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…

    By: Terry Graedon December 7, 2009 19 Comments
    Rebound Symptoms Keep Many on Drugs

    When people take certain drugs for anxiety, insomnia, heartburn or headache, they are trying to ease their discomfort. They surely don't intend to make things worse, yet sometimes that is what happens…

    By: Joe Graedon September 7, 2009 27 Comments
    Joe on NPR • Heartburn Drugs That Cause Heartb…

    Richard Knox did a splendid job on NPR discussing rebound hyperacidity brought on by the sudden discontinuation of acid-suppressing heartburn drugs like Nexium (esomeprazole), Prilosec (omeprazole) an…

    By: Joe Graedon August 17, 2009 36 Comments
    Is Heartburn Medicine Addictive?

    Last year over 80 million prescriptions were dispensed for powerful acid-suppressing drugs such as Aciphex, Nexium, omeprazole, Prevacid and Protonix. That doesn't even count the millions of doses of …

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2009 6 Comments
    Withdrawing from Reflux Drugs

    Powerful acid-suppressing drugs like Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium may be hard to stop. When such drugs are discontinued suddenly, patients frequently experience horrible heartburn. Even people with n…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2009 161 Comments
    Getting Off Acid Suppressors Is a Challenge

    Q. I have been taking Protonix for heartburn for at least six months. After I learned that long-term use might lead to complications, I tried to stop taking it. Big mistake! After about a week, I had …

    By: Joe Graedon March 18, 2009 22 Comments
    Some Antidepressants Are Hard to Stop

    Q. I have been on Effexor XR for the past seven years for depression. I decided to wean myself off it, since it wasn't a good mix with another drug I started taking. The third day I was completely off…

    By: Joe Graedon March 16, 2009 26 Comments
    Prescription Drug Withdrawal Can Be Disastrous

    Starting a new medicine is easy. Stopping can be hell. Mention the word "withdrawal" and images of dope addicts or alcoholics come to mind: a junkie trying to kick a heroin habit or a wino going throu…

    By: Joe Graedon June 16, 2008 5 Comments
    Popular Prescriptions Can Cause Drug Dependence

    Doctors don’t like the word addiction. It has overtones of moral weakness when applied to drugs like alcohol, nicotine, cocaine or heroin. Physicians prefer the term dependence because it descri…

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2008 64 Comments
    Long-Term Laxative Addiction

    Q. No one knows I have this problem. I have been using the laxative bisacodyl every day for twenty years and have steadily increased the dosage. I've stopped taking it for a few days at a time. Not su…

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2008 15 Comments
    Prescription Drug Habit Hard To Kick

    Savvy patients have learned that it is essential to ask physicians and pharmacists about side effects before they take any medicine. Drugs can cause reactions that range from mild discomfort to life-t…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2007 6 Comments
    Acupressure Wristbands For Antidepressant Withdr…

    Q. Zoloft was prescribed for me after I complained to my gynecologist of feelings of great despair. He recommended Zoloft because he heard positive things about it for menopausal symptoms and believed…

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2007 96 Comments
    Stopping Heartburn Medicines Pose Challenge

    Messing with Mother Nature sometimes leads to unintended consequences. This is especially true when it comes to your body. Drug companies are quite adept at developing medications that make us feel be…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2004 0 Comments
    Mood Altering Drugs Have Unexpected Risks

    Americans have had a love-hate relationship with mood medicine for decades. During the 1970s and 1980s Valium was one of the most popular drugs in the country. This anti-anxiety agent was even the sub…

    By: Joe Graedon June 2, 2003 0 Comments
    Don’t Get Addicted To Your Cure

    They say the cure shouldn't be worse than the disease. But sometimes the medicine can actually cause the very symptoms it's supposed to treat. Nowhere is this more apparent than with headache remedies…