By: Terry Graedon November 1, 2018 3 Comments
    Will Xofluza Help You Recover from the Flu Quick…

    It’s been almost two decades since the FDA approved a pill to treat influenza. It was oseltamivir, also known as Tamiflu. Last week, the agency approved a new flu pill, Xofluza. What Is the Story on…

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2018 18 Comments
    ACE Inhibitors and Lung Cancer | Should You Be C…

    Popular blood pressure medications called ACE inhibitors have been associated with an increased risk of lung cancer. Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are taken daily by more than 30 mill…

    By: Joe Graedon October 29, 2018 21 Comments
    Ibuprofen and High Blood Pressure: A Dangerous R…

    Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is on the rise (Open Heart, April 28, 2017). We're talking about drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen. Such pain relievers are perceived as quite safe…

    By: Joe Graedon October 22, 2018 9 Comments
    Bupropion Helps With Mood, Sex and Quitting Smok…

    Bupropion (Wellbutrin) was first approved by the FDA in 1985 to treat depression. It remains a totally unique antidepressant. There is no similar antidepressant on the market. Unlike SSRI and SNRI ant…

    By: Joe Graedon October 22, 2018 7 Comments
    Januvia Joint Pain | A Disabling Side Effect

    Sitagliptin (Januvia) is a type 2 diabetes drug that has been on the market for more than a decade. It belongs in a class of drugs called gliptins or DPP-4 inhibitors. These meds enable the body to ma…

    By: Joe Graedon October 22, 2018 6 Comments
    Dutasteride and Depression | A Dark Side of Pros…

    Millions of men suffer with an enlarged prostate gland (benign prostatatic hypertrophy or BPH). One of the most annoying symptoms is getting up frequently to pee during the night. It can be hard to fa…

    By: Terry Graedon October 15, 2018 20 Comments
    Will Osteoporosis Drugs Make Your Joints Hurt?

    As people age, both muscle mass and bone density begin to fade. The consequences of bone loss can be devastating. When bones become weak, they break easily. If an older person fractures a hip, they ma…

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2018 12 Comments
    The Inside Story on Zoledronate (Reclast) and Bo…

    The headlines have been enthusiastic: “Osteoporosis drug Shows Promise for Fracture Prevention.” NPR ran a story that emphasized the strong evidence supporting zoledronate as a safe drug to preven…

    By: Joe Graedon October 14, 2018 8 Comments
    Are Your Dietary Supplements Contaminated with D…

    The Food and Drug Administration has been testing dietary supplements for years. “From 2007 through 2016, 776 adulterated dietary supplements were identified by the FDA and 146 different dietary sup…

    By: Terry Graedon October 11, 2018 0 Comments
    How to Take Care of Kids with Colds

    Ask a pediatrician how to treat kids with colds, and you'll probably learn that there are few, if any, medicines that speed recovery or even ease symptoms. During cold season, parents often search for…

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2018 30 Comments
    How Can You Lower Blood Pressure Naturally?

    Everyone loves pills. Doctors love to prescribe medicine. Patients love to swallow drugs. We are a pill-taking society. But all medications come with pros and cons. That is true of blood pressure drug…

    By: Terry Graedon October 8, 2018 14 Comments
    Will You Get Osteoporosis If You Take Omeprazole…

    Do you take omeprazole (Prilosec) or another proton pump inhibitor such as esomeprazole (Nexium) or lansoprazole (Prevacid)? Such PPI drugs were once thought to be relatively free of side effects, but…

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2018 8 Comments
    Levaquin (Levofloxacin) and Life-Threatening Abd…

    Millions of people take FQ (fluoroquinolone) antibiotics every year. Number one is ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and number two is levofloxacin (Levaquin). You can tell if you have received this class of anti…

    By: Terry Graedon October 4, 2018 41 Comments
    Will Artificial Sweeteners Harm Your Microbiota?

    Artificial sweeteners are extremely popular, since they appear to allow us to break the rules and enjoy sweet drinks or treats without gaining weight. The FDA has approved a number of artificial sweet…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2018 12 Comments
    An Old Drug (Zoledronate) Offers New Hope Agains…

    Weakened bones are a very big deal. If an older person falls and breaks a hip the outcome can be grim. There is pain. There is also lack of mobility. That can lead to blood clots that migrate from leg…

    By: Terry Graedon October 1, 2018 44 Comments
    Will Benadryl Trigger Restless Legs Syndrome?

    People who experience restless legs syndrome (RLS) will go to great lengths to avoid it if they can. They describe RLS as a creepy-crawly feeling that is relieved only by moving the legs. It can be qu…

    By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2018 19 Comments
    Can You Stop Aspirin Suddenly Without Risking a …

    A major controversy in medicine has to do with the value of aspirin. This inexpensive drug has been available for more than 100 years. It remains a gold-standard pain reliever and fever reducer. No ot…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2018 20 Comments
    Show 1136: Do You Really Need That Pill?

    Americans take a lot of medications. We appear to have adopted the advertising-based attitude that there is a pill for every ill. But while some medicines may be helpful or even essential in some circ…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2018 30 Comments
    Be Careful with Flea and Tick Medicines

    Fall is here, or nearly so. That means the worst flea season is right around the corner. Fleas love the more moderate temperatures and humidity as we head out of summer and into fall. As pets start to…

    By: Terry Graedon September 24, 2018 15 Comments
    Acupressure Wrist Bands Help You Get to Sleep

    If you sleep well, you may not realize how lucky you are. Those who have difficulty sleeping are faced with a tough dilemma. Sleep deprivation is bad for your health, as many studies have shown. On th…

    By: Terry Graedon September 24, 2018 14 Comments
    Will Statins Help or Harm 76-Year-Old Father?

    Statins to lower cholesterol are a pillar of cardiological treatment. People with high cholesterol take medications like atorvastatin or simvastatin to reduce blood lipids and prevent heart attacks. T…

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2018 29 Comments
    ASA Everyday | Will Aspirin Help or Harm You?

    Americans have long been told that aspirin is “the wonder drug that works wonders.” Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid or ASA for short) was supposed to prevent heart attacks and strokes caused by bloo…

    By: Terry Graedon September 20, 2018 13 Comments
    Show 1135: Who Do You Believe–the Experts or t…

    Doctors have been advocating evidence-based medicine for a few decades, but a surprising amount of medical practice is based on tradition. How can you sort out the value of evidence-based medicine fro…

    By: Joe Graedon September 17, 2018 18 Comments
    Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Relieved With Soap!

    There are some medical conditions that are surprisingly common but quite mysterious. You have probably heard of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Doctors now call it myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). The …

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2018 16 Comments
    Will You Risk a Heart Attack with Diclofenac Gel…

    People with arthritis have a very difficult dilemma. The primary drugs used to treat joint pain are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Unfortunately, these arthritis medications can produc…

    By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2018 7 Comments
    Should You Stop Taking Your Sleeping Pills?

    Older individuals who take a benzodiazepine are more likely to experience falls. Medications like alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium) or lorazepam (Ativan) are frequently used as sleeping pills or f…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2018 11 Comments
    Was Aspirin to Blame for Leaky Heart Valve?

    Nonprescription drugs don't always get the respect they deserve. Many over-the-counter medications have significant effects, for good or for ill. If you take anything day in and day out, you should di…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2018 9 Comments
    Searching for a Better Blood Pressure Pill

    Under the guidelines adopted by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association in 2017, nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure. Most of them take medication to …

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2018 10 Comments
    Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

    The recent news that diclofenac, like other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can make people more susceptible to cardiovascular complications is disturbing. It is not particularly surpri…

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2018 142 Comments
    The Dangers of Diclofenac and Other NSAID Pain R…

    Doctors love NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). That’s largely because they don’t have a lot of other tools in the toolkit when it comes to treating pain and inflammation. Opioids have…

    By: Terry Graedon September 3, 2018 3 Comments
    Will Your Eyedrops Affect Your Heart Rate?

    As many as three million Americans have glaucoma, a condition that can damage the optic nerve and impair vision. Frequently, glaucoma is associated with increased pressure within the eye, which is why…

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2018 25 Comments
    Statins and ALS? Is This Possible Side Effect To…

    When I was a child I hated the scary parts of movies. Whenever the scene became too terrifying I closed my eyes and covered my ears. Some things seem so frightening that we can’t bear to face them. …

    By: Terry Graedon August 30, 2018 1 Comments
    Aspirin Strikes Out for Preventing Heart Attacks

    Low-dose aspirin has been a staple of heart disease prevention for decades. However, although data have indicated that people taking aspirin are less likely to have heart attacks, they appear more lik…

    By: Joe Graedon August 30, 2018 3 Comments
    Vraylar (Cariprazine) Side Effects, Interactions…

    Have you seen a Vraylar commercial? A woman is having a manic episode. She has Post-it Notes everywhere and as the camera pulls back we see that she is working in an office that is supported by a giga…

    By: Terry Graedon August 27, 2018 9 Comments
    Can You Save Money Buying Your Medicine from Can…

    Imagine you get to the pharmacy to pick up the drug your doctor just prescribed. When the cashier tells you the price, you gasp. You had no idea it would cost so much! What can you do? Some people sol…

    By: Terry Graedon August 20, 2018 20 Comments
    Swapping Losartan for Valsartan Results in Stoma…

    The ongoing valsartan recall has caused a lot of trouble. Pharmacists have had to hunt for alternative suppliers that did not use the contaminated active ingredient from Zhejiang Huahai company in Ch…

    By: Joe Graedon August 19, 2018 29 Comments
    Is Liver Cancer a Risk of Acid-Suppressing Drugs…

    Not again! We are sick and tired or reading about another potentially serious side effect of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Over the last few decades the list of very worrisome adverse reactions has g…

    By: Terry Graedon August 19, 2018 19 Comments
    Can You Overcome an Afrin Addiction?

    Have you ever become addicted to your nasal spray? Millions of people do. Decongestant nasal sprays can be used safely for only a few days before they start to produce rebound congestion that can be q…

    By: Terry Graedon August 16, 2018 36 Comments
    Is There Roundup in Your Breakfast Cereal?

    A recent report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) suggests that oats and oat cereals may be contaminated with the herbicide glyphosate, often sold under the brand name Roundup. Some industry-af…

    By: Joe Graedon August 16, 2018 30 Comments
    Will Benzodiazepine Use Increase Your Risk for A…

    Americans love benzodiazepines (aka benzos). These anti-anxiety agents are used as all-purpose psych drugs. Millions of people take benzos to calm jittery nerves, ease anxiety and overcome insomnia. T…