Tori Marsh - September 17, 2018
Smoke from more than 50 massive wildfires across the Western United States is spreading, causing smoky skies, breathing challenges, and high prescription fill rates for asthma medications—even for cities in the Midwest and on the East Coast.
According to a nationally representative sample of prescriptions, fills for asthma medications this July and August were more than 20% higher than normal in Oregon, Washington, Montana and Northern California. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 14, 2018
Is your cough keeping you awake or driving your co-workers crazy? Read on. There are many prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications for suppressing coughs, but studies show they don’t all work. Some are addictive, and others aren’t any more effective than a placebo. So, what should you take for your cough?
Non-prescription and over-the-counter cough suppressants
Acute cough due to a viral upper respiratory tract infection (URI) is the most common form of cough—and a ton of money is spent on making and marketing drugs to manage it. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 13, 2018
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common condition that affects up to 10% of individuals aged 40 years or older. It’s also the third-leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than 120,000 individuals each year. Treating COPD can be complicated with all of the rescue inhalers and maintenance medications out there. Here’s what you need to know about Spiriva, the once-daily prescription drug for COPD. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 09, 2018
My hands are shaking. Is it Parkinson’s? Something else? Shakiness, or tremors, is a common problem that brings patients to my office. If you start having shaky hands, you may worry that you have Parkinson’s disease, but many other things can cause tremors—like medications. The good news is, drug-induced tremors go away with lower doses or if you stop taking the medication.
Signs a medication may be causing your tremor
Medications can both cause tremors and make them worse. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 31, 2018
If you’ve noticed you are sweating more than usual—not just on your palms and soles, but all over—take a look at your medication list. The new occurrence of excess sweating everywhere on your body can be a result of many causes including diabetes, thyroid disease and infection, so it requires a careful evaluation by your doctor—but medications are a common offender.
Tori Marsh - May 25, 2018
Proair is a common rescue inhaler used to treat asthma attacks, but it’s not cheap. Cash prices for one asthma inhaler average around $85. What’s more, since 2016, cash prices for Proair have increased by almost 70% — from $52 per inhaler to over $80 — and there’s still no generic available.
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 17, 2017
It’s not being overly dramatic to say that abnormal levels of potassium may actually kill you. Serum (bloodstream) potassium is an electrolyte, and imbalances are called hyperkalemia (when too high) and hypokalemia (when too low). Cardiac arrhythmias are a known serious outcome of both hypo- and hyperkalemia, and national statistics indicate that almost half of 1% of emergency department visits and 2% of hospitalizations for high potassium end in death. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 20, 2017
Ventolin, Proair and Proventil are the albuterol inhalers commonly prescribed for people with asthma, reactive airway disease, or even for a persistent cough after an upper respiratory infection. Albuterol inhalers relax the muscles in the wall of the airways to improve wheezing and cough. Whether you’re prescribed a nebulizer or metered dose inhaler (MDI), albuterol is generally well tolerated—yet the same minor side effects are reported over and over again. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 10, 2014
Coughing brings many of you to the doctor. Most of this is acute bronchitis, an inflammation of the bronchi (airways) due to upper airway infection. For almost all of you, it is self-limited and will go away on its own. It may surprise you to know this respiratory condition is generally caused by a virus, but reports indicate that more than 60 to 90 percent of patients with acute bronchitis who come to the doctor are given antibiotics. See More
Elizabeth Davis - October 21, 2013
Manufacturer Nephron Pharmaceuticals has issued a voluntary recall of ten lots of its albuterol inhalation solution. The recall affects the 0.083% (2.5mg/3ml), 3 ml vials in 25-count packaging.
The recall is precautionary; there haven’t been any reported reactions, complaints, or adverse effects at this time.
Nephron is working with patients and pharmacies to make sure supply isn’t disrupted; you can contact them at 1-800-443-4313 ext. See More