Category: Prescription Drugs

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Brand drugs are expensive — this we already know, and prices seem to only be increasing. Of the 100 most-prescribed brand-name medications, those for diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn’s disease tend to be the most expensive. All of the drugs on this list are brand-only medications, meaning that there are no affordable generic alternatives available…. Read More

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Botox. Humira. Lantus. Enbrel. You’ve probably heard of at least one of these medicines before, but did you know that all of them are derived from living cells? These popular drugs are examples of biologics, or biological medications, that are developed from blood, proteins, viruses, and living organisms and are used to prevent, treat, and… Read More

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Sciatica — the pain that travels from your low back down your leg — is extremely common. It affects up to 40% of adults, but there’s a lot of conflicting information out there on which medications work best to relieve pain. Lyrica (pregabalin), Neurontin (gabapentin), and Neurontin + Elavil (amitriptyline) are all popular pain relievers,… Read More

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A nagging cough is one of the most common reasons why people schedule a doctor’s visit, especially during cold and flu season. It’s just a cough with no other symptoms — no runny nose, no headaches — but it won’t go away. Could it be lung cancer? Tuberculosis? Here’s what may be causing your cough… Read More

As if charging people over $15,000 per month for two specialty medications wasn’t already enough, manufacturer Bayer increased their prices by 8% in May to over $18,000 per month, according to a GoodRx analysis. The GoodRx Index also showed the following drug trends in May: Brand-name diabetes medications keep getting more expensive. Allergy season rages… Read More

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Knowing which medications can interfere with calcium can mean the difference between being healthy and being critically ill. Not only is 99% of the calcium in adults found in the skeleton, but we need it for other everyday functions too — from maintaining healthy nerves to regulating blood clotting and muscle contractions. The amount of… Read More

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As part of the continued efforts to curb the opioid epidemic, naloxone, a drug used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is now available without a prescription in some states. Naloxone, and the brand-name version, Narcan, are both used to rapidly reverse the symptoms of a deadly opioid overdose. Brand-name Narcan is dispensed… Read More

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Lyrica (pregabalin) is now one of the 10 most prescribed drugs in the United States. Chemically similar to Neurontin (gabapentin), which is also an anti-epileptic medication, Lyrica is used to treat brain- and nerve-related disorders. To remember Lyrica’s uses outside of epilepsy, just remember: nerve pain and fibromyalgia. Lyrica received FDA approval for use in… Read More

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This week, the FDA approved lofexidine hydrochloride (Lucemyra), the first medication in the US developed to specifically treat the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Physical symptoms of withdrawal — like stomach cramps, muscle spasms, and insomnia — are a major reason why people relapse when trying to fight opioid addiction. As the first non-opioid approved to… Read More

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If you’ve been able to control your high blood pressure with the same hypertension medications for years, it’s tempting to hold the course — but don’t. Older medications can cause serious side effects, and updated guidelines for treating high blood pressure are released every year with recommendations for current best therapies. It’s natural for newer… Read More