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Believe it or not, drug recalls happen nearly every week. In the last month alone, we’ve had recalls due to labelling issues, medication mix-ups, and life-threatening adverse effects. While not all recalls are dangerous, here’s how to find out if your drug is recalled and what you should do to stay safe. Drug recall classes Drug… Read More

The FDA just issued a recall for CoaguChek XS PT at-home test strips, used to monitor effects of the blood thinner, warfarin, in the body. The recall is categorized as a class I recall (the most serious kind), which means that use of the test strips could lead to serious adverse health problems or even… Read More

Naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) are two of the most popular medication choices for muscle aches, joint pain, and inflammation from conditions like osteoarthritis. Like the majority of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), both are also readily available over the counter in pharmacy and retail store aisles. So, it begs the question: Which one is… Read More

You are all stopped up and can’t find an obvious reason. Look over your medication list and you may find the source. Constipation has many causes but medications are among the most common. First, if your stools are too hard or too small, or pooping is too difficult or infrequent, you are constipated. Officially, constipation… Read More

With several blood pressure medications recently recalled due to contamination (including valsartan and losartan), patients have been asking about switching to other options, which makes this the perfect time to take a closer look at amlodipine (Norvasc), the calcium channel blocker introduced more than 35 years ago. often gets a bad rap, but as you’ll… Read More

Medications are an important cause of liver injury—a scary thought considering that the liver is the main organ for maintaining the body’s internal environment and ridding it of chemical toxins and waste. It’s not like the kidneys or lungs where we can use a dialysis machine or mechanical ventilator if those organs fail. For liver… Read More

If you have abnormal vaginal discharge, the most likely cause is an infection called bacterial vaginosis, or BV. You can’t catch it from sex, but having BV makes you more likely to get other sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs). It can also cause some other complications if you are pregnant or about to have gynecologic surgery. Luckily,… Read More

It’s not an easy thing to bring up. Even with patients I’ve known for years, the question comes out just as I’m leaving the room at the end of the visit: “Hey Doc, one more thing… Is there something I can use like Viagra? Will that help me?” Male sexual dysfunction affects up to one… Read More

Metoprolol and metoprolol ER, also respectively known as metoprolol tartrate and metoprolol succinate, sound nearly identical and are used to treat very similar conditions. But despite their similarities, they have different ingredients, dosing instructions and indications, so be careful not to confuse them. Here’s all you need to know about metoprolol and metoprolol ER. What… Read More

Hormonal birth control is more than 95% effective at preventing unwanted pregnancies when used correctly. But, you could be taking it correctly and still be at risk of an unwanted pregnancy if you also happen to be taking medications or supplements. The following prescription drugs and dietary supplements commonly affect how well birth control works:… Read More

It’s well known that income affects health. Studies have shown that individuals in low-income areas suffer from higher rates of conditions like depression, obesity and diabetes, and have lower self-reported health than those in high-income areas. But an in-depth look of more than 50 million US prescription claims highlights the stark health disparities between wealthy… Read More

It’s normal to lose a bit of hair every day, but if you notice excessive hair loss or balding, the medications you are taking could be to blame. Here are 11 drugs that have been known to cause excessive hair loss as a side effect. 1) Cholesterol-lowering medications — atorvastatin and simvastatin (Lipitor) and (Zocor)… Read More

Dear Pharmacy Patient, We need to talk. I’ve been noticing that you sometimes don’t pick up your refills. Often times, you’re shocked at the high price of your prescriptions. Other times, you’re frustrated because you have to wait a long time in line or your prescription isn’t ready. Believe it or not, I get it…. Read More

Not one, not two, but three brand-name inhalers went generic this month. Ventolin HFA (albuterol), Proair HFA (albuterol) and now Advair Diskus (fluticasone/salmeterol) all have new generics. After years of patent disputes over the blockbuster inhaler, Advair, a new generic, manufactured by Mylan, will be available in pharmacies in the coming weeks. What is Advair?… Read More

What if we told you that one of the most popular medications used in the National Football League (NFL) is neither an opioid nor medical marijuana? In a sport rife with injury, pain relievers are considered career-saving drugs that keep the players on the field. However, there has been a long controversy over the use… Read More

An authorized generic of Evzio (naloxone), used to treat opioid overdose, should be in pharmacies soon. Manufacturer Kaleo (who also makes the epinephrine auto injector, Auvi-Q) released generic Evzio in an effort to improve access for patients. This generic release comes months after manufacturer Kaleo was the subject of a Senate Subcommittee investigation over pricing… Read More

What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think of tooth pain? For me, that word is “excruciating.” Many people relate tooth pain with a wisdom tooth coming in or a serious cavity, but a tooth infection, also known as an abscessed tooth or dental abscess, can also cause extreme pain. Tooth infections… Read More

“Can I drink alcohol with this medication?” This is a question doctors are asked a lot. 55% of Americans regularly take prescription medications and 30% of Americans have at least one alcoholic drink every day. While moderate alcohol intake (less than 1 drink a day) may have heart health benefits, there is a very real… Read More

Urinary tract infection (UTI). Bladder infection. Cystitis. These terms all refer to the same condition of having an infection in your urinary system. UTIs, which are more common in women, can cause unpleasant symptoms like burning with urination, a more frequent need to urinate, and increased urinary urgency—the feeling that you need to urinate, even… Read More

Good news! Another generic albuterol inhaler has just hit pharmacies. Manufacturer Teva just released their generic version of Proair HFA, used to treat asthma. This has been a good week for people with asthma: GlaxoSmithKline also just released their generic inhaler for , which is now in pharmacies for as little as $30 per inhaler…. Read More

Imagine if your family’s prescriptions cost almost $1,000 per month. All out of your pocket. Jason, a father from Jackson, New Jersey, found himself in exactly that position. He has a steady job as an insurance claims investigator, but his company doesn’t provide health insurance. In the past, his wife’s career as a teacher provided… Read More

Hepatitis C is now a curable disease. After decades of being dubbed “the silent killer”, the hepatitis C virus can now be detected easily in a clinic or pharmacy near you and—in many cases—cured with new medications called DAATs (direct-acting antiviral therapies). What is hepatitis C? Hepatitis C, or hep C, is an infection of… Read More

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Proventil is a common inhaler used to treat asthma, but it’s expensive. The cash price for one inhaler is around $100, and there is no cheap generic alternative. Luckily, there are some ways for you to save. What is Proventil? Proventil (albuterol) is a short-acting beta-agonist, a class of drugs used for the quick relief… Read More

Over-the-counter antihistamines can be convenient options to treat symptoms like congestion, runny nose, sneezing, itching, rashes, and hives. You know the brands. Zyrtec, Allegra, and Benadryl are some of the most popular. But did you know there are different types of antihistamines, and they can have different effects on your body? Here are some tips… Read More

Finally, some good news for patients with asthma: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) surprised us all this week, and announced that they just released a generic version of Ventolin HFA. Why is this such big news? Currently, there are few affordable options for asthmatics and many are forced to pay hundreds out of pocket for their inhalers every… Read More

Urea, a waste product that occurs when the body breaks down proteins, is naturally occurring on the skin. It’s also something we use in skin products to soften dry, rough, and scaly skin. Choosing the right urea product can be confusing as urea comes as a lotion, cream, gel, ointment, and even a liquid suspension,… Read More

Around the same time Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, he also gave us a warning: Antibiotics will not work as well as they should if they’re used too often or for the wrong illnesses. He was talking about antibiotic resistance. Since their discovery, antibiotics have saved millions of lives, but bacteria are fighting back… Read More

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition in men characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection. Most turn immediately to treatments, like Cialis and Viagra, when they experience ED symptoms, but few look into what may be causing their ED in the first place. Before you ask your doctor about medications, read… Read More

When you start taking a new medication, it’s standard practice to think about how it might interact with other medications you’re taking, other medical conditions you may have, and even foods you eat. But did you know that some medications can also affect your exercise routine? Here’s a list of nine drug classes you should… Read More

We’re officially in the thick of flu season, but amid reports of elevated flu activity in certain states, GoodRx data points to a milder season this year. According to a nationally representative sample of US prescriptions, fills for (oseltamivir), used to treat the flu, are more than three times lower than they were this time… Read More

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 , and those deserve attention for sure. But, studies suggest that only around 50% of patients who receive… Read More

We have great news for those of you suffering from allergy-related sinus pain. The FDA just approved the first over-the-counter (OTC) medical device for sinus pain, ClearUP. Here’s what you need to know about the new device. How does ClearUP work? The ClearUP device is the first of its kind, treating sinus pain through electrical… Read More

After a long wait, generic Latuda (lurasidone), used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, has been approved by the FDA and should be available in pharmacies soon, according to manufacturer Lupin Pharmaceuticals. The cash price for a 30-day supply of brand-name is around $1,500. Lurasidone’s release could be a reprieve for patients struggling to afford… Read More

More and more women across the US can now get hormonal birth control without the hassle of needing a doctor to prescribe it. Depending on the state, this means easier access to contraception methods like the pill, the patch, the ring or the shot.    Washington D.C. and 10 states – California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland,… Read More

For almost a decade, pharmacy chains nationwide have offered discounted generics through membership programs. When the first generic program was created by Kmart, pharmacy chains like CVS and Kroger followed suit, offering a large number of medications at a discounted rate, or even for free. The programs were classic “loss leaders,” designed to bring foot… Read More

With news in 2018 about medications not working as we predicted and supplements turning out to be fads, I found myself responding to a lot of similar questions from patients. Let’s see what we can leave behind as we kick off the new year. Medications 1) Levofloxacin (Levaquin) Levofloxacin (Levaquin) is an antibiotic often prescribed… Read More

The FDA just approved a new drug for Parkinson’s disease, a nervous system disorder that affects movement and causes tremors, muscle stiffness, and problems with speech, walking, and writing. The current drug of choice for Parkinson’s disease is the combination medication, , but unfortunately, it comes with some limitations. Patients with Parkinson’s taking carbidopa/levodopa experience… Read More

If your blood pressure is too high, you could be at risk for heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) is one of the most commonly prescribed generic medications to lower blood pressure and protect people from these issues, but it turns out there’s an alternative that might be more effective—chlorthalidone. (HCTZ) and are… Read More

Approved in 2017, the FreeStyle Libre 10 day system rocked the diabetes world, making it easier than ever for diabetics to continuously monitor their blood sugar. However, just one year later, manufacturer Abbott released a new and improved sensor, FreeStyle Libre 14 day. With two similar continuous glucose meters on the market from the same… Read More

“Should I be worried about this?” “Is this dangerous?” As we kick off 2019, I’ve gathered a list of common health concerns voiced by my patients. Remember: Nothing replaces reaching out to your doctor who will help reassure you. But in the meantime, let’s take a look at answers to 10 of your most pressing… Read More

Teva Pharmaceuticals recently announced that the FDA approved ProAir Digihaler, the first and only dry powder digital rescue inhaler used to treat asthma and COPD. While this is a big step for inhalers, Digihaler likely won’t be available for at least another year. How does ProAir Digihaler work? ProAir Digihaler is a rescue inhaler containing… Read More

For some girls and women starting birth control, one of the first questions is, “Will I gain weight?” Weight gain can be a side effect of traditional forms of birth control like “the pill”, but what about newer contraceptives like intrauterine devices (IUDs)? Here’s the short answer: It’s possible. Let’s talk about how IUDs work,… Read More

I bruise easily. Is there something wrong with me? Bruises on the legs and arms are common and rarely anything to worry about, even if you don’t remember a specific injury. But bruising on the trunk, back or face is weird, and your doctor needs to see that—especially in the absence of any trauma.  Bruising,… Read More

Fluarix. Fluzone. Flucelvax. Flublok. That’s just the beginning. Did you know there are 10 different flu vaccine options this year? If you’re feeling lost, don’t fret. Here, we’ll walk you through what to consider with each vaccine, so you can choose the best one for you. Although no prevention method will guarantee you won’t get sick,… Read More

Emergency contraception (Plan B or the morning-after pill) has changed so much in the past few decades, it can be difficult to know where things stand. There are more options than ever before to prevent pregnancy after birth control failure or unprotected sex, and many are now available over the counter. To get you up… Read More

Between missed work, doctors visits and medical costs, the flu can get expensive. To shorten the duration of the flu, some folks turn to Tamiflu—but it’s not cheap. Brand-name Tamiflu can cost more than $160 for one treatment, and the generic, oseltamivir, can cost well over $100. Luckily, here are some ways you can save…. Read More

When you use GoodRx to pay for a prescription, you are choosing to pay without insurance. But you can ask your insurer to reimburse you or to apply your purchase against your deductible. Here’s how to apply a payment made with a GoodRx coupon to your insurance deductible. Nearly half of Americans now have high-deductible… Read More

New year, new goals. For many, that means giving more, and with January being National Blood Donor Month, you might want to consider donating blood to help those in need. As with any tissue or organ donation, precautions must be taken to ensure that donated blood isn’t harmful for sick patients. It surprises many folks… Read More

Are you trying to make sense of your high-deductible health plan (HDHP) but don’t know where to start? If you are new to having an HDHP, you’re not alone. Many employers are switching over to high-deductible health insurance plans this year, which can mean some sticker shock if your prescription isn’t covered until you meet… Read More

Whether you’re traveling to a tropical destination or a winter wonderland, don’t let health issues throw a wrench in your plans. In addition to getting required vaccines for certain destinations, you’ll want to see your doctor or visit a travel medicine clinic for advice about packing some of the following medications, which may make your… Read More

You may not want to take a daily medicine for high blood pressure when you don’t feel any negative symptoms. Or, some patients who don’t like taking hypertension medications say their blood pressure “goes up and down throughout the day, so the medicine isn’t working” (even though it’s normal for blood pressure to change throughout… Read More

We hear “false positive” as a defense from professional athletes all the time when it comes to drug screens—but unexpected results on drug tests really do happen. A urine drug screen tests for the presence of certain illegal drugs and prescription medications. Whether you’re applying for a job or playing professional sports, you could also be affected… Read More

High-deductible health plans (HDHPs), those that require members to spend a large amount before they see any help from their insurance, are becoming the norm. In 2009, about 7% of large employers in the US offered only high-deductible plans. That percentage has more than quadrupled to 39% today. But just because HDHPs are becoming the… Read More

Post-nasal drip is what happens when the sinuses make so much mucus that the mucus runs down the back of your throat, and it can cause a chronic cough known as upper airway cough syndrome (UACS). If you have a cough that won’t go away, along with nasal congestion, dripping mucus in your throat, a… Read More

This year alone, we saved Americans $3.8 billion on their prescription medications. We also connected with our users in more ways than before by revamping the GoodRx blog, hosting events and featuring real-life stories from customers—like you! With 2018 drawing to a close, we look back at some memorable tweets that remind us why we… Read More

2018 has been the year of drug prices. From the new ban on pharmacist gag clauses, to new proposed rules surrounding drug commercials, drug prices have been in the news and in the public eye. But despite the headlines, outrage and new policies, prices continued to climb in 2018. According to a GoodRx analysis, from… Read More

Hi, I’m Doug. I co-founded GoodRx, a company that helps more than 10 million Americans save on their prescriptions every month. While many people find drug and medical prices confusing, I don’t—because I’ve spent the last eight years studying drug prices and I’ve got a team of 120 experts and gobs of data to help… Read More

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… Read More

This past October, Xofluza became the first medication approved to treat influenza in 20 years. Its once daily dosing and ability to reduce the duration of the flu make Xofluza an attractive option for many patients during flu season. But how does it compare to the popular treatment, Tamiflu? Here’s what you need to know…. Read More

Interventions like group or individual therapy can be effective for alcohol abuse, but 70% of people relapse after psychosocial treatment alone. There are several medications that can be used to treat alcohol use disorder, reduce heavy drinking, and help with abstinence. Here are the fab five to get to know. 1) Naltrexone (Vivitrol) (Vivitrol) is… Read More

Last month, Celltrion Healthcare received FDA approval for Truxima, the first biosimilar for Rituxan, to treat non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Truxima is the fifteenth biosimilar approved in the United States, and will be available at a reduced cost compared to the expensive reference product Rituxan. What is a biosimilar? A biosimilar is technically the “generic” version of… Read More