By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2015 309 Comments
    New Eliquis (Apixaban) Alert: Unexpected Side Ef…

    In our inbox yesterday morning was a media alert from Adverse Events, Inc., regarding the anticoagulant Eliquis (apixaban) and some new cases of colon cancer and liver injury. There is nothing in the …

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2014 0 Comments
    Older Acid Suppressors Work Better for Hospitali…

    Two different categories of medication are commonly used to protect the gastrointestinal tract from damage. One type, called H2 blockers, consists of drugs like Tagamet or Zantac. The other type, call…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2013 14 Comments
    New Study Fails to Clarify Which Blood Thinner I…

    Using anticoagulants is a bit like walking a tightrope. If the dose is too high, there is a danger of hemorrhage. If the dose is too low, there is risk of a deadly blood clot. For years, warfarin, ori…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2012 4 Comments
    Pain Medicine Triggered Life-Threatening Bleedin…

    Q. My husband was just released from the hospital as a result of taking naproxen for tendinitis. He used it exactly as prescribed, and it still caused more trouble than it was worth. He had severe gas…

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2012 11 Comments
    Aspirin Benefits vs Risks

    A British meta-analysis of aspirin users suggests that this common preventive medicine may carry significant risks along with modest benefit. Investigators analyzed nine randomized, placebo-controlled…

    By: Terry Graedon June 28, 2010 6 Comments
    Popular Pain Relievers Boost Heart Risk

    Q. I have taken naproxen regularly for the last several years, having had knee replacement and shoulder surgery. When I take naproxen, my blood pressure goes up from 115/70 to about 145/94. I was told…

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2005 0 Comments
    Arthritis Sufferers Caught In Dilemma

    Pity anyone with pain that lasts more than 10 days. That's how long the FDA says you can safely take an over-the-counter analgesic such as Advil, Aleve or Tylenol on your own. The trouble is that one …