The all-out effort to make all opioid pain-relieving medications more difficult to get continues. Last week an FDA panel voted 19 to 10 to reclassify medications that contain hydrocodone – like Vicodin and Lortab – from Schedule III drugs to Schedule II drugs.
Currently, under the federal Controlled Substances Act, medications containing hydrocodone are classified as Schedule III drugs. This means doctors can call in or fax prescriptions to the pharmacy and can allow up to five refills in a six-month period.
If hydrocodone-containing products are reclassified to Schedule II, only written prescriptions with an original signature by the physician are acceptable and no refills are allowed. If you take a hydrocodone medication on a regular basis, that means in most cases you'll have to go to your doctor's office every month to get a new prescription.
The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) does allow, but does not encourage, doctors to issue multiple pre...
Generic Name: HYDROCODONE/CHLORPHENIRAMINE POLISTIREX ER SUSPENSION -
ORAL Pronounced: (HYE-droe-KOE-done/KLOR-fen-IR-a-meen,POL-ee-STYE-rex) Chlorpheniramine-Hydrocodone Oral Interactions
The effects of some drugs can change if you take other
drugs or herbal products at the same time. This can increase your risk for
serious side effects or may cause your medications not to work correctly. These
drug interactions are possible, but do not always occur. Your doctor or
pharmacist can often prevent or manage interactions by changing how you use
your medications or by close monitoring.
To help your doctor and pharmacist give you the best care,
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(including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products)
before starting treatment with this product. While using this product, do not
start, stop, or change the dosage of any other medicines you are using without
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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