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Skin reaction warning added to Excedrin Migraine over-the-counter pain reliever

Safety labels of over-the-counter pain reliever Excedrin Migraine have been updated to include a warning for serious skin reactions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. Symptoms of this allergic reaction include skin reddening, blisters and rash. Consumers who use this medicine and develop a skin reaction are advised to stop use and seek medical attention right away. Excedrine Migraine contains 250 mg acetaminophen, 250 mg aspirin and 65 mg caffeine. This combination of drugs is used to treat pain caused by tension headaches, migraine headaches, muscle aches, menstrual cramps, arthritis, toothaches, the common cold, and nasal congestion. In 2013, ... Read More

FDA panel split on heart risks with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Two Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committees were split on whether data from an analysis of multiple clinical trials showed an increased risk of cardiovascular events in people using common painkillers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The FDA’s Arthritis Advisory Committee and Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee met jointly to review data and determine whether naproxen was less dangerous to the heart than other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and Celebrex, as the journal The Lancet suggested. Naproxen is sold as a prescription drug under the name Naprosyn and over-the-counter under the brand name Aleve. Ibuprofen is ... Read More

Study links statins to increased risk of muscle pain, sprains, strains

Cholesterol-lowering statins like Lipitor may cause more muscle problems that previously thought. A new study suggests people taking the commonly prescribed class of drugs may be more likely to suffer from muscle pain, sprains or strains. Previous studies have linked the medication to muscle weakness, a muscle inflammation known as myositis, elevated levels of the muscle enzyme creatine kinase (CPK), as well as a rare muscle wasting disease known as rhabdomyolysis. The new study, conducted by researchers with the VA North Texas Health Care System in Dallas, found that statin users were about 10 percent more likely to have muscle pain, ... Read More

Old aspirin-type drug might help manage blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics

An old aspirin-like drug called salsalate could help control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, involved 286 diabetics. The group was given pills to take every day for nearly a year. Half were given salsalate and the other half were given placebo pills. During the course of the study, those in the salsalate group had lower blood sugar levels and some were even able to reduce the dose of their diabetes medication. Salsalate is a prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID, that has been on ... Read More

High doses of NSAIDs put users at risk of heart attacks, strokes

Millions of people take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat mild to moderate pain, but new research shows the medication may put users at risk for heart attacks and strokes. NSAIDs are in a class of painkillers that includes the medications aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen. They are sold over-the-counter in both generic version and brand names such as Advil, Motrin and Aleve. Prescription NSAIDs are also available. The most common side effects associated with the drugs includes stomach upset and ulcers. They may also interfere with kidney function. The new study showed that high doses of these drugs taken regularly can increase ... Read More

FDA warns of deaths, strokes, associated with dietary supplement

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to use Reumofan Plus and Reumofan Plus Premium, dietary supplements that claim to treat arthritis, muscle pain, osteoporosis, bone cancer and other conditions, because of reports that some people have died or suffered serious health problems after taking the pills. The FDA says it has received dozens of adverse event reports ranging from strokes, liver injury, severe bleeding, sudden worsening of glucose control, weight gain, swelling, leg cramps, withdrawal syndrome, and adrenal suppression from people who have used Reumofan Plus and Reumofan Plus Premium. The FDA urges consumers who have ... Read More

Knee, hip replacement surgery puts older adults at risk for heart attack

People who are older than 60 who undergo knee or hip replacement surgery are at risk of having a heart attack in the weeks immediately following surgery, a new study shows. One in 200 older patients experience a heart attack in the six weeks following hip surgery, and 1 in 500 experience a heart attack in the six weeks following knee surgery. Elderly patients over the age of 80 are at greater risk. The study does not prove the surgeries cause heart attacks, but doctors speculate the stress of undergoing surgery and the disruption of the flow of blood and oxygen ... Read More

Vitamin pills recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination

Standard Process is recalling three dietary supplements because the tablets may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled products include: • Cataplex ACP (Product number 0700 and 0750) Lot 114 • Cataplex C (Product number 1650 1655) Lot 114 • Pancreatrophin PMG (Product number 6650) Lot 114 The tablets were distributed in 60 cc and 200 cc amber glass bottles with Best Used By (BUB) dates of 5/13 indicated on both the bottles and the boxes. No other products or lot numbers are affected. Cataplex ACP is a vitamin pill that contains complex vitamins such as A and C. It also ... Read More

Dietary supplement recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination

Botanical Laboratories is recalling more than 300 bottles of liquid dietary supplements because of possible Salmonella contamination. The recall affects specific lots of “Digestive 3 in 1 Health” nutritional supplements in both 33.8-ounce and 16-ounce bottles. The product is designed to balance the digestive system and promote gentle regularity. The recall was issued after a supplier informed Botanical Laboratories that one of the ingredients in the compound could be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with Salmonella ... Read More

Body realignment could eliminate need for hip replacement surgery

More than a half a million hip and knee replacements are performed in the United States each year, and the numbers are growing. One doctor suggests many surgeries could have been avoided if peoples’ bodies were better aligned. Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent form of arthritis and now the No. 1 cause of pain and disability in the United States. Treatment is often hip or knee replacement surgery. But many of the prostheses used to repair damaged joints need to be replaced in 10 to 15 years. Some fail just months after implantation. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration is reviewing ... Read More