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Benita Lee - June 18, 2018
An unexpected increase in weight can be concerning for anyone. But it’s an unfortunate side effect of many common medications. Insulin, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and even migraine medications can all cause weight gain, and some may even worsen the health conditions they’re trying to treat.
Sudden weight gain is never a reason to stop your medication without seeing your doctor first. See More
Katie Mui - June 14, 2018
Yeast infections are caused by Candida albicans, a type of fungus that is naturally found in the vaginal flora of most women. However, too much of a good thing can be bad, and overgrowth of Candida leads to a common condition for women called a yeast infection. Telltale signs include itching, soreness, and a white, thick discharge with little odor.
Given how unpleasant these symptoms can be, it’s no surprise that women are eager to skip the doctor’s visit and reach for over-the-counter (OTC) products for quick relief. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 05, 2018
Antidepressants, blood pressure drugs, and allergy medicines are some of the many popular medications that can affect your dreams, and not always in a good way.
Medications that influence the neurotransmitters in our brain — those same chemicals that affect our mood and alertness — often come with the reported side effect of causing disturbing dreams and nightmares. While nightmares occur in only 1–5% of folks using these medications, here is the list of the most common offenders. See More
Benita Lee - May 22, 2018
Have you ever tried to fill a prescription at the pharmacy only to discover that it wasn’t covered by your insurance? This was a direct result of your plan’s drug formulary. A drug formulary is a list of prescription drugs that an insurer covers and ultimately determines how much a patient will pay for a medication.
Learning how drug formularies work can mean the difference between you paying full price for a medication to your insurance paying for it. See More
Tori Marsh - May 16, 2018
Turns out, taking a certain kind of drug today is associated with an increased chance of dementia as many as 20 years from now, according to a new study.
The study looked at people who had taken anticholinergic drugs that are frequently prescribed for depression, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, asthma, Parkinson’s disease, and allergies. People who had taken drugs from specific classes of anticholinergics had as much as a 30% greater likelihood of being diagnosed with dementia later in life. See More
Tori Marsh - May 08, 2018
Diabetes has become one of America’s most expensive diseases, costing the average patient almost $17,000 per year. A majority of that expense is due to the cost of diabetes medications – which are only getting more expensive. Recent data from the GoodRx Index reveals that diabetes medications continue to surge each month.
The monthly GoodRx Index report also showed these drug trends for April:
- Prices for brand-name drugs are on the rise. See More
Tori Marsh - May 07, 2018
In what appears to an abnormally bad year for seasonal allergies, rates for allergy medication fills are exceeding the last four years by 13%, with some significant geographic variations across the US.
Prescriptions are notably higher in the West and the South, with a 19% increase of fills in the West and a 16% rise in the South. Prescription volumes in the Northeast and the Midwest remain in line with past years – but trends indicate that things could get worse. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 23, 2018
You just took a urine pregnancy test and it’s positive, what should you do now? As a primary care doctor, many patients contact me before they’ve picked out an OB/GYN. The news of a positive test is an exciting time that often sends patients into a panic about what they should and shouldn’t be doing.
Here are the questions I’m asked all the time.
My urine test was positive. Do I need a blood test?
Generally, the urine tests are accurate enough to eliminate the need for a blood test. See More
Katie Mui - February 22, 2018
“Are you allergic to any medications?”
This is something your doctor will ask you as they reach for their prescription pad. It’s also a question that most people breeze over unless they’ve experienced an adverse reaction to a drug before. Otherwise, it’s hard to know what to look out for.
An allergy to a drug is different from its side effects, which are the known common reactions listed on the drug label. See More
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