By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2016 3 Comments
    Will Memory Worsen on Migraine Medicine?

    Have you ever discovered that a jacket you once loved no longer delights you? Perhaps the style has changed, or maybe you have changed and it is now too large or too small. Giving up a jacket that ha…

    By: Joe Graedon March 7, 2016 7 Comments
    Amitriptyline and Imodium Lead to Brain Fog and …

    Q. I am in my 50s and don't consider myself a senior citizen, but my memory has been getting worse and worse. I take amitriptyline and oxybutynin for a urinary problem, along with Metamucil and Imodiu…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2016 23 Comments
    No One Is Watching Out for Older People’s …

    As we get older, things change. We can see the gray hair cropping up, and try as we might, we can't hide the wrinkles. (At least, not entirely.) Interior changes aren't so visible, but aging also alte…

    By: Joe Graedon March 23, 2015 8 Comments
    How to Prevent Dementia

    Q. I am interested in information about preventing dementia. What drugs should someone avoid to prevent memory loss? Are there any drugs that might help? Please answer in the newspaper so my wife won'…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2014 2 Comments
    Propofol Linked to Less Confusion after Surgery

    Q. After reading your column on the aftereffects of anesthesia, I want to share my own experience. I had severe memory lapses for months after undergoing anesthesia. It was like knowing something was …

    By: Joe Graedon June 19, 2014 6 Comments
    Don’t Let Older People Die Needlessly: Pro…

    Henry's kitchen table is littered with drug paraphernalia. There are syringes, bottles, vials, nebulizers and a pill cutter. Henry is not a drug abuser...rather he is a senior citizen with a pill prob…

    By: Terry Graedon February 3, 2014 7 Comments
    Are Older People Being Overmedicated?

    Q. Do you have any information you can share about older people being overmedicated? I am very concerned about the number of pills my in-laws are taking. Mom is on Detrol LA for her bladder, atorvasta…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2013 23 Comments
    Are Statins Good or Bad for the Brain?

    Q. I just read a news article that says "Statins May Not Harm Memory, Thinking After all." Isn't this worth reporting on The People's Pharmacy website? A. The new study you refer to was published in t…

    By: Joe Graedon August 29, 2013 38 Comments
    Topiramate (Topamax) Side Effects & Lowered…

    Q. My wife has just recently started using Topamax (topiramate) again. We went from an awesome relationship and fabulous sex to fighting and abstinence. When she was on it before, it was the same thin…

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2012 5 Comments
    Anti-Anxiety Pills May Cause Confusion

    Q. I was a nurse for over 42 years, and I'm alarmed by the staggering increase in the use of anti-anxiety medications like alprazolam or diazepam. There's no doubt in my mind that these addictive drug…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2012 1 Comments
    Dad’s Drugs Behind Mental Decline

    Q. Our father is taking medicine for an enlarged prostate, high blood pressure, heartburn, allergies, cough and postnasal drip. A partial list of his drugs include Avodart, doxazosin, hydroxyzine, ipr…

    By: Terry Graedon August 15, 2011 0 Comments
    Diarrhea Drug Caused Brain Fog

    Q. I appreciate your warning about brain fog due to anticholinergic drugs. I took Lomotil to control diarrhea from IBS only when I went out for an event. At first I thought my episodes of brain confus…

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2011 12 Comments
    Older People Suffer Side Effects

    Q. I am worried about my husband. He is in his 80s and used to be active and fully engaged in our church and community. Now he is suffering from back and leg pain, neck spasms, weakness, dizziness and…

    By: Terry Graedon October 25, 2010 3 Comments
    Did Stop-Smoking Drug Cause Hallucinations?

    Q. My mom (age 70) took Chantix for two weeks to help her quit smoking. She stopped the drug a week ago, but she is now confused, dazed, paranoid, has hallucinations and cannot concentrate or function…

    By: Joe Graedon May 26, 2008 4 Comments
    Some Drugs Dull Mental Edge

    Patients should not have to choose between bladder control and brain function, but some medications prescribed for overactive bladder can have a negative impact on memory and concentration. In a recen…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2000 26 Comments
    Phenytoin

    Overview Dilantin is one of the oldest and best studied anti-seizure medications on the market. Although it was first developed in 1908, the drug's ability to prevent epilepsy wasn't discovered unti…