Benita Lee - June 18, 2018
An unexpected increase in weight can be concerning for anyone. But it’s an unfortunate side effect of many common medications. Insulin, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and even migraine medications can all cause weight gain, and some may even worsen the health conditions they’re trying to treat.
Sudden weight gain is never a reason to stop your medication without seeing your doctor first. See More
Tori Marsh - June 14, 2018
Brand drugs are expensive — this we already know, and prices seem to only be increasing. Of the 100 most-prescribed brand-name medications, those for diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn’s disease tend to be the most expensive. All of the drugs on this list are brand-only medications, meaning that there are no affordable generic alternatives available.
Additionally, it can be difficult for people to receive adequate insurance coverage for many of these drugs as they may be placed in more expensive, higher-tier formularies or have some other coverage restrictions. See More
Tori Marsh - February 27, 2018
It’s true: Drugs really are getting more expensive.
According to a new GoodRx analysis, the average list price for the top 100 prescription drugs climbed higher over the past year, even as concerns over high drug prices grow in the U.S.
Our top insights:
- List prices for prescription drugs rose 6% over the past 12 months
- Diabetes drugs were big drivers of the increase, rising 15% over the past 12 months
- Birth control drugs also got more expensive, with list prices nearly 8% higher over past year
- Prices for generic drugs rose more than 5% over the past 12 months
Using a GoodRx Index of the 100 most commonly prescribed drugs, we found that cash prices increased from an average of around $78 in February 2017 to over $81 this past January – an increase of 6%. See More
Marie Beaugureau - February 08, 2018
The numbers are in: U.S. spending on diabetes drugs increased from $10 billion to $22 billion per year between 2002 and 2012, according to a recent study. And most of that cost was due to skyrocketing prices for one diabetes medication: insulin. Take, for example, Lantus, one of the most popular insulins on the market. The price of a 10-milliliter vial has shot up from under $40 in 2001 to around $275 today. See More
Tori Marsh - January 17, 2018
Humalog (insulin lispro) is a fast-acting insulin used to treat diabetes type one and two. Doctors report low levels of adherence to insulins like Humalog because of its cost. Cash prices for Humalog average around $549 for five kwikpens, and there is no generic alternative for any insulin rbrand. Humalog generated billions of dollars in global sales for Eli Lilly in 2016.
Here is some information on Humalog, and how you can save. See More
Roni Shye - January 16, 2018
If you’ve ever been afraid to show up at your doctor’s office because you’ve been “bad” then this post is for YOU! You may think your doctor is “pushing medications on you” especially if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms of the condition they are treating you for. However, their reasoning is not without sound medical and professional judgment.
One of the many reasons you might receive a lecture about the importance of taking your medications is due to the progressive nature of many diseases if not properly treated. See More
Roni Shye - November 22, 2017
Mealtime insulins, or fast-acting insulins, are injected before or after each meal to regulate the blood sugar. Type 1 diabetics require mealtime insulin injections as their pancreas does not produce insulin, whereas type 2 diabetics may only require mealtime insulin if they struggle with blood sugar control after meals or are not achieving their target A1C.
Roni Shye - November 21, 2017
For people who need to take insulin, there are a couple of different types—long-acting, short-acting, rapid-acting, intermediate-acting, etc. That’s a lot of options!
One question I see most often is the difference between rapid-acting and long-acting insulins. So, let’s get into it.
What is rapid-acting insulin?
Rapid-acting, or meal-time insulin, is a type of insulin that’s usually taken before, during, or after a meal to lower your blood sugar levels associated with meals. See More
Roni Shye - October 19, 2017
Most of these insulins have been designed for use in adults. However, a new short-acting insulin has been approved for use in children—Humalog Junior KwikPen.
What is Humalog prescribed for?
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 07, 2016
Insulin: legal, widely used, and transforms lives. But there are risks—soon you’ll see why we try to spare our type II diabetics from having to start insulin. Using oral medications to their maximum dose and incorporating diet and lifestyle changes is the way to go before resorting to insulin.
Of course, tight blood sugar control is the goal for reducing diabetes related complications (kidney disease, eye disease, neuropathy) but insulin remains one of the most challenging aspects of diabetes management given the risks. See More