The pain is relentless, but is it OK to reach for OTC pain killers every day of the week? Can there be too much of a good thing? Read on to find out how pain relievers work and just how much you can safely take.
NSAID use is widespread among those who exercise vigorously. But is relying on painkillers to power through your workouts a safe strategy?
When it comes to prescription pain medications, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. Here’s how to separate fact from fiction.
Opioids that help manage chronic pain can cause breathing problems for some people. If that’s the case for you, there are plenty of other ways to control your pain.
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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
More and more, we are hearing about the use and abuse of opioid pain medications in recent years. Experts say the widespread abuse of this class of drugs started more than two decades ago. Across the country today, healthcare authorities are paying much more attention to the problem, and doctors are taking this into consideration … 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
If you are struggling with urinary incontinence or your existing incontinence is getting worse, take a look at the medications you are taking. They may contribute to the problem. There are four groups of medications doctors commonly recommend that can cause or increase incontinence. If you are taking any of these, you should let your … Read More
A drug that worked wonders for your neighbor triggers nasty side effects in you — or triggers no effects at all. Why? According to the study of pharmacogenomics, the answer may come from your DNA. Get more resources about pharmacogenomics.