Katie Mui - November 16, 2017
One of the biggest downsides to taking a medication is side effects. After a dose of most drugs, the amount in the bloodstream spikes quickly, and then is flushed away within the course of a few hours. This means the amount of medicine in the body can vary at any point in time – and that spike can mean nasty side effects.
This problem is exactly what extended release (often noted as ER or XR) drugs were designed for. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 14, 2017
A glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) is a preferred screening test for diabetes. Done easily with a fingerstick in your physician’s office, it eliminates the need for fasting (not eating) prior to the test. The diagnosis of diabetes is confirmed if two consecutive A1c levels are greater than or equal to 6.5.
What is the HbA1c?
Red blood cells are permeable to glucose (sugar)—so after they enter your circulation, glucose becomes attached to them. See More
Tori Marsh - November 07, 2017
Did you know that nearly 7 in 10 Americans take a prescription drug, and about 50% of Americans take at least two? In many cases, taking more than one drug is necessary to cure an ailment, treat symptoms, or control a chronic disease. But in others, multiple drugs may not mix well in your body, and in your pocketbook.
We’ve compiled a list of drugs commonly taken together. We’ll tell you more about why these drugs are taken together, and which ones work. 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 - July 24, 2017
Doctors are often asked what ONE pill or supplement they would recommend, or take themselves. The answer to this, I have learned, depends on perspective—based on which specialty the physician practices. So, after 20 years of being surrounded doctors in many fields at an academic medical center, here is the one pill you should be taking, by specialty.
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 25, 2017
Almost half of Americans have used a prescription medication in the past 30 days, for a wide variety of benefits. The benefits of medications are the helpful effects you get when you use them, such as lowering blood pressure, treating infection, or relieving pain. Turns out there are some standout medications that can accomplish two or more things, sometimes with very different effects. More than one benefit? That’s a nice upside . See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 15, 2016
We hear “false positive” as a defense from professional athletes all the time when it comes to drug screens—but unexpected results on drug screens really do happen.
A urine drug screen tests for the presence of certain illegal drugs and prescription medications. You may be more likely to be tested when applying for a job than when playing professional sports, but you could also be affected by a false positive. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 12, 2016
The American Diabetes Association recommends that metformin be your first line choice for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. However, if you are on the maximum dose of metformin, or can’t tolerate it, there are many other great alternatives that you may not know of—like Victoza (liraglutide).
Victoza is a brand only medication, given once daily as a subcutaneous injection, and is a great option for overweight type 2 diabetics. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 24, 2016
Metformin (Glucophage) is first line therapy for diabetes which carries the benefit of helping with weight loss. It’s cheap, does not result in risky low blood sugars (hypoglycemia), has a cheap generic—oh AND it may help you live longer. In a previous blog I told you about the exciting early evidence that metformin may help prevent aging.
Well, a recent loosening of restrictions from the FDA means that 40% or 50% of patients with type 2 diabetes who have mild-moderate chronic kidney disease (CKD) will now be eligible to take metformin. See More
Elizabeth Davis - January 28, 2016
The new Goodrx Top 10 Lists are in, and this time we take a look back at the end of 2015. These are the most popular and most expensive drugs in the US, and they cover all kinds of conditions from common heart and pain meds to pricey treatments for cancer and genetic disorders.
To start with—which drugs were filled the most in the last quarter of 2015?