By: Joe Graedon December 14, 2017 5 Comments
    Is CAR-T for Cancer the Latest Immunotherapy Bre…

    For decades the foundations of cancer treatment were surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. The goal was to rid the body of cancer and try to keep it away. Sometimes these approaches worked, but far too…

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2017 0 Comments
    Ibuprofen Eased Back Pain But Caused Life-Threat…

    Americans love ibuprofen. Some have taken to calling it vitamin I because they rely on it so often to relieve pain. But ibuprofen and naproxen can cause life-threatening ulcers. Just because they are …

    By: Terry Graedon December 11, 2017 0 Comments
    How Can You Overcome Testosterone-Induced Acne?

    Over the past decade or so, testosterone replacement therapy has become quite popular. Three times as many men are using prescriptions for testosterone now as in 2001 (O'Connor, New York Times, June 3…

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2017 14 Comments
    Does Tamiflu Speed Recovery from Influenza? What…

    The CDC has made it official. The flu is back! Preliminary reports suggest that it could be a bad year for influenza. The CDC has reported higher case reports than usual at this time of year. At the m…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2017 29 Comments
    Hydrochlorothiazide Side Effects: Skin Cancer an…

    You have been advised by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology that if you have systolic blood pressure of 130 or higher and/or diastolic blood pressure of 80 or higher…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2017 11 Comments
    Do Oral Contraceptives Cause Breast Cancer? The …

    The New England Journal of Medicine (Dec. 7, 2017) has answered a long-simmering controversy about hormonally-based contraception. In a nutshell, birth control pills do raise the risk of breast cance…

    By: Joe Graedon December 4, 2017 14 Comments
    Repatha to Lower LDL Cholesterol: Uses, Abuses, …

    There's a new cholesterol-lowering medicine making waves. Many health professionals are convinced that there is no such thing as too low a golf score or a cholesterol level. They are right about golf,…

    By: Joe Graedon December 4, 2017 43 Comments
    Sleeping Pills for Seniors: A Scary Solution for…

    Do you have trouble sleeping? That’s just a natural outcome of accumulating lots of birthdays, right? Actually, insomnia is not a normal consequence of aging. According to the National Poll on Healt…

    By: Joe Graedon November 30, 2017 24 Comments
    OTC Viagra in the U.S.? Hell No!

    Not long after its introduction in 1998, Viagra had become a household name. Millions of men have asked their doctors for a prescription for the erectile dysfunction drug. Lots more would like to take…

    By: Joe Graedon November 27, 2017 6 Comments
    Tramadol Plus Sertraline Could be Deadly Cocktai…

    Serotonin is a crucial neurotransmitter. It is found in the brain as well as the digestive tract. Serotonin is also found in blood cells called platelets. It plays a crucial role in regulating mood. T…

    By: Joe Graedon November 27, 2017 14 Comments
    Doctors Battle Over High Cholesterol and Blood P…

    Ask doctors what key measurements they rely on to assess the overall health of a patient and you are likely to hear about high cholesterol and blood pressure. Elevated blood sugar is not far behind. C…

    By: Terry Graedon November 23, 2017 0 Comments
    Why Is Codeine the Wrong Pain Reliever for Kids?

    Doctors used to prescribe codeine to kids who’d undergone a tonsillectomy or appendectomy. They believed that this narcotic was less potent and hence not as risky as more powerful opioids. However, …

    By: Terry Graedon November 20, 2017 15 Comments
    Levothyroxine and Synthroid Are Not Interchangea…

    An ineffective thyroid gland that fails to produce enough hormone needs help. That is usually provided by a prescription for a thyroid hormone called levothyroxine. It is sold under brand names Synthr…

    By: Joe Graedon November 20, 2017 4 Comments
    Mirapex (Pramipexole) Side Effects: Gambling and…

    Americans believe passionately in free will. Dictionary.com offers this definition: "1. free and independent choice; voluntary decision: You took on the responsibility of your own free will. 2. Philos…

    By: Joe Graedon November 20, 2017 3 Comments
    Can You Avoid Family Fights Over the Holidays?

    In these highly polarized times, family gatherings like Thanksgiving and Christmas can be stressful. Many people may worry about interacting with relatives whose political views differ. Just thinking …

    By: Terry Graedon November 20, 2017 12 Comments
    In Atenolol Shortage, Will Metoprolol Substitute…

    Over the last decade or so, the United States has been increasingly plagued with drug shortages. Sometimes the scarce medications are pricey brand-name products, but frequently enough hospitals and ph…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2017 36 Comments
    Does Lowering Blood Pressure to 120/80 Save Live…

    New guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) state that all adults should get their systolic blood pressure to 130 or lower and their diastolic…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2017 11 Comments
    Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) Provides Surprising Pa…

    There are two powerful opioid antagonists: 1) naloxone (Narcan) given as an injection or nasal spray in the case of narcotic overdose and 2) naltrexone administered orally in the treatment of alcohol …

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 24 Comments
    Do You Want Digital Pills to Report When You Tak…

    Doctors often worry that patients are not taking their medications as prescribed. Now the FDA has approved digital pills that will allow health professionals to track patients' compliance. Essentially…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2017 34 Comments
    Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) Side Effects, Complic…

    We suspect that hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ or HCT for short) is the most prescribed drug in America on a daily basis. HCTZ is taken regularly by over 20 million people. More than 115 million prescripti…

    By: Terry Graedon November 13, 2017 7 Comments
    How Dangerous Is It to Stop Taking Aspirin?

    Aspirin, a drug that has been easing pain and even saving lives for more than a hundred years, gets very little respect. Perhaps because it is so old or maybe because it is available over the counter,…

    By: Terry Graedon November 13, 2017 6 Comments
    How Do Statins Compare to Red Yeast Rice?

    Cholesterol is not the only risk factor that is important for heart health, but it remains an important indicator. People with heart disease need to take care not to let their dangerous LDL cholestero…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2017 1 Comments
    Do You Know How Your Medicine Affects Your Drivi…

    Are you taking medicines that might make you a dangerous driver? Most people now realize that driving and drinking do not mix. Alcohol impairs judgment and slows reaction times. It’s illegal to driv…

    By: Joe Graedon November 6, 2017 8 Comments
    What To Do When a Miracle Drug for Pain Goes Sou…

    Almost everyone wants a miracle drug for pain relief. Is Lyrica (pregabalin) that medicine? If you watch any television at all you have likely seen commercials for Lyrica. A few years ago there was a …

    By: Joe Graedon November 6, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Sleeping Pill with Diphenhydramine Lead to …

    Do you ever forget the names of people you should remember? What about dates like birthdays or anniversaries? How about pass codes? Is it just a benign "senior moment," or something more insidious? Me…

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2017 4 Comments
    A Pharmacist Remembers a Link Between Omeprazole…

    On November 1, 2017 we sent out a People's Pharmacy Special Health Alert asking the question: "Do Acid-Suppressing Drugs Cause Cancer?" This article was based on new research from Hong Kong (Gut, onli…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2017 14 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 October 30, 2017 2 Comments
    Which Drugs Mess with Vitamin B12?

    Keeping track of the nutritional consequences of medications can be tricky. Doctors don't always ask about possible problems; nor do pharmacists necessarily take these into account. But there are some…

    By: Joe Graedon October 30, 2017 3 Comments
    If You Stop Aspirin Suddenly Could You Trigger a…

    Patients don't always get clear instructions about how to stop medicines. That is especially true when it comes to over-the-counter drugs. Discontinuing PPIs (proton pump inhibitors like esomeprazole …

    By: Joe Graedon October 30, 2017 2 Comments
    Is a Loved One Taking Too Many Medicines?

    Do you know someone who swallows a handful of pills with breakfast? A parent perhaps, or a good friend? Maybe you worry that you are taking too many medicines. Have you ever bothered to actually count…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2017 10 Comments
    Are Antidepressants Contributing to the Diabetes…

    There is a diabetes epidemic in the United States. It is also striking the rest of the world. Some experts are calling the diabetes epidemic the largest epidemic in human history. The International Di…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2017 19 Comments
    Alternatives for Arthritis vs. NSAID Disasters

    Do you like to save money? Here's a little reminder: the sale on our brand new book: Graedons' Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis will last only until Friday, November 10, 2017. Go to the bottom of t…

    By: Terry Graedon October 26, 2017 5 Comments
    Is There Herbicide in Your Food?

    A research letter published in JAMA reveals a startling increase in people's exposure to the weed killer glyphosate (JAMA, Oct. 24/31, 2017). This herbicide, sold under the brand name Roundup, is wide…

    By: Joe Graedon October 23, 2017 13 Comments
    Dry Mouth (Xerostomia) is NOT a Minor Side Effec…

    Many health professionals categorize side effects into two buckets. There are major side effects. These are serious or life threatening. They would include things like heart attacks, strokes, liver da…

    By: Joe Graedon October 23, 2017 20 Comments
    Some Eliquis and Xarelto Side Effects NOT in the…

    Many health professionals (physicians, PAs, Nurse Practitioners and pharmacists) rely upon the officially FDA sanctioned prescribing information to learn about drug side effects. Electronic drug datab…

    By: Joe Graedon October 23, 2017 12 Comments
    NasalCrom Is A Forgotten Allergy Treatment That …

    People who suffer from allergies rarely get the respect they deserve. Complain about arthritis, chest pain or migraines and you will get lots of sympathy. Describe your drippy nose or ask about effect…

    By: Terry Graedon October 22, 2017 10 Comments
    Thyroid Medicine You Can Take with Breakfast

    Many people don't realize that coffee and several other foods may partially block absorption of the thyroid medicine Synthroid (Benvenga et al, Thyroid, March 2008). Over-the-counter medicines such as…

    By: Terry Graedon October 16, 2017 8 Comments
    Lasting Sexual Problems Ruined a Marriage

    How long do side effects persist? Usually, we expect all the activity from a medicine, both good and bad, to disappear within a short time after we stop taking it. But that is not always the case. Som…

    By: Terry Graedon October 16, 2017 1 Comments
    Are Your Medicines Depriving You of Folate?

    Vitamin B9, or folate, is crucial for the normal development of human embryos. That is why pregnant women and those who may become pregnant are urged to take at least 400 mcg daily of folic acid, the …

    By: Joe Graedon October 16, 2017 2 Comments
    How to Balance Quitting Smoking with Chantix Vs.…

    Have ever heard the expression "Between the devil and the deep blue sea"? That's the dilemma smokers face when trying to quit cigarettes. Quitting smoking with Chantix (varenicline) can pose some sig…