Check Your Prescription: Finasteride is a generic alternative to both Propecia (1 mg) and Proscar (5 mg). Learn More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 22, 2018
Blood transfusions can be a risky business. The goal of transfusion medicine is to minimize any risks to a patient receiving outside blood — blood types have to match and there can’t be any substances in the blood that would cause the patient to have a dangerous reaction. It surprises many folks to hear that despite all good intention, your eligibility to donate blood may be affected by the medications you’re taking. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 15, 2017
Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL) is the most common cause of hair loss in women. While the cause is unknown, FPHL is more common in women with obesity, high blood pressure, and insulin resistance (pre-diabetes).
FPHL mainly affects the mid and frontal regions of the scalp, while preserving the frontal hairline. Your part gets wider, and hair near your temples may recede, but you will not lose all of your hair. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 20, 2015
Sexual problems are common in both men and women. These problems take different forms including lack of desire (decreased libido), inability to achieve erection or orgasm and impaired arousal.
Medications are a common and easily treatable cause of sexual dysfunction—and these drugs are the most likely to cause problems. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 23, 2015
Symptoms from an enlarged prostate are a common complaint in older men. While we don’t know exactly what causes it, the changes in male sex hormones that occur with aging appear to play a role.
Urinary symptoms and sleep disturbance from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) may be easily remedied with medications. The prescription options, like tamsulosin (Flomax), finasteride (Proscar), and Rapaflo, among others, do work but may lead to side effects. 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
Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 06, 2015
The goal of transfusion medicine is to reduce the risk of transfusion-transmitted infection to as low a level as possible. The FDA made news last week by recommending a change in the policy for gay men and donating blood. So what items in your medical history may get you denied from donating blood in the United States? And what laboratory testing is done on donated blood prior to transfusion?
What will your blood be tested for?
You will be denied if your blood tests positive for: HIV-1, HIV-2, human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV)-I, HTLV-II, hepatitis C virus, hepatitis B virus, West Nile Virus (WNV), and T. See More
Elizabeth Davis - May 21, 2013
Finasteride (generic Propecia) has also been available for some time now as a generic alternative to Proscar, the benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) med. Since the two are different strengths—1 mg for Propecia and 5 mg for Proscar—a generic specifically for Propecia should have been great news for anyone looking to save.
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 07, 2012
It has been known for more than 15 years that Propecia (finasteride) at 1 mg/day is an effective treatment for male pattern hair loss. The huge bummer was that 12 years ago Propecia was found to be ineffective for female pattern hair loss. Well, some researchers didn’t give up on finasteride. As mentioned in my previous blog (https://www.goodrx.com/blog/2012/04/12/propecia-for-hair-loss/) the trick here is that Propecia is really just finasteride, a medication that has been around forever as a generic used for benign prostatic hypertrophy at 5 mg/day. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 12, 2012
Daily use of Propecia for more than 3 months is necessary before benefits are observed, so it does work . . . but at a cost. Remember that continued use is recommended to sustain benefit and when you stop, you will see reversal of what Propecia did within 12 months. See More