Marie Beaugureau - July 13, 2018
Opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine have long been considered some of the most helpful drugs for managing acute pain. However, rates of opioid abuse and overdose deaths have skyrocketed in recent years. And now it turns out that there’s another reason to avoid opioids: they may not be the most effective treatment for pain relief after all.
Do opioids work better than other pain relievers?
Not necessarily. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 29, 2018
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 cases of partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy (as an add-on medication), nerve pain related to diabetes and nerve pain from shingles (postherpetic neuralgia) in 2004. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 02, 2018
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), a long-acting stimulant medication used in adults with ADHD, is one of the most commonly prescribed brand-name drugs. Given that 60% of adults who were children with ADHD have symptoms that persist to adulthood, long-term treatment may be necessary.
If you’re taking Vyvanse long-term or thinking about starting it, what are some lesser-known but important things you should know?
Vyvanse was the first medication approved for binge eating disorder. See More
Roni Shye - April 27, 2017
On April 20th, the FDA issued a consumer update for the use of products containing codeine and tramadol (Ultram) in children. The FDA warns that tramadol and codeine can cause life-threatening breathing problems in adolescents less than 18 years of age.
What are tramadol and codeine indicated for?
Tramadol and codeine are both opioids indicated for the treatment of pain. Codeine is also indicated for cough. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 21, 2016
“Can I just stop my medication?” This question, frequently asked of primary care doctors, has a complicated answer. For starters, if you are taking a medication that is controlling an ongoing medical problem like high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol you should never stop it on your own—or your problem will return. Many patients do come clean though, and report that they just plain stopped their meds. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 10, 2014
One in ten visits to a primary care doctor is for fatigue. While certainly not the only cause, your medications can be the culprit for making you sleepy. Here are the players you need to know about.
Beta blockers. These are medications used for high blood pressure, migraine prevention, control of heart rate in atrial fibrillation, and they improve mortality after heart attack. Ok, now for the downside. They can make you sleepy. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 09, 2014
Heroin, Oxycontin or any opioid overdose is easily reversed with naloxone. You’ve seen it in the movies and it’s true, naloxone works to wake people up from the dead, well . . . most of the time. Now people won’t have to wait for paramedics to arrive or to get to the ER, it will be available as a prescription.
The FDA has approved Evzio (naloxone injection) for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, which as you know manifests as respiratory and/or central nervous system depression. See More