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  • Is Metformin the Key to Preventing Aging?

    December 15, 2015

    Metformin is an inexpensive generic drug widely used for type 2 diabetes in the U.S. Although it only costs pennies, it is now featured on the World Health Organization’s list of “essential medications.” Now, metformin (the brand is Glucophage) is also being studied for cancer and aging prevention.
    You may know that metformin works to lower blood sugar and promote weight loss, but these 10 metformin discoveries may still surprise you. See More

  • Is Ibuprofen Bad for My Heart? What You Need to Know About NSAIDs

    July 16, 2015

    Update July 2015: The FDA is strengthening the existing black box warning on all prescription and over-the-counter NSAIDs. The current warning has been in place since 2005, but based on a recent review, the labeling will be updated with new information and stronger language. You should know that there is greater risk at higher doses, and there may be an increased risk of heart attack or stroke as early as the first weeks of use. See More

  • 5 Common Medications That Can Kill

    July 13, 2015

    You probably already know that many prescriptions have side effects. Most are mild—annoying issues like nausea or sleepiness that are inconvenient at worst. Others, however, can be deadly.

    A very small number of medications are responsible for the majority of adverse side effects and hospitalizations from harmful drug reactions. How bad are these drugs? Between 2007 to 2009, almost 100,000 patients older than 65 had emergency hospitalizations for dangerous drug reactions, and almost 20,000 people die from prescription drug overdoses annually. See More

  • Is Coffee Bad for You?

    January 22, 2015

    Is drinking coffee bad for me? For a drink as popular as coffee, its physiologic effects are something you should learn about. You will be reassured I’m sure.

    The Good

    Maintaining alertness is a well-known benefit and what most of us rely on caffeine for. But what else? Every day my patients ask me if coffee is bad for their heart. In addition to caffeine coffee contains polyphenols which are dietary antioxidants. See More

  • How Long Do I Have to Take Plavix (Clopidogrel)?

    January 20, 2015

    If you have had stent placement after balloon angioplasty for coronary artery disease you will be placed on medications to ensure you don’t form clots inside those stents. One of them is aspirin, which you will take indefinitely after stent placement. The other one is up for debate, though most of you will take clopidogrel the Plavix generic. Now we have a firm answer for how long you take it.

    Why do I have to take two antiplatelet meds after stent placement?

    Because it saves lives. See More

  • 40+ Brand-Name Drugs Dropped By Insurance in 2015

    August 20, 2014

    For many Americans with health insurance, more than 40 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2015. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handle pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing over 40 drugs from their formularies at the end of 2014. This is in addition to the more than 50 drugs removed last year.

    What are Express Scripts and Caremark?

    Express Scripts and Caremark are companies that administer prescription drug benefits for many health insurance companies and Tricare. See More

  • Do I Need to Take an Aspirin a Day?

    March 06, 2014

    For pennies a day, aspirin saves many lives from stroke and heart disease. Having said that . . . an aspirin a day carries risks, so not everyone should be taking it. Remember, the benefits of a low dose aspirin a day outweigh the risks only in some people. This is not a grey area, but an area that has been well-studied so know these things:

    • Men age 45 to 79 years with two or more cardiac risk factors should consider a low dose aspirin (81 mg or 100 mg) a day.
    •  See More
  • Why Don’t Patients Take Their Meds?

    January 28, 2014

    Patients not taking their medications properly, noncompliance, is a complex issue with huge repercussions. For more information on the effects, see my previous post, The Epidemic of Noncompliance.

    Reasons for not taking medications vary from patient to patient but the pattern for years has been that folks who are the most noncompliant are those who need their meds the most. This includes those with chronic conditions who need to take a medication their whole life, and those in the first 6 months of their treatment. See More

  • The Epidemic of Noncompliance: Why People Should Take Their Meds

    January 27, 2014

    Help physicians understand why patients, particularly with chronic conditions, don’t take their medications as prescribed. We know from surveys of doctors from coast to coast that we all feel frustrated by it, and ⅓ of doctors say it affects their ability to provide optimal care. Why should you take your medications? As our former Surgeon General once said: “Drugs don’t work in people who don’t take them. See More

  • New Micardis Generic Approved: Telmisartan

    January 13, 2014

    Telmisartan, the generic version of Micardis, was approved last week by the FDA for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) and reducing the risk of cardiovascular events like heart attack or stroke.

    What is telmisartan (Micardis), and what similar drugs are available?
    Telmisartan is an angiotension receptor blocker (aka ARB). This class of medications is often reserved for those patients who are unable to tolerate a different type of blood pressure reducing medications known as ACE inhibitors. See More

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