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2 of 3 U.S. Patients Keep Unused Painkillers After Surgery

Posted 2 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 – Surgery patients are usually prescribed opioids to ease postoperative pain, but more than two-thirds end up with leftover narcotics and don't get rid of them, according to a new report. Moreover, most patients who have the extra opioid pills don't lock them away, but leave them accessible to possible abuse by others, the researchers said. "We were surprised to find that ...

Florida's Tougher Laws May Be Cutting Opioid Prescriptions

Posted 2 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 – The top prescribers of opioid painkillers in Florida wrote far fewer prescriptions for those drugs the year after the state implemented tough new drug policies, a new study reveals. Two policies aimed at reducing the number of prescriptions for the potentially addictive opioids, such as Oxycontin, took effect in late 2011. One was the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program ...

Did Painkiller Crackdown Cause Heroin Epidemic?

Posted 13 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2016 – Top U.S. drug researchers are challenging a leading theory about the nation's heroin epidemic, saying it's not a direct result of the crackdown on prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin. The commentary, published in the Jan. 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, is unlikely to resolve the debate, as other researchers disagree with the ...

Health Tip: Keeping Kids in Pain Comfortable

Posted 18 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Pain may slow a child's recovery from illness or injury. Medication can help, but there are other ways to keep kids comfortable. The University of Michigan Health System advises: Offer plenty of love, comfort and support. Soothe your child with extra hugs and cuddles. Keep your child calm and don't let him or her feel anxious, which can worsen pain. Try heat therapy or cold packs, soothing ...

More Americans Seek Treatment for Painkiller, Heroin Abuse

Posted 3 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 – More American teens and adults are seeking treatment for heroin and prescription painkiller abuse, a new U.S. government report reveals. In 2013, heroin accounted for 19 percent of admissions to publicly funded substance-use treatment programs – up from 15 percent a decade earlier, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported. And ...

25 Million U.S. Adults Struggle With Daily Pain

Posted 18 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – Pain is widespread in much of America, with more than 25 million adults – 11 percent – suffering on a daily basis, a new national survey reveals. And approximately 14 million adults – roughly 6.4 percent – experience severe pain, which can be associated with poorer health and disability, researchers found. Other national studies of chronic pain have yielded similar ...

Insomniacs May Be More Sensitive to Pain

Posted 12 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 – People with insomnia or poor sleep quality may be less tolerant of pain, new research suggests. The more frequent and severe the insomnia, the greater the sensitivity to pain, the Norwegian study showed. Additionally, the researchers noted that people with insomnia who also suffer from chronic pain have an even lower threshold for physical discomfort. It's important to ...

Spinal Stimulation System Relieves Pain Without Tingling

Posted 11 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – The Senza spinal cord stimulation system has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat chronic back pain without the tingling sensation that characterizes more traditional pain-relieving methods. The implanted device uses high-frequency stimulation to avoid the tingling sensation known as "paresthesia," the agency said in a news release. Spinal pain ...

Tuning In to Music May Ease Kids' Post-Op Pain, Study Finds

Posted 13 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 – Going through a surgery often means post-operative pain for children, but listening to their favorite music might help ease their discomfort, a new study finds. One expert wasn't surprised by the finding. "It is well known that distraction is a powerful force in easing pain, and music certainly provides an excellent distraction," said Dr. Ron Marino, associate chair of ...

Better Pain Relief After Knee Replacement Surgery?

Posted 5 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 – Postoperative pain is always a concern after knee replacement surgery, but a new study suggests a strategy that might give patients another way to ease discomfort. Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit note that the painful recovery process following knee replacement surgery is a persistent problem. However, the research team found that injecting a newer, ...

Post-Op Pain Management Improves in Past Decade, Survey Shows

Posted 15 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 – The percentage of American patients who experience serious post-operative pain appears to have fallen significantly over the past decade, a new survey reveals. How significantly? In 2003, 63 percent of those polled said they struggled with some kind of notable pain two weeks after in-hospital surgery, but in 2014, only 39 percent had similar experiences, according to the ...

Men Feel More Pain After Major Surgeries, Study Finds

Posted 3 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 – Gender may play a part in how much pain a patient feels following surgery, new research suggests. An Austrian study involving more than 10,000 people found that men experience more pain after major surgery, while women report feeling more pain following minor procedures, such as biopsies. "The influence of gender and sexes is a key issue of today's research in medicine. ...

Codeine After Surgery Could Endanger Certain Kids: Study

Posted 11 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 11 – Concerns about codeine safety have gained traction in the wake of the postoperative experience of four children who all carried a rare genetic mutation. A new study describes what happened to three of the patients, while a similar case came to light in 2009. In certain very rare genetic cases, the common painkiller codeine can be lethal. The gene mutation causes the body to ...

Painkiller Dependence Before Knee Surgery May Slow Recovery

Posted 18 Nov 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 18 – Recovery after knee replacement surgery can be much more difficult if patients are dependent on powerful opioid painkillers before the procedure, a new study shows. Opioids are narcotics such as morphine, codeine and oxycodone. U.S. researchers compared results of 49 knee replacements in opioid-dependent patients against recovery rates for a group of patients not dependent on ...

Exparel Approved for Post-Surgery Pain

Posted 1 Nov 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 31 – Exparel (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat post-surgical pain, maker Pacira Pharmaceuticals said Monday. The product combines the long-acting anesthetic bupivacaine with Pacira's DepoFoam delivery technology. A single dose can provide relief for up to 72 hours and reduce the need for opioid ...

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