By: Terry Graedon June 4, 2007 25 Comments
    Don’t Let Drugs Cause Disability

    They say that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. That's because they have such different approaches to life. If that's true, then perhaps physicians are from Oz and patients are still in Kans…

    By: Terry Graedon May 22, 2007 10 Comments
    Avandia: Another Vioxx Debacle?

    The FDA has a mandate to make sure all drugs (prescription and OTCs) are “safe and effective.” This is the law. The only trouble is that FDA’s definition of ‘safe’ is har…

    By: Joe Graedon April 30, 2007 0 Comments
    Does Phentermine Lower Libido?

    Q. I am a 35-year-old woman who lives a very active and busy life. I work three jobs and have a family with three teenage boys. The problem is that within the last two years my sexual drive has dwindl…

    By: Joe Graedon April 23, 2007 179 Comments
    Ambien Can Cause Indigestion

    Q. I have been taking Ambien for about six months. It really helps me get a decent night's sleep but now I have heartburn. Can Ambien cause reflux? I hate to take Nexium to counteract indigestion that…

    By: Joe Graedon April 20, 2007 12 Comments
    Pain Relievers MAY CAUSE DEATH!

    Remember when you were a kid and you told your mother that everybody else was doing something you wanted to do too? For most moms that excuse never worked! That’s why we’re so surprised to…

    By: Joe Graedon February 26, 2007 2 Comments
    Cold Remedies Hold Hazards For Kids

    When a young child catches a cold--which they do far too frequently--parents want to do something to ease the suffering. Watching a child struggle with a drippy nose or listening to a nagging nighttim…

    By: Terry Graedon January 29, 2007 0 Comments
    Beware Belated Drug Side Effects

    Car buyers used to be advised that it would be prudent to wait at least a year after a new model was introduced before making a purchase. That way, the manufacturer had a chance to detect and correct …

    By: Terry Graedon January 8, 2007 1 Comments
    Will People Read New Pain Reliever Warnings?

    When the FDA switched the prescription pain reliever Motrin (ibuprofen) to over-the-counter status in 1984, a lot of physicians were unhappy. They feared that this powerful NSAID (non-steroidal anti-i…

    By: Terry Graedon January 3, 2007 2 Comments
    FDA Ponders New Antidepressant Warnings

    Can antidepressants really drive some people to commit suicide? That is a question the FDA has had to wrestle with for nearly two decades. For most of that time the agency has insisted that SSRI-type …

    By: Terry Graedon December 26, 2006 1 Comments
    Cold Remedy Wiped Out Sense of Smell

    Q. I just read a question about Zicam Cold Remedy. Here is another instance of loss of sense of smell from this zinc nasal gel. My sister took it recently and immediately lost her sense of smell. Her …

    By: Terry Graedon November 27, 2006 2 Comments
    Loss of Vision Linked to Drug

    Millions of people experience serious drug side effects each year. Far too often they don't realize a medication is causing their distress. A recent study revealed that only about one doctor in three …

    By: Terry Graedon November 27, 2006 2 Comments
    Is Bone Drug Linked to Heart Attack?

    Q. I am a 54-year-old woman, with extremely low cholesterol and no risk factors for heart disease. I had a heart attack resulting from an artery spasm two weeks ago after my second dose of Boniva. The…

    By: Terry Graedon November 13, 2006 0 Comments
    Can Erection Drugs Cause Sinus Problems?

    Q. I have taken both Viagra and Cialis. They work well, but I do get sinus pressure headaches when I take these drugs. I feel this has contributed to sinus infections that have required lengthy course…

    By: Terry Graedon November 6, 2006 2 Comments
    Bad Drug Reactions Cause ER Visits

    Most people dread a trip to the emergency room. First, there's the trauma and anxiety of whatever brought them there--chest pain, uncontrolled bleeding or perhaps a broken bone. Then there's the ordea…

    By: Terry Graedon October 29, 2006 4 Comments
    Dangers in the Drugstore

    Turn on the evening news and you will inevitably see commercials for prescription drugs. It might be something for restless legs, overactive bladder, cholesterol control, osteoporosis or erectile dysf…

    By: Joe Graedon October 2, 2006 26 Comments
    The Greatest Drug Disaster Ever!

    Welcome to Joe's Blog. This is Number 1 and I sincerely hope that you will find my ramblings of interest and worthy of comment. I welcome your feedback. Even before I started writing about drug-relate…

    By: Terry Graedon August 28, 2006 1 Comments
    Don’t Ignore Scary Warnings

    Drug companies spend billions of dollars on TV commercials that are supposed to entice viewers to beg their doctors for the latest and greatest prescription medicine. But you have to wonder why anyone…

    By: Terry Graedon July 24, 2006 0 Comments
    Don’t Let Summer Heat Do You In

    It's too bad our bodies don't come equipped with "idiot lights." If they did, more people might avoid heatstroke. When your car overheats, a red light on the dashboard warns you that the engine is get…

    By: Terry Graedon June 26, 2006 0 Comments
    Lawsuits Claim Lipitor Harms Muscles and Memory

    Can cholesterol-lowering drugs like Lipitor cause memory loss and debilitating muscle pain? That's the allegation made by two men who have filed lawsuits against Pfizer Inc, the maker of Lipitor. They…

    By: Terry Graedon June 19, 2006 0 Comments
    Bone Drugs Cause Unexpected Reactions

    In 1995 the FDA approved a new drug for treating osteoporosis. Fosamax was heralded as a major breakthrough. Before this pill was introduced, there were no easy ways to combat osteoporosis. This condi…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2006 1 Comments
    Are Cholesterol Drugs Linked to Memory Loss?

    Can cholesterol-lowering drugs affect memory? That is a question we have wrestled with for nearly six years. It started when we received a letter from a woman who complained that several months after …

    By: Terry Graedon February 5, 2006 0 Comments
    Drug Warnings Too Often Ignored

    Doctors are way too busy these days. Full waiting rooms and crammed schedules mean physicians rush from one patient to another with barely enough time to do scribble a prescription. Because of this fr…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2006 1 Comments
    How Safe Is Aspartame?

    People love to hate artificial sweeteners. Starting with saccharin in the late 1950s, some have enthusiastically embraced the idea of sweets without calories. Others have warned that saccharin, cyclam…

    By: Joe Graedon December 27, 2005 0 Comments
    New Lesson from COX-2 Catastrophe

    Even before aspirin was developed, people with arthritis used willow bark to ease their pain and inflammation. By the 1850s, natural derivatives of the bark were widely used in Germany. But even then …

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2005 0 Comments
    Cold Remedies May Pose Unsuspected Risks

    Are you sniffling, sneezing and coughing? If so, you’ve joined millions of others infected with a cold virus. Traveling, shopping and holiday stress can all increase the possibility of catching a co…

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2005 0 Comments
    Arthritis Sufferers Caught In Dilemma

    Pity anyone with pain that lasts more than 10 days. That's how long the FDA says you can safely take an over-the-counter analgesic such as Advil, Aleve or Tylenol on your own. The trouble is that one …

    By: Joe Graedon July 25, 2005 0 Comments
    New Antidepressant Warning Is Too Late For Some

    Some psychiatrists may have been shocked by the FDA's recently revised labeling for antidepressants: "Adults being treated with antidepressant medication, particularly those being treated for depressi…

    By: Joe Graedon June 27, 2005 0 Comments
    New Questions About Safety of Pain Relievers

    here's more bad news for people in pain. First we learned that Vioxx could increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Then Bextra and Celebrex came under similar scrutiny. Now the entire category o…

    By: Joe Graedon May 16, 2005 1 Comments
    Allergy Medicines Make Driving Dangerous

    People often think that the most dangerous time to drive is between Christmas and New Year's. That's because of all the holiday parties that lead revelers to drink too much and get behind the wheel. W…

    By: Joe Graedon April 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Patients Find Statins Can Have Side Effects

    Guidelines for cholesterol control have become much more stringent. For millions of Americans, achieving the new targets requires strong medicine. Over the last decade, prescriptions for statin-type c…

    By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2005 0 Comments
    FDA On The Hotseat Because Of Safety Concerns

    According to the old proverb, "He who pays the piper calls the tune." FDA officials are now facing the music. They must answer to the American public, the people who really pay the bills. For decades …

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2005 0 Comments
    Can Drugs Trigger Violence?

    Americans have a hard time imagining that a drug could change someone's behavior. Maybe that's why the Zoloft defense failed. A jury took just six hours to decide that Christopher Pittman was guilty o…

    By: Joe Graedon February 21, 2005 4 Comments
    Beware Drug-Induced Skin Rash

    Allergies and skin rash are common adverse reactions to drugs. But they rarely considered serious. Patients and doctors alike may brush off such symptoms as a minor annoyance. In too many cases, thoug…

    By: Joe Graedon February 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Arthritis Drugs Linked to Strokes

    Q. I took Vioxx for three years to ease arthritis pain. When it was taken off the market, my doctor switched me over to Bextra. Two months later I had a stroke. My doctor says I should no longer take …

    By: Joe Graedon February 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Talking About Side Effects Can Prevent Problems

    If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then doctors may be from Pluto. Communication is hard enough between men and women, but doctors and patients might as well be speaking different language…

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2005 0 Comments
    What Is A Safe Drug?

    "There is no such thing as a safe drug. Each medication is a double-edged sword, with a good side and a bad side." We wrote those words thirty years ago in the first edition of our book The People's P…

    By: Joe Graedon December 6, 2004 0 Comments
    Can The FDA Handle Drug Safety

    How safe are America's medicines? Ask the pharmaceutical industry or the FDA, and you will be told that we have the safest drugs in the world. But the Vioxx fiasco has Americans starting to wonder if …

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2004 0 Comments
    New Drug Warnings Require Vigilance

    If you've ever watched TV commercials for drugs like Viagra, Vioxx or Zocor, you know that they present such medications in a very appealing light. Actors smile and seem to be having such a wonderful …

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2004 0 Comments
    The Dark Side Of Statins

    Bill Clinton's recent bypass surgery has captured a lot of attention. Some commentators publicly rebuked the former president for his fondness for fast food and cigars and for stopping his cholesterol…

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2004 3 Comments
    Older People Are Vulnerable To Drug Disasters

    Children are not just small adults. Drugs that are safe and effective for grown-ups, such as antidepressants or cough syrup, may not work well for kids. Pediatricians have worked hard to tailor childr…