Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 23, 2018
Can I just change my proton-pump inhibitor? That’s a question patients with acid reflux and heartburn ask me all the time. Whether for insurance purposes, cost, or ease of refilling, can you just switch from one proton-pump inhibitor to another?
Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) like esomeprazole (Nexium), pantoprazole (Protonix), omeprazole (Prilosec) and lansoprazole (Prevacid) are commonly used to treat acid reflux (GERD), acid regurgitation and heartburn. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 20, 2018
Medications for acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) come in three flavors: H2 blockers, proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), and antacids. They all work differently and are geared towards either prevention or quick relief. If you’re struggling with reflux and want to start treating the symptoms yourself, here’s what you need to know:
H2 blockers — start here
H2 blockers are short-term preventative medications that decrease stomach acid. See More
Tori Marsh - June 13, 2018
Patients often turn to generic medications for cheaper alternatives to brand-name drugs, but over the past couple years, prices for generics have increased substantially, and some of the most expensive generic medications run above $100 for a month’s supply. Every year, people are paying more for them despite insurance coverage due to high deductibles and formulary changes.
Roni Shye - May 16, 2018
Infants are exposed to germs that their newly developing immune system often cannot fight off on its own. In order to treat those nasty infections, many pediatricians will prescribe your child an oral antibiotic. But are these medications safe?
Although these antibiotics have their benefits, there may also be some downsides to their usage. Recently, results posted in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) show that using acid-suppressive medications and antibiotics in infants could increase the risk of potential allergies later in childhood. 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 - March 16, 2017
Many of you don’t want to rely solely on medications for heartburn and reflux symptoms. While proton pump inhibitors—omeprazole (Prilosec), pantoprazole (Protonix), esomeprazole (Nexium)—and H2 blockers—Zantac, Tagamet, Pepcid—do work, there may be downsides to long term use.
Lifestyle changes are a must: limit acidic foods, eat smaller meals, avoid late night eating, keep the head of your bed elevated—but is there anything else you can take for heartburn and reflux? Here are ten common complementary and alternative therapies used for heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux:
- Probiotic supplements. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - February 08, 2017
Since proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are now one of the top ten medications prescribed, and are readily available over the counter, there has been growing concern about the long term use of PPIs like omeprazole, pantoprazole, and esoeprazole. Many folks stay on these medications for years to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), so as with many long term medications drug safety becomes an important issue. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 17, 2017
When asked about the medical conditions they fear the most, adults overwhelmingly answer dementia, specifically Alzheimers dementia. Treatment options for dementia are dismal, so the focus needs to be on prevention. Many risk factors for dementia are things you can control: diabetes, high blood pressure, physical inactivity and even some medications.
Multiple studies have found an association between the use of certain medication classes with dementia and cognitive (thinking, understanding, learning, remembering) impairment in older adults. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 27, 2016
Omeprazole (Prilosec) is a cheap, generic medication available both over the counter, or with a prescription. Used for the treatment of reflux disease, ulcers, and stomach protection from NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), it is one of the most common medications used by adults. Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), a class of drugs that are used to treat GERD, ulcers and heartburn. See More
Elizabeth Davis - December 29, 2015
2015 was another tough year for American’s health care budgets. Insurance premiums increased, coverage was dropped for a number of important drugs, and overall we’re spending more for our health care.
Don’t break out the antidepressants yet—it’s not all bad news. A number of important drugs went generic, which will generally mean huge savings and lower costs. Plus, a large number of drugs actually decreased in price. See More