Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 14, 2018
Synthroid (levothyroxine) is the most commonly prescribed medication in the US, and is used to treat hypothyroidism—often for a lifetime. Symptoms of hypothyroidism, or under-active thyroid, may include fatigue, weight loss, anxiety and depression. Here are seven questions I get asked a lot about levothyroxine and thyroid hormone replacement therapy.
What is levothyroxine?
Synthetic thyroxine (T4) comes as brand-name Synthroid or generic levothyroxine. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 09, 2018
My hands are shaking. Is it Parkinson’s? Something else? Shakiness, or tremors, is a common problem that brings patients to my office. If you start having shaky hands, you may worry that you have Parkinson’s disease, but many other things can cause tremors—like medications. The good news is, drug-induced tremors go away with lower doses or if you stop taking the medication.
Signs a medication may be causing your tremor
Medications can both cause tremors and make them worse. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 05, 2018
Levothyroxine is the current standard treatment for hypothyroidism, but many patients are hesitant about a drug they may have to take for their lifetime. I get that. From when to take it and what it does to your body to different options in medications, it can be scary. So, here are some lesser known facts about levothyroxine that may help seal your commitment.
Katie Mui - May 11, 2018
We often hear from people who are using GoodRx to not only on their own medications, but on their family’s too. Here’s a look at some of those stories.
When Donna went to her pharmacy to refill her levothyroxine (Synthroid) earlier this year, she was surprised to see the price had doubled. Hoping to find a coupon for it, she opened the GoodRx app on her phone and saw our blog post about the price increase. See More
Katie Mui - May 09, 2018
Every day, hundreds of doctors and pharmacists across the US use GoodRx to help their patients save money. We recently checked in with one doctor, Dr. Amie Stringfellow, who runs Milepost Medical in Houston, Texas, to learn how GoodRx helps her direct primary care practice.
Direct primary care, or DPC, is a new breed of medical practice where patients pay a monthly fee (similar to a retainer) to get access to the care they need. See More
Katie Mui - April 05, 2018
GoodRx started with a simple idea: Help people find affordable medications. Help people understand their options. Help people get what they need for their health. Basically, we like to think that GoodRx helps. We’d love to hear and share more of your stories, so tell us on Facebook or Twitter with the tag #GoodRxHelps.
Almost exactly 3 years ago, at the age of 54, Karla had a stroke that left her with something called vestibular dysfunction. See More
Tori Marsh - January 12, 2018
One of the most popular drugs in the country, levothyroxine – also known as the brand name Synthroid – is in short supply, making prices higher and even leaving some patients without the drug. The shortage is a result of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which hit Puerto Rico nearly four months ago, and knocked out manufacturing facilities for many drugs and medical supplies, including levothyroxine. See More
Katie Mui - November 07, 2017
Why is Synthroid (levothyroxine), a medication that treats thyroid hormone deficiencies—or hypothyroidism, as it’s called—the number one drug in terms of the number of prescriptions written by physicians?
It’s easy to understand why atorvastatin would be on the list. For years, widespread marketing has flooded with TV commercials and website ads for statins as a means (after changes in diet and exercise) to treat high cholesterol. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 06, 2017
Most diarrhea will resolve within 24 to 48 hours—if it’s caused by viral gastroenteritis (a stomach bug) or food borne illness. If your diarrhea is hanging on and not resolving, take a look at your medications. It can be challenging to identify which medication may be causing drug-induced diarrhea, especially if you’re taking multiple medications. Here are some well-known offenders commonly associated with drug-induced diarrhea. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 24, 2017
If you have depression that hasn’t responded to a single antidepressant, switching to another one or adding a second medication is your next step. New evidence is guiding what to do next if you aren’t much better after 6 – 12 weeks of treatment.
When your antidepressant isn’t working to improve or relieve your depressive symptoms, what’s your next step?
- Don’t stop and switch. See More