Dr. Sharon Orrange - February 16, 2016
Only a third of people who have acute back pain see their doctor. In some ways this is good news—it implies that most improve on their own. If you have new onset back pain, (that you’ve been experiencing for less than 4 weeks), here some OTC and prescription medication options that can help you.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). You will see more improvement of your symptoms after 1 week of taking NSAIDS than taking nothing. 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 - July 21, 2015
Yes, you can take them together, and they even work better in combination than separately. Several large studies have shown that ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) together work well to relieve pain, with few side effects. In fact, for many things like dental pain, they work better than many of the opioid-containing pain meds (like Vicodin or Norco).
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 16, 2015
Update July 2015: The FDA is strengthening the existing black box warning on all prescription and over-the-counter NSAIDs. The current warning has been in place since 2005, but based on a recent review, the labeling will be updated with new information and stronger language. You should know that there is greater risk at higher doses, and there may be an increased risk of heart attack or stroke as early as the first weeks of use. 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
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 29, 2014
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used for the treatment of acute pain and chronic inflammatory and degenerative joint diseases. The long term use of NSAIDS is restricted by the occurrence of upper gastrointestinal (GI) complications such as ulcers and bleeding.
Celebrex is a more selective NSAID which is marketed as having fewer GI side effects and similar effectiveness. Celebrex is more expensive and prescription-only, but is it better than ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)? Let’s look. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 21, 2014
Pain is complex, so there is no “one pill fits all” treatment. Hydrocodone is the most prescribed medication in the United States, also marketed in combination with acetaminophen (Tylenol) under the brand names Vicodin, Norco and Lortab.
As of October 6, 2014, all drugs containing hydrocodone are schedule II drugs, and that means they are now much harder to get. There is no question this is a hassle for some patients and physicians but we (doctors) are too quick to prescribe it and for most pain, you don’t really need hydrocodone. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 07, 2014
Unlike NSAIDS, Tylenol is completely safe on the stomach and won’t cause gastritis or ulcer disease.
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 02, 2013
With the holidays comes more drinking. You will be buried in folk remedies for hangover but you want to know what has actually been studied, what actually works when compared to folks doing nothing (or taking a placebo).
First, know what does NOT cause a hangover. A hangover is not an electrolyte imbalance, not lactate, not ketones and, this will surprise you, markers of dehydration (e.g., vasopressin) are not significantly related to hangover severity. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - August 22, 2013
Have you had a minor sprain, strain, or muscle ache that took some time to heal? Minor musculoskeletal injuries are a common complaint for many people. These injuries can affect your muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, or bones. Your GoodRx pharmacist’s advice: get some RICE!
Minor aches, sprains and strains occur due to a variety of reasons. These can include hyperextensions, twists, blunt trauma, and many other causes. See More