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Lipid profile with cholesterol and tube of bloodDrug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - July 26, 2021
dental exam for gingivitisDrug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - July 26, 2021
Older adult female offering a bottle of wine and glass sitting aloneAgingJoe Graedon - July 29, 2021 - 12 comments

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.

Joe Graedon - July 26, 2021

The Zantac – Ranitidine Weirdness Just Got Stranger

Terry Graedon - July 19, 2021

How Do You Weigh the Benefits and Risks of Aspirin?

Joe Graedon - July 19, 2021

Trelegy for COPD Leads to Hoarseness

Terry Graedon - July 19, 2021

Will Your Eyedrops Affect Your Heart Rate?

Joe Graedon - July 12, 2021

Scary Side Effects of Immune-Modulating Drugs

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.

Illustration of damaged human liver
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - July 8, 2021

Do You Love Your Liver Enough?

Are you nice to your liver? Most Americans take their livers for granted. That could be disastrous! Is coffee good for your liver? How much?

a bunch of bananas
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - July 5, 2021

Can People Overdose on Potassium-Rich Foods?

Many people are low in potassium. That's because they take thiazide diuretics to control blood pressure. Is it possible to overdose on potassium-rich foods?

Woman weighing herself on a scale
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - July 1, 2021

How Well Does the New Weight Loss Medicine Work?

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

Dr. Sean Mackey, expert in managing pain
PodcastsTerry Graedon - July 1, 2021

Show 1178: Do We Need a Revolution in Managing Pain? (Archive)

Opioids are an important tool for managing pain, but they are not the only option. Dr. Sean Mackey says we need a revolution in thinking about pain.

a bottle of Abilify & aripiprazole, digital pills
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - June 28, 2021

Can You Reverse Tardive Dyskinesia from Abilify?

Drugs prescribed for bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia can cause involuntary movements. Can new meds reverse tardive dyskinesia

tylenol bottles
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - June 28, 2021

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

The popular pain reliever acetaminophen may be riskier than you think. A ProPublica report has some chilling stats. DON'T OVERDOSE on APAP!

Man checking blood pressure
Alzheimer’s DiseaseTerry Graedon - June 24, 2021

Which Blood Pressure Pills Help Protect Memory?

ACE inhibitors that can get into the brain may protect memory in older adults. ARBs that cross the blood-brain barrier also seem to work.

confused older man
Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)Joe Graedon - June 24, 2021

Do Statins Affect Memory or Scramble Your Brain?

Millions take statins to prevent heart problems. Can statins affect memory? This question still remains highly controversial after decades.

Cortisone shots into the knee
ArthritisJoe Graedon - June 24, 2021

Do Steroid Injections Melt Bones and Weaken Joints?

When knees or hips hurt, life gets hard. Climbing stairs is challenging. Hiking hurts. Steroid injections are tempting. Do they cause damage?

Foot about to step down on pins
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - June 14, 2021

Surprising Gabapentin Side Effects

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

Advil PM sleeping pills
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - June 14, 2021

When PM Pain Meds Might Make Sense

PM pain meds contain diphenhydramine. This anticholinergic drugs is controversial, but it could make sense short term for someone in pain.

A disoriented man with memory problems and dementia holding his face is dismay
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - June 10, 2021

New Alzheimer’s Drug Aduhelm: Breakthrough or Boondoggle?

The FDA just approved the first new drug for AD in nearly 20 years. Is Aduhelm a breakthrough as some suggest? Get the inside scoop!

PodcastsTerry Graedon - June 10, 2021

Show 1261: Overcoming Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a common problem, but you don't have to suffer in silence. New technology may offer options to help you hear better.

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Drug Side EffectsDennis Miller, RPh - May 31, 2021

Why Drug Commercials Are Far More Harmful Than You Realize

A pharmacist explains why drug commercials are far more harmful than you realize. They promote a world view without responsibilities or risk.

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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?

man with a clothespin on his nose
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.

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.