By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2019 3 Comments
    Statins Cause Diabetes: The Link Just Got Strong…

    There is no nice way to say this. Cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins cause diabetes. This is not new news, but it is unwelcome. When lovastatin (Mevacor) was approved by the FDA more than 30 year…

    By: Joe Graedon March 18, 2019 11 Comments
    Delayed Cough with Lisinopril Can Lead to Misdia…

    Humans are programmed to quickly associate symptoms with exposure to some toxin. This was an incredibly adaptive learning process when our ancestors were hunters and gatherers. If a member of the trib…

    By: Joe Graedon March 18, 2019 11 Comments
    Doctor Disses Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) Against Flu

    Watch out, there’s a second wave of nasty influenza starting to circulate. Even though it seems as if spring is right around the corner, a lot of people are suffering from this badass H3N2 strain of…

    By: Joe Graedon March 18, 2019 46 Comments
    Best Home Remedies for Restless Legs Syndrome

    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) affects 5% to 15% of adults (Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, Dec. 15, 2016). That means as many as 30 million Americans suffer from RLS. Roughly 6 million people are s…

    By: Joe Graedon March 11, 2019 9 Comments
    PPIs and Kidney Damage | Nephrologist Spanks GI …

    Many specialists live in silos. By that we mean they hang out with other experts like themselves. They reinforce each other’s understanding of the world. These specialists may not hang out with auth…

    By: Joe Graedon March 11, 2019 19 Comments
    There’s an Easy Trick to Talk to the Pharm…

    There was a time when most of the pharmacies in America were owned and operated by a pharmacist. They were friendly gathering places. The pharmacist knew your name and probably everyone in your family…

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2019 14 Comments
    Can You Overcome Allergies with Xlear?

    Every year as allergy season arrives, people who suffer from allergies look for solutions. Antihistamines such as cetirizine (Zyrtec), fexofenadine (Allegra), levocetirizine (Xyzal) or loratadine (Cla…

    By: Joe Graedon March 7, 2019 8 Comments
    A New Carcinogen Found in BP Meds | More ARB Rec…

    How many times have we said, Not Again? We are, sadly, referring to ARB recalls. ARBs are short for angiotensin receptor blockers. They treat high blood pressure. Basically, it boils down to another w…

    By: Terry Graedon March 7, 2019 13 Comments
    No Link Between Vaccine and Autism in Denmark

    There are half a dozen measles outbreaks currently underway in the US, as well as several serious international outbreaks. Consequently, the news on measles vaccine from Denmark is important. Scientis…

    By: Joe Graedon March 4, 2019 13 Comments
    Clindamycin and C. Diff Infection: A Devil’s R…

    The FDA has a black box warning in the prescribing information for clindamycin (Cleocin). That represents the highest alert for physicians and patients about this antibiotic. It says in part: “Becau…

    By: Joe Graedon March 4, 2019 16 Comments
    FDA Boss Infuriates Patients with Drug Safety Tw…

    Dr. Scott Gottlieb is the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. That means he is the top cop when it comes to all our medications. Dr. Gottlieb stirred up a lot of excitement on Valentine…

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2019 0 Comments
    How Can Viruses Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Bacte…

    The CDC estimates that at least 23,000 Americans die each year from antibiotic-resistant infections. Researchers expect this problem will only get worse in coming years. Finding new antibiotics has be…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2019 1 Comments
    Are You Giving Your Child the Right Dose?

    What do you do when your young child gets a fever, a cough or a sore throat? If you’re like most parents, you look around the medicine chest for something to ease the symptoms. But what will you fin…

    By: Joe Graedon February 25, 2019 10 Comments
    Fibromyalgia Treatment| Choosing Between Pain Re…

    When it comes to fibromyalgia think pain. Almost constant pain. Some people describe it as a nagging ache, sort of like a toothache in your muscles. Other people complain of tender places on the body.…

    By: Joe Graedon February 25, 2019 10 Comments
    Peyronie’s Disease | Can You Cure a Curved Pen…

    It is hard to talk about curvature of the penis. For one thing, the cause is often a result of trauma. That is to say, injury during sex. Who wants to tell a doctor that you have been too rambunctious…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2019 13 Comments
    Can NSAIDs for Pain Harm Your Kidneys?

    Have you taken nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like diclofenac, ibuprofen or naproxen? A recent study shows that people taking high doses of NSAIDs for pain may develop kidney problems (…

    By: Joe Graedon February 21, 2019 11 Comments
    More Bad News About PPIs and Kidney Damage

    The FDA loves proton pump inhibitors (PPI)s. So do doctors, especially gastroenterologists. Drugs like esomeprazole (Nexium) lansoprazole (Prevacid) and omeprazole (Prilosec) used to top the doctors' …

    By: Joe Graedon February 18, 2019 70 Comments
    Statins and Muscle Pain: What Else Can He Do To …

    Jane Brody, the grande dame of medical journalism, asked: “Are you among the 73 million Americans with cholesterol levels that current guidelines suggest should be lowered by taking a statin for the…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2019 16 Comments
    Can You Avoid Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfuncti…

    When you are told you need surgery, there is a lot to think about. What kind of surgery, and what is the recovery like? Will you need to spend time in the hospital? You need to know the risks and bene…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2019 13 Comments
    Why Can You Buy Quinine in Canada But Not the US…

    If you suffer from nighttime leg cramps, you may have spent some time looking for treatments to prevent them. If you are old enough, you may remember a time when you could buy quinine tablets to treat…

    By: Terry Graedon February 14, 2019 12 Comments
    Show 1153: How to Listen to TV Drug Commercials

    If you watch television, you can’t avoid TV drug commercials for maladies from type 2 diabetes to auto-immune diseases like psoriasis or rheumatoid arthritis to refractory cancers. Do you see these …

    By: Joe Graedon February 11, 2019 36 Comments
    Why Don’t Doctors Recognize Lisinopril Cough?

    We have been writing about drug-induced coughing for more than 30 years. In the beginning we tried to be diplomatic. Here is one of the first questions we ever received on this topic (March 28, 1988).…

    By: Joe Graedon February 11, 2019 2 Comments
    Overcoming Rebound Nasal Congestion from Deconge…

    People with allergies are often caught in a terrible double bind. Their stuffy noses lead them to decongestant nasal sprays. After a few days of continuous use they become dependent upon the spray. If…

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2019 28 Comments
    Statins for Older People | A New Study is Wildly…

    The headlines this week have been emphatic: “Study: Proof Statins Help Older People.” Then there was this one: “Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Giving Older Adults Better Heart Health.” We were int…

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2019 38 Comments
    What Is the Other Drug Epidemic?

    Much has been written about the epidemic of opioid drug misuse, overdose and death. With more than 130 people dying every day in this country as a result of opioid overdose, we all have a right to be …

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2019 13 Comments
    Special Creams Fail to Fight Pain

    Americans spend hundreds of millions of dollars on specially formulated topical pain creams. Medicare Part D paid more than half a billion dollars for such prescription products in 2015. Doctors may p…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2019 15 Comments
    The Itch That Won’t Quit | Itching After Stopp…

    Chances are good that you have seen a Xyzal commercial on TV. You see an animated owl with a distinctive accent. He wears a monocle…presumably to give this wise owl some extra authority. He lets you…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2019 8 Comments
    What Medicines Cause Depression? Are You Vulnera…

    When most people think about drugs and depression, they likely imagine antidepressants. That is, medicines to help overcome the blues. They rarely consider the possibility that the medications they we…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2019 3 Comments
    Can You Get Addicted to Cough Syrup?

    There’s an ingredient in most over-the-counter cough medicine that poses risks that most people are unaware of. Dextromethorphan (DXM, DM, or dex) is a chemical cousin of opiates. This seemingly inn…

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2019 14 Comments
    Opioids for Osteoarthritis Seem Scary! How About…

    When you are in pain it is hard to function. People who have osteoarthritis of the spine, hips or knees have difficulty getting around, let alone exercising. There are no perfect drug solutions for tr…

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2019 55 Comments
    Nighttime Nasal Congestion | Is There a Non-Addi…

    Do you breathe through your mouth when you sleep? A lot of people do. That’s because they experience nighttime nasal congestion. It’s not pleasant. Your mouth gets terribly dry and scuzzy. Nightti…

    By: Joe Graedon January 24, 2019 19 Comments
    Should You Take Aspirin for your Heart? Does You…

    Aspirin is a very old drug but scientists are still trying to figure out if it should be used to prevent heart attacks and strokes. In April of 2016 the United States Preventive Services Task Force pu…

    By: Joe Graedon January 21, 2019 10 Comments
    Is It Risky to Have Low Cholesterol Naturally?

    You’ve probably heard the expression that “you can’t be too rich or too thin.” We would disagree with the idea that you can’t be too thin. Just ask health professionals who treat people with…

    By: Joe Graedon January 21, 2019 7 Comments
    Overdosing on Xofluza for Flu Led to Devastating…

    Did you know that there is a new flu drug in town? The FDA approved baloxavir (Xofluza) to treat influenza on October 24, 2018. In its announcement, the FDA stated “'This is the first new antiviral …

    By: Joe Graedon January 21, 2019 98 Comments
    Are You Fed Up with the Proliferation of Prescri…

    Drug companies used to focus their marketing strategies exclusively on doctors. They spent millions on sales representatives who traveled the country chatting up physicians and handing out free sample…

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2019 7 Comments
    Do Dermatologists Prescribe Too Many Antibiotics…

    Dermatologists love antibiotics. They prescribe proportionately more antibiotics than other medical specialties. Do not take our word for this! Here is a quote from an article in JAMA Dermatology (Jan…

    By: Terry Graedon January 17, 2019 8 Comments
    How Serious Is the Problem of Inappropriate Anti…

    Infectious disease experts worry a lot about the problem of bacterial resistance related to inappropriate antibiotics. A study of patient records suggests that doctors in the US may be prescribing ant…

    By: Joe Graedon January 14, 2019 12 Comments
    Can Repatha Substitute for Statins to Lower Chol…

    Not everyone can tolerate statins to lower cholesterol. Some people react to drugs like atorvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin or simvastatin with muscle pain and weakness, arthritis, mus…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2019 4 Comments
    Are Older People More Likely to Fall on Antidepr…

    Older people may be at particular risk of falls and fractures when they take antidepressants. Back in 2012, experts added SSRI and SNRI type drugs such as fluoxetine (Prozac) and venlafaxine (Effexor)…

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2019 37 Comments
    Why Was the FDA So Slow to Warn About FQ Disaste…

    We would be the first to admit that the Food and Drug Administration has a LOT of responsibilities. The agency is supposed to ensure that our food supply is safe. It monitors those never-ending prescr…