By: Joe Graedon September 22, 2016 1 Comments
    Are Your Vitamin D Levels Bad Because of BPA and…

    A great deal of research suggests that low levels of vitamin D are associated with serious health problems, including osteoporosis, fractures, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, in…

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2016 3 Comments
    Can You reverse Memory Problems from Anticholine…

    Many people, including a lot of health professionals, are unaware how many medications have anticholinergic activity. Perhaps even more alarming are the complications from a big anticholinergic "burde…

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2016 8 Comments
    Did Low Levels of Vitamin B12 Ruin A Life?

    Most people rarely think about vitamin B12. It's not part of routine blood testing the way vitamin D is. We have been surprised that health professionals do not routinely request blood tests for vitam…

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2016 6 Comments
    How to Ease Indigestion Without PPIs

    Q. Because of concerns about side effects of PPI acid-suppressing drugs, I have switched to Tums. I rely on two or three of these antacids to control my heartburn. Is that safe? What else could I do? …

    By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2016 1 Comments
    How Easy Is It to Measure Kids’ Medicine C…

    Giving sick children the correct dose of medicine is important, as parents know. But it may be much harder to measure kids' medicine than most parents appreciate. How Well Do Parents Measure Kids' Med…

    By: Terry Graedon September 12, 2016 34 Comments
    Lisinopril Cough Drove Reader to the End of the …

    Many readers report trouble with a side effect that ought to be more readily recognized. Why doesn't everybody know about lisinopril cough? One of the most commonly dispensed blood pressure medicines …

    By: Joe Graedon September 12, 2016 30 Comments
    Why Do Doctors Disregard Statin Side Effects?

    Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs have become a contentious issue for both physicians and patients. Many doctors feel it is their duty to follow the American Heart Association (AHA) and American …

    By: Joe Graedon September 8, 2016 6 Comments
    What Happened to the FluMist Nasal Spray Vaccine…

    Now that it is almost fall, it is time to start thinking about flu shots. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, all children older than six months of age should get shots this year and bypa…

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2016 27 Comments
    Doctors Deeply Divided Over the Value of Statins

    Should you be taking a statin-type cholesterol-lowering medication like atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Mevacor), rosuvastatin (Crestor) or simvastatin (Zocor)? Some patients have been "fired" by …

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2016 11 Comments
    Stopping Zyrtec (Cetirizine) Led to Itchy Nightm…

    Over six years ago we heard from a reader who had used the antihistamine cetirizine (Zyrtec) to ease allergy symptoms. In preparation for allergy tests he tried stopping Zyrtec. He noted that: "withi…

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2016 7 Comments
    How Safe Are Topical NSAIDs Like Voltaren Gel?

    When the FDA allowed drug companies to sell NSAIDs over the counter we were concerned. That's because drugs like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, etc) and naproxen (Aleve) came with some pretty serious si…

    By: Terry Graedon September 4, 2016 2 Comments
    Did Cinnamon Toothpaste Make Her Mouth Sore?

    We often think that natural products are safe. But that assumption can mislead us at times. People may develop unexpected allergies or contact dermatitis in reaction to such natural products. One re…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Keep Kids from Gaining Weight on Autism M…

    Many people taking antipsychotic medication such as aripiprazole (Abilify), olanzapine (Zyprexa) or risperidone (Risperdal) gain weight as a side effect. For some individuals, gaining weight on such …

    By: Joe Graedon August 29, 2016 13 Comments
    Will Stopping an Antiperspirant Cause Bad Reboun…

    Who would have ever imagined that antiperspirants could change the ecology of the bacteria that live in our armpits? It turns out that antiperspirants can shift the balance of our microbiome to a spe…

    By: Joe Graedon August 29, 2016 9 Comments
    A Medical Mistake Leads to Tragic Death

    In May, 2016 researchers at John Hopkins University ignited a firestorm of controversy with an article in the BMJ titled "Medical Error--The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US." They suggested tha…

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2016 8 Comments
    How Can He Ease Prostate Problems and Get Some S…

    Getting a good night's sleep can be a real challenge, especially for people whose health gets them out of bed to urinate many times each night. Men with prostate problems often find themselves in this…

    By: Joe Graedon August 25, 2016 30 Comments
    Why Aren’t You Outraged at the High Cost o…

    Americans spend far more on medicines than people in any other country in the world. Researchers write in JAMA (Aug. 23-30, 2016) that "List prices for the top 20 highest-revenue grossing drugs were …

    By: Terry Graedon August 25, 2016 11 Comments
    How to Avoid a Fracture by Changing Your Medicin…

    Older people who break a bone are at a significantly greater risk for another fracture. This also increases their chance of premature death, as well as pain, infection, depression and functional decl…

    By: Terry Graedon August 25, 2016 1 Comments
    Using Gas Relief Drops During Colonoscopy Could …

    Simethicone is a common ingredient in over-the-counter anti-gas products, including gas relief drops for infants. It is an anti-foaming agent that lowers surface tension, allowing small bubbles to coa…

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2016 7 Comments
    People Continue to Complain About Generic Ambien…

    We have received so many complaints about generic Ambien that we have lost count. We notified the FDA years ago about this problem but so far there seems to be no interest in finding out what the prob…

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2016 6 Comments
    Is Prostate Drug – Tamsulosin – Safe…

    Q. My family doctor has prescribed tamsulosin for frequent urination at night. I am a 75-year-old woman, and after reading about the side effects of this drug, I am concerned. I can live with the freq…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2016 5 Comments
    Did Nexium Cause Bone Loss and Nerve Pain?

    Whenever you decide to take a new medication, you should know what you will get out of it in terms of benefit and what side effects you might experience. This is especially important for drugs you wi…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2016 10 Comments
    How Safe is Nightly Lorazepam for Bad Insomnia?

    Millions of people suffer chronic insomnia. They toss and turn and worry about the consequences of inadequate sleep. The trouble is that almost all the drugs that are prescribed come with side effects…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2016 9 Comments
    Is Your Breakfast Messing Up Your Medicine?

    When was the last time you read a manual? Most of us are so impatient that we skip straight to plug and play. That's true whether it's a computer program, a cell phone or a rental car. Taking pills is…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2016 0 Comments
    Why Did Generic Remeron (Mirtazapine) Disappoint…

    People who are seriously depressed depend upon their medication to get through challenging times. Without a reliable medication they can fall back into a dark depression. This reader shares the frustr…

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2016 1 Comments
    Why Would Metformin and Crestor Stop Prostate Ca…

    Q. I have been treated for prostate cancer. My oncologist has recommended that I take the diabetes drug metformin and the cholesterol medication rosuvastatin to reduce my risk of recurrence. When I sa…

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2016 6 Comments
    Have You Had Problems with Generic Cymbalta (Dul…

    Brand name drugs like Cymbalta have become unaffordable for many patients. That's why most people are dispensed generic Cymbalta (duloxetine). We have received complaints that some generic formulation…

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2016 2 Comments
    Can You Trust Your Electronic Prescriptions?

    There was a time when a visit to the doctor's office often resulted in a paper prescription that you would take to the pharmacy. Nowadays there is a strong likelihood that if you need a medication you…

    By: Joe Graedon August 4, 2016 12 Comments
    Can You Trust Your Multivitamin?

    It can be challenging to get all the nutrients you need from food, especially if you are taking medications. That's because many medicines can interfere with vitamin and mineral absorption. Some, like…

    By: Joe Graedon August 1, 2016 10 Comments
    How to Cut Back on Blood Pressure Medications

    Many people are put on blood pressure medications for a lifetime, even if conditions change. This reader lost significant weight and no longer needs two drugs to control hypertension: Q. I've been tak…

    By: Terry Graedon August 1, 2016 3 Comments
    Did Her Stop-Smoking Drug Make Her Wet the Bed?

    There is no question that quitting smoking is one of the most important steps a person can take to improve her health. There are now a number of medications that can help people become non-smokers. Th…

    By: Joe Graedon August 1, 2016 13 Comments
    How Can You Avoid Being Harmed in the Hospital?

    When was the last time you were in a hospital? How was the experience? Good we trust. Hopefully there were no medical mistakes or misadventures. Sadly, a surprising number of people are harmed in the …

    By: Joe Graedon July 28, 2016 6 Comments
    How Can I Save Money with Reliable Canadian Onli…

    The cost of prescription drugs has been skyrocketing. Cancer drugs jumped 18% to nearly $40 billion last year. Drugs for Hepatitis C were over $18 billion. Prescription drug prices are far outstrippin…

    By: Terry Graedon July 28, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Treat Infections with Less Antibiotics

    Taking antibiotics for relatively few days might work just as well as taking them for a week or two, at least for some cases of pneumonia. This would have the advantages of exposing patients to less …

    By: Joe Graedon July 25, 2016 53 Comments
    Is the FDA Putting Americans at Risk with Chines…

    The Food and Drug Administration is caught between two hard rocks. On the one hand the agency has been criticized for inadequate oversight of foreign drug manufacturing facilities, especially in China…

    By: Terry Graedon July 25, 2016 8 Comments
    Stopping Antihistamine Leads to Unbelievable Itc…

    Every so often, doctors discover something from their own experience as patients that they didn't learn in medical school and haven't heard from their colleagues. Often, the symptoms of withdrawal fr…

    By: Joe Graedon July 21, 2016 19 Comments
    Are Rehab Hospitals Hazardous to Your Health?

    If you suffer a serious injury in an automobile accident, get a knee or hip replaced or suffer a stroke, there is a very good chance you will end up in a rehabilitation hospital. These facilities are …

    By: Joe Graedon July 21, 2016 9 Comments
    How to Save Money and Smell Good During the Heat…

    The weather will be brutal over the next couple of weeks because of heat and humidity. That means you will be sweating up a storm, which is actually a good thing since perspiration is your body's natu…

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2016 8 Comments
    How Much Tonic Water Is Safe for You?

    In the heat of a summer afternoon, a tall cold glass of tonic water can seem very appealing. It may even have health benefits, such as warding off nighttime leg cramps. But if you get carried away and…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2016 2 Comments
    Should Everyone Be Taking Metformin to Fight Can…

    Metformin was created in the 1920s by chemists who were working with the French lilac plant. That's because healers had been using French lilac for centuries to control the symptoms of type 2 diabetes…