“Can I just stop my medication?” This question, frequently asked of primary care doctors, has a complicated answer. For starters, if you are taking a medication that is controlling an ongoing medical problem like high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol, you should never stop it on your own—or your problem will return. Many patients do come clean though and report that they just plain stopped their meds. See More
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For many health conditions, finding the right medication is often a matter of trial and error. Patients, along with their physicians, are tasked with weighing factors like a medication’s effectiveness, side effects and hassle. Not surprisingly, cost also plays a large part in the decision. What good is a medication if it means you can’t afford food or rent, after all? That’s when GoodRx can help.
Brian, now 47 years old, has had generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) his entire life. See More
My hands are shaking. Is it Parkinson’s? Something else? Shakiness, or tremors, is a common problem that brings patients to my office. If you start having shaky hands, you may worry that you have Parkinson’s disease, but many other things can cause tremors—like medications. The good news is, drug-induced tremors go away with lower doses or if you stop taking the medication.
Signs a medication may be causing your tremor
Medications can both cause tremors and make them worse. See More
As with other forms of coverage restrictions, insurance plans use quantity limits to ensure patient safety and control healthcare costs. Quantity limits define how much of a drug you can fill during a specific time period, but they can be a hassle. Here’s how to navigate your plan’s policies, so you can still get the medications you need.
How do quantity limits work?
Generally speaking, plans will review clinical and FDA literature to decide how much of a drug they will cover in a certain time period. See More
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
Prescriptions for depression and anxiety medications are on the rise among Americans – and parts of the country appear to be coping with higher rates than others, according to a GoodRx analysis of prescription data for anxiety and depression medicines.
The data looks at the proportion of depression and anxiety medications among overall prescription volume over the past 12 months (ending April 2018). See More
Antidepressants, blood pressure drugs, and allergy medicines are some of the many popular medications that can affect your dreams, and not always in a good way.
Medications that influence the neurotransmitters in our brain — those same chemicals that affect our mood and alertness — often come with the reported side effect of causing disturbing dreams and nightmares. While nightmares occur in only 1–5% of folks using these medications, here is the list of the most common offenders. See More
Turns out, taking a certain kind of drug today is associated with an increased chance of dementia as many as 20 years from now, according to a new study.
The study looked at people who had taken anticholinergic drugs that are frequently prescribed for depression, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, asthma, Parkinson’s disease, and allergies. People who had taken drugs from specific classes of anticholinergics had as much as a 30% greater likelihood of being diagnosed with dementia later in life. See More
You just took a urine pregnancy test and it’s positive, what should you do now? As a primary care doctor, many patients contact me before they’ve picked out an OB/GYN. The news of a positive test is an exciting time that often sends patients into a panic about what they should and shouldn’t be doing.
Here are the questions I’m asked all the time.
My urine test was positive. Do I need a blood test?
Generally, the urine tests are accurate enough to eliminate the need for a blood test. See More
After practicing medicine for 20 years, I’ve become adept at “clarifying” to life insurance companies why patients are taking certain medications. The same medications appear to trigger red flags for both long-term care and life insurance companies.
Their “concern” makes sense for some medications because they are used for serious chronic illnesses, but for others, the insurance companies are worried about your lifestyle. See More