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 …

    By: Joe Graedon December 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Farmer’s Hand Lotion Stars In Bedroom

    Q. I have been amused reading your columns about sexual lubricants and would like to offer a cheaper alternative. Years ago I found out about Corn Huskers Lotion for this purpose. The ingredients in t…

    By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2002 2 Comments
    Pain Pills Temporarily Help Alzheimer’s Pa…

    Q. My mother has Alzheimer's disease and hasn't spoken coherently for more than two years. She fell and broke her hip and was given a shot for pain. Like magic she became lucid and responsive. This co…

    By: Joe Graedon November 18, 2002 0 Comments
    Does Buying Medicine In Canada Make You A Crimin…

    Q. Is it true that buying prescription medicines in Canada is illegal? I have seen ads for online pharmacies based in Canada and I am desperate to save money on my drugs. I spend well over $100 a mont…

    By: Joe Graedon November 4, 2002 0 Comments
    Can Hemorrhoid Ointment Work For Wrinkles

    Q. I have a friend who says that Preparation H can smooth wrinkles on your face. She has lovely skin, but I am dubious. Could a hemorrhoid product really do any good against wrinkles, or is this an ur…

    By: Joe Graedon October 28, 2002 0 Comments
    Mixing Household Chemicals Can be Deadly

    Q. I read somewhere recently that a woman almost died while cleaning with chlorine bleach and ammonia. I clean with these items every week. Could you tell me how this could possibly cause death? A. Co…

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2002 0 Comments
    Sexy Guy Doesn’t Need Viagra

    Q. My boy friend does not suffer from impotence, far from it. But he is taking Viagra. He says it helps him achieve better erections and last longer. I think it's ridiculous, but he jokes about it and…

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2002 1 Comments
    Peppermint May Interact With Medications

    Q. Periodic bouts with irritable bowel syndrome cause me painful cramping and gas. My doctor prescribes Donnatal, but it makes me drowsy. I have read that peppermint oil would help. Could you give me …

    By: Joe Graedon October 14, 2002 0 Comments
    Pulling Her Hair Out Over Lack Of Insurance

    Q. I have just changed jobs and my new employer does not offer medical insurance. I am presently taking Luvox for trichotillomania and Synthroid for a thyroid condition. I am having trouble getting in…

    By: Joe Graedon October 7, 2002 0 Comments
    Make-Up Remover Doubles As Sexual Lubricant

    Q. Some time ago a reader praised a moisturizer that she and her husband had been using for 27 years as a sexual lubricant. I meant to save the column, but by mistake I recycled the newspaper. This pr…

    By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Shocking Pink Nits Easier To Locate

    Q. I am going crazy looking for nits. My eight-year-old daughter caught lice at school and we are having an awful time getting rid of them. The school has a no-nit policy, which means I have to search…

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2002 0 Comments
    Pepto-Bismol May Rescue Wedding Guest

    Q. I cannot talk to anyone about this embarrassing problem, not even my doctor. Some days I experience bouts of flatulence that are so smelly that I cannot bear to go out in public. My niece is gettin…

    By: Joe Graedon September 18, 2002 0 Comments
    Wife Worried About Lack Of Ejaculation

    Q. I've never seen this subject addressed in your column, and hope it is not taboo. My husband had one problem which Viagra addressed, but now he cannot ejaculate. I've read that ejaculating at least …

    By: Joe Graedon September 9, 2002 0 Comments
    Sleep Paralysis Can Be Terrifying

    Q. For many years, from age 25 to 45, I experienced the horrifying feelings that I now have learned are associated with "sleep paralysis." I never knew what it was and had no one to ask about it. Luck…

    By: Joe Graedon September 9, 2002 0 Comments
    Extra Care Needed For Elder’s Drugs

    Gun enthusiasts are fond of pointing out that guns don't kill people; people kill people. Drugs are a lot like loaded guns. When used with great care, they rarely cause harm. But if they are prescribe…

    By: Joe Graedon September 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Angry Parent Objects To Deet Advice

    Q. I was shocked that you recommended DEET for a 12-year-old child at summer camp. Don't you know that DEET is dangerous for children? Even if he is allergic to chiggers, you had no business telling t…

    By: Joe Graedon September 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Drug Leaflets Flunk Pharmacy Test

    Have you been to a pharmacy lately? If you got a prescription filled, chances are pretty good that you had to wait a long time to get your pills. Pharmacists are slammed with too much work and not eno…

    By: Joe Graedon August 26, 2002 0 Comments
    Paxil Caused Problem With Potency

    Q. No one warned me that Paxil might affect my sexual ability. I suffered impotence for several years until I stopped taking Paxil. Then the problem went away. Stopping Paxil turned into a nightmare. …

    By: Joe Graedon August 12, 2002 0 Comments
    Ugly Secret Of Hormone Withdrawal Reaction

    Q. In 1985, after 8 months of very annoying hot flashes, I sought medical help and was prescribed Premarin. The first dosage was too strong and caused many headaches. It was cut back and later Provera…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Sex Tip From The Cosmetic Counter

    Q. My husband and I have used Albolene as a sexual lubricant since the early 1970s. I'm not sure how we heard about it, but it's great: odorless, tasteless, slick but not messy. It comes in a white tu…

    By: Joe Graedon July 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Can His Drugs Affect Her Through Intercourse?

    Q. My husband was recently diagnosed with diabetes. Now I am having health issues myself and my doctor is grasping at straws. At first he thought it was a thyroid problem, then menopausal symptoms, bu…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Fish Oil Fights High Cholesterol

    Q. I have taken Zocor for several years to control my cholesterol, and it keeps the cholesterol around 200. It does nothing for my elevated triglycerides, though, and my ratio has been around 5 althou…

    By: Joe Graedon July 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Bra Itch Responds To Athlete’s Foot Remedi…

    Q. You've given men advice on coping with jock itch, so I decided to tell you how I deal with the bra itch we ladies get. When I had my last mammogram, the technician said some gals come in looking li…

    By: Joe Graedon June 24, 2002 0 Comments
    Man Fakes Orgasm To Satisfy His Wife

    Q. I read with interest your comments on male premature ejaculation, but my problem is just the opposite. My wife and I have a very good sexual relationship (with the help of Viagra), but I very seldo…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2002 0 Comments
    Is Douching Necessary–Or Dangerous?

    Q. Can douching prevent pregnancy and venereal disease? I was told when I was growing up that you should douche right after intercourse. This is not always convenient, but I try to do so for health re…

    By: Joe Graedon June 3, 2002 5 Comments
    ‘Save-The-Baby’ Hard To Find

    Q. More than fifty years ago when I was a child, my mother used "Save-the-Baby" on us when we had a bad cold. She rubbed it on our chests. I loved the smell and it seemed to work quite well. In the ea…

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2002 0 Comments
    Sweaty Arm Pits Pose Embarrassing Problem

    Q. My daughter suffers from excessive underarm perspiration. I told her to ask her doctor about it, but the doctor said she has not heard of a prescription deodorant to deal with this problem. My daug…

    By: Joe Graedon May 20, 2002 5 Comments
    Beware Of Baking Soda Overdose

    Q. I want to warn people about using baking soda to treat heartburn and indigestion. Although there are instructions right on the package for treating GI upset with baking soda, I must stress the impo…