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FDA Approves New Abuse-Deterrent Pain Medication

The GoodRx Pharmacist - June 01, 2017

In response to the current opioid epidemic, the FDA has been encouraging drug companies to create abuse-deterrent pain medications. These medications have properties that make it harder, or less rewarding, for a person to inject or snort them, and are typically resistant to crush or extraction. Some abuse-deterrent pain medications that you may have heard of include Xtampza ER (oxycodone) and Hysingla ER (hydrocodone), and now we have another to add to the list! The FDA recently approved Arymo ER (morphine), an extended-release tablet for the treatment of pain, and it is now available in pharmacies. See More

These Drugs Could Increase Your Risk of Dementia

Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 17, 2017

When asked about the medical conditions they fear the most, adults overwhelmingly answer dementia, specifically Alzheimers dementia. Treatment options for dementia are dismal, so the focus needs to be on prevention. Many risk factors for dementia are things you can control: diabetes, high blood pressure, physical inactivity and even some medications.

Multiple studies have found an association between the use of certain medication classes with dementia and cognitive (thinking, understanding, learning, remembering) impairment in older adults. See More

FDA Requires New Warning on Opioid Pain Medications

The GoodRx Pharmacist - June 15, 2016

The FDA has issued a new required warning for all opioid pain medications. If you are taking an opioid, you should be aware of a few potential side effects, including reactions with other medications, and effects on hormone levels.

What are some examples of opioid medications?

Opioids are powerful prescription-only medications, used to manage manage pain when other treatments may not work. Some common opiods include:

Why exactly was the FDA safety alert issued?

The FDA identified some safety concerns for anyone using opioid pain medications:

  • They can interact with many other medications
  • They can cause problems with a person’s adrenal glands
  • They can decrease sex hormone levels

What kind of medications can react with opioids?

Specifically, opioids may react with antidepressants and migraine medications. See More

Opioid Overdoses: How Do We Balance Help and Harm?

Dr. Sharon Orrange - February 04, 2016

Opioid pain medication is an emotional topic for everyone. Patients who struggle with chronic noncancer pain and need opioid medications feel they are portrayed as addicts when they ask for refills. Each week I see many patients using opioids for the appropriate reason, who have tried and failed with other medications and yet feel stigmatized by the use of medicine they need.

The flipside, however, is that more and more of us are dying from prescription pain medication overdoses, in addition to heroin overdoses when addicts move from Oxycontin to heroin. See More

Is Nucynta Better Than Other Pain Meds?

Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 23, 2014

One of the bright new changes in pain medications over the last few years were two medications: Ultram (tramadol) and now Nucynta (tapentadol). These are different from Vicodin (hydrocodone/acetaminophen), Percocet (oxycodone/acetaminophen), and Tylenol #3 (codeine/acetaminophen) in many ways and are considered much “gentler.” So, is Nucynta better? Lets look.

Ten points about Nucynta and Ultram you need to know:

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Straight Out of Pulp Fiction: An Injection for Opioid Overdose You Can Use at Home

Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 09, 2014

Heroin, Oxycontin or any opioid overdose is easily reversed with naloxone. You’ve seen it in the movies and it’s true, naloxone works to wake people up from the dead, well . . . most of the time. Now people won’t have to wait for paramedics to arrive or to get to the ER, it will be available as a prescription.

The FDA has approved Evzio (naloxone injection) for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, which as you know manifests as respiratory and/or central nervous system depression. See More

Prescription Drug Abuse: A Pharmacist’s View

The GoodRx Pharmacist - November 01, 2013

Controlled substances and prescription drug abuse have been increasingly under the spotlight. This has been fueled, in particular, by overuse of drug such as opioids. Opioids are used as painkillers and include hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and morphine. Hydrocodone and oxycodone are among the top most abused prescription drugs.

The numbers:

Overdose is the second leading causing of accidental death in the United States, with an estimated 16,600 deaths from overdose in 2010. See More

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