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...
Long term use of the painkiller ibuprofen when taken for more than five years has been found to decrease the risk of Alzheimer's disease by 40 percent. Published in the
Journal of Neurology, this large scale study demonstrated that the type of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) was important in risk reduction. They found some NSAIDs less effective than others. Indomethacine only reduced risk of Alzheimer's by 25 pecent and Pfizer's Celebrex and Celecox had no effect at all.
The newly published study looks at work carried out by researchers from Boston University School of Medicine, Boston University School of Public Health and Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical center. It involved over 49,000 veterans aged 55 years and older.
The ibuprofen group of medicines include brand names such as Advil, Motrin and Nurofen. NSAIDs are one of the most widely used drugs for pain relief of non-serious arthritic conditions, for rheumatic or muscular pain, backache...
Definition Hydrocodone and acetaminophen overdose occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally takes more than the normal or recommended amount of a painkiller containing both the opioid medication, hydrocodone, and acetaminophen (Tylenol). This is for information only and not for use in the treatment or management of an actual poison exposure. If you have an exposure, you should call your local emergency number (such as 911) or the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. Alternative Names Lorcet overdose; Lortab overdose Poisonous Ingredient Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Hydrocodone (narcotic) Where Found Acetaminophen with hydrocodone is the main ingredient in many prescription painkillers, including: Anexsia Anolor DH Lortab Lorcet Norco Vicodin Zydone Note: This list may not include all sources of hydrocodone and acetaminophen.
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