By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 1 Comments
    Relief For Jock Itch

    Q. I've been fascinated by the discussion of jock itch in your column. I've had this problem for years and tried dozens of over-the-counter medicines. None of them worked for more than a few days.  L…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 0 Comments
    How Much Wine Is Good For You?

    Q. I keep reading about how much good "a glass of red wine" can do, but nobody ever says how big the glass should be. Any ideas? A. Harvard epidemiologists who study the effects of alcohol on heart di…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Careless Use Of Healing Herbs Might Harm

    Humans have been using herbal medicines for millennia. Every culture on earth has learned to harness the pharmaceuticals mother nature provided. But what happens when an herb is adopted by people who …

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Laxatives And Diuretics No Way To Control Weight

    Q. My niece takes laxatives and diuretics weekly to stay in drill team weight range. Is this dangerous? A. Both laxatives and diuretics (water pills) can deplete the body of essential minerals. If pot…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Banana Peel and Cabbage for Hemorrhoids?

    Q. When I first developed hemorrhoids I could hardly believe this was happening to me. I called my doctor and she suggested surgery, but I didn't want to go under the knife. A favorite book about food…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Could Low DHEA Explain Low Libido?

    Q. What can you tell me about DHEA? I recently had my hormones checked and the results showed I have very little testosterone or DHEA. Could this explain my lack of sex drive? I have had a very low li…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 112 Comments
    Allergy to Vicks VapoRub?

    Q. Have you ever heard of anyone being allergic to Vicks VapoRub? A few days ago I had some congestion, and instead of taking a decongestant I decided to try rubbing a small amount of Vicks on my ches…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 2 Comments
    Depression or Underactive Thyroid?

    Q. Years ago my symptoms of depression, weight gain, difficulty losing weight, intolerance to cold, cold hands and feet and fatigue led my doctor to test me and diagnose low thyroid function. He put m…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 5 Comments
    Are Vitamin B12 Tablets As Good As Injections?

    Q. About six years ago my doctor informed me that I had low vitamin B12 levels and started giving me monthly injections. Now he says that B12 pills are just as good as the shots.  Is this really true…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 3 Comments
    Azithromycin

    Overview Zithromax is an antibiotic used to treat respiratory tract infections, infections of the skin, and the sexually transmitted disease Chlamydia trachomatis. Children may be given Zithromax for …

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 0 Comments
    Beclomethasone

    Overview Vancenase AQ and its twin Beconase AQ have become very popular allergy treatments. Corticosteroids (cortisone-like drugs such as prednisone) are very effective at easing inflammation and irri…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 1 Comments
    Bisoprolol and hydrochlorothiazide

    Overview Ziac combines two different drug ingredients in one tablet. Bisoprolol was approved by the FDA in 1992 and is available by itself as Zebeta, while hydrochlorothiazide has been a mainstay of h…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 0 Comments
    Buspirone

    Overview Buspirone is an anti-anxiety agent that is unrelated to benzodiazepines or other anti-anxiety medicines. It is prescribed for the management of anxiety disorders or for short-term relief of s…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 0 Comments
    Captopril

    Overview Capoten was the first of a new class of blood pressure medicines called ACE (for angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors. The development of this unique drug almost reads like a medical mys…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 35 Comments
    Carbamazepine

    Overview Carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Equetro, Tegretol) is prescribed for the control of a variety of seizure disorders. It is also used as a special kind of pain reliever for trigeminal neuralgia whi…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 0 Comments
    Cefaclor

    Overview Ceclor is one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics in the United States. Its popularity is due largely to the drug's broad spectrum activity against a wide range of bacteria. It is hig…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 3 Comments
    Cefadroxil

    Overview Cefadroxil (no longer available by brand name) belongs to a class of potent antibiotics called cephalosporins. This drug works against a wide variety of germs, including staphylococcus and Gr…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 156 Comments
    Cefuroxime axetil

    Overview Ceftin is a highly effective, broad-spectrum antibiotic that works against bacteria that cause a wide range of common problems. This drug is especially beneficial for skin, ear and lung infec…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 200 Comments
    Cephalexin

    Overview Keflex (generic name: cephalexin) belongs to a class of potent antibiotics called cephalosporins. It is one of the first of these to become available generically and is now often prescribed …

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 4 Comments
    Cimetidine

    Overview Cimetidine (Tagamet) was the first of a new class of ulcer drugs, called "H2 antagonists." It works by suppressing the secretion of stomach acid, so it is also used to treat conditions of abn…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 281 Comments
    Ciprofloxacin

    Overview Ciprofloxacin belongs to a class of potent antibiotics called quinolones or fluoroquinolones. These drugs are quite popular with prescribers because they can help cure a wide variety of infec…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 6 Comments
    Clarithromycin

    Overview Biaxin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic related to erythromycin. It is prescribed to fight respiratory tract infections including pneumonia and infections of the skin. Side Effects and Interact…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 79 Comments
    Clonazepam

    Overview Klonopin is an anti-anxiety agent, similar in many respects to Valium. It belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines. This class of drugs were once called minor tranquilizers…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 3 Comments
    Co-trimoxazole

    Overview This popular antibiotic is a combination of two sulfa drugs, sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim. It is frequently prescribed for urinary tract infections, middle ear infections, chronic bronch…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 70 Comments
    Diclofenac sodium

    Overview Voltaren is a pain reliever used for arthritis. It belongs to a class of medications commonly called NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Other medicines in this category include …

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 37 Comments
    Diltiazem

    Overview Cardizem CD belongs to a class of medicines called calcium channel blockers. Because of their safety and effectiveness, these drugs have helped revolutionize the treatment of angina and hig…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 10 Comments
    Divalproex sodium

    Overview Depakote is an anticonvulsant prescribed for control of seizures alone or together with other drugs. It is also approved for preventing migraine headaches and for treating manic episodes in p…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 5 Comments
    Donepezil

    Overview Aricept was recently approved for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. This medication is not a cure, and not all patients respond well. Like Cognex, it presumably works by increasing th…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 8 Comments
    Enalapril

    Overview Vasotec is one of the most successful blood pressure medicines on the market. It belongs to a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors which includes Accupril, Capoten, Prinivil and Zestril, amon…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 6 Comments
    Erythromycin

    Overview E-Mycin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that is effective against a large number of bacteria. It helps fight infections in many places in the body including the urinary, genital and digesti…