By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2005 0 Comments
    Drugs For ADD Turn Teenager Testy

    Q. My teenage daughter has attention deficit disorder (ADD). Her doctor has prescribed Concerta, Straterra and Adderall at different times. Each of these drugs makes her anxious, argumentative, irrita…

    By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2005 0 Comments
    FDA On The Hotseat Because Of Safety Concerns

    According to the old proverb, "He who pays the piper calls the tune." FDA officials are now facing the music. They must answer to the American public, the people who really pay the bills. For decades …

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Will Nitroglycerin Trigger Airport Alarm?

    Q. My mum lives in New Zealand and would love to visit us, but she is petrified her nitroglycerin heart medicine will set off the security alarm. Is there any way to reassure her? A. If her luggage we…

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2005 0 Comments
    Low Cholesterol Affects Concentration

    Q. I took Lipitor for about eight months. One morning I awoke to pain in my neck, upper back, shoulders and arms. In addition, my arms are much weaker than before. The pain has been diagnosed as perip…

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2005 0 Comments
    Can Drugs Trigger Violence?

    Americans have a hard time imagining that a drug could change someone's behavior. Maybe that's why the Zoloft defense failed. A jury took just six hours to decide that Christopher Pittman was guilty o…

    By: Joe Graedon February 21, 2005 0 Comments
    Don’t Kiss Your Dog On the Mouth!

    A. It is unlikely that you will catch a cold from your dog or cat. They're not susceptible to these viruses the way humans are. Kissing your pet is not sanitary, though. Just think how an animal groom…

    By: Joe Graedon February 21, 2005 14 Comments
    Beware Drug-Induced Skin Rash

    Allergies and skin rash are common adverse reactions to drugs. But they rarely considered serious. Patients and doctors alike may brush off such symptoms as a minor annoyance. In too many cases, thoug…

    By: Joe Graedon February 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Arthritis Drugs Linked to Strokes

    Q. I took Vioxx for three years to ease arthritis pain. When it was taken off the market, my doctor switched me over to Bextra. Two months later I had a stroke. My doctor says I should no longer take …

    By: Joe Graedon February 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Talking About Side Effects Can Prevent Problems

    If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then doctors may be from Pluto. Communication is hard enough between men and women, but doctors and patients might as well be speaking different language…

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2005 0 Comments
    How To Find Good Quality Supplements

    Q. I am spending a huge amount on vitamins and herbal supplements. I wonder if I am wasting my money. My doctor says you can't trust the manufacturers of these products because they are not regulated …

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2005 0 Comments
    Dangers Of Enteric Coated Aspirin

    Q. I've heard that a daily dose of aspirin may lead to an ulcer due to the corrosive effect of aspirin on the lining of the stomach. Enteric-coated aspirin is sometimes recommended. I understand that …

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2005 0 Comments
    Toenail Fungus Remedy Has Deadly Outcome

    Q. My husband took Lamisil to treat toenail fungus. The drug worked, but was ultimately responsible for his death. The fine print for this prescription drug noted that it might cause neutropenia. For …

    By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2005 0 Comments
    Is Child At Risk Of Drug Interaction?

    Q. My grandson has behavior problems and has been on Prozac since age four. Because he is still disruptive in class, the doctor recently added Adderall. His concentration is somewhat improved but he i…

    By: Joe Graedon January 24, 2005 1 Comments
    Beware Steroid Psychosis

    Q. I am in very good health except for recurrent sinus infections. Recently, my internist put me on a 12-day tapered course of prednisone. Within days I thought I was going crazy. I became extremely a…

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2005 0 Comments
    Poppy Seeds Cause False Positive Drug Test

    Q. I go to the pain center at our local hospital and a few times a year we are given a urine test. Last week my urine test came out positive for morphine and since I don't take morphine, I was wonderi…

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2005 0 Comments
    What Is A Safe Drug?

    "There is no such thing as a safe drug. Each medication is a double-edged sword, with a good side and a bad side." We wrote those words thirty years ago in the first edition of our book The People's P…

    By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2005 0 Comments
    Embarrassing Side Effects Make Patient Quit Proz…

    Q. Seven years ago I was prescribed Prozac after several other antidepressants had not helped. I was hesitant, as I had heard of a man who committed suicide on Prozac. But I went ahead with the minimu…

    By: Joe Graedon December 27, 2004 0 Comments
    Nosebleeds Can Be Disabling

    Q. My son, my granddaughter and I have inherited a blood vessel disease (HHT) that results in frequent debilitating nosebleeds. My mother had thousands of transfusions that led her to contract AIDS an…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2004 0 Comments
    Does Prozac Change Personality?

    Q. I want to tell you of my experience with Prozac so that no one else has to go through it. I had taken Xanax for several years for periodic stress. I used it only intermittently, when the stress of …

    By: Joe Graedon December 13, 2004 0 Comments
    Is Candy Craving Due To Deficiency?

    Q. In the last 4 years I have had 2 children. During both pregnancies I craved mint sweets (Humbugs or Evertons). I could not get enough of them and in the final months more or less ate nothing else a…

    By: Joe Graedon December 6, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Soy Milk Lower Libido?

    Q. I'm a 49-year-old male in excellent health. I'm not overweight and run 35 miles a week. I've noticed a slight decline in my sex drive (mostly just my desire for sex). I wonder if phytoestrogens in …

    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…