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Young woman holding a fluvoxamine antidepressant pillCOVID-19Joe Graedon - January 10, 2022
Young woman experiencing horrendous itching scratches her armAllergiesJoe Graedon - January 10, 2022
fish oil capsulesAtrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Terry Graedon - January 10, 2022 - 25 comments

Is Fish Oil Linked to Heart Rhythm Changes?

People taking fish oil or purified EPA, a component of fish oil, appear more susceptible to heart rhythm changes called atrial fibrillation.

Joe Graedon - January 10, 2022

How Can You Avoid Being Harmed in the Hospital?

Terry Graedon - January 10, 2022

How Can You Ease Heartburn Symptoms?

Joe Graedon - January 3, 2022

Should the FDA Banish PPIs for Heartburn?

Terry Graedon - January 3, 2022

St. John’s Wort Can Lift Mood, But May Damage Eyes

Joe Graedon - December 27, 2021

Can You Trust TV Ads for Cancer Drugs?

Older woman taking her blood pressure
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - December 27, 2021

Will Low Blood Pressure Increase the Danger of Dementia in Older People?

Is lower blood pressure always better? Many people think that 120/80 is ideal but older people may be at risk for dementia if diastolic BP goes too low.

woman with the sniffles holds a tissue to her nose
ColdsTerry Graedon - December 27, 2021

What Cold Medicine Is Safe for People With High Blood Pressure?

Decongestants can boost blood pressure. People with high blood pressure should look for cold medicine without phenylephrine.

a bottle of Synthroid 175mcg, people on Synthroid, brand name Synthroid thyroid pills
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - December 23, 2021

Taking Thyroid Medicine at Bedtime Fights Off Fatigue

Taking thyroid hormone at bedtime avoided interactions with coffee, supplements and soy. As a result, people had more daytime energy.

Man doubled over with heartburn pain holds his stomach
Acid Stomach (heartburn)Joe Graedon - December 16, 2021

Are Heartburn Drugs (PPIs) Linked to Stomach Cancer?

Heartburn drugs (PPIs) are hugely popular. Doctors prescribe them in enormous quantities and they are widely available over the counter. Is there a link with stomach cancer?

Man checking blood pressure with systolic blood pressure under 130
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - December 13, 2021

Meloxicam Raised Blood Pressure Through the Roof!

Have you taken an NSAID such as celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen or naproxen. All can raise BP. Meloxicam raised blood pressure too high!

pills that look a lot like blue Viagra pills (sildenafil)
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - December 9, 2021

Can Sildenafil – Viagra Help Prevent Dementia?

When most people read about Viagra they think erectile dysfunction. But could Viagra help prevent dementia? A new study is intriguing!

Hand holds transparent orthodontic fixture
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - December 6, 2021

Alendronate Makes Dental Correction More Difficult

People taking alendronate to counteract osteoporosis may not respond well to orthodontic treatment moving their teeth.

Taking a blood sugar reading with a lancet, diabetes risk
DiabetesJoe Graedon - December 6, 2021

Do Statins Increase the Risk for Diabetes or Not?

There has been resistance to the idea that statins increase the risk of diabetes. Doctors don't like dealing with this statin side effect.

The word antibiotics surrounded by pills and a stethescope
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 29, 2021

FDA Warning For Popular Cipro and Levaquin Antibiotics!

It took the FDA decades to recognize the serious and potentially irreversible side effects of Cipro and Levaquin antibiotics. We hope the new warning works.

bucket of money
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 29, 2021

Taking Prostate Drug Abiraterone (Zytiga) with Food Could Save $300,000

Abiraterone (Zytiga) is a key advance for treating prostate cancer. The cost: over $100,000 a year. Taking it with food could save big bucks!

Bottles of Red Yeast Rice on a store shelf
DiabetesJoe Graedon - November 22, 2021

Does Red Yeast Rice Raise Blood Sugar Levels Like Statins?

Red yeast rice contains some statin-like compounds. Does that mean it can cause statin-like side effects? Will red yeast rice raise blood sugar levels?

older woman with insomnia silencing her alarm clock
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 22, 2021

Does Popular OTC Antihistamine Increase Risk of Dementia?

Does the antihistamine diphenhydramine (DPH) increase the risk of dementia? What about anticholinergic drugs for overactive bladder (OAB)?

person with high blood pressure of 154/109
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 15, 2021

Common Medications That Raise Blood Pressure

Are you taking medications that raise blood pressure? You may be surprised to learn that many drugs can do this, including NSAIDs for pain.

Female hand holding model of human kidney organ at back of body
Acid RefluxJoe Graedon - November 11, 2021

Doctors Deny That PPIs Can Cause Kidney Damage

PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) are great at suppressing acid, relieving heartburn and healing ulcers. But evidence suggests PPIs can cause kidney damage.

grape juice with pectin, certo and grape juice
ArthritisTerry Graedon - November 8, 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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young man having a heart attack because of high lp(a) levels
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 1, 2021

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

Doctors rarely test for Lp(a), but 1 out of 5 people have high levels. Statins raise Lp(a) but a low-carb diet lowers this key risk factor.

cats snuffling on a bed next to a pillow
ArthritisJoe Graedon - November 1, 2021

Petting the Cat Almost Killed It!

Petting the cat can cause a life-threatening reaction if you have a topical NSAID on your skin. Pillow poisoning of pets is another hazard!

man with a bad ARB cough
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 1, 2021

Valsartan (Diovan) Side Effects Include Terrible Cough!

Sometimes a drug side effect gets overlooked. Has that happened with blood pressure medications called ARBs (like losartan and valsartan)?

Dr. Paul Offit discusses the evidence on vaccines
PodcastsTerry Graedon - October 28, 2021

Show 1278: Evaluating the Benefits and Risks of Medical Breakthroughs

Medical innovation teaches us a lot we didn't know before. How do we evaluate benefits and risks of medical breakthroughs?

smiling child in red shirt gets COVID-19 vaccine for younger kids or is being vaccinated against flu
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - October 28, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine for Younger Kids Is on the Runway

FDA and CDC may soon authorize a COVID-19 vaccine for younger kids, ages 5 to 11. That extends the protection for families.

Hand holds out container of multiple pills doctors prescribe
Drug Side EffectsDennis Miller, RPh - October 28, 2021

15 Ways Pharma Cleverly Manipulates You

You’re probably unaware of the many ways that Big Pharma manipulates you into accepting pills for everything.

Main with a lot of gray hair
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 25, 2021

Lead in Hair Dye Is Finally Coming Out!

Did you know that the FDA has finally banned lead in hair dye after more than 30 years? It has been a struggle, but the lead will disappear!

Atorvastatin pills with stethoscope
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 25, 2021

Do Doctors Hate Stories of Statin Side Effects?

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

and ophthalmologist examines an older patient's eyes for macular degeneration and glaucoma
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - October 25, 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!

Low-dose aspirin helps prevent infection with COVID-19
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - October 25, 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.

bottles of crestor lipitor and simvastatin cholesterol-lowering drugs
DiabetesJoe Graedon - October 18, 2021

If Statins Cause Diabetes, Why Should ALL Diabetics Take a Statin?

Evidence from many studies indicates that statins cause diabetes. People who are at risk for this metabolic disorder should be wary.

Statin pills and a warning sign, 3D graphic
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 11, 2021

OTC Statins? Crestor or Lipitor Without an Rx?

Many cardiologists think that more people should be taking statins to lower cholesterol. Should OTC statins like Crestor get FDA approval?

Dr.Mitchell Lazar describes the vicious cycle of COVID and diabetes
PodcastsTerry Graedon - October 7, 2021

Show 1275: The Vicious Cycle of COVID and Diabetes

Diabetes expert Mitchell Lazar, MD, PhD, describes an under-recognized vicious cycle between diabetes and COVID-19 infection.

Doctor prepares to give a flu shot or COVID-19 vaccine
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - October 7, 2021

Should You Worry About Myocarditis from COVID Vaccination?

New information from Israel provide evidence about myocarditis from COVID vaccination. Should the shot be given in the old-fashioned way?

package of statins with stethoscope
DiabetesJoe Graedon - October 5, 2021

Statins and Diabetes! A LONG Delayed Warning

Statins have been prescribed since 1987. A new study reveals an association between statins and diabetes management. It's harder with statins!

Cortisone shots into the knee
ArthritisJoe Graedon - September 30, 2021

The Dark Side of Cortisone Shots: Joint Deterioration

When your knees, hips or shoulders hurt, you want rapid relief. Cortisone shots seem like a simple and fast solution. Are there risks with steroids shots?