Endometriosis is a common cause of painful periods, pelvic pain and infertility, affecting more than 11% of women in the US ages 15 to 44. Unfortunately, non-surgical treatments for endometriosis have been limited. In fact, the introduction of Orilissa in July marked the first time a new endometriosis drug has entered the market in nearly 10 years! Here’s what you should know about current treatment options. See More
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If you think you have gout, you’re not alone—joint pain is common and the prevalence of gout has increased over the past 30 years. Gout typically shows up as painful, red, hot, and swollen joint, usually in the lower extremities. 80% of gout involves a single joint (most often the big toe or knee), and attacks often occur at night or early in the morning.
Why is gout more common now? There are three reasons this is true: we are living longer, we have higher rates of obesity and other chronic diseases like diabetes, and we have higher rates of uncontrolled high blood pressure. See More
With new guidelines issued by the American Heart Association, the goal blood pressure for all adults is now less than 130/80. The first number of your blood pressure, 130, is the systolic blood pressure and the second number, 80, is diastolic.
It is estimated almost half of Americans may meet the criteria for high blood pressure (BP), which can increase the risk for serious adverse cardiovascular events. See More
Low back pain is a part of life—common across sexes, age groups, and countries, it’s something that almost all people experience at some point. Treatment for low back pain often includes a combination of medication and non-medication options. What should you start with? What treatments have the best evidence? And more importantly . . . what’s coming our way for low back pain treatment?
To start #OldSchool—the best evidence exists for these three treatments:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). See More
Your eyes have a combination of a relatively small size with a rich blood supply that makes them extra vulnerable to negative side effects from medications.
These side effects vary—and may involve the lens, retina or cornea. If you’re older, or using a medication at a high dose for a longer period of time, be aware that your risk will be higher.
Here are ten oral medications known to have adverse effects on the eye:
- Alendronate (Fosamax) is taken once a week and belongs to a class of medications used for osteoporosis called bisphosphonates. See More
“Can I have a drink while I’m taking my medication?” This is a question that primary care doctors are frequently asked, rightly so. Almost 50% of Americans report taking a prescription medication in the previous month. Alcohol in moderation (3 – 5 drinks per week) is recommended for stroke and heart disease prevention, and many folks taking medications known to interact with alcohol still report regular use. See More
The most expensive prescriptions are usually the best, right?
That’s what many people think, but it isn’t always the case—not even close. There are many inexpensive drugs out there that work just as well for treating everything from arthritis to depression, and some even have fewer side effects than their high-cost counterparts.
When you drop off your medications at a pharmacy you may notice that the technician, intern, or pharmacist who greets you and takes your prescriptions may also ask you for an updated list of your allergies.
I have seen some patients annoyed by this life-saving question, while others seem to blow it off. Some of the remarks I have heard include, “It’s on file, I told you last time,” to “You don’t need to know this information. See More
Pain is complex, so there is no “one pill fits all” treatment. Hydrocodone is the most prescribed medication in the United States, also marketed in combination with acetaminophen (Tylenol) under the brand names Vicodin, Norco and Lortab.
As of October 6, 2014, all drugs containing hydrocodone are schedule II drugs, and that means they are now much harder to get. There is no question this is a hassle for some patients and physicians but we (doctors) are too quick to prescribe it and for most pain, you don’t really need hydrocodone. See More
Generic Celebrex (celecoxib) has been approved by the FDA as of May 30, 2014. Teva Pharmaceuticals received exclusive market rights for 180 days on the 100 mg, 200 mg, and 400 mg capsules, while Mylan Pharmaceuticals has also been approved to market the 50 mg capsules.
When will generic celecoxib be available?
Mylan Pharmaceuticals plans to begin selling their 50 mg capsule at the earliest point it can, but not later than December 2014. See More