If you take prescription opioid medications for your chronic pain, please read this alert. The FDA is advising patients and health care professionals of a potential safety risk with opioids manufactured for Endo Pharmaceuticals by Novartis Consumer Health at their plant in Lincoln, Nebraska. Due to a problem with the packaging machinary, tablets of one type of medication may have been packaged with another medication. The drugs involved are:
Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride) Extended-Release Tablets CII
Opana (oxymorphone hydrochloride) CII
Oxymorphone hydrochloride Tablets CII
PERCOCET (oxycodone hydrochloride and acetaminophen USP) Tablets CII
PERCODAN (oxycodone hydrochloride and aspirin, USP) Tablets CII
ENDOCET (oxycodone hydrochloride and acetaminophen USP) Tablets CII
ENDODAN (oxycodone hydrochloride and aspirin, USP) Tablets CII
MORPHINE SULFATE Extended-Release Tablets CII
ZYDONE (hydrocodone bitartrate/acetaminophen tablets, USP) CIII
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Full Question : his question is concerning my husband's sister. We believe, and she seems to agree, that she has become addicted to the drugs prescribed for her migraine headaches. She has at her disposal 180 Percocet pills a month, Demerol shots to use as needed, two anti-seizure medications (for she also has seizures), one of those being Neurontin. She takes 14 different medications she recently told us, but we don't even know half of what they are. She recently told my husband that she would like to get off all the medicine and start over, but her doctor doesn't agree to this. We're not residing near enough to her to really get to know what is truly going on. But we do believe that some of these drugs perhaps should not be used together and that if we could share something from a different doctor in that regard, she might consider either getting a new doctor or getting help. What advice could you give based on this little bit of information? If this helps at all, sh...
Ask your doctor or pharmacist about generic medicines. Generic medicines are usually less expensive than brand name medications. While there may not be generic options for some chemotherapy, hormonal, or targeted therapy medicines used to treat breast cancer, there are a number of generic choices available for pain medicines. For example, naproxen is the generic version of brand-name pain relievers Naprosyn and Anaprox. Depending on your situation, you may be able to take the generic rather than the brand-name medicines.
Ask your doctor for samples of any medicines you're prescribed. Keep in mind that samples might not be available for all medicines. But if you take a sample medication and have side effects that are difficult to manage, you won't have to pay the cost of a full prescription if you switch. Note: Doctors cannot give out samples of narcotic analgesics for pain (also called opioids, such as morphine, codeine, or oxycodone). To keep costs down, ask for just part of a pre...
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