By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 17 Comments
    Propranolol

    Overview Inderal LA is a special long-acting formulation of a propranolol, the pre-eminent member of a class medicines called beta blockers. That means these drugs work in part by blunting the action …

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 3 Comments
    Sildenafil

    Overview Viagra changed the way the world viewed impotence, now referred to as "erectile dysfunction." Although there were several medications to treat this condition before Viagra, none wer…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 4 Comments
    Tamoxifen

    Overview Nolvadex is a nonsteroidal agent with potent antiestrogenic properties. The antiestrogenic effects allow it to compete with estrogen for binding sites in target tissues, particularly the brea…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 1 Comments
    Triamcinolone

    Overview Corticosteroids (cortisone-like drugs such as prednisone) are very effective at easing irritation and inflammation in the upper respiratory tract (nose and lungs). The problem with oral stero…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 28 Comments
    Zolpidem

    Overview Ambien is the first in a new class of sleeping medicines. It is prescribed for the short-term treatment of insomnia. Studies indicate that the stages of sleep approach normal in patients on A…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 1 Comments
    Raloxifene

    Overview Until fairly  recently, women at risk of osteoporosis had a difficult choice: taking estrogen strengthened the bones, but increased the risk of breast cancer. Evista belongs in a new categor…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 25 Comments
    Gemfibrozil

    Overview Lopid is prescribed primarily to lower cholesterol and triglycerides. Heart specialists recognize that coronary artery disease is associated with certain risk factors, including high serum ch…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 1999 2 Comments
    Wart Plaster for Splinters

    Here is another doctor-recommended home remedy. Russell Copelan, M.D., wrote about this one in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.* He suggests adhering a tiny piece of salicylic acid …