Organized prescription drug collection programs may have minimal impact
(Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) More than 3.8 billion controlled medications, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, Valium and Adderall, are dispensed by pharmacies annually in the United States. It has been estimated that only about 30 percent of these drugs are used by the people for whom they were prescribed. The remaining 70 percent represent a large surplus of controlled medications that could be abused or sold to others for abuse. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

The 6 Medications You Should Never Take When Driving
It’s a given that safe driving needs concentration, alertness and an ability to react in a coordinated and timely fashion. But what may not occur to you is that the medications you’re taking can seriously impact all of these things. And it’s not just prescription medications, but over-the-counter products as well. “While laws differ from state to state, you can be charged with a DUI if caught driving hazardously while taking prescription or OTC meds, even if your doctor wrote you that prescription,” adds C. Michael White, Pharm.D., FCP, FCCP, Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Pr...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sleep Deprivation Is Killing You And Your Career
The next time you tell yourself that you'll sleep when you're dead, realize that you're making a decision that can make that day come much sooner. Pushing late into the night is a health and productivity killer. The short-term productivity gains from skipping sleep to work are quickly washed away by the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation on your mood, ability to focus, emotional intelligence, and access to higher-level brain functions for days to come. The negative effects of sleep deprivation are so great that people who are drunk outperform those lacking sleep. Why You Need Adequate Sleep to Perform We've always...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RPS speak to Channel 5 Nailing the Fraudsters about counterfeit medicines
Channel 5’s programme Undercover: Nailing the Fraudsters looks at a different aspect of fraud each week. Professor Jayne Lawrence was interviewed this week about tablets claiming to be Valium, (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - September 15, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

FDA warns of fatal risks from mixing opioids and sedatives
Health officials are warning doctors and patients about the potentially fatal consequences of mixing prescription painkillers and popular sedatives like Valium and Xanax, which can lead to breathing problems, coma and death. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

FDA: Opioids Plus Sedatives Pose Fatal OD Risk
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 -- Mixing prescription opioid painkillers with a class of drugs that includes popular sedatives such as Valium and Xanax can cause a fatal overdose, U.S. health officials warned Wednesday. The U.S. Food and Drug... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 31, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Case series: 8 patients exposed to phony alprazolam (Xanax) containing fentanyl and/or etizolam
3 out of 5 stars Adverse Effects From Counterfeit Alprazolam Tablets. Arens AM et al. Ann Emerg Med 2016 Aug 8 [Epub ahead of print] Reference In March of this year,there were 9 deaths reported in Pinellas County, Florida (the Tampa/St. Petersburg area) associated with fake alprazolam (Xanax) tablets containing fentanyl. Earlier, similar counterfeit pills had been seen around San Francisco and in Monroe County Southern Illinois. This letter, from the University of California-San Francisco and the California Poison Control System describes 8 cases — including 1 cardiac arrest — from that region. A...
Source: The Poison Review - August 25, 2016 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical alprazolam counterfeit etizolam fake phony xanax Source Type: news

Will Too Much Sleep Make You Fat?
In last week's article, you learned exactly how not getting enough sleep (less than about 7 hours per night), can cause fat gain, muscle loss and an inability to control the appetite, along with increased risk for a host of chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity. But the solution is definitely not to begin sleeping as much as you possibly can. Oversleeping may seem like a good idea to fight off the fat gain that can accompany undersleeping, but it's been shown that sleeping in excess of 9 hours per night can be just as damaging to your sleep cycles and your waistline as not getting enough sleep, and in this article...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Carlisle men fight for their lives after taking fake 'Blue Valium' imported from Pakistan
Three young women from Renfrew in Scotland have died after reportedly taking the tablets (similar to those pictured), and two men in Carlisle, Cumbria, were today being treated in hospital. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diazepam Rectal Gel (Diazepam Rectal Gel) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - July 18, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Diazepam (Diazepam Tablets) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - July 7, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Yes, Benzos Are Bad For You
This article was originally published on Recovery Brands' Pro Talk/Pro Corner http://www.rehabs.com/pro-talk-articles/yes-benzos-are-bad-for-you/ Allen Frances is a professor emeritus at Duke University and was the chairman of the DSM-IV task force. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 1, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Acorda to Discontinue Development of Plumiaz for Treatment of Epilepsy Seizure Clusters
ARDSLEY, N.Y., May 20, 2016 --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOR) today announced that it will discontinue development of Plumiaz (diazepam) Nasal Spray, an investigational therapy being studied for the treatment of seizure... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Applications)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Applications - May 20, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

[Research Article] On-demand continuous-flow production of pharmaceuticals in a compact, reconfigurable system
Pharmaceutical manufacturing typically uses batch processing at multiple locations. Disadvantages of this approach include long production times and the potential for supply chain disruptions. As a preliminary demonstration of an alternative approach, we report here the continuous-flow synthesis and formulation of active pharmaceutical ingredients in a compact, reconfigurable manufacturing platform. Continuous end-to-end synthesis in the refrigerator-sized [1.0 meter (width) × 0.7 meter (length) × 1.8 meter (height)] system produces sufficient quantities per day to supply hundreds to thousands of oral or topica...
Source: ScienceNOW - March 31, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Andrea Adamo Source Type: news

Benzodiazepine overdose deaths soared in recent years, study finds
The use of benzodiazepines, such as Xanax and Valium, is on the rise, and the number of overdose deaths related to them soared in recent years, new research says. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why do humans like to get drunk? You asked Google – here’s the answer
Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queriesAlcohol is a very simple molecule with incredibly complex effects. Although I already knew a bit about the neurobiology of alcohol, I just spent an afternoon reading a dense journal article that described roughly 50 different neural mechanisms it affects. After which I felt like I needed a drink. It’s widely known that alcohol reduces stress temporarily, and many people use it for just that purpose. It reduces stress by increasing the uptake of a neurotransmitter called...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 16, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Marc Lewis Tags: Alcohol Society Drugs Alcoholism Psychology Science World news Source Type: news

The 9 Life Lessons I Learned From My Husband's Hospital Stay
He's fine. He's really fine. Let's get that out of the way. My husband recently had surgery that required an overnight stay in a major Los Angeles teaching hospital. Here are nine lessons I learned as a patient's wife in those 24 hours. 1. Honey wins more friends -- and lime jello -- than vinegar. Nurses are busy people. They are running around making sure nobody dies on their watch and when you have a request like "Can my husband get some lime jello instead of orange?" they may not respond as quickly as your cranky patient would like. Stay calm. Stay polite. While your cranky patient may want his lime jello ASAP...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

STUDY: long-term use of Xanax, Valium, Klonopin and other psychoactives may lead to cancer
(NaturalNews) Benzodiazepines (BZDs), the group of central nervous system depressants known to create feelings of calm, sleep and drowsiness, are under fire for findings that suggest they may lead to cancer. This means that the likes of Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, and a host of other... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Study: Overdose Deaths From Sedatives Have Surged
Overdose deaths involving benzodiazepine drugs, a class of sedatives that includes Xanax, Valium and Klonopin, have increased more than fourfold since 1996, according to a new study. “Benzodiazepines are risky drugs; that’s the bottom line,” says Dr. Larissa Loukianova, medical director of Mayo Clinic’s Comprehensive Pain Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Loukianova, who is not part of the [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - March 2, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Medications May Cause Dementia, But It Could Be Untreated Sleep Apnea
By Brandon R. Peters, M.D. The news was enough to give you indigestion: Some of the over-the-counter and prescription medications most widely used to treat heartburn and acid reflux are linked to the development of dementia. The research suggesting a possible association is the latest in a string of implicated drugs over the past few years, including medications taken to treat anxiety, seizures, insomnia, and allergies. What is going on? Before emptying out the medicine cabinet, take a moment to consider the role of untreated obstructive sleep apnea. Scientific research can be difficulty to contextualize, especially when i...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Well: More Overdose Deaths from Anxiety Drugs
Overdose deaths involving anti-anxiety drugs like Valium and Xanax are on the rise, with more than a fourfold increase between 1996 and 2013, a new study says. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 25, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Deaths (Fatalities) Mind Featured Anxiety and Stress Source Type: news

Well: More Overdose Deaths from Anxiety Drugs
Overdose deaths involving anti-anxiety drugs like Valium and Xanax are on the rise, with more than a fourfold increase between 1996 and 2013, a new study says. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Deaths (Fatalities) Mind Featured Anxiety and Stress Source Type: news

Well: More Overdose Deaths from Anxiety Drugs
Overdose deaths involving anti-anxiety drugs like Valium and Xanax are on the rise, with more than a fourfold increase between 1996 and 2013, a new study says. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 25, 2016 Category: Nutrition Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Deaths (Fatalities) Mind Featured Anxiety and Stress Source Type: news

Not the ‘ nightmare ’ I was expecting – Shelia ’ s story
The post Not the ‘nightmare’ I was expecting – Shelia’s story appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. I am 45 and required a TAH due to two large fibroids. The TAH was done under an epidural quite a weird feeling during the procedure but absolutely no pain and recovery was so much better than a general anaesthetic. My hysterectomy was not the nightmare I was expecting. I had the procedure 3 weeks ago (6th Jan 2016) and was up and walking (albeit rather ‘gingerly’) after 24 hrs (when the catheter was removed). There was quite a bit of bleeding afterwards but this only lasted for 48hrs...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 20, 2016 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories fibroids Source Type: news

Not the ‘nightmare’ I was expecting – Shelia’s story
The post Not the ‘nightmare’ I was expecting – Shelia’s story appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. I am 45 and required a TAH due to two large fibroids. The TAH was done under an epidural quite a weird feeling during the procedure but absolutely no pain and recovery was so much better than a general anaesthetic. My hysterectomy was not the nightmare I was expecting. I had the procedure 3 weeks ago (6th Jan 2016) and was up and walking (albeit rather ‘gingerly’) after 24 hrs (when the catheter was removed). There was quite a bit of bleeding afterwards but this only lasted for 48hrs...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 20, 2016 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories fibroids Source Type: news

Fatal overdoses from common sedatives on the rise
A new study finds deaths from widely used drugs like Xanax and Valium have surged in recent years (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Overdose deaths from common sedatives have surged, new study finds
Headlines about America’s worsening drug epidemic have focused on deaths from opioids—heroin and prescription painkillers such as OxyContin. But overdose deaths have also soared among the millions of Americans using benzodiazepine drugs, a class of sedatives that includes Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin, according to a study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 19, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Benzodiazepine overdose deaths soar, study finds
The use of benzodiazepines, such as Xanax and Valium, is on the rise, and the number of overdose deaths related to them soared in recent years, new research says. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Benzodiazepine overdose deaths soared in recent years
The use of benzodiazepines, such as Xanax and Valium, is on the rise, and the number of overdose deaths related to them soared in recent years, new research says. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Overdose deaths from sedatives including Xanax and Valium soar, experts warn
The death rate from overdoses involving benzidiazepines, also known as benzos, has increased more than four fold since 1996, scientists in New York and Pennsylvania discovered. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fatal Overdoses Rising From Sedatives Like Valium, Xanax
When combined with narcotics, these drugs can be lethal, researcher says (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fatal Overdoses Rising from Sedatives Like Valium, Xanax
When combined with narcotics, these drugs can be lethal, researcher saysSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Poisoning, Prescription Drug Abuse (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Overdose Deaths from Common Sedatives Have Surged, New Study Finds
February 18, 2016—(BRONX, NY)—Headlines about America’s worsening drug epidemic have focused on deaths from opioids—heroin and prescription painkillers such as OxyContin. But overdose deaths have also soared among the millions of Americans using benzodiazepine drugs, a class of sedatives that includes Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin, according to a study led by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Health System and the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania. Their findings appear online today in the American Journal of Public Health. (Source: Einstein News)
Source: Einstein News - February 18, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Fatal Overdoses Rising From Sedatives Like Valium, Xanax
THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 -- While deaths from overdoses of heroin and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin have surged in recent years, a new report finds the same thing is happening with widely used sedatives such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan. In... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 18, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Electronic health records can help catch undiagnosed cases of Type 2 diabetes, UCLA researchers find
In 2012, a group of UCLA researchers set out to mine thousands of electronic health records for a more accurate and less expensive way to identify people who have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes. The researchers got much more than they bargained for. Not only did they develop an algorithm with the potential to vastly increase the number of correct diagnoses of the disease by refining the pool of candidates who are put forward for screening; they also uncovered several previously unknown risk factors for diabetes, including a history of sexual and gender identity disorders, intestinal infections and a category of illnesses...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 16, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Anxiety Meds Valium, Xanax And Ativan May Not Lead To Dementia After All
Benzodiazepines have been linked to dementia in the past. A new study raises some doubts. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 4, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Alice G. Walton Source Type: news

Anxiety Meds Like Valium, Xanax Won't Raise Seniors' Dementia Risk: Study
Title: Anxiety Meds Like Valium, Xanax Won't Raise Seniors' Dementia Risk: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/3/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/4/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Alzheimer)
Source: MedicineNet Alzheimer - February 4, 2016 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

Anxiety Meds Like Valium, Xanax Won’t Raise Seniors’ Dementia Risk: Study
Research may ease some concerns about use of benzodiazapines, but side effects do exist (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - February 3, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Neurology, Psychiatry, Geriatrics, News, Source Type: news

Anxiety Meds Like Valium, Xanax Won't Raise Seniors' Dementia Risk
Research may ease some concerns about use of benzodiazapines, but side effects do exist Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Anxiety, Dementia, Medicines (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A preliminary investigation to group disparate batches of licit and illicit diazepam tablets using differential scanning calorimetry - Bibi S, Bremner DH, Macdougall-Heasman M, Reid R, Simpson K, Tough A, Waddell S, Stewart IJ, Matthews KH.
Increasing numbers of illicit and unlicensed medicines are in general circulation and regularly seized by the police and other regulatory authorities. Forensic identification of seized tablets tends to focus on visual appearance and chromatographic identif... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 2, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Teens and medicines that cause birth defects: Do doctors drop the ball?
My 14-year-old daughter recently started taking isotretinoin, a medication that can help severe acne — and that can cause severe birth defects. I knew that there was a process in place for preventing pregnancy in girls taking it, but I was caught off guard by just how many hoops we had to jump through to get her prescription. There were two pregnancy tests a month apart at the beginning, continued monthly pregnancy tests as well as monthly online questions about contraception and her understanding of the effects of the medicine, and a special ID card that has to be brought to the pharmacy within a very short window a...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - January 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Claire McCarthy, MD Tags: Children's Health Drugs and Supplements Family Planning and Pregnancy Parenting Source Type: news

Here's How Many People Fatally Overdosed On Marijuana Last Year
With marijuana now legal in some form throughout 23 states, the number of Americans who fatally overdosed on the drug last year was significant:  The rate of absolutely zero deaths from a marijuana overdose remained steady from last year, according to figures released this month by the Centers for Disease Control. But while Americans aren't dying as a result of marijuana overdoses, the same can't be said for a range of other substances, both legal and illicit.    A total of 17,465 people died from overdosing on illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine last year, while 25,760 people died from overdos...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fatal case of diazepam and paraquat poisoning: a case report - Peranantham S, Manigandan G, Tamilselvi V, Shanmugam K.
A very dangerous activity among youth and young adults is the indiscriminate mixing and sharing of prescription drugs, often in combination with alcohol or other drugs. The effects of these combinations of substances can be fatal. A 28 years old adult male... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - November 13, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

A suicide involving intraperitoneal injection of pentobarbital - Hangartner S, Steiner J, Dussy F, Moeckli R, Gerlach K, Briellmann T.
We present an unusual case of suicide by intraperitoneal injection of pentobarbital, an overdose of zolpidem and the intake of diazepam, ethanol and other psychoactive substances. The autopsy and specimen collection were conducted in a 10 to 18 h postmorte... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - July 29, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

FDA Cautions Consumers About Counterfeit Diazepam Bought Online (FREE)
By Kristin J. Kelley Edited by Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM The FDA is warning about a counterfeit version of the … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - July 8, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FDA Warns Consumers Who Purchase Diazepam Online of Potentially Serious Counterfeiting Issue
July 6, 2015 -- The FDA is warning consumers who purchase Diazepam, an anti-anxiety medication, on the internet of the potential risk that this drug may be counterfeit. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported 700 adverse events from... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 6, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Is It Bedtime for Benzos?
“Bernard also laughed; after two grams of soma the joke seemed, for some reason, good. Laughed and then, almost immediately, dropped off to sleep.” — Aldous Huxley, Brave New World It’s been a tough few years for benzodiazepines, the pharmaceutical industry’s top-selling family of prescription drugs. Tough in every way, that is, except sales: Xanax remains the world’s most popular pill, and U.S. prescriptions for it and other benzos grow by 12 percent every year. It’s their reputation, long enjoyed, as harmless and effective medicines that’s taking a flurry of hits — so...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 25, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news