The ETHEX Corporation has announced a voluntary recall of a single lot of morphine sulfate 60 mg extended release tablets (Lot No. 91762) because a tablet that was twice as thick as it should have been was discovered. These oversized tablets could contain as much as double the amount of active morphine sulfate indicated on the label. The recalled lot was distributed under an “ETHEX” label between April 16th and April 27th of 2008. No other dosage strength, nor any other lot of the 60 mg strength is affected by this recall. The product is a white oval tablet with "60" on one side, and "E" on the reverse. If you take morphine sulfate tablets in the 60 mg extended release form, check your medication carefully. Opioids such as morphine have life-threatening consequences if overdosed. Those consequences can include respiratory depression (difficulty or lack of breathing), and low blood pressure. If you have any doubts about your medication, call your...
Over the last few weeks we’ve been focusing on high blood pressure and the difficulties this can cause. But, having low blood pressure, or hypotension, can also be problematic.
A normal blood pressure reading is usually in the range of 120/80 (systolic/diastolic); low blood pressure is less than 90/60.
If you’re an athlete, low blood pressure is usually a sign of good cardiovascular health. But, in the elderly for example, it may be a sign of an underlying problem. Low blood pressure is however, only a medical concern if it causes signs or symptoms, such as dizziness, fainting, or in extreme cases, shock.
Some of the causes of low blood pressure include:
Acute illnesses which leads to severe blood loss or damage to the heart
Diseases involving the nerves controlling the veins in the legs
Hormonal problems such as an underactive thyroid, overactive thyroid, or diabetes
Loss of blood, or loss of fluid
Low or high body temperature
Symptoms Eyes, ears, nose, and throat Pinpoint pupils Gastrointestinal system Constipation Nausea Spasms of the stomach or intestinal tract Vomiting Heart and blood vessels Low blood pressure Weak pulse Nervous system Coma Drowsiness Possible seizures Respiratory system Difficulty breathing Slow and labored breathing Shallow breathing No breathing Skin Bluish-colored fingernails and lips
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