By: Terry Graedon February 14, 2019 5 Comments
    Show 1153: How to Listen to TV Drug Commercials

    If you watch television, you can’t avoid TV drug commercials for maladies from type 2 diabetes to auto-immune diseases like psoriasis or rheumatoid arthritis to refractory cancers. Do you see these …

    By: Joe Graedon February 11, 2019 31 Comments
    Why Don’t Doctors Recognize Lisinopril Cough?

    We have been writing about drug-induced coughing for more than 30 years. In the beginning we tried to be diplomatic. Here is one of the first questions we ever received on this topic (March 28, 1988).…

    By: Joe Graedon February 11, 2019 24 Comments
    How Risky Is It When Insurance Companies Overrul…

    Doctors don’t always know best, but they certainly know their patients far better than an insurance company representative. Physicians used to be able to prescribe medications without being second-g…

    By: Joe Graedon February 11, 2019 2 Comments
    Overcoming Rebound Nasal Congestion from Deconge…

    People with allergies are often caught in a terrible double bind. Their stuffy noses lead them to decongestant nasal sprays. After a few days of continuous use they become dependent upon the spray. If…

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2019 27 Comments
    Statins for Older People | A New Study is Wildly…

    The headlines this week have been emphatic: “Study: Proof Statins Help Older People.” Then there was this one: “Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Giving Older Adults Better Heart Health.” We were int…

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2019 37 Comments
    What Is the Other Drug Epidemic?

    Much has been written about the epidemic of opioid drug misuse, overdose and death. With more than 130 people dying every day in this country as a result of opioid overdose, we all have a right to be …

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2019 5 Comments
    Are Rebates to Blame for Drug Price Increases?

    Many drug companies have raised prices over the last few months, but they say it’s not to improve their bottom line. Indeed, a number of pharmaceutical manufacturers maintain that they are raising p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2019 13 Comments
    Special Creams Fail to Fight Pain

    Americans spend hundreds of millions of dollars on specially formulated topical pain creams. Medicare Part D paid more than half a billion dollars for such prescription products in 2015. Doctors may p…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2019 13 Comments
    The Itch That Won’t Quit | Itching After Stopp…

    Chances are good that you have seen a Xyzal commercial on TV. You see an animated owl with a distinctive accent. He wears a monocle…presumably to give this wise owl some extra authority. He lets you…

    By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2019 3 Comments
    Do Antibiotics Interact with Oral Contraceptives…

    Should women using oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy be warned to take extra precautions if they need to take an antibiotic? There is surprisingly little agreement on this in the medical commun…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2019 8 Comments
    What Medicines Cause Depression? Are You Vulnera…

    When most people think about drugs and depression, they likely imagine antidepressants. That is, medicines to help overcome the blues. They rarely consider the possibility that the medications they we…

    By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2019 21 Comments
    Are Fears About FDA’s Generic Drug Oversight J…

    A year-long investigation by Bloomberg News has revealed substantial concerns about the quality of generic drugs. The four-part series is mind-boggling in its revelations. Here are the first three art…

    By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2019 4 Comments
    Critical Shortages Resulting from Recalled Valsa…

    Over the last six months the FDA has announced numerous recalls of blood pressure medicines. You can read about them here on the FDA’s website.  We wouldn’t blame you for zoning out. There have b…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2019 3 Comments
    Can You Get Addicted to Cough Syrup?

    There’s an ingredient in most over-the-counter cough medicine that poses risks that most people are unaware of. Dextromethorphan (DXM, DM, or dex) is a chemical cousin of opiates. This seemingly inn…

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2019 14 Comments
    Opioids for Osteoarthritis Seem Scary! How About…

    When you are in pain it is hard to function. People who have osteoarthritis of the spine, hips or knees have difficulty getting around, let alone exercising. There are no perfect drug solutions for tr…

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2019 54 Comments
    Nighttime Nasal Congestion | Is There a Non-Addi…

    Do you breathe through your mouth when you sleep? A lot of people do. That’s because they experience nighttime nasal congestion. It’s not pleasant. Your mouth gets terribly dry and scuzzy. Nightti…

    By: Joe Graedon January 24, 2019 18 Comments
    Should You Take Aspirin for your Heart? Does You…

    Aspirin is a very old drug but scientists are still trying to figure out if it should be used to prevent heart attacks and strokes. In April of 2016 the United States Preventive Services Task Force pu…

    By: Joe Graedon January 21, 2019 9 Comments
    Is It Risky to Have Low Cholesterol Naturally?

    You’ve probably heard the expression that “you can’t be too rich or too thin.” We would disagree with the idea that you can’t be too thin. Just ask health professionals who treat people with…

    By: Terry Graedon January 21, 2019 7 Comments
    Will Pain Reliever Interact with Anticoagulant?

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are among the most popular pills in the drugstore. People can buy them without a prescription and use them to treat nearly any type of pain. Although the …

    By: Joe Graedon January 21, 2019 7 Comments
    Overdosing on Xofluza for Flu Led to Devastating…

    Did you know that there is a new flu drug in town? The FDA approved baloxavir (Xofluza) to treat influenza on October 24, 2018. In its announcement, the FDA stated “'This is the first new antiviral …

    By: Joe Graedon January 21, 2019 91 Comments
    Are You Fed Up with the Proliferation of Prescri…

    Drug companies used to focus their marketing strategies exclusively on doctors. They spent millions on sales representatives who traveled the country chatting up physicians and handing out free sample…

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2019 6 Comments
    Do Dermatologists Prescribe Too Many Antibiotics…

    Dermatologists love antibiotics. They prescribe proportionately more antibiotics than other medical specialties. Do not take our word for this! Here is a quote from an article in JAMA Dermatology (Jan…

    By: Terry Graedon January 17, 2019 8 Comments
    How Serious Is the Problem of Inappropriate Anti…

    Infectious disease experts worry a lot about the problem of bacterial resistance related to inappropriate antibiotics. A study of patient records suggests that doctors in the US may be prescribing ant…

    By: Joe Graedon January 14, 2019 24 Comments
    Why are FDA Inspections So Ineffective and Disap…

    We have been tough on the FDA, we admit it. We have questioned the agency’s generic drug approval process. We have criticized the Food and Drug Administration for being slow to discover and report s…

    By: Joe Graedon January 14, 2019 12 Comments
    Can Repatha Substitute for Statins to Lower Chol…

    Not everyone can tolerate statins to lower cholesterol. Some people react to drugs like atorvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin or simvastatin with muscle pain and weakness, arthritis, mus…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2019 4 Comments
    Are Older People More Likely to Fall on Antidepr…

    Older people may be at particular risk of falls and fractures when they take antidepressants. Back in 2012, experts added SSRI and SNRI type drugs such as fluoxetine (Prozac) and venlafaxine (Effexor)…

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2019 37 Comments
    Why Was the FDA So Slow to Warn About FQ Disaste…

    We would be the first to admit that the Food and Drug Administration has a LOT of responsibilities. The agency is supposed to ensure that our food supply is safe. It monitors those never-ending prescr…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2019 22 Comments
    Taking Synthroid in the Middle of the Night

    An underactive thyroid gland is a surprisingly common condition, affecting up to 5 percent of adult Americans. More people experience subclinical hypothyroidism than overt hypothyroidism. Nonetheless,…

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2019 13 Comments
    Swollen Ankles from Amlodipine and Swollen Tongu…

    "Swelling" as a drug side effect doesn't seem like that big a deal. And yet drug-induced swelling can be unpleasant at best and life threatening at worst. Amlodipine (Norvasc) is the second most presc…

    By: Terry Graedon January 3, 2019 31 Comments
    Show 1147: How Do You Control Your Cholesterol?

    What causes heart disease? There are a number of risk factors, including cigarette smoking, sedentary lifestyle, high blood pressure, diabetes and others. One well-known risk is high cholesterol. Has …

    By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2019 9 Comments
    Unbelievable! Yet Another Drug Recall | Amlodipi…

    OK, we admit it, we're starting to sound like a cracked record when it comes to drug recalls. We apologize. It is really sad that we have to issue regular reports about FDA oversight and pharmaceutica…

    By: Joe Graedon December 31, 2018 3 Comments
    Failing After Switching from Concerta to Generic…

    We first began to suspect the quality of generic drugs nearly two decades ago. That's because a mother complained to us about a generic form of the brand name Ritalin aka methylphenidate. She knew her…

    By: Joe Graedon December 27, 2018 19 Comments
    Another Day Another Losartan Recall | Can We Tru…

    Are you becoming numb to FDA generic drug recalls? We wouldn't blame you if you were. The ARB debacle came to light on July 5, 2018. That's when the European Medicines Agency (EMA) started warning cou…

    By: Joe Graedon December 24, 2018 41 Comments
    What to Do When Eczema or Atopic Dermatitis Driv…

    The symptoms drive you to distraction. Eczema or atopic dermatitis can cause itchy red skin. The rash can show up on hands, wrists, arms, legs, face, neck or scalp. The itching can be especially awful…

    By: Joe Graedon December 24, 2018 6 Comments
    Cough Remedy Plus Antidepressant Spark Scary Ser…

    Chances are good that you’ve heard of serotonin. It is a neurotransmitter in the brain that has been linked to mood. Fluoxetine (Prozac) and its antidepressant chemical cousins (citalopram or Celexa…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2018 52 Comments
    FDA Warns About Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics and …

    There are side effects and then there are SIDE EFFECTS! A drug that causes headaches or heartburn can be annoying, but such symptoms are tolerable if the medicine is doing great good. Side effects th…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2018 12 Comments
    Exercise for Blood Pressure Control Is Surprisin…

    Have you checked your blood pressure recently? Guidelines from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) encourage physicians to treat people with systolic bloo…

    By: Joe Graedon December 17, 2018 40 Comments
    Doctors and Patients Confused About Statins and …

    Tens of millions of people take statins such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin and simvastatin. Most physicians acknowledge that they have patients who complain about muscle pain …

    By: Joe Graedon December 17, 2018 0 Comments
    Why the Holidays Hold Hidden Medication Risks!

    This is a dangerous time of the year for tens of millions of people. That’s because nondrinkers frequently find themselves in situations where they are expected to have a drink. It might be at a nei…

    By: Terry Graedon December 17, 2018 7 Comments
    Why Is Duexis So Expensive?

    People with chronic joint pain often find themselves between a rock and a hard place. If they take an NSAID pain reliever, they can keep moving–which is good. But they may also suffer serious digest…