Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 18, 2018
Joint pain, back aches, and other musculoskeletal complaints are among the most prevalent health issues out there. When it comes to joint pain specifically (known as arthralgia), arthritis is the most common cause. But before you blame your achy joints on arthritis, did you know that everyday medications can cause joint pain too? Here are 10 common offenders.
1) Antibiotic — levofloxacin
GoodRx - May 04, 2018
At GoodRx, we are always trying to make prescriptions more affordable for Americans. But drugs are still too expensive, especially brand-only medications. Unlike generic medications, brand-name drugs only have one manufacturer, which reduces competition and allows manufacturers to price the brand drug as they see fit.
In order to help people afford their brand-name drugs, last May, we launched the InsideRx program on GoodRx that offers an average of 34% off over 100 brand-name prescriptions. See More
Tori Marsh - March 16, 2018
If you’re over the age of 50, you may have started to experience some of those difficult menopause symptoms. Hot flashes, fatigue, night sweats, osteoporosis…not fun.
Luckily there are medications that can help you through menopause. But are they affordable?
One of the more commonly prescribed estrogens to treat menopausal symptoms and prevent osteoporosis is Premarin, but it’s expensive. Premarin is a brand-only medication, and a 30-day supply can cost well over $200. See More
Roni Shye - August 02, 2017
Menopause is the period in a woman’s life when menstruation stops. It typically occurs between 45 and 50 years of age and can increase the risk for medical conditions like heart disease, osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, weight gain, and painful intercourse.
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 24, 2017
Doctors are often asked what ONE pill or supplement they would recommend, or take themselves. The answer to this, I have learned, depends on perspective—based on which specialty the physician practices. So, after 20 years of being surrounded doctors in many fields at an academic medical center, here is the one pill you should be taking, by specialty.
Roni Shye - November 28, 2016
Manufacturer Pfizer Pharmaceuticals has issued a voluntary recall for some brand- name Premarin products. Premarin is a mixture of estrogens used for hormone replacement therapy, and to treat hot flashes and prevent osteoporosis.
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 health consequences. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 26, 2016
The use of bioidentical hormones by menopausal women is on the rise. Bioidentical hormone replacement, also known as compounded hormone therapy, isn’t nearly as well studied as conventional hormone replacement therapy and isn’t regulated—yet it is used by 2.5 million women in the US.
Why’d they become a thing? After publication of the 2002 Women’s Health Initiative findings there were new fears about conventional FDA approved hormone therapy like Prempro, Premarin, estradiol, Menest, and others. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 14, 2015
Local estrogens work for the treatment of vaginal dryness, painful intercourse and preventing urinary tract infections. Forty-five percent of postmenopausal women experience those symptoms but only a minority use vaginal estrogens. A recent study revealed the solution may lie in prescribing vaginal tablets over the creams—more women seem to prefer the tablets.
Why are vaginal estrogens a good thing? They don’t carry the same risks as oral estrogens do because there is much less systemic absorption. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 18, 2014
Estring, Premarin cream or Vagifem: which is better? Without estrogen replacement, one third of women experience symptoms of atrophic vaginitis including dryness, irritation, itching and pain during sex. All vaginal estrogens have been shown to relieve these symptoms and improve quality of life for these women. In addition, vaginal estrogen therapy has been shown to have a favorable effect on libido/sex drive, urinary tract infections and incontinence. See More