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Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – Doctors prescribe antidepressants for a wide range of medical problems other than depression, apparently fueling the boom in sales of these medications, researchers report. Depression accounts for only a little more than half the antidepressant prescriptions issued by Quebec physicians during the past decade, the Canadian study found. Doctors also issued antidepressants to treat anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, panic disorders, fibromyalgia, migraine, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and a host of other "off-label" conditions for which the drugs are not approved, according to the report. Two out of every three non-depression prescriptions for antidepressants were handed out under an off-label purpose, the findings showed. "The thing that's of concern here is that when prescribing for conditions other than depression, often these are for indications such as ... Read more

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Chronic Pain May Trigger Many Cases of Painkiller Addiction: Survey

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 – Chronic pain may be a major driver behind the recent surge in addiction to prescription painkillers, a new survey finds. Opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse in the United States are among the country's biggest public health threats, the researchers said. And, more than eight in 10 people abusing prescription drugs said they were doing so to treat pain. "While the association between chronic pain and drug addiction has been observed in prior studies, this study goes one step further to quantify how many of these patients are using these substances specifically to treat chronic pain," said study corresponding author Dr. Daniel Alford. "It also measures the prevalence of chronic pain in patients who screen positive for illegal drug use and prescription drug abuse," Alford said in a Boston University news release. He is director of the Safe and Competent ... Read more

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Freezing Technique May Ease 'Phantom Limb' Pain for Amputees

Posted 8 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 – A freezing technique may reduce the debilitating phantom limb pain that many amputees experience, according to a new, small study. Chronic pain that emanates from the site of a severed limb can be reduced in some cases when the remaining nerve and scar tissue is frozen in place, researchers said. The minimally invasive technique, known as cryoablation therapy, may offer hope to the roughly 200,000 Americans who undergo an amputation every year, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics. Many such patients, including military veterans and people with diabetes, experience a crippling form of nervous system disorientation after losing a limb. The study authors said the problem stems from inaccurate signaling among the remaining limb nerve endings and/or overactivity among neighboring nerves. The result is a distinct feeling of limb ... Read more

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Sleepy Teens Are Risk-Taking Teens

Posted 7 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 – Sleep-deprived high school students are more likely to sustain injuries – often due to risky behaviors – than those who are well rested, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. In a study of more than 50,000 students, researchers found that those teens who got seven hours of sleep or less on school nights were more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as not wearing a seatbelt, riding with a drinking driver, and drinking and driving. "The failure of most high school students to get sufficient sleep may put them at increased risk for unintentional injuries," said lead researcher Anne Wheaton, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study also found that teens who slept 10 or more hours a night were also prone to injuries and risky behaviors, compared with students who slept nine hours. "We have known all along that ... Read more

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Anti-Addiction Drug May Help Curb Painkiller, Heroin Dependence

Posted 31 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 – The newer anti-addiction drug naltrexone may become an important weapon in the country's escalating addiction to opioid painkillers and heroin, a new study suggests. Researchers found that monthly injections of extended-release naltrexone – which blocks the euphoric effects of opioids – resulted in a significantly lower relapse rate among treated addicts compared to a similar group that didn't receive the drug. Additionally, during the six-month study there were no overdoses in the naltrexone group compared to five in the other group. Opioids – including prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet, as well as the street drug heroin – killed more than 28,000 people in 2014, a record high, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We thought this was a good approach to relapse prevention . . . but I was ... Read more

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Obama Administration Steps Up Efforts to Beat Painkiller, Heroin Epidemic

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 – The Obama administration announced Tuesday additional measures in its $1.1 billion funding request to expand medication-based treatment for Americans addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin. President Barack Obama is scheduled to propose the measures at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta. The White House said the increased initiative could offer hope to tens of thousands of Americans addicted to prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet, as well as illegal drugs like heroin. "The President has made clear that addressing this epidemic is a priority for his Administration, and today's actions represent further steps to expand access to treatment, prevent overdose deaths and increase community prevention strategies," the White House said in a statement. Most of the funding requested from Congress would enable ... Read more

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Nearly All U.S. Doctors 'Overprescribe' Addictive Narcotic Painkillers: Survey

Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 – When American doctors give their patients narcotic painkillers, 99 percent of them hand out prescriptions that exceed the federally recommended three-day dosage limit, new research suggests. And some doctors exceeded that limit by a lot: Nearly one-quarter gave out month-long dosages, despite the fact that research has shown that a month's use of prescription narcotic painkillers can cause brain changes, the National Safety Council survey found. "Opioids do not kill pain. They kill people," Dr. Donald Teater, a medical advisor at the safety council, said in a news release. "Doctors are well-intentioned and want to help their patients, but these findings are further proof that we need more education and training if we want to treat pain most effectively." The problem has reached the point where these highly addictive painkillers, which include commonly ... Read more

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FDA Wants Generic Narcotic Painkillers to Be Abuse-Deterrent

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 – Continuing their push to combat the nation's epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, U.S. officials on Thursday urged generic drug makers to take steps to redesign potent drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone to make them harder to abuse. U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials said they were encouraging the generic drug industry to develop pain medicines with "abuse-deterrent properties." For instance, this would make it harder to crush a tablet to snort the contents or dissolve a capsule to inject its ingredients. "By issuing the draft guidance, the FDA is helping to ensure that generic abuse-deterrent opioids are no less abuse deterrent than their brand-name counterparts," FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said during a morning press briefing. "We hope that the availability of less costly generic products with abuse-deterrent properties has the ... Read more

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FDA Orders Warning Labels on Prescription Narcotic Painkillers

Posted 22 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 – Hoping to curb a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, U.S. officials on Tuesday announced that certain drugs will get new "boxed warnings" about the dangers of misuse. The move by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration comes one week after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced tough new guidelines to doctors for "opioid" drugs such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin. "We are at a time when the unfathomable tragedies resulting from addiction, overdose and death has become one of the most urgent, devastating public health crises facing our country," FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf told reporters at a Tuesday news briefing. He said the agency is working with other agencies, drug makers, doctors and patients "to prevent abuse, save lives and treat dependence while still providing patients in pain access to effective ... Read more

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More Older Women Now Living With 'Moderate' Disability, Study Shows

Posted 18 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 – Back in the 1980s, older U.S. women typically lived more years free of disabilities than their male peers did, but a new study shows that pattern appears to be changing. For older men, the news is largely positive, researchers report: They're not only living longer, but with fewer disabilities. For women, the picture is different: They've made smaller gains than men have and, in some respects, they've taken a step backward. Specifically, older U.S. women were more likely to be living with moderate disabilities in 2011, compared with 2004 – a reversal in the improvement seen since 1982. The study defined moderate disabilities as problems with daily activities such as shopping, doing household chores or managing money. For men, the prevalence of those issues dropped between 1982 and 2004, then stayed largely unchanged. Older women, on the other hand, saw their ... Read more

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Health Tip: Use Proper Lifting Technique

Posted 16 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Lifting heavy things without the proper technique is an easy way to hurt your back. To help prevent back injury and pain, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises: Plan before you lift, and don't rush. Standing near the object, place your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend at the knees. As you stand, use your leg muscles to lift. Ask someone for help if the object is too heavy or awkward. Read more

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Health Tip: Help Prevent Back Pain During Sleep

Posted 2 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If back pain prevents you from getting a good night's sleep, your position and mattress may be to blame. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: If you're a back sleeper, place a pillow beneath your knees to ease pressure on your back. If you're a stomach sleeper, place the pillow under your belly. Side sleepers should place the pillow between the knees. Invest in a new mattress. Medium to medium-firm is best for back support. If you can't buy a new one, place some plywood beneath the mattress. Carefully ease in and out of bed, avoiding quick movements. Roll to your side, use your arms to push yourself up and carefully swing your legs over the side of the bed. Exercise regularly, making sure to work your abdominal and back muscles. Read more

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Potentially Deadly Painkiller Being Disguised as Less Powerful Drugs

Posted 1 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

Officials across the United States say they are seeing a growing number of cases where the potent painkiller fentanyl is disguised as less powerful pain drugs. In recent months, there have been two dozen cases of fentanyl marked as oxycodone or Percocet, according to Tennessee authorities, the Associated Press reported. Last summer, the San Francisco health department said several overdoses were caused by tablets that were labeled as Xanax but contained fentanyl. In Cleveland, a man was arrested after federal agents seized more than 900 fentanyl pills marked as oxycodone. And in Canada, officals have issued warnings about recent cases of supposed oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl. "These pills are truly a fatal overdose waiting to happen," Carole Rendon, acting U.S. attorney in Cleveland, told the AP. Fentanyl is cheap to make illegally, so dealers can make more money by ... Read more

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'Mindfulness' Might Help Older Adults With Back Pain

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 – Mindful meditation may offer a measure of pain relief to seniors suffering from chronic lower back pain, new research suggests. The study involved nearly 300 older adults with long-term lower back pain, half of whom were assigned to a two-month mindful meditation course. "Mindfulness meditation is a method to learn how to be fully engaged in the present moment and not let the mind get so easily distracted," explained study lead author Dr. Natalia Morone. She is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. As patients practiced mindfulness meditation and tried to stay more focused on the present moment, "participants found they experienced less pain," Morone said. They also saw short-term benefits in physical function, the study found. More than half of adults older than 65 suffer from chronic pain, most commonly in the back, according to ... Read more

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Botox-Like Injection Might Ease Runners' Knee Pain

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 – A Botox-like injection, added to physical therapy, may relieve a type of knee pain that's common in runners, cyclists and other active people, a new study suggests. The condition – called lateral patellofemoral overload syndrome (LPOS) – affects more than one in eight people who regularly exercise, the British research team explained. The condition causes pain in the front and side of the knee joint, and healing can be a challenge, experts said. "Knee pain in runners and cyclists is often difficult to treat," said Dr. Victor Khabie, chief of sports medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. "Most will respond well to traditional therapy, but some will continue to have pain." According to the study authors, prior research has shown that 80 percent of people with LPOS have ongoing symptoms after undergoing conventional treatment, and 74 ... Read more

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