Opioids are potent painkillers. But they can interact badly with medications you may be using for anxiety, sleeplessness or muscle pain. Learn about safer alternatives.
Pain killers are often over-prescribed and abused. Learn more about the CDC’s suggestions to help doctors prescribe opioids in the right amounts and under the right circumstances.
When we take them at the right dosage and under a physician’s care, drugs offer many benefits. It’s also important to be aware of possible side effects. Below, find commonly used drugs and some caveats about their use. OTC pain meds, prescriptions and supplements Over-the-counter medicines, common prescriptions, and nutritional supplements can have serious effects … 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
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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
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
The drugs that cause the highest number of overdose deaths in America aren’t street drugs. They are substances you are likely to have — or have had — in your medicine cabinet. They are prescription drugs — especially opioid pain medications like hydrocodone (Vicodin®) and oxycodone (Oxycontin® or Percocet®). Of course, these medications serve an … Read More
Prescription drugs can knock out chronic pain. But these and other opioids, which decrease pain perception, come with mighty side effects. Opioids aren’t for everyone. In fact, they’re often reserved for patients with severe pain from terminal cancer. “We prescribe opioids only when other treatments and pain medications don’t work,” says Benjamin Abraham, MD, of … Read More
Contributor: Teresa Dews, MD, Department of Pain Management If you’re struggling with chronic pain, don’t be too quick to pin your hopes on the prescription painkillers known as opioids. These drugs, which include OxyContin® and Percocet®, have a long list of down sides and should be viewed as a last resort for chronic pain, says … Read More