The all-out effort to make all opioid pain-relieving medications more difficult to get continues. Last week an FDA panel voted 19 to 10 to reclassify medications that contain hydrocodone – like Vicodin and Lortab – from Schedule III drugs to Schedule II drugs.
Currently, under the federal Controlled Substances Act, medications containing hydrocodone are classified as Schedule III drugs. This means doctors can call in or fax prescriptions to the pharmacy and can allow up to five refills in a six-month period.
If hydrocodone-containing products are reclassified to Schedule II, only written prescriptions with an original signature by the physician are acceptable and no refills are allowed. If you take a hydrocodone medication on a regular basis, that means in most cases you'll have to go to your doctor's office every month to get a new prescription.
The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) does allow, but does not encourage, doctors to issue multiple pre...
Voluntary recalls were issued for specific lots of two opioid pain relievers and one medication for tension headaches. The affected drugs include:
Endocet (oxycodone/acetaminophen), 10/325 mg
Hydrocodone/acetaminophen, 7.5/500 mg
Butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine, 50/325/40 mg
Endocet (oxycodone/acetaminophen) Endo Pharmaceuticals issued the nationwide Endocet recall because a bottle from each of two lots was found to contain some 10/650 mg tablets, which is twice the dosage of acetaminophen on the label. Because of this, consumers may take more than the intended acetaminophen dose. Possible Dangers: Unintentional administration of tablets with increased acetaminophen content may result in liver toxicity, especially in patients on other acetaminophen containing medications, patients with liver dysfunction, or people who consume more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day. Lots: The two lots affected are Lot # 402415NV and Lot # 402426NV. They were distri...
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Heavyweight Pain Reliever Championship Match. In the blue corner, weighing in at 200 mg's is the most common NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) found anywhere, ibuprofen . In the red corner, weighing in at a small, but mighty, 10 mg's is the most popular, most commonly prescribed opioid, hydrocodone . Today's match promises to be a real bell ringer. Who is the fastest? Who lasts the longest? Who can go the distance? Who packs the biggest punch? This decisive match will determine whether or not NSAID's or Opioids are the best pain relievers on the planet.
ROUND 1: Both the NSAID and the Opioid are off to a fast and furious pace; their analgesic onset is roughly equivalent in speed. Within the half hour, both have started to provide pain relief. At just a little over one hour, both appear to be at full strength and hitting equally hard. This fight should be one for the record books folks. Ding. Ding.
ROUND 2: With round 1 being...
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