By: Joe Graedon November 11, 2019 3 Comments
    Why Buy Brand Name Drugs from Canada?

    The person who is most directly involved in day-to-day drug regulation at the FDA is Janet Woodcock, MD. She is Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). When we have a drug watc…

    By: Joe Graedon November 11, 2019 4 Comments
    Are You Taking an Off Label Med for an Unapprove…

    Has your doctor told you if you are taking a drug for an unapproved use? By unapproved we mean for an “indication” that has never received a review from the FDA. It is estimated that when teenager…

    By: Terry Graedon November 11, 2019 0 Comments
    Is Aspirin Cost-Effective Blood Clot Prevention?

    Blood clots can be useful if you cut yourself. That's how the body stops the wound from bleeding. In many circumstances, however, blood clots are undesirable. Doctors prescribe expensive anticoagulant…

    By: Joe Graedon November 7, 2019 38 Comments
    A Completely New and Unexpected Statin Side Effe…

    Statin drugs are widely used to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. The last time we checked, atorvastatin was the most widely prescribed drug in the United States (114 million bot…

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2019 5 Comments
    Will Potatoes Slow Your Recovery from Surgery?

    Have you ever gone into the hospital for a planned surgery? If so, you've probably been offered some materials that explain the procedure and tell you what to expect, when to arrive and how long you s…

    By: Joe Graedon November 4, 2019 7 Comments
    The Zantac – Ranitidine Weirdness Just Got Str…

    If you have been reading this newsletter you know that one of the most popular acid-reducing drugs in the world has become embroiled in a carcinogen controversy. Several weeks ago a pharmacy in New Ha…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2019 8 Comments
    Beware Mixing Xarelto or Eliquis and OTC Pain Re…

    Anticoagulant medications are frequently prescribed to people with atrial fibrillation (AFib). This arrhythmia can cause blood clots that might lead to a stroke. AFib used to be treated primarily with…

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2019 2 Comments
    What Other Drugs Boost Antidepressants’ Ef…

    For years, psychiatrists have been wondering how to improve antidepressants' effectiveness. People with depression are usually treated with medications such as desvenlafaxine (Pristiq), escitalopram (…

    By: Joe Graedon October 28, 2019 9 Comments
    ACE Inhibitors Like Lisinopril and Lung Cancer

    Doctors appreciate ACE (angiotensin receptor enzyme) inhibitors for lowering high blood pressure. They have been first-line treatments for hypertension for many years. We used to think drugs such as b…

    By: Joe Graedon October 28, 2019 8 Comments
    The Dark Side of Cortisone Shots: Joint Deterior…

    You have no doubt heard about “steroids.” By the way, this is a terrible term! It causes nothing but confusion. We promise not to overwhelm you with chemistry. The core structure of steroids can b…

    By: Terry Graedon October 28, 2019 1 Comments
    Could Pomegranate Juice React Badly with Crestor…

    Do you know which foods might react badly with your medications? You might not, especially if your pharmacist didn't give you specific information. When you look online, you can find conflicting infor…

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2019 11 Comments
    Why Do Drug Companies Love Long Lists of Side Ef…

    A long time ago, drug companies worried about long lists of side effects. They feared that if they warned people about serious adverse drug reactions, no one would want to take their pricey pills. Whe…

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2019 7 Comments
    Stopping Zolpidem (Ambien) for Insomnia Can Be C…

    Tens of millions of Americans have a hard time getting a good night’s sleep. Based on comments we have read on this website, we would have to say that a lot of people rely on zolpidem to get to slee…

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2019 8 Comments
    Stop-Smoking Drug Chantix Triggers Violence

    Most Americans find it hard to believe that a medication could change someone's personality. The idea that a person could actually harm another human as a result of a drug side effect seems prepostero…

    By: Terry Graedon October 21, 2019 18 Comments
    Cortisone Injections Can Have Devastating Effect…

    What will the doctor offer you if you have a stubborn pain in a joint? Frequently, physicians turn to cortisone injections to ease the pain for a while. Before you agree to such treatment, make sure y…

    By: Joe Graedon October 17, 2019 47 Comments
    Corticosteroid Injections in Joints Accelerate A…

    When athletes or older people with osteoarthritis develop joint pain, doctors frequently offer corticosteroid injections into the affected joint. Many clinicians have assumed that this treatment is sa…

    By: Terry Graedon October 17, 2019 7 Comments
    Show 1185: What Are the Risks of Too Many Meds?

    Every day, an average of 750 senior Americans are hospitalized as a result of medication reactions and interactions. Part of the problem is that as we grow older and accumulate more health conditions,…

    By: Joe Graedon October 17, 2019 13 Comments
    Losartan and Suicide? Another ARB (Sartan) Conce…

    Over the last 15 months, millions of blood pressure pills called ARBs have been recalled due to contamination with nitrosamines. Many people with hypertension worried about a possible increased risk o…

    By: Joe Graedon October 14, 2019 12 Comments
    How Can You Tell if Your Drug Is Recalled?

    If you buy a can of tomatoes or infant formula, you will find a Lot Number and a Use By/Expiration Date. This allows you to instantly identify a product that might have a problem. Supermarkets scan pr…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2019 6 Comments
    Should You Use NasalCrom for Your Allergies?

    How do you manage your allergy symptoms? Sneezing, stuffiness and itchy red eyes are more than a bother. Unfortunately, many of the medicines you might take for relief can have unpleasant side effects…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2019 6 Comments
    Is Sporanox a Versatile Cure or a Dangerous Drug…

    Sometimes health care professionals develop biases toward certain drugs that may keep them from seeing the downsides. We've seen this with respect to cardiovascular drugs such as statins. A podiatrist…

    By: Joe Graedon October 10, 2019 14 Comments
    Clonazepam Withdrawal | Safe Sedative or Poison?

    Klonopin (clonazepam) was first marketed by the Hoffman La Roche pharmaceutical company in 1975. Roche had already cleaned up with this benzodiazepine class of medications. Librium (chlordiazepoxide) …

    By: Joe Graedon October 10, 2019 5 Comments
    Why Can’t We Trust the FDA’s Adverse Events …

    Health professionals rely upon the FDA’s adverse events reporting systems to assess the safety of drugs and devices after they have been on the market. Because of faster approvals, these postmarketi…

    By: Jeremy Lee October 7, 2019 17 Comments
    Herbal Medicines and Prescription Drug Interacti…

    Each day more and more people are taking herbs and botanical products to help them with a variety of disorders. The effectiveness of these supplements can vary by condition and individual, but one fac…

    By: Joe Graedon October 7, 2019 12 Comments
    Does Your Medicine Pose a Cancer Risk?

    Most people take prescription medications to relieve symptoms or prevent serious health problems. Some of the best sellers include blood pressure medicines, acid-suppressors, diabetes drugs and medica…

    By: Terry Graedon October 7, 2019 9 Comments
    What Accounts for Blood Tests Showing Liver Fail…

    Liver failure is a frightening situation. This organ protects your body from toxins and provides many enzymes crucial to the digestive process. Consequently, when blood tests show liver failure, patie…

    By: Joe Graedon October 7, 2019 1 Comments
    Simvastatin and Muscle Pain: Beware Rhabdomyolys…

    No one argues that statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs like atorvastatin, simvastatin or rosuvastatin can cause muscle pain (myalgia). What is controversial, though, is how common this complication…

    By: Joe Graedon October 3, 2019 9 Comments
    FDA Flip-Flops on Nitrosamines in Zantac and Ran…

    We warned you. The Zantac/ranitidine story is not over! Remember, just a few weeks ago we sent out a People’s Pharmacy Special Health Alert regarding unexpectedly high levels of the nitrosamines in …

    By: Terry Graedon September 30, 2019 35 Comments
    Can Restless Leg Syndrome Drive People to Suicid…

    Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) may not sound like a serious problem unless you have experienced it. People who suffer with it, however, often find it very hard to live with. As soon as they try to relax,…

    By: Joe Graedon September 30, 2019 4 Comments
    If Atorvastatin Triggers Diabetes What’s the B…

    Millions of people take statins: atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, pitavastatin, simvastatin or rosuvastatin. What should someone do if atorvastatin triggers diabetes like the person…

    By: Joe Graedon September 30, 2019 6 Comments
    Osphena (Ospemifene) for Vaginal Dryness and Pai…

    Sexual intimacy does not have to disappear with aging. There are some impediments though. Vaginal dryness is one of the leading causes of painful intercourse (dyspareunia). There are a number of natur…

    By: Joe Graedon September 30, 2019 8 Comments
    Did FQ Antibiotic Levaquin Lead to Heart Valve D…

    We know you are getting tired of reading about fluoroquinolone – FQ antibiotic side effects. We are getting exasperated writing about this topic. There is a likely new adverse reaction to add to the…

    By: Joe Graedon September 26, 2019 9 Comments
    The Resurrection of Aspirin as an Anticancer and…

    Aspirin has been getting mixed reviews lately. There’s good news and bad news. Once upon a time doctors recommended low-dose aspirin for middle-aged and older patients to prevent heart attacks and s…

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2019 28 Comments
    Another BP Nitrosamine Drug Recall and Zantac (R…

    Are you getting drug contamination fatigue? We would not blame you. There is a new blood pressure nitrosamine drug recall. This time it is from Torrent Pharmaceutical Limited of Ahmedabad, India. The …

    By: Terry Graedon September 23, 2019 12 Comments
    How Can You Make Your Lashes Grow Longer?

    We don't usually think of short eyelashes as a medical condition. Nonetheless, FDA has approved a prescription drug that can make your lashes grow longer. In some ways, we owe this medicine to serendi…

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2019 13 Comments
    Is There an Antidote for Xarelto or Eliquis Blee…

    It used to be that if someone were taking an anticoagulant to prevent blood clots there wasn’t much that could be done if the patient began bleeding badly. That is probably why Johnson & Johnson…

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2019 12 Comments
    Does Google Favor Big Pharma and the FDA over Dr…

    Google dominates search on the Internet. “Google it” has become a common command if you want to know almost anything. Most people assume that Google serves up unbiased, objective search informatio…

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2019 4 Comments
    European Drug Regulators Recalling Zantac (Ranit…

    We issued a Special Health Alert on September 14, 2019, about the heartburn medicine ranitidine (Zantac). We were among the first to alert people that a nitrosamine called NDMA was found in both OTC a…

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2019 18 Comments
    Do Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Damage Heart Valv…

    We have been tracking a tale of woe and intrigue with fluoroquinolone (FQ) antibiotics for more than 25 years. One reader reported hallucinations and a terrible skin rash after taking ofloxacin (Floxi…

    By: Joe Graedon September 16, 2019 35 Comments
    You Have Likely Been the Victim of Diagnostic Mi…

    Americans are unforgiving when it comes to mistakes. If a bank teller cashed a check and gave you the wrong amount, you would not put up with it. If your auto mechanic misdiagnosed your car’s proble…