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.
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Your eyes have a combination of a relatively small size with a rich blood supply that makes them extra vulnerable to negative side effects from medications.
These side effects vary—and may involve the lens, retina or cornea. If you’re older, or using a medication at a high dose for a longer period of time, be aware that your risk will be higher.
Here are ten oral medications known to have adverse effects on the eye:
- Alendronate (Fosamax) is taken once a week and belongs to a class of medications used for osteoporosis called bisphosphonates. See More
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
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
When you drop off your medications at a pharmacy you may notice that the technician, intern, or pharmacist who greets you and takes your prescriptions may also ask you for an updated list of your allergies.
I have seen some patients annoyed by this life-saving question, while others seem to blow it off. Some of the remarks I have heard include, “It’s on file, I told you last time,” to “You don’t need to know this information. See More
This too shall pass—or will it?
Kidney stones are painful. Childbirth painful. In addition to pain meds, how can we help you pass that stone quickly? Now we may know.
Kidney stones (nephrolithiasis) occur in 5% – 12% of the population and frequently on Friday afternoons. Eighty percent of them are calcium oxalate stones and interestingly, 20% are in the ureter at the time you come to the ER for help. See More