Newer classes of medications have transformed diabetes care and cancer treatment, but is newer always better? Patients often ask me if there is something “newer” than their current medication and if they should switch. My answer? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Here are 11 medications that have been around forever (and I’m talking some from the 50’s) and are still recommended as first-line therapy.
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If you believe the best way to pay for your prescription is with health insurance, you’re hardly alone. After all, that’s why we have insurance in the first place, and that’s what we expect insurance to do—to cover our healthcare expenses. So when we get to the pharmacy, we show our insurance card, fork over the copay, and move along.
But it turns out this may be costing us money. For many popular drugs—including lisinopril, levothyroxine, and prescription ibuprofen—insurance copays are often higher than what people would pay with a discount from GoodRx. See More
If you think you have gout, you’re not alone—joint pain is common and the prevalence of gout has increased over the past 30 years. Gout typically shows up as painful, red, hot, and swollen joint, usually in the lower extremities. 80% of gout involves a single joint (most often the big toe or knee), and attacks often occur at night or early in the morning.
Why is gout more common now? There are three reasons this is true: we are living longer, we have higher rates of obesity and other chronic diseases like diabetes, and we have higher rates of uncontrolled high blood pressure. See More
Gout is a form of arthritis that affects the joints and can cause severe pain, redness, tenderness, and inflammation. Typically, gout is caused by a build-up of uric acid.
Recently, the FDA approved Duzallo, a new combination medication for the treatment of gout.
What is Duzallo indicated for?
Duzallo is a combination medication indicated for the treatment of hyperuricemia associated with gout. It is specifically for patients who have not achieved target serum uric acid levels allopurinol alone. See More
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
The liver is the main organ for maintaining the body’s internal environment. Liver failure is always scary because there is currently no way to protect against the absence of liver function. Think about it this way: we can use dialysis to take over for the kidneys or a mechanical ventilator if the lungs fail . . . but there is nothing to compensate for the liver.
Medications are an important cause of liver injury. See More
Not all big toe pain is gout—but you may have been hearing more about it recently. The prevalence of gout has increased greatly over the past 30 years.
So what is gout, why do we get it, and how can you get rid of it?
Why more gout? There is more gout for three main reasons: we live longer, more people have high blood pressure and diabetes, and common medications like aspirin and diuretics increase the risk of gout. See More
You aren’t alone. The reason we hear so much about gout is that the prevalence of gout has increased greatly over the past 30 years. It’s more common in men than women but women start to catch up after menopause.
Why is there more gout? There are 3 reasons: we live longer, there is more high blood pressure, and common medications like aspirin and diuretics increase risk of gout.
What are we doing wrong? Increased consumption of carbs, proteins, and drinks containing fructose contribute to gout. See More