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5 Questions to Ask When Your Child Is Prescribed Pain Medication

Lisa Collien didn’t question the doctor when he prescribed an opioid painkiller to her then 13-year-old son, Brennan. He’d broken his collarbone playing football and was clearly in pain. At the time, she didn’t know that prescription painkillers can lead to opioid addiction, even among kids like her son, who…

For Some, Placebo as Effective as Med for Pain Relief

Some people with chronic pain can take a placebo and experience relief as effectively as if they were taking active medication, according to a new study. And researchers say they can predict which patients will respond this way. Researchers enrolled about 60 people with chronic back pain for the study….

Quick Hits: Pain Reliever Linked to CV Events, More Kids With ADHD & More

A pain reliever that is available both over-the-counter and via prescription is associated with an increased risk of major cardiovascular events compared to other analgesics. Researchers looked at 252 studies covering more than 6.3 million Danish people. They examined the cardiovascular risks of starting Voltaren (diclofenac) compared with starting Advil…

Opioid Prescribing Relatively High for Sprained Ankles

A quarter of patients who went to the hospital for a sprained ankle ended up leaving with a prescription for an opioid, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania examined private insurance claims for 31,000 patients 18 and over who had sprained their ankle. Of that…

In Defense of Pain

A NIH task force is about to discuss best practices for pain management amid the nation’s opioid crisis. Meanwhile, the AMA wants pain removed as the “fifth vital sign.” What’s happening here? Pain is under attack. The AMA (American Medical Association) wants pain removed as the “fifth vital sign.” Doctors…

Can Opioids Be Replaced in Treating Chronic Pain?

Researchers are testing a potential replacement for opioids for chronic pain. A team at Japan’s Okayama University has discovered that the compound clodronate may relieve pain with few side effects. According to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, clodronate obstructs the triggers for chronic pain while producing few…

Celebrex As Safe As OTC Pain Meds, But Should You Still Take It?

Celebrex, a prescription pain medication in the same class as Vioxx, which was pulled from the market in 2004 over cardiovascular concerns, is as safe as over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications. However, you may want to think twice before switching from Advil or Aleve to Celebrex. The somewhat surprising finding is…

Who’s to Blame for Addiction?

A documentary filmmaker uses the death of his brother, a WWE star, as the starting point to look at the hows and whys of opioid addiction. I’m not a big documentary fan, but I was drawn in by the title “Prescription Thugs” (released in theaters January 22, 2016 and now available…

Increased risk of homicide linked with use of certain painkillers

Researchers in Finland analyzed data on the impact that prescription drug use had on 959 convicted murderers, prior to them committing murder. One such drug, benzodiazepines, used to treat anxietyand insomnia, increased the likelihood by 45% that a person would commit a homicide. The greatest increase was associated with opiate painkillers, which…

Narcotic Painkiller Use Tied to Higher Risk for Depression

High doses of powerful narcotic painkillers, such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, appear to be linked to a higher risk of depression in patients, according to research published in the journal Pain. Although the study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect, people who used higher doses of narcotic painkillers to manage their pain were…

Certain Painkillers Tied to Raised Risk of Death After Stroke

In a large study from Denmark — based on more than 100,000 people hospitalized for a first stroke between 2004 and 2012 — investigators wanted to see if the painkillers affected recovery from a stroke. The researchers found that use of Celebrex prior to hospitalization for ischemic stroke was associated…