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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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The instructions on the bottle read, Take 1 tablet every 4-6 hours as needed for breakthrough pain .
Exactly what does that mean? Some may interpret these instructions as permission to use a medication round-the-clock every four hours. Some may interpret that phrase as the bottle should only be opened come "hell or high water." And what exactly is " breakthrough pain ?"
For those whose pain never ceases, it is hard to know when pain is "breaking through." Doctors write these instructions as if there is supposed to be some magical ceiling that pain burst through before the medication should be used. The problem with this confusion is that many people ultimately do take the pain medication on a routine schedule. So, if the instructions allow for four pills per day, a person locked into a routine might take Vicodin, Percocet, Dilaudid, or Norco at morning, noon, late afternoon and bedtime, everyday. With this type of schedule, the body becomes conditioned to "salivate" for pil...
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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