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  • Opioids [hide all summaries]
    Most of the time when someone is able to swallow, they should first try a non-opioid drug such as aspirin taken by mouth. If aspirin alone is not effective, it can be combined with an opioid, such as codeine. These two drugs work in different ways, and when they are used together, they generally relieve pain that would otherwise require a higher dose of an opioid, while causing fewer adverse effects.

Worst Pills, Best Pills Newsletter Articles

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  • Long-Acting Opioids: Extra Caution Needed [hide all summaries]
    (December 2015)
    In this article, we review new evidence suggesting that long-acting opioids are associated with a higher risk of unintentional life-threatening over¬doses than short-acting forms of these drugs.
  • Updates: Pain, High Cholesterol and ADHD Drugs [hide all summaries]
    (June 2013)
    These updates provide new information that has become available since we published our last articles regarding these three categories of drugs.
  • FDA Should Change Labels On Opioid Painkillers to Deter Misprescribing [hide all summaries]
    (September 2012)
    The article reviews a recent petition to the FDA seeking improvements on the labels of prescription opioids (narcotics). The label change would prevent drug companies from promoting these drugs for noncancer pain for dangerously long periods of time, at doses that are too high, and for uses other than severe pain in noncancer patients. The petition was signed by 37 public health experts, including leaders in the fields of pain medicine, addiction and primary care; the health commissioners of New York City and New York state; and Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.
  • Bupropion Drug Interactions [hide all summaries]
    (October 2010)
    Bupropion is used to treat depression (brand name: WELLBUTRIN) and to aid smoking cessation (brand name: ZYBAN). The drug has a number of potentially dangerous interactions, some of which are quite different from typical antidepressant interactions.
  • Oxycodone: Be Careful What You Take With It [hide all summaries]
    (September 2009)
    The article lists 24 drugs that can increase the toxicity of oxycodone if taken together with the drug and 11 other drugs that can weaken its effectiveness as a painkiller if they are simutaneously used.
  • Codeine: The Drug With Multiple Personalities [hide all summaries]
    (June 2008)
    Codeine is routinely converted to morphine in the body in order for it to be an effective painkiller. The metabolism of codeine to morphine takes place through the actions of an enzyme in the liver. The article explains how various drugs and or a person's genetic makeup can greatly influence the conversion of codeine to morphine, making its pain-relieving properties too week if not enough conversion occurs and resulting in what amounts to an overdose at the recommended dose if the conversion to morphine is too rapid. Fourteen drugs that inhibit the conversion to morphine are listed in the article.
  • Adverse Reactions to Cough and Cold Meds Sent 1500 Babies to the Emergency Room in 2004, 2005 [hide all summaries]
    (March 2007)
    Prescription and over-the-counter cough and cold medications should not be used in children younger than 2 years of age. For example, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement advising that parents should be told that efficacy of the cough suppressants codeine and dextromethorphan in young children was unproven, and that there is a potential for adverse drug reactions.
  • Drugs That Can Cause Headache From Their Overuse [hide all summaries]
    (October 2004)
    A high frequency of drug intake to manage headache pain may mean that you have a condition known as medication overuse headache (MOH). According to the International Headache Society, MOH may exist when the following criteria are fulfilled: (1) there is headache on 15 or more days a month; (2) pain characteristics are dull, and of light to moderate intensity on both sides of the head; (3) drug intake includes ergots, triptans and opioids (these drugs are discussed below) for 10 or more days per month, simple painkillers 15 days or more for a minimum of 3 months; and (4) the headache disappears after withdrawal.
  • Drug Induced Psychiatric Symptoms [hide all summaries]
    (October 2002)
    This is the first of a two part series on drug induced psychiatric symptoms that is based on the July 8, 2002 issue of The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics. Regular readers of Worst Pills, Best Pills News will recognize The Medical Letter as a reference source written for physicians and pharmacists that we often use because of its reputation as an objective and independent source of drug information. The article lists the drugs and their psychiatric adverse effects.

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