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If healthy lifestyle changes like diet and exercise haven’t been enough to help you shed those pounds, your doctor may suggest that you turn to a weight loss medication, like Contrave. While patients may only take it for a short period of time, out-of-pocket costs for Contrave can reach well beyond $600 per month, and… Read More

You’ve probably seen one of the many headlines about recently passed abortion laws in the U.S. A growing number of states are contesting the longstanding Supreme Court decision made more than 45 years ago in Roe v. Wade, which established a woman’s right to have an abortion without government interference under the 14th amendment. Many… Read More

For many people, even the thought of a doctor’s appointment can cause their blood pressure to rise. A medical visit can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re not sure whether you’ll have a clean bill of health. You might be wondering if there’s any way to quickly lower your blood pressure to avoid having a high… Read More

It may come as no surprise, but many patients have asked me about how lisinopril and losartan differ. You see, the two drugs are pretty similar and healthcare providers use them interchangeably at times, especially for patients with heart problems. In fact, both drugs are recommended as first-line treatments for hypertension. Nonetheless, there are some… Read More

Sophia, a mother of five in Searcy, Arkansas, has suffered from chronic migraines for a little over 20 years now. They first started when she was 22, and like many migraine sufferers, she’s tried multiple different medications to find something that can help relieve the pain. Around 13% of Americans suffer from migraines, though only… Read More

Have you noticed that TV drug commercials almost never talk about prices? This, along with ongoing anger about rising drug costs, prompted the Trump administration to enact a rule that will require drug manufacturers to disclose list prices of medications in commercials starting this summer—a rule that drug makers are now fighting. The regulation of… Read More

These days, doctor’s offices have several ways to get your prescription from their office to your preferred pharmacy. They might call in your prescription over the phone, give you a handwritten prescription to bring to your pharmacy, send it over fax or submit it electronically via computer. With all of these channels, it’s no wonder… Read More

Back in March 2018, manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals discontinued sales of the popular asthma inhaler Qvar, and released a new device known as the Qvar RediHaler. Some claim that RediHaler is easier to use with a new spacer-free design and breath-actuated inhalation, but others argue that this rebranding was a way for Teva to hold onto… Read More

If you have hypertension, you may be prescribed an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor, or ACE inhibitor for short. This class of drugs is one of the most commonly used drugs for hypertension and is recommended as first-line treatment for people with hypertension, alongside two other types of drugs: calcium channel blockers and thiazide diuretics. However, there… Read More

Metoprolol and atenolol are some of the most popular heart medications and are often used to treat high blood pressure. They are both very similar in terms of how they work, but there are a few important differences between the two, including how they’re taken and what conditions they treat. Here’s what you need to… Read More

Many patients ask me why high blood pressure can be a big concern if they have diabetes. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you’re twice as likely to have hypertension (or chronically high blood pressure) than people without diabetes. Hypertension itself can lead to serious health issues like heart disease and stroke…. Read More

The FDA has just approved Nayzilam, the first new medication to treat seizure clusters in more than 20 years. The new drug is approved for the short-term treatment of seizure clusters in patients with epilepsy, and is the only FDA-approved nasal spray option for treating seizures of any kind. Epilepsy, a disease characterized by recurrent… Read More

As we age, the strength and density of our bones weaken, which may lead to easily broken bones. Osteoporosis, the diagnosis doctors give to patients with really low bone density, has no symptoms until there is a fracture. With this condition, the spongy center of bones becomes more hollow. The normally long and connected fibers… Read More

We’ve all heard of Type A and B personalities. Type A’s (like me) are super punctual to meetings, need to have everything planned ahead of time, and find comfort in routine. Type B’s are laid-back, don’t stress about being a minute or two late, and prefer a little spontaneity. It’s commonly believed that those with… Read More

For the past several years, doctors and psychologists have deemed millennials as the most stressed generation. In fact, a recent poll seems to support this idea. If we define millennials as people currently between the ages of 25 and 40, it would make sense. Those years are often filled with major life transitions and other… Read More

If you are diagnosed with hypertension, your healthcare provider will give you advice on how to manage it, whether through lifestyle changes—like starting an exercise routine or eating more healthily—and/or medications. However, my own experience helping patients with hypertension has shown me that keeping track of what to eat and what to avoid can be… Read More

Last month, drug manufacturer Gilead announced their plan to donate 2.4 million bottles of Truvada annually to support nationwide efforts to end the HIV epidemic. Introduced in 2012, Truvada for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a medication that can drastically reduce the risk of contracting HIV. Truvada has played an important role in the 18% decrease… Read More

Benicar (olmesartan) and Cozaar (losartan) are two popular medications for treating hypertension. They belong to a class of drugs known as angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), which are often recommended as first-line treatments for hypertension. However, these two drugs have some key differences, including what other conditions they can treat and how they’re taken. Here’s… Read More

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used to treat acute pain and chronic, inflammatory joint diseases. However, there can be a downfall to using NSAIDs for a long time—they can increase the occurrence of upper gastrointestinal (GI) issues such as ulcers and bleeding. But, did you know that among the NSAIDs, there are non-selective and… Read More

Many drugs are expensive—but some drugs are crazy expensive. That’s what a new analysis by the GoodRx Research team reveals. Every quarter, the GoodRx Research team tracks the most expensive medications filled at local pharmacies in the United States, and the same drugs continue to make the top of the list. Actimmune, Myalept, and Daraprim… Read More

It’s estimated that over 40% of the U.S. population has hypertension, and most of those people don’t know it. Why? One reason is that it’s tricky to confirm if you have hypertension, especially if you’re only getting your blood pressure read at occasional doctors’ visits. That’s why recent guidelines recommend that patients also learn how… Read More

Sneezing, wheezing, congestion, coughing, itchy eyes, and itchy skin? Welcome to allergies! Many patients will grab a convenient, over-the-counter allergy medication from the pharmacy only to find out later that it didn’t give them the relief they expected. I think I can help. Let me walk you through the biggest mistakes my patients make when… Read More

Many times, patients have asked me if they should take aspirin if they have hypertension, thinking it could be good for their heart. I wish I could give an easy answer. You see, the use of aspirin has been debated throughout the years, and even today, there are different viewpoints on when it’s appropriate and… Read More

An estimated 46% of U.S. adults have consistently high blood pressure that could lead to a diagnosis of hypertension. Hypertension can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke, so people with hypertension often wonder how they got it, and many without hypertension ask if they are at risk of getting it later in life…. Read More

Last month, the FDA approved Eticovo, the second biosimilar for top-selling rheumatoid arthritis drug, Enbrel. Enbrel’s first biosimilar, Erelzi, was approved in 2016. Eticovo will soon be available at a reduced cost compared to Enbrel and is just one of many biosimilars that manufacturer Samsung Bioepis has been working on in their effort to increase… Read More

There are many different causes of erectile dysfunction (ED): some can be cured, others can’t. But the good news is you can often improve ED symptoms through some sort of treatment. So what are the curable causes of ED? First there are “reversible” causes of ED. These are causes that can be stopped, such as… Read More

Chronic high blood pressure is one of the most common medical ailments out there, affecting 46% of adults in the U.S. Having chronic high blood pressure for too long can cause you to develop hypertension, which is linked to heart attacks and more serious heart conditions. Unfortunately, many medications, supplements, and other substances can cause… Read More

It’s easy to relate anxiety to high blood pressure. After all, when you’re anxious, you can get stressed, and stress can cause your blood pressure to temporarily rise. But what about chronic anxiety and long-term high blood pressure or hypertension? Many people think that chronic anxiety and long-term high blood pressure (hypertension) are connected, but… Read More

Amlodipine and hydrochlorothiazide are two of the most popular medications used to treat high blood pressure, but they are fundamentally distinct medicines that work in different ways. Because they affect the body so differently, they are sometimes even used for different health conditions. Here’s what you need to know. What are amlodipine and hydrochlorothiazide used… Read More

Over one million hip and knee replacement procedures are performed in the United States each year. Whether you’ve had your hip or knee replaced, or you’re thinking about getting it done, you might like to know that new research on preventing blood clots after surgery is changing the way we practice medicine—and the way we… Read More

Have you started taking a new medication and noticed something different about your mouth? Your first instinct might be to ignore it, but the mouth matters, and changes to your mouth can affect your overall health. Many popular medications can cause mouth-related side effects, from dry mouth to a black, hairy tongue. We’ll talk about… Read More

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… Read More

Most sore throats in adults resolve on their own without prescription drugs, so at-home remedies are often the go-to here. Along with soothing throat lozenges and general hydration, an over-the-counter pain reliever like Advil, Tylenol, or aspirin can help treat the pain. These drugs all work within 1 to 2 hours, with effects lasting several… 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

Do you relish a drink or two to unwind after a long day of hard work, to celebrate the weekend, or just for pure enjoyment? Many people across the world do. Many people also drink a glass of wine each day thinking it’s good for their heart and blood pressure, but as it turns out,… Read More

Have you ever heard of high blood pressure being referred to as “The Silent Killer?” You might’ve thought it was merely a scare tactic, but high blood pressure has earned the nickname, with good reason. Let’s talk about how chronic high blood pressure, or hypertension, can be deadly and how you can increase your chances… 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

The FDA just approved the first-ever dengue vaccine in the U.S., Dengvaxia, which protects patients against dengue fever, a serious, flu-like disease transmitted by mosquitoes. Dengue fever is common in more than 100 countries in the world (particularly those in tropical and sub-tropical climates) but is very rare in the continental U.S. Dengvaxia is used… Read More

Picture this: You go to the pharmacy to pick up a generic medication (the affordable version of a brand drug that your doctor swore would be affordable), only to be quoted over $1,000 for a 30-day supply. Sounds bad, right? Unfortunately, this happens more often than you would think. In this scenario, that thousand dollar… Read More

At GoodRx, our mission is to help you save on your prescriptions. So, you may already know that you can search for free drug coupons on goodrx.com, which can lower the price of medications by up to 80%. But did you know that with GoodRx Gold, the GoodRx membership drug savings program, you might be… Read More

If you have moderate to severe depression that affects your daily life, you and your doctor may discuss treatment: usually a combination of antidepressants and a referral to a therapist. In research, antidepressant medications have been found to be pretty much the same when it comes to safety and how well they work. Still, my… Read More

When is anxiety enough of a problem to warrant treatment? If you worry excessively and experience anxiety that bothers you on most days (we’re talking about distress that interferes with your everyday functioning), that’s diagnosable as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). GAD, which often accompanies depression, is common and worth treating. Fortunately, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication,… Read More

Have you ever wondered why you’re taking multiple blood pressure drugs at the same time? Or why your spouse is taking one type of blood pressure medication, but you’re taking another? There are many types, or classes, of blood pressure medications. For now, let’s focus on ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers. We’ll talk about their similarities… Read More

Starting in two months, drug manufacturers will be required to display list prices in TV ads for treatments costing more than $35 a month, a step that Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), called “monumental” in terms of putting patients in control of their healthcare costs. Let’s look at what these list… Read More

For almost two decades, men seeking medications for erectile dysfunction (ED) were limited to expensive brand-name drugs like Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil), and Levitra (vardenafil). But not anymore. In the last two years, all three options gained generics, giving patients equally effective—but much cheaper—options. As the second most popular ED drug after Cialis, Viagra received… Read More

Premature ejaculation isn’t a fun topic of conversation for most men. This comes as no surprise, as many may feel embarrassed if they have this issue, and try to find ways to fix it on their own. Fortunately, there are options for treatment, many of which depend on the cause. We’ll dive into the details… Read More

Testosterone is a hormone that both men and women make naturally, but it’s especially important for male sexual health and overall wellbeing. Low testosterone levels (called “low T” for short) affect between 2% and 6% of all men, and can lead to serious health issues, including erectile dysfunction, infertility, and even osteoporosis. Fortunately, most cases… Read More

Now that blockbuster drug Cialis has gone generic and prices are at an all-time low, you may be ready to ask your doctor for a prescription. But, there’s more to Cialis and its generic, tadalafil, than meets the eye. Cialis is often compared to Viagra (sildenafil), since both are popular treatments for erectile dysfunction, but… Read More

Prescriptions for depression and anxiety medications are on the rise among Americans—and parts of the country appear to be coping with higher rates than others, according to a GoodRx analysis of prescription data for anxiety and depression medicines. In the analysis, we looked at the proportion of depression and anxiety medications filled out of all… Read More

In an effort to continue to shed light on drug prices and increase transparency, we are excited to present the first ever GoodRx Quarterly Report—an in-depth analysis on the fill trends and drug prices that affect Americans. This version of the quarterly report mainly focuses on data from the first quarter of 2019 (January 1,… Read More

Do you have high blood pressure, angina, or migraines? If so, you might already be familiar with the class of medications called calcium channel blockers. But there may be some things about them—like how they work, what common side effects they have, and what other drugs they interact with—that you might not know about. Let’s… Read More

If you’ve ever looked into getting a medication for erectile dysfunction (ED), you may already know that treatment can be shockingly expensive. Cialis, one of the most popular brand-name ED drugs, can cost about $400 per month out of pocket, depending on the dosage you need. But, we have good news! More and more manufacturers… Read More

The FDA has just approved the first oral testosterone medication ever, Jatenzo, to treat men with hypogonadism, or low testosterone levels, due to certain medical conditions. Jatenzo is an exciting addition to existing treatment options for these patients whose previous choices only consisted of testosterone injections or cream. However, Jatenzo should not be used by… Read More

So, you’ve been seeing a therapist, and you’ve started your depression or anxiety regimen. You haven’t noticed any changes to your mental health yet, but you’ve started to experience erectile dysfunction (ED). What gives? Unfortunately, there are a slew of medications that cause ED or can make it worse. A good chunk of that list… Read More

Depression and anxiety are among the most common health issues for men, affecting one in every five men in the United States. Mental health problems can affect so much of a man’s daily life and routine activities, including his sexual performance. Some researchers believe that between 13% and 20% of men with erectile dysfunction (ED)… Read More

Coinciding with congressional hearings this month focused on ongoing insulin price hikes, two large healthcare companies, drug manufacturer Sanofi and insurer Cigna, have proposed saving programs to give qualifying Americans with diabetes cheaper access to insulin. Below, we outline the details of these insulin savings programs, and what they may mean for you. Sanofi Insulins… Read More

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. Some of these medications mildly worsen kidney function and others can cause acute kidney injuries. The risk for kidney damage depends on your individual health and other medications you are taking. For people with even… 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

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

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