By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2013 2 Comments
    Drugs for Depression and Migraine Headaches Hold…

    Q. I have suffered with both migraines and depression for years. My doctor prescribed Cymbalta for the depression, sumatriptan for the migraines, Provigil to stay awake during the day and trazodone to…

    By: Joe Graedon August 19, 2013 37 Comments
    Celebrex Side Effects & Interactions Are Sc…

    If you watch television you have probably seen the current Celebrex commercial. It starts with a picture book of a woman sitting in a lounge chair at the beach waving to friends. The pages flip quickl…

    By: Joe Graedon August 15, 2013 151 Comments
    Eliquis (Apixaban) Side Effects & Interacti…

    Q. I have been taking Coumadin (warfarin) for years, however, my doctor recently recommended that I switch to Xarelto or Eliquis. I am looking for more information on Eliquis to evaluate the pros and …

    By: Terry Graedon July 29, 2013 3 Comments
    Drug Interactions Making Mom Dizzy

    Q. My mom has always been active and engaged but lately she seems to be fading and confused. She constantly complains of being dizzy or light-headed. She also has ringing in the ears and insomnia. Her…

    By: Joe Graedon July 18, 2013 41 Comments
    Enbrel & Remicade Side Effects & Compl…

    Autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis can turn moving into misery. These conditions are far worse than aching joints; in some cases, they can be crippling. For cer…

    By: Joe Graedon July 1, 2013 27 Comments
    Juice and Pills Can Be a Deadly Mix

    Speed kills, especially when it comes to pills. Everyone is in such a hurry these days that it's rare for physicians to provide detailed instructions about how to take prescribed medicine. You probabl…

    By: Joe Graedon June 20, 2013 20 Comments
    Warfarin (Coumadin) Side Effects & Interact…

    Warfarin remains an important drug for preventing blood clots that can cause heart attacks and strokes. This anticoagulant is tricky, though. It can interact with dozens of other medications and even …

    By: Terry Graedon June 10, 2013 11 Comments
    Medications Sapping His Energy

    Q. My husband takes blood pressure medicine (lisinopril, carvedilol, clonidine and amlodipine). In addition, he takes amiodarone and Plavix for his heart. I believe that some of these drugs are wiping…

    By: Terry Graedon May 20, 2013 4 Comments
    Could Curry Counteract Clotting?

    Q. I was searching for natural asthma relief and read that turmeric could tame wheezing. This is the main ingredient in curry powder. I have been swallowing spoonsful of them both for several days. I …

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2013 36 Comments
    Amiodarone: Cancer, Thyroid & Other Side Ef…

    Irregular heart rhythms can be very scary. So too are the drugs that treat these arrhythmias. That's because anti-arrhythmic medications often come with a long list of serious side effects. This is es…

    By: Terry Graedon March 25, 2013 12 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 14, 2013 2 Comments
    Sweeter Fruit and Fewer Worries

    People who love grapefruit may soon have a reason to cheer. That's because Florida researchers have bred a hybrid grapefruit that appears to be less likely to interact with medications. This sweeter a…

    By: Terry Graedon January 31, 2013 130 Comments
    Meloxicam (Mobic) Side Effects & Complicati…

    Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are among the most popular drugs in the pharmacy. Millions of people swallow ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, etc) and naproxen (Aleve) that they buy without …

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2013 11 Comments
    Cilantro May Counteract Coumadin Effect

    Q. You recently published a letter from somebody eating a lot of cilantro to control psoriasis. Before others try this approach I want to offer a caution. My brother enjoyed using lots of cilantro in …

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2013 5 Comments
    Grapefruit-Drug Interactions Can Be Serious

    Q. Where can I find out more about grapefruit interactions with medicines? I would like to know which prescription drugs are negatively affected. My pharmacist couldn't tell me whether red yeast rice …

    By: Joe Graedon December 9, 2012 3 Comments
    Will Food and Drink Affect Your Drug?

    Everyone is in a hurry these days. This is especially true when it comes to prescriptions. Many doctors don't even hand you a paper prescription; they just transmit it electronically from their comput…

    By: Joe Graedon November 29, 2012 8 Comments
    Many Drugs Interact with Grapefruit

    Two decades ago, Canadian researchers reported an interaction between grapefruit juice and a blood pressure pill called felodipine. Many health professionals are still unaware of the serious nature of…

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2012 8 Comments
    Are You Taking a Deadly Drug Combination?

    Most people know not to mix bleach and ammonia. Combining these cleaning products creates deadly chlorine gas. Occasionally an overzealous housecleaner forgets to read a label or overlooks this intera…

    By: Terry Graedon November 8, 2012 16 Comments
    Tylenol & Alcohol: Acetaminophen Side Effec…

    Q. Your warning about regular consumption of alcohol and acetaminophen has the potential to misinform your readers about the use of pain relievers by people who drink...When acetaminophen is used as d…

    By: Joe Graedon September 24, 2012 9 Comments
    Statin Interaction Proved Fatal

    Q. At age 71, my mother was taking medicine for diabetes, high cholesterol and a few other conditions. Her doctor changed her statin drug but didn't modify the dose. Within a few months she lost the a…

    By: Terry Graedon September 3, 2012 13 Comments
    Seniors Get Too Many Bad Prescriptions

    Baby boomers once declared they would never trust anyone over 30. Needless to say, that was a long time ago. As this generation approaches Medicare eligibility, it may need to revise its watchword. To…

    By: Terry Graedon August 12, 2012 5 Comments
    Food & Drug Interactions Can Be Deadly

    It all began with cheese. Doctors didn't think very much about the possibility that drugs might interact with foods until one man had cheese and crackers for supper. This turned out to be a deadly din…

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2012 4 Comments
    Herbs and Drugs Interact in Dangerous Ways

    When the former Prime Minister of the tiny island of Fiji was finally released by rebels after two months of captivity, he sat down with his enemies and drank a cup of kava. This traditional Fijian ce…

    By: Terry Graedon August 9, 2012 1 Comments
    Grapefruit Cuts Cost of Cancer Drug

    The immune-suppressing drug sirolimus is a lifeline for patients with organ transplants. It prevents the body from rejecting the transplanted organ. Sirolimus is also being used experimentally to trea…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2012 10 Comments
    Don’t Let Food Destroy Your Medicine

    The Case of the Bran Muffin Breakfast: Breakfast is hardly the usual suspect in a medical mystery. Yet the case of the bran muffins could have led to tragedy were it not for psychiatric sleuthing. Th…

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2012 20 Comments
    Soothing Joint Pain Without Strong Drugs

    Q. I can't take aspirin or other over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen. They all make my stomach hurt! I am having trouble with joint pain, though, and wonder what you can sugg…

    By: Terry Graedon June 28, 2012 4 Comments
    Drug Interactions Are ICU Problem

    Drug interactions make hospital intensive care units dangerous places for patients. A month long study in a medical intensive care unit uncovered almost two drug-drug interactions per patient. At leas…

    By: Joe Graedon May 26, 2012 821 Comments
    Surprising Gabapentin Side Effects

    Gabapenin is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs by doctors. At last count over 50 million prescriptions were dispensed annually. It is used for an amazing array of off-label indications. That …

    By: Joe Graedon April 19, 2012 29 Comments
    Antidepressant Interactions Can Be Deadly

    Serotonin has become a household word, thanks to fluoxetine (Prozac). Millions of people take this popular antidepressant or related drugs such as sertraline (Zoloft) or paroxetine (Paxil) every day.…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2012 1 Comments
    Dad’s Drugs Behind Mental Decline

    Q. Our father is taking medicine for an enlarged prostate, high blood pressure, heartburn, allergies, cough and postnasal drip. A partial list of his drugs include Avodart, doxazosin, hydroxyzine, ipr…

    By: Joe Graedon March 15, 2012 22 Comments
    Potassium Plus Blood Pressure Pills A Deadly Mix

    Do you know how your diet relates to your medication? Prescribers don't always mention dietary precautions when they hand out a prescription. But often they should discuss this to avoid a potential pr…

    By: Terry Graedon December 29, 2011 2 Comments
    Botox May Cause Surgery Complications

    Botox has become a household name. It stands for Botulinum neurotoxin type A and is used to eliminate facial wrinkles and frown lines. Other indications include excessive perspiration, chronic migrain…

    By: Terry Graedon December 19, 2011 2 Comments
    Mixing Drinks with Drugs Could Be Lethal

    Ethanol, also known as drinking alcohol or booze, may be the oldest and most popular drug in human history. In fact, there is strong evidence that alcohol was consumed before the dawn of history. Arch…

    By: Terry Graedon September 12, 2011 14 Comments
    Be Wary of Drug Interactions with Simvastatin

    Q. I had a heart attack 10 years ago, when I was 62, and I have had several stents put in my arteries since then. My doctor has me on a bunch of medicine for blood pressure and heart: amlodipine 5 mg …

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2011 33 Comments
    Do Heartburn Drugs Deserve Strong Warning?

    Is your heartburn drug harming you? Acid-suppressing drugs are among the most popular pills in the pharmacy. But evidence is growing that they may produce some unexpected and unpleasant complications.…

    By: Terry Graedon July 18, 2011 8 Comments
    Clopidogrel (Plavix) Side Effects and Interactio…

    It is estimated that more than half a million stents are placed in coronary arteries every year. Some experts say it's closer to 850,000.  We won't get into the question of whether there are too many…

    By: Terry Graedon June 29, 2011 4 Comments
    Caution Urged on Drug Combinations

    Combining common medicines can be bad for brain power. Research in Great Britain reveals that older people taking drugs that affect the brain chemical acetylcholine are at higher risk for cognitive de…

    By: Terry Graedon June 9, 2011 6 Comments
    Vitamin D Improves Response to Osteoporosis Drug…

    Osteoporosis drugs like Actonel, Boniva, Fosamax and Reclast are prescribed to strengthen bones. They may not work as well as expected, however, if vitamin D levels are low. A study of 160 postmenopau…

    By: Joe Graedon May 19, 2011 57 Comments
    Calcium Blocks Thyroid Absorption

    Q. I was diagnosed as hypothyroid last year and my doctor said that once I started taking Synthroid I would feel great. Well, I don't. I am health conscious and walk at least a mile every day. I take …

    By: Terry Graedon April 28, 2011 4 Comments
    Do Pain Relievers Undermine Antidepressants?

    Popping pain relievers may hamper the effectiveness of many popular antidepressants. Surveys suggest that over 20 million Americans swallow nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs every day. These are me…