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In this month’s Question & Answer feature, we respond to a reader’s question asking about our recommended alternatives to the opioid analgesic tramadol (CONZIP, ULTRACET, ULTRAM), which we have designated as Do Not Use.
Although impaired driving usu¬ally is caused by alcohol or marijuana, many commonly used prescription and over-the-counter medications also can impair one’s ability to drive safely. Learn about several classes of medications that can cause this serious problem to protect yourself, your passengers and others who share the road with you.
In this month’s news brief, we discuss Public Citizen’s recent petition to the FDA to move the opioid tramadol to a more restrictive classification of controlled substances because it is overprescribed, often misused, highly addictive and potentially deadly.
The FDA has approved five medications for treatment of cold sores — sometimes referred to as fever blisters, oral herpes or herpes labialis. Find out which of these drugs offer the most benefit.
Read about the many prescription medications that can interact in dangerous ways with lithium, the drug of choice for treating bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression.
In this article, we summarize the results of a recent research study showing that use of medications that have depression as a potential adverse effect is very common. We also identify some of the many prescription medications that can cause depression symptoms, including suicidal thoughts or behavior.
For years, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group has designated tramadol as a Do Not Use drug. We discuss results of a new study providing an additional reason for avoiding tramadol: The drug has been linked to the occurrence of dangerously low blood sugar.
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.
Australian drug regulatory authorities have received 171 reports of suspected adverse reactions with the pain drugs tramadol (ULTRAM) or tramadol in combination with acetaminophen (ULTRACET) since Ultram began being marketed in Australia in late 1998. In six of these reports, a very serious adverse reaction known as the serotonin syndrome was listed as the adverse reaction.