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...
Definition Ibuprofen is a type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Ibuprofen overdose occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medication. See also: Pain medicine 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 Advil overdose; Nuprin overdose; PediaProfen overdose; Rufen overdose; Motrin overdose Poisonous Ingredient Ibuprofen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is sold over-the-counter and by prescription. Where Found Advil Medipren Midol Motrin Nuprin Pamprin IB PediaProfen Rufen Note: This list may not be all-inclusive.
I generally don't make a practice of reporting on new drugs that are still in the clinical trial phases of development because it takes so many years to bring a new drug to market and you never know what might happen to them along the way. But there are two new drugs in the final phase of clinical trials that I find particularly interesting and promising. Although it will still be at least three to five years before they might be approved, I thought you might like to know about them. Controlled-Release Hydrocodone The first is a controlled-release hydrocodone being developed by Zogenix, Inc. Hydrocodone is the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S., but there are two things that make this new drug unique:
It is just hydrocodone, with nothing added. Currently you can only get hydrocodone combined with either acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
It is a controlled-release formulation for people who require round-the-clock pain relief. Right now, h...
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