Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 04, 2017
“Can I have a drink while I’m taking my medication?” This is a question that primary care doctors are frequently asked, rightly so. Almost 50% of Americans report taking a prescription medication in the previous month. Alcohol in moderation (3 – 5 drinks per week) is recommended for stroke and heart disease prevention, and many folks taking medications known to interact with alcohol still report regular use. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - August 24, 2016
If you’re enjoying the sunshine one last time as summer comes to an end, it is important to know that some of your medications could cause you an unexpected problem. You may not be aware, but some prescriptions can increase your sensitivity to sunlight—causing your skin to burn more easily.
What type of reaction can occur?
If your medication has a warning to avoid sunlight, don’t ignore it. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 06, 2015
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes. That’s more than 10% of the US—and that number continues to rise. More than 1.7 million adults were diagnosed with diabetes in 2012 alone.
Fortunately, several new medications for diabetes have recently been approved—Toujeo (a new insulin product), Synjardy (a new combination of empagliflozin/metformin) and others. These new drugs provide several benefits such as fewer side effects or foolproof self-dosing with an insulin pen. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 13, 2015
You probably already know that many prescriptions have side effects. Most are mild—annoying issues like nausea or sleepiness that are inconvenient at worst. Others, however, can be deadly.
A very small number of medications are responsible for the majority of adverse side effects and hospitalizations from harmful drug reactions. How bad are these drugs? Between 2007 to 2009, almost 100,000 patients older than 65 had emergency hospitalizations for dangerous drug reactions, and almost 20,000 people die from prescription drug overdoses annually. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - April 08, 2015
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
Admin - November 20, 2014
Approximately 29 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes, and of those, one out of four don’t know they have it. With so many affected by diabetes, the costs associated with it are a growing problem. More than 1 in 10 health care dollars in the U.S. are spent directly on diabetes and its complications. As of 2012, the total healthcare costs for diagnosed diabetes in the U. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - November 12, 2014
On November 14, 1991, the first ever World Diabetes Day was born! For over 20 years now people have been coming together on November 14 to raise diabetes awareness and collect supplies for patients in need.
World Diabetes Day is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and became recognized as an official United Nations Day seven years ago, in 2007.
Each year a new theme is chosen to reflect the issues that are affecting the diabetic community. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - December 31, 2013
In a non-diabetic person, insulin is released from the pancreas with each meal and it helps the body either use or store the glucose it gets from the food. Patients who have type I diabetes don’t produce insulin, and must inject themselves with insulin to mimic the body’s natural process.
Type II diabetics, on the other hand, still produce insulin but their bodies do not use it properly. Type II diabetics can be treated with oral medications, insulin, other injectables, or a combination of different medications. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 04, 2013
Older is not always better when it comes to diabetes medications. The class of diabetes medications called sulfonylureas consists of old standard drugs like glyburide, glipizide, and Amaryl (glimepiride), and they aren’t as good as the new stuff.
Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 11, 2012
A new combination pill targeted at diabetes and cholesterol is hitting the market and you will be hearing about it. Juvisync is a combination medication that contains two previously approved medicines: the generic cholesterol medication simvastatin, and Januvia (sitagliptin) a diabetes medication.
What are the upsides of Juvisync?
1) First off, you kill two birds with one stone and treat diabetes and cholesterol in one pill. See More