By: Joe Graedon May 5, 2008 2 Comments
    Man Seeks Cause For Big Breasts

    Q. My wife thinks I have gynecomastia. I may; I do have man boobs, but it could be from being overweight. If I do have gynecomastia, I guess it could be from some of the medications I take and/or the …

    By: Joe Graedon April 28, 2008 1 Comments
    Is Low Cholesterol Bad for the Brain?

    What may be good for the heart could be bad for the brain. Lowering cholesterol, especially bad LDL cholesterol, appears to reduce the risk of heart attacks. But new studies suggest that very low chol…

    By: Joe Graedon April 23, 2008 1 Comments
    Multiple Medications May Put Mother at Risk

    Q. My 81-yr-old Mom is currently prescribed allopurinol to prevent gout, enalapril and labetalol for high blood pressure, metformin for diabetes, Plavix to thin her blood, Zocor to control cholesterol…

    By: Joe Graedon April 18, 2008 1 Comments
    Breathing Problem May Be Linked to Pain Medicine

    Q. I have back problems and have been taking Vicodin daily for pain. The last six months, my breathing has been terrible. I'd have to stop and catch my breath with any little thing. I've been off Vico…

    By: Joe Graedon April 16, 2008 282 Comments
    Cough Is Reaction to Blood Pressure Medicine

    Q. I developed a dry cough soon after my doctor diagnosed me with hypertension and put me on Altace. I would cough and cough until I would gag and throw up at work into my trashcan because the coughin…

    By: Joe Graedon April 14, 2008 5 Comments
    Popular Drugs Are Linked to Suicide

    What should the FDA do when a drug might make someone depressed or even suicidal? The agency has wrestled with this dilemma for decades.When reports surfaced in the 1990s that the antidepressant Proza…

    By: Joe Graedon April 13, 2008 1 Comments
    Doing Away With Gluten

    Q. I was diagnosed with celiac disease and advised to avoid gluten from wheat, rye and barley. Avoiding gluten in my diet has made a huge difference for me. Are there any resources to help me avoid gl…

    By: Joe Graedon March 19, 2008 5 Comments
    NSAIDs Can Cause Kidney Damage

    Q. I read in your column that naproxen can cause kidney damage. I want to reinforce that warning. I lost my kidneys as a result of taking prescription strength naproxen in 1995. I took this anti-infla…

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2008 4 Comments
    Sorting Out Complicated Coumadin Interactions

    Q. I have atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm for which I take Tambocor (a heart rhythm drug) and warfarin (a blood thinner). I also have arthritis. I was taking Tylenol for it, but my lab t…

    By: Joe Graedon March 7, 2008 12 Comments
    Calcium Overdose?

    Q. How much calcium is too much? I take 1500 mg/day and my doctor wants me to add another 500 mg for my thinning bones. I drink milk and wonder if I may be overdosing. A. Too much calcium (2,000 mg/da…

    By: Joe Graedon March 5, 2008 19 Comments
    Is It Dementia Or Is It Statins?

    Q. My husband has taken Zocor to lower cholesterol since he was 48. In 2006, he started to notice problems. His feet became numb and he had trouble writing. He believed that he was less sharp mentally…

    By: Joe Graedon February 27, 2008 2 Comments
    Do NSAIDs Cause Gas?

    Q. I am taking naproxen for pain in my lower back, hands and knees. It seems to do the trick for the pain but I am having lots of flatulence. There is probably no connection but I would like to know f…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2008 15 Comments
    Is Stop-Smoking Drug Linked to Violence?

    Q. I live in the U.K. On Christmas Eve my boyfriend had been been using Champix for some months. He was drinking and went berserk for no reason, assaulted me and destroyed my apartment. I fled and wai…

    By: Joe Graedon January 14, 2008 15 Comments
    Is Death An Acceptable Drug Side Effect?

    Would you take a medicine that listed death as a possible side effect? Lots of people do. Have You Read the Fine Print? If you read drug ads in popular magazines, you might end up wondering who would …

    By: Joe Graedon January 9, 2008 67 Comments
    Are Generic Beta Blockers Less Effective?

    Q. My doctor prescribed Toprol-XL several years ago and it worked well. Last week my pharmacist refilled my prescription with generic metoprolol succinate. Two days later my blood pressure shot sky hi…

    By: Joe Graedon December 31, 2007 71 Comments
    Lower Blood Pressure Without Side Effects

    Q. A few months ago, I finally yielded to my doctor's pressure and went on a blood pressure medication, against my better judgment. I am a 63-year-old female. The medication is metoprolol succinate. I…

    By: Joe Graedon December 24, 2007 13 Comments
    Pain Reliever Caused Kidney Damage

    Q. Over-the-counter ibuprofen was my friend. I thought it was a miracle drug for pain and inflammation. I have osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, and I took ibuprofen often to relieve pain. Then I went …

    By: Joe Graedon December 23, 2007 12 Comments
    Cholestyramine As A Statin Alternative?

    Q. I have tried many statin drugs for high cholesterol but had muscle pain with all of them. Two years ago my doctor prescribed cholestyramine. It is in powder form and I take one packet a day in juic…

    By: Joe Graedon December 10, 2007 13 Comments
    Stop-Smoking Drug Linked To Suicidal Thoughts

    We first heard about the stop-smoking drug Chantix earlier this year. A physician called our syndicated radio show in February to tell us that this pill was working miracles for his patients. He was e…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2007 44 Comments
    Non-Statin Solutions For Cholesterol

    Q. I have been battling statin side effects for years. My doctor has prescribed Lipitor, Crestor, Pravachol, Lescol and Zocor, but I cannot tolerate any of them because of muscle pain and weakness. It…

    By: Joe Graedon November 23, 2007 26 Comments
    Dealing With The Quinine Ban

    Q. Do you know any doctors who will write prescriptions for quinine sulfate to prevent leg cramps? I am desperate to find one. I have taken quinine for this for 20 years with miraculous results and no…

    By: Joe Graedon November 12, 2007 26 Comments
    Statins And Lou Gehrig’s Disease?

    Q. My mother was on Lipitor for less than two years when she developed muscle weakness and started having trouble speaking. She was initially diagnosed with primary lateral sclerosis and told to conti…

    By: Joe Graedon November 10, 2007 81 Comments
    How Effective Is Generic Oxycodone?

    Q. I am a physician who treats many patients in chronic pain. I am convinced that generic oxycodone is only about half as effective as the brand name OxyContin. This is a huge problem for my patients.…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2007 6 Comments
    Acupressure Wristbands For Antidepressant Withdr…

    Q. Zoloft was prescribed for me after I complained to my gynecologist of feelings of great despair. He recommended Zoloft because he heard positive things about it for menopausal symptoms and believed…

    By: Joe Graedon October 24, 2007 51 Comments
    Is Atenolol Safe For Treating Anxiety?

    Q. I have had anxiety attacks several times in the past 15 years. Always before I have been given Xanax and in several days I would be okay. Then I would take the pills as needed occasionally. Last we…

    By: Joe Graedon October 17, 2007 729 Comments
    Scary Side Effects of Chantix?

    Q. The story about the person who became depressed on Chantix caught my eye. My husband and I were both on Chantix to quit smoking back in June. Neither of us has a history of depression, but after he…

    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 222 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 47 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 98 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 220 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 …