painkillers

  1. Painkillers useless at least a third of the time

    The EMERGENCY secret to pain relief!

    Doctors have been ordered to CUT the number of patients taking dangerous opioid drugs and STOP giving them out for minor aches and pains.

    Are they doing it?

    NOPE!

    It’s a shame, because there are better ways to beat pain. In a moment, I’ll let you in on a secret that some sharp-eyed emergency-room docs have already spotted when it comes to relief from even the most agonizing aches.

    First, a new study shows how too many docs take the opposite approach.

    Nearly 1 in 3 opioid prescriptions in outpatient clinics list NO medical reason for the drugs.

    No injury. No surgery. No chronic pain conditions. Nothing.

    Since the docs won’t list the reasons, we can only guess why they’re prescribing the drugs.

    Maybe some are just plain lousy at keeping records.

    But I’d be willing to bet that many know they’re giving the drugs out for conditions where they DON’T work and SHOULDN’T be prescribed.

    And they KNOW how bad it’ll look to write that down.

    A 2015 study, for example, found that opioids are no better than plain old over-the-counter NSAIDs for severe low back pain. A 2016 analysis of 20 studies reached pretty much the same conclusion.

    Yet docs keep giving opioids for back pain!

    And that’s not all.

    Up to 30 percent of arthritis patients are given opioids despite the fact that the drugs often don’t work very well. And even when they do, patients quickly build tolerance.

    That means that you need higher and higher doses for the same relief -- exactly how you get to overdose levels, even if you don’t think of yourself as an “addict.”

    It’s the same story with other conditions, from headaches to injuries. Even in emergency rooms – where pain is often at is absolute worst – opioids have flunked.

    But there IS something that has worked in ERs, and it could work for you, too: “emergency acupuncture.”

    In at least two studies, this needle therapy actually beat opioids!

    Yet mainstream docs routinely REJECT acupuncture – claiming that it can’t possibly work -- and GIVE opioids, even when they are unable or unwilling to document WHY they’re prescribing them.

    If that’s not a sign of how these docs are simply clueless when it comes to pain, I don’t know what is.

    The reality is that many offer opioid drugs as a quick fix because they don’t have to time to figure out the real cause of pain conditions. Even if they did, I’d bet that many of them would lack the skills.

    Harsh? Yes. But true.

    If you’re battling ongoing or chronic pain, don’t let some doc pass you a prescription and consider his job done. Work to get the cause under control instead.

    As well, consider treatments that a mainstream doc might reject -- including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, and other proven non-drug therapies.

  2. Painkillers given too often in the ER

    Beat emergency pain with NO drugs at all!

    Sometimes, I can't believe the sorry state of mainstream medicine.

    Mainstream docs are all stunned right now over a new report that could -- finally! -- chase dangerous opioid painkillers out of emergency rooms for good.

    That would be a major advance, as the ER is too often where people get started on these addictive drugs and too often where they go when they're in desperate need of more.

    Now, the new report finds there's something just as effective.

    Just pop a Tylenol and a Motrin.

    Now, I'm not going to dispute that it works.

    Of course it works, and the new study confirms it: Patients in emergency rooms with moderate to severe pain were randomly given either a mix of ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) or a mix of acetaminophen and an opioid such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, or codeine.

    Two hours after treatment, they all had the same levels of pain relief.

    So, that's a big win for shifting patients away from opioids -- but this isn't some kind of big breakthrough.

    We already know all of this!

    It's been studied so extensively that the National Safety Council has called the mix of ibuprofen and acetaminophen "one of the strongest pain reliever combinations available" and "clearly more efficacious" than opioids.

    Yet that hasn't stopped ER docs from giving out opioids like they are candy canes at Christmas parties, which is why they're all pretending to be stunned by the new study.

    Obviously, if you're in extreme pain in an ER, you're not inclined to argue with the doctors no matter what they offer.

    You'll take whatever they give you, and you'll probably be grateful for it.

    But neither option is ideal.

    While acetaminophen and ibuprofen are far safer than opioids, they do come with some risks, especially if you keep taking them for any period of time once you get back home.

    Acetaminophen can kick your right in the kidneys and liver. It's so damaging that overdose is the nation's leading cause of acute liver failure. Ibuprofen isn't much better, as it can lead to painful gut bleeding and, over the long term, may even lead to heart problems.

    So, let me clue these ER docs in on something that's even more effective, comes with zero risks, and requires NO medication at all.

    No opioids. No Tylenol. No Motrin.

    The answer... is acupuncture.

    I know it sounds crazy, but it's proven to work even in the extreme stress of the ER -- in some cases, even better than the supposedly powerful opioid drugs.

    Not many hospitals have an acupuncturist on staff -- yet -- but if they want to get serious about cutting back on pain pills, maybe it's time to start hiring.

    And if you have your own pain problems, don't wait for an emergency to seek help. Consider visiting an acupuncturist instead.

  3. Painkillers linked to killer risks

    Urgent new painkiller warning> When you've got pain, you want relief... and when the pain is bad, you almost don't care how you get it. Well, friend, it's time to care -- it's time to care a lot -- because a new study exposes the frightening toll of prescription opioid use. These drugs are so widely overused now that opioids...
  4. Painkillers linked to heart risk

    When your 'safe' painkiller packs a killer risk Not too long ago, Vioxx was the biggest thing in medicine. Seemed like EVERYONE with pain was taking it. You know what happened next. This ugly drug (a.k.a. rofecoxib) turned out to increase the risk of heart attack so much that it was eventually yanked off the U.S. market. Well, friend, maybe...
  5. Painkillers linked to cardiac arrest

    NSAID painkillers can stop your heart Here's the BIG problem with most drug research: The folks who take part in the studies are almost certainly nothing at all like you. Big Pharma doesn't like testing meds on the older patients who will actually end up using them. They're much harder to treat, and far more likely to suffer from side...
  6. Painkillers linked to hearing loss

    Painkillers used daily by millions of Americans can cause hearing loss, especially in older women.
  7. NSAIDs can cause leaky gut syndrome

    Regular use of NSAID painkillers can wreck the intestine and increase the risk of leaky gut, a dangerous disorder that can damage the immune system.
  8. Common painkillers linked to atrial fibrillation

    Common NSAID painkillers can increase your risk of atrial fibrillation, according to new research.
  9. Acetaminophen boosts ADHD risk

    Acetaminophen isn't safe during pregnancy after all, as new research confirms that it can harm brain development in the baby and increase the risk of ADHD later on.
  10. Painkillers make flu stronger

    Common painkillers can make the flu virus stronger and help it to spread more easily, a new study finds.
  11. Drug companies buy a seat at the FDA table

    Drug companies paid up to $35,000 each to attend meetings where they could influence FDA decision-makers.
  12. Prescription drug abuse in women

    The number of women who die of prescription drug overdoses has quadrupled in recent years -- and most of those deaths are from painkillers, according to new numbers.
  13. 1 in 8 seniors fighting memory problems

    New numbers show 1 in 8 Americans over 60 are battling brain fog. Here's your guide to making sure you're not one of them.
  14. Common drugs lead to deadly addiction

    Prescription meds such as the opioid painkillers commonly given to seniors kill more Americans than illegal drugs.
  15. Common pain meds increase risk after heart attack

    Some of the most commonly used painkillers can increase the risk of a heart attack or even death in patients who've already had a heart attack.
  16. Dementia might not be dementia at all

    Many cases of dementia aren't dementia at all -- they're drug side effects or other diseases, and they're often reversible.
  17. Steroids for back pain fall short

    It's one of the most common conditions in the country -- but no matter how many times your doctor has seen it, he still doesn't know the first thing about treating it. I'm talking about back pain.
  18. Take two chickens and call me in the morning

    It's the Buy-One-Get-One-Free special stores don't advertise: Buy some chicken, get some meds for free. And just to make it more convenient for everyone, the drugs aren't in their own package -- they're already inside the chicken.
  19. How seniors get hooked on painkillers

    One minute, you're a healthy and active senior who wouldn't dream of popping an Advil, much less a powerful prescription painkiller. The next, you're a certified addict who can't get through the day without an opioid drug.
  20. Medical marijuana can limit pain meds

    This one's bound to make some pretty big waves: Yet another new study backs marijuana for medicinal purposes in a big way.

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