Tori Marsh - January 12, 2018
One of the most popular drugs in the country, levothyroxine – also known as the brand name Synthroid – is in short supply, making prices higher and even leaving some patients without the drug. The shortage is a result of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which hit Puerto Rico nearly four months ago, and knocked out manufacturing facilities for many drugs and medical supplies, including levothyroxine. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - January 05, 2018
We are still seeing the devastating effects of the hurricanes that damaged the United States, Puerto Rico, and several smaller islands this fall.
Around 10% of drugs prescribed in the United States are manufactured in Puerto Rico. While pharmaceutical companies implemented hurricane preparedness plans leading up to the storm and worked with drug shortage experts, it has been impossible to avoid the shortage of some critical medical products. See More
Katie Mui - November 07, 2017
Why is Synthroid (levothyroxine), a medication that treats thyroid hormone deficiencies—or hypothyroidism, as it’s called—the number one drug in terms of the number of prescriptions written by physicians?
It’s easy to understand why atorvastatin would be on the list. For years, widespread marketing has flooded with TV commercials and website ads for statins as a means (after changes in diet and exercise) to treat high cholesterol. See More
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 24, 2017
If you have depression that hasn’t responded to a single antidepressant, switching to another one or adding a second medication is your next step. New evidence is guiding what to do next if you aren’t much better after 6 – 12 weeks of treatment.
When your antidepressant isn’t working to improve or relieve your depressive symptoms, what’s your next step?
- Don’t stop and switch. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 07, 2017
Generic levothyroxine and brand name Synthroid are two of the most commonly prescribed medications in the U.S. for the treatment of hypothyroidism. Other similar medications include Levoxyl, Tirosint, and Unithroid. Synthetic thyroxine (T4), as Synthroid or the generic option levothyroxine, is a prohormone that is de-iodinated in our tissues to form T3, the active thyroid hormone. Once your doctor starts you on thyroid replacement they will follow your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) blood test and make adjustments in dosage as needed. See More
Elizabeth Davis - January 28, 2016
The new Goodrx Top 10 Lists are in, and this time we take a look back at the end of 2015. These are the most popular and most expensive drugs in the US, and they cover all kinds of conditions from common heart and pain meds to pricey treatments for cancer and genetic disorders.
To start with—which drugs were filled the most in the last quarter of 2015?
Elizabeth Davis - October 08, 2015
With all the news about high drug prices recently—which drugs are actually costing Americans the most money? What about the prescriptions that are being used the most? Take a look, and we’ll guide you through the highlights of the new GoodRx Top 10s, based on a sample of claims reported by pharmacies across the country.
Which drugs are the most expensive?
- Treatments for rare diseases make up a good portion of the list, particularly for hereditary angioedema (HAE). See More
Elizabeth Davis - June 05, 2015
Our new top 10 lists are in for the most-dispensed and most expensive prescriptions in the US—take a look at these interesting updates.
Which prescriptions have been filled the most in 2015 so far?
Based on a sample of claims reported by pharmacies across the country, thyroid meds like Synthroid and levothyroxine near the top of the list, while standard heart and diabetes prescriptions lisinopril (Zestril, Prinivil), atorvastatin (Lipitor), and metformin (Glucophage) are still very frequently prescribed—no surprises there. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - May 26, 2015
Whether you use one medication or fifteen, it is important to know exactly what your doctor has prescribed for youto make sure you get the right medication and dose each time. You should also know why your meds were prescribed, and how you are supposed to take them.
It’s unfortunate but true that many people don’t know what they’re taking, let alone why. Playing a proactive role in managing your medications may not always be easy, but you can look for help from your pharmacist, doctor, or nurse. See More