Month: July 2013

There is now another option available for the treatment of ulcerative colitis! The FDA has approved Simponi (golimumab) for adults with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis. Here is what you need to know: What is ulcerative colitis? Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a type of chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the gut. It is… Read More

The FDA is recommending that Nizoral (ketoconazole) tablets not be used as a first-line treatment for any fungal infections, and not used at all to treat fungal skin or nail infections. The oral tablets can cause liver and adrenal gland damage, and can have harmful interactions with other medications, prompting the FDA to approve a… Read More

Invokana (canaglifozin) is now readily available at most pharmacies after receiving approval for the treatment of type 2 diabetes earlier this year. Here’s what you need to know. What is Invokana? Type 2 diabetes leads to elevated levels of glucose in the blood, because of the inability of your body either to make enough insulin… Read More

Concerns raised about ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers) have folks worried. Patients have come to our offices asking if they should switch their blood pressure medication. Let’s shed some light on the issue as there is reason for calm. Well known ARBs include losartan (Cozaar), candesartan (Atacand), irbesartan (Avapro), Benicar (olmesartan), Diovan (valsartan) and Micardis (telmisartan)…. Read More

Folks with fatigue from obstructive sleep apnea or neurologic illnesses like multiple sclerosis see improvement in fatigue with Provigil and Nuvigil, but at a cost. Fatigue is a common complaint and a remedy may be worth paying money for. Modafinil (Provigil) acts on the central nervous system, although the mechanism for its effect is unknown…. Read More

The “little blue pill” Viagra is now available online directly from the manufacturer, Pfizer. In a first move of its kind, the erectile dysfunction medicine is being offered directly on the manufacturer’s website, through a contracted pharmacy. How does it work? First, a prescription from your healthcare provider is still required. You can also use… Read More

Hold on, another benefit of daily aspirin? The benefit of aspirin against stroke and heart disease in folks with risk factors is well known, but so are the risks. Aspirin carries the well-known downside of gastrointestinal bleeding and ulcers. If you’re struggling to decide whether or not to take a daily aspirin, there is one… Read More

If you’ve spent much time on the Internet, it’s likely you’ve stumbled into an offer for prescription drugs. You already know not to open spam emails, but you’ll want to proceed with caution ordering prescriptions online in general, as a lot of these pharmacies may not be legitimate or regulated. Here is what you need… Read More

Is acetaminophen (Tylenol) a wolf in sheep’s clothing? For a medication so widely available and so effective, there is a dark side to acetaminophen. Here are 10 things about acetaminophen that may shock you: 1.  Many underestimate its toxicity. In a recent survey of 500 people, 46% reported ingesting excessive amounts because they misunderstood dosing… Read More

Approved by the FDA for weight loss late last year, Qsymia (phentermine/topiramate) was initially available only through a home delivery program, meaning you couldn’t just go to your local pharmacy and fill your prescription. Starting this month however, Qsymia will be available at certain local pharmacies. It still requires a prescription, and the selection of… Read More