By: Joe Graedon February 20, 2017 0 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 8 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 9 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 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 August 8, 2016 21 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 14 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 5 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 14 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 2 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 11 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 18 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 14 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 3 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 12 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 9 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 74 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 24 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 26 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…

    By: Terry Graedon November 11, 2013 8 Comments
    How to Use Herbs and Diet to Get Off Prevacid De…

    Q. I came off lansoprazole (Prevacid) over a year ago after taking it for four years for stomachaches. (I'd never had heartburn.) I stopped because I was suffering with muscle pains and couldn't sleep…

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2013 7 Comments
    Difficulties Getting Off Cymbalta Have Her Looki…

    Q. Over the last 10 years I have been on various antidepressants, including Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Effexor (venlafaxine), Lexapro (escitalopram) and Cymbalta (duloxetine). I have ex…

    By: Terry Graedon October 13, 2013 6 Comments
    Multiple Strategies Are Needed for Stopping Hear…

    When your doctor hands you a prescription, do you ask about the exit strategy? Most people don't, but perhaps you should. Some drugs are very difficult to quit once you have been taking them for a whi…

    By: Joe Graedon October 3, 2013 157 Comments
    Stopping Nexium (Esomeprazole) Suddenly Can Caus…

    When the acid-suppressing medications known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) were first introduced, doctors were extremely enthusiastic. The drugs were extremely effective at treating ulcers and sever…

    By: Terry Graedon September 2, 2013 18 Comments
    Tenacious Nasal Spray Addiction Can Be Overcome …

    Q. I was addicted to nasal sprays for five years. The ear, nose and throat specialist told me that there was nothing he could do. He said I had to go "cold turkey." A year later, my family doctor pres…

    By: Terry Graedon August 26, 2013 63 Comments
    Omeprazole Side Effects Motivate Difficult Disco…

    Q. I have been on omeprazole for heartburn but it has led to high blood pressure and headaches. I have also developed osteoporosis. I am desperate to get off this drug, but every time I stop the heart…

    By: Terry Graedon August 5, 2013 16 Comments
    Prelief Helps in Quitting PPIs

    Q. I spent years swallowing PPIs like omeprazole for reflux and Barrett's esophagus. My gastroenterologist says the abnormal cells in my esophagus have now healed, so I decided to wean myself off the …

    By: Joe Graedon August 1, 2013 390 Comments
    Lyrica Side Effects & Withdrawal are Worris…

    Have you seen the ad blitz for Lyrica (pregabalin)? A LOT of money is being spent trying to convince the American public that Lyrica is the answer to diabetic nerve pain. One of the most compelling co…

    By: Joe Graedon July 29, 2013 180 Comments
    Abilify Side Effects Can Be Scary!

    Abilify (aripiprazole) is one of the most successful drugs in the pharmacy. Last year this medication had sales of over $5,000,000,000, making it the # 2 medication on the top 10 hit parade of best se…

    By: Terry Graedon July 22, 2013 21 Comments
    Unbearable Itch after Stopping Antihistamine

    Q. I took cetirizine (Zyrtec) for about four months, and when I stopped I started to itch horribly. First my feet, and then my hands and scalp acted up. I didn't know what was wrong until I read on yo…

    By: Joe Graedon July 4, 2013 14 Comments
    Generic Switch Triggers Diazepam Side Effects &#…

    Q. I had horrific side effects from 5mg diazepam when I was switched to a different generic diazepam. The first time I took the new pills, I woke up feeling like I was being shocked or as if I were ha…

    By: Joe Graedon July 1, 2013 2 Comments
    Low Blood Sugar Batters Brain

    Q. My mother-in-law was hospitalized twice this winter for a weak heart. The hospital was very aggressive in treating her diabetes, although we repeatedly told them that she is better off with blood s…

    By: Joe Graedon May 6, 2013 101 Comments
    Cetirizine (Zyrtec) Withdrawal & Unbearable…

    "So glad to come across all these posts online and realize what is happening. I have been on Zyrtec (cetirizine) for 10+ years. I originally was put on this antihistamine because I was experiencing hi…