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Top Meds To Treat Opioid Addiction Equally Safe, Effective

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by

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 ...

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

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by

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. ...

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

Posted 19 Jun 2017 by

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 ...

5 Diet Drugs: Which Ones Work?

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by

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 ...

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

Posted 3 Jun 2015 by

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 ...

FDA Approves New Obesity Drug Contrave

Posted 12 Sep 2014 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of a new weight-loss drug on Wednesday marks the third time the agency has given its blessing to a new diet medication since 2012. Called Contrave, the medicine is a combination of two approved drugs: naltrexone, which treats alcohol and drug addiction, and bupropion, which treats depression and seasonal affective ...

Novel Weight-Loss Drug Contrave Is Approved

Posted 12 Sep 2014 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 – A new weight-loss medication for the overweight and obese has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration. Contrave is a combination of two already-approved drugs, naltrexone and bupropion, in extended-release form. The former is approved to treat alcohol or opioid dependence, while the latter is approved for depression, seasonal affective disorder and as a ...

FDA Approves Contrave (bupropion/naltrexone) for Weight Management

Posted 12 Sep 2014 by

September 10, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Contrave (naltrexone hydrochloride and bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets) as treatment option for chronic weight management in addition to a reduced-calorie diet and physical activity. The drug is approved for use in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater (obesity) or adults with a BMI of 27 ...

Drug May Help Women Who Quit Smoking Avoid Weight Gain

Posted 27 Dec 2012 by

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 ...

New Diet Pill Wins FDA Panel's Backing

Posted 8 Dec 2010 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 7 – An expert advisory panel recommended on Tuesday that Contrave, a new weight-loss pill that combines an antidepressant with an anti-addiction medication, be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The 13-7 vote in favor of Contrave came amid agency concerns that the drug might raise blood pressure in some patients and increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes ...

FDA Approves Vivitrol to Treat Opioid-dependent Patients

Posted 13 Oct 2010 by

ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 12, 2010--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Vivitrol to treat and prevent relapse after patients with opioid dependence have undergone detoxification treatment. Vivitrol is an extended-release formulation of naltrexone administered by intramuscular injection once a month. Naltrexone works to block opioid receptors in the brain. It blocks the effects of ...

Combination Treatment May Help Depressed Alcoholics

Posted 15 Mar 2010 by

MONDAY, March 15 – Combined treatment with the antidepressant Zoloft (sertraline) and the alcoholism drug naltrexone improves the likelihood that people with both major depression and alcohol dependence will be able to stop drinking, U.S. researchers report. Their 14-week study of 170 patients found that 54 percent of those who received the combined treatment were able to stop drinking, compared ...

Addiction Meds May Help Gamblers

Posted 10 Dec 2009 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 10 – Drugs used to treat substance addictions could prove effective in treating pathological gambling, U.S. researchers say. They tested medications designed to decrease urges and increase inhibitions in two groups of male and female pathological gamblers: those driven by urge (they gamble when the desire becomes too strong to control) and those who don't have normal inhibition of ...

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