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DISEASE AND DRUG FAMILY INFORMATION

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Opioids
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.

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WORST PILLS, BEST PILLS NEWSLETTER ARTICLES

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How to Dispose of Unused Opioids and Other High-Risk Drugs Safely
October 2019
Unused, unneeded or expired drugs in homes present a number of risks, including intentional or accidental overdose in humans (particularly young children). Learn how to safely dispose of these drugs.
Opioids and Benzodiazepines: A Deadly Combination
September 2016
Readers of Worst Pills, Best Pills News are aware that all benzodiazepine tranquilizers and sleeping pills, except for alprazolam (XANAX) and clonazepam (KLONOPIN), are now considered Do Not Use drugs. In this article, we explain why combining these drugs with opioid painkillers could kill you.
Long-Acting Opioids: Extra Caution Needed
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.
FDA Should Change Labels On Opioid Painkillers to Deter Misprescribing
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.
Drug-induced Cognitive Impairment: Part 2: Delirium and Dementia
April 2009
This second article about drug-induced dementia or delirium lists and discusses an additional 79 drugs that can cause these reversible kinds of mental deterioration. The two articles collectively review 136 drugs that can cause these serious side effects, especially in older people.
When Drinking Alcohol Causes “Dose-Dumping” in a Widely-used Painkiller
September 2005
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked the maker of the long-acting potent narcotic, or opiate, painkiller hydromorphone (PALLADONE) to remove the drug from the market because of a potentially fatal interaction with alcohol. If you are now taking Palladone, Avinza, or Kadian you should talk to your physician immediately to discuss alternative treatment.