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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
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
Benita Lee - June 18, 2018
An unexpected increase in weight can be concerning for anyone. But it’s an unfortunate side effect of many common medications. Insulin, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and even migraine medications can all cause weight gain, and some may even worsen the health conditions they’re trying to treat.
Sudden weight gain is never a reason to stop your medication without seeing your doctor first. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 18, 2018
Joint pain, back aches, and other musculoskeletal complaints are among the most prevalent health issues out there. When it comes to joint pain specifically (known as arthralgia), arthritis is the most common cause. But before you blame your achy joints on arthritis, did you know that everyday medications can cause joint pain too? Here are 10 common offenders.
1) Antibiotic — levofloxacin
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 13, 2018
Sciatica — the pain that travels from your low back down your leg — is extremely common. It affects up to 40% of adults, but there’s a lot of conflicting information out there on which medications work best to relieve pain. Lyrica (pregabalin), Neurontin (gabapentin), and Neurontin + Elavil (amitriptyline) are all popular pain relievers, but here’s what research says about which ones actually work. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 29, 2018
Lyrica (pregabalin) is now one of the 10 most prescribed drugs in the United States. Chemically similar to Neurontin (gabapentin), which is also an anti-epileptic medication, Lyrica is used to treat brain- and nerve-related disorders.
To remember Lyrica’s uses outside of epilepsy, just remember: nerve pain and fibromyalgia. Lyrica received FDA approval for use in cases of partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy (as an add-on medication), nerve pain related to diabetes and nerve pain from shingles (postherpetic neuralgia) in 2004. See More