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Insomniacs May Be More Sensitive to Pain

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 – People with insomnia or poor sleep quality may be less tolerant of pain, new research suggests. The more frequent and severe the insomnia, the greater the sensitivity to pain, the Norwegian study showed. Additionally, the researchers noted that people with insomnia who also suffer from chronic pain have an even lower threshold for physical discomfort. It's important to note, however, that while the study found an association between a lack of quality sleep and increased pain sensitivity, it wasn't designed to show a cause-and-effect relationship. The study, led by Borge Sivertsen, of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Bergen, involved more than 10,000 adults. The study participants all underwent a standard test of pain sensitivity by dunking their hands in a bath of cold water for 106 seconds. The volunteers were also asked about their sleep quality. ... Read more

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Spinal Stimulation System Relieves Pain Without Tingling

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – The Senza spinal cord stimulation system has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat chronic back pain without the tingling sensation that characterizes more traditional pain-relieving methods. The implanted device uses high-frequency stimulation to avoid the tingling sensation known as "paresthesia," the agency said in a news release. Spinal pain could be characterized by conditions including failed back surgery syndrome, low back pain and leg pain. Before treatment with Senza begins, potential users are treated with a trial system for a week or two, the FDA said. Once a physician determines that the trial device has worked, patients have minimally invasive surgery to implant Senza in the upper buttocks or abdomen. The device includes a patient-operated remote control. Senza's safety and effectiveness were clinically evaluated in a study ... Read more

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When to Ice, When to Heat

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 10, 2015 – Athletes aren't always sure whether to use heat or ice on injuries and aches and pains, so here is some advice from experts. If you suffer a sudden sports injury, you should follow a recovery program known as RICE: rest, ice, compression, elevation. "Elevation is probably the most important thing because it limits the amount of blood flow to the area and the amount of swelling," Dr. Scott Lynch, director of sports medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, said in a center news release. Applying cold is important because it helps narrow blood vessels, preventing blood from accumulating at the injury site and causing too much inflammation and swelling that can delay healing. Icing an injury for the first 48 to 72 hours reduces the amount of secondary tissue damage and can also ease pain, said Dr. Cayce Onks, a family and sports medicine doctor at the medical ... Read more

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Study Rates Migraine Medications

Posted 20 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 – The best medications to use if you suffer migraine headaches are listed in a new study. Researchers reviewed recent scientific literature and concluded that a number of classes of drugs were effective for treating acute migraine. These include triptans, dihydroergotamine (DHE) and many NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that include aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen). Also on the list: butorphanol nasal spray, and the combination medications sumatriptan/naproxen and acetaminophen/aspirin/caffeine. Several other medications are "probably effective" or "possibly effective," according to the study in the January issue of the journal Headache. While powerful opioid pain drugs such as butorphanol, codeine/acetaminophen and tramadol/acetaminophen are likely effective migraine treatments, they are not recommended for regular use, the researchers said. The ... Read more

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Knee Arthritis Drugs Beat Placebos, but Study Finds No Clear Winner

Posted 6 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 – Pain-relieving treatments for knee arthritis all work better than doing nothing – but it's hard to point to a clear winner, a new research review concluded. Using data from almost 140 studies, researchers found all of the widely used arthritis treatments – from over-the-counter painkillers to pain-relieving injections – brought more relief to aching knees over three months than did placebo pills. But there were some surprises in the study, according to lead researcher Dr. Raveendhara Bannuru, of Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Overall, the biggest benefit came from injections of hyaluronic acid (HA) – a treatment some professional medical groups consider only marginally effective. Hyaluronic acid is a lubricating substance found naturally in the joints. Over the years, studies have been mixed as to whether injections of synthetic HA help arthritic joints, ... Read more

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Common Painkillers May Help Prevent Certain Skin Cancers, Study Finds

Posted 18 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 – Common painkillers, including ibuprofen, might slightly reduce your risk of developing a form of skin cancer, researchers say. Use of ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) appear to reduce the risk of squamous cell skin cancer by 15 percent, the researchers concluded after reviewing nine prior studies. Squamous cell skin cancer is usually caused by sun exposure. These painkillers "have potential as part of a skin cancer-prevention strategy," said review co-author Catherine Olsen, a senior research officer with QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. But Olsen and other experts aren't ready to recommend popping these or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to prevent skin cancer. For one thing, these drugs are associated with risks of their own. "Don't rely on aspirin or other nonsteroidal ... Read more

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Some Painkillers Tied to Bleeding Risk in Those With Abnormal Heartbeat

Posted 17 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 – People with the abnormal heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation who take common painkillers might significantly increase their risk for bleeding and blood clots, according to a new study. That risk was even higher among patients who took a blood thinner along with one of these nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory painkiller drugs (NSAIDs), which include aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin), naproxen (Aleve) and celecoxib (Celebrex). "If you add NSAIDs on top of blood-thinning medication, you double the risk of bleeding," said lead researcher Dr. Gunnar Gislason, from the Danish Heart Foundation in Copenhagen. Many people with atrial fibrillation take blood thinners to reduce the risk of stroke, he noted. Atrial fibrillation causes the upper chambers of the heart to contract quickly and irregularly. These abnormal contractions allow blood to pool in the heart, forming clots ... Read more

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Painkillers May Halve Risk of Breast Cancer Return in Obese Women: Study

Posted 14 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 – Obese women who have battled breast cancer might halve their chances of a recurrence if they take aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) regularly, new research suggests. The researchers followed 440 breast cancer survivors – most of them past menopause and overweight or obese – who were diagnosed between 1987 and 2011. The women had estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, which requires the hormone estrogen to grow. Over the seven-year follow-up, taking the pain medications was linked to a difference in recurrence: "Twelve percent of those not taking NSAIDs had a recurrence, but 6 percent of those taking the drugs did," said study author Linda deGraffenried, an associate professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Texas in Austin. Of the 440 women, 159 used painkillers and 281 did not. Most of those using painkillers ... Read more

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More Painkillers May Raise Heart Risks for Older Women: Review

Posted 8 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 8, 2014 – A category of painkillers that includes the popular over-the-counter drug naproxen (Aleve) might increase an older woman's risk of heart attack or stroke, researchers report. Doctors already knew that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that target and inhibit the so-called "cox-2 enzyme" can raise a person's heart attack risk. This new study found the same sort of heart risks accompany NSAIDs that don't specifically target cox-2, but still inhibit the enzyme to some degree. That category of NSAIDs was associated with a 17 percent increase in postmenopausal women's risk of heart attack or stroke, compared to a 13 percent increase associated with NSAIDs that specifically target and inhibit cox-2. "These are widely used drugs in this country and worldwide, so it has huge ramifications," said study author Dr. Anthony Bavry, an associate professor of ... Read more

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FDA Panel Sees No Heart-Safety Advantage With Naproxen

Posted 11 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2014 – The science isn't convincing enough to say that naproxen – the key pain reliever in Aleve – is safer for the heart than other popular anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin), U.S. health advisers ruled Tuesday. The decision was highly anticipated, since a vote in favor of naproxen's superiority might have led to a product labeling change, experts said. However, the 16-9 vote by the advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did not find enough evidence to put naproxen ahead of other pain relievers in terms of heart risk. The FDA isn't required to follow the recommendations of its advisory committees but it usually does so. Naproxen, ibuprofen and aspirin fall under the umbrella term nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Millions of people take these medicines to help relieve muscle aches, headaches and pain from ... Read more

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Certain Blood Proteins Higher in People Prone to Outbursts of Rage

Posted 18 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

-- 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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High Doses of Common Painkillers May Raise Risk for Heart Trouble

Posted 29 May 2013 by Drugs.com

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

Related support groups: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ibuprofen, Heart Disease, Naproxen, Ischemic Stroke, Heart Attack, Meloxicam, Advil, Diclofenac, Heart Failure, Voltaren, Congestive Heart Failure, Mobic, Aleve, Motrin, Indomethacin, Toradol, Etodolac, Nabumetone, Myocardial Infarction

Common Painkillers Tied to Kidney Risks for Children: Study

Posted 25 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

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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