Tuesday, February 22, 2011

THE FIVE MOST DANGEROUS PAIN MEDICATIONS

THE FIVE MOST DANGEROUS PAIN MEDICATIONS
by Jesse Cannone, Founder of the Healthy Back Institute




Advil... Aleve... Bayer... Celebrex... Demerol... Motrin... Naproxen... Oxycontin... Percocet... Tylenol... Ultram... Vicodin... Find Out Which Are Safe and Which Can Be Deadly...

When you think of dangerous drugs, what comes to mind first? Heroin?... Cocaine?... LSD?...

... How about pain pills?

Adverse drug reactions even while in the hospital affect more than 1 in 10 patients. And they’re responsible for a staggering number of deaths. In fact, adverse drug reactions are now the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Only heart disease, cancer, and stroke kill more Americans every year.

Pain medications are the fastest category of killer medicines … and it doesn’t matter whether they are prescription or over-the-counter.

What does this mean to you?

It means your risk of dying from that pain medicine in your cabinet could be higher than your chance of dying from diabetes, lung disease, or even an accident – unless you take heed to this special report.
The results of our investigation are shocking... But they could save your life.

Dangerous Pain Medicine #5: Salicylates (Aspirin) Common names: aspirin, acetylsalicylate



Aspirin (acetylsalicylate) and other drugs based on salicylic acid are commonly thought of as a relatively harmless medicine. Besides its use for headaches, fevers, minor aches and pains, and even as a miracle heart protector (aspirin a day anyone?)… aspirin has a dark side.

While a minimal dose (75-81mg) is regularly spoken of by doctors as a low risk intervention, even the lowest dose can cause bleeding. Higher doses or prolonged use at the lower dose – even in buffered or coated form – can double your likelihood of perforated ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Aspirin and other salicylate based medicines have also been linked to the deadly disease Reye’s Syndrome which can attack at any age. Research shows 90-95% of Reye’s Syndrome cases were preceded by taking aspirin during a viral illness. The disease devastates internal organs, particularly the brain and liver, and at least 10% of those affected will die even with early treatment.

Dangerous Pain Medicine #4: Acetaminophen

Common names: Tylenol, acetaminophen

Every year, more than 56,000 Americans will visit the emergency room due to acetaminophen overdoses. It’s the leading cause of calls to Poison Control Centers. And it’s also by far the leading cause of acute liver failure, causing nearly half of all cases.

For decades, Tylenol was considered the “doctor’s choice” for safe pain relieving, fever reducing medicine. But now even the higher end of the recommended dosage range has now been associated with liver damage. But the facts show it’s a dangerous drug.

Unfortunately, with Tylenol and generic acetaminophen lining the shelves and filling the bottles of pain medicines for every age in virtually every home… coupled with it’s perceived low risk… most victims never knew how dangerous the drug they were taking is.

Besides acute liver toxicity, acetaminophen is also associated with nausea, abdominal pain, unusual bleeding and bruising, and severe allergic reactions. Some of these also result in death.

Dangerous Pain Medicine #3: Opiates

Common names: Vicodin, Lorcet, Norco, Percocet, Percodan, hydrocodone, oxycodone

16,000...

That’s the number of people who died in the United States in one recent year from drug overdoses. Most of those deaths were from opiates.

In the year examined, 2002, heroin and cocaine deaths had both increased over the preceding three year period (by 12.4% and 22.8%), yet deaths from prescription opiate overdoses had nearly doubled.

Why all the sudden overdoses? While opiates are among the most effective pain relieving medicines, they’re also highly addicting.

Once people get hooked on them some will do literally anything for another pill.

Opiates carry numerous side effects including severe constipation leading to ruptured bowels, blocked bowels or sepsis… severe respiratory depression, confusion, coma, and complete cardiac arrest.

But that’s not all…

Almost every opiate prescription now includes a high dose of acetaminophen in the same tablet, meaning as you take your medicine you increasingly endanger your liver. Mixing prescription and over the counter medicines which both contain acetaminophen has led to numerous accidental overdoses.

The FDA finally moved in January 2011 to limit how much acetaminophen is included in these combined opiate / acetaminophen drugs due to all the liver failures, but the risk remains very high.

Dangerous Pain Medicine #2: NSAIDs 

Common names: Advil, Aleve, ibuprofen, naproxen

Do you have some kind of chronic pain? Arthritis... back pain... neck pain... something else?

If you haven’t already graduated to prescription drugs, chances are you’ve been taking one of the common NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen to deal with the pain. Many of them available over the counter in virtually any grocery store or gas station much less in a pharmacy.

And speaking of chances...

The odds of dying from taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug after just two months is around 1 in 1,200.

We’re talking at least 16,500 deaths every year!

As far back as 1991 respected medical journals were calling into question the safety of these common over the counter medicines as over 20,000 people were known to be hospitalized even then – with at least 2,600 deaths each year.

Other estimates of 10,000 to 20,000 deaths place the risk of dying of a NSAID-related side effect as likely as dying of AIDS or Hodgkin’s disease.

The biggest known risk of NSAIDs is from gastrointestinal ulcers and bleeding. Again, we’re not talking about a little tummy ache here, but severe bleeding and possibly death after the medicine destroys your gut. And that’s not the only known risk.

Recent research shows NSAIDs may also cause congestive heart failure with death rates that could equal those from gastrointestinal complications making this common drug twice as deadly as we thought.

Dangerous Pain Medicine #1: Cox-2 Inhibitors


Common names: Celebrex, celecoxib

How would you like to triple your risk of heart attack? Just pick up a prescription of Celebrex.

While studying the drug’s potential as an anti-cancer drug, the National Cancer Institute discovered it dramatically increased their patient’s risk of dying from heart attack or stroke. Those taking 400mg doses had 2.5 times greater risk while those taking the 800mg doses has 3.4 times as much risk.

Celebrex is one of the most popular drugs to fight arthritis pain with as many as 27 million arthritis sufferers picking up prescriptions of it in the United States alone. Just take a look at the black box warning on the side of the package warning of cardiovascular and gastrointestinal problems… then do yourself a favor and just set the box back down.

This special form of NSAID is just not worth the risk.

When I first read these statistics, it shocked me to my very core. I personally haven't taken these types of pain medications for years now... and I felt the need to share this information with you.

Jesse Cannone is the founder of the Healthy Back Institute and the  Lose The Back Pain System for more free info, tips and videos CLICK HERE