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Since 2007, the FDA has been discussing and debating the development of Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) for opioid medications . The purpose of these REMS is to make access to opioid drugs more difficult for drug abusers while still giving chronic pain patients the ability to fill their prescriptions without undue problems. Of course, that is more easily said than done. Needless to say, since the idea of REMS was first announced, chronic pain patients have been concerned about how the REMS would affect their ability to get the pain medications they need. Many have already run into problems with doctors who are no longer willing to prescribe opioids and pharmacists who refuse to fill their prescriptions for various reasons. It's a reasonable assumption that additional restrictions would only make getting their medications more difficult. Although this first set of approved REMS for a class of drugs will not apply to most chronic patients, it...
On Monday, Novartis, a pharmaceutical giant, received U.S. approval for the Exelon Patch, which delivers a treatment for Alzheimer's disease through a skin patch, instead of through pill or capsule form. A press release stated that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had also approved the patch for treating mild to moderate Parkinson's disease dementia. Patches for the delivery of medication aren't new, but more and more drug manufacturers seem to be studying this method of delivering drugs to the system, and that makes sense. When treating people with memory disorders, or those who may have trouble swallowing and/or understanding why you are trying to get them to swallow a pill, something as simple as placing a patch on the skin has obvious advantages. My mom had an early hysterectomy and was on hormones for nearly half a century. She took pills for years. As she got older, and was experiencing some memory problems, she would often forget if s...
Generic Name: FENTANYL - SUBLINGUAL Pronounced: (FEN-ta-nil) Fentanyl Citrate SL Uses
This medication is used to help relieve sudden
(breakthrough) pain in people who are already taking narcotic medication
around-the-clock for cancer pain. Fentanyl belongs to a class of drugs known as
narcotic (opiate) analgesics. It works in the brain to change how your body
feels and responds to pain.
This medication should not be used to relieve mild or
short-term pain (such as due to headache/migraine, dental procedures,
How To Use Fentanyl Citrate SL
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist
before you start using fentanyl and each time you get a refill. Learn all usage
and disposal instructions. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or
Use fentanyl sublingual tablets as directed by your
doctor. If your mouth is dry, take a sip of water to moisten it before using
this medication. Spit out or swall...
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