By: Joe Graedon December 6, 2004 0 Comments
    Can The FDA Handle Drug Safety

    How safe are America's medicines? Ask the pharmaceutical industry or the FDA, and you will be told that we have the safest drugs in the world. But the Vioxx fiasco has Americans starting to wonder if …

    By: Joe Graedon November 29, 2004 0 Comments
    Will Surgery Help Hip And Harm Head?

    Q. I'm about to have hip surgery and I'm worried about an article I read that anesthesia may lead to memory loss. What can you tell me about it? A. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center found …

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2004 0 Comments
    Saving Skin With Hand Sanitizers

    Q. I have become obsessive about washing my hands. All the news reports about the shortage of flu vaccine stress the importance of washing hands. Now they are red and rough and getting worse by the da…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2004 0 Comments
    Genric Drug Problem Raises Questions On Quality

    For decades the FDA has maintained that generic drugs are every bit as good as their brand name counterparts. Millions of people rely on generics as less expensive alternatives to pricey products like…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2004 0 Comments
    Dairy Products May Trigger Bad Breath

    Q. A dentist told a reader with bad breath that a stomach infection could be the cause. I too had bad breath and tried everything your reader mentioned, from dental care to medical exams. There was no…

    By: Joe Graedon November 8, 2004 0 Comments
    Despite TV Ads, It’s hard To Talk About ED

    Q. I know erectile dysfunction is discussed on TV, but some of us are still too embarrassed to ask about it. Could high blood pressure contribute to this problem? What about medications for hypertensi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2004 0 Comments
    Did Antibiotics Lead To Unplanned Pregnancy?

    Q. I recently became pregnant while taking the birth control pill. I was later told that antibiotics can make the pill inactive and that my doctor and pharmacist should have warned me. Is this true? I…

    By: Joe Graedon October 25, 2004 0 Comments
    Radish Addiction Could Signal Deficiency

    Q. I have become addicted to radishes. If I don't have them, the withdrawal is the same as smoking. Is there a reason for this? Can it hurt me? Do you think that it will pass? Please help! A. Ask your…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2004 0 Comments
    Erection Trouble Could Be Red Flag For Heart

    Q. Up until six months ago I had a successful and satisfying sex life. Now I cannot get a full erection. I don't understand why I have developed this condition which was never a problem before. Before…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2004 0 Comments
    Mood Altering Drugs Have Unexpected Risks

    Americans have had a love-hate relationship with mood medicine for decades. During the 1970s and 1980s Valium was one of the most popular drugs in the country. This anti-anxiety agent was even the sub…

    By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2004 0 Comments
    Birth Control Pills May Also Ease Acne

    Q. You recently ran a question about a teenage girl with acne. Nothing the dermatologist prescribed had worked and her mother refused to consider birth control pills for her. My heart goes out to her.…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2004 2 Comments
    Can Drug Turn White Hair Black?

    Q. I am a naturally blonde woman, age 57, taking Zocor and Zetia to lower my cholesterol. Since starting Zetia (about 6 months ago), I am sprouting a head of black hair. Where I used to find white mix…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2004 0 Comments
    New Drug Warnings Require Vigilance

    If you've ever watched TV commercials for drugs like Viagra, Vioxx or Zocor, you know that they present such medications in a very appealing light. Actors smile and seem to be having such a wonderful …

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Viagra Reverse Effexor Effect

    Q. I have heard that premature ejaculation is a common problem. I suffer just the opposite: delayed ejaculation. It can take me 20 or 30 minutes and this is far too long for my wife. This has become a…

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2004 0 Comments
    The Dark Side Of Statins

    Bill Clinton's recent bypass surgery has captured a lot of attention. Some commentators publicly rebuked the former president for his fondness for fast food and cigars and for stopping his cholesterol…

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2004 0 Comments
    Grapefruit Juice Saves Money On Medicine

    Q. I noticed your comment on grapefruit juice raising blood levels of some medications. This is true, but as a medical doctor I purposely use it to increase absorption of an expensive drug. A. Grapefr…

    By: Joe Graedon September 13, 2004 0 Comments
    Low Carb Diet Might Help Daughter’s Acne

    Q. My 14-year-old daughter has had moderate acne for nearly two years. There are always five to ten small pimples on her forehead, and now she has ten to twenty pimples on her cheeks as well. Clearasi…

    By: Joe Graedon September 6, 2004 0 Comments
    Hair Pulling Treatment Has Weird Side Effect

    Q. My daughter has been suffering from trichotillomania for five years. Drugs like Zoloft, Zyprexa and Celexa have been only mildly successful. She has been on a combination of Celexa and Risperdal fo…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2004 0 Comments
    Bleeding Ulcer Blamed On Pain Reliever

    Q. At 98, my mother lived in a nursing home but was in good health overall. One night after I visited, I got a call from the home saying she was "out of it." That was odd, but by the time I got back t…

    By: Joe Graedon August 16, 2004 0 Comments
    Noxzema Banishes Mystery Itch

    Q. Many thanks to whoever wrote about Noxzema for itchy skin. I've been plagued for over four years with a horrible itch on one side of my nose. It may seem laughable, but it's not so funny if you're …

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Toilet Seat Transmit Herpes?

    Q. I am very disappointed in a recent column about getting herpes from a toilet seat. The herpes simplex virus does not live outside the body and needs direct skin-to-skin contact to spread. It is imp…

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2004 3 Comments
    Older People Are Vulnerable To Drug Disasters

    Children are not just small adults. Drugs that are safe and effective for grown-ups, such as antidepressants or cough syrup, may not work well for kids. Pediatricians have worked hard to tailor childr…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2004 0 Comments
    Beach Bunny Wants To Banish Bikini Bumps

    Q. This summer I want to wear a bikini to the beach. But when I shave in that area I get ugly red bumps. What can I use to keep this from happening? A. Dermatologists call bikini bumps pseudofolliculi…

    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 July 26, 2004 0 Comments
    Retired Pot Smoker Worried About Viagra

    Q. I am 73. My wife and I are retired teachers. About once a week we smoke pot and have sex. We have enjoyed this experience for almost 30 years. Since my heart attack four years ago, I have added Via…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Is It Safe To Combine Sunscreen With Bug Spray?

    Q. I live in Florida and play golf at least four times a week. I also love to garden. Whenever I go outside, I apply sun block and then spray a potent insect repellent containing DEET. Is there any pr…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Generic Drugs Save Money But Do They Save Lives?

    Generic drugs are frequently offered as a solution to the high cost of prescription medicine. They are supposed to be identical to their brand name counterparts. But how good are they, really? The FDA…

    By: Joe Graedon July 12, 2004 0 Comments
    Ice Addiction Leads To Hospitalization

    Q. I read in your column about a person who craved ice. A couple of years ago I had the same habit, and had to have ice cubes constantly. Even on trips, my son would have to stop at restaurants, gas s…

    By: Joe Graedon July 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Osteoporosis Drug Does Double-Duty

    Q. I have always been afraid to take estrogen because of a family history of breast cancer. When I read that Evista could reduce the risk of osteoporosis and might protect against breast cancer, I ask…

    By: Joe Graedon June 21, 2004 0 Comments
    Cleanser Offers Cheap Personal Lubrication

    Q. My husband and I have read questions in your column about a personal lubricant. Many years ago, my gynecologist told me to use Albolene. It is a mascara remover, but has nothing harmful in it. It m…

    By: Joe Graedon June 7, 2004 0 Comments
    Toilet Seat Was Source Of Herpes Infection

    Q. You recently wrote that people can't catch anything serious from a toilet seat, but you were mistaken. My husband and I work out at a local gym. Somehow he picked up a herpes infection on his botto…

    By: Joe Graedon May 31, 2004 0 Comments
    Chocolate And Raisins No Good For Dogs

    Q. Is it really bad for dogs to eat chocolate? Some of my co-workers don't believe that giving chocolate cake or even candy to their dogs is a problem, but I've heard that it's dangerous. What does it…

    By: Joe Graedon May 31, 2004 0 Comments
    Are Antidepressants Hazardous Just Kids?

    The Food and Drug Administration is in a bind. Millions of people, including many children, have taken antidepressants like Prozac, Paxil and Wellbutrin. Physicians and patients assumed that the FDA s…

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2004 0 Comments
    Herpes Infection Threatens Relationship

    Q. I have been with my partner for 10 years and we are finally talking marriage. But we just found out he has herpes. He swears he has not been with anyone but me in our 10 years, but isn't this a sex…

    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 May 17, 2004 0 Comments
    How Dangerous Is The Toilet Seat?

    Q. What illness or infection, if any, can a person get from sitting on a toilet seat? A. Conventional medical wisdom maintains that you can't catch an infection from sitting on a toilet seat. Intact s…

    By: Joe Graedon May 10, 2004 0 Comments
    Getting Through College Without Drugs

    Q. We are trying to give our daughter the skills to handle college stresses without resorting to SSRI-type drugs. There must be natural ways that she can remain calm in stressful situations without re…

    By: Joe Graedon April 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Young Wife Worried By Loss Of Libido

    Q. In January I started taking birth control pills. Since then, I have not only gained weight, I've also lost all desire to have sex. I am 22 years old and have been married for 3 years to a wonderful…

    By: Joe Graedon April 12, 2004 0 Comments
    Pharmacist Bashes Canadian Drugs

    Q. As a practicing pharmacist, I have to read your column because my patients do. Half of the time I applaud you, but I often disagree with you. Many letters complain about the high cost of prescripti…

    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…