By: Joe Graedon January 22, 2018 24 Comments
    Do Statins Affect Memory or Scramble Your Brain?

    The top four statin-type cholesterol-lowering medications are atorvastatin, simvastatin, pravastatin and rosuvastatin. Our back of the envelope calculations suggest that over 200 million prescriptions…

    By: Terry Graedon January 22, 2018 0 Comments
    How Long Will Dizziness Last After Stopping Lexa…

    It is always smart to have an exit strategy. That is just as true when you begin taking a prescription medication as when you take a new job that might or might not be quite suitable. One reader found…

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2018 0 Comments
    Do Mothers with Heartburn Have Babies with Asthm…

    Heartburn is a common symptom during pregnancy. New research suggests, however, that pregnant women who relieve their reflux with potent acid-suppressing drugs may precipitate unexpected complications…

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2018 9 Comments
    Amlodipine and Dizziness: How Common is This Sid…

    Amlodipine is a commonly prescribed blood pressure medicine. At last count, 87 million prescriptions were dispensed annually in the U.S (Quintiles IMS, May, 2017, now IQVIA Institute). It is referred …

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2018 12 Comments
    Atorvastatin Side Effects — Is Psoriasis O…

    Atorvastatin (Lipitor) is one of the most prescribed drugs in the world. At last count, over 100 million prescriptions were dispensed annually  in the U.S. (Quintiles IMS, May, 2017, now IQVIA Instit…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 12 Comments
    Can You Prevent Wrinkles with HRT?

    Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, has been controversial for quite some time. In the 20th century, women were often admonished that taking estrogen and progestin after menopause would not only ease…

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2018 35 Comments
    Are Doctors Overprescribing Gabapentin and Prega…

    Let's be perfectly honest. Most doctors have a difficult time with chronic pain patients. One physician described it to us many years ago: "When I see a patient suffering severe chronic pain come in t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 6 Comments
    Do You Absorb Magnesium from Your Armpits?

    Milk of magnesia is a time-honored medicine to treat constipation. But that is not the only use for this versatile compound. We first heard about using milk of magnesia in the armpits to suppress odor…

    By: Joe Graedon January 11, 2018 1 Comments
    Do Ibuprofen Side Effects Include Hormone Imbala…

    Pain relievers like ibuprofen are “the most commonly used over-the-counter drugs worldwide (Nature Reviews Endocrinology, July, 2016). People assume that if the FDA permits OTC sale, such products m…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2018 1 Comments
    Beta Blockers Boost Benefits from Cancer Immunot…

    Beta blocker heart medicines have been available for decades. Drugs like propranolol are prescribed to treat the pain of angina, lower high blood pressure and prevent migraine headaches. Might they al…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2018 25 Comments
    What to Do About Arthritis Pain When NSAIDs Are …

    Tens of millions of people suffer constant arthritis pain. Many of them have severe joint deterioration. The usual recommendation is to take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). You know: ib…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2018 2 Comments
    Serotonin Syndrome From Lexapro Plus Robitussin …

    Millions of people take antidepressant medications like escitalopram (Lexapro), citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) or sertraline (Zoloft). These are known as SSRIs (selective…

    By: Joe Graedon January 4, 2018 17 Comments
    COPD Drug Side Effects Can Be Deadly

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a very serious lung condition. People with COPD often complain of a constant cough, wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, mucus and fatigue. …

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 30 Comments
    What Is Behind the Rise in Gabapentinoids?

    The opioid epidemic has doctors looking for alternative treatments to ease pain. Many have turned to a category of medications called gabapentinoids. What Are Gabapentinoids? This category includes th…

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2018 18 Comments
    Beware Amiodarone Side Effects and Interactions

    According to the FDA, "Amiodarone is intended for use only in patients with the indicated life-threatening arrhythmias because its use is accompanied by substantial toxicity." The FDA goes on to state…

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2018 7 Comments
    Surprising Ketamine Side Effects and Anti-Suicid…

    There is tremendous confusion and controversy surrounding a very old drug called ketamine (Ketalar). The FDA first approved Ketalar in 1970 as an injectable anesthetic. It had advantages over existing…

    By: Joe Graedon December 28, 2017 52 Comments
    How Did Doctors Go So Wrong on Calcium and Vitam…

    For decades physicians have been advising their older female patients to take extra calcium and vitamin D for bone strength. It seemed logical. Both calcium and vitamin D play a role in building bone.…

    By: Joe Graedon December 25, 2017 7 Comments
    Can You Cure Asthma With Antifungal Medicine?

    For many people, asthma is a mysterious condition. Wheezing and shortness of breath may seem to come from nowhere. Health professionals frequently blame asthma on allergies. Perhaps a person is allerg…

    By: Joe Graedon December 25, 2017 9 Comments
    What Will Doctors Do When Baby Boomers Retire?

    Will you ever be able to afford to retire? According to the Pew Research Center, 10,000 baby boomers turned 65 today. Roughly the same number will turn 65 tomorrow and the day after that. In fact, it …

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2017 68 Comments
    FDA Plans to Crack Down on Homeopathy

    Homeopathy got its start around the turn of the 19th century. That’s when the German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, published his law of similars. His idea was that like healed like. In other words, i…

    By: Joe Graedon December 21, 2017 4 Comments
    Ketamine Zaps Suicidal Thoughts Within Hours

    An old anesthetic medication is getting new attention as a fast-acting way to reverse suicidal thoughts. That's the news from a high-powered study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, onli…

    By: Terry Graedon December 18, 2017 9 Comments
    Popular Blood Pressure Pill Linked to Skin Cance…

    When bad news surfaces, some people have a hard time accepting it. When researchers uncovered a link between a popular blood pressure pill and non-melanoma skin cancer, we got this message from a skep…

    By: Joe Graedon December 18, 2017 6 Comments
    How Can You Allergy-Proof Your Bedroom to Contro…

    Is your home your castle? Many people feel that their home is a refuge from the outside world. But a study of 7,000 bedrooms found that a large majority are contaminated with allergens (Journal of All…

    By: Joe Graedon December 14, 2017 12 Comments
    Is CAR-T for Cancer the Latest Immunotherapy Bre…

    For decades the foundations of cancer treatment were surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. The goal was to rid the body of cancer and try to keep it away. Sometimes these approaches worked, but far too…

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2017 4 Comments
    Ibuprofen Eased Back Pain But Caused Life-Threat…

    Americans love ibuprofen. Some have taken to calling it vitamin I because they rely on it so often to relieve pain. But ibuprofen and naproxen can cause life-threatening ulcers. Just because they are …

    By: Terry Graedon December 11, 2017 5 Comments
    How Can You Overcome Testosterone-Induced Acne?

    Over the past decade or so, testosterone replacement therapy has become quite popular. Three times as many men are using prescriptions for testosterone now as in 2001 (O'Connor, New York Times, June 3…

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2017 2 Comments
    Does Tamiflu Speed Recovery from Influenza? What…

    The CDC has made it official. The flu is back! Preliminary reports suggest that it could be a bad year for influenza. The CDC has reported higher case reports than usual at this time of year. At the m…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2017 31 Comments
    Hydrochlorothiazide Side Effects: Skin Cancer an…

    You have been advised by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology that if you have systolic blood pressure of 130 or higher and/or diastolic blood pressure of 80 or higher…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2017 14 Comments
    Do Oral Contraceptives Cause Breast Cancer? The …

    The New England Journal of Medicine (Dec. 7, 2017) has answered a long-simmering controversy about hormonally-based contraception. In a nutshell, birth control pills do raise the risk of breast cance…

    By: Joe Graedon December 4, 2017 14 Comments
    Repatha to Lower LDL Cholesterol: Uses, Abuses, …

    There's a new cholesterol-lowering medicine making waves. Many health professionals are convinced that there is no such thing as too low a golf score or a cholesterol level. They are right about golf,…

    By: Joe Graedon December 4, 2017 43 Comments
    Sleeping Pills for Seniors: A Scary Solution for…

    Do you have trouble sleeping? That’s just a natural outcome of accumulating lots of birthdays, right? Actually, insomnia is not a normal consequence of aging. According to the National Poll on Healt…

    By: Joe Graedon November 30, 2017 24 Comments
    OTC Viagra in the U.S.? Hell No!

    Not long after its introduction in 1998, Viagra had become a household name. Millions of men have asked their doctors for a prescription for the erectile dysfunction drug. Lots more would like to take…

    By: Joe Graedon November 27, 2017 6 Comments
    Tramadol Plus Sertraline Could be Deadly Cocktai…

    Serotonin is a crucial neurotransmitter. It is found in the brain as well as the digestive tract. Serotonin is also found in blood cells called platelets. It plays a crucial role in regulating mood. T…

    By: Joe Graedon November 27, 2017 14 Comments
    Doctors Battle Over High Cholesterol and Blood P…

    Ask doctors what key measurements they rely on to assess the overall health of a patient and you are likely to hear about high cholesterol and blood pressure. Elevated blood sugar is not far behind. C…

    By: Terry Graedon November 23, 2017 0 Comments
    Why Is Codeine the Wrong Pain Reliever for Kids?

    Doctors used to prescribe codeine to kids who’d undergone a tonsillectomy or appendectomy. They believed that this narcotic was less potent and hence not as risky as more powerful opioids. However, …

    By: Terry Graedon November 20, 2017 15 Comments
    Levothyroxine and Synthroid Are Not Interchangea…

    An ineffective thyroid gland that fails to produce enough hormone needs help. That is usually provided by a prescription for a thyroid hormone called levothyroxine. It is sold under brand names Synthr…

    By: Joe Graedon November 20, 2017 4 Comments
    Mirapex (Pramipexole) Side Effects: Gambling and…

    Americans believe passionately in free will. Dictionary.com offers this definition: "1. free and independent choice; voluntary decision: You took on the responsibility of your own free will. 2. Philos…

    By: Joe Graedon November 20, 2017 3 Comments
    Can You Avoid Family Fights Over the Holidays?

    In these highly polarized times, family gatherings like Thanksgiving and Christmas can be stressful. Many people may worry about interacting with relatives whose political views differ. Just thinking …

    By: Terry Graedon November 20, 2017 21 Comments
    In Atenolol Shortage, Will Metoprolol Substitute…

    Over the last decade or so, the United States has been increasingly plagued with drug shortages. Sometimes the scarce medications are pricey brand-name products, but frequently enough hospitals and ph…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2017 38 Comments
    Does Lowering Blood Pressure to 120/80 Save Live…

    New guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) state that all adults should get their systolic blood pressure to 130 or lower and their diastolic…