Columnists: Joe & Terry Graedon

Apr. 18, 2015 @ 02:03 PM

Stopping Cymbalta resulted in disaster

Q. I have suffered from depression almost my whole life. I’ve also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and arthritis. I was prescribed Cymbalta, as it is supposed to help depression and fibromyalgia.


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 03:14 PM

People's Pharmacy: How low should sodium go?

Q. I was feeling awful for several weeks and went to see my doctor. He had no idea why I felt so terrible. ... Eventually, I couldn’t take it anymore and went to the ER. There I was put through a lot of tests. The doctor found I was low in sodium and said I should add salt to my diet. I was surprised and said my primary-care doctor had told me to restrict my salt intake to help control my high blood pressure. ... I followed the ER doctor’s advice and started putting salt in my food. Before long, I felt better. Am I making my hypertension worse?


Apr. 04, 2015 @ 03:27 PM

People's Pharmacy: Tai chi painful on generic Celebrex

Celecoxib (Celebrex) is a kind of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called a COX-2 inhibitor. Supposedly, it is less likely to cause gastrointestinal irritation and ulcers than classic NSAIDs such as diclofenac, ibuprofen and naproxen.


Mar. 28, 2015 @ 03:10 PM

People's Pharmacy: Soaring generic drug prices squeeze patients

Q. Has anyone done some investigative journalism to expose why several generic medication prices have skyrocketed? My clobetasol ointment has gone up 300 percent during the past year.


Mar. 21, 2015 @ 03:28 PM

The People's Pharmacy: Statins lower testosterone and libido

Q. I recently turned 50. I’ve been taking Livalo for high cholesterol and have been experiencing symptoms like no sexual desire. In addition, I can’t sleep through the night, feel totally exhausted and have missed several days of work. My doctor prescribed AndroGel to treat low testosterone levels. Could Livalo be causing all my problems?


Mar. 14, 2015 @ 03:49 PM

People's Pharmacy: Hole in wall traced to blood-pressure pills

Q. My husband has been taking lisinopril for years now to control hypertension. We never associated his persistent nonstop coughing with this drug until today.


Mar. 07, 2015 @ 03:50 PM

People's Pharmacy: How well does Brisdelle work for hot flashes?

Q. I saw a commercial for Brisdelle and wanted to know more since I have struggled with hot flashes and night sweats for way too long. Then I learned it has the same ingredient as Paxil.


Feb. 28, 2015 @ 01:11 PM

People's Pharmacy: Caffeine in night cream was waking her up

When shopping for cosmetics at a department store, I told the salesperson about my sleep dilemma, and how it almost seemed like my nighttime ritual could be the problem. She told me it most likely was!


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 04:44 PM

PPI drugs increase intestinal damage due to NSAIDs

Physicians have long recognized that popular pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen can harm the digestive tract. These nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a mainstay of arthritis treatment.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:55 PM

People's Pharmacy: Testosterone not linked to heart attacks

I am a 54-year-old male, and I have noticed a drop-off in sexual performance and energy. I have seen commercials for products that either boost or cause your body to produce testosterone. What can you tell me about products that improve testosterone levels? Is there a downside?


Feb. 07, 2015 @ 03:23 PM

People's Pharmacy: Does anti-anxiety medicine lead to Alzheimer’s?

Q. My wife has taken clonazepam for more than 15 years now and shows signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Is there clinical evidence to support this connection?


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 04:47 PM

People's Pharmacy: Sore arm persists weeks after flu shot

It has been seven weeks since I had my annual flu shot, and my arm is still sore at the injection site. I do not think I have a Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) from having the vaccine injected into the wrong area. Nonetheless, the shoulder feels like I received the shot two days ago.


Jan. 24, 2015 @ 08:21 PM

People's Pharmacy: Popular drugs linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Are anti-anxiety agents and sleeping pills making us stupid? That is a question that is giving some scientists nightmares.


Jan. 17, 2015 @ 06:05 PM

People's Pharmacy: Heartburn drugs have serious side effects

More and more evidence suggests that long-term use of PPIs is bad for health. I’ve read they contribute to osteoporosis, C. diff, pneumonia, vitamin deficiencies and other problems. There are 30 million people in the USA taking these drugs long term. It is an epidemic. How can we change this?


Jan. 10, 2015 @ 06:59 PM

People's Pharmacy: Does anesthesia affect brain function?

Q. I know two senior citizens (in their 70s) who had misadventures with surgical anesthesia. They are both rapidly losing their short-term memory. Do specific anesthesia drugs cause this in genetically susceptible individuals? Or would this result from a lack of sufficient oxygen during surgery or its aftermath?