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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When a brand-name drug goes generic, its price typically drops, by as much as half of what it was before. But a new GoodRx analysis shows that in the months prior to going generic, many brand-name drugs see large increases in their cash price, with prices rising by as much as 50%.
This increase then serves as a new, higher baseline price when the generic hits the market. The new generic price can often be higher than the cost of the brand drug just a few months earlier. See More
Why do some medications come in tablets and others in capsules? Why are there ointments and creams? And why are some drugs delivered by injection or through an intravenous (IV) drip?
Like a lot of things in medicine, the answer can get complicated, but it boils down to this: where a drug needs to be, how quickly it needs to get there, and how long it needs to hang around. After a major surgery, your doctor could prescribe a powerful painkiller by IV drip, which gets the drug circulating right away, and to pain receptors throughout your body. See More
“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
When you pick up your medications at the pharmacy you may notice that they are typically dispensed in amber colored vials or plastic containers. You may or may not be aware that these amber colored vials are not the original bottle the manufacturer dispensed the medication in.
For the majority of medications, transferring them from the manufacturer’s original bottle to the pharmacy’s amber vials is not a big deal, and lets the pharmacy purchase in bulk (which is more cost-effective)—unless you are taking certain medications. See More
Who really buys over the counter sexual enhancement drugs? Many of you do. They are advertised as dietary supplements that promote sexual enhancement and here is what you need to know:
Recent analysis by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) of four products sold over the internet prompted safety concerns.
Advertised as promoters of sexual enhancement, these products are: VMaxx Rx, Boost-Ultra Sexual Enhancement Formula, Firminite, and X-rock. See More