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Katie Mui - December 14, 2018
When we hear about pets being blind or having diabetes, we tend to tilt our heads and think, “Yeah, I guess that makes sense.” But beyond the common health conditions we share with our furry friends, there are still plenty of pet illnesses that we know very little about. Theo, an adorable 2-year-old tabby cat, has one of them—feline hyperesthesia.
When Theo was just 6 months old, his owner, Colleen, started noticing behavior that stretched outside the usual levels of kitten energy and excitement. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 13, 2018
Swelling, or edema, in the legs is a common side effect of medications. Either the medication is the primary cause of the swelling, or it’s making already swollen legs worse. If you notice that your shoes are tight or that you have puffy legs, consider when the swelling began and whether your medication is the culprit.
First, how do you determine the cause of swelling?
Gradual swelling in your legs and feet might not be obvious, but if you have imprints from your socks or puffy legs, or you have what’s known as pitting edema (where you can make an indent in your leg with your thumb), those are all signs that you have some extra fluid in your limbs. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 06, 2018
While hormone treatments are the most effective medications for menopausal symptom relief, the thought of them potentially causing breast cancer, stroke or heart disease gives many patients pause. As it turns out, there are many well-studied alternatives to hormones for menopause symptoms. Whether you have insomnia, irritability or vaginal dryness, let’s take a look at your options.
Hot flashes, insomnia and mood changes
Common non-hormone options here include SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) and anti-epileptics. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 19, 2018
“Can I just stop my medication?” This question, frequently asked of primary care doctors, has a complicated answer. For starters, if you are taking a medication that is controlling an ongoing medical problem like high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol, you should never stop it on your own—or your problem will return. Many patients do come clean though and report that they just plain stopped their meds. See More
Tori Marsh - September 08, 2018
Amid new efforts from the White House to rein in skyrocketing drug prices, like calling for greater price transparency and pressuring manufacturers to limit price hikes, four drugs saw price increases of more than 9% this August.
The GoodRx Index also showed the following trends in the month of August:
- Given an unusually tough fire season, prescription fills for inhalers are on the rise, by as much as 15% since July in some cases. See More
Tori Marsh - August 07, 2018
Over the past nine months, prices for brand drugs have spiked substantially—by about 30%. According to the GoodRx Index, the average cash price for a 30-day supply of the top 100 brand-name drugs increased from $300 in October to over $400 in July.
One of the biggest pharmacy benefit managers (PBM), Express Scripts, just announced that they will be dropping coverage for over 48 new drugs. This is bad news for many Americans who might find themselves on the hook for a drug that continues to increase in price. See More
Marie Beaugureau - July 13, 2018
Opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine have long been considered some of the most helpful drugs for managing acute pain. However, rates of opioid abuse and overdose deaths have skyrocketed in recent years. And now it turns out that there’s another reason to avoid opioids: they may not be the most effective treatment for pain relief after all.
Do opioids work better than other pain relievers?
Not necessarily. See More
GoodRx - June 29, 2018
At GoodRx, we are always trying to find you the best savings on prescription drugs, and we have good news. Today, we are excited to announce lower prices on some popular prescriptions.
Deeper discounts are available on many drugs at Walmart, and include terrific savings on these medications:
|Drug||Strength||New lower price|
|atorvastatin||40 mg tablet||$11|
|bupropion XL||150 mg tablet||$20|
|duloxetine||30 mg capsule||$18|
|escitalopram||20 mg tablet||$10.|
Benita Lee - June 22, 2018
As with other forms of coverage restrictions, insurance plans use quantity limits to ensure patient safety and control healthcare costs. Quantity limits define how much of a drug you can fill during a specific time period, but they can be a hassle. Here’s how to navigate your plan’s policies, so you can still get the medications you need.
How do quantity limits work?
Generally speaking, plans will review clinical and FDA literature to decide how much of a drug they will cover in a certain time period. See More