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Statin pills and a warning sign, 3D graphicDrug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 11, 2021
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Bottle of Bayer Low Dose Aspirin (baby aspirin) 81 mgDrug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 14, 2021 - 7 comments

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!

Joe Graedon - October 7, 2021

Should You Worry About Myocarditis from COVID Vaccination?

Joe Graedon - October 5, 2021

Statins and Diabetes! A LONG Delayed Warning

Joe Graedon - October 4, 2021

Stopping Zyrtec (Cetirizine) Led to Itchy Nightmare

Joe Graedon - September 30, 2021

The Dark Side of Cortisone Shots: Joint Deterioration

Joe Graedon - September 30, 2021

Anticholinergic Drugs and Dementia: The Link Gets Much Stronger!

Female hands with blood-pressure meter
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 30, 2021

Amlodipine (Norvasc) Side Effects

Amlodipine (Norvasc) is thought to be a super safe blood pressure medicine. Many visitors report side effects from rashes to swollen feet.

Frightened bearded man clutches his throat because of angioedema
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 27, 2021

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.

grape juice with pectin, certo and grape juice
ArthritisTerry Graedon - September 27, 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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a man in a gas mask
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 20, 2021

Excessive Flatulence Creates Challenges

Have you ever passed gas? Of course you have! Everyone does. But some people experience excessive flatulence. Gum or meds could be the cause!

Thyroid test tube
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - September 13, 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.

The word antibiotics surrounded by pills and a stethescope
Colorectal CancerJoe Graedon - September 9, 2021

Are Antibiotics and Colon Cancer Linked?

Antibiotics save lives! But data are showing a link between antibiotics and colon cancer. Could an increase in this malignancy be related?

angioedema, choking, man sticks out his tongue while coughing
AnaphylaxisJoe Graedon - September 9, 2021

Lisinopril Side Effects Can Be Life Threatening: Beware Angioedema and ACE Inhibitors!

Lisinopril and other ACE inhibitors can cause a serious complication: angioedema. The face and neck swelling of angioedema could result in death.

Older person petting a cat
ArthritisJoe Graedon - September 6, 2021

Petting the Cat Almost Killed It!

When you apply topical medicine to your skin there can be a residue left behind. Petting the cat can cause a life-threatening reaction!

Atorvastatin pill pack next to a stethoscope and an electrocardiogram
dermatomyositisJoe Graedon - September 6, 2021

Statins and Dermatomyositis: An Often Ignored Reaction!

Most people know about statins and muscle aches. Much more serious is an autoimmune reaction. Research now links statins and dermatomyositis.

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Crohn’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - August 30, 2021

Scary Side Effects of Immune-Modulating Drugs

Drugs to dampen the immune system are BIG sellers. Humira and Enbrel make billions. How safe are these immune-modulating drugs during COVID?

Metformin pills don't affect vitamin D status
DiabetesTerry Graedon - August 30, 2021

How Does Metformin Affect Vitamin D Status?

A randomized controlled trial determined that metformin does NOT affect vitamin D status, but it can lower vitamin B12 levels.

woman staring at cell phone in bed with anxious look on her face
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - August 30, 2021

Can Your Medicines Cause Insomnia?

Hundreds of medicines cause insomnia. Did you know that statins like simvastatin might do it. So can corticosteroids and decongestants.

Atorvastatin pill pack next to a stethoscope and an electrocardiogram
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - August 23, 2021

Doctors and Patients Confused About Statins and Muscle Damage

The FDA lists myositis and rhabdomyolysis as serious statin side effects. What is the connection between statins and severe muscle damage?

Photo of dry medical marijuana buds and a prescription pad
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - August 23, 2021

What Do Americans Really Think about Medical Marijuana?

More than 1,000 Americans in a Yahoo/Marist poll worry more about prescribed opioids than medical marijuana. Can it help cancer patients?

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - August 23, 2021

Is Your Medicine Setting You Up for Heat Stroke?

In case you haven't noticed, we are experiencing extreme heat. If you are taking certain medications, you could be susceptible to heat stroke.

Metformin Prescription Pills With Identification Numbers
DiabetesJoe Graedon - August 19, 2021

Metformin (Glucophage) Side Effects & Complications

Metformin (Glucophage) is the most popular drug for type 2 diabetes, but it can be rough on the digestive tract. Can metformin fight cancer?

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Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - August 16, 2021

Can You Really Control Blood Pressure With Dandelion Extract?

Some readers report that dandelion extract lowers blood pressure without strong side effects. Clinical studies are lacking.

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Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Joe Graedon - August 16, 2021

Beware Mixing Xarelto or Eliquis and OTC Pain Relievers

Many people with AFib are taking drugs like Eliquis or Xarelto. Beware Eliquis and OTC pain relievers! Herbs and some teas can also interact.

lonely depressed older man
AnxietyTerry Graedon - August 9, 2021

Do Lonely Older People Take More and Riskier Drugs?

Research shows that lonely older people are more likely to be prescribed potentially risky drugs for depression, anxiety, insomnia or pain.

a bottle of PredniSONE 1mg, short-term steroid use, prednisone side effects
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - August 9, 2021

Prednisone Side Effects Can Be Disastrous

Many doctors like to prescribe prednisone. It's a quick fix for lots of inflammatory conditions. But prednisone side effects can be bad news!

young woman with pancreatitis or microscopic colitis
InteractionsJoe Graedon - August 9, 2021

Flagyl | Metronidazole and Alcohol = Disaster!

Can you absorb enough alcohol (ethanol) through the skin to pose a problem? A reader describes a metronidazole and alcohol drug interaction.

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nurse using sphygmomanometer in home blood pressure measurement to determine if patient needs blood pressure medication to reduce blood pressure
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - July 29, 2021

Do ACE Inhibitors or ARBs Work Better for Blood Pressure?

When prescribing blood pressure pills, should doctors choose ACE inhibitors or ARBs? ARBs are equally effective with fewer side effects.

Older adult female offering a bottle of wine and glass sitting alone
AgingJoe Graedon - July 29, 2021

Alcohol for Longer Life? How Much Is Enough and How Much Is Too Much?

Is alcohol for longer life a viable concept or a myth? How many drinks count as moderate alcohol consumption? Studies tackle these questions.

Lipid profile with cholesterol and tube of blood
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - July 26, 2021

Is Lp(a) the Best Kept Secret in Heart Disease?

Doctors worry about LDL cholesterol but rarely test for Lp(a). Statins can raise this risk factor for heart disease you've never heard about.

dental exam for gingivitis
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - July 26, 2021

Is There a Link Between Statin Drugs and Gingivitis?

No one knows if statin drugs to lower cholesterol increase the likelihood of inflamed gums and gingivitis. Dentists must study this.

Zantac package
CancerJoe Graedon - July 26, 2021

The Zantac – Ranitidine Weirdness Just Got Stranger

What are we to make of FDA flip flop flips on ranitidine/Zantac? For many people the ranitidine weirdness is overwhelming. Now Zantac is BACK!

aspirin tablets on blue paper
ArthritisTerry Graedon - July 19, 2021

How Do You Weigh the Benefits and Risks of Aspirin?

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

woman using asthma inhaler
AsthmaJoe Graedon - July 19, 2021

Trelegy for COPD Leads to Hoarseness

Do asthma inhalers cause hoarseness? If you haven't seen the Trelegy for COPD 'The Power of 1-2-3' ad, please watch it! Trelegy side effects?

Man putting eye drops into right eye
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - July 19, 2021

Will Your Eyedrops Affect Your Heart Rate?

Beta blocker eyedrops like timolol for glaucoma can also lower heart rate and blood pressure. Patients may not be warned of interactions.

Atorvastatin pills with stethoscope
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - July 12, 2021

Statins and Shortness of Breath (Pleural Effusions)

The FDA does not acknowledge a link between statins and shortness of breath. A reader wonders if statins and pleural effusions are connected.