It’s hard to keep track of all the new diabetes medications coming out, which is a good thing as innovation is driving better choices. Recently, we got the SGLT2 inhibitors, a class of medications used to treat type 2 diabetes that includes Invokana, Farxiga, and Jardiance. But one medication continues to stand out of the… Read More

If you are taking the popular blood pressure drug, losartan, you may have seen the news reports about contamination. Between November 2018 and April 2019, close to 300 lots of drugs containing losartan were recalled because potentially cancer-causing substances were found in the medications. So far, the recalled losartan products have come from five drug… Read More

Recent efforts to find the holy-grail cure for dementia have been rather disappointing. As far as we’ve come with medical advances, our ability to treat dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s dementia (AD), is still limited to managing the symptoms, meaning the focus is to manage behavioral changes, maintain a familiar environment to avoid disruption, and ensure safety… Read More

About 2% – 3% of the general population have had an allergic reaction to a “sulfa” antibiotic, most typically trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX), also known as Bactrim or Septra. Recommendations from pharmacists and physicians used to be to stay away from all sulfa-containing medications if you’d had allergic reactions to Bactrim—but not anymore. Here’s what’s true and… Read More

The prostate is one of those organs that go unnoticed for men until there is an issue, I feel, which is unfortunate when you think about how important it is for our sexual health. Not only does the prostate contribute a crucial element to ejaculate that helps sperm fertilize an egg during reproduction, but the… Read More

Although Viagra is an extremely popular medication, with more than 60 million men worldwide having used it since 1998, it’s not the answer for everyone. You may already know that if you take a nitrate medication for a heart condition, you cannot use Viagra or other erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs like Cialis and Levitra because… Read More

Hundreds of thoughts run through your head when you experience erectile dysfunction (ED). You might wonder what happened, what your partner is thinking, and whether something’s wrong with you. Except, you might not stop to think: “I wonder if it’s my heart.” But there is an important connection between ED and heart disease, so let’s… Read More

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be a big diagnosis to get. Although the diagnosis may be new, you (or a loved one) have probably been living with the symptoms for some time. ADHD can’t be cured, but there are many treatment options available. Maybe you’re ready to see if treatment can help. Or do you have… Read More

National Pet Day (April 11, 2019) is a great reminder to appreciate our pets and prioritize their health. But for many, healthcare for pets can be a financial burden, especially considering that current pet health insurance options don’t cover pre-existing conditions and often don’t cover expensive medications. Fortunately, if you need help affording your pet’s… Read More

If you believe the best way to pay for your prescription is with health insurance, you’re hardly alone. After all, that’s why we have insurance in the first place—we expect it to cover our healthcare expenses. So when we get to the pharmacy, we show our insurance card, fork over the copay, and move along…. Read More

Nifedipine (Procardia), used to treat high blood pressure and chest pain, may be linked to a higher risk of sudden cardiac arrest, researchers say. While nifedipine has been available for decades, a recent analysis showed that more than 60 mg of nifedipine daily may increase your risk for sudden cardiac arrest. On the other hand,… Read More

Viagra (sildenafil) tends to get all the attention, but its close “cousin” Cialis (tadalafil) is also an effective helper for many men who experience erectile dysfunction (ED). Cialis is a longer-acting option that some men prefer over other ED treatments. How does Cialis treat ED? Much like , relaxes the smooth muscles and arteries inside… Read More

Life after having a baby can be stressful. After giving birth, you have to navigate new motherhood, exhaustion, and bodily changes. Many new mothers also encounter postpartum depression (PPD)—and adding that to the mix can be overwhelming. Postpartum depression is defined as depression suffered by a mother following childbirth, typically arising from the combination of… Read More

Believe it or not, Viagra (sildenafil) is one of the most popular drugs in the U.S. The blue, diamond-shaped pill is known for its ability to help men suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED). If you’re using Viagra for the first time, here’s how you can get the most from your experience. How does Viagra treat… Read More

Diabetes has been on the rise in the United States and is one of the most common chronic diseases worldwide. Patients with diabetes not only have to manage their blood glucose levels to prevent long-term health problems (like kidney damage, eye damage, nerve pain, and heart problems), but they also experience issues that impact their… Read More

Erectile dysfunction, commonly referred to as ED, is defined as the inability to attain or maintain an erection needed for sexual performance. It affects over 12 million men in the United States alone. Although erectile dysfunction can affect men of any age once they pass puberty, it is most common in men over 40 years… Read More

It’s hard to believe that just eight years ago, there was no simple way for Americans to comparison shop for healthcare. When it was time to fill a prescription, we stood at the pharmacy counter helpless, waiting for the pharmacist to tell us how much our medication would cost. We hoped for a reasonable price,… Read More

I get this question more often than you would think. Does lisinopril cause erectile dysfunction? In sum, not really. How does lisinopril work? Lisinopril belongs to a class of drugs known as ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors, which are used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. This drug  is typically one of the first-line… Read More

Every evening, millions of Americans use a prescription drug to help them get to sleep and stay asleep, usually a generic version of Ambien (zolpidem), Sonata (zaleplon), or Lunesta (eszopiclone). These three medications are all so-called “z-drugs”: non-benzodiazepine drugs that induce sleep by causing a sort of hypnotic, calming effect. They’re considered safer to use… Read More

If you’re itching for sun and can’t wait for summer, it’s important to know beforehand that some of your medications could cause an unexpected problem. You may not be aware of this, but some prescription drugs can make you more sensitive to sunlight and cause your skin to burn more easily, a reaction known as… Read More

The FDA just approved Rocklatan, a new combination medication for the treatment of open-angle glaucoma. While the brand-name eye drops will likely be expensive, Rocklatan’s approval offers another treatment option for those suffering with glaucoma. Here’s what you need to know. What is Rocklatan for? is used to reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with… Read More

For a really cheap and safe medication, spironolactone has many uses. From heart health to hair growth, this popular diuretic is safe and effective. How does spironolactone work for so many conditions? is commonly known as a potassium-sparing diuretic, which means in exchange for relieving the body of sodium and water, it makes the body… Read More

Your pharmacist is diligently working to make sure you get the right medication, with the right dose, and with the right directions. And among healthcare professionals, we are unique due to our vast knowledge of medications, medical devices, vaccines, diseases, and much more. Help us help you by using some of the following pharmacist-friendly tips…. Read More

When you start to think about medication for weight loss, you and your healthcare provider should be asking: Does it work? Is it safe? And for how long can I take it? Turns out, a long-term, robust study published late last year answered these questions about Belviq for you. is expensive and there’s no generic… Read More

Rickets, the softening of bones in children due to a lack of vitamin D, seems like a thing of the past. And in truth, it’s almost unheard of now. But, vitamin D deficiency is still a major problem. An estimated 41% of Americans don’t get enough vitamin D, which can lead to consequences like osteoporosis,… Read More

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

The first liquid levothyroxine, Tirosint-Sol, has finally made its way to pharmacies! Approved back in 2016,  the new medication is now available to patients with hypothyroidism who prefer a liquid (instead of tablet) formulation. What is Tirosint-Sol? is approved to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones. Hypothyroidism… 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

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

“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

Historically, flu activity peaks around February each season and then quickly drops off. But not this year. According to a nationally representative sample of U.S. prescription fills for the flu treatment, Tamiflu (oseltamivir), this year’s flu season reached a peak last month—and the disease is continuing to spread. is one of four currently available influenza… Read More

Each year in the U.S., pneumococcal bacteria causes thousands of potentially deadly infections, such as meningitis (an infection of the brain and spinal cord covering), bloodstream infections, pneumonia, and ear infections. Fortunately, we have two vaccines that protect against these serious diseases and the complications they can cause: Pneumovax 23 and Prevnar 13. The main… Read More

Another year, another round of expensive drugs. This past November, we released a list of the top 20 most expensive outpatient drugs in the U.S., but since then, things have changed, and not for the better. As it turns out, in just four months, three drugs moved up on the list after price hikes, and… Read More

Xarelto is a commonly prescribed drug that helps prevent blood clots, stroke, and atrial fibrillation. The bad news? At over $500 cash price for a typical monthly supply, Xarelto is really expensive—and it isn’t expected to be available as a generic for some time. If your doctor thinks Xarelto right for you, how can you… Read More

The FDA has officially added a black box warning to gout drug Uloric. According to an in-depth review of a large clinical trial, Uloric can cause an increased risk of death, especially from heart-related causes. Although a black box warning is the most serious type of warning given by FDA for prescription drugs, this isn’t… Read More

Medications that can damage the kidneys are known as “nephrotoxic medications.” These drugs can cause direct damage to the kidneys, and their use accounts for up to 25% of acute kidney injuries. For people with even mild kidney failure, you might want to think twice (or talk to your doctor) before you take these medications…. Read More

Eliquis (apixaban) and Xarelto (rivaroxaban) are both in a new group of anticoagulant drugs called novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) used to prevent blood clots, stroke, and embolism, especially in people with atrial fibrillation. First approved by the FDA in 2011 and 2012, respectively, Eliquis and Xarelto quickly became two of the most popular blood thinners… Read More

Esketamine, a promising new nasal spray medication, is now FDA-approved for difficult-to-treat depression. It is the first major new antidepressant approved in decades. Some experts are concerned over the risk for misuse, but these concerns have been––for now––outweighed by the benefits of the drug: Esketamine acts fast (within hours) and improves symptoms of depression where… Read More

Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) is a type of bacteria that causes infections in the gut and severe diarrhea, often after you’ve taken antibiotics that have cleared your intestines of healthy bacteria. C. diff releases toxins that cause inflammation in the colon and can make folks feel very sick. Some antibiotics lead to C. diff much… Read More

Back in 2017, popular erectile dysfunction medication Viagra went generic, and since then, prices have dropped to as little as $4 per pill at some pharmacies. Viagra and its generic, , are two of the most popular drugs on the market today. Their popularity has led to thousands of bad jokes and hundreds of cheesy… Read More

Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin”, seems to always be in the news. This winter, vitamin D made headlines again when a research study confirmed that vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for severe depression. As it turns out, some medications can contribute to low vitamin D levels, which can result in… Read More

Both alprazolam (Xanax) and lorazepam (Ativan) are considered short-acting benzodiazepines and when used for the right reasons, are quite effective for anxiety. Many of you wonder if they’re the same, which works better, and which works faster for anxiety. Let’s take a look. What are they used for? Xanax (alprazolam) is used for: anxiety disorders… Read More

Are your kitchen and bathroom cabinets full of medications? If so, it’s time to get organized! Keeping your medications neat and categorized helps avoid mix-ups, saves time spent hunting for the right meds, and is easier on the eyes. Below are seven easy steps to organize your medicine cabinet like a pro. 1) Gather all… Read More

Insulin is expensive, and popular long-acting insulin Tresiba is no exception. With a cash price of more than $700 for three 100 unit/mL pens, the insulin is unaffordable for many patients. Luckily, there are ways for you to save. Here’s what you need to know. What is Tresiba? is an insulin used to improve blood… Read More

For older adults, the idea of falling can be a source of real worry, as falls make hospitalization, disability, and death more likely. In fact, in 14% of older folks living at home and 30% living in nursing facilities, a hip fracture results in death within a year. One important way to minimize the risk… Read More

Could you commit to taking a potentially life-saving medication every day even if it meant you might experience constant muscle pain or cramps? It’s a decision millions of people who take statin medications must consider. Let’s dive deeper and find out why statins can cause muscle pain and what you can do to avoid it…. Read More

Yes. Sadly, grapefruit juice and actual grapefruit can interfere with the way your body deals with dozens of medications—even if you don’t drink the juice and take the pills at the same time. Just having grapefruit or grapefruit juice in your body can affect how well the medications work, and the effect can last up… Read More

Have you ever walked into the pharmacy and been told that your prescription requires a prior authorization? But your doctor prescribed something for you, and you brought in your prescription, shouldn’t that be enough? What exactly is a prior authorization, and why can’t you just pick up your prescription? Here is what you need to… Read More

Swelling in the legs caused by pooling of fluid (or edema) 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… 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 10 lesser-known—but important—things you should know. 1) Vyvanse is not just approved for ADHD. Not only is Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) approved to treat ADHD,… Read More

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

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