Pain Medication Updates

The NIH has developed a site to educate providers and patients regarding the use of opioid and other pain medications:

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/may2014/nida-21.htm

 

There has been renewed concern about the risk of liver damage from acetaminophen, especially with high doses or when combined with alcohol. Acetaminophen can be found in Tylenol, Vicodin, Percocet, Norco and many other products. For more information for patients or providers go to:

Reference:
1.
United States Department of Health and Human Services. FDA drug safety communication. Food and Drug Administration Web site. http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm239821.htm. Accessed July 16, 2012.

 

Hydrocodone pain medications have been reclassified as schedule II drugs. For more information go to:

http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/ama-wire/ama-wire/post/6-things-need-hydrocodone-reclassification