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mail truck delivering mail to mail box covered with snowCancerJoe Graedon - November 28, 2022
Woman weighing herself on a scale to see if new weight loss medicine is helpingDiabetesJoe Graedon - November 28, 2022 - 11 comments

Should Doctors Prescribe Ozempic for Weight Loss?

Because of the buzz on social media semaglutide is in short supply. Doctors are prescribing the diabetes drug Ozempic for weight loss. Shame!

Joe Graedon - November 5, 2022

Prostate Drug Had Lasting Effects on Sex Life

frustrated doctor with his fingers in his ears
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 5, 2022

Why Do Doctors Deny Drug Side Effects?

Most medications can cause adverse reactions. Why do so many doctors deny drug side effects? A study sheds a little light on this bad habit.

Obesity: angry overweight twins who are pointing
DiabetesJoe Graedon - October 31, 2022

Musk’s Wegovy Weight Loss Drug Upsets Readers

The best way to lose weight remains an ongoing dispute. We have been denounced and praised for discussing a Wegovy weight loss strategy.

facial swelling caused by angioedema
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 31, 2022

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.

Active duty military members
Back PainTerry Graedon - October 31, 2022

Can NSAIDs for Pain Harm Your Kidneys?

A study of US Army soldiers found that those who took high doses of NSAIDs for pain were at a small but significant increased risk of kidney damage.

feet with ants demonstrate diabetic neuropathy
DiabetesTerry Graedon - October 31, 2022

Supplements to Help Ease Diabetic Neuropathy

Certain supplements such as benfotiamine and alpha lipoic acid may help ease diabetic neuropathy. Topical capsaicin could also relieve pain.

woman with bad bellyache in bed
Acid RefluxJoe Graedon - October 31, 2022

PPIs are Safe! No, PPIs are Dangerous! What to Believe?

PPI confusion continues. One study suggests that PPIs are linked to serious adverse events. Then we are told PPIs are safe! What's going on?

Celecoxib pills
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 24, 2022

Is Celecoxib Safe To Prevent Nighttime Urination (Nocturia)?

How do you prevent nighttime urination? Some people take an NSAID such as celecoxib, diclofenac or ibuprofen. Are they safe and effective?

Doctors Arguing
DiabetesJoe Graedon - October 24, 2022

Angry Doctor Insists HCTZ Is Safe!

Over 10 million people take hydrochlorothiazide for blood pressure. A doctor says HCTZ is safe! He's mad at us for describing side effects.

Obesity: Fat man wears tight blue shirt
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 17, 2022

Ozempic or Wegovy for Fast Weight Loss?

The diabetes drug semaglutide is making headlines! Articles about Ozempic and Wegovy for fast weight loss are everywhere. Good or bad idea?

Red rice close-up
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 17, 2022

How Does Red Yeast Rice Compare to Statins?

Red yeast rice (aka RYR) is a very popular dietary supplement. How does it compare to simvastatin? What about RYR side effects? Is RYR safer than statins?

tylenol bottles
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 17, 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!

Angry patient being refused by pharmacist
Drug Side EffectsDennis Miller, RPh - October 13, 2022

Why Haven’t We Fixed Pharmacy Mistakes?

State boards of pharmacy have largely failed to protect the public. The result is an alarming number of pharmacy mistakes.

benefits and risks of aspirin tablets on blue paper
ArthritisTerry Graedon - October 10, 2022

How Do You Weigh the Benefits and Risks of Aspirin?

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

woman standing on tennis ball to relieve plantar fasciitis
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - October 3, 2022

How to Manage Plantar Fasciitis Pain Without Drugs

You could get relief from plantar fasciitis pain with physical therapy, orthotics or even home remedies. Will one of these get you moving again?

poison pill bottle
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 3, 2022

Mistakes in the Pharmacy Could be Deadly

Is there a pandemic of mistakes in the pharmacy? Pharmacists worry about working conditions that make mistakes inevitable. Protect Yourself!

3d rendered anatomy illustration of human lung and heart
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 3, 2022

How Does the Heart Drug Amiodarone Hurt Your Lungs?

The heart drug amiodarone can lead to a number of serious side effects, including damage to the lungs, thyroid, liver, corneas and heart.

man watching television commercial on television with pharma ads
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 26, 2022

Can We Stop Deceptive Drug Ads on TV?

Are you tired of all the prescription drug commercials on television? If so, why not take action? Let's end deceptive drug ads together!

sexually frustrated couple
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 26, 2022

Sexual Side Effects Are Common

Side effects are supposed to stop when a drug is stopped. That doesn't always happen. Sexual side effects are sometimes long lasting.

urologist pointing at model of kidney
DiabetesTerry Graedon - September 19, 2022

Farxiga and Chronic Kidney Disease: FDA Confusion

Farxiga (dapagliflozin) is prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes and kidney disease. That might be confusing. The drug can cause kidney injury.

Dr. Anna Lembke talks about medicating normal emotions
PodcastsTerry Graedon - September 15, 2022

Show 1315: Are We Medicating Normal Emotions?

A psychiatrist and a patient each describes her perspective on the dangers of medicating normal emotions with psychotropic drugs.

3D illustration of a tongue with the words dry mouth superimposed
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 15, 2022

Dry Mouth (Xerostomia) is NOT a Minor Side Effect

Dry mouth syndrome can be unbearable. It is NOT a minor symptom or side effect. What causes xerostomia and what can you do for it? Learn about XyliMelts.

brain shrinkage-cortical atrophy
Cognitive DysfunctionJoe Graedon - September 12, 2022

Do Corticosteroids Like Prednisone Shrink the Brain?

Steroids (corticosteroids, glucocorticoids or cortisone-like drugs) are popular. A new study asks if drugs like prednisone shrink the brain.

Dementia: portrait of a man who is disoriented and confused
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - September 12, 2022

Can Your Medicine Cause Confusion or Memory Loss?

What do you call brain fog--confusion, forgetfulness or memory loss? It can be devastating! Do some drugs increase the risk of dementia?

bare feet of a woman in bed with rumpled covers suffering from restless leg syndrome (needs RLS relief)
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 12, 2022

Will Benadryl Trigger Restless Legs Syndrome?

Certain drugs, including a popular OTC sleep aid, appear to trigger restless legs syndrome in susceptible people. Be aware of diphenhydramine!

Atorvastatin pills with stethoscope
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 5, 2022

Why Do Doctors Hate Stories of Statin Side Effects?

Have you ever experienced statin side effects? Some doctors think stories of statin side effects are fake medical news or fear mongering.

statin drugs and stethoscope
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 1, 2022

Statin Side Effects Are All In Your Head! Really?

Researchers now suggest that statin side effects are imaginary. Is that really true? We report on the latest study and offer an explanation.

One Female Hand Holding 3D Printed Human Heart
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 1, 2022

Could Your Pain Reliever Hurt Your Heart?

Regular use of NSAIDs like diclofenac or ibuprofen might hurt your heart and result in heart failure. Those with type 2 diabetes are at risk!

Woman weighing herself on a scale to see if new weight loss medicine is helping
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - September 1, 2022

How Well Does the New Weight Loss Medicine Work?

In 2021, FDA approved a new weight loss medicine, Wegovy. This once-a-week injection works by reducing appetite and improving insulin release.

Hand with pen drawing the chemical formula of Amiodarone
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Joe Graedon - August 28, 2022

Amiodarone Side Effects Can Be Life Threatening

Amiodarone side effects can be lethal. That is why it is imperative that this drug be monitored carefully. Lung toxicity can be irreversible!

pharmacist in front of drug display as cheerleader for drugs
Drug Side EffectsDennis Miller, RPh - August 28, 2022

Have Pharmacists Become Cheerleaders for Drugs?

Economic forces seem to explain why pharmacists are cheerleaders for drugs, even when there is some evidence that the medicines carry risks.

doctor in a lab coat with a handful of pills
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - August 25, 2022

Where Can I Find A List of Anticholinergic Drugs?

People taking anticholinergic drugs over a long period of time may be at greater risk of developing dementia.

Orange Carolina Reaper hot pepper
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - August 25, 2022

Why Did Hot Pepper Headache Land Man in the Emergency Room?

Hot pepper lovers search for ever hotter chili peppers. The Carolina Reaper is dubbed the hottest pepper in the world. Beware a headache!