By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2017 0 Comments
    Will Antidepressant Medications Increase Your Ri…

    Antidepressants are among the most popular pills in the drugstore. A research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine (Dec. 12, 2016) noted that one in six adults take psychiatric drugs. Antidepressant medic…

    By: Joe Graedon January 16, 2017 13 Comments
    Do Ibuprofen Side Effects Include Scary High Blo…

    We have heard ibuprofen referred to as vitamin I. That's because a lot of weekend warriors rely on ibuprofen and other non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve inflammation and pain. …

    By: Joe Graedon January 16, 2017 7 Comments
    Do Statin Side Effects Make It Harder To Exercis…

    How important is exercise for overall health? Researchers report that exercise reduces blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate, body fat and depression (British Journal of Sports Medicine, June, 2015)…

    By: Joe Graedon January 9, 2017 30 Comments
    How Good Is Restasis for Dry Eyes If It Causes B…

    If you watch television chances are pretty good that you have seen commercials for Restasis for Dry Eyes. In one you are asked: "Do you use artificial tears often?" In another you are told by the beau…

    By: Joe Graedon January 5, 2017 10 Comments
    Are NSAID Pain Relievers Like Ibuprofen Hurting …

    Americans love NSAID pain relievers. Millions take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB), or naproxen (Aleve) every day. Millions more swallow NSAID pain relievers their physicians prescribe. These drugs incl…

    By: Joe Graedon January 2, 2017 7 Comments
    Suicide and Chantix: Was There A Connection?

    Chantix helps many people stop smoking. That's the good news. But there is a darker side to Chantix. There used to be a black box warning (the FDA's strongest message to doctors about drug dangers) ab…

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2016 5 Comments
    Can Aspirin Use Cut the Risk of Pancreatic Cance…

    Pancreatic cancer is a killer. Less than 8 percent of those diagnosed with this disease are still alive after five years. It is more common than most people realize. So news that people who took asp…

    By: Terry Graedon December 29, 2016 13 Comments
    Will Your Sleep Aid Make You Stupid?

    Getting a good night's sleep can be an ongoing challenge. As a result, people try every possible option they can. A recent survey conducted by Consumer Reports has found that a large number of people …

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 29 Comments
    Is Your High Blood Pressure Reading due to Bad M…

    One of the most fundamental measurements that is taken at almost every doctor's visit is blood pressure. After you get weighed, a nurse frequently will check to see whether your blood pressure is with…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 39 Comments
    Can Surgical Anesthesia Cause Brain Fog and Conf…

    When a doctor discusses the pros and cons of elective surgery, the conversation often focuses on the desired benefits and the potential risks of the procedure itself. Rarely does the subject of surgic…

    By: Terry Graedon December 22, 2016 7 Comments
    Chantix Fights Free of Black Box Warning

    The manufacturer of the stop-smoking drug Chantix received a Christmas gift from the Food and Drug Administration. The medication has carried a black box warning for seven years. It warned of serious …

    By: Terry Graedon December 19, 2016 15 Comments
    How to Get Rid of a Wart with Tagamet

    Warts can affect almost anyone. For reasons that are not clear children seem especially susceptible. But adults can also develop warts. Sometimes a single wart on the sole of the foot multiplies and …

    By: Joe Graedon December 19, 2016 16 Comments
    Is the FDA Biased Against Dietary Supplements?

    Will your vitamins or dietary supplements hurt you? Millions of Americans take multivitamins, herbs or other supplements every day. Most people don't worry about possible dangers from these pills. Man…

    By: Joe Graedon December 15, 2016 7 Comments
    1 Out of Every 6 American Adults Takes Psychiatr…

    The numbers are startling: one in six American adults has taken a psychiatric drug. This is the finding from a study reported in JAMA Internal Medicine (online, Dec. 12, 2016). The researchers reviewe…

    By: Joe Graedon December 12, 2016 13 Comments
    Amiodarone Side Effects Can Be Life Threatening

    Amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone) is approved by the FDA for two very serious irregular heart rhythms: "1. Recurrent ventricular fibrillation and 2. Recurrent hemodynamically unstable ventricular tachy…

    By: Joe Graedon December 12, 2016 4 Comments
    Is Your Doctor Telling You the Truth About His M…

    A shocking article appeared in the medical literature a while back (BMJ, May 3, 2016). It was titled: "Medical Error--The Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S." The physician who spearheaded the in…

    By: Joe Graedon December 8, 2016 8 Comments
    Add Strokes to the Scary List of PPI Side Effect…

    Proton pump inhibitors like esomeprazole, lansoprazole or omeprazole are the most popular treatments for heartburn and reflux disease. It is estimated that 15 million Americans spend $10 billion on su…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2016 5 Comments
    Did Victoza for Diabetes Damage the Pancreas?

    Type 2 diabetes has become an epidemic in the US and around the world. Doctors can choose from a number of medications to treat it. Each medicine has its own side effect profile. Both patients and …

    By: Terry Graedon December 1, 2016 9 Comments
    What Should You Know About Drug-Induced Liver In…

    The liver is the organ that detoxifies many compounds that humans ingest, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs and herbs. Could some of these chemicals result in drug-induced liver injury…

    By: Joe Graedon November 28, 2016 14 Comments
    Don’t Let Psychiatric Side Effects Surpris…

    There are few drug side effects as unsettling as those that affect the brain. What makes them especially challenging is that prescribers may fail to mention them. As a result, many people are totally …

    By: Joe Graedon November 28, 2016 7 Comments
    Is There a Link Between NSAIDs like Ibuprofen an…

    Pain relievers like ibuprofen, indomethacin, meloxicam, naproxen and piroxicam have been popular for decades. Tens of millions of people take these non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) daily…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2016 2 Comments
    Proton Pump Inhibitors, Kidney Damage and Brain …

    There is growing evidence that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can cause kidney injury. A report from the meetings of the American Society of Nephrology in Chicago (November 18, 2016) has added more dat…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2016 0 Comments
    Can Common Medications Contribute to Kidney Ston…

    Anyone who has ever experienced kidney stones knows that this is something to avoid. Some people have described the pain as an 11 on a scale of 1 to 10. "Worse than childbirth" is the way one woman ch…

    By: Joe Graedon November 21, 2016 7 Comments
    Did Popular PM Pain Reliever Trigger Memory Loss…

    One of the most popular sectors in the OTC pharmacy biz during the last decade has been "PM" pain relievers. Drug companies take a popular brand like Advil, Aleve, Bayer, Excedrin, Motrin, Tylenol and…

    By: Joe Graedon November 21, 2016 25 Comments
    Is Your Medicine Triggering Scary Atrial Fibrill…

    Atrial fibrillation (AFib or AF) is a big hairy heart deal. The CDC estimates that as many as six million Americans suffer from this irregular heart rhythm. That number is expected to double by 2030 t…

    By: Joe Graedon November 17, 2016 43 Comments
    If You Are Over 40 Should You Be Taking A Statin…

    The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has just come out with recommendations that doctors consider a statin for anyone between 40 and 75. Whether or not the physician prescribes such a drug s…

    By: Joe Graedon November 14, 2016 7 Comments
    Are ALL Arthritis Drugs Including Celebrex Risky…

    The big news out of the American Heart Association meetings in New Orleans is that Celebrex (celecoxib) is no more dangerous for the heart and cardiovascular system than pain relievers like ibuprofen …

    By: Terry Graedon November 14, 2016 10 Comments
    What Blood Pressure Pill Doesn’t Make You …

    Getting blood pressure under control is key to staying healthy. Both the heart and kidneys are more likely to work well when blood pressure is not unduly elevated. But many people find it challenging …

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2016 3 Comments
    Will Your Antidepressant Lead You to Act Out Dre…

    When you imagine someone sleeping, chances are that the picture is very peaceful-head on the pillow, eyes closed, body relaxed. Now imagine this person dreaming. You can see their eyes moving back an…

    By: Joe Graedon November 7, 2016 12 Comments
    Can Stopping Excedrin Suddenly Cause A Severe He…

    Excedrin is one of those trusted brands that has been around for decades. According to the current manufacturer (Novartis), Excedrin Extra Strength was the first "multi-ingredient headache treatment p…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2016 23 Comments
    Patients Walk a Dangerous Tightrope on Blood Thi…

    Walking a tightrope is tricky business. If you have ever watched video of Nik Wallenda crossing the Grand Canyon on a high wire, you know how scary this can be. A misstep can lead to tragedy. When it …

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2016 3 Comments
    Should You Worry About Black Stools?

    It is important to know what peculiar symptoms might result from taking certain medications or even eating certain foods. Eating beets, for example, may turn urine and stools red. What might account f…

    By: Terry Graedon October 27, 2016 9 Comments
    Could Your Pain Reliever Hurt Your Heart?

    If you take a pain reliever on a regular basis, it might hurt your heart. People who take NSAID pain relievers are more prone to developing heart failure, according to a new study from Europe. NSAIDs …

    By: Terry Graedon October 27, 2016 6 Comments
    What Is the Trouble with Too Much Testosterone?

    The FDA has just issued a stronger warning about the hazards of too much testosterone. The previous warning from January, 2014, told men that taking testosterone could put them at risk for heart attac…

    By: Terry Graedon October 24, 2016 27 Comments
    Did a Flu Shot Cause Severe Shoulder Pain?

    Before flu season starts, we are all urged to be vaccinated against influenza. The flu shot is not supposed to have serious side effects, and it is seen as the best public health measure for protectin…

    By: Terry Graedon October 24, 2016 3 Comments
    Did Diabetes Medicine Cause Terrible Joint Pain?

    Type 2 diabetes has become an extremely common health condition. When doctors and patients are deciding which diabetes medicine might work best, it is important to consider the most significant risks …

    By: Joe Graedon October 24, 2016 6 Comments
    Is Your Blood Pressure Medicine Making You Sad a…

    Do you feel down in the dumps, sad or depressed? Have you ever considered the possibility that your medicine might be responsible for your blue mood? Health professionals rarely mention that many medi…

    By: Joe Graedon October 17, 2016 12 Comments
    Will Heartburn Drugs Raise Risk for Dementia?

    Will powerful proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) that are widely taken my millions of people every day affect the brain? Do such drugs pose a risk for dementia? This reader asks a disturbing question? Q. …

    By: Joe Graedon October 17, 2016 12 Comments
    Can Statins Cause Memory Loss and Transient Glob…

    The relationship between statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs and memory problems has been controversial for decades. When we begin writing about a link between drugs like atorvastatin (Lipitor), lo…

    By: Terry Graedon October 13, 2016 3 Comments
    Are You at Risk from Another Patient’s Ant…

    By now, most people realize that a course of antibiotics can disrupt the ecology of the intestinal microbes and make a patient more vulnerable to diarrhea. This can usually be attributed to an overgro…