By: Joe Graedon April 12, 2004 0 Comments
    FDA Issues Warning On Antidepressant Dangers

    When Prozac (fluoxetine) came on the market in 1987 there wasn't a lot of fanfare. Eli Lilly introduced it slowly and carefully as the first of a new generation of antidepressants called SSRIs (select…

    By: Joe Graedon April 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Drug-Induced Nightmare Leads To Black Eye

    Q. Every night for years I have had terrible dreams. Last night, while trying to hurry down some steps in my nightmare, I went headfirst out of bed onto my cement floor. A large lump raised on my fore…

    By: Joe Graedon March 29, 2004 0 Comments
    Do Antiperspirants Cause Alzheimer’s Disea…

    Q. When people ask about excessive perspiration you frequently recommend aluminum-containing antiperspirants. Aren't you concerned that aluminum may cause Alzheimer's disease? I have read that antiper…

    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 March 22, 2004 0 Comments
    Pharmacist Mad About Generic Warning

    Q. As a pharmacist, I don't understand how you could cast doubt on generics. These drugs have to go through rigorous testing to prove that they have equal ingredients and bioavailability before they a…

    By: Joe Graedon March 15, 2004 0 Comments
    New Drug Bills Bust Budget

    Q. My wife and I will turn 65 in a few months. We've had an excellent insurance program that has paid for our prescriptions in the past, but will lose it. I am shocked to find that we will go from $16…

    By: Joe Graedon March 8, 2004 3 Comments
    Why You Should Keep Vicks Out Of Your Nose

    Q. You recently told readers not to put Vicks VapoRub in the nose. You suggested that camphor, an ingredient in Vicks, might be the problem. As a pulmonary physician, I can explain the real reason the…

    By: Joe Graedon March 1, 2004 0 Comments
    Drugs Hold Special Hazards For Seniors

    Old age ain't for sissies--at least, that's what some seniors tell us. It's even harder when the medicines that are prescribed to help overcome ailments end up causing more harm than good. A new study…

    By: Joe Graedon February 23, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Nicotine Patch Boost Memory?

    Q. I am 13 years old. I read an article for current events titled "nicotine may aid memory." If you don't smoke, is it okay to use a nicotine patch just to boost your memory? A. The research on nicoti…

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2004 0 Comments
    Strong Sex Drive Causes Marital Strife

    Q. I am bombarded with ads and advice columns about help for low libido. I have the exact opposite problem and I can't find any help. I am in my mid 40s and I have such a high libido that it is causin…

    By: Joe Graedon February 9, 2004 0 Comments
    Generic Drug Switch Almost Disastrous

    Q. I had a terrible experience with a generic high blood pressure medication. For five years, I took Tenoretic. Both my doctor and I were pleased with the results. Then the pharmacist encouraged me to…

    By: Joe Graedon February 2, 2004 0 Comments
    New Way To Stop Nosebleeds

    Q. I know a lot of first aid, but I've never seen anything like this home remedy. A few years ago, a co-worker suddenly developed a major nosebleed. I tried ice, pressure and all the usual treatments,…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Coffee Raise Cholesterol

    Q. I use a French press coffee maker, which in my opinion makes a superior cup of coffee. A friend said that brewing coffee this way will raise my cholesterol so I should pour the coffee through a pap…

    By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Flu Drug Works Better Than Vaccine

    Q. Last Thursday my daughter came home from school sick and running a fever. I took her to the doctor, who diagnosed her with the flu and wrote a prescription for Tamiflu. Because I had gotten a flu s…

    By: Joe Graedon January 12, 2004 0 Comments
    Sexual Vibrancy Can Be Restored

    Q. I am in my mid-60's and in good health except for asthma I've had since I was a child. I take Advair, Prempro and Lipitor. My husband and I have been married for 44 years with four children. As I h…

    By: Joe Graedon January 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Powerful Drugs Fight Fujian Flu

    Q. My pharmacist said that there are effective oral medicines for the flu but they require a prescription. I didn't manage to get a flu shot this year before they ran out. What can you tell me about f…

    By: Joe Graedon January 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Do Antidepressants Provoke Suicide In Kids?

    In 1988 an ophthalmologist contacted us because his daughter had unexpectedly committed suicide while taking Prozac. He was convinced that this antidepressant had somehow triggered her sudden violent …

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2003 0 Comments
    Testosterone Shots May Prevent Pregnancy

    Q. My husband takes testosterone injections to gain muscle at the gym. Will that be detrimental to our plans to have a baby? Will the injections hurt our chance of conceiving a child? Or will the incr…

    By: Joe Graedon December 22, 2003 0 Comments
    Sugarless Gum Replaces Heartburn Pills

    Q. I suffer from heartburn on a daily basis, sometimes even with medication. So I was very interested to read that chewing gum might help. I take over-the-counter acid suppressors and decided to subst…

    By: Joe Graedon December 15, 2003 0 Comments
    Medical Error Proves Lethal!

    Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Medical Error Proves Lethal! 12/15/2003 Q. I wish my mother had read your column on medical mistakes before it was too late. For four years she had been taking Coumad…

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2003 0 Comments
    Treating Warts With Tagamet

    Q. My 9-year-old son has a wart on his toe that is about the size of 4 or 5 regular warts clumped together. He has had every topical application available multiple times without result. His doctor rec…

    By: Joe Graedon December 1, 2003 0 Comments
    Antidepressant Can Raise Cholesterol

    Q. I received your Guide to Heart Health. It contained a list of medications that have a negative effect on blood lipids, and I was shocked to read that one of those medications was Effexor. Where doe…

    By: Joe Graedon November 24, 2003 0 Comments
    Depression Returns With Prozac Poop-Out

    Q. I have been on Prozac for approximately five years. I began with 20 mg but recently, with my doctor's okay, I increased the dose to 40 mg. 20 didn't seem to be working any more. I have been on the …

    By: Joe Graedon November 10, 2003 0 Comments
    Caffeine Pills Help Java Junkie Quit

    Q. Giving up coffee for better health was a real challenge for me. I can't tolerate decaf, so substituting was out. But stopping caffeine gave me migraines. Irritability and the threat of migraines ga…

    By: Joe Graedon November 3, 2003 0 Comments
    Sleep Paralysis Solved Without Drugs

    Q. Some time ago you mentioned that anti-depressants might help someone if his sleep paralysis got too bad. I've had sleep paralysis for years. It's one of the symptoms of narcolepsy and often occurs …

    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 October 27, 2003 0 Comments
    Do Birth Control Pills Carry Risks

    Q. The continuing bad news about hormone replacement therapy has me upset. Can you clear up another question for me? The news has focused on the dangers of estrogen plus progestin for older women. Wha…

    By: Joe Graedon October 20, 2003 0 Comments
    ‘Blood’ In Toilet Creates Fear

    Q. I had a terrible scare last week. After a bowel movement I looked in the toilet and saw a huge amount of what I assumed was blood. It was bright red and colored the entire bowl. I immediately calle…

    By: Joe Graedon October 13, 2003 0 Comments
    Which Baldness Drugs Works Best?

    Q. My 28-year-old son has a receding hairline. I hate to see him look middle-aged before he is in his 30s. Which baldness medicine works better, Rogaine or Propecia? Would they work better together th…

    By: Joe Graedon October 13, 2003 0 Comments
    Older People At High Risk For Drug Disasters

    If you live long enough, you may end up taking a fistful of pills every morning. Millions of older Americans swallow five or more medicines daily, not counting vitamins and other supplements. Visit an…

    By: Joe Graedon October 6, 2003 0 Comments
    Will Hormones Help Him Be Girlish?

    Q. I'm a 20-year-old male who has been cross-dressing off and on since junior high school. With old age, I'm losing some of my femininity. I'd like to try taking female hormones. Would this be safe? W…

    By: Joe Graedon September 29, 2003 0 Comments
    Diet Pill Addiction Fed By Web

    Q. My daughter has unlimited access to diet pills on the Internet. She sometimes orders three months supply from one source and shortly thereafter orders more, either from another source or under anot…

    By: Joe Graedon September 22, 2003 0 Comments
    Vaccum Pump Alternative To Viagra

    Q. My doctor put me on a vacuum therapy pump a few years ago and it has proven to be a godsend. I am 81 and am now having the best sex ever. He had prescribed various medications to help with my erect…

    By: Joe Graedon September 15, 2003 0 Comments
    Ice Cube Addiction Could Signal Deficiency

    Q. What can you tell me about a compulsion to chew ice? I once read that it signals some deficiency, but I can't remember what. Someone close to me eats ice cubes every day, all day long. She's 32 yea…

    By: Joe Graedon September 8, 2003 1 Comments
    Will Saltpeter Dampen Sexual Desire?

    Q. My sex drive is much stronger than my wife's and this is causing conflict. I used to hear that saltpeter would suppress sexual desire. Does it work? Is there anything else that would help? A. Potas…

    By: Joe Graedon September 1, 2003 0 Comments
    Generic Drug Failure Scares Patient

    Q. I have had persistent atrial fibrillation for several years. The doctors attempted to correct this abnormal heart rhythm but they were unsuccessful. I have been taking Betapace, which controls the …

    By: Joe Graedon August 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Popular Pain Relievers May Prevent Senility

    Q. Are there any pharmaceuticals that prevent dementia? Alzheimer's disease runs in my family and I would do anything reasonable to avoid it. What about Aricept? A. Evidence is accumulating that commo…

    By: Joe Graedon August 18, 2003 0 Comments
    Popular Heartburn Drug Goes OTC

    Q. I have read that Prilosec will be going over the counter in the fall. Perhaps you can answer the following questions: 1. Is this true? 2. When is the expected date? 3. Will it be prescription stren…

    By: Joe Graedon August 11, 2003 0 Comments
    Snorting Ritalin Is Risky Business

    Q. I have a son who takes the medication Ritalin for his behavior problems. He started on Adderall when he was 14 years old, and was switched to Ritalin at 16, with the dosage gradually increased. He …

    By: Joe Graedon August 4, 2003 0 Comments
    Manic Spending Ruins Retirement

    Q. After my doctor put me on the andidepressant Effexor, I did things I would never have done otherwise. I spent our life savings and thousands of dollars more on crazy things. We can't sell them to g…