Category: Prescription Drugs

Marinol, a medication that contains a compound similar to one found in marijuana, is FDA approved for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting as well as anorexia from AIDS. But currently, there is no FDA-approved medical reason for prescribing marijuana itself. So, why is Marinol approved and not marijuana, and what are their differences? Here’s what you… Read More

Omeprazole (Prilosec) is a cheap, generic medication available both over the counter or with a prescription. It belongs to a class of medications known as proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), and is one of the most popular medications in the U.S. It’s used to treat heartburn, reflux disease (GERD), and ulcers. Many people also use omeprazole to… Read More

It’s not overly dramatic to say that abnormal blood levels of potassium may kill you. Potassium imbalances like hyperkalemia (too much potassium) and hypokalemia (too little potassium) can cause serious health problems like irregular heart rhythms and cardiac arrest. Hospitalizations for these imbalances do occur. In fact, about 2% of hyperkalemia cases end in death…. Read More

You’ve heard of Viagra and Cialis, possibly even Levitra. These are commonly prescribed treatments for erectile dysfunction (ED). But which one is best? And are there any differences between them? The best treatment for ED is the one that is best for you. Viagra (sildenafil) and Cialis (tadalafil) are the most commonly prescribed, and are… Read More

One of the first types of medications we turn to for the treatment of high blood pressure is angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). They effectively lower blood pressure, are conveniently taken once a day, and are usually available as affordable generics. But unfortunately, 2018 brought widespread recalls of valsartan, a widely prescribed ARB, due to… Read More

Dietary supplements often show up in news reports for having inaccurate labels or falsely claiming to cure diseases. Not only do many supplements not contain the active ingredients they say they do, but there’s an even more worrisome problem: dietary supplements that contain unapproved pharmaceutical ingredients. The FDA keeps a public list of tainted supplements,… Read More

Once a year for St. Patrick’s Day, preschool teachers creep into classrooms before the kids arrive and decorate the school with shamrocks and green glitter. The best touch? Green food coloring in the toilet water, or, as the kids gleefully report, “Leprechaun pee”. It always gets me thinking, “What medications could this leprechaun be taking… Read More

“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… Read More

Lyrica (pregabalin) is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S. It is chemically similar to Neurontin (gabapentin), another anti-seizure medication, and is used to treat brain- and nerve-related disorders. is used to treat epilepsy, nerve pain, and fibromyalgia. In 2004, the FDA approved Lyrica for partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy… Read More

On March 4, amid uproar over high insulin prices, manufacturer Eli Lilly announced that they would be introducing a lower-priced version of their popular insulin drug, Humalog (insulin lispro). is a short-acting insulin that helps control blood sugar levels in those with diabetes type 1 or type 2. This new generic Humalog will be considered… Read More