By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2024 3 Comments
    Study Reveals Side Effects of COVID-19 Vaccines

    Back in the summer of 2020, people could hardly wait for COVID-19 vaccines to be developed so that the pandemic would end. Within a few months, people were starting to report side effects such as Bell…

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2024 71 Comments
    Is Lp(a) the Best Kept Secret in Heart Disease?

    Ask most people about their risk factors for heart disease and they will likely mention total cholesterol (TC), LDL-C (“bad”) cholesterol and HDL-C (“good”) cholesterol. Sometimes people even …

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2024 12 Comments
    Can Sildenafil – Viagra Help Prevent Dementia?

    Few drugs have captured the world’s attention like Viagra (sildenafil). It changed the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED) and became a household word. Most health professionals attribute sildena…

    By: Joe Graedon February 26, 2024 7 Comments
    Are You Taking “Good” Drugs or “Bad” Dru…

    You have doubtless heard that we live in a “polarized” world where the middle ground has been lost. Pundits usually apply this concept to politics: Republicans vs. Democrats or liberals vs. conser…

    By: Joe Graedon February 26, 2024 12 Comments
    When Vitamin B12 Deficiency Causes Mental Confus…

    I hate the term "senior moment." It implies that when people reach a certain age they start forgetting things...like names, dates, or faces. Some people use a cruder term: "brain fart." Have you ever …

    By: Joe Graedon February 25, 2024 65 Comments
    Best Home Remedies for Restless Legs Syndrome

    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) affects 5% to 15% of adults (Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, Dec. 15, 2016). That means as many as 30 million Americans suffer from RLS. Roughly 6 million people are s…

    By: Joe Graedon February 25, 2024 15 Comments
    Could Your Medicine Cause Hair Loss?

    Drug side effects can be really scary. Watch a few TV commercials and you will hear the announcer describe adverse reactions such as blood clots, pancreatitis, heart attacks, strokes and cancer. But t…

    By: Joe Graedon February 19, 2024 39 Comments
    Do Statins Cause Diabetes? Many MDs Wish It Were…

    If you search the medical literature for statins and diabetes, you might be surprised at what you find. Many health professionals would prefer that no one ask: do statins cause diabetes? There is trem…

    By: Joe Graedon February 18, 2024 20 Comments
    Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Relieved With Soap!

    There are some medical conditions that are surprisingly common but quite mysterious. You have probably heard of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Doctors now call it myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). The …

    By: Joe Graedon February 12, 2024 38 Comments
    Repatha to Lower LDL Cholesterol: Uses, Abuses, …

    There are powerful cholesterol-lowering medicines 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…

    By: Joe Graedon February 12, 2024 10 Comments
    Reader Spanks Us Over Phenylephrine Decongestant…

    Last fall I wrote a nasty article chiding the FDA for its delayed action against cold, cough and allergy pills containing the phenylephrine decongestant. That’s because I had written about this prob…

    By: Joe Graedon February 12, 2024 14 Comments
    Should Prescribers Discuss FDA’s Drug Warnings…

    Physicians, nurse practitioners and physician associates can all prescribe medications. But they are admonished to “do no harm.” That puts them in a double bind. Every single drug that they recomm…

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2024 14 Comments
    The Aduhelm Boondoggle Against Alzheimer’s Goe…

    When the FDA approved aducanumab (Aduhelm) on June 7th, 2021 “…for the treatment of Alzheimer’s…” it created a firestorm of controversy. That’s because a panel of highly regarded outside r…

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2024 12 Comments
    Is New Weight Loss Drug Zepbound Better than Weg…

    As you no doubt know, the buzz machine has been working overtime promoting weight loss drugs like Wegovy (semaglutide) and now Zepbound (tirzepatide). Zepbound is a twin of the diabetes drug Mounjaro,…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2024 13 Comments
    Does Low-Dose Oral Minoxidil Restore Lost Hair?

    Does the drug name Rogaine ring a bell? It is the topical form of an oral medication that was first approved by the FDA in 1979 to treat hypertension. The original brand name was Loniten and the gener…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2024 30 Comments
    How Safe Are Topical NSAIDs Like Voltaren Gel?

    When the FDA allowed drug companies to sell NSAIDs over the counter we were concerned. That's because drugs like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, etc) and naproxen (Aleve) came with some pretty serious si…

    By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2024 12 Comments
    The Resurrection of Aspirin as an Anticancer and…

    Aspirin has been getting mixed reviews lately. There’s good news and bad news. Once upon a time doctors recommended low-dose aspirin for middle-aged and older patients to prevent heart attacks and s…

    By: Joe Graedon January 29, 2024 41 Comments
    Rediscovering Low-Dose Lithium for Mood Disorder…

    Lithium is a chemical element that is widespread in nature. You can find it in the earth's crust, in water and even in the food you eat. Depending upon where you live, there is a good chance that ther…

    By: Joe Graedon January 24, 2024 15 Comments
    Prolia for Osteoporosis Can Cause Critically Low…

    The CDC estimates that over 10 million Americans have osteoporosis. Another 43 million have “low bone mass.” Bones can become weak because of illness, nutritional deficiencies, low levels of estro…

    By: Terry Graedon January 21, 2024 20 Comments
    Will You Lower Your Cholesterol With Milk Thistl…

    Is your cholesterol high? If you have a family history of high cholesterol, particularly if you had parents or siblings who died of heart disease, your doctor will do as much as possible to help you c…

    By: Terry Graedon January 21, 2024 33 Comments
    What Are the Advantages of Voltaren Gel?

    Inflammation is behind a lot of chronic disease, including arthritis. That is why nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen are so popular among people with joint pain.…

    By: Joe Graedon January 21, 2024 23 Comments
    How Safe and Effective Are Your Medicines? You M…

    When your doctor writes you a new prescription, you assume that she is knowledgeable about its benefits and risk. In theory, physicians should know exactly how safe and effective the drugs they prescr…

    By: Joe Graedon January 21, 2024 11 Comments
    COVID Update: The Pros and Cons of Paxlovid and …

    Because COVID cases have been on the rise again, there has been renewed interest in the oral antiviral medications, Paxlovid and Legevrio. A study published in JAMA Network Open (Sept. 21, 2023) revea…

    By: Joe Graedon January 18, 2024 897 Comments
    Surprising Gabapentin Side Effects

    The Food and Drug Administration first approved Neurontin (gabapentin) in 1993 to treat epilepsy. Anticonvulsants are not normally blockbuster drugs. Perhaps that is why the original manufacturer, Par…

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2024 60 Comments
    Is Your Medication Causing Nightmares?

    We are all encouraged to get a good night's sleep. That's because scientists find that restful sleep is important for brain function, cardiovascular health and diabetes management. Sleep is also impor…

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2024 32 Comments
    Can Stopping Aspirin or Eliquis Suddenly Lead to…

    Stopping drugs that have anticoagulant properties can be tricky. That's because there can be an increased risk of blood clots after stopping aspirin or apixaban (Eliquis) too fast. But doctors routine…

    By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2024 106 Comments
    You Have Likely Been the Victim of Diagnostic Mi…

    Some mistakes are worse than others. When Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 had a mid-cabin door plug blow out shortly after takeoff on January 5, 2024, there were a lot of unhappy passengers. The flight wa…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2024 4 Comments
    Should You Be Driving While Taking Medicine?

    Has your physician or pharmacist ever told you not to drive a car while taking a medication? About the only time patients are warned not to drive is after a medical procedure that requires anesthesia …

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2024 19 Comments
    Are My Medications Causing Me Memory Problems?

    Most people assume that if they begin to have memory problems, it is either "natural" aging or bad luck. If a relative had Alzheimer's disease, forgetfulness and dementia are blamed on genetic factors…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2024 13 Comments
    How Informed Are Patients Who Sign Consent Forms…

    Before a surgeon does an operation, there is a legal requirement to obtain informed consent from the patient. In theory, this holds true for any treatment plan, although few people sign consent forms …

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2024 13 Comments
    Is Low Vitamin D a Risk for Atrial Fibrillation?

    Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias) are cause for concern. Atrial fibrillation (AFib) can lead to fatigue, dizzy spells, shortness of breath and a heart flopping feeling. If uncontrolled, AFib can l…

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2024 24 Comments
    Should Doctors Prescribe Ozempic for Weight Loss…

    If you have been reading our newsletter, you know that semaglutide is one of the hottest medications in the pharmacy. As I write this, the Food and Drug Administration is reporting that this self-inje…

    By: Joe Graedon December 28, 2023 64 Comments
    Why Have I Lost Faith in the FDA?

    I started writing about prescription drugs, home remedies and over-the-counter medications over 50 years ago in my first book, The People’s Pharmacy (St. Martin’s Press). Back then, I was a big fa…

    By: Joe Graedon December 23, 2023 33 Comments
    What to Do About Arthritis Pain When NSAIDs Are …

    Tens of millions of people suffer constant arthritis pain. Many of them have severe joint deterioration. The usual recommendation is to take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). You know: ib…

    By: Joe Graedon December 21, 2023 72 Comments
    Is Hormone Therapy Safe for Menopausal Women?

    For the last 30 years, experts have warned women that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) posed a risk for both breast cancer and cardiovascular disease. That's because investigators published the first…

    By: Joe Graedon December 18, 2023 6 Comments
    Overdosing on Acetaminophen in Cold and Flu Reme…

    Many over-the-counter medicines marketed for treating colds and flu contain acetaminophen (paracetamol in Europe, Australia and New Zealand). This non-aspirin pain reliever helps lower fever. Acetamin…

    By: Joe Graedon December 18, 2023 16 Comments
    Deprescribing: Can You Ever Stop Taking So Many …

    Once upon a time, a doctor needed a pen and prescription pad to provide a patient a new medication. Horrible handwriting often made such prescriptions hard for pharmacists to translate. Now, a few key…

    By: Joe Graedon December 14, 2023 10 Comments
    Is the Diabetes Drug Mounjaro (Tirzepatide) Bett…

    Ever since social media started describing weight loss associated with semaglutide (Ozempic, Wegovy), these drugs have become hot commodities. As I write this, both Ozempic and Wegovy are, according t…

    By: Terry Graedon December 14, 2023 22 Comments
    Can You Avoid Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfuncti…

    When you are told you need surgery, there is a lot to think about. What kind of surgery, and what is the recovery like? Will you need to spend time in the hospital? You need to know the risks and bene…

    By: Joe Graedon December 14, 2023 23 Comments
    How Well Does the New Weight Loss Medicine Work?

    After months of headlines about the weight-loss drug Wegovy (pronounced wee-GOH’-vee), the latest entry in the anti-obesity sweepstakes is now available in the United States. Wegovy captured plenty …