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  • Is Metformin the Key to Preventing Aging?

    December 15, 2015

    Metformin is an inexpensive generic drug widely used for type 2 diabetes in the U.S. Although it only costs pennies, it is now featured on the World Health Organization’s list of “essential medications.” Now, metformin (the brand is Glucophage) is also being studied for cancer and aging prevention.
    You may know that metformin works to lower blood sugar and promote weight loss, but these 10 metformin discoveries may still surprise you. See More

  • Jardiance for Diabetes Reduces Deaths from Heart Disease

    September 17, 2015

    Good news! In a just-published study, Jardiance (empagliflozin) for type 2 diabetes has been shown to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease.

    The results are impressive. Comparing Jardiance to a placebo, the study showed a 38% reduction in the risk of death from a cardiovascular cause (3.7% with Jardiance vs 5.9% with placebo). Jardiance was also shown to reduce the risk of any cardiovascular event (heart attack, stroke, or death) by 14%, and to reduce the risk of death from all causes by 32%. See More

  • 5 Common Medications That Can Kill

    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

  • How Long Do I Have to Take Plavix (Clopidogrel)?

    January 20, 2015

    If you have had stent placement after balloon angioplasty for coronary artery disease you will be placed on medications to ensure you don’t form clots inside those stents. One of them is aspirin, which you will take indefinitely after stent placement. The other one is up for debate, though most of you will take clopidogrel the Plavix generic. Now we have a firm answer for how long you take it.

    Why do I have to take two antiplatelet meds after stent placement?

    Because it saves lives. See More

  • What’s the Deal With Zetia (Ezetimibe): A Good Alternative to Statins for Preventing Heart Attack and Stroke?

    November 25, 2014

    When I read criticisms of doctors prescribing expensive medications that might not benefit patients at all, I think of Zetia (ezetimibe) as the poster child. News came out last week after the IMPROVE-IT trial that seemed to pump it up, but what we learned from this large trial may surprise you and let you down at the same time.

    1. Billions and billions of dollars have already been spent on Zetia—despite not knowing whether it has any benefit to you other than lowering LDL cholesterol a little bit.
    2. See More
  • Heart Patients More Likely to Skip Pills If They Look Different

    July 22, 2014

    Generic drugs are crucial to the treatment of heart disease. Generics save lives in our heart patients, ranging from blood pressure meds and blood thinners to anti-arrhythmic drugs. They are cheap and well tolerated. Why is it, then, that so many patients stop taking them? One half of patients with heart disease don’t take their meds even in the year after a heart attack. Turns out, the way they look matters. See More

  • Generic Diovan is Now Available!

    July 17, 2014

    The long expected arrival of generic Diovan (valsartan) is finally here!

    I know there has been a lot of anticipation for the release of this highly popular blood pressure medication and it is now finally available. Diovan combined with hydrochlorothiazide (Diovan HCT) has been available as generic valsartan/hctz for quite some time now, and there has been plenty of speculation as to when plain Diovan would make its generic debut. See More

  • Is Your Medication Making You Tired?

    June 10, 2014

    One in ten visits to a primary care doctor is for fatigue. While certainly not the only cause, your medications can be the culprit for making you sleepy. Here are the players you need to know about.

    Beta blockers. These are medications used for high blood pressure, migraine prevention, control of heart rate in atrial fibrillation, and they improve mortality after heart attack. Ok, now for the downside. See More

  • New Anticoagulant Med Zontivity: Now FDA Approved!

    May 19, 2014

    Zontivity (voraxapar) is a new type of anti-platelet medication for people who have had a heart attack, or who have reduced blood flow in their legs. It is used to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, cardiovascular death, and the need for procedures to restore blood flow to the heart. It was approved by the FDA in May 2014, and will be available from manufacturer Merck later this year.

    When will Zontivity be available?

    According to the manufacturer the anticipated availability date for this medication is the third quarter of 2014. See More

  • Do I Need to Take an Aspirin a Day?

    March 06, 2014

    For pennies a day, aspirin saves many lives from stroke and heart disease. Having said that . . . an aspirin a day carries risks, so not everyone should be taking it. Remember, the benefits of a low dose aspirin a day outweigh the risks only in some people. This is not a grey area, but an area that has been well-studied so know these things:

  • Men age 45 to 79 years with two or more cardiac risk factors should consider a low dose aspirin (81 mg or 100 mg) a day. See More

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