Medications

If prescribed opioids for pain, ask lots of questions: FDA

(HealthDay)—If your doctor prescribes opioid painkillers such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine or morphine for you, there are a number of questions you should ask, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises.

Medications

Rating pain is not just a numbers game

"Is your pain tolerable?" A new study out today from the JAMA Network found that this simple question, used in conjunction with the traditional 0-10 rating scale posed to patients, could help doctors better understand whether ...

Medications

Doctors urged to reconsider controversial acne drug

Acne treatment including the highly effective acne medication isotretinoin should be made more readily available despite reports of its association with depression and teen suicide. That's the implication of a study just ...

Medications

Cold medicines for kids: What's the risk?

Over-the-counter cough and cold medicines are the best way to help a child who has a cold feel better—right? Think again. Here's practical advice from Dr. Jay L. Hoecker, an emeritus pediatrics specialist at Mayo Clinic.

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