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Generic Name: CODEINE - ORAL Pronounced: (KOE-deen) Codeine sulfate Oral Precautions
Before taking codeine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if
you are allergic to it; or to other narcotic pain medications (e.g., morphine,
hydrocodone, oxycodone); or if you have any other allergies. This product may
contain inactive ingredients (such as sulfites found in some brands), which can
cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more
This medication should not be used if you have certain
medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or
pharmacist if you have:
severe breathing problems (e.g., respiratory depression,
carbon dioxide retention)
a certain bowel disease (paralytic ileus)
severe infectious diarrhea (e.g., Clostridium
intoxication with medications that can cause drowsiness or
slow/shallow breathing (e.g., alcohol or tranquilizers/s...
Some chronic pain patients, particularly in Florida, are finding it difficult to fill their oxycodone prescriptions at their local pharmacies. Pharmacists are telling them they don't have any oxycodone. But is that true? Maybe, maybe not.
Technically, according to the DEA, there is no shortage of oxycodone. Pharmaceutical companies are producing it at normal levels. What is in short supply are pharmacists who are willing and able to fill your prescription.
Here's the Story...
Florida has had a huge problem with unscrupulous doctors prescribing and often also dispensing large quantities of opioids, primarily oxycodone, from storefront operations commonly called “pill mills.” According to a 2011 NPR report, doctors in Florida were prescribing 10 times more oxycodone than all the other U.S. states combined.
In an effort to curb this oxy epidemic, the DEA began cracking down not only on Florida doctors, but also on pharmacies and wholesale drug dis...
Yesterday Pfizer, Inc. and Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced they had received marketing approval from the FDA for Oxecta, a new abuse-resistant formulation of immediate-release oxycodone. Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic used for the management of both acute and chronic moderate to severe pain. Oxecta is the first immediate-release oxycodone medicine that applies technology designed to discourage common methods of tampering associated with opioid abuse and misuse. This technology, known as Aversion® Technology , uses a unique composition of commonly used pharmaceutical ingredients that prevent the medicine from being dissolved or crushed for the purpose of abusing them. Pfizer is licensing the technology in Oxecta from Acura. In their press release, the companies noted, “Opioid medications are an important treatment option for patients with moderate to severe pain who are not adequately managed by other pain treatments. However, abuse and misuse o...
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