Postherpetic Neuralgia Savings Tips

Savings Tips for Postherpetic Neuralgia

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  • GoodRx Top 10 Drug Guide: What Are the Most Expensive and Most Popular Drugs in the US

    January 28, 2016

    The new Goodrx Top 10 Lists are in, and this time we take a look back at the end of 2015. These are the most popular and most expensive drugs in the US, and they cover all kinds of conditions from common heart and pain meds to pricey treatments for cancer and genetic disorders.

    To start with—which drugs were filled the most in the last quarter of 2015?

  • Recall: Lyrica for Nerve Pain and Seizures

    January 22, 2016

    Manufacturer Pfizer has issued a voluntary recall of two strengths of Lyrica (pregabalin). Lyrica is a popular medication used to help relieve nerve pain, and in combination with other medications for some kinds of seizures.

    This is a class II recall, the most common type of recall, which means that there is a situation where use of the recalled medication may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences, but the likelihood of serious adverse effects is small. See More

  • Recall: Generic Neurontin (Gabapentin)

    December 01, 2014

    Aurobindo, one manufacturer of generic gabapentin, has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of gabpentin capsules. Gabapentin (brand name Neurontin) is most commonly used to treat nerve pain, especially in diabetic patients with neuropathy, and seizure disorders.

    This is a Class I recall, which means there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death. See More

  • How to Treat Shingles

    September 11, 2014

    One million Americans get shingles, aka herpes zoster, each year. Early treatment is key. In addition to antiviral medications to shorten the duration of your shingles outbreak, you need to know about the dreaded—and most common—complication of shingles, which will occur in 20% of cases . . . post-herpetic neuralgia.

    Shingles is a viral disease caused by the reactivation of varicella zoster virus that had remained quiet in the sensory ganglia since you were first exposed to chickenpox. See More

  • Dropped by Insurance: Will Your Pain Prescriptions Be Covered in 2014?

    November 20, 2013

    Express Scripts and Caremark have removed certain medications from their formulary starting in January 2014. These companies handle prescription benefits for more than 200 million Americans, so your prescription coverage will likely be changing in the new year.

    We’re reviewing which prescriptions will no longer be covered and the suggested alternatives to give you a better picture of your options. Listed below are some changes to the pain med coverage from each formulary that might affect you:

    Caremark

    Removed medication: Flector patches   ||   Suggested Alternative: diclofenac, meloxicam, or naproxen

    The convenient Flector patch will be an excluded medication as of 2014. See More

  • Do You Need the Shingles Vaccine?

    June 27, 2013

    Shingles (Herpes zoster) is viral illness that can occur later in life if you have had chicken pox (Varicella). It is a common illness in the elderly, and can cause significant discomfort. People with weakened immune systems are also more likely to get shingles.

    Shingles occurs when the chicken pox virus reactivates in the body, leading to a blistering rash, nerve pain, and other nerve-related symptoms. See More

  • Yabba Dabba Gabapentin: Are Gralise and Horizant Worth the Cost?

    May 31, 2013

    Improve my pain and I’ll pay whatever it takes. That’s what many patients who struggle with pain in their feet from diabetic neuropathy, pain after a shingles outbreak or any other nerve pain say to their doctors. Gabapentin works, and it’s cheap and generic. But guess what, there are now two long-acting forms that aren’t so cheap. Are they better?

    Let’s see:

    •  Gabapentin was originally developed as a seizure medication, yet has shown to be effective in the treatment of painful neuropathies. See More

  • Drug Shortage: Horizant

    April 22, 2013

    The manufacturers of restless leg syndrome and postherpetic neuralgia treatment Horizant (extended-release gabapentin) have made an announcement that the 600 mg tablet is temporarily backordered.

    XenoPort, a biopharmaceutical company, originally developed the drug, and GlaxoSmithKline has been responsible for manufacturing and commercialization (advertising and distributing) of Horizant until April 30, 2013. See More

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