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Top Meds To Treat Opioid Addiction Equally Safe, Effective

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – The top two medications used to treat opioid addiction appear equally safe and effective, a new study finds. With the United States in the midst of an unprecedented opioid crisis, researchers conducted a head-to-head trial of two leading addiction treatments – naltrexone (Vivitrol) and buprenorphine-naloxone (Suboxone). "The newer drug, naltrexone, was as effective in keeping patients off heroin, preventing relapse and overdose, as buprenorphine," said lead researcher Dr. Joshua Lee. These results should reassure patients and health care providers that naltrexone is safe to use to break the cycle of addiction, said Lee, an associate professor at New York University School of Medicine's departments of medicine and population health. "This gives people two choices," he said. Overdoses from heroin and prescription opioid painkillers like oxycodone (OxyContin) ... Read more

Related support groups: Suboxone, OxyContin, Opiate Dependence, Opiate Withdrawal, Subutex, Contrave, Drug Dependence, Butrans, Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, Substance Abuse, Vivitrol, Embeda, Zubsolv, Belbuca, Bunavail, Buprenorphine/Naloxone, Buprenex, Bupropion/naltrexone, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse

Drug OD Rate Now Higher in Rural U.S. Than Cities: CDC

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 – Drug overdose death rates in rural areas of the United States are now higher than in cities, a trend that worries federal health officials. In 2015, drug overdose was the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States – with 52,000 fatalities attributed to opioid painkillers, heroin and other potentially deadly drugs, researchers said in a new report. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said rising overdose death rates outside metropolitan areas warrant attention. "We need to understand why this is happening so that our work with states and communities can help stop illicit drug use and overdose deaths in America," Fitzgerald said in an agency news release. In 1999, drug overdose death rates were 6.4 per 100,000 in urban regions and 4 per 100,000 in rural areas. But the gap gradually disappeared. By 2015, ... Read more

Related support groups: Suboxone, Methadone, Opiate Dependence, Subutex, Contrave, Heroin, Drug Dependence, Butrans, Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, Diskets, Substance Abuse, Vivitrol, Embeda, Zubsolv, Methadose, Bunavail, Belbuca, Buprenorphine/Naloxone, Buprenex

Opioid Abuse Jumps 6-Fold for U.S. Youth, Too Few Get Treated: Study

Posted 19 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 19, 2017 – The rate of opioid addiction among Americans age 25 and under rose nearly sixfold from 2001 to 2014. But few young addicts get medical treatment that might prevent overdose or relapse, a new study finds. Only about 27 percent of youths treated for addiction to prescription painkillers or heroin receive either buprenorphine or naltrexone, two recommended anti-addiction medications, researchers reported. "These medications are considered the evidence-based standard of care for opioid addiction by the American Academy of Pediatrics," said lead researcher Dr. Scott Hadland. He's an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. Buprenorphine (Buprenex, Suboxone) has been shown to reduce cravings, while naltrexone (Revia, Vivitrol) blocks the high from opioids, he said. The most effective treatment includes medication plus counseling to ... Read more

Related support groups: Suboxone, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Percocet, OxyContin, Vicodin, Norco, Opiate Dependence, Lortab, Subutex, Contrave, Heroin, Roxicodone, Drug Dependence, Butrans, Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, Endocet, Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone, Percocet 10/325

5 Diet Drugs: Which Ones Work?

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 – Any of the prescription weight-loss drugs on the market can help obese people shed pounds, although some seem more effective than others, a new study finds. Currently, five drugs are approved in the United States for managing obesity. But little has been known about how they stack up against one another, said Dr. Siddharth Singh, the lead researcher on the new study. The findings – based on more than 29,000 people in total – show all five drugs can work. But people on certain drugs tended to be more successful, at least over one year. Specifically, people using Qsymia (phentermine-topiramate) or Victoza (liraglutide) had the highest odds of shedding at least 5 percent of their initial weight. Those taking Xenical (orlistat) had the lowest odds. However, there is no single drug that's "best" for everyone, stressed Singh, an assistant clinical professor at the ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Wellbutrin, Phentermine, Bupropion, Weight Loss, Contrave, Wellbutrin XL, Victoza, Belviq, Adipex-P, Wellbutrin SR, Saxenda, Qsymia, Naltrexone, Xenical, Orlistat, Alli, Zyban, Vivitrol, Liraglutide

3 in 10 Americans Have Drinking Problem at Some Point in Their Lives

Posted 3 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 – Nearly 30 percent of Americans have a problem with alcohol at some point in their lives, ranging from binge drinking to full-blown alcoholism, but less than 20 percent are ever treated, a new study found. Alcohol use disorders are among the most common mental health problems worldwide and result in disability, illness and death, researchers from the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) said. "The problem of alcohol abuse is bigger than people thought," said NIAAA Director George Koob. "Alcohol disorders cost the United States $224 billion a year. "Seventy percent of Americans drink and most don't have a problem, but there is a significant group that do have a problem," he added. One of the biggest concerns, Koob said, is that less than 20 percent of those who have a drinking problem get help. Koob thinks people avoid treatment for a ... Read more

Related support groups: Contrave, Alcohol Dependence, Naltrexone, Alcohol Withdrawal, Alcoholism, Campral, Vivitrol, Hangover, Embeda, Bupropion/naltrexone, Revia, Acamprosate, Campral EC, Acute Alcohol Intoxication, Depade, Morphine/naltrexone

Drug May Help Women Who Quit Smoking Avoid Weight Gain

Posted 27 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 27 – Taking a pill called naltrexone (ReVia) when they stop smoking could help women keep dreaded weight gain at bay, according to new research. Researchers analyzed two earlier studies that compared the quit rates and weight gain among heavy smokers who received either naltrexone – a drug used to treat addiction – or an inactive placebo, along with a nicotine patch and weekly counseling while trying to quit smoking. Although the groups taking naltrexone had higher quit rates at the end of four- and six-week treatment courses, participants who took the drug were no more likely to remain abstinent after 12 months. But women who took naltrexone gained significantly less weight six and 12 months after they quit smoking than women who received the placebo, according to the study, published in the December issue of Biological Psychiatry. However, this difference was not ... Read more

Related support groups: Smoking Cessation, Naltrexone, Vivitrol, Revia, Depade

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