By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2019 3 Comments
    Statins Cause Diabetes: The Link Just Got Strong…

    There is no nice way to say this. Cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins cause diabetes. This is not new news, but it is unwelcome. When lovastatin (Mevacor) was approved by the FDA more than 30 year…

    By: Joe Graedon March 18, 2019 9 Comments
    How To Stop Venlafaxine: Very, VERY Slowly!

    It has taken the medical profession a very long time to acknowledge that many of the most popular drugs in the pharmacy can cause a kind of dependence. By that we mean such drugs can precipitate serio…

    By: Joe Graedon March 18, 2019 11 Comments
    Delayed Cough with Lisinopril Can Lead to Misdia…

    Humans are programmed to quickly associate symptoms with exposure to some toxin. This was an incredibly adaptive learning process when our ancestors were hunters and gatherers. If a member of the trib…

    By: Joe Graedon March 18, 2019 11 Comments
    Doctor Disses Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) Against Flu

    Watch out, there’s a second wave of nasty influenza starting to circulate. Even though it seems as if spring is right around the corner, a lot of people are suffering from this badass H3N2 strain of…

    By: Joe Graedon March 18, 2019 46 Comments
    Best Home Remedies for Restless Legs Syndrome

    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) affects 5% to 15% of adults (Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, Dec. 15, 2016). That means as many as 30 million Americans suffer from RLS. Roughly 6 million people are s…

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2019 43 Comments
    Physicians Finally Fed Up With the FDA and ARB R…

    Week after week, month after month, we have been learning about ARB recalls. These angiotensin receptor blockers have been taken by at least two million Americans to control blood pressure or treat he…

    By: Joe Graedon March 11, 2019 9 Comments
    PPIs and Kidney Damage | Nephrologist Spanks GI …

    Many specialists live in silos. By that we mean they hang out with other experts like themselves. They reinforce each other’s understanding of the world. These specialists may not hang out with auth…

    By: Joe Graedon March 11, 2019 14 Comments
    Taking Lisinopril | Avoid POTASSIUM but ZINC Cou…

    Lisinopril is about the most popular drug in the pharmacy. This ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor is swallowed by over 20 million hypertensive Americans every day. Over 110,000,000 bo…

    By: Joe Graedon March 11, 2019 19 Comments
    There’s an Easy Trick to Talk to the Pharm…

    There was a time when most of the pharmacies in America were owned and operated by a pharmacist. They were friendly gathering places. The pharmacist knew your name and probably everyone in your family…

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2019 14 Comments
    Can You Overcome Allergies with Xlear?

    Every year as allergy season arrives, people who suffer from allergies look for solutions. Antihistamines such as cetirizine (Zyrtec), fexofenadine (Allegra), levocetirizine (Xyzal) or loratadine (Cla…

    By: Joe Graedon March 7, 2019 8 Comments
    A New Carcinogen Found in BP Meds | More ARB Rec…

    How many times have we said, Not Again? We are, sadly, referring to ARB recalls. ARBs are short for angiotensin receptor blockers. They treat high blood pressure. Basically, it boils down to another w…

    By: Terry Graedon March 7, 2019 13 Comments
    No Link Between Vaccine and Autism in Denmark

    There are half a dozen measles outbreaks currently underway in the US, as well as several serious international outbreaks. Consequently, the news on measles vaccine from Denmark is important. Scientis…

    By: Joe Graedon March 4, 2019 13 Comments
    Clindamycin and C. Diff Infection: A Devil’s R…

    The FDA has a black box warning in the prescribing information for clindamycin (Cleocin). That represents the highest alert for physicians and patients about this antibiotic. It says in part: “Becau…

    By: Joe Graedon March 4, 2019 16 Comments
    FDA Boss Infuriates Patients with Drug Safety Tw…

    Dr. Scott Gottlieb is the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. That means he is the top cop when it comes to all our medications. Dr. Gottlieb stirred up a lot of excitement on Valentine…

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2019 0 Comments
    How Can Viruses Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Bacte…

    The CDC estimates that at least 23,000 Americans die each year from antibiotic-resistant infections. Researchers expect this problem will only get worse in coming years. Finding new antibiotics has be…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2019 1 Comments
    Are You Giving Your Child the Right Dose?

    What do you do when your young child gets a fever, a cough or a sore throat? If you’re like most parents, you look around the medicine chest for something to ease the symptoms. But what will you fin…

    By: Joe Graedon February 25, 2019 10 Comments
    Fibromyalgia Treatment| Choosing Between Pain Re…

    When it comes to fibromyalgia think pain. Almost constant pain. Some people describe it as a nagging ache, sort of like a toothache in your muscles. Other people complain of tender places on the body.…

    By: Joe Graedon February 25, 2019 10 Comments
    Peyronie’s Disease | Can You Cure a Curved Pen…

    It is hard to talk about curvature of the penis. For one thing, the cause is often a result of trauma. That is to say, injury during sex. Who wants to tell a doctor that you have been too rambunctious…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2019 3 Comments
    How to Beat Nose Spray Dependence One Nostril at…

    Decongestant nose spray is fabulous when your nasal passages are so congested you can't breathe. Just a spritz can open clogged sinuses. However, such nasal sprays have a big downside: nose spray addi…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2019 13 Comments
    Can NSAIDs for Pain Harm Your Kidneys?

    Have you taken nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like diclofenac, ibuprofen or naproxen? A recent study shows that people taking high doses of NSAIDs for pain may develop kidney problems (…

    By: Joe Graedon February 21, 2019 11 Comments
    More Bad News About PPIs and Kidney Damage

    The FDA loves proton pump inhibitors (PPI)s. So do doctors, especially gastroenterologists. Drugs like esomeprazole (Nexium) lansoprazole (Prevacid) and omeprazole (Prilosec) used to top the doctors' …

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2019 2 Comments
    Improving Patient Safety by Reducing Alert Fatig…

    Drug interactions are a serious hazard in hospitals and in the community. If patients receive prescriptions for incompatible medications, they can experience severe side effects that may even be life …

    By: Joe Graedon February 18, 2019 70 Comments
    Statins and Muscle Pain: What Else Can He Do To …

    Jane Brody, the grande dame of medical journalism, asked: “Are you among the 73 million Americans with cholesterol levels that current guidelines suggest should be lowered by taking a statin for the…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2019 16 Comments
    Can You Avoid Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfuncti…

    When you are told you need surgery, there is a lot to think about. What kind of surgery, and what is the recovery like? Will you need to spend time in the hospital? You need to know the risks and bene…

    By: Joe Graedon February 18, 2019 18 Comments
    Why Is Your Prescription Drug Label A Disaster?

    Do you remember the book, Catch-22, by Joseph Heller? Airmen in World War II were faced with a no-win situation. To be exempted from a suicidal bombing mission you had to plead insanity. But if you as…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2019 13 Comments
    Why Can You Buy Quinine in Canada But Not the US…

    If you suffer from nighttime leg cramps, you may have spent some time looking for treatments to prevent them. If you are old enough, you may remember a time when you could buy quinine tablets to treat…

    By: Terry Graedon February 14, 2019 12 Comments
    Show 1153: How to Listen to TV Drug Commercials

    If you watch television, you can’t avoid TV drug commercials for maladies from type 2 diabetes to auto-immune diseases like psoriasis or rheumatoid arthritis to refractory cancers. Do you see these …

    By: Joe Graedon February 11, 2019 36 Comments
    Why Don’t Doctors Recognize Lisinopril Cough?

    We have been writing about drug-induced coughing for more than 30 years. In the beginning we tried to be diplomatic. Here is one of the first questions we ever received on this topic (March 28, 1988).…

    By: Joe Graedon February 11, 2019 26 Comments
    How Risky Is It When Insurance Companies Overrul…

    Doctors don’t always know best, but they certainly know their patients far better than an insurance company representative. Physicians used to be able to prescribe medications without being second-g…

    By: Joe Graedon February 11, 2019 2 Comments
    Overcoming Rebound Nasal Congestion from Deconge…

    People with allergies are often caught in a terrible double bind. Their stuffy noses lead them to decongestant nasal sprays. After a few days of continuous use they become dependent upon the spray. If…

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2019 28 Comments
    Statins for Older People | A New Study is Wildly…

    The headlines this week have been emphatic: “Study: Proof Statins Help Older People.” Then there was this one: “Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Giving Older Adults Better Heart Health.” We were int…

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2019 38 Comments
    What Is the Other Drug Epidemic?

    Much has been written about the epidemic of opioid drug misuse, overdose and death. With more than 130 people dying every day in this country as a result of opioid overdose, we all have a right to be …

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2019 6 Comments
    Are Rebates to Blame for Drug Price Increases?

    Many drug companies have raised prices over the last few months, but they say it’s not to improve their bottom line. Indeed, a number of pharmaceutical manufacturers maintain that they are raising p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2019 13 Comments
    Special Creams Fail to Fight Pain

    Americans spend hundreds of millions of dollars on specially formulated topical pain creams. Medicare Part D paid more than half a billion dollars for such prescription products in 2015. Doctors may p…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2019 15 Comments
    The Itch That Won’t Quit | Itching After Stopp…

    Chances are good that you have seen a Xyzal commercial on TV. You see an animated owl with a distinctive accent. He wears a monocle…presumably to give this wise owl some extra authority. He lets you…

    By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2019 3 Comments
    Do Antibiotics Interact with Oral Contraceptives…

    Should women using oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy be warned to take extra precautions if they need to take an antibiotic? There is surprisingly little agreement on this in the medical commun…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2019 8 Comments
    What Medicines Cause Depression? Are You Vulnera…

    When most people think about drugs and depression, they likely imagine antidepressants. That is, medicines to help overcome the blues. They rarely consider the possibility that the medications they we…

    By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2019 21 Comments
    Are Fears About FDA’s Generic Drug Oversight J…

    A year-long investigation by Bloomberg News has revealed substantial concerns about the quality of generic drugs. The four-part series is mind-boggling in its revelations. Here are the first three art…

    By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2019 4 Comments
    Critical Shortages Resulting from Recalled Valsa…

    Over the last six months the FDA has announced numerous recalls of blood pressure medicines. You can read about them here on the FDA’s website.  We wouldn’t blame you for zoning out. There have b…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2019 3 Comments
    Can You Get Addicted to Cough Syrup?

    There’s an ingredient in most over-the-counter cough medicine that poses risks that most people are unaware of. Dextromethorphan (DXM, DM, or dex) is a chemical cousin of opiates. This seemingly inn…