By: Joe Graedon June 24, 2019 3 Comments
    Amitriptyline for Sleep problems Is a Bad Idea

    Amitriptyline (Elavil) is a very old antidepressant. It was first marketed in the U.S. in 1961. Amitriptyline has one FDA-approved indication: “For the relief of symptoms of depression.” For reaso…

    By: Joe Graedon June 24, 2019 10 Comments
    Is the FDA’s Definition of Safe a Lie?

    The Food and Drug Administration insists that its focus is on making sure all drugs are “safe and effective. For example, this headline from the FDA’s website says it all:  “The FDA's Drug …

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2019 0 Comments
    Show 1170: What Makes Your Immune System an Eleg…

    Have you ever wondered how your immune system manages to ward off infections? This "elegant defense" is sometimes described as though it were an army fending off all invaders, but that metaphor can be…

    By: Joe Graedon June 20, 2019 0 Comments
    A New Carcinogen DMF Discovered in Valsartan BP …

    And now there are FOUR potential carcinogens found in blood pressure medicines called ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers). For almost a year, Americans have faced repeated recalls of BP pills like ir…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2019 11 Comments
    Why Aren’t Docs Outraged by Inadequate Generic…

    Doctors, pharmacists and nurses are directly responsible for patient care. They prescribe, dispense and oversee treatment. Why aren’t they more concerned about generic drug quality? We are confounde…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2019 3 Comments
    Decongestant Spray Addiction is Hard to Kick

    When your nose is stopped up because of a cold or allergies, you feel awful. Breathing through your mouth when you are trying to sleep can be especially challenging. It’s hardly surprising that peop…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2019 4 Comments
    Generic Furosemide Disappoints | How to Afford L…

    Ask any doctor about the importance of furosemide (Lasix) and you are likely to get an earful. The FDA approved this diuretic in 1966. It is considered an essential medicine by the World Health Organi…

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2019 8 Comments
    Show 1169: What Are the Problems with Generic Dr…

    You may not be aware that the vast majority of medications Americans take are generic drugs. This helps hold down the costs that patients have to pay, especially if you are taking one of the medicines…

    By: Joe Graedon June 13, 2019 14 Comments
    PPIs are Safe! New Study Contradicts Prior Resea…

    Prepare for whiplash. Last week we reported on a large VA study using medical records from 150,000 veterans (BMJ, May 30, 2019).  It showed that people taking proton pump inhibitors to suppress s…

    By: Joe Graedon June 13, 2019 2 Comments
    Warfarin and Green Leafy Vegetables Can Be OK

    For decades, patients taking the anticoagulant warfarin, known by the brand name Coumadin, have been admonished to be very careful about consuming foods rich in vitamin K. That’s because too much vi…

    By: Joe Graedon June 10, 2019 22 Comments
    Doctor Wants Alternative Treatment for Sore Knee…

    Have you ever had sore knees? It makes it hard to climb stairs. Even walking can be a challenge when your knees hurt. Most people take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like celecoxib (Cel…

    By: Joe Graedon June 10, 2019 8 Comments
    Is Celecoxib Safe To Prevent Nighttime Urination…

    There is nothing more annoying than waking up in the middle of the night with a strong urge to pee. Well, actually there is. Waking up to discover that you have had an accident in bed is uncomfortable…

    By: Joe Graedon June 10, 2019 17 Comments
    Can Stopping Aspirin Suddenly Lead to Deadly Blo…

    Aspirin gets very little respect from health professionals or patients these days. That may be partly because: 1) it’s really old. Aspirin has been around for more than 100 years. 2) Americans prize…

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2019 13 Comments
    Why Popular Heartburn Drugs PPIs Are Linked to P…

    Millions of people take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to suppress the secretion of stomach acid. At last count, doctors wrote over 100 million prescriptions for drugs like dexlansoprazole (Dexilent), …

    By: Joe Graedon June 3, 2019 40 Comments
    Why Does Coffee Make You Poop With Regularity?

    OK, we admit that this is not one of the great medical mysteries of all time. It is intriguing, though. You might think that researchers have far more important things to do than try to figure out can…

    By: Terry Graedon June 3, 2019 7 Comments
    How Can You Avoid Motion Sickness This Summer?

    This is the time of year for summer vacations. What kind of travel are you planning? Will you take a cruise, fly to Europe or drive to a mountain camping spot? Whatever transport you choose, motion si…

    By: Joe Graedon June 3, 2019 14 Comments
    Metformin Side Effects | Diarrhea and Other Seri…

    Metformin (Glucophage) is a great drug. It is the most popular medicine for treating type 2 diabetes. At last count nearly 17 million Americans take metformin daily. That’s impressive for a drug tha…

    By: Joe Graedon June 3, 2019 4 Comments
    Doctor Prescribes Inexpensive Generic Ketamine N…

    There’s a new drug for depression. It’s called esketamine (Spravato) and it is pricey! We’re talking thousands of dollars a month pricey. The FDA approved this nasal spray for “treatment-resis…

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2019 5 Comments
    Cranberry Compounds Help Prevent Antibiotic Resi…

    As bacteria develop resistance to an increasing number of antibiotics, doctors have been searching for a way to counter antibiotic resistance and increase the power of antimicrobial agents. This is a …

    By: Terry Graedon May 27, 2019 19 Comments
    Baby Aspirin for a Heart Attack

    At the end of the 20th century, or even just a decade ago, aspirin was not a controversial drug. Physicians acknowledged its power to ease pain and lower fever. Many recommended that their patients ta…

    By: Terry Graedon May 27, 2019 17 Comments
    Can You Get Off a PPI Without Suffering Heartbur…

    Have you ever tried to get off a PPI like esomeprazole (Nexium) or lansoprazole (Prevacid)? If so, you might have experienced rebound heartburn. People who encounter this problem–and many do–may f…

    By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2019 6 Comments
    Will CBD Help Opioid Addicts Kick Their Habits?

    Cannabidiol, known as CBD, may help opioid addicts kick their habits. Many people are enthusiastic about this compound derived from Cannabis. It is showing up in all kinds of products, mostly without …

    By: Joe Graedon May 20, 2019 26 Comments
    Can You Avoid Skin Damage Without Sunscreen?

    It comes as a great shock to learn that sunscreen gets under your skin.  Most people assume that what you put on your skin stays on your skin. Wrong! FDA researchers wrote in JAMA (May 6, 2019) t…

    By: Terry Graedon May 19, 2019 6 Comments
    Is Dupixent a Super Solution for Bad Eczema?

    Most people with eczema find it intensely frustrating. They itch, and their skin is often red with swollen patches. Medications may help soothe the irritation, but most patients don't know why they su…

    By: Joe Graedon May 16, 2019 6 Comments
    Billion Dollar Settlement for People with Bad Hi…

    Another week, another BIG settlement! Actually, there was one big settlement in the medical device industry regarding bad hip implants and an even bigger award in a jury trial involving the weed kille…

    By: Joe Graedon May 16, 2019 23 Comments
    Why Americans Don’t Trust the Pharmaceutical I…

    Both brand name drug companies and generic drug manufacturers have earned the distrust of the American public. In just the last week we have learned about another lawsuit filed against some of the lea…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2019 13 Comments
    Generic Drugs Hammered | Are AUTHORIZED Generics…

    This has been a very bad week for generic drug manufacturers and the FDA. Here are just a few of the stories that have made headlines. “A New Book Argues That Generic Drugs Are Poisoning Us” (New …

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2019 6 Comments
    What Took the FDA So Long to Warn About Z-Drug D…

    The Food and Drug Administration seems to take great pride in approving new drugs. Last year was “An All-Time Record, And A Watershed,” according to Forbes (Jan. 14, 2019).  The FDA shattered…

    By: Terry Graedon May 13, 2019 5 Comments
    Can Antibiotic Help Post-Colonoscopy Problems?

    Colonoscopies save lives. The procedure in which a gastroenterologist examines the lining of the colon for pre-cancerous growths called polyps allows for early detection of colon cancer. In addition, …

    By: Terry Graedon May 13, 2019 13 Comments
    Will Special SLS-Free Toothpaste Prevent Canker …

    Do you pay attention to the kind of toothpaste you use, beyond the flavor? The American Dental Association wants you to use a toothpaste with fluoride because it prevents cavities. Some readers take a…

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2019 3 Comments
    Popular Sleeping Pills Get FDA’s Black Box War…

    The Food and Drug Administration has issued a black box warning for the most popular sleeping pills on the market. This is the heaviest tool in the FDA’s toolkit, short of banning a medicine outrigh…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2019 1 Comments
    Show 1164: Will We Win the Race Against Emerging…

    Dr. Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, after observing horrific lethal infections on the battlefields of the first World War. It was the first antibiotic to defeat a wide range of terrif…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2019 1 Comments
    Drug-Resistant Infections Will Kill Millions

    Experts for the United Nations have just issued an alarming analysis about drug-resistant infections. In 2019, 230,000 people will die from multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. Almost half a million mor…

    By: Joe Graedon May 6, 2019 37 Comments
    Do Statins Cause Nerve Pain (Neuropathy)?

    Statin enthusiasts have a hard time accepting that statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs have side effects. There is even one clinical trial analysis from the UK that concluded “At the doses tested…

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2019 6 Comments
    Prostate Drug Dutasteride Shrinks Prostate and P…

    Dutasterice (Avodart) has a powerful effect on the prostate gland. The history of this medication and its chemical cousin finasteride (Proscar) is a medical mystery. It all started in the Dominican Re…

    By: Joe Graedon May 6, 2019 6 Comments
    Goldilocks Got It Right: Don’t Overmedicate!

    Doctors should pay more attention to the moral of the Goldilocks story: Not Too Much, Not Too Little--Just Right! To refresh your memory, Goldilocks snuck into a house in the forest. She found it to b…

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2019 52 Comments
    Sunscreen Gets Under Your Skin | Is It Safe?

    For decades, dermatologists have encouraged us to slather on the sunscreen before we expose our skin to the sun’s rays. The goal is to prevent premature aging and, more importantly, to reduce the ri…

    By: Terry Graedon May 2, 2019 22 Comments
    Show 1163: Should You Trust Your Prescription Dr…

    Do you use mail order for your prescription drugs to get a better price? Many insurance companies strongly encourage people to order online from preferred sources so they can control how much they hav…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2019 24 Comments
    Another Week Another Losartan Recall | Will It E…

    OK, we admit that we are beyond fed up. There have been so many blood pressure drug recalls since last July that we have totally lost count. It was only about a week ago that we wrote about a recall o…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2019 17 Comments
    Can Your Medicine Cause Confusion or Memory Loss…

    Have you experienced trouble finding the right word? What about forgetting someone’s name you should know? How about having a hard time finding your car at the supermarket or airport? Most of the ti…