: ' opioids'

Doctor Says Migraine Drugs Overused

By Richard Lenti As anyone who has ever suffered from migraines can tell you, the pain in unbearable and they will do almost anything to make it go away. But some medications designed to alleviate the [...]

Painkiller Use Continues after Back Surgery

By Pat Anson, Editor Over half of the patients who used opioid painkillers to relieve back pain were still using them a year after surgery to repair their spines, according to a new study that raised [...]

White Kids More Likely to Get Pain Meds

By Pat Anson, Editor Researchers have found race and ethnic disparities in pain management among children who were treated for abdominal pain in hospital emergency rooms. “This study contributes to the growing body of evidence showing [...]

‘Remarkable Increase’ in Painkiller Prescribing

By Pat Anson, Editor The prescribing of opioid painkillers by doctors in the United States has nearly doubled over the past decade, according to a large new study that also found the use of safer alternatives [...]

Most Painkillers Not Good for Nursing Moms

By Pat Anson, Editor Most drugs are safe for mothers to take while breastfeeding their babies, according to a group of U.S. pediatricians, but women should still be cautious about breastfeeding if they use narcotic painkillers [...]

Race Plays Major Role in Prescribing

By Pat Anson, Editor Black, Hispanic and poor patients in moderate to severe pain are less likely to receive opioid pain medications in emergency rooms across the U.S., according to a University of Rochester Medical Center [...]

Painkillers Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

By Richard Lenti A large new study has documented what many men who use opioid painkillers already know – long term use of the drugs can lead to erectile dysfunction (ED). Researchers looked at more than [...]

Attorneys General Ask for New Opioids Warning

By Richard Lenti Dozens of state attorney generals are asking the Food and Drug Administration to issue a “black box” warning about the danger of pregnant women using opioid painkillers. A recent study found that opioids [...]

Opioids Can Lead to Longer Hospital Stays

By Pat Anson, Editor Patients who had adverse reactions to opioids used to treat their post-surgical pain spent an average of three extra days in the hospital and had thousands of dollars in additional medical expenses, [...]

Painkillers Leading Cause of Overdose Deaths

By Pat Anson, Editor For the 11th consecutive year, drug overdose deaths continued to rise in the United States, with opioid painkillers the leading cause, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Researchers say 38,329 [...]