Marie Beaugureau - July 13, 2018
Opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine have long been considered some of the most helpful drugs for managing acute pain. However, rates of opioid abuse and overdose deaths have skyrocketed in recent years. And now it turns out that there’s another reason to avoid opioids: they may not be the most effective treatment for pain relief after all.
Do opioids work better than other pain relievers?
Not necessarily. See More
Katie Mui - July 05, 2018
Have a headache or a pulled muscle? Odds are over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers like ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminophen will do the trick. And unlike prescription pain medications containing opioids, OTC painkillers aren’t habit-forming, and likely won’t leave you groggy, dizzy, or even constipated. They’re also cheap and easy to find. All pharmacies carry both brand-name and generic varieties, which are generally cheaper and work just as well. See More
Benita Lee - June 20, 2018
Has your doctor ever asked if you’re allergic to any drugs? Luckily for most people, medicine allergies are not that common. But for the few who do have them, allergic reactions can be extremely dangerous. Here’s what you need to know about drug allergies before you start a new medication.
What are drug allergies?
When we talk about allergic reactions to drugs, we’re not talking about side effects. Side effects are the known common risks listed on the drug’s labeling. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 13, 2018
Sciatica — the pain that travels from your low back down your leg — is extremely common. It affects up to 40% of adults, but there’s a lot of conflicting information out there on which medications work best to relieve pain. Lyrica (pregabalin), Neurontin (gabapentin), and Neurontin + Elavil (amitriptyline) are all popular pain relievers, but here’s what research says about which ones actually work.
Sciatica is the term for pain radiating from the low back down the back/side of your leg, sometimes with tingling. See More
Katie Mui - February 06, 2018
As we get older, our bodies start turning on us. Our blood pressure begins to rise, joints develop arthritis, and arteries start clogging up. We end up taking more and more medications. Some 90% of people over the age of 65 take at least one medication per week, and 40% take five or more. 1 in 6 people in this age group will inevitably experience a harmful side effect of a drug they are taking regularly. See More
Katie Mui - January 25, 2018
Thirty children have died so far this flu season, according to the latest CDC report released last week. It bears repeating: the best way to protect your kids from the flu is to have everyone 6 months or older in your household vaccinated. It can be scary if your child starts showing signs of the flu (fever, chills, muscle aches, ear pain, and respiratory issues), so here are some tips for getting them the appropriate care right away. See More
Katie Mui - December 13, 2017
Pretty much everyone experiences pain at some point in their lives. Sometimes it’s just a headache or a minor injury or brief illness — but for many, pain involves more chronic issues such as arthritis or back pain.
Many medications can help manage pain, with the best known being over the counter pain relievers like Motrin (ibuprofen), Aleve (naproxen), or Tylenol (acetaminophen). These drugs (except Tylenol) — known as NSAIDs, short for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs — work remarkably well for a variety of conditions. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 06, 2017
Most diarrhea will resolve within 24 to 48 hours—if it’s caused by viral gastroenteritis (a stomach bug) or food borne illness. If your diarrhea is hanging on and not resolving, take a look at your medications. It can be challenging to identify which medication may be causing drug-induced diarrhea, especially if you’re taking multiple medications. Here are some well-known offenders commonly associated with drug-induced diarrhea. See More
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 - August 20, 2017
Low back pain is a part of life—common across sexes, age groups, and countries, it’s something that almost all people experience at some point. Treatment for low back pain often includes a combination of medication and non-medication options. What should you start with? What treatments have the best evidence? And more importantly . . . what’s coming our way for low back pain treatment?
To start #OldSchool—the best evidence exists for these three treatments:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). See More