Dr. Sharon Orrange - February 20, 2018
After practicing medicine for 20 years, I’ve become adept at “clarifying” to life insurance companies why patients are taking certain medications. The same medications appear to trigger red flags for both long-term care and life insurance companies.
Their “concern” makes sense for some medications because they are used for serious chronic illnesses, but for others, the insurance companies are worried about your lifestyle. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 19, 2017
While people usually benefit from the therapeutic effects of a medication, adverse events ranging from minor side effects to death may occur. Serious side effects are often unavoidable, coming without warning and something neither the folks who suffer them or their physician will ever forget. Here are ten of the craziest medication side effects.
- Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN). Picture someone who ends up in a burn unit after their skin sheds off due to a medication. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 30, 2017
Impaired sleep (insomnia) is a major complaint from patients in my practice, with huge personal and economic costs. When it comes to treatments for either difficulty going to sleep or staying asleep, looking for an easily reversible cause is the first step.
One of the first places to look: many drugs may affect the quality and duration of sleep. These 18 meds have been shown in studies to do just that. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - March 22, 2016
The most feared medical condition in folks over 55? Dementia—specifically Alzheimer’s dementia—according to multiple surveys. Cancer is a distant second.
The majority of dementia cases are Alzheimer’s dementia (AD), yet there is currently no easy way to screen for AD. Neuropsychological testing is still the gold standard (this is testing that takes a few hours with a neuropsychologist). Genetic tests are available but only for the rarer early onset form (a small percentage of dementia cases). See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 29, 2015
Studies show that Alzheimer Disease is feared more than any other medical condition in people over 55, even cancer. It’s normal to be concerned if you find your memory is not as good as it used to be as you get older.
You may wonder: is this normal memory loss or do you have Alzheimer Disease (AD)? Are there any tests that can help you find out? There are a few ways to narrow it down.
Neuropsychological testing. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 28, 2015
There are 8 million new cases of Alzheimer disease (AD) each year—and while new headlines appear every week about potential cures, it may discourage you to know that many recent AD trials have been unsuccessful, though not for a lack of trying. In fact, there have been no new medication approvals for this currently untreatable disease in over ten years.
What about drugs already on the market? Current medications like donepezil (Aricept) and memantine (Namenda) have some benefits for symptoms, but don’t slow progression or prevent the disease. See More
Roni Shye - May 20, 2015
Medications these days are not only limited to traditional routes like taking a pill by mouth. A variety of new and improved dosage forms have been created with your best interests in mind.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medication, or for example, if you’re a diabetic who doesn’t like needles, one of the newer dosage forms just might be right for you!
What types of new dosage forms now exist?
- Iontophoretic transdermal systems
- Long-acting injections
- Inhaled medications
- Dissolvable tablets and films
Are there advantages to using these newer forms?
Yes—some of these new forms can help you resolve common issues like:
- Problems swallowing medication. See More
Elizabeth Davis - April 22, 2015
You may already know that, like many pharmacies, Sam’s Club offers a selection of generic medications at $4 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply—the same savings available at Walmart pharmacies. And you don’t need to be a member to take advantage of the savings or to fill a prescription at a Sam’s Club pharmacy.
But what if you’re a current Sam’s Club member, or looking for more savings? Sam’s has just introduced a new pharmacy savings program exclusively for their Plus Members. See More
Roni Shye - January 13, 2015
Namzaric (memantine/donepezil) is a new combination drug approved on December 24, 2014 for the treatment of moderate to severe dementia of the Alzheimer type (Alzheimer’s disease) in patients already taking Namenda XR (memantine) and Aricept (donepezil).
What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease involves a decline in mental ability that is severe enough to affect daily activities. It is a progressive disease that follows three stages: mild, moderate, and severe. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - March 21, 2014
How many deaths in the U.S. are really from Alzheimer’s? Dementia is a diagnosis that is easy to make while someone is living but to say it’s dementia from Alzheimer’s is another story, as it really takes a look at their brain tissue under the microscope to say for certain. Numbers just released show that 500,000 deaths a year, or more than a third in older adults, are due to Alzheimer’s disease. See More