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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… 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)… Read More

For a large portion of Americans, a simple bee sting or a peanut can cause a fatal allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Fortunately, in most cases, these symptoms can be treated by a shot to the leg with an epinephrine auto-injector. Unfortunately, one of the most popular auto-injectors,  , costs around $630 for a pack of… Read More

That’s what many people think, but it isn’t always the case—not even close. Many expensive drugs for treating ailments from arthritis to depression have more affordable alternatives, and those cheaper options often have fewer side effects. In 2013, pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts estimated that the United States wasted $55.8 billion on high-priced medications when more… Read More

Vyvanse, used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (or ADHD), is one of the most commonly prescribed brand-name drugs in the US. Whether you’re taking Vyvanse long-term or thinking about starting it, here are eight lesser-known—but important—things you should know.     1) Vyvanse is not just approved for ADHD. Not only is Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) approved to… Read More

The most common cause behind a concerning cough is acute bronchitis, an inflammation of the airways usually due to a viral infection—and it will almost always go away on its own. Surprisingly, though, up to 90% of patients with acute bronchitis are prescribed antibiotics, even though antibiotics don’t work against viruses. Taking antibiotics when you… Read More

Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, especially when you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, is critical. As such, the effectiveness of your insulin pens is an important matter of safety. Like many medications, the effectiveness of insulin wears off with time, especially after the container is opened. But how long insulin remains effective can… Read More

Abnormal urine color can be distressing to patients. But did you know that discolored urine is usually harmless and is often due to medications? If your urine comes out as an odd color, don’t panic until you’ve reviewed this list.     Medications that can turn urine orange Isoniazid, an antibiotic used for the treatment of tuberculosis… Read More

Open Enrollment is here, which means many of us are trying to choose an insurance plan for 2019. But understanding the options can feel like learning a new language with all the new terms, legaleze and sheer amount of information out there. In this article, we’ll walk through the basic health plan types to help… Read More