Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 02, 2018
With new guidelines issued by the American Heart Association, the goal blood pressure for all adults is now less than 130/80. The first number of your blood pressure, 130, is the systolic blood pressure and the second number, 80, is diastolic.
It is estimated almost half of Americans may meet the criteria for high blood pressure (BP), which can increase the risk for serious adverse cardiovascular events. See More
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 - 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 - 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
Elizabeth Davis - October 27, 2014
We get lots of questions from folks who don’t understand how GoodRx works. Over the next few months, we’ll provide a few true stories of Americans who are fighting to afford their health care, and some of the ways that GoodRx is being used to help.
Lauren counts herself lucky—she has a steady job at a large company, and her employer provides health insurance. There’s just one catch: the only plan offered by her company has a very high deductible of $3,500. See More
Elizabeth Davis - October 02, 2014
We get lots of questions from folks who don’t understand how GoodRx works. Over the next few months, we’ll provide a few short examples from Americans who have used GoodRx to understand and control their healthcare costs.
Imagine if your family’s prescriptions cost almost $1,000 per month. All out of your pocket.
Jason, a father from Jackson, New Jersey, found himself in exactly that position. He has a steady job as an insurance claims investigator, but his company doesn’t provide health insurance. See More
Roni Shye - February 11, 2014
It’s no secret that tobacco can cause cancer, especially since the tobacco manufacturers are required to put that information on the label. However, 43.8 million adults (1 in 5 people) currently smoke cigarettes according to the American Cancer Society. And cigarettes are not the only tobacco product that Americans use—a survey from 2010 conducted by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration found that 8. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 23, 2012
So does my bupropion XL even work? That is the question my patients have been asking the last two weeks. I wonder too. Here is what we know thus far:
• On October 3, 2012, the FDA announced that Budeprion XL 300 mg (bupropion extended-release tablets), marketed by Teva Pharmaceuticals, is not therapeutically equivalent to Wellbutrin XL 300 mg and it was withdrawn from the market. So, it didn’t work the way Wellbutrin XL worked. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 11, 2012
This story should get under your skin. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the drug company that makes Wellbutrin (bupropion), has agreed to pay $3 billion to the federal government. GSK plead guilty to charges of illegally promoting two antidepressants and withholding key safety information about the diabetes drug Avandia.
As part of the settlement, the drug company admitted promoting the drugs Paxil (paroxetine) and Wellbutrin for off-label uses and failing to report safety data about the diabetes medication Avandia. See More