Month: July 2017

If you have type 2 diabetes, your doctor or health care provider has most likely prescribed you a long acting insulin like Lantus (insulin glargine), Toujeo (insulin glargine), or Basaglar (insulin glargine). These type of insulins work to control your blood sugar between meals and when you’re sleeping. They can be injected once or twice… Read More

Recently GlaxoSmithKline has decided to stop the manufacturing of their anti-seizure medication Potiga (ezogabine). Medications are discontinued and taken off the market for a variety of reasons. Sometimes there are issues with safety, but sometimes a manufacturer will decide to discontinue a drug just because it’s no longer profitable. For example, this sometimes happens with… Read More

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Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is a perception of sound in one or both ears in the absence of an external source. It’s often described by patients as buzzing, ringing, or whooshing. Tinnitus can be a continuous sound or occur intermittently and while there is often no known cause, there are a handful of medications… Read More

Thanks to the FDA’s Priority Review program, hepatitis C medications are being approved at a faster rate! This program provides a fast-track review of medications that could that treat serious conditions like hepatitis C. New approvals over the past few years include Sovaldi, Harvoni, Viekira Pak, and we have another one to add to the list! On… Read More

Doctors are often asked what ONE pill or supplement they would recommend, or take themselves. The answer to this, I have learned, depends on perspective—based on which specialty the physician practices. So, after 20 years of being surrounded doctors in many fields at an academic medical center, here is the one pill you should be… Read More

Evidence from a large study in New Zealand for bacterial meningitis revealed an interesting finding – the meningitis B vaccine may help protect against gonorrhea. These findings are just observational though, and extensive clinical trials will need to be performed to ensure the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine. Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection caused by unprotected vaginal,… Read More

Every three months, the FDA reviews and publishes reports of adverse reactions from medications they’ve received through the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS). The FDA has been posting these quarterly updates since 2007, due to an update to the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act that requires the FDA to publish a new list… Read More

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Medications are a common offender when it comes to lower extremity edema, either as the cause or as a factor that can make it worse. Swelling in the lower legs from fluid in the tissues—lower extremity edema—is a familiar complaint among patients. Imprints from your socks, puffy legs, and feet so you can’t put your… Read More

Have you been told that you have borderline diabetes or prediabetes, but you’re not quite sure what that means? If so, you are not alone! Many people are diagnosed with prediabetes, often times without being educated or given any additional information about the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more… Read More

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The number of prescriptions written for gabapentin (Neurontin), a common medication for nerve pain, is at an all-time high, with 57 million prescriptions dispensed in 2015. Gabapentin is not considered an addictive drug, although it does have characteristics that offer the potential for abuse. Some individuals describe varying experiences with gabapentin abuse, including euphoria, improved sociability, a… Read More