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 irritate the esophagus usually cause the problem at the spot of esophageal narrowing. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - January 14, 2017
Trying to navigate the over-the-counter (OTC) aisles to choose a pain or fever medication for your sick child can be an overwhelming task.
Sometimes it may feel like there are too many options. A lot of companies have multiple products, with similar names and packaging, which can make it difficult if you aren’t sure what you are looking for. However, basic knowledge of some popular children’s OTC medications can help simplify things. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - January 06, 2017
If you’ve ever read the back of an over-the-counter (OTC) bottle of aspirin, you might have seen the warning about Reye’s Syndrome. But you might have wondered, and you’re not alone, what is Reye’s Syndrome?
Reye’s Syndrome is an extremely rare condition that occurs in children, with only a few cases being reported every year in the United States.
What is Reye’s Syndrome?
Reyes syndrome is a serious condition that has been associated with aspirin use in children and teenagers recovering from a viral infection, like the flu or even chicken pox. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - January 06, 2017
When you think of aspirin, what comes to mind? Some people may think of its ability to prevent heart attacks and strokes, while others may think of its pain relieving abilities!
Even though aspirin is a commonly prescribed medication, and can be used for different conditions, there are some things you may not know about it! Here are the ins and outs if this common pain reliever.
What is aspirin used for?
The way that aspirin works is actually quite dependent on the dose. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - February 10, 2015
If you are taking daily aspirin and are about to have a non-cardiac surgery we now have a firm answer: 7 days.
Many of you scheduled to undergo surgery are taking aspirin for prevention of cardiovascular disease. The risk of aspirin prior to surgery was just confirmed in a large trial called the POISE-2 trial. There was no benefit to taking an aspirin up until surgery and there were, not surprisingly, risks. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 20, 2015
If you have had stent placement after balloon angioplasty for coronary artery disease you will be placed on medications to ensure you don’t form clots inside those stents. One of them is aspirin, which you will take indefinitely after stent placement. The other one is up for debate, though most of you will take clopidogrel the Plavix generic. Now we have a firm answer for how long you take it.
Why do I have to take two antiplatelet meds after stent placement?
Because it saves lives. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 10, 2014
Coughing brings many of you to the doctor. Most of this is acute bronchitis, an inflammation of the bronchi (airways) due to upper airway infection. For almost all of you, it is self-limited and will go away on its own. It may surprise you to know this respiratory condition is generally caused by a virus, but reports indicate that more than 60 to 90 percent of patients with acute bronchitis who come to the doctor are given antibiotics. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 02, 2014
Almost 6 million Americans have the irregular heart rhythm atrial fibrillation. Atrial fib increases your risk of stroke, heart failure, dementia, and early mortality. New guidelines have just been released, with some pretty big changes on how to manage atrial fib. Here is what you need to know:
1. Know the score.
The decision of whether or not you need to be on blood thinners when you have atrial fib has always been based on your score. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - March 06, 2014
For pennies a day, aspirin saves many lives from stroke and heart disease. Having said that . . . an aspirin a day carries risks, so not everyone should be taking it. Remember, the benefits of a low dose aspirin a day outweigh the risks only in some people. This is not a grey area, but an area that has been well-studied so know these things:
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 15, 2013
As we live longer, vision loss becomes a huge quality of life issue in our older folks. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the number one cause of vision loss in Americans 60 and older and there is a ton going on here. New stuff. Good stuff.
Dry macular degeneration can progress to wet macular degeneration, and that’s when treatment begins. Wet AMD can’t be cured but treatments now can slow the progression of vision loss significantly. See More