Benita Lee - June 22, 2018
As with other forms of coverage restrictions, insurance plans use quantity limits to ensure patient safety and control healthcare costs. Quantity limits define how much of a drug you can fill during a specific time period, but they can be a hassle. Here’s how to navigate your plan’s policies, so you can still get the medications you need.
How do quantity limits work?
Generally speaking, plans will review clinical and FDA literature to decide how much of a drug they will cover in a certain time period. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 18, 2018
Joint pain, back aches, and other musculoskeletal complaints are among the most prevalent health issues out there. When it comes to joint pain specifically (known as arthralgia), arthritis is the most common cause. But before you blame your achy joints on arthritis, did you know that everyday medications can cause joint pain too? Here are 10 common offenders.
1) Antibiotic — levofloxacin
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 06, 2018
Knowing which medications can interfere with calcium can mean the difference between being healthy and being critically ill. Not only is 99% of the calcium in adults found in the skeleton, but we need it for other everyday functions too — from maintaining healthy nerves to regulating blood clotting and muscle contractions.
The amount of calcium in your blood can tell a lot about your health. It reflects how much of the mineral is leaked from bones, how it’s absorbed in your intestines, and how it’s filtered in your kidneys. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 16, 2018
Falling and breaking a bone can be scary, especially for older people. Every 11 seconds, a US adult over the age of 65 is treated in the emergency room for a fall, and statistics show that 1 in 5 older adults die within one year of sustaining a hip fracture.
It’s not all bad news though. We’ve actually made progress in decreasing the total hip and spine fractures each year. And it turns out, many falls are, in fact, preventable. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 25, 2017
Your eyes have a combination of a relatively small size with a rich blood supply that makes them extra vulnerable to negative side effects from medications.
These side effects vary—and may involve the lens, retina or cornea. If you’re older, or using a medication at a high dose for a longer period of time, be aware that your risk will be higher.
Here are ten oral medications known to have adverse effects on the eye:
- Alendronate (Fosamax) is taken once a week and belongs to a class of medications used for osteoporosis called bisphosphonates. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - February 22, 2017
Esophagitis is the term for irritation and injury to the mucosal lining of the esophagus. Medications are a common culprit and medication-induced esophagitis will give you pain behind the sternum (retrosternal pain) or heartburn 60% of the time. Other symptoms include pain with swallowing or the sensation of food getting stuck in your throat. Medications that hurt the esophagus usually cause the problem at the spot of esophageal narrowing. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 22, 2014
When certain medications come along that may transform the way we treat common conditions, like osteoporosis, you should know about it. So, what is this new injection for osteoporosis?
Prolia (denosumab) is an injection given every 6 months for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. Here is what you need to know about the injection that may change the management of osteoporosis:
What medications do we have now? Bisphosphonate medications are the current first line treatment of osteoporosis and include the well known once a week alendronate (Fosamax) and once a month ibandronate (Boniva). See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 06, 2012
The medications widely used for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis are the bisphosphonates: Boniva (ibandronate), Fosamax (alendronate) and Actonel (risedronate). While these are safe and effective, concerns have been raised about some side effects like atypical fractures and jaw osteonecrosis (“dead” jaw bone) making some folks leery of taking these meds.