Because over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are taken without the help of a doctor, it’s especially important that you read the label. Here are some tips for decoding the labels on your medications.
Opioids— drugs like OxyContin® and Percocet® — are powerful painkillers. But opioids aren’t usually best for chronic pain. “Today, pain specialists rarely prescribe opioids for chronic pain unless it’s cancer-related,” says Richard W. Rosenquist, MD, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Pain Management. Lessons learned It wasn’t always that way. From late 1980s through early 2000s, … Read More
Opiates are the major cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. In fact, accidental overdoses from opiates kill more people than automobile and other motor vehicle accidents. These drugs include codeine, morphine and heroin. In this video, Dr. Gregory Collins, MD, Section Head of Cleveland Clinic’s Psychiatry and Psychology Department, talks about how easy it … Read More
For years, doctors worried about whether drugs to lower blood sugar would affect how people’s hearts function. Now, results of a recent study show that DPP-4 inhibitors (a class of diabetes drugs) are safe for the heart. The results were presented at a meeting of the European Society of Cardiology and published in the New … Read More
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Acetaminophen may help with your pain and keep your fever down. But it also makes headlines frequently because taking too much of the drug — sold under brand names such as Tylenol®, Liquiprin® and Panadol® — can result in liver poisoning. Are over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers that contain acetaminophen safe? Yes, but only if … Read More