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  • Spironolactone: Review of a ‘Water Pill’ [hide all summaries]
    (March 2017)
    Spironolactone is a diuretic (water pill) that has been used for decades to treat certain patients with high blood pressure, heart failure, swelling (water retention) and other conditions. Find out who is most likely to benefit from using this drug and who should avoid it because of its dangerous adverse effects.
  • Responsible Disposal of Prescription Drugs [hide all summaries]
    (May 2016)
    For various reasons, many prescribed medications go unused. Such leftover medications can pose a hazard to family members, especially young children, and the environment. Find out the best ways to safely dispose of unused prescription medications.
  • The FDA Must Restrict the Use of Prescription Narcotic Hydrocodone [hide all summaries]
    (March 2013)
    Find out why the most commonly prescribed drug of any kind in the U.S., hydrocodone, needs tighter restrictions to prevent emergency room visits, overdose deaths and other serious consequences of its massive overuse. Production and use of hydrocodone in this country amounts to 99 percent of that for the entire world. Is the rest of the world wrong and we are right?
  • 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.
  • Drug Mix-Ups [hide all summaries]
    (June 2011)
    This article lists 355 drugs with names that are often confused with similar-sounding drug names. Find out what you can do to prevent getting the wrong drug.
  • Drug-Induced Cognitive Impairment: Part One [hide all summaries]
    (March 2009)
    The article lists 57 different drugs that can cause dementia if used. This can be even more problematic if more than one of these drugs is being taken. These drugs are only one class of drugs that can cause mental deterioration and next month's issue will discuss additional drugs that can also impair thinking.
  • 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.
  • Life-Threatening Adverse Effects and Deaths Reported in Patients Using Methadone (DOLOPHINE) for Pain Relief [hide all summaries]
    (February 2007)
    Deaths, cardiac and respiratory, have been reported during initiation and conversion of pain patients to methadone treatment from treatment with other opioid agonists. Because methadone has some of the effects of other narcotics, do not stop the drug without consulting the prescriber because of the possibility of serious and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
  • 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.

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