Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 28, 2017
More than one in ten visits to a primary care doctor is for fatigue. Fatigue is composed of three major components: generalized weakness (difficulty in initiating activities), easy fatigability (difficulty in completing activities), and mental fatigue (difficulty with concentration and memory). While certainly not the only answer, medications may cause fatigue. Here are some of the common culprits.
Beta-blockers wear many hats. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 25, 2017
Your eyes have a combination of a relatively small size with a rich blood supply that makes them extra vulnerable to negative side effects from medications.
These side effects vary—and may involve the lens, retina or cornea. If you’re older, or using a medication at a high dose for a longer period of time, be aware that your risk will be higher.
Here are ten oral medications known to have adverse effects on the eye:
- Alendronate (Fosamax) is taken once a week and belongs to a class of medications used for osteoporosis called bisphosphonates. 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 - December 21, 2016
“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
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 18, 2016
While interventions like group or individual therapy are effective for alcohol abuse, 70 percent of people relapse after psychosocial treatment alone. There are several medications that can be used to treat alcohol use disorder, leading to reduced heavy drinking and increased days of abstinence. So here are the fab five to get to know:
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 19, 2014
For people who suffer with 3 – 4 headaches a month and have been refractory or can’t tolerate other therapies, Namenda may be an option.
The GoodRx Pharmacist - March 27, 2014
Qudexy XR is indicated for initial or adjunctive therapy (treatment alone or with other medications or treatment options) in certain patients with partial-onset seizures, primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, or seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. It was approved by the FDA on March 11, 2014.
When will Qudexy XR be available to patients?
Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 14, 2014
1. Topamax (topiramate) works for the prevention of migraine and for seizures. What is awesome is the exact mechanism of its effects are unknown. So we don’t really know why it works to prevent migraines. We do know that topiramate may block the spread of seizures rather than raise the seizure threshold like other anti-seizure medications.
Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 24, 2013
Topamax (topiramate) is used for the treatment of epilepsy, migraine headaches and weight loss (as half of the new weight loss drug Qsymia). Now, there is a new long-acting Topamax called Trokendi XR.
Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 04, 2012
And away we go! Another weight loss drug, Qsymia, has won FDA approval.
Surprise! The “new” medication for weight loss is a combination of two existing medications. On the heels of Belviq, a weight loss medication approved a month ago, we now have a combination of phentermine and topiramate (Topamax) called Qsymia.