By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2018 9 Comments
    Vicks on Soles of Feet Calmed Grandkids’ C…

    When young children cough all night, they may not be awake themselves, but their parents and grandparents won't be able to sleep well. Little ones don't respond well to conventional cough medicines. W…

    By: Joe Graedon November 19, 2018 14 Comments
    Terpin Hydrate Helped World War I Veteran

    Terpin hydrate, with or without codeine, used to be a highly popular cough remedy. It was available without a prescription from the 1880s until the 1990s. That’s when the FDA decided there wasn’t …

    By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2018 10 Comments
    Should You Pay Less for Vicks VapoRub®?

    Vicks VapoRub® is a familiar household product with a venerable history. It has been around since the turn of the 20th century, and for much of that time, it contained natural essential oils. In the …

    By: Terry Graedon October 15, 2018 23 Comments
    How Can You Find Terpin Hydrate Cough Medicine?

    Some old-fashioned medicines have maintained their popularity for decades. Just think of Vicks VapoRub, Listerine or Preparation H as examples. Those venerable brands have all survived to hold their s…

    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 September 10, 2018 10 Comments
    Can A Bar of Soap Stop a Cough or Laryngospasm?

    We have been writing about the amazing power of soap to stop leg cramps, ease restless leg syndrome and control hand cramps for years. Initially these stories seemed too good to be true. And yet we ha…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 24 Comments
    Beware Unnecessary Antibiotics from Urgent Care …

    Have you ever visited an urgent care center or a retail clinic (like those found in some pharmacies)? Getting a quick doctor’s appointment during flu season can be challenging. It may take a week or…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2018 2 Comments
    Have You Tried Onion Syrup to Calm a Cough?

    The 2017-2018 flu season might have set some records for being long-lasting and rough. But even after the flu fades from memory, respiratory tract infections will cause coughs and sniffles, sore throa…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 1 Comments
    Spices for Unexpected Cough and Cold Relief

    When half the people you know are sniffling, sneezing and coughing, you might want something for cough and cold relief. As it turns out, you won't need to make a trip to the drugstore. You can probabl…

    By: Terry Graedon December 18, 2017 10 Comments
    How to Make Your Own Cough Syrup

    What do you do for a nasty cough? You might smear Vicks VapoRub on the soles of your feet; many readers find that approach helpful. Or you might look for an over-the-counter cough syrup. In the US, th…

    By: Terry Graedon December 4, 2017 10 Comments
    Twins Demonstrate the Benefits of Vicks VapoRub …

    When we first heard about putting Vicks VapoRub on the soles of the feet to calm a cough, we thought it was a little odd. In fact, the nurse who told us about it described this remedy as "wacky." None…

    By: Terry Graedon May 1, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Calm a Cough with Crystallized Ginger

    Even a spring cold can sometimes produce a troublesome cough. Nobody wants to be wakened in the middle of the night with a cough. It isn't pleasant, either, to be coughing through a concert or church …

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 6 Comments
    How Does Vicks on the Feet Calm a Cough?

    After abdominal surgery, coughing or laughing can cause excruciating pain. Although few people can laugh in such a situation, many will need to cough. How can you calm a cough to avoid the pain? Putt…

    By: Terry Graedon April 3, 2017 3 Comments
    You Can Make Your Own Natural Cough Syrup with T…

    Wouldn't it be great to know how to make your own simple medicines? You could easily make a remedy for heartburn or a natural cough syrup. One reader did exactly that: Natural Cough Syrup with Thym…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2017 4 Comments
    Will a Whiff of Garlic Stop a Stubborn Cough?

    How do you calm a cough? We've heard about numerous home remedies for this common problem. One reader surprised us recently with a way to stop a stubborn cough that we had never encountered before. T…

    By: Joe Graedon February 6, 2017 74 Comments
    Terpin Hydrate Cough Medicine Disappearance Can …

    One of the most popular cough medicines in pharmacies for over 100 years was terpin hydrate. It was an expectorant, meaning that it was prescribed by physicians to loosen mucus and ease congestion. It…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Soothe Your Cough with Cayenne Pepper

    In the winter, when colds and flu viruses are common, one of the most common complaints is a cough that lingers long after the infection has cleared up. Of course, the congestion, sneezing and general…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Calm a Cough with Thyme Tea

    After a cold or the flu, a cough may linger for weeks. What do you do to calm a cough like this? Drinking Thyme Tea to Calm a Cough: Q. I had the flu four weeks ago and still have a cough despite taki…

    By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2017 13 Comments
    Does Tasting Garlic Through Your Feet Offer Clue…

    Many health professionals think that using Vicks for coughs is at best an old wives' tale. This is especially true when we describe the technique. Instead of applying Vicks VapoRub to the chest or nec…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 13 Comments
    Vicks On the Feet Calms Night Cough: Not a Place…

    Whenever we get a question about putting Vicks on the feet for a nighttime cough we hear from skeptics who insist that this is a placebo effect. Since there are no scientific studies to prove otherwis…

    By: Joe Graedon October 10, 2016 71 Comments
    Can Science Explain Why Vicks on the Feet Calms …

    Around the year 2000 a nurse called into our syndicated radio show to tell us that she calmed nighttime coughs by applying Vicks VapoRub to the soles of her children's feet. She then put socks on the …

    By: Terry Graedon January 14, 2016 0 Comments
    Will Cough Syrup Recall Protect Kids from Overdo…

    The maker of several store-brand cough syrups for children has recalled several batches of grape and cherry-flavored cough medicine. The plastic cups provided with the syrup to measure the proper dose…

    By: Terry Graedon December 14, 2015 3 Comments
    Vicks on the Soles of the Feet Eased Horrible Co…

    In this season of colds and flu, a lot of people are troubled with persistent coughing. Although many expect that once the cold goes away, the cough will vanish as well, it can take several weeks long…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2015 20 Comments
    Misdiagnosed Cough from Hell Makes Life Miserabl…

    Q. I have had the cough from hell with retching and even vomiting for six months now. The first doctor suggested I have a "post-viral hyper-reactive cough." The second recommended drugs for acid reflu…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2015 21 Comments
    Skeptical Aussie Embraces Vicks VapoRub on the S…

    As cold and flu season arrives, people all around us have begun coughing as well as sniffling. Having a cough that keeps you awake at night is terrible, especially when you are already feeling lousy. …

    By: Joe Graedon October 19, 2015 80 Comments
    If You Are Sensitive to Drug Side Effects There …

    Q. I have been unable to tolerate most medicines without experiencing bad drug side effects. My doctor does not believe me. She prescribes medications with names I don't recognize and I react badly to…

    By: Joe Graedon May 14, 2015 22 Comments
    Why Do So Many Doctors Ignore Obvious Drug Side …

    Some adverse drug reactions are subtle and easy to overlook. For example, doctors could be forgiven for not catching a vitamin B12 deficiency associated with long-term prescriptions of popular acid-su…

    By: Joe Graedon March 9, 2015 22 Comments
    Lisinopril Cough Caused Loss of Consciousness

    We are constantly amazed by the number of reports we have received about ACEi (angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors) and cough. These are among the most widely prescribed blood pressure drugs in t…

    By: Joe Graedon March 9, 2015 10 Comments
    Childhood Cough Remedy Is Gone, but Home Remedie…

    Many people wonder what happened to the medicines they used as children. Although nostalgia may alter our perceptions of effectiveness, modern-day medicines don't always seem to live up to our expecta…

    By: Joe Graedon December 15, 2014 6 Comments
    How to Calm a Cough: Drugstore Vs. Grandma

    At this time of year, when folks squeeze into crowded shopping centers, gather for holiday parties or lift their voices for seasonal songs, viruses can travel fast. What doctors term "upper respirator…

    By: Joe Graedon December 8, 2014 11 Comments
    Natural Cough Remedies

    Q. My husband is getting over a nasty cold, but he is still coughing non-stop. The cough syrup we had on hand isn't working. What can you suggest? We are desperate for advice. A. Readers sometimes rep…

    By: Joe Graedon December 4, 2014 7 Comments
    Home Remedies or Brand Names for the Common Cold…

    The sniffle season has arrived. Commercials for cold and flu medicine are everywhere. But what should you buy? Is Alka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold & Flu Liquid Gels the answer or should you select Tyl…

    By: Joe Graedon December 4, 2014 1 Comments
    OTC Cough Medicine Effectiveness Questioned

    Americans spend billions on over-the-counter cough medicine. How well do they work? Better Than Placebo? Several years ago researchers reported that there was no good evidence showing that the common …

    By: Joe Graedon November 20, 2014 12 Comments
    Skeptical Rheumatologist Wants Info on Turmeric …

    Q. I have osteoarthritis and recently became unable to take NSAIDs due to a spike in my liver enzymes and a family history of heart disease. Then I read in a recent column of People's Pharmacy that tu…

    By: Terry Graedon May 12, 2014 4 Comments
    Which Facts About Asthma Are Really Myths?

    In observance of National Asthma Awareness Month, we share five facts and five myths about asthma with you. Fact: Asthma affects about 18 million adults in America, or roughly 8% of the population. Fa…

    By: Terry Graedon February 10, 2014 15 Comments
    Candied Ginger Serves as Natural Cough Remedy

    Do you have a favorite cough remedy? You could presumably carry cough drops around in your pocket for an emergency. Some people do. But others prefer a natural cough remedy. That is what this reader d…

    By: Terry Graedon June 24, 2013 19 Comments
    Changing Doctors Ended Drug Nightmare

    Patients want to trust their doctors. These health professionals are among the best and the brightest. Their training is rigorous and long. Most people assume that physicians do their homework when it…

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2013 161 Comments
    Lisinopril Side Effects Can Be Lethal

    How do you keep your blood pressure under control? Managing blood pressure is an important pillar for maintaining good health and reducing the risk of strokes or heart disease. Regular exercise, a di…

    By: Terry Graedon April 1, 2013 15 Comments
    Onion Syrup Was Tasty Cough Remedy

    If you or someone you care about starts coughing, what do you do? Many people head for the pharmacy for a "DM" (dextromethorphan) cough medicine. But DM doesn't work all that well. How about a home-ma…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2013 13 Comments
    Lisinopril Side Effect Made Her Miserable

    Q. I was on lisinopril for two years without symptoms. Then I developed a cough that woke me up at night. I coughed so hard I urinated. I couldn't laugh without coughing and I irritated all who were n…