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 - September 17, 2017
First, a little reminder about taste. Our sensory system for taste is remarkably sensitive, made possible by our taste buds. Taste buds are each made up of taste receptor cells which bind to small molecules related to flavor. Through sensory nerves, the receptors relay the taste information to the brain and this allows us to discern five basic tastes (sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami/savory). See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 15, 2017
Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL) is the most common cause of hair loss in women. While the cause is unknown, FPHL is more common in women with obesity, high blood pressure, and insulin resistance (pre-diabetes).
FPHL mainly affects the mid and frontal regions of the scalp, while preserving the frontal hairline. Your part gets wider, and hair near your temples may recede, but you will not lose all of your hair. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 25, 2017
Almost half of Americans have used a prescription medication in the past 30 days, for a wide variety of benefits. The benefits of medications are the helpful effects you get when you use them, such as lowering blood pressure, treating infection, or relieving pain. Turns out there are some standout medications that can accomplish two or more things, sometimes with very different effects. More than one benefit? That’s a nice upside . See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 20, 2015
Sexual problems are common in both men and women. These problems take different forms including lack of desire (decreased libido), inability to achieve erection or orgasm and impaired arousal.
Medications are a common and easily treatable cause of sexual dysfunction—and these drugs are the most likely to cause problems. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 07, 2015
For a really cheap and safe medication, spironolactone has many uses. From heart health to hair growth this potassium-sparing diuretic is safe and effective.
How does spironolactone work for so many conditions?
When it comes to the heart, lowering blood pressure, and helping relieve edema, spironolactone works by competing with aldosterone for receptor sites in the kidneys—which increases sodium and water removal while conserving potassium. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 07, 2012
It has been known for more than 15 years that Propecia (finasteride) at 1 mg/day is an effective treatment for male pattern hair loss. The huge bummer was that 12 years ago Propecia was found to be ineffective for female pattern hair loss. Well, some researchers didn’t give up on finasteride. As mentioned in my previous blog (https://www.goodrx.com/blog/2012/04/12/propecia-for-hair-loss/) the trick here is that Propecia is really just finasteride, a medication that has been around forever as a generic used for benign prostatic hypertrophy at 5 mg/day. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 02, 2012
Nocturnal leg cramps are a common cause of pain in the legs that can disrupt sleep. They are present in nearly 50 percent of those over the age of 50. Leg cramps are characterized by sudden muscle tightness, most commonly in the foot, thigh, or calf, that may last from seconds to minutes. Forceful stretching of the affected muscles usually relieves these leg cramps. For some reason, the vast majority of people have these cramps only at night. See More