Benita Lee - August 11, 2018
Several medications containing the blood pressure and heart failure drug, valsartan, were recalled last month due to concerns over contamination. At the time, the FDA announced that they found NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine), a possible cancer-causing substance, in the drugs. The FDA has now expanded the list of recalled products.
What is valsartan for?
Valsartan is a drug prescribed to treat high blood pressure and heart failure, and to reduce the risk of death in people with heart dysfunction after suffering a heart attack. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 02, 2018
As both an advisor to GoodRx and physician who uses it regularly in a busy private practice, I wanted to pass along the most effective ways to save money for patients using GoodRx. Not only are our patients more willing to take their medications if they can afford them, but the savings they glean can change their lives, literally. If patients can get the prescriptions they need at a price they can afford – we all win. See More
Katie Mui - March 28, 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.
Meet Patrick: Veterinarian technician by day, ghost hunter by night. That’s right, Patrick, a 26-year-old Ohioan, splits his time between his two passions – taking care of animals and investigating paranormal activity (more on that later). See More
Roni Shye - January 09, 2018
Valsartan is a common angiotensin receptor blocker used to treat heart failure, heart attack, and hypertension. In the past, valsartan was only available in tablet form, but a new version of this has been approved.
On December 19th, 2017, the FDA approved Prexxartan, the first oral solution for the treatment of various heart problems like high blood pressure.
What is Prexxartan indicated for?
Prexxartan is indicated for the following:
- High-blood pressure in adults and children 6 years of age and older
- Heart failure
- Stable left-ventricular failure or left ventricular dysfunction after having a heart attack. 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 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 - January 31, 2017
High blood pressure is a key risk factor for stroke and heart disease, but it is easy to treat! If you have tried lifestyle changes and your blood pressures is still greater than 140/90, your doctor may discuss starting a medication to lower your pressure. If this is the case, it might be difficult to decide on which blood pressure medication is best for you. However, it turns out this question has been well studied, and the answer partly depends on your age and race. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - February 24, 2016
A new combination pill is available that will save lives from heart failure. Entresto has been shown to reduce hospitalizations and save lives from heart failure in certain patients. Entresto is a promising pill that is a mixture of old and new—here’s what you need to know.
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 11, 2014
If you’ve been on Diovan or the generic version valsartan, and are being told by your insurance it will no longer be covered—you need a plan. Can you switch to losartan (Cozaar) or another medication to save money?
Here are some simple things to know if you’ve been told to switch your ARB to losartan:
Roni Shye - July 31, 2014
In the land of high blood pressure medications, ACE inhibitors and ARBs are considered first-line therapies. That means, if you are being medically treated for hypertension (or high blood pressure), you’re likely to be on one of these types of medications. ACE inhibitors and ARBs represent two groups of drugs that both treat hypertension, but they differ in how they work and what side effects you might experience. See More