Benita Lee - August 09, 2018
As drug makers are facing increasing scrutiny over high drug prices, pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) Express Scripts announces that they will be excluding 48 new drugs from insurance coverage in 2019. If you have insurance, it’s time to pay attention.
Every year, PBMs like Express Scripts evaluate the clinical value and financial cost of prescription medications and create a list of drugs covered by insurance, known as formularies. See More
Roni Shye - June 26, 2018
Has your doctor ever warned you about taking statins with grapefruits? It may seem like a strange association, but certain statins like Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Zocor (simvastatin) that are used to lower cholesterol levels can interact with grapefruit and grapefruit juice and cause harmful side effects.
How do statins interact with grapefruit?
Statins are broken down in the liver by a select group of enzymes that also interact with chemicals in grapefruits. 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 - October 01, 2015
The best treatment in diseases such as atherosclerosis, or coronary artery disease, is prevention. Lifestyle changes like exercise, quitting smoking and changing your diet are an important place to start, but sometimes you just need more help.
Drugs like the statin medications work well to lower cholesterol but may come with some side effects. I am often asked by patients: what natural remedies really work to lower cholesterol?
There are some options out there, but before I show you some promising and well-studied plants that may help lower cholesterol, please remember a few things: these are unregulated and may carry issues of toxicity. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 23, 2015
Statins are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the world for a reason: they can lower your LDL cholesterol (the “bad cholesterol”) by 20 – 60%. Statins are also helpful for the prevention of heart disease in some people with high cholesterol.
Time with your doctor can be limited, so you may not have heard all of the upsides and downsides when you were prescribed a statin. See More
Roni Shye - March 10, 2015
HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors—better known as statins—are a group of medications used to treat high cholesterol. High cholesterol, if not treated with proper lifestyle modifications and/or medications, can result in life-threatening cardiovascular events like heart attack or stroke.
Your total cholesterol is made up of both “good” and “bad” parts as well as some other miscellaneous parts. The “good” part of your cholesterol is known as HDL, and the “bad” part of your cholesterol is known as LDL. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 04, 2014
People are more likely to take their cholesterol medication when it costs less. While this may seem obvious to you, the medical community did a study on this question to find come to that conclusion! The results were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a medical journal, where they made news.
Generic medications are cheaper than brand names—so you are more likely to fill and take your statin cholesterol medication if it’s generic, and you will do better overall. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 15, 2013
For the first time in a decade, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have made new recommendations for who we treat with statins for high cholesterol and toward what goal. The new guidelines are different. Here is what you need to know:
• Gone are the recommended LDL cholesterol targets, specifically those that ask physicians to treat patients with cardiovascular disease to less than 100 or the optional goal of less than 70. See More
Elizabeth Davis - October 29, 2013
For many Americans with health insurance, more than 50 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2014. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handles pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing almost 50 brands from their formularies at the end of 2013. More information is below.
What are Express Scripts and Caremark?
Express Scripts and Caremark are companies that administer prescription drug benefits for many health insurance companies and Tricare. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 23, 2013
Lifelong treatment with a medication is a tall order for some people—so it isn’t all that surprising that discontinuation rates are high for some of the most popular cholesterol medications, the statin drugs.
Why is this a problem? If you’re on a drug to lower your cholesterol, you will need to keep taking your prescription or your cholesterol will go back up. Statins in particular can help lower cholesterol up to 60%, but their effects will go away a couple of months after you stop taking them. See More