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 - 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 - January 31, 2017
High blood pressure is a key risk factor for stroke and heart disease, but it is easy to treat! If you have tried lifestyle changes and your blood pressures is still greater than 140/90, your doctor may discuss starting a medication to lower your pressure. If this is the case, it might be difficult to decide on which blood pressure medication is best for you. However, it turns out this question has been well studied, and the answer partly depends on your age and race. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 11, 2014
If you’ve been on Diovan or the generic version valsartan, and are being told by your insurance it will no longer be covered—you need a plan. Can you switch to losartan (Cozaar) or another medication to save money?
Here are some simple things to know if you’ve been told to switch your ARB to losartan:
Roni Shye - July 31, 2014
ACE Inhibitors and ARBS – these abbreviations may not look all that similar or even have any meaning to you as a patient. However, 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure and are likely on one of these two types of medication even if they do not know it. Drugs in these classes have the same main indication, hypertension (high blood pressure), but differ in how they work and their side effects. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 23, 2013
Concerns raised about ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers) have folks worried. Patients have come to our offices asking if they should switch their blood pressure medication. Let’s shed some light on the issue as there is reason for calm. Well known ARBs include losartan (Cozaar), candesartan (Atacand), irbesartan (Avapro), Benicar (olmesartan), Diovan (valsartan) and Micardis (telmisartan). They work well to lower blood pressure and the kidneys of diabetics love them. See More
Roni Shye - April 03, 2013
It’s 8 PM on a Friday night and you just spiked a fever after receiving a flu vaccination earlier that afternoon. You feel a little weak, but don’t have any other symptoms. Do you go to the emergency room? Call your doctor after hours? Or maybe you can call the local pharmacy that’s still open and ask the pharmacist?
One of the most useful tools in your personal health care armory is available right within your community, through a pharmacist! By just calling the pharmacy, you could find out that mild symptoms following flu vaccination (symptoms that can occur in 1-5% of patients, starting 6 to 12 hours after administration and persisting for 1 to 2 days) will not require further medical treatment. See More
Elizabeth Davis - March 28, 2013
When it comes to saving on your prescriptions, sometimes the way to get the best price isn’t as straightforward as simply using a coupon or switching to a generic.
Recently, I visited a doctor to try and figure out why I was having headaches. It took months, but eventually I was diagnosed with migraines; then, I had to work with my doctor to find the right medication to manage the migraines.
Like many Americans, I have health insurance, but even with insurance, the cost of my drugs was giving me a headache. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - February 12, 2013
Poor control of blood pressure (BP) is bad news, and is associated with enhanced risk of cardiovascular disease. Therapy with a single blood pressure medication fails to reach goals 75% of the time. This is just one reason that single pill combinations (two different blood pressure medications in one pill) make perfect sense.
Combining medications that have different and often complementary actions can lead to more complete and prompt reductions in BP. See More