A Deadly Cocktail: Why Opioids and Popular Anti-Anxiety Medications Should Not be Mixed

Another concerning and potentially life-threatening factor should be considered for the millions of people who use opioid pain medications regularly. The manufacturer of two popular anti-anxiety drugs, known as benzodiazepines, just released some new information regarding the concomitant use with opioid pain medications. Concomitant use of benzodiazepines and opioids may result in respiratory depression, profound sedation, coma, or even death. The drug interaction has been known for quite some time now, but the recent severity of these risks has prompted some new warnings and precautions to be added to the…

The Nasal Spray “Addiction”

  Many would agree that nasal congestion is one of the more bothersome symptoms of a common cold or allergies. Congestion can put a heavy burden on work, play, or sleep by making it harder to breath and causing pain and pressure in the sinus cavities. Unfortunately, this time of year gives little reprieve to those suffering from nasal congestion. Fall allergies – whether it be due to ragweed or mold from the dampness – can wreak havoc on the respiratory system. The cold air also drives many people indoors,…

New Study Shows Benefit for Diabetics

  November is widely known as American Diabetes Month – a month that ironically emerges amidst the piles of leftover Halloween candy and remnants of apple cider doughnuts. This time serves as a gentle reminder of the millions of people affected by diabetes every day, and the number is growing. In fact, according to the CDC’s 2014 Diabetes Report Card, about 1.7 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year. Therefore, when a large, well-conducted trial shows a promising benefit with a new diabetes drug, the medical community takes…

Beta Blockers and Weight Gain

  Many clinicians will agree that high blood pressure, or hypertension, is a “silent killer” that is both common and dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that about 1 in every 3 adults are affected by high blood pressure, and about 7 in 10 adults use medications to treat it. The importance of using medication along with a healthy lifestyle to control blood pressure is paramount; however, no medication is completely benign and devoid of side effects. Weight gain is often associated with a popular class of…