By: Joe Graedon November 5, 2018 11 Comments
    Aspirin and Ulcers: A Potentially Deadly Reactio…

    We like aspirin. It’s inexpensive and as effective as any other OTC pain reliever on the market. Millions take it or another NSAID (ibuprofen or naproxen) every day. They swallow such pills to ease …

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2018 140 Comments
    The Dangers of Diclofenac and Other NSAID Pain R…

    Doctors love NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). That’s largely because they don’t have a lot of other tools in the toolkit when it comes to treating pain and inflammation. Opioids have…

    By: Terry Graedon May 10, 2018 8 Comments
    How Do You Weigh the Benefits and Risks of Aspir…

    Aspirin has been around over 100 years. It is one of the most versatile drugs in the pharmacy. It relieves pain, lowers fever and reduces inflammation. In addition, it has anti-platelet activity that …

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2018 10 Comments
    How Can You Ease Arthritis Pain Safely?

    People with chronic pain such as the joint pain of severe osteoarthritis are often faced with terrible trade-offs. To get relief from the inflammation and discomfort, they may have to rely on medicati…

    By: Joe Graedon March 12, 2018 10 Comments
    Licorice Side Effects Can Be Scary If Not Life T…

    Most people think of licorice (liquorice in Europe) as yummy candy. We happen to be licorice lovers ourselves. Natural black licorice from the Netherlands is one of our favorite sweet treats. But we a…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2017 15 Comments
    Do Acid-Suppressing Drugs Cause Cancer?

    Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are among the most popular drugs in the pharmacy. Physicians prescribe them to 15 million people every year for ulcers, acid reflux, heartburn and Barrett's esophagus. Th…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2015 10 Comments
    Does Cytotec Ease Acid Reflux?

    Proton pump inhibitors such as esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec) or pantoprazole (Protonix) have become such staples of treating heartburn and digestive distress th…

    By: Joe Graedon October 13, 2014 4 Comments
    Is Your OTC Pain Reliever Deadly?

    Is death an acceptable side effect for over-the-counter medicines? Most people assume that non-prescription drugs are super safe, although nearly everyone knows that prescription medications frequentl…

    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: Joe Graedon September 6, 2012 7 Comments
    Too Much Licorice Could Be Deadly

    I am a licorice lover, I admit it. Black Australian Licorice from Kookaburra is quite good but I am especially fond of Gustaf's Dutch Licorice CATS. There's something about the texture and the taste t…

    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 January 3, 2011 17 Comments
    Aspirin the Miracle Drug Deserves Respect

    Imagine a new drug that could reduce the likelihood of developing several life-threatening kinds of cancer. As a bonus, the same medication might dramatically lower the risk of having a heart attack. …

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2007 5 Comments
    H. Pylori as Cause for Stomach Ulcers

    Q. I suffered for years with stomach ulcers. On three occasions I had to be hospitalized because they turned into bleeding ulcers. Once I was diagnosed with a Helicobacter pylori infection, I was trea…

    By: Joe Graedon October 17, 2005 0 Comments
    Infectious Ulcers Win Nobel Prize

    For decades medical students were taught a simple rule: "no acid, no ulcer." It was an article of faith that stress and an executive life style contributed to acid-induced stomach ulcers. Millions of …