Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 04, 2017
Of the non-genetic causes of birth defects, medications are a well-known offender. Early in the first trimester, many women don’t yet know that they are pregnant. This is a high-risk time to be taking certain medications as this is the major period of organogenesis or development of the organs.
While the science is very limited (pregnant women are generally not included in medication safety studies) there are a handful of medications that are considered category X drugs, or drugs that should not be taken in women who are or may become pregnant. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 01, 2015
The best treatment in diseases such as atherosclerosis, or coronary artery disease, is prevention. Lifestyle changes like exercise, quitting smoking and changing your diet are an important place to start, but sometimes you just need more help.
Drugs like the statin medications work well to lower cholesterol but may come with some side effects. I am often asked by patients: what natural remedies really work to lower cholesterol?
There are some options out there, but before I show you some promising and well-studied plants that may help lower cholesterol, please remember a few things: these are unregulated and may carry issues of toxicity. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 23, 2015
Statins are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the world for a reason: they can lower your LDL cholesterol (the “bad cholesterol”) by 20 – 60%. Statins are also helpful for the prevention of heart disease in some people with high cholesterol.
Time with your doctor can be limited, so you may not have heard all of the upsides and downsides when you were prescribed a statin. See More
Roni Shye - March 10, 2015
HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors—better known as statins—are a group of medications used to treat high cholesterol. High cholesterol, if not treated with proper lifestyle modifications and/or medications, can result in life-threatening cardiovascular events like heart attack or stroke.
Your total cholesterol is made up of both “good” and “bad” parts as well as some other miscellaneous parts. The “good” part of your cholesterol is known as HDL, and the “bad” part of your cholesterol is known as LDL. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 04, 2014
People are more likely to take their cholesterol medication when it costs less. While this may seem obvious to you, the medical community did a study on this question to find come to that conclusion! The results were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a medical journal, where they made news.
Generic medications are cheaper than brand names—so you are more likely to fill and take your statin cholesterol medication if it’s generic, and you will do better overall. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 15, 2013
For the first time in a decade, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have made new recommendations for who we treat with statins for high cholesterol and toward what goal. The new guidelines are different. Here is what you need to know:
• Gone are the recommended LDL cholesterol targets, specifically those that ask physicians to treat patients with cardiovascular disease to less than 100 or the optional goal of less than 70. See More
Roni Shye - May 15, 2013
If you take a statin like Lipitor (atorvastatin) or Zocor (simvastatin) to lower your cholesterol, you’ve probably been told to avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice. You might be wondering—why? If so, here’s your answer.
Statins are metabolized in the liver by a select group of enzymes. Grapefruit can also attach to these enzymes, which can lead to decreased statin metabolism—meaning your body won’t process the medication the way it’s supposed to. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 23, 2013
Lifelong treatment with a medication is a tall order for some people—so it isn’t all that surprising that discontinuation rates are high for some of the most popular cholesterol medications, the statin drugs.
Why is this a problem? If you’re on a drug to lower your cholesterol, you will need to keep taking your prescription or your cholesterol will go back up. Statins in particular can help lower cholesterol up to 60%, but their effects will go away a couple of months after you stop taking them. 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 - January 30, 2013
Aside from Zetia there haven’t been any good non-statin options for lowering LDL Cholesterol. Statin drugs like Lipitor (atorvastatin), Zocor (simvastatin) and Crestor work well to lower the “bad” cholesterol, the LDL, and have remained first line therapy for many years. Finally, there may be something new to get excited about. But, it does have some “issues.”