By: Terry Graedon October 12, 2017 6 Comments
    Are Older People Taking the Wrong Medicines?

    Many senior citizens may be taking the wrong medicines. Those who can least defend themselves-those with cognitive difficulties or dementia-may be running the greatest risk. Are People with Dementia B…

    By: Joe Graedon October 9, 2017 0 Comments
    Can You Combine Red Yeast Rice with  Atorvastat…

    Some people believe in what we call the "lottle" principal. If a little is good then a "lottle" must be better. This is especially true when it comes to "natural" remedies. Red yeast rice (RYR) has be…

    By: Joe Graedon October 9, 2017 3 Comments
    Rejecting the Idea of Antidepressants and Suicid…

    There is a common belief that most depressed patients feel helpless and hopeless. The thinking goes that overwhelming sadness and debilitating despair lead to lethargy and immobilization. Health profe…

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2017 27 Comments
    What Is the Other Side of the Opioid Crisis?

    The opioid crisis keeps accelerating. While watching NBC News last night we saw yet another heartbreaking story about the devastating impact opioids are having across America. Three people in Dayton,…

    By: Joe Graedon October 5, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Stopping Aspirin Lead to A Heart Attack?

    Many people take low dose aspirin, usually 81 mg, to prevent cardiovascular complications. Doctors frequently prescribe aspirin after a patient has had a heart attack or after a stent has been placed …

    By: Joe Graedon October 2, 2017 3 Comments
    Ibuprofen Side Effects Can Include Really Bad Di…

    Americans love ibuprofen. Some athletes refer to it as vitamin I. That's because this non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug can ease the pain and inflammation of of sore joints. Most people recognize t…

    By: Joe Graedon October 2, 2017 50 Comments
    Should You Be Rushing To Get Your Flu Shot?

    The full court press is on again to get your vaccination against influenza. This happens like clockwork. In the spring the swallows come back to Capistrano. In the fall we see public service announcem…

    By: Terry Graedon October 2, 2017 5 Comments
    One Way to Afford High-Priced Medicines

    Over the decades, consumers have been protesting that high-priced medicines make it difficult for them to afford their treatments. Drugstore bills are higher in the US than in other places around the …

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2017 6 Comments
    FDA Is Cracking Down on Illegal Drug Sales

    The Food and Drug Administration joined an international crackdown on illegal drug sales over the internet. As part of the global action, the agency sent warning letters to the operators of more than …

    By: Joe Graedon September 28, 2017 4 Comments
    Are New Drugs Rushed to Market Without Adequate …

    Everyone, it seems, wants new drugs faster. Obviously, the pharmaceutical industry wants the FDA to approve its new drugs faster. The sooner a company gets a green light to market a new medication the…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2017 36 Comments
    Why Are So Many Pharmacists Disillusioned?

    Most pharmacists receive a nice paycheck, so any claim that they are disillusioned is unlikely to garner much sympathy. But understanding the reasons why pharmacists are disillusioned may help you to …

    By: Joe Graedon September 25, 2017 5 Comments
    Should You Worry About Constipation?

    It has been our experience that people pay very close attention to what happens when they sit on the throne in their bathrooms. We frequently get questions about the color, texture and frequency of bo…

    By: Terry Graedon September 25, 2017 10 Comments
    Are Soy Products a Problem for People on Synthro…

    Levothyroxine (Synthroid) is one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the country. Approximately 20 million Americans have a thyroid condition, so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that synt…

    By: Joe Graedon September 25, 2017 7 Comments
    Antidepressants and Suicide: Why Don’t Peo…

    Antidepressants are, by definition, supposed to improve mood. They are prescribed to lift people out of psychological depression. In theory, drugs like fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) and sert…

    By: Joe Graedon September 21, 2017 20 Comments
    Preventing Peripheral Neuropathy From Chemothera…

    When you get a diagnosis of cancer the world stops. Your brain melts and you go into fight or flight mode. It is one of the most stressful times of your life. All you can think about is choosing the r…

    By: Joe Graedon September 21, 2017 10 Comments
    Will Dangers of Antidepressants Shorten Your Lif…

    Americans love antidepressants. It is estimated that between one in eight and one in ten takes an antidepressant medication. People take SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and SNRIs (sero…

    By: Joe Graedon September 18, 2017 2 Comments
    What Do You Do When Your Specialists Disagree?

    Let's face it. We used to be at the mercy of our doctors. If a specialist said "jump," they expected us to inquire "how high?" If a medication was prescribed, we were expected to take it. The fewer qu…

    By: Joe Graedon September 18, 2017 33 Comments
    What Can You Do For Arthritis Pain If You Can…

    Roughly one out of five Americans takes an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) regularly. That includes medications like celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, indomethacin, meloxicam and naproxen …

    By: Terry Graedon September 17, 2017 6 Comments
    Are There Foods That Affect Xarelto?

    People at risk for dangerous blood clots frequently need to take anticoagulant medication to prevent clots from forming. Perhaps the best-known of these is warfarin. It is inexpensive, and its side ef…

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2017 15 Comments
    Are Menopausal Women Taking a Big Risk with HRT?

    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does not appear to increase the risk of death from either heart disease or cancer. That's what researchers concluded by analyzing data from the long-running Women's H…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 10 Comments
    Will Your Pain Pill Boost Your Blood Pressure?

    People in pain are caught in a terrible bind. When you hurt, it is common for your blood pressure to go up. That's hardly a surprise. Pain is extremely stressful for your entire body. But taking nonst…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 6 Comments
    How to Stop an Antidepressant Without Difficulti…

    Have you ever tried to stop an antidepressant abruptly? We have heard from many people who have found that this can trigger an extremely unpleasant experience. They report a discontinuation syndrome t…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2017 4 Comments
    If Metformin Causes Diarrhea, Will Kefir Help?

    One of the most useful-and widely used-medications for type 2 diabetes, metformin, is known to cause digestive distress for some of the people who take it. One reader found, however, that drinking the…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2017 6 Comments
    Are Rage and Depression Side Effects of Chantix?

    No question about it: smoking is terrible for your health. Heart disease, strokes, lung cancer and other malignancies and premature death are all more common among people who smoke tobacco. That is …

    By: Terry Graedon September 4, 2017 12 Comments
    How Many Breast Cancer Survivors Suffer Nerve Pa…

    Chemotherapy saves lives, but it can also result in long-lasting side effects. Until recently, oncologists did not know how often breast cancer survivors had to live with pain as a result of their tre…

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2017 18 Comments
    What’s In Your Armpit: Aluminum or Magnesi…

    When's the last time you looked at the ingredients in your antiperspirant? Most people never read labels. Be honest, now. Have you ever checked your antiperspirant label? We'll bet you a month's salar…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2017 2 Comments
    Can You Avoid Falls by Cutting Excess Medicines?

    Do you know how many of the medications you take you really need? Far too often, prescriptions pile up. Unless patients are paying close attention, they can end up with excess medicines without realiz…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2017 3 Comments
    Will an NSAID Gel for Sore Muscles Harm Your Kid…

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are widely used to provide pain relief, whether from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle sprain or strain or even severe menstrual cramps. Medications lik…

    By: Joe Graedon August 31, 2017 58 Comments
    Would You Pay $475,000 for the New CAR-T Cancer …

    The hottest new cancer treatment is called CAR-T. It stands for chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. Many world class medical centers have gone all in on CAR-T cancer research. That's becau…

    By: Joe Graedon August 28, 2017 5 Comments
    Can Crestor AKA Rosuvastatin Cause Cataracts?

    Statins like atorvastatin, rosuvastatin and simvastatin are prescribed in huge quantities. We estimate that over 34 million Americans are taking such cholesterol-lowering drugs every day. Many health …

    By: Joe Graedon August 28, 2017 18 Comments
    Doctor Disputes that HCTZ Can Raise Blood Sugar

    One of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the world today is a diuretic called hydrochlorothiazide. That's a mouthful. Not surprisingly, health professionals abbreviate this medication. It sometime…

    By: Joe Graedon August 21, 2017 25 Comments
    Rediscovering Lithium for Mood Disorders

    Lithium is a chemical element that is widespread in nature. You can find it in the earth's crust, in water and even in the food you eat. Depending upon where you live, there is a good chance that ther…

    By: Terry Graedon August 21, 2017 6 Comments
    Don’t Drink Mouthwash or Hand Sanitizer

    Most people know that alcoholism is an addiction, and that the condition can be lethal. They may not realize, however, that desperate alcoholics will drink things that are not fit for human consumptio…

    By: Terry Graedon August 20, 2017 8 Comments
    Stopping Cetirizine Led to Itching Like Crazy

    Who would guess that stopping an antihistamine taken for allergies could lead to dramatic hives and itching? Although it may seem improbable, scores of readers report that they developed dreadful itch…

    By: Terry Graedon August 20, 2017 3 Comments
    How Can You Overcome Gas from Metformin?

    Sometimes even helpful medications have side effects that are difficult to tolerate. For example, metformin is a first-line treatment for type 2 diabetes. It even has benefits beyond blood sugar. In a…

    By: Joe Graedon August 17, 2017 8 Comments
    Can You Trust FDA Device and Drug Approvals?

    Everyone wants a magic bullet when it comes to serious illness. That's why doctors and patients are willing to take chances if they think a new medication or medical device could ease pain, or prolong…

    By: Terry Graedon August 17, 2017 2 Comments
    Marathon Runners Should Watch Out for NSAIDs

    Marathon runners might be tempted to take ibuprofen or a similar NSAID before they start a long race. But evidence is accumulating that such anti-inflammatory pain relievers may increase the risk of k…

    By: Joe Graedon August 14, 2017 4 Comments
    Lisinopril and Angioedema: A Life-Threatening Si…

    Lisinopril is the most frequently prescribed blood pressure pill in the United States. At last count over 20 million Americans take this ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor daily. It works q…

    By: Joe Graedon August 14, 2017 7 Comments
    Why Was Aleve Better Than Tylenol for Bed-Wettin…

    Bed-wetting is not just a child's problem. Enuresis, as it is known medically, can also affect older people. Doctors sometimes prescribe anticholinergic drugs such as oxybutynin (Ditropan, Oxytrol) an…

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Caffeine Wake You Up Quicker from Anesthesi…

    Many people rely upon caffeine to get going in the morning or improve alertness during the day. Researchers have now found that caffeine might speed recovery from general anesthesia. Could caffeine wa…