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…

    By: Joe Graedon July 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Blue Lizard Protects Skin From Sun

    Q. We have an exciting camping trip planned later this summer, with several days rafting on the Colorado River as well as some hiking. Can you recommend a good sunscreen with both physical and chemica…

    By: Joe Graedon July 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Is Your Medicine Bringing You Down?

    If you develop a rash within hours of starting a new medicine, you don't need Sherlock Holmes to help you make the connection. But some drug side effects are harder to recognize. Psychological reactio…

    By: Joe Graedon July 21, 2003 0 Comments
    Pain Reliever Almost Killed Her

    Q. I was diagnosed with a stomach ulcer attributed to ibuprofen. I landed in the ER and almost died because I was taking Motrin. Every time I tell someone my story they are astonished. Most people are…

    By: Joe Graedon July 14, 2003 1 Comments
    Music In Head Could Be Lethal Symptom

    Q. My mother suffers from constant music in her ears. Sometimes songs repeat themselves over and over again. What causes this? I know you addressed this once before, but I didn't need this information…

    By: Joe Graedon July 7, 2003 0 Comments
    Back-To-Back Weddings Have Mom On Edge

    Q. I am to be the mother of the bride twice in the next two months. Both of my daughters decided to get married this summer. I am in excellent health, but in the past stress has made me quite ill. I a…

    By: Joe Graedon June 30, 2003 0 Comments
    Does Paxil Increase Risk Of Suicide?

    Q. My 16-year-old daughter has had severe menstrual pain, missing two or three days of school each month. Her doctor recently prescribed birth control pills for this problem, and they seem to be helpi…

    By: Joe Graedon June 30, 2003 0 Comments
    Can Generic Drugs Save The Day?

    President Bush is pushing FDA to approve more generic drugs, and to do it faster. The idea is to save money for insurance companies and government programs like Medicaid and the Veterans Administratio…

    By: Joe Graedon June 23, 2003 0 Comments
    Making Cook Out Less Carcinogenic

    Q. My husband is the self-anointed barbecue king. He got a new grill for our anniversary and he fires it up every chance he gets. I keep reading that charbroiled meat is bad for you. What's the proble…

    By: Joe Graedon June 2, 2003 0 Comments
    Will Toothpaste Banish Underarm Odor?

    Q. I am always on the lookout for a new deodorant for my daughter, since the usual products don't work for her. A friend who works out in the hot sun as a surveyor told me about an unusual product, Re…

    By: Joe Graedon June 2, 2003 0 Comments
    Don’t Get Addicted To Your Cure

    They say the cure shouldn't be worse than the disease. But sometimes the medicine can actually cause the very symptoms it's supposed to treat. Nowhere is this more apparent than with headache remedies…

    By: Joe Graedon May 26, 2003 0 Comments
    Whirlpool Responsible For Rash

    Q. I have developed an itchy, burning rash on my bottom. It sometimes becomes red and inflamed. I trace this to the whirlpool facility at our spa, which I use every day after exercising. I have tried …

    By: Joe Graedon May 19, 2003 0 Comments
    The Mystery Of Drug-Induced Weight Gain

    Q. Approximately a year ago I suffered a tragedy in my life. Afterwards I was diagnosed with a variety of conditions, including acid reflux, high blood pressure, depression and anxiety and chronic hea…

    By: Joe Graedon May 12, 2003 1 Comments
    Testing Coated Aspirin At Home

    Q. I take 81 mg enteric-coated aspirin daily to protect my heart. I put one of the tablets in a vase to keep some cut flowers fresh and noticed that in two days the coated aspirin did not dissolve. Do…

    By: Joe Graedon May 5, 2003 0 Comments
    B Vitamins Protect Against Breast Cancer

    Q. I read that taking vitamin B6 and folic acid can protect against breast cancer if you drink wine. What is an adequate amount of each vitamin per day? A. Researchers have found that women who consum…

    By: Joe Graedon April 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Cough Syrup Doesn’t Mix With Antidepressan…

    Q. You have warned against taking cough syrup containing dextromethorphan while taking Paxil, Zoloft or similar antidepressants. My pharmacist sister insists that dextromethorphan is dangerous only wh…

    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 April 21, 2003 0 Comments
    Did Cold Remedy Cause Sex-Headache

    Q. I'm relieved to learn that I am not the only one who gets headaches from sex. Over a ten-year period I had SEVERE, pounding, headaches during three separate vacations (great times for making love),…

    By: Joe Graedon April 14, 2003 0 Comments
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    Q. I have suffered from chronic diarrhea for the past several years. In fact, Imodium has been a constant companion. During a recent 15-hour road trip, though, I did not drink any coffee. I noticed I …

    By: Joe Graedon April 14, 2003 0 Comments
    Generics May Not Meet Expectations

    If you've paid for a prescription drug lately you probably winced. Prices are high and show no signs of coming down. That's why those who pay the bills favor generic drugs: insurance companies…

    By: Joe Graedon April 7, 2003 1 Comments
    Beware Salad Bars With Sulfites

    Q. I like to eat out at restaurants but often I get stomach cramps about an hour after eating salad, especially if it is from a salad bar. I must rush to a bathroom to avoid an embarrassing incident o…

    By: Joe Graedon March 31, 2003 0 Comments
    Drug Side Effects A Leading Killer

    Imagine a condition that causes millions of hospitalizations and hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. By some accounts, it is the third leading cause of mortality in this country, right after he…

    By: Joe Graedon March 23, 2003 0 Comments
    Fish Oil May Work When Antidepressants Fail

    Q. I have taken Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft, each for an extended time (not together). Although I was taking the recommended dosage, I did not benefit from any of them. Is there anything else on the mark…

    By: Joe Graedon March 16, 2003 0 Comments
    Celebrex May Cause Breast Reaction

    Q. I need a past article from you about Celebrex. Someone had complained that it made her nipples hard or something like that. I had a similar problem so I cut my dose from 200 to 100 and my nipples h…

    By: Joe Graedon March 10, 2003 0 Comments
    Pain Reliever Blocks Heart Benefits Of Aspirin

    Q. I heard recently that ibuprofen counteracts the beneficial heart effect that a daily aspirin has. I take a baby aspirin a day because I have had angioplasty. I also have a bad back and take ibuprof…

    By: Joe Graedon March 3, 2003 0 Comments
    Generic Thyroid Causes Problems

    Q. For over thirty years, I have been treated for hypothyroidism. Originally, I was on a thyroid extract. Ten years ago, I was switched to Synthroid .125 mg. This year, when it was time to renew my pr…

    By: Joe Graedon February 24, 2003 0 Comments
    New Drugs Will Compete With Viagra

    Q. I just heard about a newly released drug equivalent to Viagra. It is pronounced something like 'Syallis' but I don't know how to spell it. Have you heard about it yet? A. There are two new pills th…

    By: Joe Graedon February 17, 2003 0 Comments
    New Test May Help Predict Heart Disease

    Q. Heart disease runs in my family. My maternal grandfather died in his 30s of a massive coronary, and my dad has had bypass surgery. He is now on several medications, most of which have dreadful side…

    By: Joe Graedon February 17, 2003 0 Comments
    Over The Counter Drugs Have Hidden Dangers

    When was the last time you used an over-the-counter remedy? Tens of millions of us pop down products like Advil, Alka-Seltzer, Bayer Aspirin, Benadryl, Excedrin, Sudafed, Tylenol or Zantac without hes…

    By: Joe Graedon February 10, 2003 0 Comments
    Do Hair Dyes Cause Cancer?

    Q. My beautician says that hair dyes are absorbed into the circulatory and lymphatic system and can cause some forms of cancer. Is this true? A. The safety of hair dyes has been debated since the 1970…

    By: Joe Graedon February 10, 2003 0 Comments
    How Good Are Generic Drugs?

    Generic drugs have become a huge business. As prices for brand name medicines skyrocket, people are looking to generic equivalents to save money. Over the last two decades the market share of generics…

    By: Joe Graedon February 3, 2003 0 Comments
    Teenager Relies On Red Bull At Breakfast

    Q. My 15-year-old son has a hard time getting up in the morning. He's always running late and insists that I have Red Bull for him to drink on his way out the door. He says it gives him energy. If I r…

    By: Joe Graedon January 27, 2003 0 Comments
    Lipitor Raises Diabetic’s Blood Sugar

    Q. Recently, our physician prescribed Lipitor for my husband and myself. We both have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. We both take Glyburide and my husband takes Avandia as well. Since we started…

    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 December 30, 2002 0 Comments
    Child May Benefit From New Drug For ADHD

    Q. My son has ADHD. He was on Ritalin twice daily for about a month, but we had problems with mid-day "crashes." He is now taking Concerta. So far the results have been favorable, except for loss of a…

    By: Joe Graedon December 16, 2002 0 Comments
    Minister Fears Illegality Of Importing Wife̵…

    Q. My wife lost her health insurance and we cannot afford her medications. We saw an ad in the paper about buying drugs by mail from Canada at substantial savings. Needless to say, we are very interes…

    By: Joe Graedon December 9, 2002 0 Comments
    Overcoming The Stigma Of Bed Wetting

    Q. My daughter still wets the bed at age six. She has been seen by a urologist who didn't find anything wrong. Needless to say, she is extremely embarrassed about this situation. She can't sleep over …