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Adderall is one of the most well-known treatments for ADHD, but there are two versions—Adderall and Adderall XR—and they are not interchangeable. Both of these medications have the same active ingredients but are absorbed in the body differently and have different strengths and dosages. Here’s everything you need to know to pick the version that… Read More

Eliquis (apixaban) and Xarelto (rivaroxaban) are part of a new group of anticoagulant drugs called NOACs (novel oral anticoagulants) used to prevent blood clots, stroke and embolism, especially in people with atrial fibrillation. Approved by the FDA several years ago, Eliquis and Xarelto quickly became two of the most popular blood thinners on the market. Before these… Read More

Each year in the US, a type of bacteria known as pneumococcal bacteria causes thousands of infections, such as meningitis (an infection of the brain and spinal cord covering), bloodstream infections, pneumonia and ear infections. It can also lead to death. Currently, two vaccines protect against pneumococcal disease and the complications it can cause: Pneumovax 23… Read More

Hair loss (alopecia) isn’t a subject we like talking about as women, but in reality, about a third of all women experience alopecia at some point in their lives. About two-thirds of postmenopausal women have thinning hair or bald spots. Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL), or androgenetic alopecia, is the most common type of hair… Read More

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death worldwide and is a major risk factor for not only lung cancer but heart disease and stroke. But how risky is it, really? Current smokers are two to three times more likely to die from heart disease and two times more likely to die from stroke… Read More

Wellbutrin is one of the most popular drugs to treat depression, but it comes in two versions— Wellbutrin SR and Wellbutrin XL—that are not interchangeable. They actually have different strengths, uses and side effects. Here’s what you need to know.     What are Wellbutrin SR and Wellbutrin XL? Both and are antidepressants used to… Read More

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

Both metformin and metformin ER (extended release) treat type 2 diabetes by improving patients’ blood sugar control—but they are quite different and are not interchangeable. How well do they work? How are they dosed? And what side effects do they cause? We’ll answer those questions below. What are metformin and metformin ER? , , and… Read More

Did you know that the flu shot is just one of many ways to get vaccinated against the flu? Here, we’ll walk you through this year’s 13 flu vaccine options so you can choose the one that best suits your body and lifestyle! Although no prevention method will guarantee you won’t get sick, getting a… Read More

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