Roni Shye - September 14, 2018
In the land of high blood pressure medications, ACE inhibitors and ARBs are pretty standard. That means that if you are being treated for high blood pressure, you’re likely to be on one of these medications. ACE inhibitors and ARBs represent two groups of drugs that treat hypertension, but they differ in how they work and their side effects.
What is hypertension?
Hypertension (aka. high blood pressure) is when the pressure in your blood vessels is too high. See More
Roni Shye - January 09, 2018
Valsartan is a common angiotensin receptor blocker used to treat heart failure, heart attack, and hypertension. In the past, valsartan was only available in tablet form, but a new version of this has been approved.
On December 19th, 2017, the FDA approved Prexxartan, the first oral solution for the treatment of various heart problems like high blood pressure.
What is Prexxartan indicated for?
Prexxartan is indicated for the following:
- High-blood pressure in adults and children 6 years of age and older
- Heart failure
- Stable left-ventricular failure or left ventricular dysfunction after having a heart attack. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 06, 2017
Most diarrhea will resolve within 24 to 48 hours—if it’s caused by viral gastroenteritis (a stomach bug) or food borne illness. If your diarrhea is hanging on and not resolving, take a look at your medications. It can be challenging to identify which medication may be causing drug-induced diarrhea, especially if you’re taking multiple medications. Here are some well-known offenders commonly associated with drug-induced diarrhea. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - February 24, 2016
A new combination pill is available that will save lives from heart failure. Entresto has been shown to reduce hospitalizations and save lives from heart failure in certain patients. Entresto is a promising pill that is a mixture of old and new—here’s what you need to know.
Elizabeth Davis - August 12, 2015
It’s that time again—the new lists of covered and excluded drugs on next year’s insurance plans are out, and it doesn’t look great. For many Americans with health insurance, more than 50 popular brand-name and generic drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2016.
Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handles pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing about 20 – 30 drugs each from their national preferred formularies at the end of 2015. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 11, 2014
If you’ve been on Diovan or the generic version valsartan, and are being told by your insurance it will no longer be covered—you need a plan. Can you switch to losartan (Cozaar) or another medication to save money?
Here are some simple things to know if you’ve been told to switch your ARB to losartan:
Roni Shye - July 17, 2014
I know there has been a lot of anticipation for the release of this highly popular blood pressure medication and it is now finally available. Diovan combined with hydrochlorothiazide (Diovan HCT) has been available as generic valsartan/hctz for quite some time now, and there has been plenty of speculation as to when plain Diovan would make its generic debut. See More
Elizabeth Davis - January 24, 2014
The FDA has prohibited generic drug maker Ranbaxy from making and selling pharmaceutical products for the US market from its facility in Toansa, India, “to prevent substandard quality products from reaching US consumers,” according to the director of the FDA’s Office of Compliance. The decision was made after an inspection of the facility in question in January 2014. Three of Ranbaxy’s other facilities were also barred from making products to be imported to the US in 2012. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 23, 2013
Concerns raised about ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers) have folks worried. Patients have come to our offices asking if they should switch their blood pressure medication. Let’s shed some light on the issue as there is reason for calm. Well known ARBs include losartan (Cozaar), candesartan (Atacand), irbesartan (Avapro), Benicar (olmesartan), Diovan (valsartan) and Micardis (telmisartan). They work well to lower blood pressure and the kidneys of diabetics love them. See More
Roni Shye - April 03, 2013
It’s 8 PM on a Friday night and you just spiked a fever after receiving a flu vaccination earlier that afternoon. You feel a little weak, but don’t have any other symptoms. Do you go to the emergency room? Call your doctor after hours? Or maybe you can call the local pharmacy that’s still open and ask the pharmacist?
One of the most useful tools in your personal health care armory is available right within your community, through a pharmacist! By just calling the pharmacy, you could find out that mild symptoms following flu vaccination (symptoms that can occur in 1-5% of patients, starting 6 to 12 hours after administration and persisting for 1 to 2 days) will not require further medical treatment. See More