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The journey from pain relief to addiction

The journey from pain relief to addiction

(ĐTĐ) – New research reveals that Australians are consuming more prescription drugs than ever before. Among the most dangerous and addictive families of drugs are opioids, strong pain killers used for people with injuries and drug dependencies. Increasingly the drugs seem to be being abused, as Shevonne Hunt writes.   Simon Millington did not have a history of drug abuse when he was first prescribed pain killers. He was 18 when he was in a terrible car accident and was…

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Ask the Pharmacist: What Will Hydrocodone Rescheduling Mean for Pharmacies?

Ask the Pharmacist: What Will Hydrocodone Rescheduling Mean for Pharmacies?

(ĐTĐ) – On October 6th, all hydrocodone combination products will be reclassified in the U.S. as a Schedule II drugs under the Controlled Substances Act. For all of those involved in dealing with chronic pain — prescribers, pharmacists, and patients — the impact could be more than minimal.   For the Pharmacist and his/her staff at your local pharmacy, it means that these drugs now have to be kept in a locked safe and a perpetual inventory has to be…

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New Drugs May Help Prevent Migraines

New Drugs May Help Prevent Migraines

(ĐTĐ) – Two experimental drugs may help prevent migraines in people who suffer multiple attacks a month, according to preliminary findings from a pair of clinical trials.   The drugs, one given by IV and one by injection, are part of a new approach to preventing migraine headaches. They are "monoclonal antibodies" that target a tiny protein called the calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) — which recent research has implicated in triggering migraine pain. In one study, patients saw a 66…

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Are Medication Overuse Headaches Associated With NSAIDs?

Are Medication Overuse Headaches Associated With NSAIDs?

(ĐTĐ) – Question: Are medication overuse headaches associated with use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs?   Response from Jenny A. Van Amburgh, PharmD, CDE (Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs; Associate Clinical Professor, School of Pharmacy, Northeastern University; Director, Clinical Pharmacy Team Director, Residency Program, Harbor Health Services, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts): Medication overuse headache (MOH), previously called "rebound headache," is a secondary chronic daily headache associated with an overused therapeutic agent in a headache-prone patient.[1] MOH is a headache that is present…

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Greater Use of Meds to Halt Opioid Overdose Epidemic Urged

Greater Use of Meds to Halt Opioid Overdose Epidemic Urged

(ĐTĐ) – US addiction experts are urging expanded use of medications to combat the "opioid overdose epidemic" plaguing the country.   In a commentary published April 23 (2014) in the New England Journal of Medicine, National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) director Nora Volkow, MD, and colleagues from other US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies call upon healthcare providers to expand their use of medications to treat opioid addiction and reduce overdose deaths. In addition, they describe…

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NSAIDs Double Bleeding Risk With Anticoagulants for DVT/PE

NSAIDs Double Bleeding Risk With Anticoagulants for DVT/PE

(ĐTĐ) – Patients receiving an anticoagulant for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) who take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) or aspirin for pain or headache, even for a few days, are at heightened risk for a major bleed, according to a new study published online April 14, 2014 in JAMA Internal Medicine [1].   The researchers examined bleeding risk from aspirin or an NSAID (other than aspirin) in patients in the EINSTEIN-DVT and EINSTEIN-PE trials who were…

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Amitriptyline for Treating Fibromyalgia: A Help or Hindrance?

Amitriptyline for Treating Fibromyalgia: A Help or Hindrance?

(ĐTĐ) – There are numerous treatments available for the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is classified as a disorder of pain processing due to abnormalities in the ways in which pain signals are processed in the central nervous system.   Patients suffering from fibromyalgia often complain of depression, insomnia,irritable bowel syndrome, painful and tender points or “trigger points.” Tender points are pain points or localized areas of tenderness around joints, but not the joints themselves. These areas of tenderness or…

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Medications for Lower Back Pain

Medications for Lower Back Pain

(ĐTĐ) – When your lower back is achy and sore, everything you do — from reaching into a kitchen cabinet to bending over to pet the dog — can trigger an excruciating jolt of pain. At that time, it may feel as if nothing is more important than finding relief. Medications, like the ones listed in this guide, may help. But they should be used along with exercise and physical therapy for effective pain relief.   If you are considering…

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Fibromyalgia Medications

Fibromyalgia Medications

(ĐTĐ) – There are many different medications used to treat fibromyalgia symptoms, including pain medicines, sleeping pills, and antidepressants. Some fibromyalgia medicines help ease pain. Others boost mood and improve sleep. Working with your doctor will help you find the right fibromyalgia medication to add to your treatment regimen. That way, you can manage your symptoms effectively.   What is the initial treatment for fibromyalgia? The first medication doctors will often try for people with fibromyalgia is an antidepressant, which…

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Prescription or Over the Counter, Pain Pill Mistakes Common

Prescription or Over the Counter, Pain Pill Mistakes Common

(ĐTĐ) – Sharing prescriptions, hoarding expired drugs, and more no-nos for taking prescription and over-the-counter pain medications.   It’s been a hard day, and Joe’s back is killing him. His wife has some Percocet left over from a trip to the dentist, and there’s that big bottle of Tylenol under the sink, so Joe grabs a couple of each and washes them down with a slug of beer. Luckily for Joe, he’s a fictional character invented for this article. But…

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