Katie Mui - November 16, 2017
One of the biggest downsides to taking a medication is side effects. After a dose of most drugs, the amount in the bloodstream spikes quickly, and then is flushed away within the course of a few hours. This means the amount of medicine in the body can vary at any point in time – and that spike can mean nasty side effects.
This problem is exactly what extended release (often noted as ER or XR) drugs were designed for. See More
Roni Shye - February 18, 2016
So you’ve used GoodRx to compare prices on your prescription, and you found a less expensive pharmacy. But transferring your prescription is a pain, right? It’s actually easier than you may think! Generally, your new pharmacy will want to make the transfer as smooth as possible—and there are a few things you can to do keep things simple:
- Let your new pharmacy know that you want to transfer your prescriptions from your old pharmacy. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 19, 2015
Dry mouth isn’t just an annoyance, it can lead to serious dental issues. Xerostomia is the medical term for dry mouth and when it happens, you’ll want to know what’s causing it.
Risk factors for dry mouth include medications, mouth breathing, older age, and a history of radiation therapy in cancer patients. Medical conditions that contribute to dry mouth include Sjögren’s syndrome, diabetes, and anxiety disorders, and these can be easily ruled out by your doctor. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - February 12, 2015
Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have now passed medical marijuana laws, and four more have pending legislation to legalize medical marijuana. Meanwhile, the use of prescription opioid medications (hydrocodone, oxycodone) has increased as the number of Americans with chronic non-cancer pain has increased. With that, we have seen in the United States the disturbing rise in prescription opioid abuse and overdose deaths. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 18, 2014
Benzodiazepines are great for anxiety but used long term there are downsides. Long-term use of benzodiazepines can be habit forming and oh—put you at increased risk of Alzheimer disease.
Common benzodiazepines like Xanax (alprazolam), Ativan (lorazepam) and Valium (diazepam) are used to treat anxiety symptoms, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder and have been associated with cognitive impairment in some older adults. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 10, 2014
Benzodiazepines are a class of prescription drugs prone to abuse, and in 2012 doctors wrote 37.6 benzodiazepine prescriptions per 100 persons in the United States. Remember benzodiazepines come in short-acting forms like Ativan (lorazepam) and Xanax (alprazolam) and longer-acting forms like Klonopin (clonazepam). See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 10, 2014
One in ten visits to a primary care doctor is for fatigue. While certainly not the only cause, your medications can be the culprit for making you sleepy. Here are the players you need to know about.
Beta blockers. These are medications used for high blood pressure, migraine prevention, control of heart rate in atrial fibrillation, and they improve mortality after heart attack. Ok, now for the downside. They can make you sleepy. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 07, 2014
Benzodiazepines (BZDs) are one of the most commonly taken psychotropic drugs, often used for anxiety. Prolonged use of BZDs is a widespread phenomenon in medical practice yet it may surprise you to know that these medications are really only meant to be used short-term. Both alprazolam (Xanax) and lorazepam (Ativan) are considered short-acting BZDs and when used for the right reasons are quite effective. 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