Probuphine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the maintenance treatment of dependence

On May 26th of 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Probuphine for the maintenance treatment of dependence. This is great news for those on 8 mg or less daily of buprorphine! The Probuphine Implant provides patients with six months of slow-release, steady levels of buprenorphine. The Probuphine Implant was created …

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Leg Pain? Could be a Warning Sign

Leg pain can signal something much, much more serious –like an impending heart attack or stroke. Atherosclerosis occurs when leg arteries carrying oxygenated blood partially clog because LDLs (“bad” cholesterol) accumulates on artery walls. The body dispatches white blood cells to clear out the cholesterol, but the cells can get …

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Weather Not to Blame For Pain

Bad weather can get you down, but it doesn’t make your back hurt or cause joint pain. Good weather doesn’t make help, either – and those aches and pains tend not to be relieved by over-the-counter pain medications. That’s the conclusion of new research coming out of Australia, which tracked …

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Dysfunctional Thyroid and Pain

Have pain, stiffness, tenderness or swelling in your muscles, tendons and joints? The source of it sometimes can originate in your throat – your thyroid gland, to be precise. “If your thyroid isn’t functioning properly, you can experience higher pain levels,” notes Dr. Rey Ximenes of Balcones Pain Consultants. “This …

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Medicare Adopts CDC Opioid Rules

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are about to take voluntary “Big Brother” guidelines proposed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one step further. CMS plans to mandate pharmacists to report doctors who may be overprescribing opioids, as well as patients who may …

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Opioids and Hormone Levels

Misuse of prescription opioid painkillers such as Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin is growing at an alarming rate in the U.S., leading to addiction and, increasingly, use of cheaper, dangerous alternatives such as heroin. Opioids may also cause another serious problem: abnormal levels of hormones such as testosterone (the primary male …

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Ketamine for Depression

“Special K” is turning into something much more special than initially thought. Ketamine (it’s proper name) use to be misused as a so-called “club drug” that caused hallucinations. But recently, medical research showed that, in very small, properly calculated doses, it can alleviate migraine pain for up to several weeks …

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Opiate Overdose Antidote (Naloxone) Price Gouging

It’s like déjà vu all over again. Kaiser Health News reports that an increasingly popular, life-saving medication – this time, an antidote for opioid overdoses – is dramatically increasing in price. Fortunately, our pharmacy, GenoRite, has a more reasonably priced alternative called Opi Aid. Remember the AIDS treatment with a …

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