Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 28, 2017
Is metformin (Glucophage) bad for you? There is quite a bit of misinformation out there about this commonly used medication. Metformin therapy may cause diarrhea and lower vitamin B12 levels, but most things you hear about metformin aren’t true.
Here are some common metformin myths.
- Metformin is bad for your kidneys. It’s not. What may be confusing folks here is that until 2016 patients with a creatinine level above 1. 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
The GoodRx Pharmacist - August 24, 2016
If you’re enjoying the sunshine one last time as summer comes to an end, it is important to know that some of your medications could cause you an unexpected problem. You may not be aware, but some prescriptions can increase your sensitivity to sunlight—causing your skin to burn more easily.
What type of reaction can occur?
If your medication has a warning to avoid sunlight, don’t ignore it. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 06, 2015
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes. That’s more than 10% of the US—and that number continues to rise. More than 1.7 million adults were diagnosed with diabetes in 2012 alone.
Fortunately, several new medications for diabetes have recently been approved—Toujeo (a new insulin product), Synjardy (a new combination of empagliflozin/metformin) and others. These new drugs provide several benefits such as fewer side effects or foolproof self-dosing with an insulin pen. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 13, 2015
You probably already know that many prescriptions have side effects. Most are mild—annoying issues like nausea or sleepiness that are inconvenient at worst. Others, however, can be deadly.
A very small number of medications are responsible for the majority of adverse side effects and hospitalizations from harmful drug reactions. How bad are these drugs? Between 2007 to 2009, almost 100,000 patients older than 65 had emergency hospitalizations for dangerous drug reactions, and almost 20,000 people die from prescription drug overdoses annually. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - April 08, 2015
When you drop off your medications at a pharmacy you may notice that the technician, intern, or pharmacist who greets you and takes your prescriptions may also ask you for an updated list of your allergies.
I have seen some patients annoyed by this life-saving question, while others seem to blow it off. Some of the remarks I have heard include, “It’s on file, I told you last time,” to “You don’t need to know this information. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - February 06, 2014
As you may already know, there are two different forms of glyburide, regular nonmicronized glyburide (Micronase, Diabeta) and micronized glyburide (Glynase) that can’t be substituted for each other. So, what about Diabeta and Micronase? Both have glyburide as an active ingredient, both are used type 2 diabetes to improve glycemic control and lower blood sugar levels, and they come in the same dosages—however, they also can’t be substituted for each other. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - January 30, 2014
First, let’s talk about what makes Glynase and Diabeta similar. Both of these medications are used in type 2 diabetes to improve glycemic control and lower blood sugar levels, both are 2nd generation drugs in the sulfonylurea class and work by telling the pancreas to release more insulin, and both have a form of glyburide as the active ingredient.
So, how does Glynase differ from Diabeta?
Glynase is micronized glyburide which has a different duration of action, absorption, and dosage than its nonmicronized counterpart, Diabeta or Micronase (regular glyburide). See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - December 31, 2013
In a non-diabetic person, insulin is released from the pancreas with each meal and it helps the body either use or store the glucose it gets from the food. Patients who have type I diabetes don’t produce insulin, and must inject themselves with insulin to mimic the body’s natural process.
Type II diabetics, on the other hand, still produce insulin but their bodies do not use it properly. Type II diabetics can be treated with oral medications, insulin, other injectables, or a combination of different medications. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 04, 2013
Older is not always better when it comes to diabetes medications. The class of diabetes medications called sulfonylureas consists of old standard drugs like glyburide, glipizide, and Amaryl (glimepiride), and they aren’t as good as the new stuff.