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Over-The-Counter Pain Relievers Worked As Well As Opioids In New Study
CHICAGO (AP) — Emergency rooms are where many patients are first introduced to powerful opioid painkillers, but what if doctors offered over-the-counter pills instead? A new study tested that approach on patients with broken bones and sprains and found pain relievers sold as Tylenol and Motrin worked as well as opioids at reducing severe pain. The results challenge common ER practice for treating short-term, severe pain and could prompt changes that would help prevent new patients from becoming addicted. The study has limitations: It only looked at short-term pain relief in the emergency room and researchers didn&rsq...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Confronting The Crisis opioid crisis Source Type: news

"Tampering to death": a fatal codeine intoxication due to a homemade purification of a medical formulation - Fais P, Pigaiani N, Cecchetto G, Montisci M, Gottardo R, Viel G, Pascali JP, Tagliaro F.
Many homemade tamper processes of medical codeine formulations are available on selected "forums" on the Internet, where recreational codeine users claim to be able to purify codeine by removing additives, such as acetaminophen, to avoid or limit adverse e... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 17, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Acetaminophen and Codeine Phosphate Oral Suspension USP (Capital and Codeine) (New - Discontinuation)
Updated Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - January 27, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Pediatricians Say Codeine Is Not Safe For Children
Codeine is not safe to give to kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement this week urging parents and doctors to stop giving children under the age of 18 both prescription and over-the-counter medications that include codeine, such as cough syrup and pain relievers.  “People have this very false misconception about codeine, thinking that it’s safer than other opioids,” Dr. Joseph Tobias, one of the study’s lead authors, told The Huffington Post. “Our whole push for writing this manuscript was to educate clinicians and push regulatory boards to pull codeine off the m...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 21, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Pediatricians Say Codeine Is Not Safe For Children
Codeine is not safe to give to kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement this week urging parents and doctors to stop giving children under the age of 18 both prescription and over-the-counter medications that include codeine, such as cough syrup and pain relievers.  “People have this very false misconception about codeine, thinking that it’s safer than other opioids,” Dr. Joseph Tobias, one of the study’s lead authors, told The Huffington Post. “Our whole push for writing this manuscript was to educate clinicians and push regulatory boards to pull codeine off the m...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors Strengthen Advice Against Codeine For Kids ’ Coughs, Pain
CHICAGO (AP) — The American Academy of Pediatrics has strengthened its warnings about prescribing codeine for children because of reports of deaths and risks for dangerous side effects including breathing problems. The academy’s advice, published in a report Monday in its medical journal, Pediatrics, mirrors warnings from the Food and Drug Administration about using codeine for kids’ coughs or pain. Studies suggest it is still commonly prescribed by doctors and dentists despite the risks and lack of evidence that it works to relieve coughs. Doctors and parents should choose another remedy when possible, i...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News codeine Source Type: news

Codeine-spiked beer in a date rape case? - Havig SM, Wiik E, Karinen R, Brochmann GW, Vevelstad M.
A case of suspected drug-facilitated sexual assault, involving codeine and acetaminophen, possibly mixed in beer, was recently addressed at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. To examine the case, a small study was performed, spiking beer with prepar... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

ICYMI: The Dubious Appeal Of Cryotherapy And The Limits Of β€˜In Sickness And In Health'
ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we can't get enough of question-and-answer style interviews with captivating subjects. We were drawn to a Q&A with an anthropologist on the societal complexity fueling female genetical cutting in Kenya and to an interview with a muslim chaplain on the negative effects of Islamophobia on mental health. Lastly, we listened -- more than once -- to a public radio interview with Giulia Lukach, who suffered from a series of psychotic breaks early in her marriage and after having her first child. Read on and tell us in the comments: What did you read, listen to...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Report highlights the dangers of opioid painkillers
Whenever I read or write about the overuse of so-called opioid painkillers it is with mixed feelings. As a lifelong back-pain patient who once depended on them for pain relief, I appreciate the challenge posed by opioids to people in pain and their doctors. People in agonizing pain want it to stop, but opioids are often a poor long-term solution. Doctors want to help their patients, so they may prescribe opioids for extended periods despite well-founded reservations. At the same time, the epidemic of abuse of these painkillers has led to numerous deaths. Like many Americans, I know people whose lives were destroyed—w...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - January 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Daniel Pendick Tags: Addiction Drugs and Supplements Pain Management hydrocodone opioids oxycodone Source Type: news

For post-tonsillectomy pain, over-the counter painkillers acceptable
You may be able to eat all of the ice cream you want after having your tonsils removed, but researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit say you don't necessarily need a prescription to reduce post-operative pain -- an over-the-counter pain-reliever is just as effective. The study shows over-the-counter ibuprofen manages pain after a tonsillectomy for children and adults as well as the prescription pain medications acetaminophen with hydrocodone and acetaminophen with codeine, which is no longer recommended for use in children... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ear, Nose and Throat Source Type: news