Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 14, 2018
You may have read about the dangers of Ambien (zolpidem) or why you should stay away from habit-forming sleeping pills like Valium (diazepam) and wondered, what can I take for sleep? Fortunately, there are many options for the short-term treatment of insomnia. Here’s how to choose the right one for you.
What are my options?
Medications commonly used to treat insomnia include benzodiazepines (Ativan, Valium, Klonopin, Restoril), atypical benzodiazepines (Ambien, Sonata, Lunesta), melatonin agonists (Rozerem), antidepressants (Silenor, amitriptyline, trazodone) and our newest one, Belsomra. See More
Thomas Goetz - September 06, 2018
If you believe the best way to pay for your prescription is with health insurance, you’re hardly alone. After all, that’s why we have insurance in the first place, and that’s what we expect insurance to do—to cover our healthcare expenses. So when we get to the pharmacy, we show our insurance card, fork over the copay, and move along.
But it turns out this may be costing us money. For many popular drugs—including lisinopril, levothyroxine, and prescription ibuprofen—insurance copays are often higher than what people would pay with a discount from GoodRx. 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 - November 15, 2016
We hear “false positive” as a defense from professional athletes all the time when it comes to drug screens—but unexpected results on drug tests really do happen.
A urine drug screen tests for the presence of certain illegal drugs and prescription medications. You may be more likely to be tested when applying for a job than when playing professional sports, but you could also be affected by a false positive. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 24, 2015
Almost 10% of Americans will battle depression over their lifetime. Some people will find themselves depressed after a traumatic life event; for others, it’s a constant battle.
While depression can happen to anyone, here are some surprising statistics:
- People living in the southeast US tend to have a higher incidence of depression.
- People with lower levels of education tend to report more depression. See More
Roni Shye - May 26, 2015
Whether you use one medication or fifteen, it is important to know exactly what your doctor has prescribed for youto make sure you get the right medication and dose each time. You should also know why your meds were prescribed, and how you are supposed to take them.
It’s unfortunate but true that many people don’t know what they’re taking, let alone why. Playing a proactive role in managing your medications may not always be easy, but you can look for help from your pharmacist, doctor, or nurse. See More
Roni Shye - May 29, 2013
Insomnia is defined as “difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep” either over a short period of time or as a chronic problem. It is believed to affect 30 – 35% of adults and is common in the elderly. In some cases difficulty sleeping can be related to short-term stress (anxiety, worry, environment) that leads to sleep disturbances. In other cases, underlying medical conditions can cause chronic insomnia. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 30, 2013
Memory loss, dementia, and cardiovascular disease prevention are the main reasons many of you wonder if you should be taking gingko (Gingko biloba).
There was hope for years in gingko. It works to improve blood flow through increased release of nitric oxide, and it works as an anti-inflammatory so it was believed to be neuroprotective.
Well, it doesn’t really do what we’d hoped. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine funded the Gingko Evaluation of Memory (GEM) study, the largest and longest trial done. See More