Month: October 2017

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Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease or OA, is the most common form of arthritis. It can cause severe and debilitating pain as the cartilage begins to wear away. OA can be treated with over-the-counter oral medications like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen). It can also be treated with prescription pain medications, and we… Read More

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COPD, also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive lung disease that can cause persistent cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, excess mucus production, and frequent upper respiratory infections. Treatment is often comprised of a variety of medications, and we have a new one to add to the list—Trelegy Ellipta—a once-daily single inhaler. What is… Read More

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We are in the thick of Medicare open enrollment, meaning that seniors 65 and over now have the chance to enroll in—or switch to—a new healthcare plan that could save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs. Yet surprisingly, only 1 in 10 seniors voluntarily switch their plan each year, with most members… Read More

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If you have depression that hasn’t responded to a single antidepressant, switching to another one or adding a second medication is your next step. New evidence is guiding what to do next if you aren’t much better after 6 – 12 weeks of treatment. When your antidepressant isn’t working to improve or relieve your depressive symptoms, what’s… Read More

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Let’s start with the bad news. Vyvanse—a stimulant typically taken to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—is really expensive. Many similar (but not exactly the same) drugs are available as inexpensive generics, but Vyvanse isn’t expected to be available as a generic for some time. If your doctor thinks Vyvanse is right for you, how can… Read More

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Vyvanse can have a big impact on your wallet. Since it is typically prescribed for daily maintenance of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention-deficit disorder (ADD) and binge eating disorder, monthly costs can skyrocket to an unmanageable level, causing sticker shock at the pharmacy. Here’s all you need to know to keep your costs down. How popular is… Read More

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Short-acting insulin is the dose you give yourself to compensate for the amount of food or carbohydrates you eat. Some short-acting insulins include Humalog, Novolog, and Afrezza. Most of these insulins have been designed for use in adults. However, a new short-acting insulin has been approved for use in children—Humalog Junior KwikPen. What is Humalog prescribed… Read More

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The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) may seem like it’s been around forever, but it was only just over 100 years ago. It was created as a result of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, which prohibited the sale of adulterated or misbranded drugs. At that time though, the law did not yet… Read More

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It’s not being overly dramatic to say that abnormal levels of potassium may actually kill you. Serum (bloodstream) potassium is an electrolyte, and imbalances are called hyperkalemia (when too high) and hypokalemia (when too low). Cardiac arrhythmias are a known serious outcome of both hypo- and hyperkalemia, and national statistics indicate that almost half of… Read More

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The United States, Puerto Rico, and many islands in the Carribean have recently faced an immense amount of destruction thanks to mother nature. Several hurricanes and tropical storms have devastated many areas, causing destruction to communities, widespread power-outages, and quite possibly, drug shortages. How could this cause a shortage? Around 10% of drugs prescribed in the United… Read More