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 105 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…

    By: Joe Graedon June 29, 2017 13 Comments
    Coconut for Crohn’s Supported by Science

    In 1998 we received an intriguing letter from a reader of our syndicated newspaper column. Donald Agar, from Pittsfield, MA, contacted us to say he had finally overcome a long-standing battle with inf…

    By: Terry Graedon June 29, 2017 12 Comments
    Why Is Glyphosate on California’s Cancer L…

    The popular herbicide glyphosate, also known by its brand name Roundup, appears to be headed for a warning label in the state of California. This chemical has been controversial for years. Does Roundu…

    By: Terry Graedon June 29, 2017 1 Comments
    When Cosmetics Do Damage, What Does FDA Do?

    Most people assume that the Food and Drug Administration oversees cosmetics with the same diligence it uses for over-the-counter drugs. In reality, the cosmetic industry is largely unmonitored by the …

    By: Joe Graedon June 26, 2017 23 Comments
    How Does Red Yeast Rice Compare to Statins?

    Tens of millions of people take statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs. Physicians believe such drugs are dramatically effective against heart disease. We will not deal with that controversial topic i…

    By: Joe Graedon June 26, 2017 13 Comments
    How Good Is Aspirin Against Pain?

    Once upon a time doctors actually prescribed aspirin for headaches, backaches, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other painful conditions. But once non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs…

    By: Joe Graedon June 26, 2017 5 Comments
    Dutasteride (Avodart) Sexual Side Effects Can Be…

    Avodart was approved by the FDA in 2001 to treat symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland. Dutasteride (the generic name) inhibits an enzyme called 5 alpha reductase (5AR). This reduces the conversion o…

    By: Joe Graedon June 22, 2017 30 Comments
    Hair Dye & Breast Cancer?

    A new study published in the journal Carcinogenesis suggests that dark-colored hair dyes may be linked to breast cancer. That means that millions of baby boomers are caught on the horns of a dilemma. …

    By: Joe Graedon June 19, 2017 7 Comments
    Do Zolpidem (Ambien) Side Effects Include Horrib…

    Zolpidem remains a very popular prescription sleeping aid. When it was only available as the brand name drug Ambien, millions took it to get a "good night's sleep." These days zolpidem (Ambien) side e…

    By: Terry Graedon June 19, 2017 10 Comments
    What Are the Downsides to Your Nasal Spray?

    Allergy season makes millions miserable. They react to pollen and other allergens with nasal congestion, itchy watery eyes, sneezing and sniffling. No wonder so many people reach for a nasal spray. Na…

    By: Terry Graedon June 19, 2017 3 Comments
    What Is the Risk of Red Yeast Rice?

    One of the pillars of heart disease prevention is keeping blood fats, especially cholesterol, under control. But doctors don't always agree on the best way to achieve this goal. Most recommend a healt…

    By: Joe Graedon June 12, 2017 11 Comments
    Did Hydrochlorothiazide Lead to Dangerously Low …

    Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HCT) is a diuretic (water pill) that is widely prescribed to lower blood pressure. Roughly 50 million prescriptions were written for this "thiazide" diuretic last year. That…

    By: Joe Graedon June 8, 2017 31 Comments
    How To Stop Tramadol Without Withdrawal Symptoms…

    We have heard from hundreds of visitors to this website about the serious side effects of tramadol (Ultram). They include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, headache, drowsiness, dizzin…

    By: Terry Graedon June 5, 2017 14 Comments
    Does a Nonagenarian Need to Worry About Choleste…

    Doctors interested in preventive medicine often quote Benjamin Franklin approvingly. However, he wasn't thinking of medicine when he noted that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. (Actual…

    By: Joe Graedon June 5, 2017 8 Comments
    Side Effects of TNF Blockers: Enbrel, Humira, Re…

    Most drugs are double-edged swords. In other words, they have the potential both to help and to harm. But some medications have sharper blades than others. TNF blockers are great examples of this deal…

    By: Terry Graedon June 5, 2017 2 Comments
    What Are the Risks of Pepcid Complete?

    Managing acid reflux can be challenging. You might take a proton pump inhibitor like omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or esomeprazole (Nexium). Chances are, within a few weeks your sympt…

    By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2017 8 Comments
    How Good is Medical Marijuana (Cannabidiol) Agai…

    After thousands of years of medicinal use, we now have irrefutable evidence that cannabis works to control epilepsy. The most prestigious medical journal in the world, The New England Journal of Medic…

    By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2017 24 Comments
    New Analysis Disputes Dogma that All Seniors Nee…

    The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) created a risk calculator that tells physicians and patients when someone should take a statin-type cholesterol-loweri…

    By: Joe Graedon May 22, 2017 0 Comments
    Is Black Poop Something to Worry About?

    Pepto-Bismol has been around for more than 100 years. The original formula was developed by a physician to treat severe diarrhea brought on by cholera. He sold his invention directly to other doctors.…

    By: Joe Graedon May 22, 2017 16 Comments
    Can You Wreck Your Kidneys With NSAID Pain Relie…

    Most people take their kidneys for granted...until something bad happens. When your kidneys fail, though, your life hangs in the balance. Short of dialysis or a kidney transplant, kidney failure rapid…

    By: Joe Graedon May 18, 2017 32 Comments
    Do Treatments for Knee Arthritis Do More Harm Th…

    Steroid shots and arthroscopic surgery have been mainstays in the treatment of pain and inflammation brought on by knee arthritis. Many people try to delay knee replacement as long as possible, especi…

    By: Terry Graedon May 15, 2017 17 Comments
    Can You Avoid NSAID Danger with Topical Pain Rel…

    Chronic pain, whether it is severe or moderate, poses a serious dilemma. People need relief from pain, but most medications that they can use for relief have significant downsides. People often take N…

    By: Joe Graedon May 11, 2017 50 Comments
    Really Bad News About Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Ot…

    People who are hurting are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Whether they're suffering from a bad back or arthritis, there aren't many medications that are effective. Now more bad …

    By: Terry Graedon May 11, 2017 2 Comments
    Do Quick Approvals Mean More Safety Concerns?

    Politicians and pharmaceutical manufacturers often complain that the FDA is too slow in allowing new drugs on the market. As a result of such pressure, the FDA has been striving for more rapid drug ap…

    By: Terry Graedon May 8, 2017 7 Comments
    Medicine for Sore Feet Linked to Unexpected Head…

    Arthritis hurts. Different people find the pain hits their joints in a very particular individual pattern, but when a joint hurts, you want relief. What will ease your joint pain? One reader found tha…

    By: Joe Graedon May 8, 2017 2 Comments
    Is Your Aluminum Antiperspirant Setting You Up f…

    People take their aluminum antiperspirant for granted. They apply it every morning like clockwork because of a fear of body odor. No one wants to offend co-workers, friends or family members. Who woul…

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2017 285 Comments
    Serious Tramadol (Ultram) Side Effects & Wi…

    America is undergoing a massive opioid anxiety attack. It has been called an epidemic by lawmakers and the media. While many people used opioids responsibly for chronic pain, there has been substantia…

    By: Joe Graedon May 4, 2017 135 Comments
    Where Can I Find A List of Anticholinergic Drugs…

    Anything that interferes with the crucial neurotransmitter acetylcholine can be bad for the brain. A great many medications have what has been called "anticholinergic" activity. Research has verified …

    By: Joe Graedon May 1, 2017 14 Comments
    Should You Worry About Scary Corticosteroid Side…

    Cortisone, dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisolone and prednisone are called corticosteroids or glucocorticoids. These drugs dampen an overactive immune reaction. They can soot…

    By: Terry Graedon May 1, 2017 2 Comments
    Could an Unexpected Reaction to a Blood Pressure…

    High blood pressure is a risk factor for strokes and heart attacks as well as kidney disease and other chronic conditions. Doctors can choose from a wide range of medications to control hypertension. …

    By: Joe Graedon April 24, 2017 3 Comments
    Alarming Anticholinergic Load Scrambles Brain

    A surprising number of medications can affect the nerve messenger chemical acetylcholine. This compound is crucial for nerves to communicate with each other, so it should not surprise us that limiti…

    By: Joe Graedon April 24, 2017 36 Comments
    Overlooked Antibiotic Side Effects Can Destroy L…

    Antibiotics are amazing. The discovery of penicillin was one of the greatest advances in modern medicine. But Americans love of antibiotics has gotten out of hand. They think of such drugs as magic bu…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 15 Comments
    How to Ease Statin-Induced Muscle Pain

    Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs are an important part of every cardiologist's tool box. They lower cholesterol, which is a significant risk factor for heart disease. People who already have hea…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 4 Comments
    Could Pain Reliever Cause Ringing in the Ears?

    Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can be a maddening problem. No one else can see or hear what is going on for the sufferer, so they get too little sympathy. Even so, the ringing, hissing, chirping or…

    By: Joe Graedon April 20, 2017 23 Comments
    Statins and ALS: Is There a Connection?

    One of the most tragic diseases of mankind is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). It is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. It is a mystery disease in that we do not know what causes it and we do not…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 24 Comments
    What Do Americans Really Think about Medical Mar…

    Americans are changing their attitudes about marijuana. A new Yahoo News and Marist poll of more than 1,000 adults found that two thirds think opioids prescribed by a physician are more dangerous than…