By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2007 2 Comments
    Legible Drug Labels Could Save Lives

    Americans love to plug and play. Reading instructions takes time and is incompatible with our fast paced life.Does anyone bother to read the instruction booklet that comes with a cell phone? Most peop…

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2007 345 Comments
    Can Chantix Cause Depression?

    Q. I am taking Chantix to quit smoking.  I have had no urge to smoke, but I am seriously depressed. In the past I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I attempted suicide 10 years ago and was h…

    By: Joe Graedon September 12, 2007 254 Comments
    Can Statins Cause Debilitating Muscle Pain?

    Q. My doctor insists I must take statins to lower my cholesterol even though I experience pain with all of them. Sometimes the pain gets so bad that I struggle not to cry when I walk down the hall of …

    By: Joe Graedon September 11, 2007 226 Comments
    Doctors Deny Drug Side Effects

    Doctors hate side effects. After all, physicians are supposed to follow the adage first, do no harm. Yet every medication they prescribe can cause problems. That poses a dilemma for any doctor prescri…

    By: Joe Graedon August 24, 2007 221 Comments
    Levaquin Leads to Achilles Tendon Problems

    Q. Is there anyone collecting and disseminating information on personal experiences with Achilles tendonitis caused by the antibiotic Levaquin? I have had this problem in both legs for several weeks a…

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2007 5 Comments
    Lipitor May Lower Libido

    Q. What can I do about a flagging libido? I'm 66 years old and in very good health, with no bad habits. My only medication is Lipitor to lower cholesterol. My much younger wife and I used to have a vi…

    By: Joe Graedon August 20, 2007 20 Comments
    Complications Arise From Cholesterol Drugs

    Millions of people swallow a little white oblong pill called Lipitor every day. Others take Zocor, Crestor or some other statin-type cholesterol-lowering drug. These medications work extremely well to…

    By: Terry Graedon August 19, 2007 31 Comments
    Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs and Muscle Pain

    Q. I have read about how people experience muscle pain with Zetia and statin-type cholesterol drugs. That happened to me as well. My doctor prescribed TriCor instead and it has lowered my cholesterol …

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2007 19 Comments
    Drug May Provoke Painful Nighttime Erections

    Q. During sleep I am awakened five or six times a night by erections. I'm 53 years old and take Flomax, venlafaxine, fosinopril, trazodone and vitamin B12. Can any of these medications cause this prob…

    By: Terry Graedon August 6, 2007 45 Comments
    Are Cholesterol Drugs Linked to Lou Gehrig’…

    Q. I have been fascinated with letters from people reporting that Lipitor weakened their muscles. I believe Lipitor triggered my ALS. Until last month, my doctors wouldn’t listen to me, but then…

    By: Terry Graedon August 3, 2007 97 Comments
    Zetia May Cause Muscle Problems

    With so many drugs now available to lower cholesterol, people naturally would like to know about the benefits and risks of each. We have written quite a bit about the side effects of statins such as a…

    By: Terry Graedon June 26, 2007 2 Comments
    Grapefruit Intensifies Statin Side Effects

    Q. A few weeks ago I could not get out of my chair to go to bed. I was telling my body "stand up" but my back and legs just wouldn't respond. I eventually managed to lever myself up with my arms but I…

    By: Terry Graedon June 25, 2007 9 Comments
    Turbo-Charged Rogaine Grows Hair

    Q. I've been using Rogaine (minoxidil) for more than 12 years to slow hair loss. I started taking the oral medicine Proscar when I heard that this drug could also help grow hair. (Proscar was cheaper …

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2007 219 Comments
    Tonic Water Eases Cramps, but Not without Risk

    Q. Since quinine sulfate is no longer available for leg cramps, I wonder if there is any danger in drinking "tonic water" just for the flavor. Quinine is an ingredient, I believe. A. Although the FDA …

    By: Joe Graedon June 8, 2007 209 Comments
    Stopping Effexor Is a Nightmare

    Q. I have had great trouble stopping the antidepressant Effexor. I tapered off this medicine as instructed, but I still have a feeling like electrical shocks going through my brain. Getting off this d…

    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 180 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…