Latest by Karen Lee Richards

New Abuse-Resistant Oxycodone Gets FDA Approval

Yesterday Pfizer, Inc. and Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced they had received marketing approval from the FDA for Oxecta, a new abuse-resistant formulation of immediate-release oxycodone. Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic used for the management ...

Drug Testing for Chronic Pain Medications: When the Results Are Wrong

Although drug testing is generally fairly accurate, it is not foolproof. There are times when the results of a drug test may be wrong. This can be a major problem for chronic pain patients whose continued treatment may depend on the accuracy of drug ...

Therapain Plus - Natural Pain Relief Spray: A Product Review

A couple of months ago a supplement company that I do some writing for sent me a bottle of Therapain Plus ® to try because they wanted me to research and write about it. I was happy to try it but skeptical about how well it might work. In my experien...

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia: An Interview with RA Expert Lene Andersen

Today, May 12, 2011 is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and the month of May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. In honor of those two occasions and because a number of our community members are living with both fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arth...

Dangerous Opioid Drug Interactions

When it comes to discussions about opioid drugs in the media, they almost always focus on the potential for abuse and addiction. In the chronic pain community, the discussion often centers around how difficult it is to find a doctor who will prescrib...

NSAIDs Reduce Effectiveness of Antidepressants

Researchers at the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at The Rockefeller University have published the results of their recent study, which showed that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) reduced the effectiveness of selective ...

My Personal Quest for Better Sleep

I just finished writing a two-part series of articles on the sleep problems that usually accompany fibromyalgia: The Fibromyalgia Sleep Dilemma - Part I: Identifying the Problem and The Fibromyalgia Sleep Dilemma - Part II: Finding Solutions I really ...

The Fibromyalgia Sleep Dilemma - Part II: Finding Solutions

The first step in finding a solution to sleep problems with fibromyalgia is understanding what is causing the problem. Please read: The Fibromyalgia Sleep Dilemma - Part I: Identifying the Problem Since more than 75% of people with fibromyalgia have ...

A Comparison of Fibromyalgia Medications

As of this writing, three medications have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of fibromyalgia: Lyrica (pregabalin), Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Savella (milnacipran). Since all three are relatively new drugs, information on how well they work a...

Watsu: A Unique Water Therapy for Chronic Pain

Watsu is a unique form of bodywork, unlike any other type of physical therapy or massage therapy you have ever experienced. It has been described as Shiatsu massage performed in warm water. In fact, that’s where the name came from - "Water Shiat...