Author: Dr. Sharon Orrange

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Millions have listened to the new podcast series, “Dr. Death,” about a surgeon with a penchant for botching procedures and leaving patients crippled—or worse, dead. And I’ve been hearing concerns from my own patients with the question, “How do I know my surgeon isn’t a Dr. Death?”     As a physician, I, like you,… Read More

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People with asthma often experience anxiety and depression. And on the flip side, depression is associated with poor adherence to medication and worse asthma outcomes. So, what’s the connection between these health conditions?   Then, there’s the question of whether asthma medications themselves cause depression. In 2009, the FDA required packaging for the Singulair generic,… Read More

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Did you know that there are certain medications out there that can cause forms of kidney damage? Don’t get me wrong. These medications can be life-altering and even life-saving—but they are known to directly affect kidney function. Medications that can damage the kidneys are known as “nephrotoxic medications.” These drugs can cause direct toxicity to the… Read More

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Newer classes of medications have transformed diabetes care and cancer treatment, but is newer always better? Patients often ask me if there is something “newer” than their current medication and if they should switch. My answer? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Here are 11 medications that have been around forever (and I’m talking some from the… Read More

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For a really cheap and safe medication, spironolactone has many uses. From heart health to hair growth, this potassium-sparing diuretic is safe and effective. How does spironolactone work for so many conditions? When it comes to the heart, lowering blood pressure, and helping relieve edema, works by competing with aldosterone for receptor sites in the… Read More

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Is metformin bad for you? There is quite a bit of misinformation out there about this popular medication. Metformin therapy may cause diarrhea and lower vitamin B12 levels, but most things you hear about metformin aren’t true. Here are some common (Glucophage) myths.   1) Metformin is bad for your kidneys. It’s not. There may… Read More

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Skin. It brings folks to the doctor every day. Here are the dos and don’ts all adults should know. What’s the difference between lotions, creams and ointments? This is the most important skin lesson to learn. Lotions are DRYING, so if you have dry skin, what you need is an ointment (not a lotion). Lotions… Read More

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Advair Diskus and Advair HFA are popular brand-name inhalers often prescribed for asthma, COPD or a persistent cough. The same great questions are raised by my patients every week about Advair. Let me share.   1) Is Advair a steroid? Yes. Advair is a mixture of a steroid (fluticasone) and a long-acting bronchodilator (salmeterol). It… Read More

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Comparing long-acting insulins? Tresiba may come out ahead. With the exception of NPH insulins like Humulin N and Novolin N (which are now considered to be intermediate acting), they are all going to cost you. So, if you are already paying big bucks for your long-acting insulin, here are some things to think about. What is… Read More

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Benzodiazepines are one of the most commonly taken psychotropic drugs, often used for anxiety. Prolonged use of them is a widespread phenomenon in medical practice, yet it may surprise you to know that these medications are really only meant to be used short term. Both alprazolam (Xanax) and lorazepam (Ativan) are considered short-acting benzodiazepines and… Read More