Gabapentin, a nerve medication that has been around for 25 years, is now being misused by opioid users. The FDA is going to study the drug to find a solution to the crisis.
Public Health May 5, 2018
America’s opioid crisis is worsening at a point where health officials are encouraged to prescribe them only as a last resort. Well, it turns out painkillers may just be enough.
Medicine March 8, 2018
A man said that his post-operative pain disappeared after an open water swimming. Can pain sufferers now ditch taking strong medications and physiotherapy for swimming in cold water?
Public Health February 13, 2018
In just 10 years, two drug wholesalers has sent more than 20 million painkillers to a town in West Virginia, which only has 2,900 population. Other small towns also received excessive number of prescription painkillers.
Public Health January 31, 2018
Philadelphia shook the entire country with its recent announcement. With a rising number of deaths due to opioid addiction, city officials proposed establishment of a facility that offers both clean needles and recovery.
Public Health January 25, 2018
A new study links routine use of common over-the-counter painkillers to an increased risk of heart attack. Read more about the dangers of NSAIDs and the association made between these NSAIDs and heart attack.
Medicine May 10, 2017
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning against the use of drugs containing codeine in children under the age of 12. Here’s why.
Public Health April 21, 2017
The tropical aquarium fish called fang blenny injects predators with opioid peptides that act like heroine or morphine. What makes this venom ideal for the development of new painkillers?
Animals April 3, 2017
A new report by researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that a few days on opioid drugs are enough to trigger opioid dependence among Americans.
Public Health March 18, 2017
Consumption of painkillers can increase the risk of heart attacks by 31 percent. Usage of painkillers such as Ibuprofen may cause blood clots resulting to high pressure and subsequently heart attacks according to a new study.
Healthy Living/Wellness March 16, 2017
Non-drug treatments such as yoga, tai chi, or acupuncture should be the first line of defense against lower back pain, new guidelines suggested Monday, Feb. 13. Experts say some powerful painkillers are no longer effective against lower back pain.
Healthy Living/Wellness February 14, 2017
Taking paracetamol or ibuprofen regularly over a long time is linked to increased risk for hearing loss in women. How do these painkillers compromise hearing?
Medicine December 15, 2016
Researchers have developed a new formulation for ibuprofen. According to a study, ibuprofen arginine is effective at addressing the pitfalls the drug’s current version has.
Medicine October 15, 2016
Painkilling drugs called NSAIDs were linked to increased risk for hospital admission due to heart problem. Seven traditional painkillers which include Ibuprofen and naproxen were associated with increased heart failure risk.
Medicine September 29, 2016
The surplus of prescribed opioid pills that are left unused in the United States is one of the potential causes of the ongoing opioid epidemic in the country. Limiting opioid painkiller prescription and giving adequate information on the proper disposal of excess pills could help contain opioid abuse.
Public Health September 25, 2016
The compound PZM21 does not cause side effects associated with use of opioid painkillers. In a study on mice, the drug did not cause respiratory suppression, constipation or addictive behaviors.
Medicine August 17, 2016
Women who took acetaminophen, or paracetamol, during pregnancy are more likely to bear children with behavioral issues such as hyperactivity and conduct problems. Should pregnant women stop taking this painkiller?
Neuroscience August 17, 2016
Patients are getting more opioid painkillers than what they really need, a new study found. Many share their opioid medications with others and do not receive adequate information on how to properly store and dispose of them.
Medicine June 14, 2016
Pectus excavatum causes the breastbone to sink into the chest but it can be remedied with surgery. Using a non-narcotic nerve-blocking drug has been found to reduce pain effectively after the procedure and shorten hospital stays for children.
Medicine May 16, 2016
A new report suggests Purdue Pharma contributed to America's opioid epidemic. How does the drugmaker's 12-hour dosing prescription for painkiller OxyContin drive addiction?
Medicine May 7, 2016
The results of the autopsy and toxicology tests are not yet complete to determine the real reason why Prince died. A source, however, said that the painkiller Percocet was present in the musician's body when he was found dead.
Medicine May 6, 2016
A pill addiction specialist in California said that Prince was trying to deal with his overdependence on painkillers before he died. The pop superstar had been on prescription medication after undergoing hip surgery in the mid-2000s.
May 6, 2016
The world's first study shows the use of pain medications could provide an alternative treatment for chronic heroin addiction. The finding could benefit people who do not respond to current medications.
Life April 9, 2016
President Barack Obama will announce additional actions from his administration to fight opioid abuse and heroin epidemic. The actions involve expanding access to treatment, preventing overdose deaths and increasing community prevention strategies.
Life March 29, 2016
FDA now requires black box warning on immediate-release painkillers, which make up 90 percent of opioid prescriptions. Some, however, are not fully convinced this will make a significant dent on opioid abuse in the U.S.
Life March 24, 2016
A new study conducted suggests that acetaminophen is not an effective option for relieving osteoarthritis-related body pains. The team said nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as diclofenac and ibuprofen, may provide better relief.
Life March 18, 2016
Federal health officials urge doctors to prevent prescribing highly addictive painkillers for chronic pain. This move aims to curb the growing deadly epidemic in the United States.
Life March 16, 2016
University of Queensland researchers probed how a peptide toxin found in the Peruvian green velvet tarantula could target brain receptors and offer pain relief. They showed for the first time the role of the cell membrane in this painkilling action.
Life February 29, 2016
The FDA has a new commissioner amid the pressure the agency faces. With only one year left of the Obama administration, Dr. Robert Califf has a lot of tasks to finish.
Life February 24, 2016
An empty wallet is certainly upsetting, and it may even be causing you physical pain. New research suggests that economic insecurity is strongly linked to physical pain.
Life February 23, 2016
Flexion Therapeutics' Zilretta osteoarthritis drug is reported to have met its goals in a late-stage study, inching closer to FDA approval. A couple of months back, the drug failed to show statistically significant pain relief during its mid-stage trial.
Life February 17, 2016
Morphine is an effective painkiller but comes with serious side effects. Researchers developed a new painkiller to address these issues while retaining the pain-relieving effect that the opioid drug has to offer.
Life January 30, 2016
Former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon swears by medical marijuana. He says it is the thing that saved him from narcotic pain meds, which he claims caused him more harm than good.
Life January 29, 2016
The daughters of pregnant rats given paracetamol had smaller ovaries, fewer eggs, and smaller babies - showing the effects of painkillers on reproductive health. These drugs also had consequences on the fertility of subsequent generations of rat models.
Life January 28, 2016
A study found many Americans ignore recommended dosage on the labels of OTC pain medications, which could lead to an overdose and severe health conditions. Here are some warning signs and symptoms of OTC medicine overdose.
Life January 27, 2016
One volunteer died after taking an experimental painkiller during a drug trial in France. Five other men who were also hospitalized are stable but may suffer "irreversible damage."
Life January 18, 2016
Painkillers are useful, but are at high risk of being abused. To bring down the number of deaths and injuries associated with using opioid painkillers, Attorneys General have voiced their support for the CDC’s proposed guidelines.
Life January 16, 2016
Diclofenac is a common painkiller. Aside from easing pain caused by a number of conditions, it has potential as an anti-cancer drug, according to researchers.
Life January 13, 2016
Many people who suffer from chronic lower back pain are often limited in their daily activities as aches can sometimes become too much to bear, making even the simplest of movements painful. This issue can be addressed with regular exercise and minor lifestyle modifications.
Life December 30, 2015
Nurofen's different 'targeted' painkillers have the same licensing code, same ingredients and same ibuprofen quantities. The expensive Nurofen painkillers are also similar to less expensive painkillers from supermarkets and pharmacies.
Life December 15, 2015
Experts at the University of Warwick invented the first ever ibuprofen patch which can be directly plastered on the skin to provide pain relief. The drug is delivered through the skin for up to 12 hours, scientists said.
Life December 9, 2015
After a six-week trial, osteopathic physician Dr. Hsiu Ying “Lisa” Tseng was found guilty of three counts of second-degree murder. The crime: the death of three patients and a total of nine drug overdose deaths within three years.
Life November 1, 2015
People who visited the emergency room for severe low back pain did not get more comfort from opioids or muscle relaxants than non-prescription painkillers, according to a new study. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) alone, too, relieved patients as much as more potent painkillers did.
Life October 22, 2015
Black children with acute appendicitis are less likely to receive painkillers in the emergency room, a new study shows.
Life September 17, 2015
Pharamceutical company Collegium is one step closer to gaining full approval of their new opioid painkiller. An FDA panel has raised the green light to move the review of the drug to its final stages.
Life September 12, 2015