Abusing drugs or alcohol is an important health problem that needs an integrated, multi-focused medical approach and should not be treated as a moral failing or character flaw, says a new report released Thursday by the U.S. surgeon general’s office.
For patients without low-cost alternatives, the financial burden of drug therapy may be serious.
If you check your medicine cabinet right now, there’s a good chance you’ll find over-the-counter pain relievers. Before you seek relief, know your risks — and what will work best for you.
People should remember that drug addictions are physical illnesses, says Gregory Collins, MD, Section Head of Cleveland Clinic’s Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center. In this video, he discusses how drugs impact brain cell function, which in turn impacts everything we do and experience in life. Anything that changes how our brain cells function controls our … Read More
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You might think that men are more likely to develop cirrhosis than women because they drink alcoholic beverages much more often than women. But women actually are at higher risk of developing cirrhosis — even when they drink only half the amount of alcohol men drink. If you’re a woman, you may be at risk for developing cirrhosis, even if … Read More
There’s ample information — as well as misinformation — out there about the causes of male infertility, or the inability to father a child. Let’s take a look at the most common suspects and see what’s truth and what’s myth. Dangers of heat The testicles are generally slightly cooler than the abdomen because they are outside the … Read More
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
The FDA approved a new chronic pain drug in July, the latest step in the FDA’s efforts to reduce the widespread abuse of extended-release/long-acting opioid painkillers. The drug, Targiniq ER, is for treating pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term treatment. It aims to treat patients who find other treatment options inadequate. Targiniq ER has properties that are … Read More
No one gets more excited about spring break than the high school or college kids who plan to spend the time on a trip with their friends. For parents, though, the week can create a time of worrying about their young adult children and their safety. The hordes of young adults concentrated in one place and … Read More