Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 12, 2016
The American Diabetes Association recommends that metformin be your first line choice for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. However, if you are on the maximum dose of metformin, or can’t tolerate it, there are many other great alternatives that you may not know of—like Victoza (liraglutide).
Victoza is a brand only medication, given once daily as a subcutaneous injection, and is a great option for overweight type 2 diabetics. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 06, 2016
Fatty liver disease is now the most common cause of abnormal liver blood tests in the United States. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, is often discovered during a visit to your doctor, with the news that your “liver function blood tests” are abnormal. After being told your AST and ALT blood tests are abnormal you may have a liver ultrasound to confirm fatty liver changes.
NAFLD can lead to cirrhosis—chronic liver damage, that can lead to liver failure—so here are 10 ways to reverse fatty liver. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 06, 2015
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes. That’s more than 10% of the US—and that number continues to rise. More than 1.7 million adults were diagnosed with diabetes in 2012 alone.
Fortunately, several new medications for diabetes have recently been approved—Toujeo (a new insulin product), Synjardy (a new combination of empagliflozin/metformin) and others. These new drugs provide several benefits such as fewer side effects or foolproof self-dosing with an insulin pen. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - May 05, 2015
Did you read our blog on insulin vials and think to yourself, does this apply to my insulin pens too? If so, this post is for you!
With so many different insulin and insulin-like products out there these days it can be hard keep track of how long each of these pens stays good.
Depending on your dose, you may still have insulin left in your pen at the manufacturer-recommended time to throw it away. If this sounds like a familiar situation, know that it is important to throw away your pen regardless of whether you have any leftover. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 31, 2014
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 04, 2014
The newest of the injectable diabetes medications which also helped diabetics lose weight is Trulicity, just approved in September 2014. Given that Trulicity has a low incidence of hypoglycemia and mild gastrointestinal side effects it will become a good option for type II diabetics.
The GoodRx Pharmacist - September 26, 2014
Trulicity (dulaglutide) is a new once-weekly injection approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, in combination with diet and exercise. It was approved by the FDA on September 18, 2014.
When will Trulicity be available?
According to the manufacturer, Eli Lilly and Company, the anticipated availability date for Trulicity is later this year.
Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 16, 2014
Do we have better meds for weight loss now? September brought news of two new weight loss medications, Contrave and Saxenda. Funny thing is both of them are drugs used for other indications, now approved for weight loss. So these meds have been around, in one form or another. These two will join Belviq, Qsymia, and orlistat (available over the counter as Alli).
The GoodRx Pharmacist - September 15, 2014
As 2014 comes to a close, we should be thinking about what to expect for 2015. The start of a new year is a time for new challenges, new goals, and inevitably, a new prescription formulary.
What does this mean for you?
Express Scripts and Caremark have decided to remove certain diabetes medications from their national preferred formulary and provided a list of covered alternatives. For more information and the full list of excluded drugs, see our post on the 2015 formulary changes. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - April 28, 2014
Tanzeum (albiglutide) has just been approved by the FDA for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is intended to be used in combination with diet and exercise to help improve your blood sugar.