What Hidden Dangers Are Inside Your Medicine Cabinet?

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

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Dangers of Opioid Pain Relievers: What You Need to Know

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

Why Opioids May Not Be Best for Your Chronic Pain

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 Kill More People Than Car Accidents (Video)

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

Are Your Medications Causing or Increasing Incontinence?

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

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How to Avoid Surprising Risks of OTC Pain Medications

For common, occasional aches and pain, an over-the-counter oral medication often does the trick. But experts warn people with chronic, ongoing pain to avoid long-term use of common remedies such as Tylenol® or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), including aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve® and Advil®. Hong Shen, MD, a pain management specialist at Cleveland Clinic, cautions that using … Read More