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When “Sometimes” Is Not An Option

When we use drugs prescribed by doctors, we take for granted that they will help us get over an illness or improve some negative medical condition which we are experiencing. Sometimes though, prescribed medicines we take to make us better have serious negative side effects. You need to know what these are.

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The Risks of Prenatal Opioid Use & Exposure

Prenatal opioid exposure is a growing public health crisis, yet there has been limited data concerning the effects of opioids on developing children. A recent study presented at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) found that prenatal exposure to opioids may alter connectivity in the area of the brain that regulates emotions.

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FDA Approves Invokana for Diabetic Kidney Disease and Heart Failure Risks

The FDA has approved Invokana to reduce end-stage kidney disease, decreased kidney function, cardiovascular health and heart failure in adult patients living with Type 2 diabetes and diabetic kidney disease (nephropathy). Invokana is an SGLT2 inhibitor associated with amputation and diabetic ketoacidosis risks.

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Suddenly Stopping Opioid Use Could Be Deadly

At the height of the opioid epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released prescription guidelines with the goal of reducing addiction and overdoses. They recommended lessening the dose and number of pills prescribed, yet some doctors decided to cut off patients immediately, without factoring in withdrawal and other side effects.

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Are Some Doctors More Likely to Prescribe Opioids?

Results of a recent study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health found that, when a pharmaceutical company offers gifts and other perks to a doctor, he or she has a higher incidence of prescribing opioids.

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