Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 17, 2018
The Z-Pack (Zithromax, azithromycin) is an antibiotic medication that unfairly gets a bad rap. True, it’s often incorrectly prescribed for sinus infections caused by viruses, which don’t respond to antibiotics. But Z-Packs offer many benefits we shouldn’t forget. Here are some of reasons why they’re still worth considering.
First, Z-Packs are easy to use and they’re cheap. They come as a pack of five pills, which you take daily over the course of five days, and they’re highly effective. See More
Roni Shye - May 16, 2018
Infants are exposed to germs that their newly developing immune system often cannot fight off on its own. In order to treat those nasty infections, many pediatricians will prescribe your child an oral antibiotic. But are these medications safe?
Although these antibiotics have their benefits, there may also be some downsides to their usage. Recently, results posted in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) show that using acid-suppressive medications and antibiotics in infants could increase the risk of potential allergies later in childhood. See More
Katie Mui - May 11, 2018
Every year, insurance companies change their prescription drug coverage, adding and removing certain medications from formularies. Of the 80 drugs dropped from formularies in 2018 by Express Scripts and Caremark (two of the largest companies that manage pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans), three are different versions of the same drug, doxycycline.
Which means that doxycycline, a commonly used antibiotic, is now a lot more expensive. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 10, 2018
“Can I get a Z-Pak?” is a question asked every day by our patients struggling with an upper respiratory infection. Trust me, I want to help you get better, but that’s not always the way to do it.
What is the Z-Pak used to treat?
The Z-Pak (Zithromax), is a five-day course of the antibiotic, azithromycin. It’s used to treat certain bacterial infections, including some sinus infections and upper respiratory tract infections (URIs) that lead to headaches, congestion, and runny noses. See More
Tori Marsh - April 05, 2018
Spring is officially here – and that means seasonal allergies have arrived. Prescriptions for allergy medications rose sharply in March, according to a GoodRx analysis of a nationally representative sample of US prescription fills, with some interesting patterns in state-by-state trends.
Our monthly GoodRx Index report also showed other drug trends for March:
Tori Marsh - February 27, 2018
It’s true: Drugs really are getting more expensive.
According to a new GoodRx analysis, the average list price for the top 100 prescription drugs climbed higher over the past year, even as concerns over high drug prices grow in the U.S.
Our top insights:
- List prices for prescription drugs rose 6% over the past 12 months
- Diabetes drugs were big drivers of the increase, rising 15% over the past 12 months
- Birth control drugs also got more expensive, with list prices nearly 8% higher over past year
- Prices for generic drugs rose more than 5% over the past 12 months
Using a GoodRx Index of the 100 most commonly prescribed drugs, we found that cash prices increased from an average of around $78 in February 2017 to over $81 this past January – an increase of 6%. See More
Katie Mui - February 22, 2018
“Are you allergic to any medications?”
This is something your doctor will ask you as they reach for their prescription pad. It’s also a question that most people breeze over unless they’ve experienced an adverse reaction to a drug before. Otherwise, it’s hard to know what to look out for.
An allergy to a drug is different from its side effects, which are the known common reactions listed on the drug label. See More
Katie Mui - December 21, 2017
Antibiotics are one of the wonders of modern medicine — they can purge the human body of infections that just a few decades ago would’ve been fatal. And they get used — a lot. Over 250 million prescriptions for antibiotics are written every year in the U.S., nearly one prescription for every American. What’s more, today’s antibiotics, such as Amoxil (amoxicillin, $4), Cipro (ciprofloxacin, $4), and Macrobid (nitrofurantoin, $19. 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 - 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