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…

Supplements May Boost Antidepressants

It is possible that you still may feel depressed while on antidepressant therapy. Researchers found that adding a low-cost supplement to your regimen may help to reduce depressive symptoms. Those individuals battling depression know that some, if not many days feel like a chore. Despite being common, depression can be a finicky state to treat. Many consult with doctors, seek therapy, or are prescribed antidepressants. Antidepressants may not work the first time around, and some may find themselves on 2 or more medications in an effort for the drugs to augment each…

Natural Ways to Beat Holiday “Blues”

Last week, I embarked on a 3,000 mile journey to California with my 13 month old son to celebrate Thanksgiving with family. A long layover in Dallas, hours on a plane, and emerging molars left my typically easygoing son less than thrilled for a (thankfully) small portion of our stay. Yet, the crying and whining was so incessant one night, that it took a dose of ibuprofen and a drive around my sister’s neighborhood to get him settled. Eventually I was able to put my sleeping baby to bed. Yet,…