Newer classes of medications have transformed diabetes care and cancer treatment, but is newer always better? Patients often ask me if there is something “newer” than their current medication and if they should switch. My answer? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Here are 11 medications that have been around forever (and I’m talking some from the 50’s) and are still recommended as first-line therapy.
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Antibiotics are one of the wonders of modern medicine — they can purge the human body of infections that just a few decades ago would’ve been fatal. And they get used — a lot. Over 250 million prescriptions for antibiotics are written every year in the U.S., nearly one prescription for every American. What’s more, today’s antibiotics, such as Amoxil (amoxicillin, $4), Cipro (ciprofloxacin, $4), and Macrobid (nitrofurantoin, $19. See More
The lungs are often subject to harmful side effects from medications because of their large contact surface. While more than 300 medications are known to cause some sort of drug-induced lung disease, some are bigger players than others.
What happens? The most common form of lung injury from medications is drug-induced interstitial lung disease. In the United States, approximately 3% of cases of interstitial (the tissue and space around the air sacs) lung disease are drug induced. See More
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common infections, especially in women. Recurrent UTIs are defined as 3 episodes of a UTI in the previous year or 2 episodes in the previous 6 months. In the primary care setting, 53% of women over 55 report a recurrence of UTI within a year.
As people with recurrent UITs are repeatedly treated with Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim), ciprofloxacin, or nitrofurantoin, we are seeing more and more UTIs with resistant organisms. See More