By: Terry Graedon June 12, 2017 10 Comments
    How Can You Get to Sleep Without Zolpidem?

    Americans tend to be sleep deprived, and the problem may be getting worse. Watching the evening news could be enough to make a person anxious, and anxiety frequently leads to insomnia. No wonder so m…

    By: Joe Graedon June 8, 2017 19 Comments
    How To Stop Tramadol Without Withdrawal Symptoms…

    We have heard from hundreds of visitors to this website about the serious side effects of tramadol (Ultram). They include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, headache, drowsiness, dizzin…

    By: Terry Graedon June 5, 2017 14 Comments
    Does a Nonagenarian Need to Worry About Choleste…

    Doctors interested in preventive medicine often quote Benjamin Franklin approvingly. However, he wasn't thinking of medicine when he noted that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. (Actual…

    By: Joe Graedon June 5, 2017 7 Comments
    Side Effects of TNF Blockers: Enbrel, Humira, Re…

    Most drugs are double-edged swords. In other words, they have the potential both to help and to harm. But some medications have sharper blades than others. TNF blockers are great examples of this deal…

    By: Terry Graedon June 5, 2017 2 Comments
    For a Vegan Diet, Do You Need to Change Medicati…

    Medications often fly under the radar when it comes to dietary restrictions. As a result, people who are following specific diets for religious or ethical considerations may wish to review their drug…

    By: Terry Graedon June 5, 2017 1 Comments
    What Are the Risks of Pepcid Complete?

    Managing acid reflux can be challenging. You might take a proton pump inhibitor like omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or esomeprazole (Nexium). Chances are, within a few weeks your sympt…

    By: Joe Graedon June 1, 2017 1 Comments
    Can You Afford Your Medicine?

    Are you spending more on prescription drugs and enjoying it less? A report from QuintilesIMS Institute shows that prices for medicines are still rising more rapidly than inflation (QuintilesIMS, May 3…

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2017 5 Comments
    Can an Antidepressant Really Help with Hot Flash…

    Menopause offers women numerous challenges, but the most significant symptom is probably hot flashes (vasomotor symptoms in doctor-speak). This may also be among the most variable symptoms. Some women…

    By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2017 8 Comments
    How Good is Medical Marijuana (Cannabidiol) Agai…

    After thousands of years of medicinal use, we now have irrefutable evidence that cannabis works to control epilepsy. The most prestigious medical journal in the world, The New England Journal of Medic…

    By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2017 24 Comments
    New Analysis Disputes Dogma that All Seniors Nee…

    The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) created a risk calculator that tells physicians and patients when someone should take a statin-type cholesterol-loweri…

    By: Joe Graedon May 22, 2017 0 Comments
    Is Black Poop Something to Worry About?

    Pepto-Bismol has been around for more than 100 years. The original formula was developed by a physician to treat severe diarrhea brought on by cholera. He sold his invention directly to other doctors.…

    By: Joe Graedon May 22, 2017 13 Comments
    Can You Wreck Your Kidneys With NSAID Pain Relie…

    Most people take their kidneys for granted...until something bad happens. When your kidneys fail, though, your life hangs in the balance. Short of dialysis or a kidney transplant, kidney failure rapid…

    By: Terry Graedon May 22, 2017 5 Comments
    Can You Safely Take Fish Oil with Blood Thinners…

    Many of us make a clear distinction between the drugs we take and the vitamins or supplements we use. It seems logical enough for our brains, but our bodies don't recognize categories like that. An…

    By: Joe Graedon May 18, 2017 32 Comments
    Do Treatments for Knee Arthritis Do More Harm Th…

    Steroid shots and arthroscopic surgery have been mainstays in the treatment of pain and inflammation brought on by knee arthritis. Many people try to delay knee replacement as long as possible, especi…

    By: Terry Graedon May 15, 2017 16 Comments
    Can You Avoid NSAID Danger with Topical Pain Rel…

    Chronic pain, whether it is severe or moderate, poses a serious dilemma. People need relief from pain, but most medications that they can use for relief have significant downsides. People often take N…

    By: Joe Graedon May 11, 2017 47 Comments
    Really Bad News About Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Ot…

    People who are hurting are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Whether they're suffering from a bad back or arthritis, there aren't many medications that are effective. Now more bad …

    By: Terry Graedon May 11, 2017 2 Comments
    Do Quick Approvals Mean More Safety Concerns?

    Politicians and pharmaceutical manufacturers often complain that the FDA is too slow in allowing new drugs on the market. As a result of such pressure, the FDA has been striving for more rapid drug ap…

    By: Terry Graedon May 8, 2017 7 Comments
    Medicine for Sore Feet Linked to Unexpected Head…

    Arthritis hurts. Different people find the pain hits their joints in a very particular individual pattern, but when a joint hurts, you want relief. What will ease your joint pain? One reader found tha…

    By: Joe Graedon May 8, 2017 1 Comments
    Is Your Aluminum Antiperspirant Setting You Up f…

    People take their aluminum antiperspirant for granted. They apply it every morning like clockwork because of a fear of body odor. No one wants to offend co-workers, friends or family members. Who woul…

    By: Terry Graedon May 8, 2017 2 Comments
    How Can You Stop Taking Klonopin for Insomnia?

    When you are feeling stressed and can't seem to get to sleep, medicines can help. Many people have found, however, that it is too easy to rely on a sleep aid. Then, when you no longer feel you need th…

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2017 265 Comments
    Serious Tramadol (Ultram) Side Effects & Wi…

    America is undergoing a massive opioid anxiety attack. It has been called an epidemic by lawmakers and the media. While many people used opioids responsibly for chronic pain, there has been substantia…

    By: Joe Graedon May 4, 2017 134 Comments
    Where Can I Find A List of Anticholinergic Drugs…

    Anything that interferes with the crucial neurotransmitter acetylcholine can be bad for the brain. A great many medications have what has been called "anticholinergic" activity. Research has verified …

    By: Joe Graedon May 1, 2017 12 Comments
    Should You Worry About Scary Corticosteroid Side…

    Cortisone, dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisolone and prednisone are called corticosteroids or glucocorticoids. These drugs dampen an overactive immune reaction. They can soot…

    By: Terry Graedon May 1, 2017 2 Comments
    Could an Unexpected Reaction to a Blood Pressure…

    High blood pressure is a risk factor for strokes and heart attacks as well as kidney disease and other chronic conditions. Doctors can choose from a wide range of medications to control hypertension. …

    By: Joe Graedon April 24, 2017 3 Comments
    Alarming Anticholinergic Load Scrambles Brain

    A surprising number of medications can affect the nerve messenger chemical acetylcholine. This compound is crucial for nerves to communicate with each other, so it should not surprise us that limiti…

    By: Joe Graedon April 24, 2017 34 Comments
    Overlooked Antibiotic Side Effects Can Destroy L…

    Antibiotics are amazing. The discovery of penicillin was one of the greatest advances in modern medicine. But Americans love of antibiotics has gotten out of hand. They think of such drugs as magic bu…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 15 Comments
    How to Ease Statin-Induced Muscle Pain

    Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs are an important part of every cardiologist's tool box. They lower cholesterol, which is a significant risk factor for heart disease. People who already have hea…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 4 Comments
    Could Pain Reliever Cause Ringing in the Ears?

    Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can be a maddening problem. No one else can see or hear what is going on for the sufferer, so they get too little sympathy. Even so, the ringing, hissing, chirping or…

    By: Joe Graedon April 20, 2017 16 Comments
    Statins and ALS: Is There a Connection?

    One of the most tragic diseases of mankind is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). It is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. It is a mystery disease in that we do not know what causes it and we do not…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 24 Comments
    What Do Americans Really Think about Medical Mar…

    Americans are changing their attitudes about marijuana. A new Yahoo News and Marist poll of more than 1,000 adults found that two thirds think opioids prescribed by a physician are more dangerous than…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 12 Comments
    What Are the Unexpected Risks of Short-Term Ster…

    Corticosteroids such as methylprednisolone or prednisone are powerful anti-inflammatory medications. Doctors frequently prescribe these medications for bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma, allergic reaction…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2017 14 Comments
    Will White Coat Hypertension Make You a Pill Zom…

    Physicians and nurses like to think of themselves as helpful healers. They have a hard time imagining that their mere presence can provoke anxiety. Data demonstrate, however, that some people react to…

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2017 13 Comments
    Did Lyrica Trigger Scary Sleepwalking Attack?

    Have you ever told your doctor about a side effect you experienced and heard that the drug doesn't do that? Plenty of people have become extremely frustrated by that message. One reader tried to tell…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2017 11 Comments
    How to Soothe Allergy Symptoms Without Serious S…

    Allergy season takes a terrible toll on people who are susceptible to pollen. This is the time of year when invisible particles in the air trigger sneezing, sniffling, itching and congestion. Allergy …

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2017 8 Comments
    Can You Afford Repatha to Crush Your Cholesterol…

    Two years ago, the FDA approved a new type of cholesterol-lowering medicine. It sends "bad" LDL cholesterol into the basement, lowering it even more than potent statin drugs. But at the time, the FDA …

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 2 Comments
    Why Is EpiPen Maker in Trouble Again?

    The drug company Mylan got into trouble last year because of the extraordinary increase in its price for its epinephrine auto-injector. The EpiPen maker is now in a different type of trouble with the…

    By: Joe Graedon April 10, 2017 43 Comments
    NasalCrom (Cromolyn Sodium) Is Surprisingly Help…

    You've probably never heard of NasalCrom nasal spray for allergies. It doesn't get the kind of attention that many other allergy treatments receive. There are commercials for antihistamines like Clari…

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2017 13 Comments
    Coated Aspirin Is No Guarantee of Safety

    Familiarity breeds contempt, as the saying goes. Sometimes we think familiarity simply breeds a lack of caution. How could anything as ubiquitous as plain old aspirin be responsible for serious conse…

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2017 65 Comments
    Drinking Coffee with Synthroid Means the Morning…

    How do you take your Synthroid, the levothyroxine medication used to treat an underactive thyroid gland? Usually, people are urged to take it first thing in the morning. Ideally, it is taken at least …

    By: Joe Graedon April 10, 2017 20 Comments
    Are There Reasons Not To Follow Your Doctor̵…

    The phrase "doctor's orders" often means doing something because a physician says to do it. These days that usually that means swallow a certain pill. Noncompliance or Nonadherence? Doctors have a nam…