By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2007 0 Comments
    Don’t End Up Like Anna Nicole Smith

    Unless you have been hibernating for the last few weeks, you have probably heard that Anna Nicole Smith died of an accidental overdose. According to the Broward County Medical Examiner, the legal medi…

    By: Terry Graedon December 26, 2006 9 Comments
    Grapefruit Interactions Can Be Tricky

    Until 1989, grapefruit was just another citrus fruit. It had a pronounced taste that some people found refreshing and others rejected as bitter. But then Canadian scientists published a surprising fin…

    By: Terry Graedon August 8, 2006 30 Comments
    FDA Warns of Serotonin Syndrome

    Several years ago we got a desperate phone call from a friend. He was afraid his wife had suffered a stroke. She was in a coma, unresponsive and he feared he would soon be forced to decide whether to…

    By: Terry Graedon June 19, 2006 0 Comments
    Pharmacist Prevents Bad Drug Interaction

    Q. My doctor prescribed tramadol with APAP for headaches. He also wrote prescriptions for Lexapro and Effexor for depression and anxiety. He said that Effexor and Lexapro are both antidepressants, but…

    By: Terry Graedon April 18, 2006 0 Comments
    Don’t Plug & Play with Pills

    A few weeks ago we ordered a bookshelf and tried to assemble it. Our crew of two was divided on the proper way to proceed. One of us thinks that such tasks should be intuitive and you should just dive…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2006 0 Comments
    Don’t Play Russian Roulette with Drugs and…

    There’s increasing encouragement for people to drink alcohol. Headlines state that a drink or two a day may protect against heart attacks, strokes and maybe even Alzheimer’s disease. At holidays, …

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2004 1 Comments
    New Cholesterol Guidelines Pose Interaction Dang…

    New guidelines have just been issued for cholesterol control. People at high risk of heart disease are now being encouraged to get bad LDL cholesterol under 70. Their prior goal was 100. To accomplish…

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2004 13 Comments
    Serotonin Syndrome Can Be Deadly

    Serotonin is a critically important neurochemical that helps control mood and is also involved in appetite, sexual behavior, sleep and learning. Millions take medications such as Prozac, Paxil, Lexapr…

    By: Joe Graedon March 29, 2004 0 Comments
    Grapefruit Interactions Are Confusing

    Ever since the "grapefruit effect" was discovered more than a decade ago, this fascinating food and drug interaction has confused patients, physicians and pharmacists. People still don't understand wh…

    By: Joe Graedon November 3, 2003 0 Comments
    Food And Drug Interactions Can Be Lethal

    Most of us swallow our pills with a glass of juice or a swig of water. We rarely think twice about when we take our medicine or what we eat with it. Yet food and drug interactions can be dangerous or …

    By: Joe Graedon April 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Drug-Drug Interactions Can Be Deadly

    The woman was experiencing headaches and anxiety after the death of her husband. Her doctor prescribed the antidepressant Paxil together with an older drug called amitriptyline to help her sleep. She …

    By: Joe Graedon January 20, 2003 0 Comments
    Drug Interactions Are Neglected But Deadly

    Drug interactions are one of the most complicated and neglected problems in health care. Physicians, pharmacists and nurses all realize how dangerous it can be to combine certain medications, but they…

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2002 1 Comments
    Peppermint May Interact With Medications

    Q. Periodic bouts with irritable bowel syndrome cause me painful cramping and gas. My doctor prescribes Donnatal, but it makes me drowsy. I have read that peppermint oil would help. Could you give me …

    By: Joe Graedon May 20, 2002 0 Comments
    Drug Interactions Can Be Deadly

    Bill Cosby likes to tell the story about his childhood chemistry experiments. He liked to mix the components of his chemistry set in the basement to see what would happen. When he succeeded in produci…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 11 Comments
    Don’t Mix Motrin And Tylenol In Tykes

    Q. I am a pediatrician concerned about parents' use of two over-the-counter medications. I often feel like a "one-woman army" trying to combat simultaneous use of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Grapefruit Doesn’t Go Well With All Drugs

    Q. We've recently been buying grapefruit by the box from a truck that comes up from Florida. They are incredibly delicious, but my neighbor says they interact with lots of drugs. Where do I find a lis…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2002 1 Comments
    Don’t Kill Kitty Yourself

    Q. I have a 19-year-old cat to which I am very attached. I know her time will come soon. I don't want to take her to the vet to be put down because she is terrified of both vets and needles. I would l…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Red Wine And Hormone Replacement Therapy

    Q. I heard today that red wine and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are a bad mix. Is this true and if so how come? I thought red wine was supposed to be good for you. A. Red wine in moderation has b…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 4 Comments
    Parkinson’s Drugs for Restless Leg Syndrom…

    Q. My wife suffers unmercifully from Restless Leg Syndrome. Over the years physicians have prescribed a variety of medications, but only two worked. Both are powerful pain relievers--Talwin and Vicodi…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Laxatives And Diuretics No Way To Control Weight

    Q. My niece takes laxatives and diuretics weekly to stay in drill team weight range. Is this dangerous? A. Both laxatives and diuretics (water pills) can deplete the body of essential minerals. If pot…