Tag Archive: drug interactions


I’ve had a severe pain in my upper right abdomen in the front and back that lead into my lower abdomen for months (could be years), the doctors keep saying it is Fibromyalgia and I just need to exercise. The more I did the exercises, the more pain I had in those areas, it seemed internal to me.

I was getting out of the shower because I was having trouble breathing and the pain in my abdomen was so bad. I thought maybe I had to go to the bathroom, when I sat, it felt like I was going to throw up, so I changed position, then had to hit the floor because I felt like I was going to pass out.

There I lay unable to move for a half hour or more because of the pain and nausea. I just kept saying breathe Jen, breathe. When I finally got up, I was so white, almost yellow in color and I could barely stand from the pain. This was my second attack so I went to the Doctor.

He thought it was a bladder infection and gave me an antibiotic. He said it also could have been a kidney stone or appendicitis, because it was also in that area. If it happens again, go to the hospital.

The meds helped the severe pain subside for a while but it didn’t take it away. I also experienced terrible headaches and ill stomach from the antibiotics. He sent me for blood tests and an ultrasound which was scheduled weeks later. The results came back that my gall bladder and kidneys were fine. So why did I still have the pain?

The pain was still radiating in my back, right side, kidney area down into my lower abdomen, under my ribs in the liver area and into the lower abdomen, across to the left side.

Have you every experienced that desperate feeling that you know something is wrong yet they keep telling you that you are fine? Or they don’t give you an answer at all?

I took it upon myself to start a cleanse because each attack was getting worse and I wasn’t looking forward to the next one. Most all experts advise to do a colon cleanse before you do a gallbladder, kidney or liver cleanse and that is what I did.

I started the cleanse a week ago Friday and OMG (Oh my god)!! I passed thousands of tiny stones, have a look at the pictures below. They are tiny little pebbles so I took some pictures and blew them up. It looks like the stones that washed up on the beach. What a variety from all shades of brown, black, green, pink, yellow, white, tan, orange and calcified:

Photobucket


Photobucket


Photobucket


Photobucket


Photobucket


Photobucket


Photobucket

 

If you would like to cleanse your body of a lot of god only knows what, Coloson worked for me. It is a very reasonable price at the link below, only $19.99. I have tried other cleanses but haven’t had success like this one and they were very costly.

You need 5 to stay close to the toilet though as it is a powerful cleanse. I did the quick 6 pills, 3 times a day cleanse but you could spread it out so it was gentler.

***You should check with you doctor first to see if it is okay to do a colon cleanse and that you have no blockages in your colon or intestines (although I am pretty sure it would clear that problem quickly : )).These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Some doctors don’t believe in cleanses, especially the doctors from the old school, so I would make your own choice if you have pain that they can’t give you an answer for. I am not a doctor or a nurse, I am just someone in pain, sharing my experiences that work for me. The desperation of being in chronic pain and getting no answers from the medical establishment has turned me to find my own cure. I am on my journey to wellness.

The pain in my right side in the back and lower right abdomen has eased off. I still have pain under my ribs. I have completed the colon cleanse today and am going on to the liver cleanse in a few days to let my body recover a bit and replenish it with wholesome foods and vital nutrients. I can hardly wait to see the results of the liver cleanse if the colon cleanse was that successful and I will be moving on to the kidney and gallbladder cleanse too. I passed thousands and thousands of stones several times a day for over a week, even days after the pills were done.

I did some research on stones. It looks like I have quite a variety of Calcium Dihydrate (orange), Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate (brown), Uric Acid (dark), Calcium Oxalate (brown calcified), the brown and yellow chard are gallbladder stones and the green stones are liver stones.

Quite a variety for a person who is healthy and just needs to exercise! I have had chronic pain in my joints, muscles and organs for 20 years. I have always kept active and am extremely fit so I find it quite insulting when I am told I just need to exercise. Just another case of me being misdiagnosed again. I was even told once, oh, you are just getting old.

Old actually doesn’t mean that you are sentenced to a life of chronic pain. You should be vital, pain free and have your well being into a ripe old age. Don’t get sucked into the belief that because you are aging, you have to live off of a pile of pills and suffer chronic pain. It doesn’t have to be that way and I am determined to keep going until I am pain free.

I am not waiting for the medicine man to remove my gallbladder because it is so full of stones or until it destroys my pancreas like it did my husbands.They let him go so long with pain and nausea that his gallbladder damaged his pancreas. He ended up with Pancreatitis and almost died.

The makers say there is no urgency with Colosan but I did find urgency, perhaps because I am chronically ill or it could have to do with being Celiac or lactose intolerant or having the kidney stones, who knows? Looking at the stones now, I am starting to see why I have so many symptoms and pain.

You can actually hear and feel it oxygenate inside you with gurgling as it travels though purging your intestines and colon and when it gets down to the lower part of your body, don’t wait, the urgency is you have to be by the toilet because it is coming now! It liquefies the contents so it is like peeing through your butt. Sorry, I don’t know how else to describe it but how it really is. : ) There is no pain though, it is very gentle and it’s not at all like that severe diarrhea that gives you that sick feeling in your stomach.

Have a look at these websites with all the kidney, liver and gallbladder stones, it is quite fascinating. Check out the 6 pages of stones on the first website below. :

http://www.herringlab.com/photos/

There are 13 pictures of liver stones here:

http://curezone.com/image_gallery/intrahepatic_stones/default.asp?i=0&n=13

Gallbadder:

http://www.goldbamboo.com/pictures-t1349.html

What the heck are those stones made out of and what do they mean to me?

I was searching the stone Calcium Dihydrate and came across this disease from Merck manuals – Calcium Pyrophosphate Dihydrate Crystal Deposition Disease which sounds to me like a fancy name for the crystals  I was searching landing in the body causing pain. It is described as intermittent attacks of acute arthritis and a degenerative arthropathy.  Diagnosed by CDDP crystals in the synovial fluid.

http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/sec04/ch035/ch035c.html

Here is the cleanse I did:

Colosan

Of course, Colosan is best taken in conjunction with colon hydrotherapy, yet it is also GREAT on its own for people who REFUSE to do colon hydrotherapy. Colosan works mainly inside the small intestine, which we can’t get to with colon hydrotherapy. The acton of the oxygen helps balance fermentation & yeasts. The quick liquifying effects of old impacted matter often create energy shifts & reduction in bloating. If people do the initial suggested 5-day intensive use of Colosan, it frequently encourages them to keep going. Colosan is great too for travelling & jetlag. It’s also great to use instead of epsom salts for liver flushing. Additionally, it is good for kids & pregnancy.

To sum it up: Colosan is gentle but very effective.

Oxygen for Superior Colon Hygiene

There are common goals to healthful living.

One primary goal is proper colon hygiene. The cleansing of the digestive tract is a logical place from which to embark on a healthful regimen. Ask any contractor- you have to clean up before you repair and rebuild. The same concept applies to well being and rejuvenation.

Eliminate built up toxins before you provide the body with what it needs to restore well being.

There is no better way to clean the colon than with oxygen since digestion is known to be a process of oxidation. By introducing oxygen into the intestines and the colon, one can assist the process of complete digestion as well as oxidizing undigested material.

Colosan for Proper Colon Hygiene

Digestion & Oxidation

The average person is walking around with anywhere from six to twelve pounds of undigested material fermenting in their intestines and colon. Digestion is a process of oxidation. That is why we give off heat, carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide. Just like a car engine when there is improper oxidation some of the fuel gets left behind as a residue. In the digestive tract, there is a similar build up of partially digested gunk. In an automobile when you add oxygen to the fuel mixture the built up materials are burned off or oxidized. You can do the same for your body. As these materials accumulate and subsequently begin to rot, your body wraps them in mucous to keep them from poisoning you.

Colosan turns the accumulation and the mucous into carbon dioxide and water that are gently eliminated. It is unimaginable to think of going one week without the use of a toothbrush or toilette tissue. Yet, when was the last time you thought about cleaning the twenty feet in between? Do you think it’s any cleaner? It’s a simple fact, people rarely clean where they cannot see and that is where problems begin.

Somewhere to Hide

Your impacted material is home base to four of the most dangerous threats to your health. Number one, it is where toxins accumulate. For example when you are behind a bus in traffic, the exhaust gets in your saliva and sinus, then you swallow and that chemical soup is absorbed into the impacted material and eventually leaches toxins into your blood stream. Second, it is where virus’ and bacteria hide when your immune system chases them out of your bloodstream. There they breed and re-infect. Third, the impacted material is a fecal fortress for parasites to reside in and an ideal garden for the overgrowth of undesirable flora such as Candida. By using Colosan to oxidize and eliminate this impacted material, you are eradicating the home base to four of the largest assailants to your health and giving them nowhere to hide.

Assimilation and Elimination

Colosan is also vital to the operation of two very important gut functions – assimilation and elimination. The colon is approximately three to five feet long. The walls of it are reasonably smooth and it is primarily an organ of elimination. If the colon is clogged with mucous and undigested material, the function of elimination is impeded.

Many practitioners recommend health regimens that involve the detoxification of the liver, kidneys, the bloodstream, and the lymph. However, if the colon is not cleaned first, these systems have nowhere to empty to and back up. This creates a feeling of malaise known as a detox reaction, or healing crisis. These episodes are unpleasant and can be completely avoided by using Colosan prior to any detox regimen. By cleaning out the colon with Colosan first, it enables the detoxification regimen to proceed without impediment and, in fact, can be pursued more aggressively and to better effect. The intestines are approximately twenty feet long. Nature designed them with a maximum amount of surface area for absorption. The inside of the intestines consists of villi. These are hundreds of finger-like projections making the internal texture of the intestines much like a shag rug. When the villi get pasted down with mucous and impacted material they are less able to absorb nutrients from food or get maximum benefits from your supplementation. Instead, you are reabsorbing toxins from the impacted material as it ferments. By cleaning out the intestines, shampooing that shag rug as it were, you enable yourself to get the maximum benefit out of the food that you eat and the supplements that you take. It is also a wonderful way to reduce bloat and relieve that lousy tired feeling one gets from absorbing poisons into the bloodstream through the intestines instead of nutrients.

Common Use

Take 6 capsules with a twelve ounce glass of water–three times daily for five days for an initial cleanse. Colosan Capsules should be consumed on an empty stomach at least an hour before eating. Take six capsules weekly for maintenance. One or two can be taken as a stool softener. Colosan releases a tremendous amount of oxygen and ozone in the intestines and colon for the purpose of cleansing. It is important to take Colosan on an empty stomach and wait an hour before eating anything else. There are three times a day when most people find that they have an empty stomach and will not be consuming anything for an hour. These are first thing in the morning, around five o’clock in the afternoon and right before bed.

Proper Colon Hygiene

Colosan is widely regarded by Practitioners as the most thorough, gentle cleanse that utilizes and complements the body’s natural process of oxidative digestion. It is preferred to herbal micro toxins and amphetamines which purge the body of valuable water. It is also preferable to fiber as in psyillium, bentonite clay, and granular activated carbon which all attempt to scrape or leach the impaction out rather than oxidize it as Colosan does. It is a good idea to stick with tradition as for centuries man has been using oxygen for digestion and clay and fiber to make bricks.

Colosan is a thorough cleanser. That means it will help you to empty undesired materials from your intestines and your colon once they are reduced into carbon dioxide and water. One can expect copious, aqueous stools but should not experience gas as all reactions take place in solution. This is to be distinguished from diarrhea where by diuretic action or microbial invasion the body purges itself of valuable fluids and there is a sense of urgency. With Colosan, you will have no sense of urgency – one more reason why it is the colon hygiene product of choice. In fact, Colosan is used by many colon hydrotherapists as an adjunct to their colon irrigations or colonics, because it allows them to clean the intestines as well as the colon. With proper colon hygiene health, vitality and longevity can begin in the colon. Take your Colosan Today.

Colosan Label Info

Colosan is a proprietary blend of various oxides of magnesium designed to gently release oxygen in the digestive track for the purpose of cleansing.

Useful Information: Store in a cool dry place. Close lid tightly. Follow the directions. Colosan can be used safely 2 to 3 times daily for an initial cleansing period after which a periodic use of once or twice weekly is recommended.

Apple cider vinegar can be used to replace the lemon.

CONTENTS: 120 caps

  • Each six capsules contain 1740mg Magnesium
  • Other ingredients include cellulose, citric acid vegetable stearate.
  • * These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not
    intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Click the link below and put Colosan in the search.
  • I am an affiliate for The Natural News Store. I only endorse Natural and organic products you can trust. I try to find the best pricing available from the most trusted sources on the internet. Don’t be confused by the chemical  cocktails that are being passed off as natural herbal products,  get the real thing.

    I was checking out the FDA website for something and I came across an article about the new drugs recently approved.

    Lupron44

    Eligard43

    Lupron Depot45

    Lupron Depot46

    Viadur50

    They were all approved on January 20, 2011. They are all made out of leuprolide acetate the same drug Lupron Depot that shut my body down in 2000, now they are bringing it out under different names. (see information on Lupron below).

    I was looking through some old paperwork and came across a letter I had written about my experience with the prescription drug Lupron, leuprolide acetate. Here is my story I wrote just after taking Lupron in 2000, thank god we forget pain:

    On January 2000, I went to my gynecologist. He diagnosed me with a cyst on my ovary. He said that the drug Lupron would shrink the cyst and I could avoid surgery. I asked about the side effects, he said it was only hot flashes and temporary menopause, but all goes away after the drug is done. He made it sound like a picnic. I thought that the drug was the way to go, sounded like no big deal and to avoid an operation again, why not? (I had my ovary removed surgically when I was 18 due to a cyst).

    He gave me a 3 month dose Jan 13, 2000 or 11.25 mg of Lupron Depot in an injection form. Approximately 4 or 5 days later my skin started to crawl throughout my whole body, permanently day after day, creeping through my skin like waves of bugs crawling. I began to have trouble breathing, and was unable to get moving. I went to two different doctors,  was given a prescription by one, told to quit smoking by another. I did both but neither seemed to help.

    We had went out to dinner one night because we had pre-arranged it with friends (yes that’s me, didn’t want to wreck anybodies plans even though I was in anaphylactic shock, I am a pretty tough soul!). While I was sitting there all of a sudden it felt like bubbles of liquid going into each of my lower front ribs, one at a time like dominos, then it crept it’s way up throughout my ribs in my whole chest and stayed as severe pain. My chest was crushing with chest pain, and I was having trouble breathing. I felt drained and sick all over and very pale. I laid on the couch for days, not being able to do anything and the pain was only getting worse.

    I finally went to the hospital because I knew it was serious and out of my hands. They put me on a heart monitor and admitted me right away. My heart was either beating at 41 bpm. or erratically all over the place. All they could do was fill me with pain medications and anti-inflammatories.  The hot sweats were starting; actually it was more total body sweats yet I was freezing cold. My kidneys were working overtime.

    Upon the first discharge from the hospital I got dizzy and fell onto the floor so they kept me another night. They diagnosed muscle-skeletal pain and heart problems due to the Lupron. Day by day different symptoms arrived, that was only the beginning of months of hell that followed for me.

    When I stood up my skin felt so heavy it felt like it was falling off my body.

    I had muscle-skeletal pain throughout my whole body, esp. the rib and breast bones.

    Dyspnea, difficulty breathing.

    Body sweats and chills, ghostly-white complexion.

    Shrieking skull pain, migraine on right side of head.

    I had huge cramps throughout my legs, pain in lower, outside, right leg.

    Breast pain, loss of sexual desire (well who could think about sex with all this going on???)

    Cold body, temperature 93.3 F

    Low heart rate or racing heart.

    Stomach swelled up, dehydrated, excessive thirst.

    Throat swelled, feeling of choking.

    Bowels quit working, kidneys working overtime.

    Numb cheeks and limbs.

    Visual disturbances, right eye teared constantly.

    Nausea, dizziness, shakes.

    Spinal tremors, irritability, nervousness.

    Sore teeth, left jaw pain.

    Cardiac arrhythmia, palpitations.

    Insomnia.

    Lower back pain.

    Intensified rash and swollen lymph nodes.

    Every evening at 8 pm my throat would swell and I could actually feel the serum pump out of my throat down into my chest, then throughout my body. The chest and breast pain would increase, my heart would start pumping wildly, my stomach would ache, cramping would increase, body sweats, cold body, and total exhaustion would set in.

    I had to spray my entire mid section with muscle pain spray for weeks on end because the drugs didn’t even touch the pain. The horror went on day after day after week after week which turned into months. My Lupus and Fibromyalgia were flaring big time by now. I was gray in color and totally lifeless and I felt like I was going to die. It was the darkest time of my life.

    After calling the Doctor who prescribed the Lupron to me, he sent me away saying, go see a cardiologist, there is no way Lupron would do that. It took over 3 months for the drug to quit the “flare effects: and 169 days to be eliminated (supposedly, according to science! I think it is still in my ribs as I have severe rib pain to this day), many natural remedies and 6 months for menstruation to return. Now all that was left was the damage. I also broke two teeth on Lupron.

    No one had an antidote to stop this drug from terrorizing my body, so I took my dying body to a Naturopathic Doctor. She put me on some homeopathic medicines and herbals right away and miraculously she took that overwhelming feeling of death away. She said I was grey in color when I came in and that was almost 2 months after the shock set in.

    I got my internal orans tested from electro dermal screening and they showed severe stress on all my internal organs, especially the heart, gallbladder, lymphatics, kidneys, bladder, thyroid, liver, adrenals and central nervous system. This was a direct result from the Lupron.

    It totally devastated me and my family. Never again! I am going to continue to see a Naturopathic Doctor. She took away the numbness in my cheeks, the swelling in my hands, the shrieking skull pain, the dizziness, the total exhaustion, the rash is clearing up, I have some colour back and some energy.

    I still have a long way to go but she helped me out of the severe stress that Lupron put me in. I have seen enough improvement to convince me, Naturopathic medicine is the only way out of a major adverse drug reaction or perhaps any major health crisis. I know who’s hands I feel safe in now.

    Isn’t it amazing that they are so willing to pay $1188.00 (times two as it was only half the prescription, I opted out for round 2!)

    God, I forgot how ill it made me. I am not a doctor, or a lawyer and this drug is approved by the FDA but not in my lifetime would I recommend it to any human. I actually would warn anyone not to use Lupron, but that is just my opinion through a very bad experience! It’s your body!

    This was approved years ago by TAP, they had multi million dollar fines from it, so I suspect these are new companies that want to get in on the sales with this drug too. I think we will be hearing more people being prescribed this drug again. How can the FDA approve

    I also would like to note that the cyst was still there after all was said and done. It was the herbals that took the cysts away. Now I believe that I could have avoided surgery when I was 18 as well.

    I get the willies through my body when I see or hear the name Lupron. I will write this article but I won’t be reading it again, I just wanted other to know that you could experience side effects. When I was part of the Lupron victims website (10,000+ victims), there was a few deaths as well as heart attacks and stokes beside the multi symptoms and serious organ involvement from thousands of women as well as men. It is a drug given to men for prostrate cancer as well so you might want to check it out too guys. See http://www.lupronvictimshub.com/deaths.html for a long list of male deaths after taking Lupron.

    http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/NewsEvents/UCM130961

    January 20, 2011

    • DaTscan42 (ioflupane I 123) Injection, GE Healthcare, Approval
    • Eligard43 (leuprolide acetate) Subcutaneous Injection, sanofi-aventis U.S., LLC, Labeling Revision
    • Lupron44 (leuprolide acetate) Injection, Abbott Laboratories, Labeling Revision
    • Lupron Depot45 (leuprolide acetate) Injection, Abbott Laboratories, Labeling Revision
    • Lupron Depot46 (leuprolide acedate) Injectioon, Abbott Laboratories, Labeling Revision
    • Nithiodote47 (sodium nitrite and sodium thiosulfate) Injection, Hope Pharmaceuticals, Approval
    • Trelstar Depot48 (triptorelin palmoate) Intramuscular Injection, Watson Laboratories, Inc., Labeling Revision
    • Vantas49 (histrelin acetate) Subcutaneous Implant, Endo Pharmaceuticals Solutions, Inc., Labeling Revision
    • Viadur50 (leuprolide acetate) Implant, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, LLC, Labeling Revision
    • Zoladex51(goserelin acetate) Implant, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP, Labeling Revision
    • Zoladex52 (goserelin acetate) Implant, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP, Labeling Revision

    Read more other articles on Lupron:

    Despite these many risks and negative experiences, manufacturers of leuprolide acetate have continued to market the drug for existing and new uses — most notably, as a treatment for prostate cancer. But a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration medical officer has said that Lupron’s manufacturer, TAP Pharmaceuticals, did not study the drug adequately before or after introducing it to the market, and he alleged that the company hid what it knew about risks of bone density loss, generalized pain, headaches, fluid retention, depression, and immune and nervous system problems, including spinal fracture, convulsions and paralysis.

    I wanted to address Oxycondone for a reason. My hometown and surrounding areas have many adults addicted to Percocet or Oxycontin. They are now prescribing medical marijuana in hopes to get them all off the highly addictive prescriptions of pain killers. I believe that most are coming from the streets rather than prescribed, how ever.

    It has become a very expensive street drug. After doing some more research (see below), I discovered that Oxycodone abuse has been a continuing problem in the US since early 1960’s. Why has it been allowed to escalate for 50 years with even more deaths, addictions, crime and prescription abuse? Is it all about the money because I don’t understand how it could take so long to address one drug issue?

    Short acting Oxycodone 2.5 to 5 mg

    Endocet

    Oxycocet

    Percodan

    Gerneric

    Endodan

    Newest short acting of 5, 10 & 20 mg

    Supeudol®

    Oxy IR®

    Long acting introduced in 10 to 80 mg tabs

    OxyContin® which is often referred as ” Hillbilly Heroin”

    Oxycodan

    Here are some facts from Health Canada:

    http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hc-ps/pubs/precurs/oxycodone/fs-fi/index-eng.php

    Health Canada is aware of increasing concerns about the possible misuse and abuse of oxycodone-based products in Canada, particularly in Atlantic Canada.

    Health Canada has met with key Atlantic stakeholders including the provincial ministries of Health and licensing authorities for pharmacists and physicians to discuss their concerns about the prescribing and usage of controlled substances, especially oxycodone. As a result of the consultations, Health Canada undertook a review of all sales transactions of oxycodone-based products in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. To date, only estimates regarding the volume of prescriptions and transactions of oxycodone-based products in Atlantic Canada were available. Please note that one prescription can generate a number of transactions.

    Health Canada admits there is a problem. I did further research with the US Department of Justice Office of Diverse Control

    Drugs and Chemicals of Concern


    OXYCODONE

    http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drugs_concern/oxycodone/oxycodone.htm

    Acute overdose of oxycodone can produce severe respiratory depression, skeletal muscle flaccidity, cold and clammy skin, reduction in blood pressure and heart rate, coma, respiratory arrest, and death.

    Illicit Uses:

    Oxycodone abuse has been a continuing problem in the U.S. since the early 1960s. Oxycodone is abused for its euphoric effects. It is equipotent to morphine in relieving abstinence symptoms from chronic opiate (heroin, morphine) administration.

    http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drugs_concern/oxycodone/summary.htm

    Illicit Distribution:

    Main sources of oxycodone on the street:

    • forged prescriptions
    • professional diversion through unscrupulous pharmacists, doctors, and dentists
    • “doctor-shopping”
    • armed robberies, and night break-ins of pharmacies and nursing homes.

    The diversion and abuse of OxyContin® has become a major public health problem in recent years.

    • In 2008, 13.8 million people aged 12 or older used oxycodone (4.8 million used OxyContin®) for nonmedical use at least once during their lifetime (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2008).
    • The American Poison Control Centers reported 15,069 cases mentions and 7,528 single exposures, involving 13 deaths, related to oxycodone in 2007.
    • According to reports from DEA field offices, oxycodone products sell at an average price of $1 per milligram, the 40 mg OxyContin® tablet being the most popular.
    • According to the National Forensic Laboratory Information System, federal law enforcement seizures increased 116% from 508 items/exhibits in 2004 to 1,096 items/exhibits in 2008.
    • Seizures of oxycodone submitted to state and local laboratories increased 124% from 14,990 items/exhibits in 2004 to 33,612 items/exhibits in 2008.
    • From January through June 2009, federal law enforcement officers seized 678 items/exhibits identified as oxycodone and 19,343 oxycodone items/exhibits were submitted to state and local laboratories.

    Comments and additional information are welcomed by the Drug and Chemical Evaluation Section; Fax 202-353-1263, telephone 202-307-7183, and Email ODE@usdoj.gov.

    http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drugs_concern/oxycodone/summary.htm

    OxyContin® was introduced by Purdue Pharma in 1995.

    • Currently approved in 10, 20, 40, 80 and 160 milligram strengths.
    • From the first full year of sales in 1996, the number of OxyContin® prescriptions has risen 18 fold, to approximately 5.8 million prescriptions in 2000.
    • DEA has initiated meetings with the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, which has been the catalyst for the establishment of state prescription monitoring programs. Such programs provide a better mechanism to gather and evaluate prescription data, which is essential in responding to newly developing trends in prescription drug abuse. Existing data sources (IMS, Inc.) indicate that the five states with the lowest number of per capita OxyContin® prescriptions all have long standing prescription monitoring programs in place. These five states, beginning with the fewest per capita prescriptions for OxyContin® are California, Illinois, New York, Texas, and New Mexico. The majority of states reporting significant abuse and diversion issues are those without such programs. DEA has embarked on a number of programs to collect and monitor prescription data for controlled substances.

    That was in 2000 and it is now 2011, have such programs been put into place since then?

    http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/cngrtest/ct082801.htm

    Drug free organization for kids:

    http://www.drugfree.org/

    You should have a quick look at:

    DEA Most Wanted Fugitives

    http://www.justice.gov/dea/fugitives/fuglist.htm

    I live in Canada so I thought this had nothing much to do with me until I clicked on a girl who looked like someone I had seen. To my surprise she was last seen in Ontario so I very well could have seen her, but I have no idea where or when?

    I think we should perhaps have the most wanted fugitives linked in with all hospitals, pharmacies and Dr’s offices as they will most likely need help through those sources or be looking for prescriptions for pain killers. So like the butterfly effect, everything has something to do with everything. We all need to be together on saving our planet and our people!

    Oxycodone addiction blamed for rise

    in pharmacy heists

    Drugstore robberies up sharply, police say

    By Conal Pierse, Edmonton Journal March 30, 2011

    Pharmacy robberies are on the rise in Edmonton and oxycodone is to blame, police said Tuesday.

    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Oxycodone+addiction+blamed+rise+pharmacy+heists/4526606/story.html

    Is there any difference really whether it is street drugs or prescription drugs? To me, Doctors are no more than legal drug dealers. Humans seem to have a problem with addiction period. Whether it be with drugs, collecting, over consumption of food, alcohol, sex or video games, we just can’t get enough can we?

    Brazil joins Bolivia anti-drug fight

    Brazil has signed an agreement with Bolivia to tackle cocaine production and trafficking in the country.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-12916154

     

     

    Tylenol Deaths are happening from liver failure from intentional and unintentional overdosing. The news is everywhere that the FDA is capping the dose of Acetaminophen to 325 mg. I found a very extensive list for Tylenol or Acetaminophen Sources from the government medlineplus website, have a look, it is unbelievable how large the list is. No wonder people are overdosing on the product when it is so far spread. :

    Here is the FDA website itself issuing warning, lots of information on liver damage there:

    Acetaminophen Information

    On January 13, 2011, FDA announced that it is asking manufacturers of prescription acetaminophen combination products to limit the maximum amount of acetaminophen in these products to 325 mg per tablet, capsule, or other dosage unit. FDA believes that limiting the amount of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule, or other dosage unit in prescription products will reduce the risk of severe liver injury from acetaminophen overdosing, an adverse event that can lead to liver failure, liver transplant, and death.

    http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/InformationbyDrugClass/ucm165107.htm

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a681004.html#brand-name-1

    Here are some of the ingredients that are in the products you are taking like Tylenol Cough and Cold, Vicodin, Exedrin Back and Body, Sudafed PE Sinus Headaches to name a few. Interesting, good old Anacin’s ingredients are Acetaminophen, Aspirin and Caffeine. If we are also taking prescription drugs and also ingesting more chemicals such as aspartame and msg, think about how quickly we can send our livers into stress. I will slowly do a search on these ingredients to see what they are doing to our systems as well. I know Oxycodone can be deadly, is sold for big bucks on the street for a “high” and is highly addictive.

    Here is a list of ingredients that the acetaminophen is mixed with for coughs, colds and pain relief. Sources are also from Aspirin, Caffeine, Phenyltoloxamine, Pseudoephedrine, Triprolidine, Phenylephrine, Hydrocodone, Salicylamide, Butalbital, Caffeine, Magnesium, Dextromethorphan, Doxylamine, Pseudoephedrine, Pamabrom, Pyrilamine, Butalbital, Oxycodone, Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin, Phenylephrine, Pamabrom, Pyrilamine, Chlorpheniramine, Dextromethorphan, Isometheptene, Guaifenesin, Dexbrompheniramine, Pseudoephedrine Extended Release Tablet, Phenylephrine, Diphenhydramine, Chlorzoxazone, Pamabrom, Vitamin B6, Pyrilamine, Isometheptene

    Prescriptions Drugs:

    Vicodin

    Lortab

    Darvocet

    Percocet

    Endocet

    Roxicet

    Ultracet

    Fioricet

    Midrin

    Over the Counter Drugs:

    Tylenol

    Excedrin

    Lortab

    Non Aspirin Pain Relief

    Tylenol Children’s

    Tylenol Infants

    Tylenol Sore Throat

    Excedrin PM

    Tylenol PM

    Legatrin PM

    Sominex Pain

    Tylenol Severe Allergy

    Anacin PM Aspirin Free

    Alka Seltzer Plus Cold and Sinus

    Children’s Tylenol Sinus

    Infant’s Tylenol Cold

    Sinutab Sinus Maximum Strength Without Drowsiness

    Sudafed Cold and Sinus

    Sudafed Sinus Headache

    Excedrin

    Genaced

    Goody’s Extra Strength Headache Powder

    Vanquish Extra Strength Pain Reliever

    Alka Seltzer Plus Cold

    Children’s Tylenol Cold

    Comtrex Allergy Sinus

    Thera-Flu Flu and Cold

    Sinutab Sinus Allergy

    Codeine is a widely used drug. How many people experience some of these side effects while on codeine yet go on another drug for a side effect they are experiencing? Say for example someone is on codeine for back pain. They eventually start to develop stomach pain and go back to the Dr and are then put on stomach pills, instead of trying an alternative treatment or even suspecting the codeine. Or say a woman experiences mood changes and they are told it is menopause and put of hormones. Personally I think this goes on a lot in society today. Medicating the side effects. It seems very out of control to me.

    We really should reporting side effects to the FDA. I know I haven’t personally but with the long list of side effects I been through I should have.

    I found some sources for the side effects from codeine, see below. I hope if you are a codeine user, you will take this list seriously and consider that it could be the culprit:

    Codeine is absorbed quickly from the GI tract and it’s first pass through the liver results in very little loss of the drug. This contrasts with morphine in which over 90% of the drug is metabolized in the first pass through the liver resulting in a considerable loss of potency when administered orally.

    Narcotics induce an “opioid analgesia” by altering the perception of pain at the spinal cord and brain. They also affect emotional responses to pain. Opioids have stimulating effects as well because they block inhibitory neurotransmitters. Repeated use of these drugs can cause long-term changes in the way the nervous system functions.

    Codeine has a variety of recognizable side effects, including:

    • stomach bleeding
    • kidney and liver damage
    • “itchies”
    • constipation
    • nausea
    • hangover
    • tiny pupils, blurred vision, poor night vision
    • impair your ability to drive
    • lowered heart rate, blood pressure and breathing
    • disorientation, hallucinations
    • convulsions
    • depression
    • sexual problems
    • agitation, tremors, and seizures

    http://www.clearhavencenter.com/substance-abuse-treatment-resources/signs-of-Codeine-use.php

    What side effects can this medication cause?

    Return to top

    Codeine may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

    • dizziness
    • lightheadedness
    • headache
    • drowsiness
    • mood changes
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • constipation
    • stomach pain
    • difficulty urinating

    Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

    • difficulty breathing or swallowing
    • fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
    • rash
    • itching
    • hives
    • changes in vision
    • seizures

    Codeine may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while you are taking this medication.

    If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online [at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch] or by phone [1-800-332-1088].

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682065.html#side-effects

    Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
    •allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
    •breathing problems
    •cold, clammy skin
    •confusion
    •fast or slow heartbeat
    •feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
    •seizures
    •trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine

    Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
    •constipation
    •drowsiness
    •dry mouth
    •nausea, vomiting
    •pinpoint pupils
    •sweating

    This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

    http://drugsaz.about.com/od/drugs/codeine.htm

    See my article on alternatives to tylenol has potential for liver and kidney toxicity, even death for some alternative pain relief:

    http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/Blog/wp-admin/post.php?post=484&action=edit

    Editorial

    Has the time come to phase out codeine?

    Noni MacDonald, MD MSc and Stuart M. MacLeod, MD PhD

    Section Editor, Public Health, CMAJ
    Professor of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
    With the editorial advisory team: Paul C. Hébert MD MHSc, Matthew B. Stanbrook MD PhD and Ken Flegel MDCM MSc

    Codeine is, second only to morphine, the most widely used narcotic analgesic. 1 Health professionals and the public generally believe that codeine, used responsibly, is safe, a perception fostered by the availability of codeine-containing products for purchase over the counter in many countries. However, recent advances in our understanding of pharmacogenetics raise serious concerns about the safety of codeine, including emerging evidence that the narcotic can cause death even at conventional doses. Has the time come to phase out codeine altogether?

    Codeine has poor analgesic properties. It is a prodrug, whose analgesic effects are almost entirely attributed to its principal metabolite, morphine. That’s the problem — the pharmacokinetics of codeine are unpredictable. Because codeine has been in common use for over 200 years, it was never subjected to the regulatory requirement for the rigorous safety studies that are now mandatory for new drugs.

    All of these genetic variations can have potentially serious clinical consequences. The wrong combination can result in toxic levels of morphine, even at conventional doses of codeine. For infants and young children in particular, this can be deadly, because age appears to be a key factor in susceptibility to adverse effects of morphine, possibly because of age-related maturation differences in the blood–brain barrier. Pharmacogenetic variants have been implicated in the death of a breastfed neonate whose mother had been given codeine postpartum, 2 and in the death and anoxic brain injury of two young children prescribed codeine for postoperative pain following tonsillectomy for sleep apnea. 3,4 Serious adverse effects from codeine due to pharmacogenetic variants, including life-threatening respiratory depression, have also been reported in adults. 1

    Reports of life-threatening or fatal consequences of genetic variation in codeine metabolism have been few, perhaps because testing for these gene variants is only available through research laboratories. Other evidence suggests a more widespread problem. The global distribution of the ultrafast metabolizing variant of CYP2D6, which produces high levels of morphine after codeine intake, varies by geographic origin: about 40% in North Africa, 26% in Oceania, 12% in the Middle East, 8% in North America and 3% in Europe. 1 In a recent study of opioid deaths in Ontario between 1991 and 2004, 5 codeine was the only opioid used in 20% of patients, which suggests that, although some deaths may have been caused by intentional overdose, pharmacogenetic variants may have been implicated.

    Because the need for oral pain control is so pervasive, the potential risk associated with codeine must be mitigated. Clearly, pretesting all patients for genetic variants before recommending codeine would be expensive and impractical. A more logical solution might be to restrict access to codeine for infants and young children, the apparent highest risk group. For breastfeeding mothers, guidelines for using codeine highlight signs and symptoms of toxic morphine levels in infants but do not call for avoiding codeine altogether. 6 Health Canada is considering changing the labelling for codeine to help clarify risk. However, it is unclear at what age risk diminishes, and recommendations vary internationally: Switzerland sets the minimum age for codeine-based treatment at 10 years, the Netherlands at 1 year, the United States at 3 years and Canada at 2 years. 1

    Read the whole article at:

    http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/182/17/1825

    My 2 cents:

    Codeine, morphine, narcotic and we wonder why some kids turn to drugs, are we training them

    Ritalin is another story……………………..

    diclofenac/misoprostol – oral, Arthrotec

    SIDE EFFECTS: 

    – diarrhea and upset stomach

    – nausea

    – heartburn

    – gas

    – stomach pain

    – constipation

    – headache

    – tiredness

    – drowsiness

    – dizziness

    **Rarely, diarrhea can become so severe and persistent that it may lead to dehydration

    – severe/persistent diarrhea

    – stomach cramps

    – severe dizziness

    – decreased amount of urine

    – muscle weakness

    ****Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:

    – difficult/painful swallowing

    – swelling of the hands/feet

    – sudden/unexplained weight gain

    – vision changes

    – hearing changes (e.g., ringing in the ears)

    – mental/mood changes (e.g., depression)

    – fast/pounding heartbeat

    – persistent/severe headache

    – fainting 

    – unusual/heavy vaginal bleeding 

    – menstrual problems/irregular periods

    ****Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur:

    – change in the amount of urine

    – easy bruising/bleeding

    – signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat)

    – unexplained stiff neck

    – seizures

    ******This drug may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) liver disease. If you notice any of the following rare but very serious side effects, stop taking diclofenac/misoprostol and tell your doctor immediately:

    – yellowing eyes/skin

    – dark urine

    – unusual/extreme tiredness

    – severe stomach/abdominal pain

    – persistent nausea/vomiting

    ******A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include:

    – rash

    – itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat)

    – severe dizziness

    – trouble breathing

    **This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

     

    In Canada – Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

    In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

    PRECAUTIONS: if you are allergic to either of these drugs;

     aspirin or other NSAIDs – ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib

    – aspirin-sensitive asthma 

    – recent heart bypass surgery 

    – certain liver problem 

    – kidney disease

    – liver disease

    – stomach/intestine/esophagus problems – bleeding, ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease

    – heart disease

    – high blood pressure, stroke, swelling, edema, fluid retention

    – dehydration

    – blood disorders – anemia)

    – bleeding or clotting problems

    – asthma

    – growths in the nose (nasal polyps)  

    **Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication. This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.

    *Diclofenac may cause:

    – stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol and tobacco may increase your risk for stomach bleeding

    – may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps

    – elderly may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially stomach/intestinal bleeding and kidney effects.

    – must not be used during pregnancy. It can harm the unborn baby and mother

    *******DRUG INTERACTIONS: This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious interactions may occur:

    – high doses of aspirin and related drugs – salicylates

    – cidofovir, other NSAIDs – ketorolac

    If you are currently using any of these medications listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting diclofenac/misoprostol.

    anti-platelet drugs – cilostazol, clopidogrel

    – oral bisphosphonates – alendronate

    – “blood thinners” – enoxaparin, heparin, warfarin

    – corticosteroids – prednisone, cyclosporine, desmopressin, digoxin

    – high blood pressure drugs – ACE inhibitors such as captopril, angiotensin receptor blockers such as loartan, and beta-blockers such as metoprolol, lithium, methotrexate, pemetrexed, probenecid

    – SSRI antidepressants (e.g., fluoxetine, sertraline), “water pills” – diuretics such as furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, triamterene

    – pain/fever drugs – NSAIDs such as aspirin, celecoxib, ibuprofen. These drugs are similar to this medication, so taking one of these drugs while also taking this medication may increase your risk of side effects

    *******This document does not contain all possible interactions.

    “©2013, WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved”

    My 2 cents:

    I was prescribed these for probably 15 years. I experienced many of the symptoms above yet the doctor never considered them being a side effect from the drugs they were prescribing.  They then went on to give me more drugs  for the symptoms I was having and send me to specialists for this and that, added more diagnoses and more prescriptions to the mix.  Hmmm??? Beside the added expense to our health care. Believe me too, when you involve more doctors you open yourself up to a power struggle of who is right with what diagnoses and then also the ego of the doctor whom is always right. To be honest, it is hard to find doctors who agree with one another.

    Did you read that this is not a complete list of possible side effect? The list just goes on and on. This is because the reports just keep coming in from people so you should keep updated and report your side effects! If you experienced heavy vaginal bleeding they would probably send you to a gynecologist and not even consider your muscle relaxant. Muscle weakness or fatigue you might have a touch of the flu. Abdominal pain, nausea or vomitting probably the same thing or send you for an ultra sound to check your gallbladder. My point here is that one drug can cause so many problems, offer so little cure and it’s side effects or adverse reactions can be masked as disease itself.

    Sources:

    http://www.medicinenet.com/diclofenac_wmisoprostol-oral_tablet/article.htm

     http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/1026

    http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/897

    http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/554

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I found some excellent sources for drug, food and herbal interactions. Many sources deep within the first website. Dalhouse University, College of Pharmacy:

    http://dir.pharmacy.dal.ca/drugprobinteraction.php

    http://www.myoptumhealth.com/portal/DrugGuide/Recalls+and+Alerts

    http://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.php

    http://www.hiv-druginteractions.org/

    http://www.drugdigest.org

    Here is some great information for anyone who may need help with addiction.

    We all fight addiction everyday whether it is food, drugs, alcohol, collecting, gambling,

    beauty, shopping. To err is human! It’s ok. If we admit there is a problem,

    we can work on a solution. One day at a time! Lets just help our fellow mankind to find a

    way out. I know many people who look down at people who do street drugs yet they are

    on 3 different prescription drugs and drinking alcohol with it. Are we being honest

    about our own addictions? You could be addicted to your pain medications without even

    knowing. You have to wean yourself off, a lot of drugs. I wonder myself too if some

    people are addicted to perfumes, body creams, hair sprays etc. Some people leave my

    head spinning, almost like an intoxication by how much of a cocktail of fragrance they

    wear. Are we becoming addicted to the chemicals we spray and slather on to our

    bodies as well?

    My personal opinion, we need to clean up the chemical cocktails the FDA has allowed in

    our food and personal care products! They aren’t good for humans, animals, the

    ground, water or the air so why are they still being allowed? Nature did not intend this

    stuff to be in our bodies and we wonder why there are so many diseases today? Start

    reading the chemicals on what you are consuming and putting on your body.

    This is the National Institute for
    Drug Addiction


    http://www.nida.nih.gov/nidamed/

    There is a lot of great information and
    resources.

    Information on drugs, herbs and
    supplements interactions and side effects from



    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html

    Drugs

    Learn about your
    prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines. Includes side effects,
    dosage, special precautions, and more.

    Herbs and Supplements

    Browse dietary supplements
    and herbal remedies to learn about their effectiveness, usual dosage, and drug
    interactions.

    Here are a few more drug interaction websites that are useful:

    http://www.healthline.com/druginteractions

    http://www.hivclinic.ca/main/drugs_interact.html