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The latest updates on prescription drugs and ways to save from the GoodRx medical team
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Eliquis Generic Alternative Coming in 2018?November 17, 2017

Eliquis is a common anticoagulant medication that helps prevent blood clots, stroke, and pulmonary embolism. Common, but not cheap: cash prices average around $488 for a 30-day supply. Currently, there is no Eliquis generic alternative available, but one could be available as early as 2018. Since Eliquis tends to be a maintenance drug, taken for a longer period of time, it can break the bank.  

If your doctor thinks Eliquis is right for you, how can you make it more affordable? Here’s some information on Eliquis and how you can save. See More

FDA Approves First Liquid SpironolactoneNovember 17, 2017

Currently, spironolactone is only available in tablet form, which is not an option for those who have difficulty swallowing pills. In order to make this drug more accessible to all, the FDA approved CaroSpir, the 1st liquid version of spironolactone.    

What is CaroSpir indicated for?

CaroSpir is for the treatment of heart failure, high blood pressure, and water retention (edema) in certain patient populations. See More

8 Alternatives to Opioids for PainNovember 16, 2017

Prescription opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and morphine have long been considered some of the most helpful drugs for managing acute pain, where the body is immediately reacting to trauma or injury. Each year, over 200 million opioid prescriptions are given out in the United States.

Unfortunately, the rates of opioid abuse and overdose deaths have skyrocketed in recent years, leading healthcare providers and patients alike to be cautious about the use of opioids. See More

Extended Release Drugs: Are They Right For You?November 16, 2017

One of the biggest downsides to taking a medication is side effects. After a dose of most drugs, the amount in the bloodstream spikes quickly, and then is flushed away within the course of a few hours. This means the amount of medicine in the body can vary at any point in time – and that spike can mean nasty side effects.

This problem is exactly what extended release (often noted as ER or XR) drugs were designed for. See More

FDA Approves Extended Release Version of LyricaNovember 15, 2017

Lyrica is a common anti-epileptic used to treat muscle pain, fibromyalgia, and seizures. On October 12th, the FDA approved a new extended release version of LyricaLyrica CR.

What is Lyrica CR prescribed for?

Lyrica CR is for the management of neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN).  

What does CR mean?

The CR means this is an extended release formulation (aka controlled release). See More

Could Your HbA1c Diabetes Test Be Wrong?November 14, 2017

A glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) is a preferred screening test for diabetes. Done easily with a fingerstick in your physician’s office, it eliminates the need for fasting (not eating) prior to the test. The diagnosis of diabetes is confirmed if two consecutive A1c levels are greater than or equal to 6.5.

What is the HbA1c?

Red blood cells are permeable to glucose (sugar)—so after they enter your circulation, glucose becomes attached to them. See More

7 Ways to Lower Your A1C LevelsNovember 13, 2017

If you have diabetes, you’re probably used to checking your own blood sugar with a glucose meter. These blood sugar measurements are important for controlling levels on a daily basis but are less useful for understanding your long-term blood sugar levels.  

Your doctor has a way to determine if your blood sugar has been in the recommended range by checking your hemoglobin A1C levels through a blood test. See More

Insulin Injection Tips From the Pharmacist: Part TwoNovember 10, 2017

Hopefully, you found part one of this series of injection tips helpful! If you haven’t read part one, go back and read those tips here before you read on.

The following are some additional tips and tricks that can help you with your injectible insulin medications.   

See if your medication has injection training

Many manufacturers have clinical educators that can help answer any questions you may have about your insulin. See More

Insulin Injection Tips From the Pharmacist: Part OneNovember 9, 2017

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a rookie when it comes to giving yourself insulin injections, there’s always something new to learn.

Many people are given a prescription by their doctor, especially for insulin and non-insulin injections, but are rarely educated on how to use these medications. Have you had this experience? You’re not alone! We have some tips to make your insulin injections easier. See More

FDA Approves Yescarta for Non-Hodgkin LymphomaNovember 8, 2017

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in adults. Typically, it is treated by a type of chemotherapy called R-CHOP.

On October 18th, the FDA approved a different type of treatment for adults with diffuse large b-cell lymphoma who have relapsed after at least two other kinds of treatment.

This new treatment, Yescarta, is made from the patient’s own white blood cells that are engineered recognize and attack the lymphoma cells. See More