Month: March 2012

Here are some commonly prescribed meds for acne that cost big bucks
, along with some secrets to help you save money. First, meet the players in the fight against acne: topical (to rub on your face) Retin-A derivatives, topical antibiotics and oral antibiotics.   Retin-A Derivatives (Topical Retinoids): Topical retinoids are a compelling option for… Read More

Many arthritis sufferers are in a panic over the shortage of Voltaren gel (diclofenac sodium gel) and I get why they are worried. Voltaren gel is a prescription topical anti-inflammatory gel used for all kinds of arthritis pain: rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and osteoarthritis of the knees, hands and hips. People who have stomach issues from… Read More

For years, many of you taking statins to lower your cholesterol have complained of a fuzzy head and less clear thinking. Statins are among the most prescribed medications in the US, including simvastatin (Zocor), atorvastatin (Lipitor), pravastatin (Pravachol), and Crestor (rosuvastatin). While studies have not shown statins to cause memory impairment, the FDA decided to listen to patients and… Read More

March 14th will be a great day for those of you who have been paying $50 – $100 a month for Lexapro. The patent for Lexapro runs out this month, and Mylan pharmaceuticals will launch escitalopram, the first generic equivalent to Lexapro. Escitalopram 5 mg, 10 mg, and 20 mg will be available at a… Read More

As a physician I believe everyone should have a medication for nausea in their medicine cabinet. After surgery, with a viral gastroenteritis, or if you get sick from a food borne illness you will need a medication to control nausea and vomiting (an antiemetic). There are huge differences in the costs of nausea medications so… Read More

You’ve survived cancer, now how much will it cost to keep it that way? Breast cancer survival for women with hormone receptor positive cancer has improved because of two classes of medications. This is awesome news for women, though just when you think you are all done with surgery and chemotherapy, you may then be… Read More