Does Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy Really Lower the Risk for Arthritis?
We have millions of patients worldwide who are using some sort of hormone replacement therapy. One of the reasons they are using hormones as they age is the promise of looking and feeling younger. Hence, a research study that looks at whether female hormone replacement helps arthritis is a… Read More
More Problems with Quinolone Antibiotics: FDA Warns of Aortic Rupture
It’s always disconcerting when medicine’s penchant for medications that fix one problem and cause another is exposed. Few drugs fit that category better than quinolone antibiotics. This morning we’ll review yet another side effect of this drug class that destroys the connective tissue of some patients, but this one… Read More
Are All Hip Replacement Devices Associated with Pseudotumors?
A few years back, I blogged on a research study that looked at masses that were associated with metal-on-metal hip replacement surgeries called pseudotumors. However, now new research shows that these awful side effects may be more common than anyone realized and occur with other types of… Read More
You May Be Overdosing on NSAIDs and Not Even Realize It
NSAID use is out of control. These are drugs like Motrin, Aleve, Celebrex, Mobic, and others that are anti-inflammatories and can help with arthritis pain. This happened because we foolish physicians believed they were non-toxic and had few side effects and actually put them into treatment guidelines. However,… Read More
More Bad NSAID News: Male Infertility
NSAIDs are the side-effect laden drugs that America loves. The average thirty- to fifty-something soon realizes that if he or she pops a few Motrin, it’s possible to exercise with less pain, so the addition begins. Before long, the patient notices that he or she can’t function without the… Read More
Prolia Side Effects: You Just Can’t Make This One Up
The United States of Pharma is a strange place where companies can take lab discoveries that seem simple and really screw real people up. Today’s entry is a drug called Prolia that I have encountered before. When I looked it up back then, I was astounded and disturbed… Read More
How to Avoid Discography Side Effects: Biologic Discography
What are Discography Side Effects? Frankly, until we became the first in the world to inject stem cells into discs, discography never made much sense to me. I would tell patients, “I’m going to poke a hole in your disc to see… Read More
How Antibiotic Tendonitis Can Ruin a Life and How to Treat It…
How Antibiotic Tendonitis can Ruin a Life and How to Treat It... A strep throat and antibiotics are a rite of passage in our modern world. In addition, many times we doctors prescribe antibiotics because… Read More
Greater Risk of NSAID Kidney Damage in Long-Distance Runners
It’s probably not surprising, especially if you read this blog often, but nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are in the news again! This time it’s ibuprofen (e.g., Advil, Motrin, Midol, etc.) and its effect on the kidneys of long-distance runners. Why the focus on an NSAID in this specific… Read More
NSAIDs and Opioids May Not Work for Pain!
As if we needed yet another reason to just say no to NSAIDs and opioids, it seems that some of them just aren’t working. So while you may be getting a lot with these drugs—the risk of sudden-death heart attacks and strokes and GI bleeding with NSAIDS, and… Read More