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Pain Raises Risk of Opioid Addiction

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 – The more pain they have, the more likely people are to become addicted to powerful prescription opioid painkillers, a new study suggests. "In light of the national opioid abuse epidemic, these new results underscore the importance of developing effective ... approaches to managing common painful medical conditions," said senior author Dr. Mark Olfson. He is a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. The study included results from a survey on alcohol and drug use. More than 34,000 Americans completed the survey. The researchers found that people with moderate to severe pain had a 41 percent higher risk of opioid addiction than those with no pain. That increased risk was independent of other factors such as age, gender, anxiety and mood disorders, and family history of drug, alcohol, and behavioral problems, the study ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Bedtime Back Pain at Bay

Posted 15 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Back pain is a common reason for poor sleep. So taking steps to alleviate or prevent pain can help you sleep better. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: If you sleep on your back, place a pillow under your knees to help alleviate back pain. If you're a stomach sleeper, place a pillow under your belly. If you're a side sleeper, use a pillow between your knees. Invest in a new mattress. Choose one that's firm or medium-firm for more support. Or plant a sheet of beneath your existing mattress. Get out of bed slowly and gently. Instead of sitting straight up, roll onto your side, push up with your hands and swing your legs over the side. Exercise regularly, making sure to perform strengthening exercises that focus on your back and core. Read more

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Fewer Injured Workers Getting Opioid Prescriptions in Some States

Posted 13 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 13, 2016 – As the United States continues to grapple with the painkiller addiction epidemic, a new study reports that fewer injured workers are getting prescriptions for opioids in most of the 25 states included in the research. The study included information from 337,000 workers' compensation claims in the study states. The researchers also reviewed nearly 1.9 million prescriptions linked to those claims. The information came two 24-month time periods, ending in March 2012 and in March 2014. The amount of opioid painkillers, such as OxyContin and Percocet, received by injured workers dropped during both time periods in the majority of the states in the study. Significant reductions – between 20 percent and 31 percent – were seen in Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Texas, the study found. Opioid use was most common among workers who were ... Read more

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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 (PDMP), a database that tracks individual prescriptions, including patient names, dates and amounts prescribed. This enables doctors to watch for people with multiple prescriptions from multiple doctors, which is associated with addiction and illicit use. The second measure was the so-called "pill mill" law that requires pain clinics to register with the state and to be owned by a doctor. Pill mills are pain clinics that prescribe disproportionately high levels of opioid prescriptions. One year ... Read more

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Migraines Take Toll on Spouse

Posted 31 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 – If you suffer from migraines, your spouse probably suffers, too. That's the conclusion of researchers who surveyed more than 4,000 people with the debilitating headaches and their spouses/domestic partners. "This study highlights the significant burden that migraine can have on a wide range of family activities, parenting responsibilities, spousal relationships and family finances," said lead author Dawn Buse, director of behavioral medicine at Montefiore Headache Center in New York City. More than two out of five people with migraines and 23 percent of their spouses/partners said they believed the person with migraines would be a better parent if they did not have the condition. About half of the people with migraines had missed at least one family activity in the past month because of a migraine, the study found. About one-third of migraine sufferers and 21 ... Read more

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Health Tip: Have Headaches? Speak to Your Doctor

Posted 24 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- A headache is generally recognized as having pain or discomfort anywhere in the head, scalp or neck. It can be a symptom of everything from minor stress to a life-threatening stroke. Learning all you can about your condition is a first step on the road to treatment and prevention. The National Headache Foundation suggests: Learn as much a possible, such as what's probably causing your headaches and how to prevent them. Focus on the most important questions, and get answers to less important questions later. Voice any concerns or fears about your headaches to your doctor. If you don't understand something, ask the doctor for an explanation. Read more

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Tai Chi: Rx for Arthritic Knees

Posted 23 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 – Legions of arthritis sufferers try physical therapy and anti-inflammatory drugs to no avail. Now, a new study looks East for relief – to the martial art tai chi. Researchers concluded that tai chi offers an alternative to physical therapy for common knee osteoarthritis – and it might also boost well-being. This ancient Chinese exercise may particularly benefit overweight older adults, the researchers said. Heavier people are more likely to develop osteoarthritis than people with a healthy weight, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This research strengthened the evidence that the effectiveness and durability of both tai chi and physical therapy extend to obese older adults with knee osteoarthritis," said Dr. Chenchen Wang. "Such people typically face limited options due to ineffectiveness of osteoarthritis treatments," Wang said. ... Read more

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Giving the 'Green Light' to Migraine Relief

Posted 17 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 – A new study sheds light – literally – on a potential means of easing migraine pain. Researchers in Boston exposed 69 migraine patients to different colors of light. They found that while blue light exacerbated headache pain, a narrow spectrum of low-intensity green light significantly reduced light sensitivity. In some cases, this green light also reduced migraine pain by about 20 percent, the researchers found. They noted that migraine headache affects nearly 15 percent of people worldwide, and a frequent symptom of migraine is light sensitivity, also known as photophobia. "Although photophobia is not usually as incapacitating as headache pain itself, the inability to endure light can be disabling," study author Rami Burstein, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, said in a medical center news release. "More than 80 percent of migraine attacks ... Read more

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Got Unused Meds? Here's What to Do

Posted 3 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 – While doing your spring cleaning, don't just toss out expired or unused prescription medications. Unwanted drugs need to be properly disposed of to reduce the risk of abuse or accidental use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Follow disposal instructions on the drug label or patient information that came with the medicine. Don't put medicines down the sink or flush them down the toilet unless this information specifically says to do so. Call local law enforcement agencies to find out if your community has a medication take-back program or event. Or, ask your local trash or recycling services about medication disposal services and guidelines, the FDA suggests. Another option is to deliver unused medicines to collectors registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). These authorized sites may be retail, clinic or hospital pharmacies, and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Enjoy a Healthier Plane Ride

Posted 28 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Planning a plane trip? There are steps you can take for a better, healthier excursion. Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Family Physicians: Store medication to be taken during the trip in a carry-on bag. Pack extra meds in case of unexpected delays. Talk to your doctor about whether you'll need to adjust your meds during your trip. Keep an identification card with you at all times if you have epilepsy or diabetes. Also, bring a list of all medications and doses, and your doctor's contact information. Drink plenty of water before and during your flight to prevent dehydration. Read more

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Painkiller Addiction Relapse More Likely for Some

Posted 22 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 – Certain factors can help health care professionals predict who might relapse during treatment for prescription opioid painkiller addiction, Canadian researchers report. Opioid abuse is a serious problem in Canada and the United States, the researchers said. Methadone treatment is the most common therapy. But, nearly half of patients continue to abuse opioids during or after methadone treatment, researchers noted. Opioid painkillers include such drugs as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin. "We can improve our tailoring of treatment to each patient if we know who among patients taking methadone treatment is at high risk for opioid relapse," said principal author Dr. Zena Samaan. Samaan is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. "As well, health care providers can target more aggressive therapies ... Read more

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Can Certain Allergy Meds Worsen Restless Legs Syndrome?

Posted 19 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 – Over-the-counter allergy medications may worsen symptoms of restless legs syndrome, a neurologist contends. People with the syndrome experience uncomfortable sensations and strong urges to move their legs, which can be painful and disrupt sleep, according to Dr. William Ondo. He is director of the Movement Disorders Clinic at Houston Methodist Hospital. Nearly 12 million people in the United States have restless legs syndrome, according to the American Sleep Association. "Patients with restless legs syndrome already have difficulty sleeping as their symptoms tend to worsen at night or with rest, but sedating antihistamines ... can intensify the symptoms," Ondo said in a hospital news release. Many people take sedating antihistamines to treat sneezing, runny nose and other symptoms of seasonal allergies. "We don't yet understand why sedating antihistamines ... Read more

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Spinal Fusion Not Always Necessary for Back Pain, Studies Say

Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 – Spinal fusion surgery is too often used to treat lower back pain when a simpler procedure would suffice for many patients, according to a pair of new clinical trials. People suffering from spinal stenosis – pinched nerves caused by a narrowing of the spinal canal – received similar pain relief with fewer complications when doctors performed a simpler spine surgery called decompression, as opposed to a full-fledged spinal fusion, a study from Sweden found. "Fusion was associated with longer operating time, longer hospital stay and was more expensive than decompression alone," said lead researcher Dr. Peter Forsth, an orthopedic surgeon with the Stockholm Spine Center. However, certain patients would do better with a spinal fusion, the other clinical trial concludes. That trial found that spinal fusion provided better results for low-back pain patients who ... Read more

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Acetaminophen Won't Help Arthritis Pain, Study Finds

Posted 18 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 – Acetaminophen – commonly known as Tylenol in the United States – isn't an effective choice for relieving osteoarthritis pain in the hip or knee, or for improving joint function, a new study finds. Although the drug rated slightly better than placebo in studies, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or diclofenac are better choices for short-term pain relief, the researchers said. "Regardless of dose, the prescription drug diclofenac is the most effective drug among painkillers in terms of improving pain and function in osteoarthritis," said lead researcher Dr. Sven Trelle. He's co-director of clinical trials at the University of Bern in Switzerland. However, even diclofenac comes with side effects. "If you are thinking of using a painkiller for osteoarthritis, you should consider diclofenac," Trelle said, but also ... Read more

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Health Tip: Managing a Fever at Home

Posted 15 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- While fever is part of the body's defense against illness, it doesn't mean having one is a comfortable experience. To help deal with the symptoms of fever, the University of Portland suggests: Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Never give a child aspirin. Soak in a warm or tepid bath to help bring down a fever. Don't take a cool or cold bath. Drink plenty of fluids. Get immediate treatment for complications of fever, such as seizure, difficulty breathing, delirium, severe headache with stiff neck, or fever of 104 degrees or higher. Read more

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