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
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 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
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 30, 2018
A generic drug is affordable, right? Unfortunately, not always.
In the case of generic valsartan, a medication that treats high blood pressure, a 30-day supply can cost over $100 without insurance. Plus, since valsartan is a generic, there’s little to no chance that a cheaper equivalent will come to the market.
So, how can you save?
What is valsartan?
Generic valsartan, which is also available as brand-name Diovan, is a popular angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) that lowers blood pressure by blocking a hormone known as angiotensin II, which normally tightens the blood vessels. See More
Tori Marsh - October 11, 2018
Another month, another round of price increases. This September, six popular drugs saw substantial price increases, by as much as 9.8% in some cases.
The GoodRx Index also featured the following trends in the month of September:
- Flu season is starting. Prescription fills for popular cold and flu medications surged in September.
- Actimmune, used to treat osteoperosis and chronic granulomatous disease, continues to be the most expensive drug in the US at over $53,000 for a 30-day supply. See More
Roni Shye - September 14, 2018
In the land of high blood pressure medications, ACE inhibitors and ARBs are pretty standard. That means that if you are being treated for high blood pressure, you’re likely to be on one of these medications. ACE inhibitors and ARBs represent two groups of drugs that treat hypertension, but they differ in how they work and their side effects.
What is hypertension?
Hypertension (aka. high blood pressure) is when the pressure in your blood vessels is too high. 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
Katie Mui - March 28, 2018
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Meet Patrick: Veterinarian technician by day, ghost hunter by night. That’s right, Patrick, a 26-year-old Ohioan, splits his time between his two passions – taking care of animals and investigating paranormal activity (more on that later). See More
Roni Shye - January 16, 2018
If you’ve ever been afraid to show up at your doctor’s office because you’ve been “bad” then this post is for YOU! You may think your doctor is “pushing medications on you” especially if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms of the condition they are treating you for. However, their reasoning is not without sound medical and professional judgment.
One of the many reasons you might receive a lecture about the importance of taking your medications is due to the progressive nature of many diseases if not properly treated. See More