Month: August 2014

The classification for medications that contain hydrocodone (like Vicodin) is changing from schedule III to schedule II in an effort to help combat prescription drug abuse. When does this change take effect? The change will take effect approximately 45 days from the date of publication of the DEA ruling. You can find more information and the final… Read More

During pregnancy, women try to consider not only their own well-being, but the welfare of their developing child. It is crucial to take into account what you are putting into your body during your pregnancy—and after, for those who decide to breast feed. Medications are no exception. In 2015, FDA published a final rule setting standards for how… Read More

For many Americans with health insurance, more than 40 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2015. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handle pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing over 40 drugs from their formularies at the end of 2014. This is in addition to the… Read More

Effective Friday, August 15, 2014, Namenda (memantine) 5 mg and 10 mg tablets have been discontinued. According to the manufacturer, Forest Laboratories, the discontinuation is not for safety reasons, but because the company is going to be focusing on their once-daily Namenda XR (memantine) capsules. For more information regarding the discontinuation of Namenda tablets click here. What… Read More

Hemorrhoids are common cause of bright red bleeding from the rectum and something you will often be managing from home. Know that some experts recommend colonoscopy for all patients older than 40 years who have hemorrhoidal symptoms and rectal bleeding, but if that’s been done or your doctor is sure it’s just hemorrhoids, what works?… Read More

Remember—effective Monday, August 18, 2014, tramadol (Ultram) and any products that contain tramadol, including Ultracet (tramadol/acetaminophen), Ultram ER (tramadol ER), or Conzip, will be considered schedule IV substances. This means ANY medications containing tramadol will now have stricter rules for dispensing. This may affect your current prescription as well as your future prescriptions if you regularly take… Read More

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Synthroid, one of the most commonly prescribed brand-name medications in the U.S., often requires lifelong treatment for hypothyroidism. For a medication that you may be paying a little more for and is a lifetime commitment, here are some lesser-known points about Synthroid. 1.  What is it? Synthetic thyroxine (T4) comes as Synthroid or the generic levothyroxine. T4… Read More

Jardiance (empagliflozin) was approved by the FDA on August 1, 2014 for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. What type of medication is Jardiance? Jardiance is part of a new class of medications recently approved by the FDA, Sodium Glucose Co-Transporter 2 (SGLT2) Inhibitors. How does Jardiance work? It works with the body’s natural process of urination to help… Read More

Striverdi Respimat (olodaterol) is indicated for the long-term treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema, who are experiencing airflow obstruction. What is COPD? COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) affects the airways within the lungs, making it harder to breathe, and can get worse as time goes on. There… Read More

Many women need cheaper options for hormone replacement. One of the most commonly prescribed estrogens for women is Premarin, and it’s so darn expensive. This is because there is no generic form of Premarin and will not likely ever be. Premarin is the brand name for conjugated estrogens used to treat symptoms of menopause and… Read More