There was an article in the New York Times recently about a couple away on a lovely vacation in Indonesia and the husband accidentally fractures his ankle. Not so lovely. Their cell phones turn out to be the most reliable tool they have. They make the decision not to have surgery in a foreign country and then have to figure out how to get him home.
It all sounded rather painful and unpleasant. His ankle fracture and subsequent pain reminded me that I still have 49 Percocet tablets in my cupboard.
Let me explain.
I had surgery in the early fall. As part of the post-op pain management plan they prescribed Percocet, 50 pills. The prescription reads: one or two, every three to four hours as needed, enough for days upon days upon days. Too many pills in my opinion, way too many.
I had taken one right after surgery in the recovery room for pain I didn't yet feel and one more when I got home. That evening, I had horrible withdrawal from all of the medication and certainl...
If you depend on ketorolac (brand name Toradol) injections for Migraine treatment, it would be wise to contact your doctor to find out you should use in it's place for the foreseeable future.
Doctors, pharmacies, and emergency rooms are reporting shortages and outages of injectable ketorolac. The FDA web site lists ketorolac injection in their drug shortages section. Various manufacturers list shortages, giving different reasons including manufacturing delays, increase in demand, and raw material shortage. None list any anticipated dates by which they expect the shortage to be resolved.
Ketorolac is an NSAID sometimes used in injection as a rescue medication when Migraine abortives fail or can't be used. The brand name of ketorolac was Toradol, which was discontinued some time ago. For more information, see Preventive, Abortive, and Rescue Medications - What's the Difference?
If ketorolac is your rescue medication, please contact your doctor now about an alterna...
It’s long been known that there is a link between chronic pain and depression , but a new study suggests there may be a connection between the drugs that treat these two conditions as well. In a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists found evidence that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) significantly reduce the effectiveness of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRIs) such as Prozac, Lexapro, and Zoloft. In fact, NSAIDs – a class of painkiller that includes such commonly used drugs as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), and naproxyn (Aleve) – were associated with a 10 percent drop in depression remission rates, from 55 percent to 45 percent. What this means is that if you take NSAIDs and SSRI antidepressants together, there’s a 10 percent greater chance you’ll still suffer from depression, even if you’re taking a medication to treat it. Meds send conflicting signals in the brain...
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