Tag: medication risk

Pain Medications: How Long is Too Long?

Revised by Kevin L. Zacharoff, MD December 2015 There are many different types of pain medications available to help healthcare providers treat patients with chronic pain. Depending on the specific medication, they can be obtained by prescription or are available over-the-counter (OTC). Pain medications provide an important component of most treatment plans intended to relieve… Read more »

Effectively Communicating Medication Benefits and Risks – Are We Getting Better?

At a time of ever-ratcheting concern about the safety of our food and the appropriate, safe use of prescription drugs, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has moved forward in the past with a number of initiatives to better protect public health. Among them are efforts that are likely to impact how pharmaceutical companies help… Read more »

Problematic Behavior: Difficult Conversations, Part II

This is the second article in a series of eight articles by Ilene Robeck, M.D. regarding difficult conversations a primary care provider may have when dealing with patients with chronic pain. This series is meant to be a guide for primary care providers facing these situations.  Difficult situation #2: A patient’s behavior becomes increasingly irritable,… Read more »

Cox-2 Inhibitors: Popular Yet Controversial Drugs

An article for patients If you are among the estimated 50 million Americans living with chronic pain, then you are probably familiar with coxibs. Coxibs is the abbreviation for cyclooxygenase inhibitors. They belong to the family of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) of which aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Aleve) are the most well known…. Read more »