Where's the Generic? Looking for Suboxone sublingual tablets? The brand-name version has been discontinued, but generic buprenorphine/naloxone is still available. Learn 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
Roni Shye - March 24, 2015
When you pick up your medications at the pharmacy you may notice that they are typically dispensed in amber colored vials or plastic containers. You may or may not be aware that these amber colored vials are not the original bottle the manufacturer dispensed the medication in.
For the majority of medications, transferring them from the manufacturer’s original bottle to the pharmacy’s amber vials is not a big deal, and lets the pharmacy purchase in bulk (which is more cost-effective)—unless you are taking certain medications. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - February 20, 2014
Prescription drug abuse, as you know, is an epidemic in the United States. So, what are we doing about it? One of the new ways pharmaceutical companies are trying to help out is to make opioids with abuse “deterrent” properties. For folks who crush these opioids to snort or dissolve them to inject for quicker onset and a better high, it’s getting harder.
Here are the opioids that are hardest to abuse and why:
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Roni Shye - December 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. Caremark has made a change in their coverage of opioid dependence meds that may affect you:
Caremark’s coverage of Suboxone film is being replaced by the sublingual tablet form, which is now only available as generic buprenorphine/naloxone—brand name Suboxone sublinguals have been discontinued. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 01, 2013
Methadone is no longer the mainstay of treatment for addiction from heroin and other opiates like Dilaudid, Oxycontin and fentanyl. The past couple years have brought newer medications, giving us more weapons in the war against opiate addiction.
Many of you have heard about Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) for the treatment of opioid addiction (see my previous blog: https://www.goodrx.com/blog/2012/07/30/know-about-suboxone). See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 30, 2012
There is a news story once a week about Suboxone. A pill to treat your addiction to pills? Is that madness? Is it different than methadone? There has been a lot of press about Suboxone, so here are the basic facts about this drug.