On Monday, the pharmaceutical company Zogenix, Inc. announced the FDA had accepted for review their New Drug Application (NDA) for Zohydro ER™ (hydrocodone bitartrate extended-release capsules).
Hydrocodone is one of the most frequently prescribed opioid drugs for the management of moderate to severe chronic pain. There are, however, two features that set Zohydro ER apart from other hydrocodone products currently available:
It does not contain acetaminophen.
It is an extended-release medication.
Other hydrocodone medications currently available (like Vicodin and Lortab) all contain acetaminophen , which can be hard on the liver. They are also all immediate-release, meaning they have to be taken every four to six hours. Zohydro is intended to be administered every 12 hours to provide round-the-clock pain management for an extended period of time.
Under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, the goal for a standard review of an NDA is 10 months from NDA subm...
New research, funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (one of the National Institutes of Health) shows that the anticonvulsant medication gabapentin (brand name Neurontin ), which is used for certain types of seizures, can be an effective treatment for the pain and other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia . In this randomized, double-blind clinical trial of 150 people (90 percent women) with fibromyalgia, Lesley M. Arnold, M.D., director of the Women's Health Research Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and her colleagues found that those taking 1,200 to 2,400 mg of gabapentin daily for 12 weeks displayed significantly less pain than those taking a placebo. Patients taking gabapentin also reported significantly better sleep and less fatigue. For the majority of participants, the drug was well tolerated. The most common side effects included dizziness and sedation, which were mild to moderate in seve...
While most drugs are designed for specific uses, gabapentin (Neurontin) is a drug of many uses. Anti-biotics are used to treat infections. Hypertension is treated with blood pressure medication. Anti-emetics relieve nausea. The list goes on and on about specific drugs and what they are intended to do. Although a few, like gabapentin, are used for a multitude of problems. Gabapentin was originally designed to treat seizures. Its usefulness keeps expanding into other areas for the treatment of pain, anxiety and addiction.
For years, gabapentin has been a valuable tool for the treatment of pain, specifically neuropathic pain. This drug calms painful nerve impulses in conditions like diabetic peripheral neuropathy, phantom limb pain and sciatica. But its usefulness for the treatment of pain goes beyond the nerves .(1) Even cancer-associated pain and surgical pain respond to gabapentin. If someone does not tolerate this drug because of side effects like drowsiness or dizziness, other...
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