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Swimming Lessons: For Starters, Watch Out for Germs in the Water

Posted 5 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 – A dip in a pool, stream or lake on a hot summer day is refreshing, but take some precautions to avoid bacteria and parasites that might lurk in the water. "One of the worst offenders is the kiddie wading pool," said Dr. Christopher Ohl, a professor of infectious diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. "Warm, shallow water and kids in swim ...

Hope for 1st Drug Against Lymphedema, a Cancer Complication

Posted 10 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 10, 2017 – Many cancer patients, especially those who've undergone breast cancer treatment, experience painful, swollen limbs, a condition called lymphedema. Now researchers say they've found an underlying mechanism that could eventually lead to the first drug therapy for the debilitating condition. The findings come from research in mice and human cells. However, there's already ...

How to Ease the Pain of Infant Vaccinations

Posted 12 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 – Infant vaccinations are no fun. But anesthetic cream can take away some of the sting, new research suggests. After testing several techniques, researchers determined the best recipe for minimizing babies' discomfort includes lidocaine cream at the site of the injection, a little sugar by mouth and parental soothing. "Vaccinations cause acute distress for both infants and ...

Retail Prices of Dermatology Drugs Skyrocket

Posted 25 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Patients using prescription creams, gels, sprays and pills for skin conditions may shell out substantially more at the pharmacy than they did just six years ago, a new study suggests. Between 2009 and 2015, retail prices of brand-name dermatologic drugs rose 401 percent, on average, study authors reported Nov. 25 in JAMA Dermatology. Even generics have succumbed to ...

U.S. Medical Groups Join to Fight Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Posted 29 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 – Led by the American Medical Association, a group of 27 major U.S. medical organizations are banding together to tackle the continuing epidemic of narcotic painkiller abuse. "We have joined together as part of this special Task Force because we collectively believe that it is our responsibility to work together to provide a clear road map that will help bring an end to ...

Back Pain and Depression Combo Lessens Pain Relief from Narcotic Painkillers

Posted 9 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – For people with chronic back pain who also have depression or anxiety, narcotic painkillers may not be the best therapy for their pain, a new study finds. "A lot of patients have depression and anxiety on top of their back pain," said lead researcher Dr. Ajay Wasan, a professor of anesthesiology and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Pain can ...

Painkiller Overdoses Often Involve 'Pharmacy Shopping'

Posted 8 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 – Nearly half of all deaths resulting from an overdose of narcotic painkillers involved Medicaid recipients who used multiple pharmacies to fill their prescriptions, a new study finds. "Pharmacy shopping," or the use of multiple pharmacies at the same time, is a way some patients obtain more medication than they need. Medicaid programs in many states track the number of ...

Who's Most Likely to Get Addicted to Their Narcotic Painkiller?

Posted 7 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 – A new study looks at which patients prescribed a short course of narcotic painkillers may be most prone to long-term abuse. The study finds – perhaps not surprisingly – that people with prior histories of drug abuse, or current or former smokers, were much more likely to go beyond that short-term prescription. The drugs in question are "opioid" painkillers such as ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Codeine Cough-and-Cold Medicines in Children: Drug Safety Communication - FDA Evaluating Potential Risk of Serious Side Effects

Posted 2 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA is investigating the safety of using codeine-containing medicines to treat coughs and colds in children under 18 years because of the potential for serious side effects, including slowed or difficult breathing. Children, especially those who already have breathing problems, may be more susceptible to these serious side effects. In 2013, FDA warned against using codeine in children who ...

Many Doctors Underestimate Risks of Prescription Painkillers: Survey

Posted 26 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 – Doctors who are ill-informed about narcotic painkillers are unintentionally contributing to their misuse, new research suggests. Almost half of 1,000 primary care doctors surveyed in the United States mistakenly believed that abuse-deterrent pills – those that can't be crushed and snorted or injected – are less addictive than standard narcotic painkillers (opioids). ...

'Friends and Family' OD-Reversal Kits Are Saving Addicts' Lives

Posted 18 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 – Friends and family members have saved the lives of tens of thousands of narcotic drug users from overdoses by using emergency injection kits containing naloxone (Narcan) – a medication that can potentially reverse the effects of some narcotic drugs, a new federal report says. Almost 27,000 drug-overdose reversals using Narcan kits were reported to U.S. health officials ...

Many Migraine Sufferers Given Narcotic Painkillers, Barbiturates

Posted 17 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 – Many people with migraines, including children, get ineffective and potentially addictive drugs for their pain, two new studies suggest. In one, researchers found that more than half of adults with migraines had been prescribed a narcotic painkiller, such as OxyContin and Vicodin. A similar number had been given a barbiturate. This group of sedatives includes the drug ...

Health Tip: Watch Your Alcohol Consumption

Posted 8 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Drinking alcohol may be unsafe for some people, because it can interact with some medications. The Cleveland Clinic mentions these examples: Aspirin and alcohol may increase the risk of stomach bleeding. Antihistamines may make you very drowsy when combined with alcohol. Large amounts of the painkiller acetaminophen can cause liver damage when combined with alcohol. Some laxatives and cough ...

More Babies Born to Mothers Addicted to Pain Meds

Posted 22 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 – The number of infants born to American mothers addicted to prescription pain medications is rising, and so are the costs of treating those babies, researchers report. The new research supports recent recommendations to screen or test pregnant women for substance abuse, according to the study's authors. Done over three years at one U.S. hospital, the study included 40 ...

Medical Pot-Painkiller Combo Isn't Always Recipe for Abuse

Posted 18 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 18, 2015 – Medical marijuana users don't appear to increase their risk for drug or alcohol abuse if they also take prescription painkillers, a new study finds. While many people use medical marijuana as an alternative to narcotic (opioid) painkillers, some use both to cope with chronic pain, the researchers said. "We expected that persons receiving both cannabis and prescription ...

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