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More Americans Mixing Opioids With Sedatives

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THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 – As if the opioid crisis wasn't already bad enough, new research shows a sharp rise in the number of Americans taking dangerous combinations of opioids and sedatives. These sedatives, known as benzodiazepines, are prescribed for pain, insomnia and anxiety. And another class of similar medications, called Z-drugs, are also being taken with sedatives at alarming rates, the ...

KemPharm Announces FDA Approval of sNDA for Two Additional Strengths of Apadaz (4.08 mg benzhydrocodone/325 mg APAP and 8.16 mg benzhydrocodone/325 mg APAP)

Posted 12 days ago by

CORALVILLE, Iowa, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – KemPharm, Inc. (NASDAQ:KMPH), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of proprietary prodrugs, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a Supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for two additional strengths of Apadaz, an immediate release (IR) combination of KemPharm’s p ...

Health Tip: What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?

Posted 19 days ago by

-- PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy is a relatively new treatment for pain, the American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine says. It has shown promise, the association says, for treating ailments including osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip and spine; rotator cuff tears; chronic plantar fasciitis; and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. The association explains how the therapy ...

Opioids May Help Chronic Pain, But Not Much

Posted 19 Dec 2018 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 – Potentially addictive opioid painkillers are often prescribed for chronic pain, but they actually work only slightly better than placebo pills, a new review shows. The analysis, of 96 clinical trials, found that on average, opioids made only a small difference for people with conditions like osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and sciatica. And the modest pain relief sometimes ...

Early PT Linked to Less Opioid Use in Musculoskeletal Pain

Posted 17 Dec 2018 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 14, 2018 – For patients with musculoskeletal pain, early physical therapy is associated with reduced subsequent opioid use, according to a study published online Dec. 14 in JAMA Network Open. Eric Sun, M.D., Ph.D., from the Stanford University School of Medicine in California, and colleagues examined the correlation between early physical therapy and subsequent opioid use in 88,985 ...

Guidelines Developed for Opioid Use in Vaginal Birth

Posted 17 Dec 2018 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 14, 2018 – Guidelines have been developed for use of opioids for uncomplicated spontaneous vaginal birth; the draft consensus guidelines were published online Dec. 4 in Obstetrics & Gynecology. J. Rebecca Mills, Dr.P.H., from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and colleagues examined the prevalence of opioid administration for deliveries of uncomplicated vaginal births. The ...

Physical Therapy Can Help You Avoid Opioids When Joint Pain Strikes

Posted 14 Dec 2018 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 14, 2018 – People who get prompt physical therapy for pain in the knee, shoulder or lower back may have less need for opioid painkillers, new research suggests. The study, of nearly 89,000 U.S. patients, found that people given physical therapy for their pain were 7 percent to 16 percent less likely to fill a prescription for an opioid. The researchers said the findings suggest that ...

Health Tip: Manage Pain With Opioids

Posted 5 Dec 2018 by

-- Pain is the number one reason for why people visit the doctor, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) says. Opioids are often used to treat pain, but they are highly addictive. Every day, more than 100 Americans die from an opioid overdose, the agency says. The NIH offers these suggestions: Ask your doctor about opioid alternatives to relieve your pain. Make sure your health care ...

Health Tip: Removing a Stuck Ring

Posted 20 Nov 2018 by

-- Normal joint and tissue swelling can make a ring difficult to remove from your finger. Or a stuck ring can be a symptom of swollen joints caused by arthritis. Either way, you may not have to leave the ring on permanently or have it cutt off, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand says. Here are the group's suggestions for removing a stuck ring: Squirt some Windex, hand soap or oil on ...

How to Avoid Suitcase Strain This Holiday Season

Posted 19 Nov 2018 by

MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 – With holiday travel comes the risk of injury from toting heavy luggage. In 2017, more than 85,000 people were treated in U.S. emergency rooms, doctors' offices and clinics for injuries related to luggage, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. "Hurting your neck, back, or shoulders can put you out of commission for a long time," Dr. Charla Fischer, an ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Implanted Pumps: Safety Communication - Use Caution When Selecting Pain Medicine for Intrathecal Administration

Posted 15 Nov 2018 by

ISSUE: The FDA is aware that patients undergoing treatment or management of pain are commonly given pain medicines in the spinal fluid (intrathecal administration) that are not FDA approved for use with the implanted pump. While individual patients may experience some relief from using pain medicines not approved for intrathecal administration in their implanted pumps, such use may create ...

FDA Approves Powerful New Opioid Dsuvia (sufentanil), Despite Criticisms

Posted 3 Nov 2018 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 – Ruling against the recommendation of one of its chief experts, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved an extremely potent new opioid painkiller, Dsuvia. The drug is a 30-microgram pill that packs the same punch as 5 milligrams of intravenous morphine, according to the Washington Post. The tiny pill comes packaged in a syringe-like applicator and would be ...

FDA Approves Dsuvia (sufentanil) Sublingual Tablets for Severe Pain

Posted 2 Nov 2018 by

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (AcelRx) (Nasdaq: ACRX), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for use in a medically supervised setting, announced today the approval of Dsuvia by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dsuvia is indicated for the management of acute pain in ...

A New Challenger to Medical Marijuana?

Posted 26 Oct 2018 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 – A moss-like plant grown only in a few countries may offer better pain relief than medical marijuana, animal research suggests. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) from marijuana is used to treat conditions such as pain, muscle cramps, dizziness and loss of appetite. However, while medical marijuana is increasingly accepted in the United States, it's illegal in many countries and ...

For Pain Relief, Why Not Try Drug-Free Alternatives

Posted 2 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 – Pain sends more people to the doctor than any other ailment. But if you don't want relief from a medicine bottle – or when that relief isn't enough – consider complementary and integrative health approaches for their emotional as well as physical benefits. Though certain types of movement can feel painful, especially if you're in the midst of an osteoarthritis or ...

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