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 126 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 10 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 815 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 19 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…

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2011 4 Comments
    Seniors Suffer from Too Many Medicines

    Geriatricians are in short supply. These physicians have spent years learning how to care for older patients. The scarcity of these specialists could not come at a worse time. Aging baby boomers are a…

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2011 9 Comments
    Deadly Drug Interactions Are Preventable

    What do you do when the red check-engine light comes on in your car? Most people realize that this is a warning of a potentially serious problem. They pull over right away to find out what's going on.…

    By: Joe Graedon February 22, 2011 12 Comments
    Drug Interaction Disaster Waiting to Happen

    Q. I take a lot of medicine. Even my doctors say I am a walking drugstore, and I am only 37. My husband's in the Army so I use the military hospital and rarely see the same doctor. I take Prozac for d…

    By: Joe Graedon January 20, 2011 10 Comments
    Wife Cries Out for More Sex

    Q. I am plagued with a shameful problem of not being able to sustain an erection, and therefore haven't been sexually active with my spouse for the past three years. My wife cries out for sex sometime…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2010 9 Comments
    Do Doctors Ignore Dangerous Drug Interactions?

    In the United States most law-abiding citizens don't run red lights. They know that the traffic rules are there to protect everyone from accidents. There's also the fear factor. If a policeman catches…

    By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2010 10 Comments
    Too Many Medicines Threaten Seniors’ Healt…

    If you watch any prime-time network television you would have to conclude that America is a nation of sick old people. That's because so many of the commercials focus on conditions of aging. There's S…

    By: Terry Graedon August 26, 2010 129 Comments
    Taking Thyroid Medicine Properly

    Q. I've been taking levothyroxine for more than a dozen years. I just recently learned I've been taking it at the wrong time. I was taking it along with breakfast and coffee, not to mention vitamins, …

    By: Terry Graedon July 1, 2010 1 Comments
    Dangerous Antibiotic Interactions

    Potassium is an essential mineral, but it can be tricky. Having too much potassium in the system can be just as dangerous as having too little. A new study shows that some common medicines are linked …

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2010 3 Comments
    Mixing Many Head Meds May Pose Risk

    A new study suggests that psychiatrists frequently prescribe multiple medications to help people with mental disorders. The proportion of people who are taking at least two drugs for their psychiatric…

    By: Terry Graedon December 22, 2009 0 Comments
    Celebrex Interferes with Aspirin Anti-Clotting P…

    Aspirin is often used to reduce the risk of heart attacks in middle-aged and older people. A new study suggests that the anti-clotting benefits of aspirin might disappear if people also take a common …

    By: Joe Graedon November 19, 2009 12 Comments
    Many Drugs May Interact with Plavix

    The anti-clotting drug Plavix has been heavily advertised on television to reduce the risks of heart attacks and strokes. This medication is frequently prescribed to people who have had a stent placed…