By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 6 Comments
    How to Stop an Antidepressant Without Difficulti…

    Have you ever tried to stop an antidepressant abruptly? We have heard from many people who have found that this can trigger an extremely unpleasant experience. They report a discontinuation syndrome t…

    By: Terry Graedon August 20, 2017 8 Comments
    Stopping Cetirizine Led to Itching Like Crazy

    Who would guess that stopping an antihistamine taken for allergies could lead to dramatic hives and itching? Although it may seem improbable, scores of readers report that they developed dreadful itch…

    By: Terry Graedon July 31, 2017 1 Comments
    Could Mom Be Suffering Cough Syrup Withdrawal?

    Stopping certain medications suddenly can lead to symptoms that are extremely uncomfortable. Many readers are familiar with the withdrawal symptoms from pain medicine or antidepressants such as duloxe…

    By: Joe Graedon June 29, 2017 28 Comments
    How To Stop Duloxetine (Cymbalta) Without Withdr…

    From what we hear from readers of our syndicated newspaper column and visitors to this website, most patients are not warned about how to stop duloxetine (Cymbalta). Perhaps the prescriber assumes tha…

    By: Joe Graedon June 12, 2017 16 Comments
    Do Doctors Know How to Help Patients Stop Medica…

    Starting a new prescription is easy. If your doctor tells the pharmacist to write on the label, "take once a day with food," you know exactly what to do. Most people can manage such a simple instructi…

    By: Terry Graedon June 12, 2017 11 Comments
    How Can You Get to Sleep Without Zolpidem?

    Americans tend to be sleep deprived, and the problem may be getting worse. Watching the evening news could be enough to make a person anxious, and anxiety frequently leads to insomnia. No wonder so m…

    By: Joe Graedon June 8, 2017 26 Comments
    How To Stop Tramadol Without Withdrawal Symptoms…

    We have heard from hundreds of visitors to this website about the serious side effects of tramadol (Ultram). They include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, headache, drowsiness, dizzin…

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2017 5 Comments
    Can an Antidepressant Really Help with Hot Flash…

    Menopause offers women numerous challenges, but the most significant symptom is probably hot flashes (vasomotor symptoms in doctor-speak). This may also be among the most variable symptoms. Some women…

    By: Terry Graedon May 8, 2017 2 Comments
    How Can You Stop Taking Klonopin for Insomnia?

    When you are feeling stressed and can't seem to get to sleep, medicines can help. Many people have found, however, that it is too easy to rely on a sleep aid. Then, when you no longer feel you need th…

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2017 267 Comments
    Serious Tramadol (Ultram) Side Effects & Wi…

    America is undergoing a massive opioid anxiety attack. It has been called an epidemic by lawmakers and the media. While many people used opioids responsibly for chronic pain, there has been substantia…

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2017 5 Comments
    Stopping Zyprexa Safely So You Can Lose Weight

    Treating serious mental disorders such as schizophrenia is difficult, so psychiatrists are often willing to accept the side effects and drawbacks of drugs such as aripiprazole (Abilify) or olanzapine …

    By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2017 12 Comments
    Stopping Xyzal Triggers Horrible Itching

    Allergy season has already begun in some parts of the country. Sufferers are reaching for antihistamines to reduce the runny nose and calm the itchy eyes and other pollen reactions. There is a new opt…

    By: Joe Graedon March 6, 2017 18 Comments
    Should You Worry About Kidney Damage with PPI He…

    Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are incredibly popular. By one estimate, nearly 8% of adults took a prescription drug like esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or omeprazole (Prilosec) in the …

    By: Joe Graedon February 20, 2017 4 Comments
    Deprescribing: Can You Ever Stop Taking So Many …

    Once a doctor prescribes a medication there is a good chance you will be on it for months, years or even decades. This is especially true for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension or high cho…

    By: Joe Graedon December 15, 2016 7 Comments
    1 Out of Every 6 American Adults Takes Psychiatr…

    The numbers are startling: one in six American adults has taken a psychiatric drug. This is the finding from a study reported in JAMA Internal Medicine (online, Dec. 12, 2016). The researchers reviewe…

    By: Joe Graedon December 8, 2016 9 Comments
    Add Strokes to the Scary List of PPI Side Effect…

    Proton pump inhibitors like esomeprazole, lansoprazole or omeprazole are the most popular treatments for heartburn and reflux disease. It is estimated that 15 million Americans spend $10 billion on su…

    By: Joe Graedon November 28, 2016 12 Comments
    Stopping Duloxetine (Cymbalta) Suddenly Flipped …

    Antidepressants like desvenlafaxine (Pristiq), duloxetine (Cymbalta), sertraline (Zoloft) and venlafaxine (Effexor) have become extremely popular. Millions take such drugs regularly. When such medicat…

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2016 16 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 August 8, 2016 39 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: Terry Graedon July 25, 2016 23 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 May 15, 2016 6 Comments
    Did Sleeping Pill Cocktail Leave Insomniac Zombi…

    Tens of millions of people have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep. They are frequently told that inadequate sleep can contribute to a variety of health problems from weight gain and hypert…

    By: Terry Graedon March 28, 2016 24 Comments
    How to Stop Prilosec by Taking Papaya

    Popular heartburn medicines called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can be great for alleviating symptoms. If a person decides it is time to stop taking one of these PPIs, however, the withdrawal can t…

    By: Terry Graedon February 22, 2016 33 Comments
    How Can You Get Off a PPI Without Withdrawal?

    When proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs were first introduced decades ago, the perception was that these drugs had hardly any side effects. Both doctors and their patients were convinced that omeprazol…

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2015 2 Comments
    Running Out of Zyrtec on a Remote Island Causes …

    Some medicines can be unexpectedly difficult to quit. By now, most people realize that benzodiazepine drugs such as alprazolam (Xanax) or lorazepam (Ativan) used to treat anxiety can cause distressing…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2015 5 Comments
    Stopping PPIs Suddenly Triggers Heartburn That M…

    Doctors occasionally assume that if symptoms return when a medication is stopped, the original problem is reasserting itself. That seems to indicate an ongoing need for the drug. That may be true in m…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2015 3 Comments
    Stopping Cetirizine Suddenly Leads to Unbearable…

    When you get a prescription for a specific health problem, there are a few questions that you should ask. What is it? Why am I taking it? When (and how) should I take it? When should I discontinue it?…

    By: Joe Graedon August 31, 2015 8 Comments
    Fennel Seeds Help Overcome Heartburn Drug Withdr…

    We hear often from people who have had difficulty discontinuing a proton pump inhibitor drug such as omeprazole, esomeprazole or lansoprazole. These acid-suppressing drugs are widely prescribed for st…

    By: Joe Graedon August 31, 2015 38 Comments
    Stopping Lyrica Suddenly Can Trigger Withdrawal …

    Many drugs are capable of causing physiological dependence, so that when a person quits taking the medicine he immediately experiences side effects. In many cases, these reactions may be similar to th…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2015 44 Comments
    More Drug Recalls From India – Do You Trus…

    The overwhelming majority of generic drugs are now made abroad. India supplies a large proportion of those formulations. In recent days two large Indian drug companies have received bad news from the …

    By: Joe Graedon May 11, 2015 12 Comments
    Stopping Allergy Medicine Abruptly Leads to Itch…

    Spring allergies are in full force in some parts of the country, and people are looking for ways to alleviate their congestion, sneezing and itchy eyes. A non-sedating antihistamine can be extremely h…

    By: Joe Graedon April 20, 2015 19 Comments
    Reader Was Enraged by Advice about Stopping Cymb…

    We were taken to task recently by a reader who thought our answer to a question from someone having a terrible time with Cymbalta withdrawal indicated a lack of respect. None was intended. Q. You blew…

    By: Joe Graedon April 13, 2015 15 Comments
    Stopping Cymbalta Suddenly Led to Disaster

    Certain medications have the potential to cause a very disorienting withdrawal syndrome if they are discontinued abruptly. People should be warned about this possibility before they begin taking the d…

    By: Joe Graedon October 6, 2014 6 Comments
    Stopping Pristiq Cold Turkey

    Q. What are the side effects if I stop taking Pristiq cold turkey? A. This is a very bad idea. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) can trigger severe withdrawal symptoms if stopped suddenly. These include: dizzi…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2014 4 Comments
    Celexa Withdrawal Triggered Sound of Eyes Moving

    Q. I was concerned about a swooshing sound when my eyes move. Thank goodness I found your website. I thought I was losing my mind. I had been taking Celexa for generalized anxiety for the last eight y…

    By: Terry Graedon July 14, 2014 13 Comments
    Stopping Cymbalta Suddenly Triggered Emotional R…

    Q. Due to a change in my insurance, I wasn't able to refill my prescription for the depression drug Cymbalta. Saturday was my last dose and by Monday I felt like I was losing my mind. Today was the wo…

    By: Terry Graedon May 5, 2014 12 Comments
    Sertraline Withdrawal Symptoms Make Stopping the…

    Q. I am 28 years old and I have taken sertraline for five years to treat panic attacks. My doctor recently suggested I could stop taking sertraline because I'm doing so much better. I tapered the dose…

    By: Joe Graedon April 24, 2014 85 Comments
    Intense Itching From Stopping Zyrtec (Cetirizine…

    Q. "I took Allegra for years, and then switched to Zyrtec (cetirizine) about seven years ago. Over the years, when I tried to stop Zyrtec, I experienced intense itching EVERYWHERE -- feet, palms of ha…

    By: Terry Graedon April 14, 2014 20 Comments
    Painless Ways to Stop Heartburn Drugs Despite Re…

    Q. I know PPIs have tons of side effects, but the trouble is I've taken them for years. Now I am stuck with them. I've tried to get off of them several times, and each time it ended in failure. Please…

    By: Terry Graedon February 10, 2014 29 Comments
    Multiple Strategies May Be Needed to Get Off Nex…

    Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have gone from doctors' darlings when they were first introduced to having a much darker side acknowledged. These medications were originally intended to treat serious d…

    By: Terry Graedon January 13, 2014 35 Comments
    Cymbalta Withdrawal Syndrome Was Terrifying

    Whenever a doctor writes a prescription, a savvy patient will ask about stopping it: when should you stop taking it? What is the best approach for discontinuing? The physician should warn that Cymb…