Medical Drugs

Percocet

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Percocet

Percocet is a narcotic used in the treatment of pain. It contains both oxycodone and acetaminophen. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Because it contains oxycodone, it can be highly habit forming and special care should be taken to avoid abuse of the medication. It should not be taken with alcohol since alcohol will intensify the effects on a patients judgment while placing an additional strain on the liver due to the mixture of acetaminophen and alcohol. An overdose of Percocet can be fatal. Constipation is a common side effect when taking Percocet and it is suggested that to alleviate this problem, a patient drink 6-8 cups of water per day. Do not use a...

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OxyContin

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OxyContin

Oxycontin is an opioid analgesic and is considered a narcotic, similar to morphine, used in the treatment of moderate to severe pain. OxyContin is the trade name for oxycodone. It should not be used in the treatment of post-surgery pain unless a patient had been taking it pre-surgery. OxyContin can impair a patient’s judgment or thought processes and care should be taken when operating machinery or completing tasks that require one’s full attention. Do not take alcohol with OxyContin. Combining narcotics with alcohol can cause death or other serious side effects. Since it is an opiate, the cessation, rapid or otherwise, of OxyContin can result in moderate to severe...

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Oxycodone

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Oxycodone

Oxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine. It is an opiate-based drug used to treat moderate to severe pain and is available for treatment of both episodic and chronic pain. Oxycodone is generic for OxyContin. Since it is opiate-based, oxycodone can be habit forming and can result in withdrawal symptoms if used for long periods and then discontinued. Mixing oxycodone with alcohol can be potentially fatal and it should be avoided at all times when medicated. Oxycodone should not be used by individuals who experience or exhibit symptoms of asthma, kidney disease, underactive thyroid, liver disease, low blood pressure, gallbladder disease, or adrenal gland...

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Omeprazole

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Omeprazole

Omeprazol is a commonly prescribed drug (also available OTC) used to treat acid reflux disorders. It belongs to a class of medications called proton pump inhibitors which decrease acid production in the stomach. It is used to treat acid reflux as well as promote the healing of the esophagus damaged as a result of excessive acid production. Omeprazole is also given with antibiotics to treat certain gastric ulcers. Omeprazole is generic for Prilosec. It is important to note that omeprazole is not for use in relieving immediate heartburn symptoms. It is for the treatment of chronic acid reflux and other acid related conditions of the stomach and esophagus. Patients who are...

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Naproxen

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Naproxen

Naproxen is an over-the-counter pain medication. It is part of the class of medicines called NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs which reduce hormones which cause inflammation in the body. Naproxen is usually used to treat pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, tendinitis, gout, and menstrual cramps. The trade name for products containing naproxen as their active ingredient include Aleve and Midol. Naproxen increases the risk of heart or circulation problems. The risk level elevates as use continues over time. Chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, or problems with vision are signs that the patient should discontinue use of naproxen and...

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Neurontin

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Neurontin

Neurotonin is a drug used in the treatment of epilepsy. It belongs to a family of drugs known as anti-epileptics or anti-convulsants. It is approved for use in children 12 and older. It works by affecting nerves and chemicals in the body associated with seizures and pain. Neurotonin has also been used to treat pain in patients with nerve pain related to the herpes virus. The generic name for Neurotonin is gabapentin. Neurotonin can increase suicidal thoughts in some patients and regular checkups with doctors should be scheduled to make sure patients are able to tolerate it. Patients should inform their doctors immediately regarding any changes in mood and thought...

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Morphine

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Morphine

Morphine is a narcotic pain reliever used in the treatment of moderate to severe pain. It is an opiate-based pain killer that acts by dulling pain signals that reach the brain. It is available in short-acting formulas as well as in extended-release formulas. Some patients do not tolerate morphine well and instructions and expertise of medical professionals should be heeded at all times when using morphine. Since it is an opiate, morphine can be habit forming and discontinuation of doses can result in moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms. As with other narcotic drugs, alcohol should not be consumed while the drug is still in a patient’s system. Mixing alcohol and...

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Metoprolol

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Metoprolol

Metaprolol is part of a class of medications called beta-blockers. It is used to treat chest pain and hypertension. It is also used to prevent or treat heart attacks. It works by affecting blood flow through arteries and veins. Patients should inform their doctors of all heart-related problems as it might not be safe for patients with certain conditions to take metaprolol. The trade name for metaprolol is Lopressor. Metaprolol is designed to be used in conjunction with diet and exercise to improve the cardiac health of the patient. Patients taking metaprolol for high blood pressure should continue to use it even if symptoms disappear. Once you feel better, you can talk...

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Methocarbamol

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Methocarbamol

Methocarbamol belongs to a class of medications called muscle relaxants. Methocarbamol does not affect muscles directly but is instead a skeletal muscle relaxant. It is thought to depress the central nervous system. The trade name for methocarbamol is Robaxin. Patients who are taking medications containing sodium oxybate , also known as GHB, should not take methocarbamol as the two drugs can have adverse reactions with each other. Patients with allergies to medicines or latex should also avoid methocarbamol. Pregnant women should avoid the drug since it has the potential to harm the fetus. Anticholinesterase drugs might lose their efficacy when taken in conjunction with...

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Methadone

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Methadone

Methadone is part of the family of drugs known as narcotics. It is similar to morphine and is used to treat moderate to severe pain. As with other narcotics, it is critical to follow doctors’ prescriptions for use in order to avoid overdose, addiction, or withdrawal. Methadone may also be used to treat addiction or withdrawal symptoms from other narcotics. Methadose and Dolophine are trade names. Methadone can cause heart rate and breathing to slow. It is important to monitor your reaction to methadone and report any irregularities or areas of concern to your doctor. Methadone should not be used by individuals exhibiting asthma, COPD, liver or kidney disease,...

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