Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 19, 2017
While people usually benefit from the therapeutic effects of a medication, adverse events ranging from minor side effects to death may occur. Serious side effects are often unavoidable, coming without warning and something neither the folks who suffer them or their physician will ever forget. Here are ten of the craziest medication side effects.
- Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN). Picture someone who ends up in a burn unit after their skin sheds off due to a medication. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 17, 2017
It’s not being overly dramatic to say that abnormal levels of potassium may actually kill you. Serum (bloodstream) potassium is an electrolyte, and imbalances are called hyperkalemia (when too high) and hypokalemia (when too low). Cardiac arrhythmias are a known serious outcome of both hypo- and hyperkalemia, and national statistics indicate that almost half of 1% of emergency department visits and 2% of hospitalizations for high potassium end in death. See More
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 - December 21, 2016
“Can I just stop my medication?” This question, frequently asked of primary care doctors, has a complicated answer. For starters, if you are taking a medication that is controlling an ongoing medical problem like high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol you should never stop it on your own—or your problem will return. Many patients do come clean though, and report that they just plain stopped their meds. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 27, 2015
Some interesting news came out of a study done at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where a common high blood pressure medication was shown to improve survival in those with ovarian cancer. In addition to standard treatment with surgery and chemotherapy, women taking propranolol (Inderal) or other similar medications lived longer.
How do heart meds help with ovarian cancer?
- Adrenergic receptors: The two types are alpha or beta and when activated, result in growth and progression of ovarian cancer. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 19, 2015
Dry mouth isn’t just an annoyance, it can lead to serious dental issues. Xerostomia is the medical term for dry mouth and when it happens, you’ll want to know what’s causing it.
Risk factors for dry mouth include medications, mouth breathing, older age, and a history of radiation therapy in cancer patients. Medical conditions that contribute to dry mouth include Sjögren’s syndrome, diabetes, and anxiety disorders, and these can be easily ruled out by your doctor. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 31, 2014
You may worry it’s a tremor from Parkinsons, but often it’s not. Essential tremor (ET) is the most common tremor disorder in adults and often affects patients’ ability to write and eat. The head and voice are commonly affected, and many of you remember Katherine Hepburn’s essential tremor as the classic example. Once your doctor has told you that your tremor is ET and not something else, you will wonder what your options for treatment are. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 18, 2013
You are all stopped up and can’t find an obvious reason. Look over your medication list and you may find the source. Constipation has many causes but medications are among the most common.
First, if your stools are too hard or too small or pooping is too difficult or infrequent you are constipated. Officially, constipation is defined as a stool frequency of less than three per week. It can be miserable and medications prescribed by us, your physicians, are frequently to blame. See More