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What Really Works to Fight a Stubborn Cough?

Posted 8 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – If you're looking for a cough remedy this cold season, you might be out of luck. Nothing has been proven to work that well, according to a new report from the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). After reviewing clinical trials testing everything from cough syrups to zinc, an ACCP panel came to some less-than-positive conclusions: Over-the-counter medicines – including cold and cough products and anti-inflammatory painkillers – cannot be recommended. Nor is there evidence supporting most home remedies – though, the group says, honey is worth a shot for kids. Every season, most people probably battle at least one cold-induced cough, said report author Dr. Mark Malesker. And they apparently want relief. In 2015, Americans spent more than $9.5 billion on over-the-counter cold/cough/allergy remedies, according to the report. "But if you look at the ... Read more

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Migraine Matters

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – Most headaches quickly respond to over-the-counter medications. But if you're among the millions of Americans with migraines, you struggle with a severe pounding that can make you nauseous and sensitive to light and sound. Women are three times more likely to get migraines than men, according to the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, but when one strikes, it's debilitating for anyone. If painkillers don't help, or migraines are more than once a week, see your doctor. They're often related to other health problems, and the more migraines you have, the worse they get. Besides prescription medications, take steps to lower their frequency and make them more bearable when they do occur. The most important prevention tool is identifying your triggers so you can then avoid them. Triggers can be anything from foods to flickering lights or ... Read more

Related support groups: Headache, Migraine, Migraine Prevention, Imitrex, Migraine Prophylaxis, Maxalt, Sumatriptan, Zomig, New Daily Persistent Headache, Midrin, Cafergot, Relpax, Treximet, Ergotamine, Maxalt-MLT, Rizatriptan, Frova, Migranal, Zolmitriptan, Amerge

Many Migraine Sufferers Given Unecessary Opioids, Study Finds

Posted 25 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 – Too many people with migraines are prescribed potentially addictive opiate painkillers, while too few may be getting recommended medications, a new study suggests. Researchers found that of nearly 2,900 Americans who visited the doctor for migraine relief, 15 percent were prescribed opioids such as oxycodone (OxyContin or Percocet) or hydrocodone (Norco, Vicoprofen). That's despite the fact that the drugs should really be used only as a "last resort," said study lead researcher Dr. Larry Charleston IV. Opioids are not only less effective than recommended migraine drugs, they're also risky, said Charleston, an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Michigan Medical School. Repeated opioid use, he explained, can actually lead to more frequent, or even chronic, migraines. And by now, it's no secret that the drugs have the potential for abuse and ... Read more

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Some Medicines Boost Sensitivity to Sun

Posted 17 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – It's well-known that too much time in the sun puts your skin at risk. But it's extra important to limit sun exposure when you're taking certain prescription medications, a pharmaceutical expert warns. Drug-induced photosensitivity is similar to intense sunburns. It causes severe pain, skin peeling and blistering. People taking certain antibiotics and antidepressants are most at risk, said Cesar Munoz, clinical pharmacy manager in ambulatory care services at Harris Health System in the Houston area. Even some over-the-counter medications can cause photosensitivity, so be sure to read the label of any medication you take. The Skin Cancer Foundation warns that pain-relievers – such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) – can cause photosensitivity. The degree of skin reaction depends on several factors, such as drug strength and amount of sun ... Read more

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Video Call May Be as Good as Doctor Visit for Headache

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – Seeing a neurologist via video conference may be as effective as an in-person visit for people with headaches, researchers say. The new study included just over 400 headache patients in Norway who were referred by their primary care doctor to see a neurologist. Half of the patients had an in-person appointment with a neurologist, while the others consulted with the specialist via video conference – also known as "telemedicine." At the study's start, three months later and again after a year, the patients completed surveys about their pain and the impact of their headaches on daily life. No differences were found between people who had traditional office visits and those treated through video, the researchers said. "Headache is the most common neurologic disorder, yet is often not diagnosed or people don't receive adequate treatment," study author Dr. Kai ... Read more

Related support groups: Headache, Migraine, Migraine Prevention, Cluster Headaches, Imitrex, Migraine Prophylaxis, Maxalt, Sumatriptan, Zomig, New Daily Persistent Headache, Midrin, Cafergot, Relpax, Treximet, Ergotamine, Maxalt-MLT, Frova, Rizatriptan, Migranal, Amerge

Migraine Warning Signs May Differ in Kids, Adults

Posted 8 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 – Fatigue and mood changes are the most common symptoms that occur before children develop migraines, a new study finds. These symptoms were seen in 41 percent of 185 children, aged 5 to 18, diagnosed with migraines. The two symptoms are also common in adults with migraines. But four other common pre-migraine symptoms in adults were insignificant in children: yawning, neck stiffness, food cravings and urinary changes, according to the Nationwide Children's Hospital study. "Migraine treatment is based on treating as soon as possible," senior study author and headache specialist Dr. Howard Jacobs said in a hospital news release. "Knowing which of these premonitory signs a child experiences before a migraine can lead parents and physicians to early recognition and treatment of an impending migraine attack." The study also found that children with chronic migraines ... Read more

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Common Painkillers Tied to Slight Rise in Heart Attack Risk

Posted 10 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 – Commonly used painkillers such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve might increase your risk for heart attack, even in the first week of use, a new study suggests. Overall, these drugs and others known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increase the risk of a heart attack by 20 to 50 percent, compared with not using them, researchers found. For most people, however, this represents only a small increased risk – about 1 percent a year, the researchers said. Still, "from the viewpoint of public health, even small increases in risk of heart attack are important because use of NSAIDs is so widespread," said lead researcher Michele Bally. She's an epidemiologist at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center. The increased risk of heart attack associated with NSAIDs was seen at any dose taken for one week, one month or more than one month. And the risk ... Read more

Related support groups: Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Heart Disease, Ischemic Stroke, Heart Attack, Celebrex, Diclofenac, Advil, Aleve, Voltaren, Motrin, Voltaren Gel, Transient Ischemic Attack, Myocardial Infarction, Vicoprofen, Flector, Flector Patch, Advil PM, Arthrotec, Advil Cold and Sinus

Chiropractors Not Magicians When It Comes to Chronic Back Pain

Posted 11 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 – Chiropractors can help ease some cases of low back pain, though their treatments may be no better than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, a new analysis finds. The review of 26 clinical trials found that manipulating the spine can bring "modest" relief to people with acute low back pain – pain that has lasted no more than six weeks. Chiropractors perform spinal manipulation, as do some doctors, physical therapists and other health professionals. Most insurers, Medicare and Medicaid pay for some chiropractic services, according to the American Chiropractic Association. But spinal manipulation is no magic bullet, the researchers behind the new study said. The benefits appear similar to those of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen. It seems that when it comes to low back pain, no one has found a quick fix. That ... Read more

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Marathon Running May Cause Short-Term Kidney Injury

Posted 28 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 – Any marathoner will tell you that the grueling 26-mile races can do a number on the hips, knees, ankles and feet. Now, a small study suggests that these tests of endurance are also tough on the kidneys. "Marathon runners demonstrate transient or reversible short-term kidney injury," said Dr. Chirag Parikh, professor of medicine at Yale University. In his study of 22 participants in the 2015 Hartford, Conn. Marathon, Parikh found that 82 percent showed acute kidney injury after the race. In this condition, the kidneys fail to filter waste from the blood. The good news is that the kidney injury seems to clear up within two days of the race, he said. "On day 2, they are all fine," Parikh said. Runners likely don't even know they've had this transient injury, Parikh said. "For the short term, I don't think they would notice anything," he said. Parikh isn't certain ... Read more

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Drug No Better Than Placebo for Lower Back, Leg Pain

Posted 23 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – The widely prescribed pain drug pregabalin (brand name: Lyrica) may be no better than a placebo when it comes to treating the back and leg pain known as sciatica, a new clinical trial suggests. The study, published March 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that sciatica patients improved to the same degree whether they were given pregabalin or placebo capsules. Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve, which branches from the low back through the hips and down each leg, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The pain typically shoots down the back of the leg, and some people also have numbness, tingling or muscle weakness. The problem is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve – possibly from a herniated spinal disc. Pregabalin is prescribed to treat various forms of nerve-related pain. In the United ... Read more

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Wireless Arm Patch May Blunt Migraine Pain

Posted 1 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 – A wireless arm patch may be a promising new treatment for migraine headaches, researchers report. Rubber electrodes and a chip in the patch produce electric impulses that block pain signals from reaching the brain, the study authors said. When a migraine starts, you can control the intensity of the electric impulses using a smartphone app, explained lead researcher Dr. David Yarnitsky, chair of neurology at Rambam Medical Center, in Haifa, Israel. "You can use skin stimulation at an intensity which is not painful and be able to stop or substantially diminish the development of a migraine attack, as long as you do it early enough in the migraine attack," he said. "There are no side effects," Yarnitsky added. "You feel a tingle in your upper arm." Before, when stimulation devices had been tested on migraines, they needed wires and were attached to the head, ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Migraine, Neuralgia, Migraine Prevention, Breakthrough Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Imitrex, Migraine Prophylaxis, Maxalt, Sumatriptan, Zomig, Midrin, Cafergot, Relpax, Treximet, Ergotamine, Pain/Fever, Maxalt-MLT, Rizatriptan, Frova

Valium May Be Useless for Acute Lower Back Pain

Posted 28 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 – For decades, emergency room staff often gave Valium to patients for an acute bout of bad lower back pain. But a new head-to-head trial in an ER environment casts doubt on the notion that Valium or potent painkillers can really help. As reported Feb. 22 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the trial found that Aleve (naproxen) and a "dummy" placebo pill were as effective as naproxen plus Valium (diazepam) in treating ER patients with acute lower back pain. "Our study contributes to the growing body of literature indicating that, in general, most medications do not improve acute lower back pain," lead researcher Dr. Benjamin Friedman, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, said in a journal news release. "One week after being discharged from the emergency department, lower back pain patients had improved equally, regardless of whether they ... Read more

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Try Drug-Free Options First for Low Back Pain, New Guidelines Say

Posted 14 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – People with low back pain should try drug-free remedies – from simple heat wraps to physical therapy – before resorting to medication, according to new treatment guidelines. Low back pain is among the most common reasons that Americans visit the doctor, according to the American College of Physicians (ACP), which released the new guidelines on Monday. The recommendations put more emphasis on nondrug therapies than previous ones have. They stress that powerful opioid painkillers – such as OxyContin and Vicodin – should be used only as a last resort in some cases of long-lasting back pain. Another change: When medication is needed, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is no longer recommended. Recent research has shown it's not effective for low back pain, said Dr. Nitin Damle, president of the ACP. The good news, according to Damle, is that most people with shorter-term ... Read more

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Migraine Linked to Higher Stroke Risk After Surgery

Posted 11 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 – Migraine sufferers may face a slightly higher risk of stroke after an operation, a new study suggests. The risk appears greatest among those who experience migraine with aura, where the headache also includes a visual disturbance, such as the appearance of flashing lights. People with these types of migraines have more than double the risk of stroke after surgery compared to people without migraines, the study found. And the odds that someone who has migraines without aura will have a stroke after surgery are still 75 percent higher than people not afflicted by migraines, the study found. However, experts stressed that the absolute risk of anyone suffering a stroke after a surgery is still very low, so people with migraine shouldn't be alarmed. Even with the increased risk, only about six out of every 1,000 patients with migraines with aura will experience a ... Read more

Related support groups: Headache, Migraine, Ischemic Stroke, Migraine Prevention, Imitrex, Migraine Prophylaxis, Maxalt, Sumatriptan, Zomig, Midrin, Cafergot, Relpax, Treximet, Ischemic Stroke - Prophylaxis, Ergotamine, Maxalt-MLT, Rizatriptan, Frova, Migranal, Zolmitriptan

Celebrex May Not Pose Bigger Heart Risk Than Similar Drugs: Study

Posted 14 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 – Some people taking the pain reliever Celebrex may not have a greater risk for heart problems than those taking other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a new study says. Celebrex (celecoxib) is a COX-2 inhibitor. That's the same class of drugs as Vioxx and Bextra, which were pulled from the market in 2004 and 2005, respectively, because they were linked to heart problems. Celebrex didn't seem to share the same issues, so has remained available. And the new trial's "primary message is that celecoxib is not riskier for the heart than other NSAIDs," said study director Dr. Steven Nissen in a Cleveland Clinic news release. Nissen is chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. Nissen's prior research was instrumental in uncovering the cardiovascular risks associated with COX-2 inhibitors. The new study seems to reaffirm Celebrex's safety profile. ... Read more

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