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Non-Opioids Often Underused After Back Surgery

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 – Spine and joint surgery patients aren't taking advantage of common pain relievers like Tylenol or Motrin during their recovery, researchers say. Instead, many are given opioids, such as oxycodone (OxyContin) or hydrocodone (Vicodin). These highly addictive narcotics are potentially deadly when abused. The United States is currently grappling with an ongoing opioid ...

Health Tip: Avoid Concentrated Caffeine

Posted 30 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

-- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns against taking pure or highly concentrated caffeine products, citing at least two overdose deaths among otherwise healthy people. Given possible difficulty in measuring the products in a safe dose, and the products' resemblence to other beverages, it's relatively easy to overdose, the agency says. One teaspoon of pure powdered caffeine may contain as ...

Take the Ouch Out of Bee Stings

Posted 29 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, April 29, 2018 – With summer comes the stings of bees and wasps, but one expert has advice on how to keep the pain to a minimum. "The first thing to do is to get the stinger out quickly," said Dr. Carrie Kovarik. She's an associate professor of dermatology, dermatopathology and infectious diseases at the University of Pennsylvania. "The longer the stinger stays in the skin, the more ...

Advil Plus Tylenol Better Than Opioids for Dental Pain

Posted 25 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 – Over-the-counter ibuprofen and acetaminophen provide better relief for dental pain than prescription opioids and are less likely to cause side effects, researchers say. "What we know is that prescribing narcotics should be a last resort," said study co-author Anita Aminoshariae, an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine, in ...

AHA: What Does the Research Say About Coffee and Your Health?

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Coffee. Cup of joe. Java. No matter what you call it, millions of people worldwide wake up and fuel their day with it. And though consumers might be jittery about the recent court battle in California over cancer warnings, experts say most of the science actually indicates coffee could have health benefits. "The overall picture is quite ...

Could Caffeine During Pregnancy Spur Weight Gain in Kids?

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – There's new evidence that even moderate amounts of caffeine consumed by a mom-to-be might affect her child's weight years later. The overall effect was small – an average of an extra pound by age 8. But children of women who consumed the most caffeine during pregnancy were 66 percent more likely to be slightly overweight, researchers found. "The results support the ...

Addictive Opioids Still Overprescribed After Surgery: Study

Posted 20 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 – Doctors continue to prescribe far too many opioid painkillers to patients following surgery, a new study indicates. In fact, one of every three patients prescribed an opioid, such as Oxycontin, didn't take a single pill during their recuperation, said lead researcher Elizabeth Habermann. She is scientific director for surgical outcomes at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, ...

Coffee Safe for Many With Abnormal Heart Rhythms: Review

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – Caffeine can send the heart racing, but for some people coffee may help prevent abnormal heartbeats, Australian researchers report. Many doctors advise patients with abnormal heart rhythms ("arrhythmias") to avoid caffeine. But, for most heart patients, coffee and tea are safe and may sometimes reduce the frequency of arrhythmias, the researchers said. "Although coffee ...

FDA Cracks Down on Caffeine-Loaded Supplements

Posted 13 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it has issued tough new restrictions on the sale of dietary supplements that contain dangerously high amounts of caffeine. Supplements that contain pure or highly concentrated caffeine in powder or liquid forms are no longer permitted to be sold in bulk quantities directly to consumers, the agency said. The new ...

Coffee May Have Bigger Effect on Your Body Than Thought: Study

Posted 15 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 – Coffee has been tied to many health benefits. Now, a small study suggests a daily java habit may affect the body's metabolism more extensively than thought. The study, of 47 adults, found that heavy coffee consumption – four to eight cups a day – altered blood levels of more than 100 metabolites. That refers to a broad range of chemicals that change after eating or ...

Hey Kids, Just Say No to Energy Drinks

Posted 9 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 – Highly caffeinated energy drinks aren't safe for children and teens, and should not be marketed to them, a leading sports medicine organization warns. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) on Friday released an official statement about the beverages. "Energy drinks are extremely popular, and concerns about their consumption are coming from every sector of society, ...

Do Over-the-Counter Painkillers Alter Emotions, Reasoning?

Posted 7 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 – Sure, an over-the-counter painkiller like Tylenol or Advil can help ease aches and pains, but could it mess with your thoughts and emotions, too? That's the finding from a new review of recently published studies. The studies focused on how nonprescription painkillers might temporarily alter emotions such as empathy, or even a person's reasoning skills. "In many ways, the ...

California May Slap Cancer Warning on Coffee, But Should Java Lovers Panic?

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 – A lawsuit working its way through California's courts could mean that the Golden State's coffee shops might have to post cancer warnings for the beloved beverage. But cancer and toxicology experts say that's no reason to avoid your morning cup of Joe. The lawsuit, first filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2010, was brought against a number of companies by a ...

Acetaminophen in Pregnancy Tied to Language Delays -- in Baby Girls

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – Toddlers whose mothers used acetaminophen – best known as Tylenol – early in pregnancy may have a heightened risk of language delays, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when moms-to-be used the painkiller during the first trimester, their daughters were more likely to have language delays at age 2.5 years. No such link was seen among boys, however. A ...

Patients OK With Fewer Opioids After Gallbladder Surgery

Posted 6 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 – Far fewer opioid painkillers are needed than thought for people who have their gallbladder removed, a new study suggests. Not only was pain still controlled in these patients following surgery, but the conservative prescribing strategy could help combat the opioid crisis in the United States, the researchers noted. Prescription opioid painkillers include drugs such as ...

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