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 169 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 66 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 17 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 464 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 213 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 20 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 114 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…

    By: Terry Graedon April 22, 2013 32 Comments
    Antidepressant Withdrawal Feels Like Circles of …

    When a doctor prescribes an antidepressant, does he or she envision the patient taking it forever? Some antidepressant medications are hellishly difficult to discontinue. One reader reported on the ex…

    By: Terry Graedon April 1, 2013 8 Comments
    Overcoming Nose Spray Addiction

    Q. I have a suggestion for the person who wrote about being addicted to nasal spray. I was hooked on Neo-Synephrine for more than 30 years. Then I read that a prescription for Flonase could help. I wa…

    By: Terry Graedon March 25, 2013 10 Comments
    Doctors Overlooked Scary Drug Interaction

    Q. I have been diagnosed with serotonin syndrome brought on by a drug interaction between Cymbalta, gabapentin, tramadol and a low dose of Prozac. It caused me a lot of problems, including agitation, …

    By: Terry Graedon March 18, 2013 21 Comments
    Getting Off Pristiq

    In the 21st century, more people than ever are taking antidepressants. Depression is a serious, even debilitating, disorder, but not everyone who is taking an antidepressant medication actually has …

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2013 120 Comments
    Zyrtec Withdrawal Is a Nightmare

    Q. After reading some of the stories on your site about Zyrtec, my summer started to make sense in retrospect. I started Zyrtec at my doctor's recommendation for itchy skin on my hands. But every time…

    By: Joe Graedon February 18, 2013 144 Comments
    Clonidine (Catapres) Side Effects & Complic…

    Q. I took clonidine for several years to help with both blood pressure and hot flashes. I took the pill only at night. The nightmares didn't start right away, but after they did, they became progressi…

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2013 80 Comments
    Clonazepam (Klonopin) Side Effects & Compli…

    Q. I've been taking Clonazepam 0.5 mg for about 3 months, and I do not recommend it. I was having dizzy feelings (work-related stress), insomnia, and was prescribed this medication by a neurologist. T…

    By: Terry Graedon December 31, 2012 329 Comments
    Pristiq (Desvenlafaxine) Side Effects & Wit…

    Q. Can you offer me any ideas of how I can ease my withdrawal from Pristiq? My brain is cloudy, I am having brain zaps and I am agitated. I should have never tried it out. Please help! A. You must let…

    By: Joe Graedon October 22, 2012 42 Comments
    Reader Pooh-Poohs PPI Problems

    The acid-suppressing drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have become immensely popular. Medicines like dexlansoprazole (Dexilant), (esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole…

    By: Terry Graedon October 15, 2012 1603 Comments
    Duloxetine (Cymbalta) Side Effects & Withdr…

    We have received so many complaints about duloxetine side effects that we have lost count. Far more disturbing are the number of people who tell us how hard it is to discontinue this drug. Decades ago…

    By: Joe Graedon August 30, 2012 45 Comments
    Stopping Paroxetine or Cymbalta (Duloxetine) Is …

    Q. I have attempted to stop taking Paxil. The sickness and body reactions experienced after 3 days were horrible, however. I cannot afford to take that much time off work and I had no idea how long th…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2012 2 Comments
    Special Gummies Can Help Ease Withdrawal

    Q. I know many people have had a terrible time coming off sertraline. I wish you would tell people about my experience quitting another medicine, Xanax. It is addictive and very hard to stop. My docto…

    By: Terry Graedon June 25, 2012 19 Comments
    Quitting Zoloft (Sertraline) Is a Challenge

    Q. I quit Zoloft after nine years and suffered horrendous withdrawal symptoms: nausea, brain zaps, vertigo, headaches, digestive problems and numbness and tingling in my hands, feet and face. I'm writ…

    By: Terry Graedon June 18, 2012 38 Comments
    Stopping Omeprazole Provoked Unbearable Pain

    Q. For years my doctor prescribed Prilosec and then Nexium for my reflux. He never mentioned anything about side effects and made it sound like a super-safe drug that I could take indefinitely. I lost…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2012 12 Comments
    Unbearable Itching from Cetirizine Withdrawal

    Q. I took the antihistamine cetirizine for allergies for three years. I stopped abruptly last summer and promptly began itching all over. I have been going to a dermatologist ever since. I was treated…

    By: Joe Graedon March 18, 2012 717 Comments
    Tramadol Side Effects and Withdrawal are Dauntin…

    Doctors love tramadol (Ultram, Ultracet) because it is perceived as safer than narcotics like hydrocodone (Lortab, Norco, Vicodin, etc.) or oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet, etc). In case you had not no…

    By: Joe Graedon February 19, 2012 6 Comments
    Generic Alprazolam Causes Withdrawal Side Effect…

    Q. I made it clear to my doctor a few years back that the generic brand for Xanax does not work effectively. It is at best 50% effective. I first realized how poorly it worked about 3 years ago when I…

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2012 14 Comments
    Anxiety & Stopping Alprazolam & Atenol…

    Q. I have a long history of anxiety and panic attacks. I am also a performing musician, which can often cause performance anxiety. I have been prescribed Xanax (alprazolam) off and on over the years a…

    By: Terry Graedon November 14, 2011 8 Comments
    Withdrawal Makes Stopping Medicine Hard

    When a physician hands you a prescription, you should be told how to take your pills: with meals or on an empty stomach, morning or evening, how many times a day and the proper dose. You may be warned…

    By: Terry Graedon October 9, 2011 94 Comments
    Heartburn Drugs Are Hard to Stop

    Q. Your advice on getting off acid-suppressing drugs (PPIs) makes it clear you've never experienced rebound reflux. I am a nurse, and I take omeprazole, lansoprazole or whatever other PPI I can get. I…

    By: Terry Graedon September 19, 2011 31 Comments
    Stopping Acid-Suppressing Drug Can Be a Challeng…

    Q. As a nurse, I'm concerned about the widespread use of acid-suppressing drugs like omeprazole. I've heard many patients talk about how bad their reflux is when they stop these drugs. Until recently …

    By: Joe Graedon August 4, 2011 38 Comments
    Nose Spray Addiction Hard Habit to Kick

    Q. I have read on your website about people who became nose drop junkies. I too had this problem. Years ago, on assignment in Australia I was scuba diving. When I caught a cold I used Afrin to keep di…

    By: Terry Graedon July 11, 2011 39 Comments
    Kicking Cymbalta Is Painful

    Q. My doctor prescribed Cymbalta for the pain of fibromyalgia, but it did not alleviate the pain at all. Instead, it made me feel like a zombie. I had no energy or motivation, but I did have insomnia.…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2011 204 Comments
    Getting Off Omeprazole

    Q. Do you have a diet for helping me survive omeprazole detox? Your book Best Choices alerted me to the dangers of the drug and I want to end my addiction. When I forgot to take the drug two days in a…

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2011 193 Comments
    Getting Off Zoloft Is Challenging

    Antidepressants can be lifesavers, but ultimately many people find that they would like to stop taking the medication. This can be more difficult than it seems. Is Zoloft Addictive? Q. I was told that…

    By: Terry Graedon January 17, 2011 13 Comments
    Stopping Cetirizine Linked to Itch?

    Q. I took the antihistamine cetirizine (generic Zyrtec) for two years for allergies. When I ran out a week ago, I broke out into an itchy rash on my arms and chest. At first I thought it was a food al…

    By: Terry Graedon December 13, 2010 31 Comments
    Getting Off PPIs

    Q. Do you have a diet for helping me survive omeprazole detox? Your book alerted me to the dangers of the drug and I want to end my dependence on this heartburn medicine. When I forgot to take omepraz…

    By: Terry Graedon May 5, 2010 331 Comments
    Itching from Cetirizine Withdrawal

    Q. I have had terrible trouble trying to stop taking Zyrtec (the generic is cetirizine). After using this antihistamine for about three years while having allergy shots, I first attempted to stop taki…

    By: Terry Graedon December 23, 2009 23 Comments
    Getting Off Drugs for GERD Requires Strategy

    Q. I have GERD and I have been on Nexium for several years. Before Nexium I took Tagamet, Zantac, and Prilosec, in that order. I have tried to get off of this medicine several times, and I have been u…