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Hydrocodone Tablets Recalled

The FDA issued a notice that one lot of hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets with a dosage of 10 mg/500 mg has been recalled because some of them may contain a higher dosage of acetaminophen. The affected tablets were manufactured by Qual...

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Opioid Treatment for Cancer vs. Non-Cancer Pain: Is There Really a Difference?

To hurt, or not to hurt–that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to relieve The pain and suffering of cancer patients Than to take action against a sea of non-cancer pain And by treating, end the suffering. With apologies to Mr. William ...

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Social Security Ruling on Evaluation of Fibromyalgia for Disability

For years people with fibromyalgia who are unable to continue working at a full-time job have struggled and worried about whether they would qualify for Social Security Disability. Finally, last week the Social Security Administration issued a ruling ...

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A Good Pain Relief Product, A Scam and How to Tell the Difference

Today I want to tell you a story. It’s the story of a quality topical pain reliever and the reputable company that stands behind it. Sadly, it’s also the story of another company that is using the same or a very similar product to deceive and take ad...

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Study Shows D-Ribose Increases Energy in Fibromyalgia and CFS Patients

showed that daily consumption of the pentose carbohydrate D-ribose resulted in an average energy boost of 61% among patients diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Improvements were also noted in sleep, pain, mental clarity and ove...

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Court Blocks Sale of Generic Lyrica, Upholds Pfizer Patents

Two weeks ago I told you that the FDA approved a generic version of Lyrica ® (pregabalin) made by Lupin Limited, but I wasn’t able to find out when it might actually be available on the market. Now I know why I couldn’t find that information. Apparen...

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10 Common Chronic Pain Myths

Despite the fact that chronic pain affects near 100 million American adults, it is still very misunderstood by society at large and sometimes even by the patients themselves. The following are 10 of the most common myths regarding chronic pain.

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Generic Lyrica Gets FDA Approval

Last week Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. issued a press release announcing that it has received final FDA approval to market pregabalin, the generic version of Lyrica ® in the U.S. Lyrica (pregabalin) was the first drug ever to be approved for the treat...

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Which Is Worse - Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from a friend who has ME/CFS. He included this humorous question and answer exchange: Q: Which is worse - fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome? A: Whichever one you have. Of course, I laughed. But since I’ve b...

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Certain Types of Cancer

A new study, published online last week by the journal Cancer, found that patients with ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis aka chronic fatigue syndrome) have an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer later in life - most notably non-Hodg...