By: Joe Graedon September 21, 2017 0 Comments
    Preventing Peripheral Neuropathy From Chemothera…

    When you get a diagnosis of cancer the world stops. Your brain melts and you go into fight or flight mode. It is one of the most stressful times of your life. All you can think about is choosing the r…

    By: Joe Graedon September 21, 2017 0 Comments
    Will Dangers of Antidepressants Shorten Your Lif…

    Americans love antidepressants. It is estimated that between one in eight and one in ten takes an antidepressant medication. People take SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and SNRIs (sero…

    By: Joe Graedon September 18, 2017 0 Comments
    What Do You Do When Your Specialists Disagree?

    Let's face it. We used to be at the mercy of our doctors. If a specialist said "jump," they expected us to inquire "how high?" If a medication was prescribed, we were expected to take it. The fewer qu…

    By: Joe Graedon September 18, 2017 9 Comments
    What Can You Do For Arthritis Pain If You Can…

    Roughly one out of five Americans takes an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) regularly. That includes medications like celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, indomethacin, meloxicam and naproxen …

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2017 13 Comments
    Are Menopausal Women Taking a Big Risk with HRT?

    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does not appear to increase the risk of death from either heart disease or cancer. That's what researchers concluded by analyzing data from the long-running Women's H…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 9 Comments
    Will Your Pain Pill Boost Your Blood Pressure?

    People in pain are caught in a terrible bind. When you hurt, it is common for your blood pressure to go up. That's hardly a surprise. Pain is extremely stressful for your entire body. But taking nonst…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2017 3 Comments
    If Metformin Causes Diarrhea, Will Kefir Help?

    One of the most useful-and widely used-medications for type 2 diabetes, metformin, is known to cause digestive distress for some of the people who take it. One reader found, however, that drinking the…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2017 6 Comments
    Are Rage and Depression Side Effects of Chantix?

    No question about it: smoking is terrible for your health. Heart disease, strokes, lung cancer and other malignancies and premature death are all more common among people who smoke tobacco. That is …

    By: Terry Graedon September 4, 2017 11 Comments
    How Many Breast Cancer Survivors Suffer Nerve Pa…

    Chemotherapy saves lives, but it can also result in long-lasting side effects. Until recently, oncologists did not know how often breast cancer survivors had to live with pain as a result of their tre…

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2017 18 Comments
    What’s In Your Armpit: Aluminum or Magnesi…

    When's the last time you looked at the ingredients in your antiperspirant? Most people never read labels. Be honest, now. Have you ever checked your antiperspirant label? We'll bet you a month's salar…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2017 2 Comments
    Can You Avoid Falls by Cutting Excess Medicines?

    Do you know how many of the medications you take you really need? Far too often, prescriptions pile up. Unless patients are paying close attention, they can end up with excess medicines without realiz…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2017 3 Comments
    Will an NSAID Gel for Sore Muscles Harm Your Kid…

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are widely used to provide pain relief, whether from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle sprain or strain or even severe menstrual cramps. Medications lik…

    By: Joe Graedon August 31, 2017 58 Comments
    Would You Pay $475,000 for the New CAR-T Cancer …

    The hottest new cancer treatment is called CAR-T. It stands for chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. Many world class medical centers have gone all in on CAR-T cancer research. That's becau…

    By: Joe Graedon August 28, 2017 5 Comments
    Can Crestor AKA Rosuvastatin Cause Cataracts?

    Statins like atorvastatin, rosuvastatin and simvastatin are prescribed in huge quantities. We estimate that over 34 million Americans are taking such cholesterol-lowering drugs every day. Many health …

    By: Joe Graedon August 28, 2017 17 Comments
    Doctor Disputes that HCTZ Can Raise Blood Sugar

    One of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the world today is a diuretic called hydrochlorothiazide. That's a mouthful. Not surprisingly, health professionals abbreviate this medication. It sometime…

    By: Joe Graedon August 21, 2017 25 Comments
    Rediscovering Lithium for Mood Disorders

    Lithium is a chemical element that is widespread in nature. You can find it in the earth's crust, in water and even in the food you eat. Depending upon where you live, there is a good chance that ther…

    By: Terry Graedon August 21, 2017 6 Comments
    Don’t Drink Mouthwash or Hand Sanitizer

    Most people know that alcoholism is an addiction, and that the condition can be lethal. They may not realize, however, that desperate alcoholics will drink things that are not fit for human consumptio…

    By: Terry Graedon August 20, 2017 3 Comments
    How Can You Overcome Gas from Metformin?

    Sometimes even helpful medications have side effects that are difficult to tolerate. For example, metformin is a first-line treatment for type 2 diabetes. It even has benefits beyond blood sugar. In a…

    By: Joe Graedon August 17, 2017 8 Comments
    Can You Trust FDA Device and Drug Approvals?

    Everyone wants a magic bullet when it comes to serious illness. That's why doctors and patients are willing to take chances if they think a new medication or medical device could ease pain, or prolong…

    By: Terry Graedon August 17, 2017 2 Comments
    Marathon Runners Should Watch Out for NSAIDs

    Marathon runners might be tempted to take ibuprofen or a similar NSAID before they start a long race. But evidence is accumulating that such anti-inflammatory pain relievers may increase the risk of k…

    By: Joe Graedon August 14, 2017 4 Comments
    Lisinopril and Angioedema: A Life-Threatening Si…

    Lisinopril is the most frequently prescribed blood pressure pill in the United States. At last count over 20 million Americans take this ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor daily. It works q…

    By: Joe Graedon August 14, 2017 7 Comments
    Why Was Aleve Better Than Tylenol for Bed-Wettin…

    Bed-wetting is not just a child's problem. Enuresis, as it is known medically, can also affect older people. Doctors sometimes prescribe anticholinergic drugs such as oxybutynin (Ditropan, Oxytrol) an…

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Caffeine Wake You Up Quicker from Anesthesi…

    Many people rely upon caffeine to get going in the morning or improve alertness during the day. Researchers have now found that caffeine might speed recovery from general anesthesia. Could caffeine wa…

    By: Joe Graedon August 10, 2017 1 Comments
    Not All Flu Shots Are Created Equal

    How effective are flu shots? The influenza virus changes from year to year, and consequently the vaccine must change as well to keep up. This means that experts need to study vaccination effectiveness…

    By: Joe Graedon August 7, 2017 10 Comments
    Is the Antidepressant Wellbutrin (Bupropion) a S…

    Many people find that traditional antidepressants lower their libido and interfere with sexual pleasure. Drugs like citalopram (Celexa), duloxetine (Cymbalta), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Proz…

    By: Joe Graedon August 7, 2017 9 Comments
    What Should Patients Do When Doctors Fight?

    When doctors disagree in public, it drive patients crazy. Most people assume that their health professionals know what the best treatment is for any given ailment. But on some matters there is surpris…

    By: Terry Graedon August 7, 2017 18 Comments
    Will Trazodone Be a Great Sleeping Pill?

    In any given year, nearly one-third of North Americans have trouble with insomnia, and between 4 and 7 percent have prolonged difficulty sleeping (LeBlanc et al, Sleep, Aug. 2009). It isn't any wonder…

    By: Terry Graedon July 31, 2017 25 Comments
    How Can You Counteract Muscle Pain from Statins?

    The doctors' debate over statins has become heated lately. You can read what we have written about that here and here. If you prefer, you can listen to our interviews with leading cardiologists here. …

    By: Joe Graedon July 31, 2017 10 Comments
    How Can You Tell If You Need a Statin?

    Dr. Steve Nissen is Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He maintains that "56 million Americans are considered eligible for statin therapy, with about half a…

    By: Terry Graedon July 31, 2017 10 Comments
    Is Cinnamon Toxic to the Liver?

    How do you know when an herb, spice or supplement is safe? It makes sense to do some reading on anything you are planning to take before you begin swallowing it. Many people are taking cinnamon to con…

    By: Joe Graedon July 27, 2017 46 Comments
    Will Stopping Statins Kill People?

    Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs have been controversial for decades. Atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Mevacor), rosuvastatin (Crestor), simvastatin (Zocor) and similar meds have made tens of…

    By: Joe Graedon July 24, 2017 23 Comments
    NSAID Gel Rescued A Vacation

    People in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Italy and many other countries have been able to buy topical NSAIDs for decades without a prescription. In the U.S. you can buy unlimited amounts of oral ibu…

    By: Joe Graedon July 17, 2017 20 Comments
    Allergy Sprays and Cataracts?

    Not that long ago, corticosteroid nasal sprays were available only by prescription. Doctors had to monitor a patient's progress and make sure there were no complications from cortisone-like medication…

    By: Joe Graedon July 13, 2017 12 Comments
    Humira Side Effects, Complications and Interacti…

    Humira (adalimumab) is the best selling drug (in dollars) in the U.S. (and around the world). Sales were listed between $13 and $16 billion in 2016. That is an unbelievable amount of money for a singl…

    By: Joe Graedon July 10, 2017 13 Comments
    How to Use Baking Soda to Ease Indigestion:

    You have seen ads for all sorts of pricey heartburn remedies. Some go to work quickly. Others, like the proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) take quite awhile to stifle stomach acid and relieve symptoms. Whe…

    By: Joe Graedon July 10, 2017 39 Comments
    How To Get Back to Sleep In the Middle of the Ni…

    According to the CDC, 33% of Americans don't get adequate sleep. Chronic insomnia is linked to all sorts of serious health problems including diabetes, hypertension, obesity, heart disease and depress…

    By: Joe Graedon July 10, 2017 6 Comments
    Help for Penis Problems (Peyronie’s Diseas…

    Have you ever heard of Peyronie's disease? Most people haven't. That's because it affects a very private part of the anatomy. Many men do not like to talk to their primary care doctors about penis pro…

    By: Joe Graedon July 6, 2017 22 Comments
    PPIs and Death: Why Are These Acid-Suppressors s…

    PPIs (aka proton pump inhibitors) remain incredibly popular. These acid-suppressing drugs help heal ulcers. That's a really good thing. For short term use, they're terrific! The trouble is that they a…

    By: Joe Graedon July 6, 2017 6 Comments
    The Pros and Cons of Metformin for Diabetes

    Metformin is #7 on the doctors' hit parade of top 10 prescription drugs. Each year the number of prescriptions increases substantially. Last year there were 87 million metformin prescriptions dispense…

    By: Joe Graedon July 3, 2017 99 Comments
    Are Prescription Drug Ads on TV Driving You Craz…

    Do you watch television? If so, you have almost inevitably seen commercials for medications we hope you will never need. If you are like a lot of our visitors you are sick and tired of prescription dr…