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Certain Prescription Painkillers Tied to Higher Risk of Irregular Heartbeat: Study

Posted 9 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 – A long-term study suggests that older people who use common prescription painkillers, including prescription-strength ibuprofen, may be increasing their risk for developing a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke and heart failure and can shorten life. Previous studies have also linked these painkillers – called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs – to a risk of heart attack and stroke, the researchers noted. Although this study is only able to show an association between prescription NSAIDs and the risk for atrial fibrillation, lead researcher Dr. Bruno Stricker, a professor of pharmacoepidemiology at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, said he believes that this link "suggests a cause-effect relationship." However, one U.S. expert believes more research is ... Read more

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FDA Advisers Revisit Heart Risks Posed by Painkillers

Posted 10 Feb 2014 by

MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2014 – Naproxen – the key pain reliever in Aleve – seems safer for the heart than other popular anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin), U.S. health officials say. And it's possible that labeling will soon reflect that finding. Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are meeting Monday and Tuesday to discuss cardiac risks associated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, sometimes called NSAIDs. Millions of people take these medicines, which also include the prescription drug Celebrex, to relieve muscle aches, headaches and pain from arthritis and injuries. Since 2005, labeling laws have required a heart warning on these anti-inflammatory drugs. That stemmed from Merck's withdrawal of the NSAID Vioxx from the market in 2004 because of a notable increased risk of heart attack among Vioxx users. But naproxen doesn't seem to carry the ... Read more

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Certain Blood Proteins Higher in People Prone to Outbursts of Rage

Posted 18 Dec 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2013 – Recurrent, unwarranted blow-ups such as road rage may have a biological basis, according to a new study. Blood tests of people who display the hostile outbursts that characterize a psychiatric illness known as intermittent explosive disorder show signs of inflammation, researchers say. "What we show is that inflammation markers [proteins] are up in these aggressive individuals," said Dr. Emil Coccaro, professor and chair of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Currently, medication and behavior therapy are used to treat intermittent explosive disorder, which affects about 16 million Americans, according to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. But these methods are effective in fewer than 50 percent of cases, the study authors noted. Coccaro now wants to see if anti-inflammatory medicines can reduce both unwarranted ... Read more

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Always Ask a Vet Before Giving Painkillers to Pets, Expert Says

Posted 7 Nov 2013 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 7 – When people feel pain, they often reach for common medicines such as aspirin or Motrin. These types of drugs, known as NSAIDs, also are used to treat arthritis pain in dogs and to manage pain after surgery in dogs and cats. But NSAID use in pets carries risks as well as benefits. And all dogs and cats should have a thorough physical exam by a veterinarian – including a review of the pet's medical history – before being given NSAIDs , according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pet owners also need to be informed about possible side effects, including those that could signal danger. Some of the most common side effects of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) in animals reported to the FDA are vomiting, loss of appetite, reduced levels of activity and diarrhea. While your pet is taking NSAIDs, watch for these side effects as well as looking for blood ... Read more

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Health Tip: Can I Take an NSAID?

Posted 4 Oct 2013 by

-- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are common pain-relieving medications that often are available over-the-counter. However, the American Academy of Family Physicians says some people shouldn't take these drugs, among them: People with an allergy to pain relievers, including aspirin. People who drink three or more alcoholic beverages per day. People who have stomach or intestinal bleeding, or peptic ulcers. People who have kidney disease, heart disease or liver disease. People with a bleeding disorder or who take medication to thin the blood. Read more

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After Tonsillectomy, Over-the-Counter Painkillers Suffice, Study Says

Posted 3 Oct 2013 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 3 – An over-the-counter painkiller is as effective as prescription drugs in controlling pain after people have their tonsils removed, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at 25 children and adults and found that ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) managed their pain after tonsillectomy as well as the prescription pain medications acetaminophen (Tylenol) with hydrocodone, and acetaminophen with codeine, which is no longer recommended for use in children. "Based on this study and the FDA warning about the risks of children taking any medication with codeine, we recommend that children receive over-the-counter ibuprofen after a tonsillectomy," study author Dr. Robert Standring, in the department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, said in a system news release. In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended that children not ... Read more

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Most Medications OK During Breast-Feeding, Report Says

Posted 26 Aug 2013 by

MONDAY, Aug. 26 – Most breast-feeding moms can safely take the medications and vaccines they need, without fear they'll harm a nursing infant, according to a new report from a leading group of U.S. pediatricians. The report, from the American Academy of Pediatrics in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, describes proposed changes to drug labels. The new labels would replace the current "Nursing Mothers" section with a heading called "Lactation," which would give much more detailed information about a drug's transfer to breast milk and potential to harm a breast-fed baby. The proposed changes are part of a push by the FDA to require drug makers to study how medications may affect breast-feeding and to better communicate that information to women and their doctors. "Because we know that breast-feeding has both developmental and health benefits for the mom and the ... Read more

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High Doses of Common Painkillers May Raise Risk for Heart Trouble

Posted 29 May 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, May 29 – People who take high doses of common painkillers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) face a greater risk for heart problems, a new analysis shows. Although NSAIDs are used around the world to help people with inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, a review of nearly 650 randomized trials found that taking either 2,400 milligrams (mg) of ibuprofen or 150 mg of diclofenac daily increased the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death by about one-third. The findings were published online May 29 in the journal The Lancet. The study authors said, however, that the increased risk of heart attacks from individual NSAIDs is proportional to a patient's underlying risk for heart attacks. Since people with a history of heart problems or risk factors for heart disease are at greatest risk, they concluded that doctors should weigh that before ... Read more

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Know What's in Your Child's Medications, FDA Warns

Posted 17 Mar 2013 by

SUNDAY, March 17 – It's the time of year when cold season and allergy season overlap, and parents need to know the active ingredients in the medicines they give their children for these conditions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. Taking more than one medicine at a time could cause serious health problems if the drugs have the same active ingredient, which is the component that makes the medicine effective against a particular condition. For over-the-counter products, active ingredients are listed first on a medicine's Drug Facts label. For prescription medicines, active ingredients are listed in a patient package insert or consumer information sheet provided by the pharmacist, the FDA said. Many medicines have just one active ingredient. But combination medicines – such as those for allergy, cough or fever and congestion – may have more than one. Antihistamine is an ... Read more

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Common Painkillers Tied to Kidney Risks for Children: Study

Posted 25 Jan 2013 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 25 – Children taking the common painkillers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be at risk for acute kidney damage, particularly when the kids are dehydrated, a new study finds. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (commonly called NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (brand names Advil and Motrin), naproxen (Aleve) and ketorolac (Toradol) are used to relieve pain and fever. "The one thing we did see that seemed to be connected to kidney damage was dehydration," said lead researcher Dr. Jason Misurac, a nephrologist at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. For the study, which was published in the Jan. 25 online edition of the Journal of Pediatrics, Misurac's team looked at the medical records of children admitted to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis from 1999 through mid-2010. Over that time, they identified more than 1,000 cases of children ... Read more

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Health Tip: Should You Take NSAIDs?

Posted 9 Jan 2013 by

-- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are popular pain relievers, usually sold over the counter. But they may not be safe for everyone. The American Academy of Family Physicians says you should speak with your doctor before you take an NSAID if you meet any of these criteria: Having a known allergy to any pain relievers, such as aspirin. Drinking at least three alcoholic beverages per day. Having stomach ulcers or bleeding in the intestines or stomach. Having heart, kidney or liver disease. Having a condition that requires a blood-thinning medication. Read more

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When Prescription Drugs Go OTC, Ads Talk Less of Harms: Study

Posted 11 Sep 2012 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 11 – When prescription drugs become available over-the-counter, advertisements for the medications are far less likely to tell consumers about the potential harms and side effects, new research finds. The reason for it, experts say, likely has to do with which federal agency regulates the marketing materials for each type of drug. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates ads for prescription drugs, while ads for over-the-counter drugs are regulated by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC has much less stringent standards than the FDA for what manufacturers have to reveal about products in their marketing materials, the researchers noted. The FDA requires prescription drug advertising to provide consumers with a "fair balance" of risks and benefits – for drug ads, that often means rattling off a lengthy list of potential side effects. The FTC, on ... Read more

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Common Painkillers Might Boost Odds for Second Heart Attack

Posted 11 Sep 2012 by

MONDAY, Sept. 10 – People who've already suffered a heart attack may face higher odds of death or subsequent heart attack if they regularly take a common form of painkiller, Danish researchers report. The painkillers are known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and include over-the-counter drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve), as well as prescription drugs such as Celebrex (celecoxib), the researchers noted. "These results support previous findings that NSAIDs have no apparent safe treatment window among patients with a [prior] heart attack," said lead researcher Dr. Anne-Marie Schjerning Olsen from the department of cardiology at the University of Copenhagen. "Long-term caution with use of NSAIDs is advised in all patients after a heart attack," she said. Olsen added that "it is important to get the message out to clinicians taking care of ... Read more

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Common Painkillers May Help Prevent Skin Cancer: Study

Posted 29 May 2012 by

TUESDAY, May 29 – Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – which include medicine cabinet staples such as aspirin, Motrin and Aleve – appears to significantly lower the risk for developing several major forms of skin cancer, a new Danish study reveals. What's more, the apparent protective impact of both prescription and nonprescription NSAIDs on skin cancer risk seems to be stronger the longer someone takes them. Over-the-counter NSAIDs are used to control pain, fever and swelling. NSAIDs also include prescription medicines called COX-2 enzyme inhibitors, such as Celebrex (celecoxib). "Our study showed that users of common painkillers, known as NSAIDs, have a lower risk of the three major types of skin cancer, [including] malignant melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma," said study lead author, Sigrun Alba Johannesdottir, at the department of ... Read more

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Migraine Guidelines: What Works, What Doesn't

Posted 23 Apr 2012 by

MONDAY, April 23 – Dozens of medications are available to prevent debilitating migraine headaches, but most migraine sufferers don't use them, a new study finds. "Approximately 40 percent of people with migraines need preventive treatment, and only about one-third of them are actually getting it," said Dr. Stephen D. Silberstein, co-author of new guidelines developed by the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society. The drugs include prescription, over-the-counter and herbal medications. Which will work best "depends on the patient," said Silberstein, director of the Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. The guidelines, published in the April 24 issue of Neurology, were scheduled for presentation at the academy's annual meeting in New Orleans, April 21 to 28. Dr. Brian M. Grosberg, director of the Montefiore Headache Center in ... Read more

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