The GoodRx Prescription Savings Blog
Every three months, the FDA reviews and publishes reports of adverse reactions from medications they’ve received through the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS). The FDA has been posting these quarterly updates since 2007, due to an update to the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act that requires the FDA to publish a new list of potential signals of serious risks/new safety information identified every 3 months (see our overview of the previous list here). See More
Medications are a common offender when it comes to lower extremity edema, either as the cause or as a factor that can make it worse. Swelling in the lower legs from fluid in the tissues—lower extremity edema—is a familiar complaint among patients. Imprints from your socks, puffy legs and feet so you can’t put your shoes on, or swelling so that you can make an indent with your thumb (pitting edema) may lead you to wonder what’s going on. See More
Have you been told that you have borderline diabetes or prediabetes, but you’re not quite sure what that means? If so, you are not alone!
Many people are diagnosed with prediabetes, often times without being educated or given any additional information about the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 86 million American adults have prediabetes. Ultimately, 15-30% of people with prediabetes will go on to develop type 2 diabetes within five years. See More
Gabapentin is not considered an addictive drug, although it does have characteristics that offer the potential for abuse. Some individuals describe varying experiences with gabapentin abuse, including euphoria, improved sociability, a marijuana-like high, a sense of calm, as well as ‘zombie-like’ effects. See More
“Doctor, what vitamin or supplements should I be taking at my age?” It’s a good question, and one I hear often.
When you pick up a prescription medication you receive the long list of potential side effects and ingredients, along with proof that it worked and was safe before it was approved. On the other hand, with vitamins and supplements it is important to remember they are unregulated and untested as to their safety and their efficacy (whether or not they work). See More
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 36.7 million people around the world are living with HIV. As of June 2016, new data suggests that 17 million people living with HIV are currently receiving medication to treat it.
HIV medication, also known as antiretroviral treatment (ART), has made some key advancements in recent years. Some of these advancements include the use of less of pills and less unwanted side effects. See More
The lungs are often subject to harmful side effects from medications because of their large contact surface. While more than 300 medications are known to cause some sort of drug-induced lung disease, some are bigger players than others.
What happens? The most common form of lung injury from medications is drug-induced interstitial lung disease. In the United States, approximately 3% of cases of interstitial (the tissue and space around the air sacs) lung disease are drug induced. See More
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common behavioral disorder starting in childhood. It is a chronic condition that can include attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.
With concerns over opioid use at an all-time high in the US, the FDA has started re-evaulating the risks vs benefits of some pain relief medications.
Now, the FDA is asking the manufacturer of Opana ER, Endo Pharmaceuticals, to remove Opana ER from the market due to concerns that the benefit of the medication may no longer outweigh its risks.
What is Opana ER?
Opana ER (oxymorphone) is a narcotic pain medication used for the management of moderate-to-severe pain when a continuous, around-the-clock opioid analgesic (pain reliever) is needed for an extended period of time. See More
If you have diabetes, you’re likely well aware of the issues that can come with blood sugar levels that are too high—or too low. Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) may sound similar, but they can have very different consequences.
Using too much or too little insulin can affect your blood sugar levels, but even if you aren’t diabetic, you should know that side effects of other medications, not eating enough (or eating too much), or even exercising more than usual can all affect your blood sugar. See More