It's finally here! Merck's patent on the popular osteoporosis drug Fosamax has run out, and now other companies are offering generic alendronate at lower prices. For those whose doctors have recommended the medication but have been put off by the price, now you have one less excuse to disregard your bone health. There are at least three versions available, and it may be time to talk with your doctor to see if a cheaper alternative is right for you. But beware -- just because the drug is more affordable doesn't necessarily mean it's the best choice for everybody, so make sure you discuss this issue with your physician before starting or stopping any medication.
The FDA recently approved two new generic versions of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s popular anti-arthritis medication, Mobic. This medication, which treats the symptoms of both osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis, had sales of over a billion dollars in the United States during the last fiscal year. The two generic alternatives, known by the generic name Meloxicam, are produced by the Israeli company Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd and Par Pharmaceuticals Co, Inc, and are available in doses of 7.5 and 15 mg. Find out more about Meloxicam here.
I've got a case of the wonders. Multiple sclerosis is an elusive force, but with a powerful impact on daily living, it is rife with unknowns. I wonder ... if, when I'm doing particularly well, people think I'm faking it at other times. In their shoes, what might I think? ... if, when I think I'm hiding my symptoms, I'm only fooling myself. For that matter, I wonder why I try to hide my symptoms. ... if some of my “issues” have more to do with the process of aging (!) rather than the oft-blamed MS. Since my first major attacks and my diagnosis came in my early forties, things were bound to change anyway. I have relapsing/remitting MS, but I never get back to baseline anymore. Then again, I can't really say what baseline is. Is it how I felt at 42... 45... 48? The forties are a decade of change, confusing my personal analysis of where I stand. I just consider it baseline if I can walk without a cane . ... if some of the weird but innocuous things that happened to me decades ago w...
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