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Dangers of Opioid Medicines

Debra Murray

There are prescription drugs, and then there are the heavy hitters. When it comes to moderate to severe chronic pain, sometimes prescription opioid medication might feel like the only thing that actually works - but what exactly are opioids? If they are such an effective pain reliever, how dangerous could they be? What are Opioids? Opioids are a category of opium-related drugs ranging from natural to synthetic. Natural compounds extracted directly from the opium plant are called opiates, under which morphine and codeine are classified. From these opiates, semi-synthetic substances are derived, like the illicit drug heroin and the commonly prescribed hydrocodone...

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Dangers of Prescription Sleep Narcotics

Debra Murray

  Increasing numbers of the American population use prescription sleeping pills to get a better night's sleep. However, a recent study was released showing a correlation between the use of prescription sleeping pills and the risk of death. Though you may sometimes ignore side effect warnings for medication, risk of death is something that demands attention.    The study was done from 2002 to 2007 with over 10,500 participants by the University of California, San Diego. Naturally, there was a control group, and the sleeping medications covered the most popular in use. The conclusion of the study was alarming. The author of the report that was released...

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Drug Store Pain Pills Can Increase High Blood Pressure

Debra Murray

  For the most part, medications available for purchase at stores are safe for most people to use moderately when necessary. However, it appears that taking over-the-counter pain relievers can raise blood pressure. Even persons who have normal blood pressure levels can experience an increase when using non-prescription pain remedies, but the effect can be dangerous for those who are already diagnosed with high blood pressure issues.    The Common Cure Over-the-counter pain relievers are the most commonly used medications that can be purchased at nearly any store. They are taken for a variety of reasons, including fever reduction and for relief of...

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How to Achieve Pain Relief Without Prescription Drugs

Debra Murray

There are several reasons that prescription pain medicine should be avoided whenever possible. First of all, it is highly addicting. Many people get hooked on it after they innocently take it as their doctor suggests. Also, this type of medication gets processed through the liver, which can get damaged over time from it. And lastly, it is easy to build up a tolerance to pain medications. Those who use them are often forced to take higher doses of them or switch to stronger types of pain medications, since they don't work as well anymore. Because of these reasons, many doctors recommend that...

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Beware the Risks of OTC Drugs

Debra Murray

Questions You Need to Ask (and the Answers) When we are in pain and seek relief we usually do not question the doctor’s advice. We usually take the prescribed drugs or medications as dutifully as a well-trained dog. Patients are paying the price for this blind allegiance resulting in serious side effects, dangerous for some.   Read the warnings Everyday there are advertisements broadcast on television about the serious side effects of some prescribed drugs that make many wonder if they would be better off without that drug ingested into their bodies.   And there are other advertisements advocating lawsuits...

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