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poison pill bottleDrug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 19, 2021
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Older woman taking her blood pressureDizzinessJoe Graedon - April 19, 2021 - 7 comments

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?

Terry Graedon - April 15, 2021

Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Are Risky for People With Aorta Problems

Dennis Miller, RPh - April 15, 2021

Does Your Pharmacist Think You’re Overmedicated?

Joe Graedon - April 8, 2021

You Have Likely Been the Victim of Diagnostic Mistakes

Joe Graedon - April 5, 2021

Should You Report Drug Side Effects to the FDA?

Joe Graedon - April 5, 2021

Hydrochlorothiazide Side Effects: Skin Cancer and More!

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!

A couple's feet showing from under the covers
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.

Thyroid test tube
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.

woman sleeping on a pillow, dreaming
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.

and ophthalmologist examines an older patient's eyes for macular degeneration and glaucoma
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - March 1, 2021

Glaucoma Patients Should Not Take Blood Pressure Pills at Bedtime

If blood pressure drops too low overnight, it can aggravate optic nerve damage. That is the last thing glaucoma patients need!

woman with spring allergies blowing nose in a field of wildflowers
AllergiesJoe Graedon - March 1, 2021

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!

A disoriented man with memory problems and dementia holding his face is dismay
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - February 22, 2021

When Vitamin B12 Deficiency Causes Mental Confusion

When people become forgetful or have memory problems they often worry about Alzheimer's disease. But what if vitamin B12 deficiency causes mental confusion?

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - February 22, 2021

Is Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Safe For a Dry Nose?

Perhaps you've heard the expression "Don't stuff beans up your nose." What about Vaseline Petroleum Jelly? According to some doctors, that's not such a good idea either.

tylenol bottles
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - February 22, 2021

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

The popular pain reliever acetaminophen may be riskier than you think. A 2014 ProPublica report has some chilling statistics.

silicone breast implants
Breast TendernessJoe Graedon - February 15, 2021

The Never-Ending Breast Implant Scandal

What happens when a breast implant breaks and leaks? The FDA recently announced serious side effects. We call this a breast implant scandal!

man watching television commercial on television with pharma ads
CancerJoe Graedon - February 15, 2021

Can You Trust TV Ads for Cancer Drugs?

It almost seems as if every other commercial on TV is for Rx medications. Ads for cancer drugs are now frequent. How can the FDA permit this?

A person with psoriasis on his arm who can't afford Otezla
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - February 15, 2021

What Can You Use for Psoriasis If You Can’t Afford Otezla?

One reader reports that apremilast (Otezla) works very well to control psoriasis. There are other options for people who can't afford Otezla.

Zantac package
Acid RefluxJoe Graedon - February 4, 2021

Is Zantac – Ranitidine and Cancer the Tip of the Iceberg?

For over 30 years, millions of people took ranitidine (Zantac) for heartburn. Is there a link between ranitidine and cancer? There's new data!

a couple with sex problems
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - February 1, 2021

Can Antidepressant (Paroxetine) Make Sex Exhausting and Unfulfilling?

Paroxetine, and duloxetine can delay orgasm to the point that sexual intercourse is no longer enjoyable; it may also reduce libido.

Man checking blood pressure
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - January 25, 2021

Unexpected Items That Actually Raise Blood Pressure

Would you imagine that antimicrobial mouthwash could raise blood pressure? So can licorice, decongestant nasal spray and pain relievers.

Sign reading Bipolar Disorder and an assortment of pills
Bipolar DiseaseJoe Graedon - January 25, 2021

Lithium Damages Kidneys While Helping Bipolar Disorder

Lithium is being rediscovered for mood disorders. But Lithium damages kidneys if doses get too high. Low-dose lithium for depression is new.

Woman Pumping Gel Hand Sanitizer From A Bottle
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - January 25, 2021

Should the FDA Ban Bad Drugs?

Have you been using hand sanitizer during the pandemic? Some products are contaminated with wood alcohol. Why can't the FDA ban bad drugs?

a young woman brushing her teeth
Canker Sores (aphthous ulcers)Joe Graedon - January 18, 2021

Will Special SLS-Free Toothpaste Prevent Canker Sores?

Many readers have found that eliminating toothpaste with SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) helps them avoid canker sores. What is SLS anyway?

drugstore shelves with over the counter (OTC) pain relief products.
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - December 28, 2020

Can Tylenol – Acetaminophen Raise Blood Pressure?

People in pain face a dilemma. Can they control pain safely? NSAIDs can cause hypertension. But will acetaminophen raise blood pressure too?

list of drug side effects with magnifying glass
Drug Side EffectsDennis Miller, RPh - December 21, 2020

What Is the Real World Incidence of Drug Side Effects?

There are many reasons why clinical trials don't reveal the true incidence of drug side effects in the real world.

Doctor holding a vial of COVID-19 vaccine
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - December 14, 2020

Volunteers Describe COVID Vaccine Side Effects

What better way to learn about COVID vaccine side effects than to ask volunteers who got shots? Visitors to this website provide answers.

older woman with insomnia silencing her alarm clock
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - December 7, 2020

Can Your Medicines Cause Insomnia?

Hundreds of medicines cause insomnia. Bet you didn't know that statins like simvastatin might do it. So can corticosteroids and decongestants.