Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 19, 2018
“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
Katie Mui - September 06, 2018
David and Linda, both in their early seventies and retired, have had their fair share of health problems—and good medical care doesn’t come cheap. They are enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B, so their hospital expenses and what are known as medically necessary expenses (think doctor’s visits, lab work, and certain medical equipment) are covered. But they can’t afford Medicare Part D, and without any prescription drug coverage, they rely on GoodRx to save where they can. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 20, 2018
Most people benefit from the therapeutic effects of a medication, but adverse events ranging from minor side effects to death may occur. Serious side effects are often unavoidable, coming without warning, and something neither the folks who suffer them or their physician will ever forget. Here are ten of the craziest medication side effects.
1) Severe blisters and peeling skin
Picture someone who ends up in a burn unit after their skin sheds off due to a medication. See More
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
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 05, 2018
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
Tori Marsh - May 18, 2018
On May 17th, the FDA approved Aimovig, the first medication specifically developed to prevent chronic migraines. Makers of Aimovig say that patients on the drug can experience, on average, one to two fewer migraine days per month. But at a price of $575 per month, is it worth it?
Roni Shye - February 07, 2018
The number of people who have asthma continues to grow – an estimated 24.6 million Americans are currently suffering from the disease. Things that can trigger asthma include allergies, exercise, acid reflux, and irritants like smoke or perfumes. But did you know that prescription and over-the-counter medications can also cause problems with asthma?
Here are some medications that can make your asthma worse, or even cause an asthma attack. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 17, 2017
It’s not being overly dramatic to say that abnormal levels of potassium may actually kill you. Serum (bloodstream) potassium is an electrolyte, and imbalances are called hyperkalemia (when too high) and hypokalemia (when too low). Cardiac arrhythmias are a known serious outcome of both hypo- and hyperkalemia, and national statistics indicate that almost half of 1% of emergency department visits and 2% of hospitalizations for high potassium end in death. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 25, 2017
Almost half of Americans have used a prescription medication in the past 30 days, for a wide variety of benefits. The benefits of medications are the helpful effects you get when you use them, such as lowering blood pressure, treating infection, or relieving pain. Turns out there are some standout medications that can accomplish two or more things, sometimes with very different effects. More than one benefit? That’s a nice upside . See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 27, 2015
Some interesting news came out of a study done at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where a common high blood pressure medication was shown to improve survival in those with ovarian cancer. In addition to standard treatment with surgery and chemotherapy, women taking propranolol (Inderal) or other similar medications lived longer.
How do heart meds help with ovarian cancer?
- Adrenergic receptors: The two types are alpha or beta and when activated, result in growth and progression of ovarian cancer. See More