By: Terry Graedon February 19, 2018 6 Comments
    How Does the Heart Drug Amiodarone Hurt Your Lun…

    The heart drug amiodarone (Pacerone) is prescribed for serious, life-threatening heart rhythm abnormalities, such as ventricular fibrillation or unstable ventricular tachycardia. These technical terms…

    By: Joe Graedon February 15, 2018 17 Comments
    What Do You Really Know About Scary Ibuprofen Si…

    Do you read the labels on OTC pain relievers? Be honest now. The last time you purchased Advil, Motrin IB or some house brand ibuprofen pills, did you check out the dosage instructions or the warnings…

    By: Joe Graedon February 12, 2018 22 Comments
    What Are the Most Dangerous Drugs for Older Adul…

    Imagine you are a space alien from the Planet Xelziga. You land somewhere in North America and turn on your television monitoring system. As you attempt to learn the basics about human behavior, you m…

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2018 29 Comments
    Why Do Nursing Homes Dispense Risky Antipsychoti…

    The Food and Drug Administration has long warned that administering antipsychotic drugs to people with dementia is dangerous. That practice can increase the risk of premature death. Previous studies s…

    By: Joe Graedon February 5, 2018 15 Comments
    What’s the Story on Metformin for Diabetes?

    Metformin has become the go-to drug for type 2 diabetes. It's easy to understand why. The drug works to control blood sugar and it is incredibly inexpensive compared to many of the newer diabetes drug…

    By: Joe Graedon February 5, 2018 12 Comments
    Hydrochlorothiazide Triggers Gout |Cherries to t…

    Are you taking HCTZ or HCT? Those are the abbreviations for hydrochlorothiazide. This “thiazide” diuretic is probably one of the most prescribed drugs in the world. By our count, over 20 million p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 5, 2018 12 Comments
    Will Do-It-Yourself Mouse Repellent Be Toxic to …

    Nobody wants to share their home with pests. As a result, people develop all kinds of ingenious methods to discourage mice. None are foolproof, however. It is worthwhile considering whether a do-it-yo…

    By: Joe Graedon February 5, 2018 4 Comments
    How To Choose Safe and Effective Over-The-Counte…

    Americans love to play doctor. And the FDA has made it easy. That’s because the agency has allowed Pharma companies to switch many Rx drugs to OTC in a big way. We spend $33 billion on over-the-coun…

    By: Joe Graedon February 1, 2018 34 Comments
    Why Does the Flu Kill So Many Healthy People?

    Influenza continues to make millions of people sick around the country. There have been way too many deaths. Clearly, this year’s influenza epidemic caught health professionals by surprise, even tho…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2018 20 Comments
    Can You Stop People from Abusing Diarrhea Medici…

    The opioid epidemic has spawned some improbable activity, such as people abusing diarrhea medicine. The FDA is cracking down on the over-the-counter pill loperamide. This drug, sold as Imodium A-D, ha…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2018 3 Comments
    How Chinese Labs Exploit the Mail to Sell Deadly…

    A potent and dangerous opioid, fentanyl, is largely responsible for the dramatic increase in deaths over the last couple of years. The opioid epidemic is a public health crisis. In response, medical p…

    By: Joe Graedon January 29, 2018 25 Comments
    Oseltamivir | Tamiflu Did Not Work. What Went Wr…

    The influenza epidemic that is sweeping North America has a lot of people freaked out. And with good reason. Headlines have reported “Killer flu.” There is a growing tally of deaths from this year…

    By: Joe Graedon January 25, 2018 6 Comments
    Xeljanz XR Side Effects and Complications for Tr…

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a challenging autoimmune disease. For reasons that remain mysterious, people with RA are the victims of an assault by their own immune system. Bones and joints are especia…

    By: Joe Graedon January 25, 2018 23 Comments
    Should Everyone Over 65 Take a Statin to Prevent…

    Do statins help older people live longer? That is a question that has been controversial for decades. Tens of millions of people are currently taking a statin-type cholesterol-lowering drug every day.…

    By: Joe Graedon January 22, 2018 49 Comments
    Do Statins Affect Memory or Scramble Your Brain?

    The top four statin-type cholesterol-lowering medications are atorvastatin, simvastatin, pravastatin and rosuvastatin. Our back of the envelope calculations suggest that over 200 million prescriptions…

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2018 1 Comments
    Do Mothers with Heartburn Have Babies with Asthm…

    Heartburn is a common symptom during pregnancy. New research suggests, however, that pregnant women who relieve their reflux with potent acid-suppressing drugs may precipitate unexpected complications…

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2018 19 Comments
    Amlodipine and Dizziness: How Common is This Sid…

    Amlodipine is a commonly prescribed blood pressure medicine. At last count, 87 million prescriptions were dispensed annually in the U.S (Quintiles IMS, May, 2017, now IQVIA Institute). It is referred …

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2018 15 Comments
    Atorvastatin Side Effects — Is Psoriasis O…

    Atorvastatin (Lipitor) is one of the most prescribed drugs in the world. At last count, over 100 million prescriptions were dispensed annually  in the U.S. (Quintiles IMS, May, 2017, now IQVIA Instit…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 9 Comments
    Can You Prevent Wrinkles with HRT?

    Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, has been controversial for quite some time. In the 20th century, women were often admonished that taking estrogen and progestin after menopause would not only ease…

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2018 26 Comments
    Are Doctors Overprescribing Gabapentin and Prega…

    Let's be perfectly honest. Most doctors have a difficult time with chronic pain patients. One physician described it to us many years ago: "When I see a patient suffering severe chronic pain come in t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 5 Comments
    Do You Absorb Magnesium from Your Armpits?

    Milk of magnesia is a time-honored medicine to treat constipation. But that is not the only use for this versatile compound. We first heard about using milk of magnesia in the armpits to suppress odor…

    By: Joe Graedon January 11, 2018 1 Comments
    Do Ibuprofen Side Effects Include Hormone Imbala…

    Pain relievers like ibuprofen are “the most commonly used over-the-counter drugs worldwide (Nature Reviews Endocrinology, July, 2016). People assume that if the FDA permits OTC sale, such products m…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2018 25 Comments
    What to Do About Arthritis Pain When NSAIDs Are …

    Tens of millions of people suffer constant arthritis pain. Many of them have severe joint deterioration. The usual recommendation is to take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). You know: ib…

    By: Joe Graedon January 4, 2018 19 Comments
    COPD Drug Side Effects Can Be Deadly

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a very serious lung condition. People with COPD often complain of a constant cough, wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, mucus and fatigue. …

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 30 Comments
    What Is Behind the Rise in Gabapentinoids?

    The opioid epidemic has doctors looking for alternative treatments to ease pain. Many have turned to a category of medications called gabapentinoids. What Are Gabapentinoids? This category includes th…

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2018 18 Comments
    Beware Amiodarone Side Effects and Interactions

    According to the FDA, "Amiodarone is intended for use only in patients with the indicated life-threatening arrhythmias because its use is accompanied by substantial toxicity." The FDA goes on to state…

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2018 7 Comments
    Surprising Ketamine Side Effects and Anti-Suicid…

    There is tremendous confusion and controversy surrounding a very old drug called ketamine (Ketalar). The FDA first approved Ketalar in 1970 as an injectable anesthetic. It had advantages over existing…

    By: Joe Graedon December 28, 2017 52 Comments
    How Did Doctors Go So Wrong on Calcium and Vitam…

    For decades physicians have been advising their older female patients to take extra calcium and vitamin D for bone strength. It seemed logical. Both calcium and vitamin D play a role in building bone.…

    By: Joe Graedon December 25, 2017 7 Comments
    Can You Cure Asthma With Antifungal Medicine?

    For many people, asthma is a mysterious condition. Wheezing and shortness of breath may seem to come from nowhere. Health professionals frequently blame asthma on allergies. Perhaps a person is allerg…

    By: Joe Graedon December 25, 2017 10 Comments
    What Will Doctors Do When Baby Boomers Retire?

    Will you ever be able to afford to retire? According to the Pew Research Center, 10,000 baby boomers turned 65 today. Roughly the same number will turn 65 tomorrow and the day after that. In fact, it …

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2017 70 Comments
    FDA Plans to Crack Down on Homeopathy

    Homeopathy got its start around the turn of the 19th century. That’s when the German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, published his law of similars. His idea was that like healed like. In other words, i…

    By: Joe Graedon December 21, 2017 4 Comments
    Ketamine Zaps Suicidal Thoughts Within Hours

    An old anesthetic medication is getting new attention as a fast-acting way to reverse suicidal thoughts. That's the news from a high-powered study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, onli…

    By: Terry Graedon December 18, 2017 9 Comments
    Popular Blood Pressure Pill Linked to Skin Cance…

    When bad news surfaces, some people have a hard time accepting it. When researchers uncovered a link between a popular blood pressure pill and non-melanoma skin cancer, we got this message from a skep…

    By: Joe Graedon December 18, 2017 6 Comments
    How Can You Allergy-Proof Your Bedroom to Contro…

    Is your home your castle? Many people feel that their home is a refuge from the outside world. But a study of 7,000 bedrooms found that a large majority are contaminated with allergens (Journal of All…

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2017 4 Comments
    Ibuprofen Eased Back Pain But Caused Life-Threat…

    Americans love ibuprofen. Some have taken to calling it vitamin I because they rely on it so often to relieve pain. But ibuprofen and naproxen can cause life-threatening ulcers. Just because they are …

    By: Terry Graedon December 11, 2017 5 Comments
    How Can You Overcome Testosterone-Induced Acne?

    Over the past decade or so, testosterone replacement therapy has become quite popular. Three times as many men are using prescriptions for testosterone now as in 2001 (O'Connor, New York Times, June 3…

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2017 25 Comments
    Does Tamiflu Speed Recovery from Influenza? What…

    The CDC has made it official. The flu is back! Preliminary reports suggest that it could be a bad year for influenza. The CDC has reported higher case reports than usual at this time of year. At the m…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2017 32 Comments
    Hydrochlorothiazide Side Effects: Skin Cancer an…

    You have been advised by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology that if you have systolic blood pressure of 130 or higher and/or diastolic blood pressure of 80 or higher…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2017 14 Comments
    Do Oral Contraceptives Cause Breast Cancer? The …

    The New England Journal of Medicine (Dec. 7, 2017) has answered a long-simmering controversy about hormonally-based contraception. In a nutshell, birth control pills do raise the risk of breast cance…

    By: Joe Graedon December 4, 2017 16 Comments
    Repatha to Lower LDL Cholesterol: Uses, Abuses, …

    There's a new cholesterol-lowering medicine making waves. Many health professionals are convinced that there is no such thing as too low a golf score or a cholesterol level. They are right about golf,…