Last week I spoke with Melinda Beck, health columnist for the Wall Street Journal for an hour. She was interviewing me for an article she was writing about the dilemma doctors face in determining how much pain patients are really in . She had already talked with a number of pain specialists and wanted to get the patients' perspective. Her article appeared on page D1 of today's paper and can be read online here: Doctors' Challenge: How Real Is That Pain? Given the limited space she was alloted for the article, Ms. Beck did a good job of identifying the problem. Of course, I always want to see more about how the difficulties in diagnosing and treating pain affect the patients. But since her assignment was to write about how hard it is for doctors to accurately distinguish between people who are really in pain and those simply seeking drugs, I really appreciate that she took the time to ask how this problem impacts patients. So much of what we see in the ...
i am trying to find out if any of the meds I am
currently taking can cause sexual problems. I am taking Prilosec,
Allegra and Nasonex.
Drugs used to treat gastric ulcers and reflux esophagitis may have
negative sexual side effects, including erectile difficulties.
However, Prilosec is listed as one of the better alternative drugs
to take. With respect to your allergy medications, sexual side
effects may become noticeable with chronic use. A good resource of
information on drug effects is the book Sexual Pharmacology. Drugs
That Affect Sexual Function by Crenshaw & Goldberg.
I've got high blood pressure. Most of the
medication that my doctor has prescribed keeps me from having
proper erections. Right now, I've been on Ismelin (guanethidine)
for a long time. Are there any lifestyle changes I can make so I
can have a proper sex life with my partner?
Erections are caused by increased blood flow to the penis.
Opium has been used for thousands of years and is still available today in various forms. In the early twentieth century in the United States, physicians became aware of the pain-relieving qualities of the substance and eventually learned of its effectiveness in treating acute and terminal cancer pain. At that point, physicians thought that the addiction rate in this group, which was low, would be repeated in patients with chronic pain and they began to prescribe opioids to that patient group as well. This, however, wasn't the case. This review, which looks at several studies of pain relief and addiction, tries to explain the multidimensional aspect of addiction as it relates to pain relief. After many studies, researchers have concluded that drug addiction is a chronic neurobiologic disease that results from repeated exposure to the addictive drug. Because much of the addiction is the reward the body feels after consuming the drug, the changes that occur in the brain are not just from...
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