10 most common drugs for Hypercholesterolemia (High Cholesterol)?

For our eleventh blog post on our section of drug market insights we’ll be sharing the most prescribed drugs for Hypercholesterolemia.

What is Hypercholesterolemia?

Hypercholesterolemia is the presence of high level of cholesterol in the blood. Hypercholesterolemia is caused by a diet based on foods with saturated or trans fats like: cheese, red meat, fried foods, bacon, egg yolks, etc. Hypercholesterolemia can aslo be caused by smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or having a hereditary disease.

Symptoms of Hypercholesterolemia?

Hypercholesterolemia doesn’t cause any symptoms.

10 most common treatments for Hypercholesterolemia?

1 SIMVASTATIN
2 ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM
3 OMEGA-3-ACID ETHYL ESTERS
4 CRESTOR
5 PRAVASTATIN SODIUM
6 FENOFIBRATE
7 VASCEPA
8 GEMFIBROZIL
9 ZETIA
10 FENOFIBRIC ACID

Please consult your healthcare provider to learn which treatment for Hypercholesterolemia works best for your condition.The following information is provided by our parent company PRX Control Solutions.

To learn if you were prescribed a drug for Hypercholesterolemia, match your meds with your conditions.

5 most common drugs for Constipation

For our tenth blog post on our section of drug market insights we’ll be sharing the most prescribed drugs for Constipation.

What is Constipation?

Constipation is a health condition that consists of an infrequent level of bowel movements (less than 3 times a week). Constipation is a very common condition and it occurs when stools move to slowly through the intestines to the rectum.

Symptoms of Constipation?

  • Hard stools
  • Infrequent bowel movements

5 most common treatments for Constipation?

1 POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350
2 GAVILYTE – N
3 PEG-3350+ELECTROLYTES
4 GAVILYTE G TM
5 SUPREP

To learn if you were prescribed a drug for Constipation, match your meds with your conditions.

Please consult your healthcare provider to learn which treatment for Constipation works best for your condition.The following information is provided by our parent company PRX Control Solutions.

10 most common drugs for Hyperlipidemia?

For our ninth blog post on our section of drug market insights we’ll be sharing the most prescribed drugs for Hyperlipidemia.

What is Hyperlipidemia?

Hyperlipidemia is a high level of lipids (fat particles) in the blood. Hyperlipidemia is caused by a diet based on foods with saturated or trans fats like: cheese, red meat, fried foods, bacon, egg yolks, etc.

Symptoms of Hyperlipidemia?

Hyperlipidemia doesn’t cause any symptoms.

10 most common treatments for Hyperlipidemia?

1 ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM
2 SIMVASTATIN
3 CRESTOR
4 OMEGA-3-ACID ETHYL ESTERS
5 FENOFIBRATE
6 PRAVASTATIN SODIUM
7 VASCEPA
8 LOVASTATIN
9 GEMFIBROZIL
10 ZETIA

Please consult your healthcare provider to learn which treatment for Hyperlipidemia works best for your condition.The following information is provided by our parent company PRX Control Solutions.

To learn if you were prescribed a drug for Hyperlipidemia, match your meds with your conditions.

10 most prescribed drugs for Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

For our eighth blog post on our section of drug market insights we’ll be sharing the most prescribed drugs for Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).

What is Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)?

Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder also known as acid reflux or heartburn that occurs when stomach contents return to the esophagus causing irritation. The most common symptom is the taste of acid in the back of the mouth, a burn sensation in the stomach and chest pain.

Symptoms of Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)?

  • Hearburn
  • Acid taste in the back of the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Chest pain

Most common treatments for Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)?

1 OMEPRAZOLE
2 RANITIDINE HCL
3 SUCRALFATE
4 POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350
5 GAVILYTE – N
6 PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM
7 NYSTATIN
8 FAMOTIDINE
9 ESOMEPRAZOLE SODIUM
10 DEXILANT

The following information is provided by our parent company PRX Control Solutions.

Please consult your healthcare provider to learn which treatment for Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) works best for your condition.

To learn if you were prescribed a drug for Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), match your meds with your conditions.

Why is not a good idea to drink alcohol while taking any medication

It is common to hear that we should not consume alcohol if we are taking any medication, but why?

Alcohol is metabolized (broken down) in the liver by important enzymes. Some drugs are also metabolized by the same or similar enzymes; depending on how often and how much alcohol is consumed, changes in how drugs are metabolized can occur in your body, empowering toxic effects of alcohol and/or drugs or decreasing its therapeutic effects.

The mechanism by which enzymes catalyze chemical reactions is similar to a lock and key, in fact, it is called “Lock and Key Theory”, the chemical reaction, in this case, metabolism, happens when the correctly sized key (substrate – drug or alcohol) fits into the key hole (active site) of the lock (enzyme). This explanation is to understand that when an acute amount of alcohol is consumed with any medication, the following cases may occur:

– Alcohol fits into enzyme: if it happens, the drug will still flow freely in the bloodstream because it was not fully metabolized by an enzyme, empowering toxic effects and side effects of the drug in the body.

– Drug fits into enzyme: if it happens, alcohol will flow freely through the bloodstream, improving its toxic effects.

These are the type of drugs you should be more careful with if you want to consume alcohol: anesthetics, antibiotics (mainly sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim and metronidazole), antidepressants, antihistamines, antidiabetic medications, antipsychotic medications, antiseizure medications, antiulcer medications, cardiovascular medications (mainly nitroglycerin), narcotic pain relievers, non narcotic pain relievers, sedatives and hypnotics.

If you are not sure which type of medicine you are taking please do not hesitate to contact your physician, his advice can help you avoid the severe effects of an alcohol-drug interaction.

In general terms, you may need to wait at least 72 hours after finishing with your drug therapy before having any alcohol.

5 Most prescribed drugs for Hypothyroidism?

For our seventh blog post on our section of drug market insights we’ll be sharing the most prescribed drugs for Hypothyroidism.

What is Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland or also called low thyroid, a disease of the endocrine system in which the thyroid doesn’t make enough thyroid hormone in the body. Hypothyroidism is a common health condition suffered by approximately 10 million Americans.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?

  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Swelling of the thyroid gland
  • Depression

5 most prescribed drugs for Hypothyroidism?

1 LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM
2 LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM
3 PROPYLTHIOURACIL
4 METHIMAZOLE
5 ARMOUR THYROID

The following information is provided by our parent company PRX Control Solutions.

Please consult your healthcare provider to learn which treatment for hypothyroidism works best for your condition.

To learn if you were prescribed a drug for hypothyroidism, match your meds with your conditions.

5 most prescribed drugs for Asthma?

For our sixth blog post on our section of drug market insights we’ll be sharing the most prescribed drugs for Asthma.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a respiratory disease characterized by a long-term inflammation of the airways of the lungs. Asthma causes wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. There is no cure for asthma, but the good news is it can be managed and treated so the patient can live a normal, healthy life.

Symptoms of Asthma?

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing
  • Chest pain
  • Wheezing

5 most prescribed drugs for Asthma?

1 ALBUTEROL
2 MONTELUKAST
3 ADVAIR DISKUS
4 VENTOLIN HFA
5 PROMETHAZINE DM

The following information is provided by our parent company PRX Control Solutions.

Please consult your healthcare provider to learn which treatment for asthma works best for your condition.

To learn if you were prescribed a drug for asthma, match your meds with your conditions.

Vitamin D Deficiency: A new epidemic in the United States?

We all know, and think, that vitamin D is the “sunshine vitamin” or the “bone health vitamin” and that’s true. We can absorb Vitamin D through sunlight, and some types of food, which may help improve our bone’s health. But there’s more than meets the eye. There are a lot of interesting facts about Vitamin D that people aren’t aware off. For example: When our liver and kidneys metabolize Vitamin D, it turns into a kind of steroid that can manage thousands of genes in our body, which manage several functions as the immune system, respiratory system, muscle functions, cardiovascular functions and brain development; it can also reduce the risk of developing cancer, autoimmune diseases, infections, diabetes and bone and joint aches.

Last year, PRX Control Solutions, a company that detects abuse and waste in prescription claims in real-time at the point of care or pharmacy, published a case study that showed that 733 patients out of 6609 (11,09%) were diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency. Those patients had other illnesses such as: muscle and joint pain, primary hypertension, diabetes, cancer, obesity and anxiety or depressive disorders.

As we previously explained, Vitamin D has a very important role in many of our body functions, including brain development; and according to a study published by Molecular Psychiatry there’s a lot of evidence that links gestational Vitamin D deficiency with Autism-spectral disorder and other neurodevelopment disorders such as schizophrenia.

Several studies reveal that over 40% of the U.S population has Vitamin D deficiency. Those studies show that the better sources of Vitamin D are sunlight and some types of foods. Supplements may not be the best source of Vitamin D since they supply Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol), which needs more time and several chemical mechanisms in our body to convert it into the active form of Vitamin D; therefore is less effective than Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), which is the type of Vitamin D we obtain through sunlight and a proper diet.

In conclusion, if you have or you know somebody with Vitamin D deficiency, do not hesitate to ask to your doctor or healthcare provider about Vitamin D3 supplements and a proper diet.

To learn if you were prescribed a medication for Vitamin D deficiency, match your meds with your conditions.

What is Amlodipine and what is it prescribed for?

Amlodipine, sold under the brand name Norvasc among others, is used to treat high blood pressure, which helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems and also it is used to treat coronary artery disease, such as chest pain (angina). It works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily, this medication belongs to a class known as calcium channel blockers.

What is Amlodipine prescribed for?

*No Match: No match means that Amlodipine was prescribed but the patient didn’t have a medical condition that matched with the drug on their medical records. In other words, the patient has an uncoded condition on their record.

Most common Amlodipine Dosages?

1 AMLODIPINE BESYLATE TAB. 5 MG
2 AMLODIPINE BESYLATE TAB. 10 MG
3 AMLODIPINE BESYLATE TAB. 2.5 MG
4 NORVASC TAB. 5 MG

Other common Amlodipine Combinations?

1 AMLODIPINE+BENAZEPRIL HCL CAPS 10/40 MG
2 AMLODIPINE+BENAZEPRIL HCL CAPS 10/20 MG
3 AMLODIPINE+BENAZEPRIL HCL CAPS 5/20 MG
4 AMLODIPINE+BENAZEPRIL HCL CAPS 5/40 MG
5 AMLODIPINE+BENAZEPRIL HCL CAPS 5/10 MG
6 AMLODIPINE, VALSARTAN+HCT TAB 10 MG/1
7 AMLODIPINE+BENAZEPRIL HCL CAPS 2.5/10 MG
8 AMLODIPINE, VALSARTAN+HCT TAB 5 MG/1
9 TELMISARTAN+AMLODIPINE TAB. 5/40 MG
10 AMLODIPINE+BENAZEPRIL HCL CAPS 2.5/10 MG
11 AMLODIPINE, VALSARTAN+HCT TAB 5 MG/1
12 AMLODIPINE+ATORVASTATIN TAB. 10/40 MG

The following information is provided by our parent company PRX Control Solutions.

If you are pregnant you should ask your doctor because this drug is classified as Category C, according to FDA Pregnancy Categories, it means that it may be acceptable but animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. If you are breast-feeding, using Amlodipine is not recommended because it is unknown whether drug is excreted in milk, you might talk to your doctor and ask him for an alternative medication.

Watch out if you are taking Amlodipine and you are going to start taking dantrolene, a muscle relaxant, because they may interact increasing toxicity of both drugs.

Can I drink alcohol with amlodipine?

You can, but not more than 2 glasses per day, drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase certain side effects of amlodipine.

Please consult your healthcare provider for more information about Amlodipine.

To learn if Amlodipine was prescribed for any of your health conditions, match your meds with your conditions.

Why should EHR vendors match a patients’ conditions with their medications?

Electronic health record (EHR) vendors currently integrate multiple third party applications to their platforms, like for example: e-prescribing solutions. This means that EHRs can now manage both medical records and prescription records of a patient. With these capabilities, providers can manage a complete consultation on the EHR without navigating through different software applications or filling out paper forms.

Due to these technological advances, we now can take advantage of having the health conditions of a patient and their medications in the same place. Although payers and health plans have always treated medical claims independently from prescription claims, these are completely interrelated and must be seen as a whole when looking into a patients’ health record.

With MatchMyRx EHR vendors can easily match the patients’ health conditions and medications, helping providers and health systems detect, in real-time, uncoded conditions, uncoded antibiotics and uncoded controlled substances; improving the patients’ medical and prescription data.