Month: February 2014

Zolpidem is the generic version of Ambien, which is also available in a longer acting form known as Ambien CR. These sleep medications (zolpidem, Sonata, Lunesta) are widely popular and known for their lack of hangover effect the next morning. These “atypical” benzodiazepines are different from “typical” benzodiazepines like Ativan, Xanax, or Valium in that… Read More

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Medications are a major reason for constipation. Pain medications are the biggest culprit with opioids (Vicodin, Norco, Tylenol with codeine, etc) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) leading the pack. Constipation can become a bigger struggle for you than the illness that led you to take the medications causing it, and will make any post-operative course… Read More

The FDA has announced a public hearing in March 2014 to discuss updating the review and approval process of over the counter (OTC) drugs. The hearing itself doesn’t mean there will be any changes to the process, but the FDA hopes to address issues like misbranding, the large number of non-prescription drugs on the market… Read More

Levoxyl is mainly used for the treatment of hypothyroidism or low thyroid hormone levels. It was voluntarily recalled by its manufacturer, Pfizer, in February of 2013, due to reports from consumers and pharmacists that the tablets had a strange smell. When is Levoxyl expected to be available again? According to the Levoxyl website the estimated date of… Read More

What comes to mind when you think about where to find medications for treating symptoms of a cough, the common cold, allergies, or sinus problems? Most people imagine being able to walk through the aisles of their local pharmacy or grocery store to find cough syrup, nasal decongestants, or cold tabs. However, sometimes these items… Read More

Prescription drug abuse, as you know, is an epidemic in the United States. So, what are we doing about it? One of the new ways pharmaceutical companies are trying to help out is to make opioids with abuse “deterrent” properties. For folks who crush these opioids to snort or dissolve them to inject for quicker… Read More

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Metformin and extended release metformin are used in type 2 diabetes to improve glycemic control in combination with diet and exercise. What are the advantages of extended release metformin? The extended release tablets are taken ONCE DAILY due to their slow release of the medication throughout the day. Extended release tablets are also easier on the stomach… Read More

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Bacterial vaginosis (BV), the world’s most common vaginal infection, costs you time, comfort, and money. BV is associated with increased incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV), spontaneous abortion, and pre-term labor. Current treatment for women with symptomatic BV includes both oral and intravaginal antibiotics, which have success rates of 70 – 80% at 1… Read More

Valentine’s Day is a big day for romance . . . right? We took at look at drug searches on GoodRx over the last few years, and you might be, err, excited by our findings. Common sense would indicate that Valentine’s Day would be an especially popular time to fill, well, certain prescriptions. Erectile dysfunction… Read More

Is there anything new for menopause? Well, yes there is. 2014 brought some new guidelines by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for the treatment of symptoms of menopause: hot flashes and vaginal dryness/atrophy. No new risks or dangers. The good news is the guidelines didn’t raise any risks or dangers that we didn’t… Read More