and cons of HRT based on risk factors.
Veozah (fezolinetant) is a new non-hormonal treatment for the hot flashes of menopause. How well does it work and what are the downsides?
How risky is fish oil or purified EPA in Vascepa when it comes to heart rhythm changes called atrial fibrillation? Learn about absolute risk!
Many remedies can help with the challenge of getting off omeprazole by easing the symptoms of rebound reflux. Can famotidine (Pepcid) help?
This reader eats to live & no longer lives to eat thanks to semaglutide. She also has diabetes. Should MDs prescribe Ozempic for weight loss?
A nontoxic bacterial cocktail or a probiotic called Saccharomyces boulardii may help you avoid diarrhea from C. diff due to antibiotics.
When your knees, hips or shoulders hurt, you want rapid relief. Cortisone shots seem like a simple and fast solution. Are there any risks?
Over 200 million people experience fluoride exposure every day. Does it affect the thyroid gland or impact kidney function in adolescents?
Are you losing faith in the FDA? ProPublica reports a scandal about FDA inspections and tainted medicine. This has been going on for TOO long!
Donanemab is the latest anti-amyloid drug against Alzheimer's disease. Is it a breakthrough? Here's the back story.
Pharmacists' biggest secret is that they would rather help people develop healthy lifestyles than dispense unnecessary medicines.
Evidence supports taking the herb Andrographis paniculata to relieve cold and flu symptoms. It helps more than placebo.
Do you swallow more than 3 pills daily? Preventing drug interactions is hard, especially during a pandemic! Beware Paxlovid interactions!
Are people taking Wegovy and Ozempic (semaglutide) to lose weight also losing hair? Why does Wegovy reveal this problem but Ozempic does not?
People who receive cortisone injections into joints for pain relief may also experience systemic side effects such as insomnia or anxiety.
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.
One side effect of St. John's wort, photosensitivity, can damage eyes. People may wish to consider other ways to manage depression.
Corticosteroids, anticonvulsants and certain other medicines suppress your vitamin D levels. That could make you more vulnerable to infection.
Treating hyperthyroidism with pills or radioactive iodine may lead to hypothyroidism. That can result in too little thyroid hormone. Balance!
Colds in the spring can be really bad for people with high blood pressure. Can you get relief from an herbal remedy for colds?
Many physicians are adamant that statins rarely cause any side effects. And yet readers continue to report a connection between statins and muscle pain.
Depression is common and disabling. Modern antidepressants are not as effective as many think. Are older MAO inhibitors worth consideration?
Many people worry about generic drug quality, but brand name meds can be pricey. Can you really buy brand name drugs from Canada for less?
Decongestant nose sprays can be used for only a few days before you risk dependence. Using NasalCrom for your allergies is an alternative.
The FDA granted accelerated approval to lecanemab for Alzheimer's. What's the back story? New reports of brain shrinkage are worrisome to us.
Pushing to refill prescriptions intended for short-term use and failing to refill needed prescriptions can both cause patients problems.