By: Joe Graedon March 6, 2017 17 Comments
    Should You Worry About Kidney Damage with PPI He…

    Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are incredibly popular. By one estimate, nearly 8% of adults took a prescription drug like esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or omeprazole (Prilosec) in the …

    By: Joe Graedon March 6, 2017 7 Comments
    Is It Safe to Take Off Label Drugs for Unapprove…

    Are you taking a medication off label? By that we mean, has your physician prescribed a drug for an unapproved indication? Off label drugs are prescribed far more often than most patients realize. One…

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2017 10 Comments
    Is Diphenhydramine for Sleeping Bad for Your Hea…

    Getting a good night's sleep is one of the pillars of good health, but for many people it is a real struggle. They toss and turn, worrying that they won't be able to fall asleep at all. It is no wonde…

    By: Joe Graedon February 23, 2017 30 Comments
    Can PPI Heartburn Drugs Harm Kidneys Without Ear…

    Millions of people take prescription-strength acid-suppressing medications daily. Millions more take over-the-counter versions. A new study suggests that such PPI heartburn drugs may trigger serious k…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2017 69 Comments
    Has Your Doctor Fired You?

    The relationship between a patient and her doctor is special. Patients tell their doctors things they wouldn't tell anyone else. Doctors are expected to hold these revelations in confidence and to tre…

    By: Joe Graedon February 20, 2017 14 Comments
    What Are Metoprolol Side Effects When Prescribed…

    Metoprolol is one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States. At last count, nearly 90 millions prescriptions were dispensed annually. It has FDA approval to treat high blood pressure and heart…

    By: Joe Graedon February 20, 2017 4 Comments
    Deprescribing: Can You Ever Stop Taking So Many …

    Once a doctor prescribes a medication there is a good chance you will be on it for months, years or even decades. This is especially true for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension or high cho…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2017 0 Comments
    Are You Taking Too Many Mind Medicines?

    There is an alarming trend among senior citizens. More of them are taking multiple mind medicines. Over the last decade the number of older adults taking three or more psychiatric or pain medications …

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 19 Comments
    Could Your Pain Reliever Harm Your Heart?

    Sometimes a health professional takes us to task for something we have said. We appreciate being corrected when we are wrong, but this time we have the research that backs up our warning: NSAIDs ar…

    By: Joe Graedon February 13, 2017 15 Comments
    The Secret Story Behind President Trump’s …

    A drug for promoting hair growth, finasteride (Propecia), is among the medications that President Donald Trump has been reported to take. That is what his longtime doctor told the New York Times. The …

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 2 Comments
    Does Ranitidine Have the Same Risks as a PPI?

    Americans must suffer from an awful lot of heartburn, because drugs to treat this painful condition have been best-sellers for a number of decades. The current favorites are proton pump inhibitors (PP…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 12 Comments
    What Is the Trouble with Vicks VapoRub?

    Vicks VapoRub is a venerable brand. It was developed by pharmacist Lunsford Richardson in Greensboro, North Carolina, not long before the turn of the 20th century. Richardson had a long last name and …

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2017 13 Comments
    If Your Ears Are Ringing (Tinnitus) Could Your P…

    Tens of millions of people complain that their ears are ringing (tinnitus). It is a devastating condition that drives many people to distraction. Some even consider suicide because the constant hissin…

    By: Joe Graedon February 6, 2017 10 Comments
    Will Low Blood Pressure Increase the Danger of D…

    Many physicians are trained to believe that a good blood pressure (BP) is right around 120/80, regardless of age. Some aggressively prescribe several blood pressure medicines to achieve that goal. Ne…

    By: Joe Graedon January 30, 2017 7 Comments
    Unbearable itching after Stopping Antihistamines…

    This website is devoted to helping people make informed decisions about their health. To do that, people need information from health professionals and other patients. Over the years millions of peopl…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 4 Comments
    Is Osteoporosis a Downside of Your Antidepressan…

    Balancing the benefits and the risks of a medication is essential to deciding whether or not to take it. This can be difficult, however. Sometimes we don't learn about serious side effects until after…

    By: Terry Graedon January 26, 2017 0 Comments
    Do People on PPIs Have More Infectious Diarrhea?

    Is it smart to block the production of stomach acid with powerful proton pump inhibitor drugs (PPIs)? Millions of people take these drugs to control acid reflux, ulcers or gastroesophageal reflux dis…

    By: Terry Graedon January 26, 2017 10 Comments
    Will You Suffer a Scary Side Effect?

    Americans take a lot of medicines. Almost two-thirds of us take at least one prescription medication daily. One fifth take more than five different doctor-prescribed drugs. That does not include any o…

    By: Joe Graedon January 23, 2017 24 Comments
    Do Simvastatin Side Effects Include Diabetes and…

    Many physicians tell us that even if statins increase the risk for diabetes, the drug benefits far outweigh any increase in blood glucose. But diabetes is a challenging condition to treat. Then there …

    By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Antidepressant Medications Increase Your Ri…

    Antidepressants are among the most popular pills in the drugstore. A research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine (Dec. 12, 2016) noted that one in six adults take psychiatric drugs. Antidepressant medic…

    By: Joe Graedon January 16, 2017 19 Comments
    Do Ibuprofen Side Effects Include Scary High Blo…

    We have heard ibuprofen referred to as vitamin I. That's because a lot of weekend warriors rely on ibuprofen and other non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve inflammation and pain. …

    By: Joe Graedon January 16, 2017 11 Comments
    Do Statin Side Effects Make It Harder To Exercis…

    How important is exercise for overall health? Researchers report that exercise reduces blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate, body fat and depression (British Journal of Sports Medicine, June, 2015)…

    By: Joe Graedon January 9, 2017 39 Comments
    How Good Is Restasis for Dry Eyes If It Causes B…

    If you watch television chances are pretty good that you have seen commercials for Restasis for Dry Eyes. In one you are asked: "Do you use artificial tears often?" In another you are told by the beau…

    By: Joe Graedon January 5, 2017 10 Comments
    Are NSAID Pain Relievers Like Ibuprofen Hurting …

    Americans love NSAID pain relievers. Millions take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB), or naproxen (Aleve) every day. Millions more swallow NSAID pain relievers their physicians prescribe. These drugs incl…

    By: Joe Graedon January 2, 2017 13 Comments
    Suicide and Chantix: Was There A Connection?

    Chantix helps many people stop smoking. That's the good news. But there is a darker side to Chantix. There used to be a black box warning (the FDA's strongest message to doctors about drug dangers) ab…

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2016 5 Comments
    Can Aspirin Use Cut the Risk of Pancreatic Cance…

    Pancreatic cancer is a killer. Less than 8 percent of those diagnosed with this disease are still alive after five years. It is more common than most people realize. So news that people who took asp…

    By: Terry Graedon December 29, 2016 13 Comments
    Will Your Sleep Aid Make You Stupid?

    Getting a good night's sleep can be an ongoing challenge. As a result, people try every possible option they can. A recent survey conducted by Consumer Reports has found that a large number of people …

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 29 Comments
    Is Your High Blood Pressure Reading due to Bad M…

    One of the most fundamental measurements that is taken at almost every doctor's visit is blood pressure. After you get weighed, a nurse frequently will check to see whether your blood pressure is with…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 40 Comments
    Can Surgical Anesthesia Cause Brain Fog and Conf…

    When a doctor discusses the pros and cons of elective surgery, the conversation often focuses on the desired benefits and the potential risks of the procedure itself. Rarely does the subject of surgic…

    By: Terry Graedon December 22, 2016 7 Comments
    Chantix Fights Free of Black Box Warning

    The manufacturer of the stop-smoking drug Chantix received a Christmas gift from the Food and Drug Administration. The medication has carried a black box warning for seven years. It warned of serious …

    By: Terry Graedon December 19, 2016 16 Comments
    How to Get Rid of a Wart with Tagamet

    Warts can affect almost anyone. For reasons that are not clear children seem especially susceptible. But adults can also develop warts. Sometimes a single wart on the sole of the foot multiplies and …

    By: Joe Graedon December 19, 2016 17 Comments
    Is the FDA Biased Against Dietary Supplements?

    Will your vitamins or dietary supplements hurt you? Millions of Americans take multivitamins, herbs or other supplements every day. Most people don't worry about possible dangers from these pills. Man…

    By: Joe Graedon December 15, 2016 7 Comments
    1 Out of Every 6 American Adults Takes Psychiatr…

    The numbers are startling: one in six American adults has taken a psychiatric drug. This is the finding from a study reported in JAMA Internal Medicine (online, Dec. 12, 2016). The researchers reviewe…

    By: Joe Graedon December 12, 2016 13 Comments
    Amiodarone Side Effects Can Be Life Threatening

    Amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone) is approved by the FDA for two very serious irregular heart rhythms: "1. Recurrent ventricular fibrillation and 2. Recurrent hemodynamically unstable ventricular tachy…

    By: Joe Graedon December 12, 2016 5 Comments
    Is Your Doctor Telling You the Truth About His M…

    A shocking article appeared in the medical literature a while back (BMJ, May 3, 2016). It was titled: "Medical Error--The Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S." The physician who spearheaded the in…

    By: Joe Graedon December 8, 2016 9 Comments
    Add Strokes to the Scary List of PPI Side Effect…

    Proton pump inhibitors like esomeprazole, lansoprazole or omeprazole are the most popular treatments for heartburn and reflux disease. It is estimated that 15 million Americans spend $10 billion on su…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2016 7 Comments
    Did Victoza for Diabetes Damage the Pancreas?

    Type 2 diabetes has become an epidemic in the US and around the world. Doctors can choose from a number of medications to treat it. Each medicine has its own side effect profile. Both patients and …

    By: Terry Graedon December 1, 2016 9 Comments
    What Should You Know About Drug-Induced Liver In…

    The liver is the organ that detoxifies many compounds that humans ingest, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs and herbs. Could some of these chemicals result in drug-induced liver injury…

    By: Joe Graedon November 28, 2016 15 Comments
    Don’t Let Psychiatric Side Effects Surpris…

    There are few drug side effects as unsettling as those that affect the brain. What makes them especially challenging is that prescribers may fail to mention them. As a result, many people are totally …

    By: Joe Graedon November 28, 2016 7 Comments
    Is There a Link Between NSAIDs like Ibuprofen an…

    Pain relievers like ibuprofen, indomethacin, meloxicam, naproxen and piroxicam have been popular for decades. Tens of millions of people take these non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) daily…