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How to Get an Online Prescription Telehealth expands access to health care for everyone. Instead of waiting in a doctor’s office just to get a prescription refill, online visits let you address your health care needs on your schedule and from the comfort of your home. This article is a guide to everything you need to know about getting online prescriptions. Read more

How Much Does Ozempic Cost Without Insurance? Ozempic (semaglutide) is becoming one of the most sought-after prescription medications on the market. But because of its limited availability, it is also very expensive. It can be even more so if you are uninsured. Read more

How to Pass Kidney Stones as Quickly as Possible Kidney stones are small mineral deposits that cause shooting pain. Ask anyone who’s ever had a kidney stone: they’re awful. And if you have one, you want to get rid of it as fast as possible. Passing a kidney stone can take a while. But you can do a few things to speed up the process. Read more

Is Sparkling Water Healthy For You? Over the past decade, sparkling water - also known as carbonated water or seltzer water - has bubbled up to the top of grocery lists as a refreshing, healthier alternative to soft drinks and sodas. Read on to learn more about sparkling water’s health benefits, potential risks, and whether it holds up as a hydrating choice for your daily consumption. Read more

Why Am I Not Losing Weight on Wegovy? Wegovy (semaglutide) is a prescription weight loss medication made by Novo Nordisk. It is used to help patients with overweight or obesity lose weight and keep it off. However, some patients struggle to lose weight even while taking Wegovy. This article will explore some of the most common reasons you aren’t losing weight on Wegovy and what to do about it. Read more

How to Last Longer in Bed anywhere from 30-70% of men experience premature ejaculation at some point. It’s normal to orgasm quickly during sex. However, if it happens repeatedly, it can affect your sex life and self-esteem. Try these tips out to unlock new levels of sexual satisfaction. Read more

Your Preventive Care Checklist Knowing what appointments you need - and when - can be challenging. Sesame’s Medical Director, Dr. Allison Edwards, MD, has compiled an easy checklist to see what appointments you should consider scheduling in the year ahead. Read more

10 Ways to Increase Female Libido Low libido (also referred to as low sex drive) is a term used to describe a decrease in your sexual appetite. While low libido can impact everyone, women* tend to feel like their sex drive has taken a dip more often than men: an estimated 1 in 3 women will experience what they regard as a drop in their libido at some point in their lives, compared to 1 in 5 men. Read more

Identifying ED: Causes and Symptoms Many men feel embarrassed bringing ED up to their partner or healthcare provider. Still, it’s important to understand the basics of this condition. It is a common sign of other underlying health problems. So how do you know if you just had an off-night or ED? Let’s take a look at some common causes and symptoms of erectile dysfunction. Read more

Cialis vs Viagra: Which is Best For You? Viagra and Cialis are the most commonly prescribed erectile dysfunction medications. Healthcare providers order these prescription drugs to help patients achieve and maintain an erection firm enough for sex. This article examines the similarities and differences between these two brand-name drugs. Read more

12 Natural and Medical Ways to Boost Libido (Sex Drive) Not in the mood? Let’s talk about it. Low sex drive, also referred to as low libido, is a term used to describe a decrease in sexual desire. It’s actually quite natural - and common - for libido to fluctuate over the course of our lifetime. Read more

7 Natural Ways to Get a Harder Erection Erectile dysfunction is a widespread condition affecting over 30 million men in the United States. ED has many causes and just as many treatment options. Sometimes, ED can be treated with simple lifestyle changes. In other cases, prescription medication may be needed. This article will detail some natural methods you can use to get a harder, stronger erection and fight off ED. Read more

Sesame Celebrates 5 Years of Half-Priced Health Care On February 5th, 2019, we set out to build something that had never been built before: a real, competitive, shoppable marketplace - for health care. So we set out to rebuilt the system from scratch. Here's what we've accomplished so far. Read more

“Common Sense” Solutions Won’t Fix Our Drug Prices. We Need A Different Approach. Last week, the New York Times published an article entitled, "Six Reasons Drug Prices Are So High in the US." The authors, Rebecca Robbins and Christina Jewett, point to a series of causes: a lack of central negotiators, a lack of price controls, the presence of perverse incentives, patent gaming, and a fragmented and complicated system. All of these points are correct – and ultimately irrelevant. Read more

Ozempic Face: What It Is and How to Treat It The prescription weight loss medication Ozempic (semaglutide) is becoming one of the best-known brand-name drugs available. It has become famous for its effectiveness in helping patients reach their desired body weight. It is also gaining popularity for a different reason: a side effect known as “Ozempic face.” This article will explore what Ozempic face is, what it means, and what you can do about it. Read more

Prescription Weight Loss Medications: Hype or Real? The growing market of weight loss drugs help fight obesity, but finding the best treatment for you can be challenging with so many different options. Take this article as an introduction to prescription weight loss drugs. We’ll examine common brand name medicines, how these drugs work, and what side effects they cause. Read more

Zepbound Vs Mounjaro Vs. Ozempic: Which is best? Curious about the buzzy new weight loss medications featured all over your social feeds? You’re not alone. In recent years, GLP-1 and GIP diabetes medications like Mounjaro (tirzepatide) and Wegovy (semaglutide) have been making waves - and in 2023, Zepbound (tirzepatide) secured a spot on the roster as well. However, understanding the nuances of these medications is crucial. In this blog, we'll dive into the differences in how Mounjaro, Wegovy and Zepbound function. Read more

Top 19 Foods To Combat Cancer While there's no single food that will protect people from cancer, there are a number of foods that are rich in antioxidants, phytochemicals and other compounds. These compounds may kill cancer cells, reduce tumor growth or reduce the risk of developing cancer. We've highlighted 19 of these anti-cancer foods below. We'll explain how they may contribute to cancer prevention and why they’re an important part of a balanced diet. From blueberries to seaweed, each of these foods brings something unique to the table. Read more

7 Proven Ways to Boost Your Metabolism Quick-fix trends focused on “fat-burning” foods and “no-carb diets” are not likely to improve your metabolism. Rather, boosting your metabolism is about making small, sustainable changes to your lifestyle and diet. In this blog post, we'll dive into some medically-backed ways to enhance and maintain your metabolic health and wellness goals.
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Best Cough Medicine: Over-the-Counter and Prescription There are a wide range of medications on the market intended to ease coughing. In this article, we will detail some of your best options. Read more

Are Diabetes Drugs for Weight Loss Safe? Here's What An Expert Says In the ever-evolving weight loss solution space, diabetes medications such as Ozempic, Wegovy and Mounjaro have been stealing the spotlight in recent years. With a surge of articles and stories populating our Instagram feeds and TV channels, these medications have sparked a wave of curiosity and debate. Are they the game-changers they're touted to be in the realm of weight loss? How safe and effective are diabetes medications when used for weight loss? And how do you know if they’re right for you? Read more

Wegovy for Weight Loss: Everything You Need to Know Wegovy is a recent entry into the expanding group of prescription drugs used to help people lose weight. This article will detail some basic facts about Wegovy, including how it works, its recommended dosage, and its side effects. Read more

Victoza for Weight Loss: What You Should Know Victoza is a prescription medication that is FDA-approved to treat type 2 diabetes. It is also gaining attention for its off-label use, helping patients lose weight. This article will detail some need-to-know facts about Victoza, including its uses, effect on the body, common side effects, and dosage information. Read more

Saxenda for Weight Loss: What You Need to Know Saxenda (liraglutide) is among the growing list of diabetes medications being used for weight loss. This article will explain some basic facts about Saxenda. It will detail its possible side effects and who it may be right for. Read more

Metformin for Weight Loss: What You Should Know Metformin is one of the most widely prescribed diabetes drugs. It is also gaining traction as a weight loss drug. However, some uncertainty remains around what metformin is and how it is used. This article will provide basic facts you need to know before taking metformin: how it works, its side effects, and who it may be right for. Read more

Sober Curious? What You Need to Know Sober curiosity has a broad range of purposes when practiced by different people. This article will detail the origins of the sober curious movement, ways to be sober curious, and how mindful drinking can affect your physical and mental health. Read more

2024 New Year's Resolutions Outlook As the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, 2023, many will ring in the New Year with a fresh set of resolutions. But what types of physical and mental health goals are Americans setting for 2024, and what kind of obstacles stand in the way of accomplishing their resolutions? Read more

10k Steps a Day: Magic Number or Myth? Walking is one of the most popular and beneficial forms of exercise. 10,000 steps per day is a daily step count recommendation that is routinely passed around fitness and wellness circles. But do you really need 10,000 steps a day to walk your way to well-being? This article will explore the myths and facts behind 10,000 steps as a magic number for health, including where this figure came from in the first place. Read more

Contrave for Weight Loss Contrave is one of many weight loss drugs exploding onto the market. Unlike other medications prescribed for weight management, Contrave (bupropion and naltrexone) is FDA-approved for the treatment of obesity and excess weight in adults. But with all the weight management options out there, is Contrave right for you? This article will detail what Contrave is used for, how it works, what you should consider before taking it, and how it stacks up to other prescription weight-loss drugs. Read more

Rybelsus for Weight Loss Rybelsus is a GLP-1 drug prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. It contains the same active ingredient (semaglutide) as the popular, brand-name weight loss drugs Wegovy and Ozempic that are blowing up on social media. But what is Rybelsus? And does it work for weight loss? This article will detail basic facts about Rybelsus, including how it is used, how to take it, and possible side effects it may cause. Read more

Wegovy Vs Ozempic: Which Works Better? If you have questions about Wegovy or Ozempic, you’re not alone. These medications, known as GLP-1 receptor agonists, have gained significant popularity in the healthcare field in recent years, particularly as rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes continue to rise in the United States - roughly 1 in 10 Americans have diabetes (about 90-95% percent have type 2 diabetes), and the prevalence of obesity in the U.S. was 41.9% between 2017 and March 2020, a significant increase from 30.5% in 1999-2000. Read more

Ozempic for Weight Loss Among the new crop of weight loss medications, Ozempic has emerged as a hot item. This groundbreaking diabetes drug has garnered considerable attention from celebrities, social media influencers, and prescribers alike for its significant side effect – weight loss. This article will examine Ozempic’s efficacy as a weight loss drug, how it works, and what to consider before taking it. Read more

9 Diabetes Drugs for Weight Loss As obesity rates continue to rise globally, health care providers are turning to diverse treatment options to help patients lose weight. Among the growing crop of weight loss drugs on the market are several classes of diabetes medications. How do diabetes drugs help patients lose weight? This article will provide a broad overview of several diabetes drugs that may cause weight loss, including how they work, what side effects they cause, and who they may be right for. Read more

Holiday Survival 101: 9 Ways to Cope With Difficult Family Members During the Holidays The holiday season is upon us, and what should be a festive time that brings loved ones closer together is, instead, a major stressor for a lot of people. According to our recent Holiday Stress Outlook, 18% of Americans attribute increased stress levels to navigating difficult family dynamics. We’ve put together a list of simple tips and self-care strategies to help you keep your cool during holiday family gatherings. Read more

What is a Compounding Pharmacy? Compounding pharmacies are a unique type of drugmaker that play an integral role in healthcare. In this article, we’ll investigate the differences between these types of pharmacies and what role compounded medications play in our national healthcare system. Read more

Topiramate (Topamax) for Weight Loss: Uses and Precautions The weight loss medication boom has produced several promising solutions for the ongoing obesity crisis in the United States. Among these is the anti-epileptic drug topiramate, which is commonly sold under the brand name Topamax. Although the drug is not FDA-approved for weight loss, health care providers are increasingly prescribing topiramate and drugs like it to help patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight. This article will examine topiramate’s efficacy as a weight loss drug, how it works, and what to consider before taking it. Read more

Moujaro vs. Wegovy: Which Works the Best? Over the past several years, two new medications have emerged as significant players in the realm of diabetes management and weight loss: Mounjaro (tirzepatide) and Wegovy (semaglutide). While both brands belong to the same class of drugs, known as GLP-1 receptor agonists, they have distinct characteristics, mechanisms of action and suitability for different patients. This post aims to unravel these differences, providing clarity on how Mounjaro and Wegovy work, their specific Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals and their individual side effects and prices. Read more

Mounjaro for Weight Loss: Does it Work? New weight loss medications make headlines every few months. Mounjaro is gaining steam based on its remarkable efficacy in helping patients lose weight. Although the drug is not FDA-approved for weight loss, health care providers are increasingly prescribing Mounjaro and drugs like it to help patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight. This article will examine how effective Mounjaro is as a weight loss drug, how it works, and what to consider before taking it. Read more

Type 2 Diabetes: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Diabetes is a family of diseases that impact millions of individuals worldwide. This health issue profoundly impacts the United States, affecting a staggering 37.3 million individuals, accounting for approximately 11.3% of the entire population. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes have marked differences in their causes, symptoms, and the treatment options needed to manage the disease. In this article, we’ll provide an overview of type 2 diabetes and what sets it apart from other forms of diabetes. Read more

Type 1 Diabetes: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Diabetes is a group of diseases that affect millions of people globally. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes have marked differences in their causes, symptoms, and the treatment options needed to manage the disease. In this article, we’ll provide an overview of type 1 diabetes and what sets it apart from other forms of diabetes. Read more

Flexible Spending Accounts vs Health Savings Accounts In the complex world of health insurance and medical expenses, two terms often stand out: Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). While both HSAs and FSAs offer unique benefits for managing healthcare expenses, understanding their differences is crucial in making an informed decision that aligns with your financial and healthcare needs. Read more

How Long Are You Contagious with Covid-19? Navigating the ever-evolving landscape of COVID-19 can be a bit of a maze, especially when it comes to understanding how long you're contagious for. With recommendations and guidelines frequently changing, it's understandable if you find yourself scratching your head, wondering just how long you should isolate to keep yourself and others healthy. But fret not! We've compiled a handy list of some of the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 infectiousness, aimed at shedding light on this perplexing topic. Read more

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