Buying prescription medications over the Internet

You need to know: Use of the Internet to buy medical products is growing rapidly There could be potential dangers There are resources to help you make good decisions In the old days, the pharmacy was that store down the street with the pharmacist who called you by name.  Now, more and more people use… Read more »

Caution: More web sites selling drugs

In December 2009, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) announced that it had reviewed over 5,200 web sites selling prescription medications. Of these sites reviewed, 96% were out of compliance with U.S. pharmacy laws and practice standards. The NABP web site lists over 5,000 “Not Recommended” sites. It is eye opening to read the reports and to… Read more »

What you should know about acetaminophen

Acetaminophen is a medication that is commonly recommended for people with pain, and is available over-the-counter (OTC). It is sometimes combined with other medications, such as opioids, and a prescription is needed. Acetaminophen is generally regarded as safe and effective with relatively few side effects. In fact, depending on your symptoms and medical history, your… Read more »

Important things to know about nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are familiar to most of us and are often very effective for people with pain resulting from arthritis. Not only do they help to reduce pain, they can help to decrease swelling and inflammation as well. Depending on your symptoms, medical history, and other factors, an NSAID may be your health… Read more »

When a family member misuses prescription drugs

Prescription drug misuse: A problem for the whole family Nancy takes prescription pain medication for chronic pain.  She and her husband frequently have their children and grandchildren stay at their vacation house. After a weekend visit Nancy’s husband tells her that one of their teenage grandchildren may be abusing drugs.  What thoughts go through her… Read more »

Get moving with the whole family

Most health care providers agree that staying physically active is a good thing for people who are living with chronic pain.   While people may think “if it hurts, rest it,” many pain specialists advise that people with chronic pain participate in some form of regular physical activity.  This is because when the parts of the… Read more »

Frequently asked questions about alcohol and pain medications

People with chronic pain should learn the facts about alcohol and how it can interact with pain medication, even if they only drink occasionally. Here are some things that are important to know: Combining alcohol with some pain medications can cause serious and unexpected health problems, and sometimes can even lead to death.  They both have the… Read more »

How to evaluate health-related research

Did you ever hear about the possibility that some childhood vaccines might cause autism? This claim was based on a study that was published in The Lancet – a reliable British medical journal – in 1998. Unfortunately, it took until 2010 before The Lancet finally removed the study from the medical literature, saying that the author’s results were based… Read more »

The facts about weight loss myths

For many people, losing weight helps them manage their chronic pain.  Losing weight can help ease the burden on muscles and bones, and can be especially helpful for people with back pain or pain from osteoarthritis.  Unfortunately, there are many weight-loss myths that can make it hard to try to lose weight.  Here are some… Read more »

Adding fun to your life

When people are in pain, the last thing on their mind may be how to plan to do something enjoyable. They may withdraw from social events and reduce their level of activity. Some people stop being active simply because they fear it will cause more pain. Others want to save their energy for accomplishing what they… Read more »