Columnists: Joe & Terry Graedon

Jul. 25, 2015 @ 03:31 PM

People's Pharmacy: Why does Benadryl keep some awake?

Products such as Benadryl and Tylenol PM that many people use to help them sleep have the opposite effect on me, causing me to be wide awake. Why is this?


Jul. 18, 2015 @ 03:45 PM

People's Pharmacy: How to treat head lice without lindane

My 10-year-old just brought lice home from a friend’s house and gave it to her five brothers and sisters and myself. We have always used lindane, but the doctor said to use permethrin instead. That didn’t work. What else can we do? And what is wrong with lindane?


Jul. 11, 2015 @ 03:34 PM

People's Pharmacy: Generic Celebrex leaves patients in pain

You are not the only one to complain about celecoxib. Dozens of people have written to us saying that the generic does not provide the same pain relief as brand-name Celebrex.


Jul. 04, 2015 @ 02:37 PM

People's Pharmacy: Will pain reliever slow bone healing?

I fell on the tennis court and broke my arm badly. I started taking big doses of ibuprofen (with my doctor’s approval) to control pain and reduce swelling. When I went to see my chiropractor for a back adjustment, he admonished me not to take any NSAIDs. He said they interfere with bone healing. How is that possible?


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:08 PM

People's Pharmacy: Do cholesterol-lowering drugs affect memory?

Q. I read that a new study on statins and short-term memory was published by JAMA Internal Medicine online on June 8, 2015. Would you address this? It seems contrary to what I have read in your column.


Jun. 20, 2015 @ 03:32 PM

People's Pharmacy: Drug shortage puts cancer patient in deadly danger

Q. I was on a bladder-cancer treatment program using BCG, a tuberculosis vaccine, to activate my immune system. But the supply of the BCG has dried up, and I had to stop treatment. Now my cancer has advanced, and the doctor is discussing the possible spread of the cancer elsewhere and removal of my bladder. He mentioned another, more expensive medicine, but he said my insurance might not pay for it.


Jun. 13, 2015 @ 03:25 PM

People's Pharmacy: Testosterone gel smelled up the house

Q. My husband recently had to switch testosterone gels due to a change in insurance coverage. The new product was a generic testosterone. After he used it just one day, our whole house smelled like floral-scented dryer sheets. It took me a day to figure out that the culprit was the chemical pentadecalactone.


Jun. 06, 2015 @ 03:24 PM

People's Pharmacy: Do Flonase, Nasacort harm sense of smell?

I used Flonase for many years and have lost about 90 percent of my sense of smell and have significant loss of taste. Six years ago, I had sinus surgery in hopes of improving these senses, but it didn’t work. I stopped using Flonase last year. No doctor ever suggested my loss of smell was from using Flonase. In retrospect, though, I’m pretty certain Flonase was the cause.


May. 30, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

People's Pharmacy: People on blood thinners must avoid turmeric

Q. I have a lot of arthritic pain, so when you mentioned turmeric for joint pain, I thought I would try it. In three days, my nose was bleeding.


May. 23, 2015 @ 03:06 PM

People's Pharmacy: Does FDA care whether generics work?

It is important to report problems to the FDA because the agency may investigate, especially if the manufacturer is named. The best way is online at www.FDA.gov/safety/medwatch/ or by calling 888-463-6332.


May. 16, 2015 @ 03:14 PM

People's Pharmacy: Diabetes drug triggers billion-dollar settlement

Q. I am concerned about the Actos I take to control my blood sugar. I’ve seen lawyers’ ads on TV and in the newspapers advising that this drug could cause cancer. At first, I thought the ads were just a money-grubbing tactic.


May. 09, 2015 @ 03:04 PM

People's Pharmacy: Injections less costly than Viagra

You have occasionally gotten questions about Viagra being expensive. Some men would like a different treatment for erectile dysfunction.


Apr. 25, 2015 @ 03:46 PM

People's Pharmacy: A 2nd look at advice on Cymbalta

Q. You blew it in your answer to a person who lost insurance and went off Cymbalta. You suggested ways to manage depression without medication. Would you suggest someone “manage” diabetes without medication?


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?