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man with burning mouth syndrome breathing fireAcid RefluxJoe Graedon - June 8, 2023 - 23 comments

Why Popular Heartburn Drugs PPIs Are Linked to Premature Deaths

Acid-suppressing drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are go-to drugs for heartburn. Should you be concerned that PPIs are linked to premature deaths?

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Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - May 21, 2023

Many Drugs Cause Bad Dreams

Certain medicines may trigger bad dreams or even nightmares. One reader found that Xyzal for allergies was a problem.

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Breast CancerJoe Graedon - May 18, 2023

Is Hormone Therapy Safe for Menopausal Women?

There is no simple answer to the question: is hormone therapy safe? Each woman must evaluate the pros and cons of HRT based on risk factors.

menopausal women with fan experiencing hot flash
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - May 18, 2023

Veozah Is A New Non-Hormonal Drug for Hot Flashes

Veozah (fezolinetant) is a new non-hormonal treatment for the hot flashes of menopause. How well does it work and what are the downsides?

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Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Joe Graedon - May 15, 2023

Is Fish Oil Linked to Heart Rhythm Changes?

How risky is fish oil or purified EPA in Vascepa when it comes to heart rhythm changes called atrial fibrillation? Learn about absolute risk!

DiabetesJoe Graedon - May 15, 2023

Should Doctors Prescribe Ozempic for Weight Loss?

This reader eats to live & no longer lives to eat thanks to semaglutide. She also has diabetes. Should MDs prescribe Ozempic for weight loss?

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Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)Terry Graedon - May 10, 2023

Probiotic Can Help Prevent C. Diff Due to Antibiotics

A nontoxic bacterial cocktail or a probiotic called Saccharomyces boulardii may help you avoid diarrhea from C. diff due to antibiotics.

Cortisone shots into the knee
ArthritisJoe Graedon - May 8, 2023

The Dark Side of Cortisone Shots: Joint Deterioration

When your knees, hips or shoulders hurt, you want rapid relief. Cortisone shots seem like a simple and fast solution. Are there any risks?

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cavitiesJoe Graedon - May 8, 2023

Fluoride Exposure and Thyroid, Kidney and Liver Function

Over 200 million people experience fluoride exposure every day. Does it affect the thyroid gland or impact kidney function in adolescents?

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Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - May 4, 2023

Is Donanemab a Breakthrough Against Alzheimer’s?

Donanemab is the latest anti-amyloid drug against Alzheimer's disease. Is it a breakthrough? Here's the back story.

Portrait of female pharmacist standing at counter in pharmacy
Drug Side EffectsDennis Miller, RPh - May 1, 2023

Pharmacists’ Biggest Secret (About Themselves)

Pharmacists' biggest secret is that they would rather help people develop healthy lifestyles than dispense unnecessary medicines.

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Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 1, 2023

Will Chinese Herb Andrographis Ease Misery of Flu?

Evidence supports taking the herb Andrographis paniculata to relieve cold and flu symptoms. It helps more than placebo.

DiabetesJoe Graedon - April 27, 2023

Is Hair Loss a Side Effect of Wegovy and Ozempic?

Are people taking Wegovy and Ozempic (semaglutide) to lose weight also losing hair? Why does Wegovy reveal this problem but Ozempic does not?

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ArthritisJoe Graedon - April 27, 2023

Cortisone Injections Can Have Devastating Effects

People who receive cortisone injections into joints for pain relief may also experience systemic side effects such as insomnia or anxiety.

a hypodermic needle inserted into a vial of medicine
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 27, 2023

Reclast Side Effects Incapacitate Patient

Reclast is a once-a-year injection for osteoporosis. That means it is LONG-LASTING. For those who have Reclast side effects, that's trouble.

St. John's Wort (Hypericum)
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - April 24, 2023

St. John’s Wort Can Lift Mood, But May Damage Eyes

One side effect of St. John's wort, photosensitivity, can damage eyes. People may wish to consider other ways to manage depression.

vitamin D capsules
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - April 24, 2023

Do Your Medicines Suppress Your Vitamin D?

Corticosteroids, anticonvulsants and certain other medicines suppress your vitamin D levels. That could make you more vulnerable to infection.

Thyroid test for rethinking hypothyroidism. Will levothyroxine alone normalize thyroid function?
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 24, 2023

When Treating Hyperthyroidism Results in Too Little Thyroid Hormone

Treating hyperthyroidism with pills or radioactive iodine may lead to hypothyroidism. That can result in too little thyroid hormone. Balance!

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ColdsJoe Graedon - April 20, 2023

Is There a Natural Herbal Remedy for Colds?

Colds in the spring can be really bad for people with high blood pressure. Can you get relief from an herbal remedy for colds?

bottles of crestor lipitor and simvastatin cholesterol-lowering drugs
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 17, 2023

Statins and Muscle Pain: What Else Can He Do To Lower LDL?

Many physicians are adamant that statins rarely cause any side effects. And yet readers continue to report a connection between statins and muscle pain.

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AllergiesTerry Graedon - April 16, 2023

Should You Use NasalCrom for Your Allergies?

Decongestant nose sprays can be used for only a few days before you risk dependence. Using NasalCrom for your allergies is an alternative.

pharmacist hands selling medicines to a customer on a pharmacy desk; simple job description; refill prescriptions
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - April 10, 2023

Why Is Pharmacy Pushing to Refill Prescriptions?

Pushing to refill prescriptions intended for short-term use and failing to refill needed prescriptions can both cause patients problems.

drugstore shelves with over the counter (OTC) pain relief products.
ArthritisJoe Graedon - April 10, 2023

Do You Take Your Pain Medicine for Granted?

Do you take pain medicine at least once a week? How about once a day? Do you know the pros and cons of ibuprofen, naproxen or acetaminophen?

angry woman holding alarm clock in bed
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 10, 2023

Paradoxical Excitation from DPH Sleeping Pills

Diphenhydramine (DPH) is the antihistamine in the allergy med Benadryl. It makes many drowsy. But DPH pain relievers wake some people up!

wellbutrin and budeprion pills
Drug LibraryJoe Graedon - April 10, 2023


Bupropion (Wellbutrin) works differently from all other antidepressants on the market. One complication that slowed its launch was seizures!

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AgingJoe Graedon - April 6, 2023

Alcohol for Longer Life? How Much Is Enough and How Much Is Too Much?

Is alcohol for longer life a viable concept or a myth? How many drinks count as moderate alcohol consumption? Studies tackle these questions.

Package of Paxlovid with instructions to take 3 pills morning and evening
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 3, 2023

If You Take Paxlovid, Will You Get Over COVID More Quickly?

How well does Paxlovid work to prevent serious illness or death from COVID-19? If people take Paxlovid, will it prevent long COVID?

naloxone (Narcan Nasal Spray) now available OTC
Drug AddictionJoe Graedon - March 30, 2023

Will Naloxone (Narcan) Really Save Lives?

Will over-the-counter naloxone (Narcan Nasal Spray) save lives? This opioid antagonist can restore breathing in minutes. Will it be used?

fluoroquinolone antibiotics and stethoscope
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - March 30, 2023

Quinolone Antibiotics Can Cause Devastating Side Effects

Quinolone antibiotics can be very useful in treating dangerous infections but they can also cause severe reactions such as seizures.

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 30, 2023

Is Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Safe For a Dry Nose?

Perhaps you've heard the expression "Don't stuff beans up your nose." What about Vaseline Petroleum Jelly? Some doctors say: not a good idea!

statins and muscle pain
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 27, 2023

Statin Side Effects Are All In Your Head! Really?

Researchers often suggest statin side effects are imaginary. A study of the new drug, Nexletol, admits that statin side effects are real!

sleepy woman with alarm clock
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - March 27, 2023

How Can You Stop PM Sleeping Pills?

Millions of people take OTC pain relievers to combat insomnia. Do they realize that these "PM" sleeping pills have anticholinergic activity?

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DiabetesTerry Graedon - March 27, 2023

Is It Safe to Take Alli for a Long Time?

Alli is an over-the-counter weight loss pill that lowers cholesterol too. Can you safely take Alli for a long time?