Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 20, 2016
Nasal steroid sprays (also called intranasal glucocorticoid sprays) are effective for stuffy nose and itchy eyes related to allergies. Post nasal drip symptoms—chronic cough, hoarse voice and dripping down the back of your throat—are easily remedied with steroid nasal sprays.
If you’re pregnant though, you may wonder if they’re safe to use. Well, recent reassuring studies have shown us that nasal steroid sprays are safe to use during pregnancy for mild to moderate symptoms related to allergies. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 06, 2016
Vitiligo is a disease with unknown cause that causes patches of different color on the skin. An autoimmune process directed against the melanocytes (the cells that make the skin pigment or color) results in patches of skin with less pigment than usual. Vitiligo usually peaks in your 20s or 30s, and it can be associated with other autoimmune diseases. As you can imagine, it can be devastating for folks who are affected. See More
Elizabeth Davis - January 20, 2016
Good news if you have a Kmart pharmacy near you—Kmart is introducing a new savings program for 2016.
The Kmart Pharmacy Savings Plus program will offer discounts on generic medications, along with savings on extras like pet meds, immunizations, and other extras that will change every few months.
How much can you save?
Kmart will be offering nearly 200 generic drugs at two pricing levels: $5 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply, or $10 for 30 days and $30 for 90 days. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 13, 2016
Do you use a prescription for rashes, acne or rosacea, or other skin conditions? Then you know that those creams and ointments can cost you. If there’s ever a time you should be angry at the cost of a medication, here it is.
How can you keep your costs down? Can you just use an over the counter mild steroid instead? Does it matter if you use a cream or ointment? Well, here is what do you need to know, and some tips to help you save money on your topical steroids. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - October 30, 2015
Over the past several years many medications that once required a prescription can now easily be obtained in the aisles of your pharmacy or grocery store. You may be familiar with allergy meds like Claritin, Zyrtec, and Allegra, or heartburn drugs like Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium. All are now available exclusively over-the-counter, or have both OTC and prescription versions.
This is great for you in many ways. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - March 11, 2015
Post-nasal drip has a new name: upper airway cough syndrome or UACS. If you have a cough that won’t go away, along with nasal congestion, “dripping” mucus down the back of your throat, the sensation that you need to clear your throat, a hoarse voice, or if you wake up in the morning with “gunk” in the back of your throat . . . this may be you.
This very common cause of a cough that won’t go away, upper airway cough syndrome, can be allergic or nonallergic and may be related to a sinusitis. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - November 26, 2014
You may have noticed more medications available in the store that used to require a prescription—and the newest prescription med to make the switch is Flonase (fluticasone propionate) allergy relief nasal spray.
It is important to know that before the status any medication can be changed from prescription-only to OTC, the FDA requires an evaluation for both safety and efficacy. Some other medications that have recently made the jump to OTC include Oxytrol for Women, Nasacort Allergy, and Plan B One-Step, and there are many more out there that used to require a prescription as well. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - September 29, 2014
As 2014 comes to a close, we should be thinking about what to expect for 2015. The start of a new year is a time for new challenges, new goals, and inevitably, a new prescription formulary.
What does this mean for you?
Express Scripts and Caremark have decided to remove certain ear, nose, and throat (ENT) drugs for allergies and ear infections from their national preferred formulary and have provided a list of covered alternatives. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 04, 2014
The most effective single therapy for people with nasal congestion and runny nose from allergies is a steroid (glucocorticoid) nasal spray. There are many options out there, new and old, but here are 10 things that may surprise you:
1. Do they work? Intranasal glucocorticoids are currently the most effective single maintenance therapy for allergic rhinitis and cause few side effects at the recommended doses. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - July 15, 2014
Veramyst and Flonase sound nothing alike at first—but if you take a look at their active ingredients, this is where some people run into confusion. These medications treat the same condition, allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies or hay fever), but are available in different strengths, have different salt forms, and are indicated to treat different ages.
What is allergic rhinitis?
Allergic rhinitis (or hay fever) is your body’s allergic response to outdoor or indoor allergens such as pollen, grass, mold, dust, or pet dander. See More