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
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 26, 2018
When asked about the medical condition they fear the most, adults overwhelmingly point to dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s-related dementia. Treatment options for dementia are dismal, so the focus needs to be on prevention. It might be hard to believe, but risk factors for dementia include common things like diabetes, high blood pressure, physical inactivity—and even some medications.
Multiple studies on older adults have shown a link between certain medications and dementia, which includes symptoms like poor memory, mood swings, trouble with communication, and impaired reasoning. See More
Tori Marsh - September 12, 2018
Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) is a popular medication used to treat heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), but it can be expensive—the cash price for a 30-day supply can cost well over $300. What’s more, even though generic dexlansoprazole was approved in 2017, we may have to wait some time until it hits pharmacies.
Luckily, there are ways for you to save.
What is Dexilant?
Dexilant is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) used to treat GERD and heartburn. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 30, 2018
Indigestion, or dyspepsia, is pain around your upper stomach area that often comes after eating. It’s different from heartburn and is a problem primary care doctors hear about daily. So, what causes indigestion and what can you do about it?
In 2017, the American College of Gastroenterology published guidelines for dealing with dyspepsia. Here’s the upshot and the stepwise plan you and your doctor should take to relieve your symptoms. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 23, 2018
Can I just change my proton-pump inhibitor? That’s a question patients with acid reflux and heartburn ask me all the time. Whether for insurance purposes, cost, or ease of refilling, can you just switch from one proton-pump inhibitor to another?
Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) like esomeprazole (Nexium), pantoprazole (Protonix), omeprazole (Prilosec) and lansoprazole (Prevacid) are commonly used to treat acid reflux (GERD), acid regurgitation and heartburn. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 20, 2018
Medications for acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) come in three flavors: H2 blockers, proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), and antacids. They all work differently and are geared towards either prevention or quick relief. If you’re struggling with reflux and want to start treating the symptoms yourself, here’s what you need to know:
H2 blockers — start here
H2 blockers are short-term preventative medications that decrease stomach acid. See More
Tori Marsh - June 13, 2018
Patients often turn to generic medications for cheaper alternatives to brand-name drugs, but over the past couple years, prices for generics have increased substantially, and some of the most expensive generic medications run above $100 for a month’s supply. Every year, people are paying more for them despite insurance coverage due to high deductibles and formulary changes.
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 06, 2017
Most diarrhea will resolve within 24 to 48 hours—if it’s caused by viral gastroenteritis (a stomach bug) or food borne illness. If your diarrhea is hanging on and not resolving, take a look at your medications. It can be challenging to identify which medication may be causing drug-induced diarrhea, especially if you’re taking multiple medications. Here are some well-known offenders commonly associated with drug-induced diarrhea. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - March 16, 2017
Many of you don’t want to rely solely on medications for heartburn and reflux symptoms. While proton pump inhibitors—omeprazole (Prilosec), pantoprazole (Protonix), esomeprazole (Nexium)—and H2 blockers—Zantac, Tagamet, Pepcid—do work, there may be downsides to long term use.
Lifestyle changes are a must: limit acidic foods, eat smaller meals, avoid late night eating, keep the head of your bed elevated—but is there anything else you can take for heartburn and reflux? Here are ten common complementary and alternative therapies used for heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux:
- Probiotic supplements. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - February 08, 2017
Since proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are now one of the top ten medications prescribed, and are readily available over the counter, there has been growing concern about the long term use of PPIs like omeprazole, pantoprazole, and esoeprazole. Many folks stay on these medications for years to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), so as with many long term medications drug safety becomes an important issue. See More