Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 21, 2019
Atorvastatin (Lipitor), one of the top 10 most commonly prescribed drugs, is great at lowering cholesterol but often gets a bad rap.
Muscle pain and cramps, diarrhea, and stomach upset are adverse reactions known to occur with atorvastatin, and those deserve attention for sure. But, studies suggest that only around 50% of patients who receive a prescription for a cholesterol-lowering drug continue to take the medication 6 months later, and the main reason they give for stopping the medication is “side effects”. See More
Dr. Sophie Vergnaud - December 21, 2018
Did you know that medications cause one-quarter of all erectile dysfunction cases? If you have noticed issues getting and maintaining a satisfying erection, a good place to start looking is the meds you are taking.
Next, ask yourself and your doctor:
- Do you really need to take that medication?
- Can you switch to another medication that doesn’t cause ED?
If you can’t stop the medication causing your ED, don’t worry. See More
Benita Lee - December 14, 2018
GoodRx is thrilled to work with The Kroger Co. in the launch of the The Kroger Rx Savings Club, which will help patients save as much as 100% on prescription drugs. The Club will provide exclusive access to discounts on some of the most popular generic medications in the US, including drugs for diabetes, asthma, mental health issues, women’s health concerns, gastrointestinal conditions and heart disease. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 08, 2018
Popular medications like statins and diuretics can come with the side effect of raising your blood sugar levels—and that can be a problem whether or not you have diabetes. Fortunately, if you discover that your medication is giving you high blood sugar, you can usually reverse the effect by switching to a different treatment. Keep your eyes out for these common culprits.
Simvastatin, atorvastatin and rosuvastatin
Regular use of statins, a group of drugs used to treat high cholesterol, can cause as much as a 12% increase in blood sugar levels. See More
Roni Shye - December 05, 2018
The temptation of gorging on delicious food between Halloween and New Year’s is no joke. From Halloween candy to pumpkin pie, the average person gains about one pound during the holiday. But, overindulging in some of these holiday foods could be dangerous, especially if you’re taking certain medications.
Meds that interact with high fat or high-caloric meals
Holiday meals can contain a lot of high-fat foods, but unfortunately, two popular medications won’t mix well with them. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 04, 2018
Health complaints like weakness, stomach pain, and a tendency to lose balance and fall are all common problems in older adults—and they often occur as side effects of popular medications. These medications aren’t bad, but they happen to carry some well-known downsides, especially in folks over 65. Here are the eight most common drug side effects in the elderly and the medications that cause them.
1) Muscle pain and weakness
Aching and weakness of the muscles, or myopathy, occurs in 10% to 15% of elderly folks taking statins, a class of drugs used to treat high cholesterol. See More
Tori Marsh - November 30, 2018
The medication you’re prescribed is based on your symptoms and diagnosis, right? Not always. A new analysis of Medicare Part D prescription data by the GoodRx research team reveals that location and physician specialty can play a large part in exactly what medication you’re prescribed.
In the case of statins, prescribers have a host of medications to choose from: atorvastatin (Lipitor),pravastatin (Pravachol) andsimvastatin (Zocor), just to name a few. See More
Tori Marsh - November 29, 2018
Just today, Walmart Pharmacy updated their savings program. While some new drugs have been added to the program, you may notice that Walmart no longer offers savings for your medication. Here’s what you need to know.
Let’s start with the bad news. Walmart removed 58 drugs and dosages like estradiol, lisinopril/hctz and prednisone from their savings program, but they added savings for 94 new drugs and dosages, including amlodipine and omeprazole. See More
Tori Marsh - November 07, 2018
Finally, some good news. This past October, amid efforts by the Trump administration aimed at improving drug price transparency, prices for some popular drugs dropped drastically.
According to the GoodRx Index, drug manufacturer Merck reduced the list price for Zepatier by 60% and six other drugs by around 10% each.
The GoodRx Index also showed the following trends during the month of October:
- Prescription fills spiked for popular quadrivalent flu shots like Fluzone and Fluarix. See More
Thomas Goetz - October 25, 2018
Everyone agrees that more transparency on drug prices is a good idea. Who’d argue against letting the public know what a drug costs? But nothing is simple when it comes to prescription medication prices, starting with the most basic question: What, exactly, is a drug’s price?