Category: Prescription Drugs

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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

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Migraines, sensitivity to touch, fatigue and pain all over…that’s what folks with fibromyalgia deal with. For a long time, patients and doctors were frustrated that there were no definitive solutions for this often unbearable condition. Well, researchers looked into what people were doing to treat their pain—from meditation and exercise to prescription drugs—and published what… Read More

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Another month, another round of price increases. This September, six popular drugs saw substantial price increases, by as much as 9.8% in some cases. The GoodRx Index also featured the following trends in the month of September: Flu season is starting. Prescription fills for popular cold and flu medications surged in September. , used to… Read More

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People with asthma often experience anxiety and depression. And on the flip side, depression is associated with worse asthma symptoms. So, what’s the connection between these health conditions?   There’s also the question of whether asthma medications themselves cause depression. In 2009, the FDA required packaging for the Singulair generic, , to have a warning… Read More

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So, you used GoodRx to compare prices for your prescription and found a less expensive pharmacy. But transferring your prescription is a pain, right? It’s actually easier than you may think! Pharmacies want to make transfers as smooth as possible. Here are a few things you can to do keep things simple.   1) Get… 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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Medicines are often approved by the FDA under different strengths, formulations and uses. Advil comes as both a tablet and capsule, for example; Singulair is approved for asthma and allergic rhinitis; and antibiotic cephalexin comes in 250 mg, 500 mg and 750 mg capsules. But some medicines have approved uses that depend on a specific… 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