Opioid analgesics such as morphine, codeine, Vicodin® and Percocet® are important medicines that doctors widely prescribe to relieve pain. Used properly, the drugs can provide significant comfort and relief to people who are sick or recovering from an injury or disease. But misuse and abuse of opioids has become a major public health challenge in … Read More
Fifteen years ago, doctors treated rheumatoid arthritis conservatively. We might start with anti-inflammatories and work our way up to disease-modifying drugs such as methotrexate.
Expectant mothers who take the drug valproate to control seizures may face an unexpected side effect: an increased risk of autism for their babies. A new study shows that the risk of autism increased threefold for children whose mothers took valproate, an anticonvulsant and mood-stabilizing drug, during pregnancy. If you are taking valproate and thinking … Read More
Levodopa is considered the most effective drug to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The chronic, progressive neurological disease causes a person to lose control of body movements, resulting in tremors, muscle stiffness, loss of balance and a host of other problems. So far in the United States levodopa has only been available in pill … Read More