Category Archive for: ‘Pain Killers’

Painkillers and Addiction: Are You at Risk?

September 24, 2009www.kndo.comEve Glicksman Your back is killing you. Over-the-counter pain relievers aren’t helping. Your doctor wants to prescribe a stronger drug, but you’re not sure. Aren’t painkillers addictive? It’s true that addiction to prescription painkillers is on the rise. Yet, most problems occur when someone takes them for nonmedical reasons. Abuse of pain relievers like Vicodin and OxyContin is …

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If 2 Painkillers Are Banned, What Next?

July 2, 2009HealthDay NewsForbes.com Banning the popular painkillers Percocet and Vicodin, which a U.S. health advisory panel has urged, would not be as drastic as it sounds, some medical experts contend. The reason, they say, is that other options are available. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel made its recommendation Tuesday. It followed the release in May of …

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Michael Jackson and Prescription Drugs: A Window on a Broader U.S. Issue?

July 5, 2009By MICHAEL B. FARRELLABC News The ongoing investigation into Michael Jackson’s death has stirred many questions about the pop icon’s use of prescription drugs and whether overmedicating played a role. While the official cause is not expected for several weeks, colleagues and friends of Mr. Jackson have suggested that a misuse of prescription medication may have been a …

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Reasons Not to Panic Over a Painkiller

July 7, 2009By TARA PARKER-POPENew York Times Few drugs are more ubiquitous than acetaminophen, the pain reliever found in numerous over-the-counter cold remedies and the headache drug Tylenol. But last week, a federal advisory committee raised concerns about liver damage that can occur with overuse of acetaminophen, and the panel even recommended that the Food and Drug Administration ban two …

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Alcohol And Medication: A Dangerous Cocktail

By: Lisa ElyThe Johns Hopkins News-Letter10/2/08 My roommate suffers from atrocious allergies. Her immune system is generally shot, which I attribute to the ludicrous amounts of work she does, and she is likely to contract a semi-lethal strain of streptococcus and be down for the count for the next eight weeks if anyone within a radius of seven kilometers sniffles. …

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