Everyone agrees that more transparency on drug prices is a good idea. Who’d argue against letting the public know what a drug costs? But nothing is simple when it comes to prescription medication prices, starting with the most basic question: What, exactly, is a drug’s price?
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You’re ready to pick up your prescription at the pharmacy. But how expensive will it be? And is there anything you can do to save money? Let’s discuss how to use pharmacy discount coupons and manufacturer savings cards to help you save on the medications you need.
First, what’s the difference between pharmacy discount coupons and manufacturer savings cards?
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Has your doctor ever warned you about taking statins with grapefruits? It may seem like a strange association, but certain statins like Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Zocor (simvastatin) that are used to lower cholesterol levels can interact with grapefruit and grapefruit juice and cause harmful side effects.
How do statins interact with grapefruit?
Statins are broken down in the liver by a select group of enzymes that also interact with chemicals in grapefruits. See More
While it’s normal to lose a bit of hair every day, if you are experiencing excessive hair loss or balding, the medications you are taking could be to blame.
Here are 11 drugs that have been known to cause excessive hair loss:
1) Cholesterol-lowering medications — atorvastatin and simvastatin
Joint pain, back aches, and other musculoskeletal complaints are among the most prevalent health issues out there. When it comes to joint pain specifically (known as arthralgia), arthritis is the most common cause. But before you blame your achy joints on arthritis, did you know that everyday medications can cause joint pain too? Here are 10 common offenders.
1) Antibiotic — levofloxacin
Patients often turn to generic medications for cheaper alternatives to brand-name drugs, but over the past couple years, prices for generics have increased substantially, and some of the most expensive generic medications run above $100 for a month’s supply. Every year, people are paying more for them despite insurance coverage due to high deductibles and formulary changes.
We’re always amazed to hear from doctors and pharmacists who use GoodRx to help their patients save money — especially when it’s a matter of getting a medication or not at all. When we saw this tweet from Volunteers in Medicine (VIM), naturally, we reached out to learn more about their organization. We were able to speak with Patricia, Lead Medication Service Volunteer at the Cape May County free clinic, and Anne Marie, their Volunteer Coordinator, about the importance of savings programs like Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) and GoodRx. See More
Antidepressants, blood pressure drugs, and allergy medicines are some of the many popular medications that can affect your dreams, and not always in a good way.
Medications that influence the neurotransmitters in our brain — those same chemicals that affect our mood and alertness — often come with the reported side effect of causing disturbing dreams and nightmares. While nightmares occur in only 1–5% of folks using these medications, here is the list of the most common offenders. See More
Atorvastatin (Lipitor), always on the top ten most commonly prescribed drugs, is used to lower cholesterol and often gets a bad rap.
Muscle pain and cramps, diarrhea, and stomach upset are adverse reactions known to occur with atorvastatin and those deserve attention for sure. But, studies suggest that only around 50% of patients who receive a prescription for a cholesterol-lowering drug continue to take the medication six months later. See More
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