Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 28, 2017
More than one in ten visits to a primary care doctor is for fatigue. Fatigue is composed of three major components: generalized weakness (difficulty in initiating activities), easy fatigability (difficulty in completing activities), and mental fatigue (difficulty with concentration and memory). While certainly not the only answer, medications may cause fatigue. Here are some of the common culprits.
Beta-blockers wear many hats. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 25, 2017
Almost half of Americans have used a prescription medication in the past 30 days, for a wide variety of benefits. The benefits of medications are the helpful effects you get when you use them, such as lowering blood pressure, treating infection, or relieving pain. Turns out there are some standout medications that can accomplish two or more things, sometimes with very different effects. More than one benefit? That’s a nice upside . See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 15, 2016
We hear “false positive” as a defense from professional athletes all the time when it comes to drug screens—but unexpected results on drug tests really do happen.
A urine drug screen tests for the presence of certain illegal drugs and prescription medications. You may be more likely to be tested when applying for a job than when playing professional sports, but you could also be affected by a false positive. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 24, 2015
Almost 10% of Americans will battle depression over their lifetime. Some people will find themselves depressed after a traumatic life event; for others, it’s a constant battle.
While depression can happen to anyone, here are some surprising statistics:
- People living in the southeast US tend to have a higher incidence of depression.
- People with lower levels of education tend to report more depression. See More
Elizabeth Davis - October 27, 2014
We get lots of questions from folks who don’t understand how GoodRx works. Over the next few months, we’ll provide a few true stories of Americans who are fighting to afford their health care, and some of the ways that GoodRx is being used to help.
Lauren counts herself lucky—she has a steady job at a large company, and her employer provides health insurance. There’s just one catch: the only plan offered by her company has a very high deductible of $3,500. See More
Roni Shye - February 11, 2014
It’s no secret that tobacco can cause cancer, especially since the tobacco manufacturers are required to put that information on the label. However, 43.8 million adults (1 in 5 people) currently smoke cigarettes according to the American Cancer Society. And cigarettes are not the only tobacco product that Americans use—a survey from 2010 conducted by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration found that 8. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 26, 2012
Chantix (varenicline) is a nicotine agonist used to help quit smoking. Chantix is effective because it provides some nicotine effects to help with withdrawal symptoms while also blocking the effects of nicotine if the smoker relapses. Most other smoking cessation treatments either try to replace nicotine or mimic the effects of nicotine by inhibiting dopamine reuptake. Chantix was found to be more effective than nothing (placebo) and more effective than Zyban (bupropion sr, Buproban – with the same active ingredient as Wellbutrin) for quitting tobacco. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 11, 2012
This story should get under your skin. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the drug company that makes Wellbutrin (bupropion), has agreed to pay $3 billion to the federal government. GSK plead guilty to charges of illegally promoting two antidepressants and withholding key safety information about the diabetes drug Avandia.
As part of the settlement, the drug company admitted promoting the drugs Paxil (paroxetine) and Wellbutrin for off-label uses and failing to report safety data about the diabetes medication Avandia. See More