Author: Dr. Sharon Orrange

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The Z-Pack (Zithromax, azithromycin) is an antibiotic medication that unfairly gets a bad rap. True, it’s often incorrectly prescribed for sinus infections caused by viruses, which don’t respond to antibiotics. But Z-Packs offer many benefits we shouldn’t forget. Here are some of reasons why they’re still worth considering. First, Z-Packs are easy to use and… Read More

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Falling and breaking a bone can be scary, especially for older people. Every 11 seconds, a US adult over the age of 65 is treated in the emergency room for a fall, and statistics show that 1 in 5 older adults die within one year of sustaining a hip fracture. It’s not all bad news… Read More

Esomeprazole (Nexium) and omeprazole (Prilosec) and are two of the most popular prescriptions for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux or acid reflux), but which one is better? Many insurance plans don’t cover esomeprazole and instead want patients to use omeprazole. But is esomeprazole actually worth fighting for? Turns out, many clinical trials over the years have asked this… Read More

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Yeast infections are no fun – but they do happen to pretty much all women. And while the itching, burning, and white, odorless discharge that comes with it can be frustrating, effective remedies are available to quickly treat and relieve your symptoms. First off, yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of a microscopic yeast… Read More

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“Can I get a Z-Pak?” is a question asked every day by our patients struggling with an upper respiratory infection. Trust me, I want to help you get better, but that’s not always the way to do it. What is the Z-Pak used to treat? The Z-Pak (Zithromax), is a five-day course of the antibiotic,… Read More

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As both an advisor to GoodRx and physician who uses it regularly in a busy private practice, I wanted to pass along the most effective ways to save money for patients using GoodRx. Not only are our patients more willing to take their medications if they can afford them, but the savings they glean can… Read More

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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), a long-acting stimulant medication used in adults with ADHD, is one of the most commonly prescribed brand-name drugs. Given that 60% of adults who were children with ADHD have symptoms that persist to adulthood, long-term treatment may be necessary. If you’re taking Vyvanse long-term or thinking about starting it, what are some lesser-known but… Read More

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You just took a urine pregnancy test and it’s positive, what should you do now? As a primary care doctor, many patients contact me before they’ve picked out an OB/GYN. The news of a positive test is an exciting time that often sends patients into a panic about what they should and shouldn’t be doing…. Read More

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Almost 18% of Americans take a supplement containing iron. If you are taking iron supplements for anemia from menstrual or gastrointestinal blood loss, intriguing new results suggest taking them every other day is better than every day. Here are the details. Doctors had been suggesting daily, or even twice daily oral iron supplements for iron… Read More

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Creams and ointments to treat rashes, acne, and rosacea will cost you. Out of pocket costs for prescription creams and ointments have risen, and many try to get away with less effective over the counter milder steroids. Here is what you need to know to save on your skin creams Is it just me? Nope…. Read More