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Dr. Sharon Orrange - February 12, 2018
If you’re like everyone I’m seeing in the clinic these days, your cough may be keeping you up at night, and driving you and your coworkers crazy. Do any of the over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medications really work for a cough? Let’s walk through it.
First, let’s go through the OTC cough suppressants
- Acute cough due to viral upper respiratory tract infection (URI) is the most common form of cough, and a ton of money is spent on prescription and non-prescription cough medications. See More
Katie Mui - January 25, 2018
Thirty children have died so far this flu season, according to the latest CDC report released last week. It bears repeating: the best way to protect your kids from the flu is to have everyone 6 months or older in your household vaccinated. It can be scary if your child starts showing signs of the flu (fever, chills, muscle aches, ear pain, and respiratory issues), so here are some tips for getting them the appropriate care right away. See More
Roni Shye - February 25, 2017
Americans’ use of supplements, prescriptions and over the counter (OTC) medications has been steadily increasing over the past couple of years. This increase can sometimes put patients at risk for complications and interactions. Believe it or not, a lot of over-the-counter medications can actually interact with your prescription medications (and affect how they work) without you even realizing it. See More
Roni Shye - November 30, 2016
If you have ever had the flu, you know just how down and out you can feel. Besides feeling like a zombie, the most common symptoms of the flu include chills, fever, cough, sore throat, muscle or body aches, headache or vomiting and diarrhea.
With flu season peaking as early as December, it’s important to know the common signs and symptoms, and what can be done to decrease your days spent sick and in bed. See More
Roni Shye - March 25, 2016
Coughing can be uncomfortable, and comes along with some unpleasant side effects like sore throat, chest pain, and exhaustion.
So where do you start to find some relief? First, know that your cough may be productive (a “wet” cough that produces mucus), or non-productive (a “dry” cough). There are many treatments available over-the-counter (OTC) without a prescription that can help both types. See More
Roni Shye - July 15, 2015
With all the flowers and trees blooming this spring and summer, seasonal allergies are at their peak as well. Whether you experience allergic symptoms every year around this time, or if this is your first year, you already know they can be quite a nuisance!
Trees, weeds, grasses, or blooming flowers can release pollen into the air, which in turn can cause hay fever. Hay fever or allergic rhinitis are fancy terms for your typical seasonal allergy symptoms. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 10, 2014
Coughing brings many of you to the doctor. Most of this is acute bronchitis, an inflammation of the bronchi (airways) due to upper airway infection. For almost all of you, it is self-limited and will go away on its own. It may surprise you to know this respiratory condition is generally caused by a virus, but reports indicate that more than 60 to 90 percent of patients with acute bronchitis who come to the doctor are given antibiotics. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 21, 2014
It’s been a quiet influenza season so far—very quiet. It’s November and Los Angeles, for example, has seen almost no flu activity. This is good but failing to prepare may mean preparing to fail so though we are inundated with info about the flu, here are 10 flu facts you may not know:
- During the month of October, there has been almost no flu activity in Los Angeles County (LAC) and across the country. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 02, 2014
Is your cough keeping you awake or driving your co-workers crazy? Read on—you are sick with a viral upper respiratory infection and the cough is bugging you all day. Yes, there are many opiate/narcotic prescription cough suppressants like promethazine/codeine (aka Sizzurp) that work well at night to suppress cough. But we can’t use those all the time for many reasons: you can’t afford to feel dopey during the day, codeine makes many folks nauseated, and it’s habit forming. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 16, 2012
In my primary care practice, many of my female patients worry about taking over the counter medications when they are trying to conceive, afraid they may take something bad before knowing they are pregnant.
So it is important to know: what over-the-counter (OTC) medicines can you take while you are pregnant, or trying to get pregnant?
First, what are the common things you will need OTC meds for?
– Cough and cold
– Skin rashes or hives
– Diarrhea or constipation
Now, there are some grey areas where doctors aren’t sure if a medication is safe or not because that medicine hasn’t been studied well enough in pregnant women. See More