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  • Important Questions About Shingles [hide all summaries]
    (June 2016)
    Shingles is a very common disease caused by the chicken (herpes zoster) virus. Elderly adults are particularly vulnerable to developing this painful and sometimes debilitating condition. Learn the facts about shingles and how you can lower your risk of developing it.
  • New Study Reveals Many Patients at Risk for Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Interactions [hide all summaries]
    (July 2015)
    Recent research revealed that many patients consume alcohol while using drugs that may can cause dangerous side effects when combined with alcohol. Read this article to learn about the many ways alcohol can adversely interact with prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • Eight Treatments Commonly Used for Osteoarthritis Pain [hide all summaries]
    (July 2015)
    Patients with osteoarthritis have many treatment options. Find out which ones are safest for relieving osteoarthritis pain.
  • Overusing Medications Can Cause Headaches [hide all summaries]
    (March 2013)
    What kind of headache is not relieved by pain medications but actually caused by their frequent overuse? The article describes which painkillers can cause medication overuse headaches (MOH) when used too frequently over specified durations of time.
  • 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.
  • Accidental Child Poisoning From Medications: A Growing Epidemic [hide all summaries]
    (February 2012)
    What kinds of prescription and over-the-counter products are responsible for the unintentional ingestion of these drugs by children? Such poisonings result in the hospitalization, admission to intensive care units and injury of thousands of children a year. How can they be prevented?
  • Another Chapter in the Long History of Exposing the Dangers of the Most Popular Drug in America [hide all summaries]
    (July 2009)
    This article documents how long it has taken the FDA to fully implement a recommendation from its own advisory committee 32 years ago stating that: "Do not exceed the recommended dosage [acetaminophen--as in Tylenol] because severe liver damage may occur." Other countries have done more.
  • Drug-Induced Eye Toxicity: 62 Drugs That Can Cause Eye Disease [hide all summaries]
    (April 2008)
    This article, based on a recent review in Drug Safety, lists 62 prescription drugs that can cause eye disease. The range of drug-induced eye diseases includes diseases of the eyelids, glaucoma, cataracts, retinal damage and optic nerve damage. As is true for drug-induced diseases in other parts of the body, you should consider newly developed eye symptoms beginning shortly after starting a new medication to be possibly drug-induced and consult a physician.
  • 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.
  • New Study Links Signs of Possible Liver Damage to Lower Doses of Acetaminophen (TYLENOL), Supporting Previous Research [hide all summaries]
    (September 2006)
    The authors of the study commented that their review of previously published medical studies supports their observations that some healthy adult patients in clinical trials developed ALT elevations when repeatedly treated with four grams of acetaminophen daily,which is within the recommended dosage range for the drug.
  • Increasing Number of Acute Liver Failure Cases Linked to Acetaminophen (TYLENOL) [hide all summaries]
    (February 2006)
    Research published in the December 2005 issue of the medical journal Hepatology found that the annual percentage of potentially fatal acute liver failure (ALF) cases caused by acetaminophen (TYLENOL) rose from 28 percent in 1998 to 51 percent in 2003. The article discusses the problem of alcohol and Tylenol with recommendations.
  • 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.
  • FDA Caves In to Industry, Fails to Adequately Address Acetaminophen (TYLENOL) Overdoses [hide all summaries]
    (November 2002)
    Most of us remember the 1982 debacle in which Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide were held responsible for seven deaths. These tragic events led to a reimagining of tamper-resistant drug packages. This article discusses overdoses.

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  • FDA Caves In to Industry, Fails to Adequately Address Tylenol Overdoses [hide all summaries]
    (November 2002)
    Most of us remember the 1982 debacle in which Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide were held responsible for seven deaths. These tragic events led to a reimagining of tamper-resistant drug packages. Yet a far greater Tylenol-related tragedy has been unfolding before and since 1982—preventable deaths due to overdoses from acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol and many other prescription and over-the-counter drugs) and the resultant liver damage. In fact, acetaminophen is the leading cause of toxic drug ingestions in the U.S.

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