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More ERs Treating Headaches With Narcotics, Study Finds

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 – There's been a big increase in prescriptions for powerful narcotic painkillers given to headache patients at hospital emergency departments, a new U.S. study finds. This increase has occurred even though guidelines from a number of medical groups, including the American Academy of Neurology and the American College of Emergency Physicians, say these pain drugs should not be used as a first-line treatment for headache. The study authors pointed out that this trend in emergency department prescribing practices has occurred at the same time that rates of abuse, overdose and deaths due to narcotics are on the rise in the United States. The researchers analyzed national data from 2001 to 2010 and found a 65 percent increase in emergency department use of narcotic prescriptions for headaches during that period. The largest rise (450 percent) was in the use of ... Read more

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ERs Dispensing More Narcotic Painkillers: Study

Posted 23 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 21, 2014 – More and more Americans are being prescribed powerful narcotic drugs when they visit the emergency department for problems such as low back pain or a pounding headache, a new study finds. Between 2001 and 2010, emergency departments in the United States showed a 49 percent increase in prescriptions for narcotic painkillers – also known as opiates. That was despite the fact that there was only a small increase in the percentage of visits for painful conditions. Experts said the trend is concerning because narcotic painkillers – which include drugs like OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin – can be addictive, or abused by people with existing drug problems. And while the drugs may be necessary for more-severe pain, ER doctors see many patients who can stick with over-the-counter pain relievers. "In many cases, naproxen, Tylenol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen are the ... Read more

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Common Cold Meds May Pose Health Threats

Posted 19 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 – Over-the-counter sinus and pain remedies that combine two common ingredients – phenylephrine and acetaminophen – might cause serious side effects such as high blood pressure, dizziness and tremors, New Zealand researchers warn. These side effects occur because acetaminophen (the main ingredient in Tylenol) boosts the effects of phenylephrine, according to a report in the March 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Products containing this drug combination include Tylenol Sinus, Sudafed PE Sinus, Benadryl Allergy Plus Sinus and Excedrin Sinus Headache. "What we found was surprising because it hasn't been studied or reported," said lead researcher Hartley Atkinson, managing director of AFT Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., in Auckland. Phenylephrine, which replaced pseudoephedrine in many over-the-counter medications, relieves nasal congestion from colds, ... Read more

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Study Finds 1 in 3 Tennesseans Uses Narcotic Painkillers Each Year

Posted 3 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 3, 2014 – One of every three Tennesseans fills a prescription for narcotic painkillers at least once a year, creating a free-floating pool of available medication that helps feed the state's growing problem with prescription drug abuse, a new study has found. Nearly 5.2 million Tennessee residents received painkillers – 37 million total prescriptions – between 2007 and 2011, which works out to about 1.4 prescriptions per resident, according to a report published online March 3 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. A small but significant percentage of those residents appeared to be engaging in "doctor shopping," which indicates drug abuse and increases their risk of overdose death, said senior study author Dr. Timothy Jones, state epidemiologist for the Tennessee Department of Health. Among patients who received narcotic pain killers in 2011, 7.6 percent got ... Read more

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Use of Tylenol in Pregnancy Tied to Higher ADHD Risk in Child

Posted 24 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 – Expectant mothers suffering from fever or headache may face a new dilemma when they open the medicine cabinet. Pregnant women who take acetaminophen – best known under the brand name Tylenol – might be more likely to have a child with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new long-term study suggests. Acetaminophen is the most commonly used over-the-counter medication for pregnant women who experience fever or pain. Children whose mothers took acetaminophen while pregnant had up to a 40 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with ADHD, according to the research, which involved more than 64,000 Danish mothers and their children. The kids were born between 1996 and 2002. By the age of 7, these children also were more likely to use ADHD medication and exhibit ADHD-like behavior problems, according to the study, published Feb. 24 in the journal JAMA ... Read more

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Many U.S. Seniors Get Prescription Painkillers From Multiple Doctors

Posted 19 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 – About one-third of Medicare patients who get prescriptions for powerful narcotic painkillers receive them from multiple doctors, which raises their risk for hospitalization, according to a new study. Narcotics (also called opioids) include painkillers such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (Oxycontin) and morphine. Prescriptions for these drugs have risen sharply in the United States in the past 20 years – as have overdoses. "As physicians, we tell patients not to drive when they take opioids, but we also need to tell them that it can be dangerous to receive these medications from more than one provider," said study author Dr. Anupam Jena, an assistant professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. Jena and his colleagues also found that having multiple doctors prescribe prescription painkillers increased patients' risk of being hospitalized ... Read more

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U.S. Officials Target Escalating Drug Overdoses

Posted 11 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 11 – As deaths from heroin and prescription painkillers mount across the United States, government officials are searching for ways to stem the toll of addiction. The death last week of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, in New York City from an apparent heroin overdose highlighted this escalating problem. "The use of opioids – a group of drugs that includes heroin and prescription painkillers – is having a devastating impact on public health and safety in communities across the nation," Gil Kerlikowske, director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, said during a Tuesday morning news conference in Washington, D.C. "In 2010, approximately 100 Americans died from overdoses every day," Kerlikowske said. Prescription painkillers were involved in more than 16,600 deaths that year, and heroin was involved in about 3,000 deaths, he added. Overdose ... Read more

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FDA Warns Against Prescription Drugs With High Levels of Acetaminophen

Posted 15 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has asked doctors to stop prescribing painkillers that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen because of reports of severe liver damage. Prescription painkillers, which include Vicodin and Percocet, are commonly given for pain following acute injuries, operations or dental procedures and they often contain acetaminophen. However, many over-the-counter medications also contain acetaminophen. The FDA first tackled this issue in January 2011, when it asked drug makers to stop making prescription painkillers that contained more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per dose. Accidental overdoses from using these products contributes to nearly half of all cases of acetaminophen-related liver failure in the United States, the agency said in a statement issued Tuesday. Most cases of severe liver injury occurred in ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Acetaminophen Prescription Combination Drug Products with more than 325 mg: FDA Statement - Recommendation to Discontinue Prescribing and Dispensing

Posted 14 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA is recommending health care professionals discontinue prescribing and dispensing prescription combination drug products that contain more than 325 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule or other dosage unit. There are no available data to show that taking more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dosage unit provides additional benefit that outweighs the added risks for liver injury. Further, limiting the amount of acetaminophen per dosage unit will reduce the risk of severe liver injury from inadvertent acetaminophen overdose, which can lead to liver failure, liver transplant, and death.   Cases of severe liver injury with acetaminophen have occurred in patients who: • took more than the prescribed dose of an acetaminophen-containing product in a 24-hour period; • took more than one acetaminophen-containing product at the same time; or • drank alcohol while taking a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Don't Take Too Much Acetaminophen

Posted 3 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

-- If you're plagued with a headache, sinus congestion or body aches, you may find the common pain reliever acetaminophen in more than one medication you take for relief. After all, acetaminophen is found in more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The FDA makes these recommendations on how to make sure you don't take too much acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol: Adults should not exceed 4,000 milligrams per day. Never take more than the recommended dose of any medication. Avoid taking multiple over-the-counter medications that contain acetaminophen. Don't take a prescription drug that contains acetaminophen along with an OTC medication that contains it. Read more

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Doctors' Group Urges Tighter Controls on Prescription Painkillers

Posted 9 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 – Abuse of narcotic painkillers and other prescription drugs is a growing problem in the United States, and a leading doctors' group is urging members to exercise tighter control on the medications. The American College of Physicians (ACP) says its recommended changes will make it tougher for prescription drugs – painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, as well as drugs used for sleep problems and weight loss – to be abused or diverted for sale on the street. Prescription drug abuse may now be a prime cause of accidental death in the United States, according to a recent tally of preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One 2010 survey, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, found that 16 million Americans aged 12 and older had used a prescription painkiller, sedative, tranquilizer or stimulant for purposes other than ... Read more

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Most Teens Who Misuse Painkillers Aren't After a High, Study Finds

Posted 13 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13 – Most teens who misuse narcotic painkillers hope to get relief from pain, a new study reveals. Researchers found that four out of five teens who misused prescription pain medications such as OxyContin or Vicodin by taking more than directed or using someone else's prescription cared less about getting high than they did about easing their discomfort. Although research has shown that most teens given prescriptions for narcotic pain relievers use them properly, some young people do not. Sean McCabe and colleagues from the University of Michigan surveyed about 3,000 teens in 2011 and 2012 to determine why they abused these pain medications. They also took the teens' gender, race and ethnicity into account. Although the majority of the teens surveyed said they took the drugs to relieve pain, the investigators noted that 30 percent of the teens who didn't take their ... Read more

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Tylenol and Alcohol a Bad Mix, Study Suggests

Posted 4 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 4 – Combining Tylenol and even light consumption of alcohol can more than double someone's risk of kidney disease, researchers say. Taking the recommended dose of Tylenol, also known by its generic name acetaminophen, combined with a small to moderate amount of alcohol produces a 123 percent increased risk of kidney disease, according to a new preliminary study. "Most people take this medication without any input from pharmacists or physicians, and that's where the public-health concern is," said lead researcher Harrison Ndetan, an associate professor for research and biostatistics at Parker University in Dallas. "People buy acetaminophen over the counter, and they also are casual alcohol users, and they don't know that there is a harmful interaction." The study, scheduled for presentation Monday at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting in Boston, ... Read more

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One in 10 Teens Has Misused Prescription Painkillers: Survey

Posted 31 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 31 – About one in 10 American teens and young adults says they have misused a prescription painkiller or sedative, a new study finds. Researchers conducted a confidential survey of more than 2,100 people aged 14 to 20 who visited University of Michigan Health System emergency departments for any reason in 2010 and 2011. The results showed that 10.4 percent of the participants admitted to misusing a prescription painkiller or sedative at least once in the last year. This included taking drugs to get high, taking more than the recommended amount of a drug that was prescribed to them and taking drugs prescribed to someone else. Most of the drug misuse was illegal. The vast majority of patients who admitted misuse had no prescriptions for these drugs on their medical records, according to the authors of the study published online Oct. 28 in the journal Pediatrics. The ... Read more

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Longer Detox Might Work Better for Prescription Pain Med Addiction

Posted 23 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23 – A longer period of detoxification may be more effective for people being treated for addiction to prescription painkillers called opioids, according to a small new study. Abuse of prescription opioids such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and hydromorphone is a major public health problem in the United States. The new 12-week study, which included 70 people undergoing outpatient treatment for opioid addiction, was published online Oct. 23 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. For the first two weeks, all the patients took buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid addiction. They were then randomly assigned to slowly reduce the dose of buprenorphine over one, two or four weeks, followed by treatment with naltrexone, a medication that blocks opioid strength. Patients in the four-week group were more likely to stop abusing opioids than those in the one-week or two-week ... Read more

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