Emergency contraception (Plan B or the morning-after pill) has changed so much in the past few decades, it can be difficult to know where things stand. There are more options than ever before to prevent pregnancy after birth control failure or unprotected sex, and many are now available over the counter.     To get… Read More

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

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

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.   … 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… 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)… 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”… Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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