By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2018 10 Comments
    Can Statins Cause Myositis? | Irreversible Muscl…

    The FDA has listed myositis as a potential side effect of some statins. We suspect that if you asked many physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacists what myositis is, they w…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2018 3 Comments
    Should You Stop Taking Aspirin Before a Biopsy?

    Millions of people take low-dose aspirin (once called "baby aspirin," though it is not for babies) to protect themselves from blood clots that could lead to a heart attack or stroke. People at higher …

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2018 1 Comments
    Will Getting to Sleep Wreck Your Digestion?

    When you are looking for a way to overcome insomnia, you might well reach for a pill called zolpidem. Sold for years under the brand name Ambien, it is probably the most popular prescription sleeping …

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2018 1 Comments
    How Safe and Effective Are Your Medicines? You M…

    Before a physician prescribes a medication, she should know exactly how safe and effective it is. And before a patient swallows any pill he should also know precisely how safe and effective it is. You…

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2018 37 Comments
    What Are Natural Ways to Lower High Blood Pressu…

    Do you have hypertension? The chances are strong that you do. That’s because cardiologists at the American Heart Association have established new guidelines. Anyone whose blood pressure readings are…

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2018 15 Comments
    Yet Another PPI Complication | Acid-Suppressing …

    We know you are getting weary of reading about serious side effects linked to proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). They are among the most popular drugs in the pharmacy. They include dexlansoprazole, esomep…

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2018 12 Comments
    The Valsartan Recall Disaster Keeps Getting Wors…

    The Food and Drug Administration has expanded its recall of the blood pressure drug valsartan for the third time. On July 5th the European Medicines Agency issued an alert that Chinese-made valsartan …

    By: Terry Graedon August 6, 2018 16 Comments
    What Are the Advantages of Voltaren Gel?

    Inflammation is behind a lot of chronic disease, including arthritis. That is why nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen are so popular among people with joint pain.…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2018 24 Comments
    Valsartan Recall Update: How Big Is The Problem?

    By now you have read a lot about the valsartan recall. Many lots of the common blood pressure pill, valsartan, have been recalled. Initially, the FDA issued recalls for valsartan from just three manuf…

    By: Terry Graedon August 2, 2018 63 Comments
    Show 1131: Was Your Medicine Made in China?

    Do you know where your medicines come from? It can actually be something of a challenge to find out, because unlike shirts or apples, drugs do not have to be labeled with country of origin. As it turn…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2018 49 Comments
    Do Statins Cause Myositis? A Devastating Muscle …

    For years we have been receiving tragic stories from readers of our syndicated newspaper column and visitors to our website. They reported a debilitating myositis muscle condition after taking statins…

    By: Karen Berger, PharmD, RPh August 2, 2018 32 Comments
    Why We Can’t Just Slap a Label on It

    “Don’t you just have to slap a label on it?” Pharmacists around the country hear the same thing, all day, every day. I know this because I am in several pharmacist groups on Facebook, each with …

    By: Terry Graedon August 2, 2018 6 Comments
    Chinese-Made Vaccines Caught in Scandal

    Chinese manufacturers are embroiled in a domestic scandal. Regulators in China have discovered serious problems with vaccine production. What Is the Chinese Vaccine Scandal? At least two companies hav…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2018 33 Comments
    Pharmacist Wouldn’t Take Back Recalled Valsart…

    On July 5, 2018 the European Medicines Agency announced a recall of a generic blood pressure medicine called valsartan (Diovan). The active ingredient in some generic formulations was apparently conta…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2018 24 Comments
    Allergy Symptoms? | NasalCrom to the Rescue!

    Ask most people what works best to calm allergy symptoms and you are likely to hear about antihistamines or corticosteroid nasal sprays. That’s hardly surprising. If you’ve watched any TV at all t…

    By: Terry Graedon July 30, 2018 29 Comments
    Pharmacists Attitudes Towards Side Effects

    What do you know about the side effects of the pills you take? We often urge readers to consult their pharmacists, who may be more knowledgeable than other health care professionals. Dennis Miller, RP…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2018 21 Comments
    A Deadly Clindamycin Side Effect | Wicked Diarrh…

    Over 5 millions prescriptions for the antibiotic clindamycin (Cleocin) are dispensed each year. This antibiotic has been available for almost 50 years. It is effective against a wide range of nasty ba…

    By: Terry Graedon July 30, 2018 14 Comments
    Can You Stop Being Tired All the Time?

    There are too many possible causes of fatigue to offer a one-size-fits-all solution. Anemia due to inadequate iron or lack of B vitamins can make people feel worn out. So can many serious health probl…

    By: Joe Graedon July 26, 2018 20 Comments
    Synthetic Cannabinoid (Nabilone) vs. Antipsychot…

    People with Alzheimer’s disease frequently become distressed and agitated. Nursing homes may try to control this behavior with antipsychotic drugs such as aripiprazole (Abilify), haloperidol (Haldol…

    By: Terry Graedon July 23, 2018 20 Comments
    Rosuvastatin Linked to High Blood Sugar

    Statin medications are used to lower cholesterol because that is considered a pillar of lowering the risk for a heart attack. While people likely to suffer a heart attack generally welcome the protect…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 70 Comments
    Worrisome Implications of Valsartan Recall Over …

    On July 15, 2018 we issued a People’s Pharmacy Health Alert: Valsartan Blood Pressure Pills Recalled Over Cancer Concerns. We tried to provide you, our faithful readers, the story behind the headlin…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 21 Comments
    Beware Unnecessary Antibiotics from Urgent Care …

    Have you ever visited an urgent care center or a retail clinic (like those found in some pharmacies)? Getting a quick doctor’s appointment during flu season can be challenging. It may take a week or…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 23 Comments
    Should You Take Probiotics with Antibiotics? New…

    Health professionals in the U.S. have been slow to embrace probiotics. European doctors have been recommending probiotics with antibiotics for a long time. For reasons that puzzle us, American physici…

    By: Terry Graedon July 16, 2018 8 Comments
    Try Olive Oil for Your Dry Mouth

    Dry mouth is not a life-threatening condition, but it certainly can make you miserable. Quite a few medications can cause this irritating symptom. If your prescriber writes it off as a "minor" side ef…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2018 24 Comments
    Antibiotic plus BP medicine Led to Deadly Drug I…

    We have been writing about the dangers of drug interactions for over 40 years. We assumed that when computers entered the scene doctors would check for dangerous drug combinations before prescribing a…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2018 38 Comments
    Health Professionals Disagree About Putting Vase…

    Have you ever experienced a really dry nose. It can happen in hot, dry areas like Arizona or New Mexico. It can happen in the winter when the heat is on and the humidity is low. Some drugs can cause a…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2018 8 Comments
    Is Contrave For Weight Loss Fantastic or Disappo…

    Would you like to lose a few pounds? Who wouldn’t? According to the CDC over 70% of Americans are overweight or obese. But shedding pounds and keeping them off is really hard. Sometimes a chemical c…

    By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2018 73 Comments
    Valsartan Blood Pressure Pills Recalled over Can…

    This is scary. Please pay attention. Valsartan (Diovan) is a popular blood pressure and heart medication. According to our calculations, over 16 million prescriptions are dispensed annually. That mean…

    By: Joe Graedon July 12, 2018 47 Comments
    A New FDA Warning About Serious Fluoroquinolone …

    We can hardly believe that once again the Food and Drug Administration is warning about fearsome complications from antibiotics like Cipro and Levaquin. Serious fluoroquinolone side effects have been …

    By: Terry Graedon July 12, 2018 5 Comments
    Can Acupuncture Help Your Joint Pain?

    Can acupuncture help your joint pain? The answer might be yes, if you are a woman being treated for breast cancer. Many postmenopausal women with breast cancer may receive aromatase inhibitors such as…

    By: Joe Graedon July 9, 2018 4 Comments
    How Can You Find a Legitimate Canadian Pharmacy?

    The cost of brand name drugs has skyrocketed in the U.S. Many people are finding it hard to afford their medicines. That's especially true if the copay is very high or if an insurance program does not…

    By: Terry Graedon July 5, 2018 6 Comments
    Will Diabetes Drug Metformin Also Help Your Lung…

    Metformin is a very old drug that is used to treat type 2 diabetes. It was developed from the French lilac plant, Galega officinalis. Healers in the 17th century used extracts from this plant to treat…

    By: Terry Graedon July 5, 2018 2 Comments
    Watch Out for Pain Relievers When Trying to Conc…

    Women who are trying to become pregnant often want to know what they should do to improve their chances for success. New research suggests that those trying to conceive should avoid taking pain reliev…

    By: Joe Graedon July 2, 2018 8 Comments
    Are You Taking A Sleeping Pill That Messes with …

    Sleeping pills are big business. That is especially true for over-the-counter drugs. Millions of people take “PM” pain relievers regularly because they fear they may not fall asleep easily. Diphen…

    By: Joe Graedon July 2, 2018 21 Comments
    Which Medicines Can Cause Severe Depression?

    Most people experience sadness or depression sometime during their lives. Divorce, the death of a loved one, work-related problems or financial setbacks can all trigger severe depression. Once the cri…

    By: Joe Graedon June 25, 2018 18 Comments
    Getting Off Venlafaxine Can Be Incredibly Challe…

    Many years ago we heard from a reader who was trying to get off alprazolam (Xanax). It was not commonly recognized that short-acting benzodiazepines (benzos) could pose unbearable withdrawal symptoms …

    By: Joe Graedon June 25, 2018 19 Comments
    Could Suicide Be Prevented with Better Access to…

    Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, Robin Williams, Kurt Cobain and Marilyn Monroe are just a few of the celebrities who have taken their own lives. To say their deaths made headlines would be an understate…

    By: Joe Graedon June 21, 2018 12 Comments
    Alcohol for Longer Life? How Much Is Enough and …

    The alcohol wars have been raging for decades. Some studies suggest that “moderate” amounts of alcohol have health benefits. In other words, people who drink a little alcohol for longer life may b…

    By: Joe Graedon June 18, 2018 82 Comments
    Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics and Life-Threatening…

    For decades, doctors have prescribed fluoroquinolone antibiotics with abandon. They were perceived as highly effective and safe medications against a wide variety of bacterial infections. Tens of mill…

    By: Joe Graedon June 14, 2018 39 Comments
    Insurers Are Refusing to Pay for Life-Saving Hep…

    One of the great pharmaceutical advances of the last decade has been the development of antiviral medications that are highly effective against hepatitis C (aka HEP C or HCV for hepatitis C virus). Ke…