Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 06, 2018
Knowing which medications can interfere with calcium can mean the difference between being healthy and being critically ill. Not only is 99% of the calcium in adults found in the skeleton, but we need it for other everyday functions too — from maintaining healthy nerves to regulating blood clotting and muscle contractions.
The amount of calcium in your blood can tell a lot about your health. It reflects how much of the mineral is leaked from bones, how it’s absorbed in your intestines, and how it’s filtered in your kidneys. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 16, 2018
Falling and breaking a bone can be scary, especially for older people. Every 11 seconds, a US adult over the age of 65 is treated in the emergency room for a fall, and statistics show that 1 in 5 older adults die within one year of sustaining a hip fracture.
It’s not all bad news though. We’ve actually made progress in decreasing the total hip and spine fractures each year. And it turns out, many falls are, in fact, preventable. See More
Roni Shye - May 20, 2015
Medications these days are not only limited to traditional routes like taking a pill by mouth. A variety of new and improved dosage forms have been created with your best interests in mind.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medication, or for example, if you’re a diabetic who doesn’t like needles, one of the newer dosage forms just might be right for you!
What types of new dosage forms now exist?
- Iontophoretic transdermal systems
- Long-acting injections
- Inhaled medications
- Dissolvable tablets and films
Are there advantages to using these newer forms?
Yes—some of these new forms can help you resolve common issues like:
- Problems swallowing medication. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 22, 2014
When certain medications come along that may transform the way we treat common conditions, like osteoporosis, you should know about it. So, what is this new injection for osteoporosis?
Prolia (denosumab) is an injection given every 6 months for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. Here is what you need to know about the injection that may change the management of osteoporosis:
What medications do we have now? Bisphosphonate medications are the current first line treatment of osteoporosis and include the well known once a week alendronate (Fosamax) and once a month ibandronate (Boniva). See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 13, 2013
Our offices are packed with folks “gettin’ things done” before the end of the year because they’ve met their deductible and, well, things are “free” now. Here are the things you can think about cramming in before 2014 starts.
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 06, 2012
The medications widely used for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis are the bisphosphonates: Boniva (ibandronate), Fosamax (alendronate) and Actonel (risedronate). While these are safe and effective, concerns have been raised about some side effects like atypical fractures and jaw osteonecrosis (“dead” jaw bone) making some folks leery of taking these meds.