Common painkillers (NSAIDs) have dangerous side effects, particularly for patients with some form of heart disease
There can be no doubt that arthritis causes debilitating pain which can have a serious impact on the patient’s quality of life. Experts estimate that over 54 million adults were diagnosed with some form of arthritis between 2013 and 2015, and it is believed that over 78 million – or 26 percent of all adult Americans – will develop this condition by the year 2040. The pain associated with arthritis can be crippling, and it is the single biggest cause of work disability among adults in the United States. Arthritis costs the country more than $300 billion in medical costs and lost wages each year.
It is understandable, therefore, that people who have to deal with arthritic pain often turn to over-the-counter or prescription painkillers to help them cope with their condition. The drugs most commonly prescribed for arthritis pain are known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Unfortunately, many of the patients who take these types of drugs are unaware of their side effects, which can include allergic reactions, difficulty breathing, gastrointestinal ulcers, kidney disease and high blood pressure.
In addition, a collaborative study by researchers from 14 of Europe’s leading universities and hospitals, published in the European Heart Journal back in 2016, found that NSAIDs are associated with a sharp increase in heart attack risk. (Related: Fifteen percent of NSAID users exceed daily limits, risking serious side effects, according to research.)
All NSAIDs – including both newer and older varieties – linked to heart attacks
Researchers have known for some time that newer types of NSAIDs, known as COX-2 inhibitors, are associated with an increase in heart attack risk, and as a result, many of these drugs have been removed from the market. However, the European study found that even older NSAIDs, especially Diclofenac, are just as likely as the newer drugs to cause a heart attack in patients with underlying heart conditions. (Related: Anti-inflammatory drugs make your heart beat faster … and it’s not out of love.)
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“This is worrying, because these older types of medicine are frequently used throughout the western world and in many countries available without prescription,” noted Morten Schmidt of Aarhus University, who took the lead on the project.
Each year, more than 15 per cent of the population in western countries are given a prescription for NSAIDs. This figure increases with age. Sixty per cent of the adult population in Denmark collects at least one prescription for an NSAID within a ten-year period. Heart patients are no exception and previous studies have shown that up to forty per cent of Danish patients with heart failure or previous heart attacks are prescribed NSAIDs.
And, as bad as the consumption of these drugs is in Denmark, many other western countries consume NSAIDs on an even greater scale.
New recommendations for arthritis patients
As a result of this study, the European Society of Cardiology created a new set of recommendations which should be considered by all doctors before they prescribe painkillers to their arthritis patients.
“When doctors issue prescriptions for NSAIDs, they must in each individual case carry out a thorough assessment of the risk of heart complications and bleeding,” said Christian Torp-Pedersen, a professor of cardiology at Denmark’s Aalborg University. “NSAIDs should only be sold over the counter when it comes with an adequate warning about the associated cardiovascular risks. In general, NSAIDs are not to be used in patients who have or are at high-risk of cardiovascular diseases.”
The study authors recommend that milder painkillers and drugs with fewer side effects be prescribed for arthritis patients, particularly those with heart problems. Of course, there is an even safer option: Avoid chemical painkillers altogether and make use of natural pain relief methods like acupuncture that fight pain without causing dangerous side effects. Learn more at Medicine.news.
I look at the big picture of the drug culture in the United States and how widely accepted it is to medicate yourself yet when that doctor prescribed medication leads to addiction or illegal drugs enter into the picture it becomes taboo.
What’s the difference, really? One is government sanctioned while the other remains illegal and therefore underground. Chemical substances that alter the body and the mind (alcohol included) have the same effects – regulated or not.
Listening to the lyrics of the hit song Rx – Medicate by Theory of a Deadman I find myself reflecting on my life and all of the people I have cared about over the years.
Tyler Connolly’s lyrics reflect the state of the opioid crisis here in America as well as it’s overall drug culture. It’s a realistic and sad commentary on just how bad things have become. Nearly anyone you talk to these days has been touched by this in some way – personally, by a friend or a family member.
Drug overdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the United States last year alone, according to the first governmental account of nationwide drug deaths to cover all of 2016. That is up 540% over the last 3 years. Alcohol-Related Deaths: An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually. These numbers are growing and are staggering, killing more people than HIV, Guns, and Car Crashes combined.
As a country? We are literally killing ourselves.
I look back and so many of my friends that I used to go out and have a good time with have fallen prey to addictive behavior that has set their health and lives back at one time or another, hurting relationships, friendships and the people they care about but mostly harming themselves. It makes me feel very sad and at the same time alarmed at what is going on around me.
How did this country get here? While there is no way I can pinpoint a single blanket reason, I do know for sure that the rate at which anti-depressants, mood stabilizers, and painkillers are dispensed like tic-tacs for-profit and kickbacks plays a big part. The list of side effects that are accepted include raised suicide risk and death, how are these medications legalized, to begin with, and who decided that risk of death is worth it?
The other portion of the equation is personal responsibility for your own happiness and mental wellbeing. The message has been pushed loud and clear in media.
“If you aren’t happy, take a pill.”
When the real answer is never found in a pill, it’s found within. Working on your life and on yourself – without chemical interference. Medications in some cases can serve as a temporary band-aid, but they aren’t a cure and worse, they can become a trap.
This isn’t an easy problem. It has become interwoven into our culture. From the outside dealing with someone who is addicted leaves you feeling helpless because no matter what you do or say – you cannot really help. I cannot even imagine being on the other side of the coin.
I don’t have any answers here. Just happened to be listening to Spotify and that song really struck a cord. To anyone dealing with drug or alcohol dependency on any level – I sincerely wish you the very best.
Author: Sarah Barendse
Originally Published: https://sarahbarendse.com/2017/11/06/guess-ill-sit-around-and-medicate-americas-opioid-crisis/
Common painkillers such as ibuprofen and naproxen found to raise the risk of a heart attack within a week of use
A recent study published in the British Medical Journal revealed that some of the most commonly prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), otherwise known as painkillers, may significantly increase the odds of heart attack within a week or a month if high doses were taken. To carry out the study, a team of researchers pooled data from various healthcare databases in countries including Canada, Finland and the U.K. with a total cohort population of nearly 447,000 participants. More than 61,000 of these patients suffered a heart attack.
The research team found that more than 90 percent of all the painkillers assessed were tied to increased risk of heart attack. The health experts also found that the overall risk of heart attack was between 20 to 50 percent higher in NSAID users compared with nonusers. The experts also noted that the risk varied greatly between specific drugs. According to the research team, using ibuprofen and naproxen were associated with a 75 percent higher risk of heart attack, while rofecoxib was tied to more than 100 percent increased odds of the disease. The research team noted that the elevated risk of heart attack starts within a week and persists with longer use and higher doses.
“Given that the onset of risk of acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) occurred in the first week and appeared greatest in the first month of treatment with higher doses, prescribers should consider weighing the risks and benefits of NSAIDs before instituting treatment, particularly for higher doses,” said lead author Michèle Bally of the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre.
“If someone needs to treat occasional pain, fever, or inflammation they should consider all available treatment alternatives and get the help of the health care providers…The bottom line is, don’t treat these drugs like candy just because they’re sold over the counter. Treat them like any medications. Only use them if you really need to, lowest dose possible, for least amount of time,” Bally was quoted in CBSNews.com.
Dr. Mike Knapton, an Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation stressed that people who were either prescribed or were buying the drugs over the counter should be aware of the risks associated with the pain medications.
More studies find link between painkillers, heart attack risk
Previous studies have already established that painkillers may raise the odds of heart attack. An analysis published in the British Medical Journal found that NSAIDs elevate the risk of suffering heart attack, stroke, and subsequent death. As part of the meta-analysis, a team researchers from the Bern University analyzed 31 clinical studies with a total cohort population of more than 116,000 patients. According to the analysis, patients who took rofecoxib and lumiracoxib were twice as likely to suffer heart attack compared with those who took a placebo. The researchers also found that ibuprofen was associated with a threefold increased odds of stroke. In addition, the experts noted that patients who took etoricoxib and diclofenac were up to four times as likely to die of heart attack or stroke. (Related: Learn more about the dangers of painkiller use at Toxins.news)
Another study published in the European Heart Journal showed that commonly used painkillers were associated increased likelihood of cardiac arrest. According to a team of researchers at the University of Copenhagen, ibuprofen may raise the odds of cardiac arrest by 31 percent. The experts also noted that diclofenac was tied to a 50 percent higher risk of cardiac arrest.
In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued strong warning labels against painkiller use, after mounting evidence showed that the drugs may indeed increase the risk of heart attack. According to the FDA, the risk of heart attack may occur in as early as one week, even in those who did not have a history of the condition.
Originally Published: http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-05-14-common-painkillers-such-as-ibuprofen-and-naproxen-found-to-raise-the-risk-of-a-heart-attack-within-a-week-of-use.html
A leading pathologist is warning that one prescription painkiller is causing more deaths than cocaine and heroin.
The expert, Prof. Jack Crane – Northern Ireland’s top pathologist – says Tramadol is currently “claiming more lives than any other drug,” and as such ought to be upgraded to the Class A category. Currently, the drug is listed as a Class C medication in the UK; Class C medications are deemed to be the least harmful.
When taken with other medications or mixed with alcohol, Crane said, the combination can be deadly. The drug is taken by thousands of people every day, the UK’s Daily Mail reported.
Tramadol is used to treat both moderate and severe pain. Its last reclassification in 2014 made it illegal to use without a prescription.
Others claim that the drug is safe if taken appropriately, but Crane still thinks it should be more tightly regulated. “I don’t think that people realise how potentially risky taking Tramadol is,” he told ITV News. “I think it’s because it’s a prescription drug – people assume it’s safe.”
Britain’s deadliest drug
Activists working to get the drug more tightly regulated, say that they believe a rising number of users are trying to get the drug via the black market. Crane says he believes more people will die unless there is a concerted effort by police and government agencies to crack down on illegal sales of Tramadol.
His warning comes on the heels of a report calling for the legalization of cannabis in the UK for medicinal use, the Daily Mail said. The controversial report, which was written by a cross-section of lawmakers and peers from various parties and interest groups, says that the British government should allow people with chronic illnesses to grow their own cannabis under license.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform said it would also like to see companies given permission to import or grow marijuana, as well as having lawmakers cut down legal controls and make it less regulated that most other painkillers.
A separate report in West Briton also quotes Crane, who called Tramadol the UK’s deadliest drug. The report said that in 2014, 240 deaths in Britain were linked to Tramadol.
Currently in the U.S. there is an opioid epidemic, and it, too, is a killer. But, as we reportedin September, U.S. healthcare makes it easier for opioid-addicted patients to get more medications at hospitals.
A report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that 1-in-20 Americans abused prescription painkillers at some point in 2015. The agency found that some 119 million Americans aged 12 and older were on prescription psychotherapeutic medications – a term used in the report in reference to “pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives” – in 2015. The report noted further that painkillers were, by far, the most prescribed and abused.
Obamacare partly to blame for epidemic?
To produce the report, SAMHSA researchers employed an estimate derived from about 68,000 surveys. According to findings, “All estimates (e.g. percentages and numbers) presented in the report are derived from NSDUH [National Survey on Drug Use and Health] survey data.” SAMHSA also noted that the use of such medications over the past year was “fairly common” in the United States, with 44.5 percent of the population claiming to have used them at some point during 2015.
And while most of those who abused opioids and other psychotherapeutic drugs got them from family and friends, the second-most common method for obtaining them was via a primary care provider – either as a prescription or by stealing them from doctor’s offices.
Still others blame Obamacare. Under that law, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services allocates $1.5 billion in Medicare payments as a reward to hospitals based on patient satisfaction surveys. Some questions on survey forms include: “During this hospital stay, how often did the hospital staff do everything they could to help you with your pain?” and, “How often was your pain well controlled?”
So, patient satisfaction surveys, in essence, leave administrators with the choice between costing hospitals reimbursement dollars or fueling the opioid epidemic.
Originally Posted: http://www.naturalnews.com/055631_opioid_epidemic_prescription_painkillers_drug_deaths.html
Author: J. D. Heyes
– Thursday, February 17, 2011
by my dear friend Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com
They survived live fire, explosive devices, terror attacks and grueling desert conditions. But upon returning home to seek treatment for the mental anguish that too often accompanies war,U.S. soldiers are now being killed by the pharmaceutical industry in record numbers.
A recent example is found with the late Senior Airman Anthony Mena, who returned home from Baghdad only to be killed by a toxic cocktail of prescription medications in his apartment in the USA. As the New York Times reports, a toxicologist found eight prescription medications in his blood (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/13/u…).
Big Pharma killing more soldiers than enemy combatants?
Anthony Mena is just one of a fast-rising number of U.S. soldiers who are being drugged to death by psychiatrists and physicians who dish out painkillers and psychotropic drugs with virtually no regard to their chemical interactions.
Those interactions are never tested in clinical trials (yes, never!). The position of the FDA and Big Pharma seems to be that the more drugs a person takes, the better they’ll get, and doctors are trained in med schools to keep prescribing pills with virtually no concern about the extreme toxicity of various pharmaceutical combinations. Their motto is, “For every ill, there’s another pill.”
Now the body count is rising. Today,one-third of the U.S. Army is on at least one prescription medication, and many of those are psychiatric medsused to treat PTSD.
Think about that astounding statistic for a moment: One-third of the U.S. Army is on synthetic chemicals! Some of those chemicals, by the way, have been linked to suicides and violent behavior, especially in young males. What kind of formula for warfare is that, anyway? Take a young male, put a rifle in his hands and a psychiatric medication in his head, then let him loose on the front lines and see what happens?
An Army report says that 101 soldiers have died from toxic pharmaceutical combinations in 2006 – 2009, but that report almost certainly vastly underestimates the true numbers. Most deaths are traditionally written off as organ failure of one kind or another. Very few pharmaceutically-induced deaths are ever accurately tracked back to the drugs involved… unless you’re Michael Jackson, of course.
It makes you wonder: Are more soldiers being killed by Big Pharma than by enemy combatants?
It’s not out of the question. The 9/11 terrorist attacks killed just over 3,000 Americans. Yet, according to well-researched estimates based on published scientific studies, FDA-approved prescription drugs currently kill anywhere from 98,000 – 250,000 Americans a year (http://www.naturalnews.com/009278.html). Remember, that’s every year!
Big Pharma’s link to Nazi concentration camps
Over the last decade, then, FDA-approved prescription drugs have likely killed at leastone million Americansand probably many more. That’s approaching the level of achemical holocaust. The last time so many people were killed with chemicals was in the Nazi era of World War II, when Nazi war criminals gassed Jews to death by the millions.
It’s no coincidence, by the way, that the very same chemical companies that worked for the Nazi war machine are now some of the world’s top pharmaceutical manufacturers. That’s not an internet myth, by the way: It’s an historical fact. Just Google the history of Bayer and Nazi Germany if you want to learn more:http://www.google.com/search?q=baye…
Or check out the role of IG Farben /Bayer in Auschwitz and other German concentration camps, where this pharmaceutical company relied on slave labor to churn out chemical weapons and experimental drugs used in human medical experiments: http://archive.corporatewatch.org/p…
(You won’t read that in the New York Times, most likely…)
Fast forward to the present. Now the pharmaceutical industry is killing our young soldiers in record numbers. Much of it is due to the insanity that’s inbred throughout the psychiatric industry, which has a long and disturbing history of torturing and maiming patients in the name of “medicine.”
I strongly urge you to learn about the true history of psychiatry through theCitizens Commission on Human Rights: http://www.cchr.org/quick-facts/the…
I have walked through their museum in Los Angeles, and I’ve seen what psychiatric medicine has done to destroy the lives of countless children, adults and even soldiers. What’s happening today with psychiatric medicine is, by any honest assessment,a crime against humanitythat makes the casualties of war in Iraq seem tiny by comparison.
And now, even the mainstream media is beginning to see this truth. It’s hard to deny it when young, healthy soldiers start dropping dead fromfollowing doctors’ ordersand taking FDA-approved medications. These are not overdoses, folks. These are soldiers following orders and “taking their medicine” as directed.
And they’re dying from it.
The NYT, of course, probably won’t go into the history of Bayer and the Nazi war crimes connection, but you can only expect the mainstream media to go so far on these stories. For the whole truth on issues like this, you have to turn to internet sites like NaturalNews which simply aren’t driven by pharmaceutical advertising money. That’s where you’ll find out the rest of the story that the MSM isn’t likely to ever report.