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Global Study Finds Drug Abuse Highest in Richer Nations

Posted 6 Jan 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 6 – About 200 million people worldwide use illicit drugs each year, and use is highest in wealthier nations, a new study shows. The researchers also found that the burden of health problems caused by illicit drug use in developed countries is similar to that caused by alcohol, but much less than that caused by tobacco. Experts in the United States weren't surprised by the numbers, and said that more needs to be done to reduce Americans' dependence on illegal drugs. The study "serves to confirm something addiction experts have known for some time – that the extent of illicit drug use and abuse in developed countries like the United States has reached epidemic proportions," said Dr. Jeffrey T. Parsons, a professor in the department of psychology at Hunter College, in New York City. The analysis of available data from a team of Australian researchers estimates that there are ... Read more

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Too Much Acetaminophen Over Time May Damage Liver

Posted 22 Nov 2011 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 22 – Taking slightly too much of the pain reliever acetaminophen (best known by the brand name Tylenol) over time can lead to an overdose that can cause liver failure and death, according to a new study. These "staggered overdoses" can occur when people have ongoing pain and repeatedly take a little more acetaminophen than they should, explained Dr. Kenneth Simpson, author of the study, published Nov. 22 in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. "They haven't taken the sort of single-moment, one-off massive overdoses taken by people who try to commit suicide, but over time the damage builds up, and the effect can be fatal," Simpson said in a journal news release. He and his colleagues analyzed data from 663 patients with acetaminophen-induced liver injury who were admitted to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Scotland between 1992 and 2008. In the U.K. and ... Read more

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Older ER Patients Less Likely to Get Pain Meds, Data Shows

Posted 16 Nov 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16 – Elderly patients are less likely than middle-aged patients to receive pain medications in U.S. hospital emergency departments, even when they have severe pain. That's the finding of researchers who analyzed data collected from U.S. emergency departments between 2003 and 2009. Among patients with a primary complaint of pain, an analgesic (such as morphine, oxycodone or ibuprofen) was given to 49 percent of patients 75 and older, and 68 percent of patients aged 35 to 54. An opioid (such as morphine or oxycodone) was given to about 35 percent of elderly patients and 49 percent of middle-aged patients, the investigators found. Age-related differences in the use of pain medications remained even after the researchers adjusted for factors such as sex, race/ethnicity and pain severity. Elderly patients were nearly 20 percent less likely to receive an analgesic and 15 ... Read more

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Prescription Pill Overdoses Have Reached Epidemic Proportions Warns Waismann Method Medical Director

Posted 7 Nov 2011 by Drugs.com

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that in 2008 approximately 15,000 Americans died from overdoses from prescription painkillers, like Vicodin, Oxycontin and Opana.  These findings show a three-fold increase over the past decade, from 4,000 deaths in 1999.  Dr. Michael Lowenstein, who specializes in the Waismann Method, an advanced procedure for rapid opiate detoxification, warns that these results show an upward progression of prescription painkiller abuse in the United States, and it will only get exponentially worse if there are not drastic steps taken to monitor and regulate the distribution of prescription pills. "These statistics show that prescription painkiller abuse in America has continued to rise to dangerous levels," said Dr. Lowenstein.  "The danger of prescription pills a ... Read more

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Experts Debate Tylenol's Safety for Asthmatic Kids

Posted 7 Nov 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 7 – Taken in the proper dose, acetaminophen has long been considered one of the safest over-the-counter medications. It's approved for use in children, and many obstetricians are even OK with its use during pregnancy. But an Ohio pediatrician thinks it's time to rein in use of acetaminophen – more popularly known as Tylenol – particularly in people with asthma. "The fundamental issue is that there's an epidemiological problem associated with acetaminophen and asthma," explained Dr. John McBride, vice chair of the department of pediatrics and director of the Robert T. Stone Respiratory Center at Akron Children's Hospital. "Is that because acetaminophen contributes to asthma, or is it just because people with asthma tend to take acetaminophen?" he said. Until a large-scale study definitively answers that question, McBride said, "I think we owe it to our patients and their ... Read more

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Deaths From Abuse of Painkillers Triple in a Decade: CDC

Posted 1 Nov 2011 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 1 – The number of deaths from prescription drug overdoses has tripled in a decade, hitting a peak of 36,000 fatalities in 2008, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday. "The unfortunate and shocking news is that we are in the midst of an epidemic of prescription overdose in this country," Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a midday news conference. Since 1999, there have been significant increases not only in overdose death rates, but in the sales of prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and methadone, and admission for treatment of abuse of these drugs, the CDC said. "Now there are more peopled killed by prescription narcotics than from heroin and cocaine combined," Frieden said. In 1999 there were 4,000 deaths related to painkillers, but by 2008 that number had risen by a factor of three, to ... Read more

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Health Tip: Alcohol Can Interact With Medications

Posted 25 Oct 2011 by Drugs.com

-- Over-the-counter medications may seem safer because they don't require a prescription. But they can still interact badly when alcohol enters the mix. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these popular medications that may have adverse effects if mixed with alcohol: NSAID pain relievers, which may lead to gastrointestinal bleeding if taken while consuming as few as two alcoholic drink per week. Acetaminophen, which may cause liver damage when taken with alcohol. Some OTC antihistamines can make you drowsy when taken with alcohol. Decongestants and cough medications that contain the cough suppressant dextromethorphan can increase drowsiness when taken with alcohol. Herbal supplements, such as kava kava, St. John's wort or valerian root, may increase drowsiness if taken with alcohol. Read more

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Accidental Medication Poisonings in Kids on the Rise

Posted 16 Sep 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 16 – Despite ongoing prevention efforts, a growing number of young children are being accidentally poisoned with medications, according to new research. The study, which was based on data reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers between 2001 and 2008, found that medication poisoning among children aged 5 and under increased by 22 percent, although the number of children in the United States in this age group rose by only 8 percent during the study period. "The problem of pediatric poisoning in the U.S. is getting worse, not better," Dr. Randall Bond, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in a hospital news release. In conducting the study, which is scheduled for publication in the Journal of Pediatrics, the researchers reviewed information on over 544,000 children who landed in the emergency department due to medication poisoning ... Read more

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Over Half of Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitals Are Preventable: Study

Posted 9 Sep 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 9 – More than one-half of all adverse drug reactions treated in hospitals and emergency care are preventable, according to a new study. In addition, prior research has shown that many preventable drug reactions – which include drug overdoses and internal bleeding associated with the improper use of blood thinners and painkillers – are life-threatening, said the Swedish researchers. This widespread problem, which is even more common among the elderly, has important implications for health care systems, they said. There are many reasons for the high numbers of preventable adverse drug reactions, according to Katja Hakkarainen, a pharmacist from the Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg. These may include "poor coordination of care, lack of time and knowledge among health professionals, and lack of patient education," she said in an International Pharmaceutical ... Read more

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Long-Term Opioid Therapy Often Leads to Addiction

Posted 29 Jul 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 29 – Addiction to prescription drugs is common among patients with chronic pain, with 35 percent of patients receiving long-term treatment with opioids now meeting the criteria for addiction, a new study has found. In conducting the research, published in the July issue of the Journal of Addictive Diseases, researchers interviewed 705 people undergoing long-term opioid therapy for non-cancer pain between August 2007 and November 2008. The study found that addiction to prescription pain medication – such as morphine, OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin – happens often among those with the following risk factors: younger than 65; a history of opioid abuse; withdrawal symptoms; and substance abuse treatment. Anti-social personality disorder, the researchers noted, is another risk factor for this type of addiction. Moreover, even after the American Psychiatric Association ... Read more

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McNeil Consumer Healthcare Announces Plans for New Dosing Instructions for Tylenol Products

Posted 28 Jul 2011 by Drugs.com

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. ("McNeil") today announced plans for new dosing instructions lowering the maximum daily dose for single-ingredient Extra Strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) products sold in the U.S. from 8 pills per day (4,000 mg) to 6 pills per day (3,000 mg). The change is designed to help encourage appropriate acetaminophen use and reduce the risk of accidental overdose. Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, can be found in more than 600 over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications, such as Tylenol, Sudafed Triple Action™, NyQuil, Percocet and Vicodin.* Acetaminophen is used by more than 50 million Americans each week to treat conditions such as pain, fever and aches and pains associated with cold and flu symptoms. "Acetaminophen is safe when used as directed," said Edwin K ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Butalbital, Acetaminophen, and Caffeine Tablets (USP 50mg, 325mg, 40mg) and Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets (USP 7.5mg, 500mg): Recall - Bottle Mislabeled

Posted 27 Jun 2011 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Qualitest and FDA is notifying pharmacists and patients of a recall to the retail level of specific lots of Butalbital, Acetaminophen, and Caffeine Tablets and Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets due to possibility that the recalled bottles may contain incorrect tablets, and patients may unintentionally take butalbital and caffeine instead of hydrocodone. Unintentional administration of butalbital could result in symptoms such as sedation, lightheadedness, dizziness, and nausea. Additionally, patients with an allergy to butalbital could experience a hypersensitivity reaction. Side effects due to caffeine are less likely, due to the small amounts in this formulation, however, those individuals with a sensitivity to caffeine may experience symptoms such as tremors, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. Patients who were receiving hydrocodone for chronic pain might ... Read more

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Surge in Number of Americans Treated for Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Posted 23 Jun 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 23 – Rehab admissions related to alcohol, opiates (including prescription painkillers) and marijuana increased in the United States between 1999 and 2009, according to a new national report. However, fewer people sought treatment for problems with cocaine and methamphetamine or amphetamines, the researchers noted. One of the most staggering increases over the 10-year study period: opiate admissions, mostly due to use of prescription opioids, which include painkillers such as oxycodone (Oxycontin) or Vicodin (hydrocodone). The findings showed that 96 percent of the nearly 2 million admissions to treatment facilities that occurred in 2009 were related to alcohol (42 percent), opiates (21 percent), marijuana (18 percent), cocaine (9 percent) and methamphetamine/amphetamines (6 percent). The report from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ... Read more

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FDA Advisers Urge Infant Doses for Kids' OTC Fever Relievers

Posted 18 May 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 18 – U.S. health advisers recommended Wednesday that dosing instructions should be added to the labels of medicines containing the widely used pain reliever and fever reducer acetaminophen to better protect children under the age of 2. In a 21-0 vote, the panel of U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisers called for adding dosing information for children 6 months to 2 years old to over-the-counter medicines such as Children's Tylenol and similar products containing acetaminophen, the Associated Press reported. Currently, the labels of such medications have dosing instructions for children aged 2 and up. For kids under 2, the labels on the liquid medicines simply tell parents to "ask a doctor." The FDA advisers said the lack of specific dosing recommendations can lead to confusion, with parents unintentionally giving too much of the medicine to children under age 2. ... Read more

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FDA Panels to Weigh Dosing Labels for Kids' OTC Fever Relievers

Posted 17 May 2011 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 17 – Two U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committees plan to meet Tuesday and Wednesday to decide whether to recommend that the dosing instructions on the labels of medicines containing acetaminophen need to be fine-tuned to protect children under the age of 2 against possible liver failure and even death. Currently, the labels of such fever-reducing medications, which include Children's Tylenol, have dosing instructions for children aged 2 and up. For kids under 2, the labels simply tell parents to "ask a doctor." The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and drug manufacturers are both strongly in favor of giving parents the additional dosing information. "If we give parents better information, they will be able to give enough of the medicine to work well, at the same time minimizing the side effects," said Dr. Daniel Frattarelli, a pediatrician in Dearborn, ... Read more

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