By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2019 9 Comments
    Substitute Pain Relievers Appear in Suicide Atte…

    Public health authorities have been working hard to control the opioid epidemic and reduce the number of people dying from narcotic overdoses. This effort has had some success, but it has also had som…

    By: Joe Graedon November 11, 2019 7 Comments
    Are You Taking an Off Label Med for an Unapprove…

    Has your doctor told you if you are taking a drug for an unapproved use? By unapproved we mean for an “indication” that has never received a review from the FDA. It is estimated that when teenager…

    By: Terry Graedon September 23, 2019 14 Comments
    Can You Help Nerve Pain with a Diet Rich in ALA?

    Doctors often have a hard time treating nerve pain, also called neuropathy. When diabetes causes neuropathy, physicians ask patients to control their blood glucose very strictly. In addition, they may…

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2019 20 Comments
    Do Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Damage Heart Valv…

    We have been tracking a tale of woe and intrigue with fluoroquinolone (FQ) antibiotics for more than 25 years. One reader reported hallucinations and a terrible skin rash after taking ofloxacin (Floxi…

    By: Terry Graedon August 2, 2019 2 Comments
    Show 1174: What to Do About Skeeter Syndrome

    Have your summer evenings outside been spoiled by the whine of a mosquito coming in for a bite? How do you deal with the resulting itch? Mosquito bites usually itch for a while and then go away, but s…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2019 49 Comments
    Statins and Nerve Damage (Peripheral Neuropathy)…

    By now, almost everyone agrees that statins like atorvastatin, lovastatin, rosuvastatin and simvastatin can cause muscle pain (myalgia). Most clinicians also acknowledge that statins are also linked t…

    By: Terry Graedon December 24, 2018 27 Comments
    Seniors Swear by Marijuana Oil for Pain Relief

    In an increasing number of states, the legislatures have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana. (Ten states and the District of Columbia have made recreational use legal, usually in addition to med…

    By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2018 5 Comments
    Do People Who Eat Fish Grow Old More Healthfully…

    Does eating fish or taking fish oil make any difference for your health? For decades, researchers have touted the anti-inflammatory benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. They have sug…

    By: Terry Graedon July 9, 2018 20 Comments
    Will Benfotiamine Ease Your Foot Pain?

    Have you ever dropped a heavy can of food on your toe? The nail turns purplish-black and the foot hurts like crazy. After a few days, though, the pain calms down and only hurts when you wiggle or stub…

    By: Terry Graedon April 16, 2018 19 Comments
    Will Cannabis Cream Really Ease Neuropathy?

    People with neuropathy are often desperate for relief. The causes of this nerve pain may vary, from drug side effects to the aftermath of an infection. Sometimes too little or too much of a common vit…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2017 13 Comments
    What Makes Turmeric So Wonderful?

    A few years ago most Americans had never heard of turmeric. If they had, they thought of it as an exotic ingredient in curries and other Indian dishes. Now, turmeric and curcumin, one of its active in…

    By: Joe Graedon May 15, 2017 11 Comments
    Will Overdosing on Vitamin B6 Cause Irreversible…

    Most people think of vitamins as benign nutrients. If a little is good then a "lottle" is better. In other words, the more the merrier. Most of the time people do not get into trouble if they take a l…

    By: Terry Graedon November 28, 2016 4 Comments
    How Can You Overcome Long-Term Tingling?

    Tingling, numbness or pain are common symptoms that doctors term "paresthesia." Sometimes the tingling resembles the pins-and-needles feeling when an arm or leg "goes to sleep." What can be done to ov…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2015 31 Comments
    Blood Pressure Pills Are Contributing to Nerve D…

    Q. I have high blood pressure for which I take metoprolol, hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), hydralazine and lisinopril. I have developed pins and needles in my fingers and numbness in my hands that keeps m…

    By: Terry Graedon December 2, 2013 23 Comments
    High Doses of Vitamin B6 Could Cause Nerve Damag…

    What happens when you take high doses of vitamin B6? A deficiency of this crucial nutrient has been linked to nerve damage, particularly nerve pain. But is it possible to get too much? Taking High Dos…

    By: Joe Graedon October 7, 2013 171 Comments
    Could Your Antibiotic Cause You Permanent Nerve …

    Did you know that the FDA has issued a safety notification about a class of popular antibiotics called fluoroquinolones (FQs)? The announcement involves the following drugs: Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) Gemi…

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2012 32 Comments
    Vitamin Overdose Damages Nerves

    Vitamins are essential compounds that we don't make ourselves. Consequently, we must get them from our food, or failing that, from supplements. In most cases, people can't get too much of any vitamin …