Savings Alert: Sildenafil is similar to Levitra, and may be much less expensive. Some patients use sildenafil to treat erection problems (but note that it is only approved by the FDA for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension). Learn More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 25, 2017
Your eyes have a combination of a relatively small size with a rich blood supply that makes them extra vulnerable to negative side effects from medications.
These side effects vary—and may involve the lens, retina or cornea. If you’re older, or using a medication at a high dose for a longer period of time, be aware that your risk will be higher.
Here are ten oral medications known to have adverse effects on the eye:
- Alendronate (Fosamax) is taken once a week and belongs to a class of medications used for osteoporosis called bisphosphonates. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 04, 2017
“Can I have a drink while I’m taking my medication?” This is a question that primary care doctors are frequently asked, rightly so. Almost 50% of Americans report taking a prescription medication in the previous month. Alcohol in moderation (3 – 5 drinks per week) is recommended for stroke and heart disease prevention, and many folks taking medications known to interact with alcohol still report regular use. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 15, 2015
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is way more common than you might think—it affects half of men over 40. While there are many detailed tests available to diagnose ED, most cases can be picked up during a visit with the doctor with two questions: “How’s your sex life? Everything working all right?”
Here are ten other things that may surprise you about ED.
- The most common cause in men over 50 is vascular disease. See More
Elizabeth Davis - February 14, 2014
Valentine’s Day is a big day for romance . . . right?
We took at look at drug searches on GoodRx over the last few years, and you might be, err, excited by our findings.
Common sense would indicate that Valentine’s Day would be an especially popular time to fill, well, certain prescriptions. Erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, and the other PDE5 inhibitors might make the holiday a little bit more romantic. See More
Elizabeth Davis - December 17, 2013
Pfizer, the manufacturer of erectile dysfunction med Viagra, just reached a settlement with generic manufacturer Teva that will allow Teva to start selling generic Viagra (sildenafil) in December 2017—that’s more than two years earlier than the current patent expiration in April 2020.
Elizabeth Davis - October 29, 2013
For many Americans with health insurance, more than 50 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2014. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handles pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing almost 50 brands from their formularies at the end of 2013. More information is below.
What are Express Scripts and Caremark?
Express Scripts and Caremark are companies that administer prescription drug benefits for many health insurance companies and Tricare. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - February 04, 2013
If you take prescription drugs to treat a chronic illness, it’s possible to save more than 50% off cost of your medication by simply splitting your pills.
Sadly, it’s not all that easy to know when pill splitting is all right.
Not all pills can be split. However, many doctors and insurance companies are advising this strategy with an increasing number of medicines. (It’s also worth noting that the American Medical Association, the American Pharmacists Association, and most pharmaceutical companies oppose pill-splitting. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 27, 2012
Who really buys over the counter sexual enhancement drugs? Many of you do. They are advertised as dietary supplements that promote sexual enhancement and here is what you need to know:
Recent analysis by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) of four products sold over the internet prompted safety concerns.
Advertised as promoters of sexual enhancement, these products are: VMaxx Rx, Boost-Ultra Sexual Enhancement Formula, Firminite, and X-rock. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 13, 2011
Many of you are experiencing price gouging at $10 – $14 a pill for your erectile dysfunction medications. I was reminded today by a patient, who takes 50 mg of Viagra as needed, that we can save you some money. Here is what you need to know before you spend the dough:
1) Viagra will cost roughly the same amount per pill whether it’s 25 mg, 50 mg or 100mg. Have your doctor prescribe you a 100 mg pill which you can cut in half or in fourths 30 minutes prior to intercourse. See More