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 September 26, 2016 5 Comments
    Prescription for Licorice Pills Was Almost Letha…

    When most people think of licorice (or liquorice in the UK), they imagine candy such as licorice twists, Panda All Natural Soft Licorice, Twizzlers, Good & Plenty or Dutch Licorice Cats. But licor…

    By: Joe Graedon January 29, 2015 0 Comments
    Smart Phone Diagnosed Heart Rhythm Change

    Smart phones have become valuable diagnostic tools, especially for cardiologists. A case study published in JAMA Internal Medicine describes a 62-year-old-man who began to feel faint during daily exer…

    By: Joe Graedon June 25, 2014 8 Comments
    We’re Not the Only Ones! Cleveland Clinic …

    Last week the FDA announced another metoprolol succinate recall. This time it was from the Indian generic drug company Dr. Reddy's Laboratories. The 25 mg metoprolol pills failed a dissolution test. I…

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2014 23 Comments
    Are Popular Pain Relievers Really Killing People…

    Every day millions of people swallow pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, etc) or prescription medications such as celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Catafl…

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2013 28 Comments
    Could Your Pain Killer Be Killing You?

    The Popularity of NSAID Pain Killer Pills: Physicians, pharmacists and patients love NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofena…

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2013 32 Comments
    Amiodarone: Cancer, Thyroid & Other Side Ef…

    Irregular heart rhythms can be very scary. So too are the drugs that treat these arrhythmias. That's because anti-arrhythmic medications often come with a long list of serious side effects. This is es…

    By: Terry Graedon March 14, 2013 1 Comments
    Z-Pak May Scramble Heart Rhythm

    A popular class of antibiotics called macrolides can cause a potentially fatal change in heart rhythm. The FDA has just issued a strong warning about one particular drug in this class called azithromy…

    By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2013 4 Comments
    Fish Oil Flop for Fibrillation

    Atrial fibrillation is a challenging heart rhythm disturbance to control. The new drugs that are prescribed are often expensive and have significant side effects. That's why scientists have been inves…

    By: Terry Graedon May 18, 2012 38 Comments
    Antibiotics and Sudden Death?

    The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published a provocative article this week titled "Azithromycin and the Risk of Cardiovascular Death." It stimulated dramatic headlines: "Popular Antibiotic M…

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2011 7 Comments
    Painkiller Warning Presents Dilemma

    Q. A couple of weeks ago I read that popular painkillers can cause irregular heart rhythms. I stopped taking Aleve for pain because I do experience A-fib and atrial flutters. Since going off the Aleve…

    By: Terry Graedon March 3, 2010 1 Comments
    Fish No Protection Against Heart Rhythm Disturba…

    Eating fish is supposed to be good for your heart, but a new study suggests that a diet full of fish will not prevent the irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation. The researchers analyzed da…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2010 7 Comments
    Procedure Trumps Drugs for Atrial Fibrillation

    An irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation responds better to a procedure to inactivate a small area of heart tissue than to drugs. Atrial fibrillation causes an irregular pulse, a rapid and…

    By: Joe Graedon April 21, 2009 80 Comments
    How Safe Is Tonic Water?

    Q. I have been drinking a liter or two of tonic water a week for nearly 25 years. Now I'm reading about risks associated with quinine. How much is too much? How much quinine is in tonic? What are the …