Month: March 2016

Briviact (brivaracetam) is a newly approved drug meant to be used along with other epilepsy treatments, for a specific type of seizure. What exactly does Briviact treat? Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain that causes reoccurring episodes of abnormal brain activity—often referred to as a seizure. Seizures can actually feel and look very different for… Read More

Diabetes—specifically type 2 or adult onset diabetes—is a growing epidemic in the United States, in part to the increase in obesity over the past 10 years. However, there are several medications that (with healthy diet and excercise) can help keep your blood sugar under control. Glumetza is the newest option to have a generic version approved, which should… Read More

Beta blockers save lives after heart attack and improve mortality for heart failure patients. They also work well to control blood pressure. Carvedilol (Coreg was the brand name) has been known as the “heart failure beta blocker”—but now it appears that metoprolol (Lopressor) may share that title. Many of my patients are asking: which is better? Let’s… Read More

Coughing can be uncomfortable, and comes along with some unpleasant side effects like sore throat, chest pain, and exhaustion. So where do you start to find some relief? First, know that your cough may be productive (a “wet” cough that produces mucus), or non-productive (a “dry” cough). There are many treatments available over-the-counter (OTC) without… Read More

Nearly 52.5 million people in the US have arthritis, according to an estimate from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Rheumatoid arthritis one of the most common types, and a new drug has just been approved to help make treatment easier. A new, extended-release form of Xeljanz (tofacitinib) recently received approval from the FDA to… Read More

The most feared medical condition in folks over 55? Dementia—specifically Alzheimer’s dementia—according to multiple surveys. Cancer is a distant second. The majority of dementia cases are Alzheimer’s dementia (AD), yet there is currently no easy way to screen for AD. Neuropsychological testing is still the gold standard (this is testing that takes a few hours… Read More

At the start of 2016, the FDA approved brand-new migraine treatment: Onzetra Xsail. Although it shares an active ingredient with Imitrex (sumatriptan), the way you use Onzetra is unique, and offers another option for getting you migraine relief. There are many medications already on the market to treat migraines before and after they begin. The standard… Read More

Herpes sucks. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) can cause a wide range of problems, including lesions on the mouth and genitals. There has been a dramatic increase in genital herpes infections over the last several years. Because HSV has a latent phase it likes to reactivate and recur throughout your life—so you can never really forget about it…. Read More

Do you fill more than one prescription a month? Have you ever gone to the pharmacy with a stack of prescriptions for your whole family? Avoid frustration at the pharmacy with these common sense things that can help. These 5 dos and don’ts will help you make sure your next fill goes smoothly. 1. DON’T… Read More

New Yorkers rejoice—Duane Reade prices are now available on GoodRx! If you’ve ever been to New York, you’ve probably seen a Duane Reade pharmacy (there are more than 200 of them throughout the city!). Duane Reade was acquired by Walgreens back in 2010, but the pharmacies still carry the Duane Reade brand. While you’ve always… Read More