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Welcome to Natural Pain Relief For Fibromyalgia

 

Chronic Pain Relief

There is so much advice out there about chronic pain but what really works?

Sufferers are so mislead by the media because there is such a big profit opportunity from people who are desperate to end their pain.

– Drug companies advertise on tv that their pill is the secret to living a great life as they list off their side effects that take up half the commercial time.

– Tylenol companies advertise that their pain pills “get you back to normal”.

Is that what the world has come to? We are normal if we are drugged up on prescription medications and pain meds?

We are so desperate to find relief we try this and that only to find that it isn’t
really working.

We have to put up with side effects such as:

– weight gain, head aches, stomach pain, swelling, constipation, diarrhea, decreased sexual desire or ability, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, increased sweating, loss of appetite, increased appetite, sore throat, tiredness, trouble sleeping, vomiting, weakness.

Then there are the more severe symptoms of:

– severe allergic reactions such as  rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing,
tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, unusual
hoarseness, bizarre behaviour, bloody or black tarry stools, blurred vision,
confusion, dark urine, decreased concentration, decreased coordination,
fainting, fast or irregular heartbeat, fever or chills, hallucinations, memory
loss, mouth sores or ulcers, new or worsening mental or mood changes eg.
aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, depression, hostility, impulsiveness,
irritability, panic attacks, restlessness, pale stools, red swollen, blistered
or peeling skin, ringing in the ears, seizures, severe or persistent dizziness
or headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, weakness, trouble sleeping, sluggishness, stiff muscles, stomach pain, suicidal thoughts or attempts, tremors, trouble urinating, unusual bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness, vomitting that looks like coffee grounds, yellowing of the skin or eyes.

Then we have the unfortunate who experience

– heart attacks, strokes, kidney damage, liver damage, successful suicides, anaphylaxis shock and even death.

That is quite a list isn’t it? And all from these drugs that are going to help with your pain and change your life as you know it. Helping you with your pain. That list came mostly from the Cymbalta side effects list, one of the drugs of choice for Fibromyalgia.

I looked to the medical system for years and I experienced a long list of the above and a near death situation. If I didn’t have such a big will to live I wouldn’t be here. Well believe me, if you keep taking pills year after year you WILL develop stomach problems along with a wide array of new symptoms. It seems like you keep adding illnesses to your list of conditions and they keep adding pills for the symptoms which mostly come from the pills. It is like a domino effect that keeps you falling the wrong way, into a chronic pain syndrome instead of out of pain, you become weakened and more dependant on everyone.

There is another way and I am finding my way out of the deep dark hole of our current medical system that didn’t work for me. It was weakening my body to a point that I didn’t find much reason for living. Nothing worked, pills had me to a point that I couldn’t eat anything because it caused so much internal pain, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t wake up, I was in a permanent brain fog and on and on. There was only one way to describe it, MISERY. I went for help and ended up getting more symptoms, more pain, more disbelief from sceptic doctors, more frustration and a lot of pills.

Now today is different. I am still in pain but I have learned how to deal with my it on such a positive level. My stomach is so much better, I have less symptoms, I can sleep better, the brain fog is gone, I know my triggers, I know how to deal with each symptom, I know when and what contributes to my pain and I feel alive instead of near death. That alone is worth it’s weight and gold. Before I dreaded living the rest of my life in the state I was in, now I feel there is a light and I am looking forward to being pain free one day. I look forward to having grandchildren one day and being able to be with them instead of them sitting in my wheelchair with me or lying in my death bed.

If you want to learn to live your life with your pain opposed to suffering your life away with pain, I invite you to sign up for my newsletter and follow my path to wellness. I want to help you help yourself out of a very hard life of the
chronic pain cycle. The answer isn’t in a pill bottle but in a wide array of
solutions. I can help!

Please read some of my articles that might help you and browse around the website. There is lots of information that will hopefully help you understand where some of your pain might be coming from.


http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/category/medicine


http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/category/fibromyalgia-info


http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/category/what-the-heck-is-in-our-food


http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/category/dangerous-foods


http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/category/petitions-worthy-causes

 

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Erectile dysfunction and loss of libido are becoming more prevalent. I am simply compiling a list of anything I find that could possibly cause erectile dysfunction or loss of libido from case studies, personal experiences and side effect list from manufacturers and FDA. If you have anything to add, please let me know and I will add it to the list. Perhaps you can find something that you weren’t aware of that could be contributing to your ED. Of course there are always physiological and psychological factors but what else can cause it?  There are prescription drugs, over the counter drugs, street drugs, chemicals, mental stress, physical stress and food to name a few.

So far I have found lots, no wonder it is such a big problem:

DRUGS Linked to Erectile Dysfunction or Loss of Libido:

Codeine

Nsaids

DIURETICS AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS:

Hydrochlorothiazide  – Esidri, HydroDIURIL, Hydropes, Inderide, Moduretic, Oretic, Lotensin

Chlorthalidone – Hygroton

Triamterene – Maxide, Dyazide

Furosemide – Lasix

Bumetanide – Bumex

Guanfacine – Tenex

Methyldopa – Aldomet

Guanfacine – Tenex

Methyldopa – Aldomet

Clonidine – Catapres

Verapamil – Calan, Isoptin, Verelan

Nifedipine – Adalat, Procardia

Hydralizine – Apresoline

Captopril – Capoten

Enalapril – Vasotec

Metoprolol – Lopressor

Propranolol – Inderal

Labetalol -Normodyne

Atenolol – Tenormin

Phenoxybenzamine – Dibenzyline

Spironolactone – Aldactone

ANTIDEPRESSANTS, ANTI-ANXIETY, ANDANTIEPPELEPTIC DRUGS

Fluoxetine – Prozac

Tranylcypromine – Parnate

Sertraline -Zoloft

Isocarboxazid – Marplan

Amitriptyline – Elavil

Amoxipine – Asendin

Clomipramine – Anafranil

Desipramine – Norpramin

Nortriptyline – Norpramin

Phenelzine – Nardil

Buspirone – Buspar

Chlordiazepoxide- Librium

Clorazepate – Tranxene

Diazapam – Valium

Doxepin – Sinequan

Imipramine – Tofranil

Lorazapam – Ativan

Oxazepam – Serax

Phenytoin – Dilantin

ANTIHISTAMINES

Dimehydrinate – Dramamine

Diphenhydramine – Benadryl

Hydroxyzine – Vistaril

Meclizine – Antivert

Promothazine – Phenergan

NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS

Naproxin – Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn

Indomethacin – Indocin

PARKINSON’S DISEASE MEDICATIONS

Biperiden – Akineton

Benztropine – Cogentin

Trihexyphenidyl – Artane

Procyclidine – Kemadrin

Bromocriptine – Parlodel

Levadopa – Sinemet

ANTIARRYTHMICS

Disopyramide – Norpace

HISTAMINE H2-RECEPTOR ANTAGONISTS

Cimetidine – Tagamet

Nixatidine – Axid

Ranitidine – Zantac

MUSCLE RELAXANTS

Muscle relaxants

Cyclobenzaprine – Flexeril

Orphenadrine – Norflex

PROSTRATE CANCER MEDICATIONS

Flutamide – Eulexin

Leuprolide – Lupron

CHEMOTHERAPY DRUGS

Busalfan – Myleran

Cyclophosphamide – Cytoxan

RECREATIONAL DRUGS, STREET DRUGS, DRUG ABUSE

Alcohol

Amphetamines

Barbiturates

Cocaine

Methadone

Nicotine

Opiates

Use and abuse of these drugs can cause ED. These drugs not only affect and often times suppress the central nervous system, but can also cause serious damage to the blood vessels, resulting in permanent ED.

FOOD:

Soy Protein Isolates

Genetically Modified Soy which includes:

Mono-diglyceride

Soya, Soja or Yuba

TSF (textured soy flour) or TSP (textured soy protein)

TVP (textured vegetable protein)

Lecithin

MSG (monosodium glutamate)

Sources:

If you experience ED and think that it may be a result of medication you are taking, do not stop taking the drug without first consulting your doctor.

If foods such as GMO, Aspartame, MSG, soy protein isolates and a LOT of different prescription drugs are causing erectile dysfunction and loss of libido, could this be one of the governments many plans for mass birth control? After all, aren’t they the ones who allow this type of poisoning in our food, personal and health care products? We need to look at the whole picture. A lot of drugs and food can cause erectile dysfunction and loss of libido, then we are given another drug such as Viagra to fix that problem or anti-depressants because we must have too much stress.

Think about it, if there is that much erectile dysfunction and loss of libido happening, there can’t be that much baby making going on.  Look at the Viagra being sold nowadays.

A lot of people complain they are too worn out to have sex nowadays, no energy. Our food chain is draining in so many way.

I call the younger generation the WHITE FLOUR KIDS. They have no ambition to get up and do anything. Most of them need an afternoon nap to get by their day. They don’t exercise and they eat food with very little if any nutritional value. Kids are asking Doctors for Viagra nowadays, now how sad is that? We can sit by and consume these foods and pretend like nothing is going on but if you are one of the unfortunate ones who has chronic pain for unexplained reasons, this may be of more interest to you. We should pay attention to cancer, heart disease and the many forms of immunity diseases.

We need change. Just my thoughts!

Alcohol is taken regularly with pain killers, prescription, over the counter and street drugs without thinking twice about it. Do we really know the consequences, long term results or internal damage we could be causing to our bodies?

The addiction to alcohol, pain killers or street drugs can also lead to liver damage, kidney damage, hives, mental illnesses or even worse, child neglect, child abuse or spousal abuse. Not to mention the crime, theft and death and devastation drinking and driving accidents cause.

Lets remember that one alcoholic drink means:

  • 12 ounces beer
  • 5 ounces of wine

1 1/2 ounces of 80% proof, 1 ounce of 100% proof

Anti-depressants

Cymbalta – alcohol and drugs like Cymbalta affect similar chemicals in the brain

– concern is increasing effects of alcohol, possibly increasing depression or affecting motor skills

– healthcare professionals advise is you do drink, drink light to moderate amounts

* My thought – it is a fairly new drug and we are the guinea pigs so report your side effects and adverse reactions with drugs/alcohol/herbal/foods. I would consider liver or kidney damage. There are withdrawals symptoms with Cymbalta, libido and on and on.

**I am not a doctor or professional but I wouldn’t combine them or take either if you have a history of depression, suicidal thoughts or any kind of mental illness. Get some help, it will get better.

*** Here is it, though I would include it too. Warnings are for anyone with biopolar, suicidal attempts, heart disease, diabetes, seizures, epilepsy, glaucoma, liver, kidney, bladder or allergies.

http://depression.emedtv.com/cymbalta/cymbalta-and-alcohol.html

Suicidal? Please call for help, it can get better!

1-800-273-8255

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

I will be adding more soon…………..

Say no to use of Monsanto’s genetically modified  sugar beets in Kelloggs, Coca Cola & Kraft Products. We also have corn, soy beans and canola.

Take action today!
Call or E-mail (via their websites) the five companies listed below.

Tell them you will not purchase their foods or beverages unless they can provide you with written assurance that their products will not contain genetically engineered sugar

Company                                                                                       Phone
Kellogg’s · www.kelloggs.com 800-962-1413
Morningstar www.seeveggiesdifferently.com 800-962-1413
Kraft · www.kraftfoods.com 847-646-2000
M&M/Mars · www.mars.com 800-627-7852
Coca Cola · www.coca-cola.com 800-438-2653

Go to this website, bottom right hand sign and click on download the Boycott Kelloggs/Monsanto GE Sugar leaflet pdf. While you are there sign the worthy petitions. Most are US.

http://www.organicconsumers.org/monsanto/action.cfm

Read GMO articles:

Millions against Monsanto

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/590

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/651

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/534

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/471

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/419

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/399

 

What a hoot! That planet fitness commercial makes me laugh every time I see it. The big, dumb looking body builder in his short, shorts with his 3 liter jug of juice saying over and over………

I lift things up and put them down.

I lift things up and put them down.

I lift things up and put them down.

I lift things up and put them down.

As they escort him out the back door……

Hmmm, too much steroids or too much genetically modified soy protein isolate? LOL

You know, it doesn’t matter what it is that makes you laugh, make sure you do it everyday. It releases endorphins, those feel good hormones and we need a burst of them everyday!

Seriously though, most body builders take some form of that protein with soy protein isolate. The problem is that most of it is genetically modified or GMO  which has been shown to cause erectile dysfunction, hormonal disturbance, infertility and loss of libido in women as well as many other symptoms. Kind of ironic isn’t it? Trying to build a hard, sexy body meanwhile it is robbing you of your sexual well being.

Why do they allow these products on the market if they are harming us? Soy is good if it is organic, just make sure you are buying from a source you can trust. GMO foods not only jeopardize human health but also our environment, organic farming and animals.

I try to find the best products and the best prices for you.

If you are looking for pure, natural and organic body building proteins you can trust, click on the link below and put proteins in the search. This is the best price so far that I have found so far, but will continue to search.

For serious body builders, the Capra Double Bonded Protein sound like a good product, is gluten free, GMO free. I would think the Sun Warriors protein would be a good product too. I haven’t tried the body building products because I just exercise to firm not build, I am chick not a dude. : ) I can buy my chia seeds and have them delivered cheaper than I can buy them here though. We Canadians do have to pay a duty fee on the order which puts the price up for us.

 

Here are some articles I wrote on the effects of genetically modified foods. It is worth checking them out:

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/651

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/399

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/471

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/534

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/590

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/651

 

So the FDA has finally admitted that all anti-inflammatories can kill you. Have you been treated with anti-inflammatories for your Fibromyalgia? Here is some information you really need to be aware of before taking Vioxx, Bextra or Celebrex associated with heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular disease. Also over the counter drugs Aleve, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxyn and prescription Naproxyn and Aleve to limit or discontinue. He also talks about the effects of aspirin causing internal bleeding and wasn’t it Dr Oz who recommended a baby aspirin a day? Tylenol causes liver damage. Nsaids or anti-inflammatories causing erectile dysfunction. When is it going to end? Aren’t these the very things that are supposed to be keeping us healthy?

My confusion is the mixed information or rather mis-information and prescribing for Fibromyalgia. I have been given prescription anti-inflammatories for the past 18 years, now I am concerned. Anyone else been on years of anti-inflammatories?

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2005/01/05/anti-inflammatories.aspx

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/03/15/common-painkillers-linked-to-increased-risk-of-heart-problems.aspx

http://www.jonbarron.org/natural-health/bl110319/erectile-dysfunction-alternatives-NSAIDs

http://www.naturalnews.com/023280_aspirin_risk_cancer.html

What can we do for pain? Be educated! Jon Baron is a miracle doctor and here is his explanation for pain. What I find interesting is the link of Substance P and Fibromyalgia I wrote about in another article. You can read his book for free on line or buy it for a low price. I have tried his products and they are amazing, organic, wildcrafted herbs. I am not an affiliate, I just highly recommend the man and trust his information and product. He genuinely cares for your health, not his pocket book.

http://www.jonbarron.org/anti-aging/natural-health-barron-report-pain

http://www.jonbarron.org/anti-aging/natural-health-newsletter-pain-relief

 

Little do we know that the soy they claim is healthy for us is not so healthy. Why? Besides the fact that they turn it into soy protein isolate which can hide in so many foods we are unaware of, 90 to 95% of it is Genetically Modified Soy or GMO. According to quite a few sources it can cause quite a list of side effects from hormonal disruptions, miscarriage, infertility in women, loss of libido and erectile dysfunction in men, man boobs as well.

Another article I wrote showed that codeine can cause loss of libido and erectile dysfunction as well. So body builders should be warned, especially if they are having erectile dysfunction to stay away from those protein drinks with soy protein isolates. Dr Mercola says it can age you 5 years and it hides out in foods like:

Here are a few other names soy tends to hide under:

  • Mono-diglyceride
  • Soya, Soja or Yuba
  • TSF (textured soy flour) or TSP (textured soy protein)
  • TVP (textured vegetable protein)
  • Lecithin
  • MSG (monosodium glutamate)

Not all textured vegetable protein is made from soy, but a great deal of it is. Lecithin can be made from soy, eggs, sunflower or corn. Be sure to contact the manufacturer to find out which is in your product if the label doesn’t reveal this information.

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/428

Sources:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/02/19/the-dirty-little-secret-hidden-in-much-of-your-health-food.aspx

What I find interesting about Codeine is how we use this drug so freely, yet it is:

– dangerously addictive

– causes numerous side effects

– can cause erectile dysfunction and diminished libido which can be a longer-term effect (years to decades). Even worse, they make a pill called Viagra to make up for that erectile dysfunction which in turn, we know can add to even more problems!

I listed what sources you could be getting codeine from, the possible side effect and withdrawals. Have a good look, there may be a source you weren’t aware of.

Do we ever suspect that the drugs we are taking could be causing the symptoms in the first place? Not usually, especially over-the-counter drugs. They can’t be harmful, you can buy them off the shelf, right? We throw them in the cart like they are part of our groceries nowadays. Part of our weekly chemical intoxicants.

Even worse, we mix them with alcohol, prescription drugs, street drugs or even certain foods that have a chemical reaction. If you seriously think about it, most of our foods are chemical cocktails. Quite a mix going on there, a chemical war for. It only leads to more pain and suffering in the long run, believe me, especially if you end up with kidney or liver failure or something serious. Think twice before you start mixing prescriptions and over-the counter drugs. Take care of yourself.

Codeine

The true dangers are overuse as it has become so wide spread in so many products. It is:

– marketed as both a single-ingredient drug

– in combination preparations with the analgesic acetaminophen (paracetamol, as co-codamol paracod, panadeine, or the Tylenol With Codeine series (e.g., Tylenol 3 and 4 tablets and elixir)

– with the analgesic acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin), as co-codaprin

– with the NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) ibuprofen, as Nurofen Plus. These combinations provide greater pain relief than either agent alone (drug synergy). Commonly marketed in products containing:

– codeine with other pain killers – muscle relaxers such as Fioricet with Codeine, Soma Compound/Codeinecodeine mixed with phenacetin (Emprazil With Codeine No. 1, 2, 3, and 4), naproxen, indomethacin, diclofenac and others – more complex mixtures including such mixtures as aspirin + paracetamol + codeine ± caffeine ± antihistamines and other agents such as mentioned above – Codeine-only products can be obtained with a prescription as a time release tablet (e.g., Codeine Contin 100 mg and Perduretas 50 mg)

– also marketed in cough syrups with zero to a half-dozen other active ingredients

– a linctus (e.g., Paveral) for all of the uses for which codeine is indicated.

injectable codeine is available for subcutaneous or intramuscular injection; intravenous injection can cause a serious reaction that can progress to anaphylaxis (you don’t want to go there, the anaphylaxis is life threatening and a horrible roller coaster from hell you can’t get off. I experienced that from a 3 month injection of Lupron)

Codeine suppositories are also marketed in some countries

Are you starting to see how you could overdose so easily? These are the silent killers. So easy to consume, but with such serious consequences. You may not see your liver or kidneys being destroyed from mixing, but eventually you may feel some effects like erectile dysfunction or rashes or intestinal pain.

Rather than linking the symptoms to the use or overuse of the codeine or drugs, we are off to get diagnosed for this strange skin rash or a prescription for Viagra. Many of these symptoms could disappear without the addition of new drugs but rather the mere elimination of certain chemicals or food.

Sure, you have pain but getting to the root cause of your pain is the best answer. Long term pain killer use can cause serious damage to humans.

Adverse effects

Common effects other than analgesia associated with the use of codeine include:

– euphoria

– itching

– nausea

– vomiting

– drowsiness

– dry mouth

– miosis

– orthostatic hypotension

– urinary retention

– depression

– constipation

– lack of sexual drive

– increased complications in erectile dysfunction

– some people may also have an allergic reaction to codeine, such as the swelling of skin and rashes

erectile dysfunction and diminished libido can be a longer-term effect (years to decades) of many narcotic analgesics due to development of central hypogonadism; this appears to be an especially common effect of methadone.

– the hypoglycaemic effect of codeine, although usually weaker than that of morphine, diamorphine, or hydromorphone, can lead to cravings for sugar.

Tolerance to many of the effects of codeine develops with prolonged use, including therapeutic effects. The rate at which this occurs develops at different rates for different effects, with tolerance to the constipation-inducing effects developing particularly slowly for instance.

A potentially serious adverse drug reaction, as with other opioids, is respiratory depression. This depression is dose-related and is the mechanism for the potentially fatal consequences of overdose.

as codeine is metabolized to morphine, morphine can be passed through breast milk in potentially lethal amounts, fatally depressing the respiration of a breastfed baby.

Withdrawal effects

As with other opiate-based pain killers, chronic use of codeine can cause physical dependence. When physical dependence has developed, withdrawal symptoms may occur if a person suddenly stops the medication. Withdrawal symptoms include

– drug craving

– runny nose

– yawning

– sweating

– insomnia

– weakness

– stomach cramps

– nausea

– vomiting

– diarrhea

– muscle spasms

– chills

– irritability

– pain

To minimize withdrawal symptoms, long-term users should gradually reduce their codeine medication under the supervision of a healthcare professional. A support group called Codeine Free exists to help people who have found themselves dependent on codeine.

Codeine

Generic Name: codeine (KOE deen)

Important information about codeine

– codeine may be habit-forming

– do not drink alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with a narcotic pain medicine.

– never take codeine in larger amounts, or for longer than recommended by your doctor – follow the directions on your prescription label

– tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain. (This is really important, sometimes we stay on a medication for years, seriously consider if it is really working for you. Why risk possible organ damage and premature death for something that isn’t even helping?)

codeine may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert

do not stop using codeine suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using codeine.

Before taking codeine

Do not use codeine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a narcotic medicine (examples include:

– methadone

– morphine

– OxyContin

– Darvocet

– Percocet

– Vicodin

– Lortab

– many others
*****You should also not take codeine if you are having an asthma attack or if you have a bowel obstruction called paralytic ileus.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether codeine will harm an unborn baby. Codeine may cause addiction or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn if the mother takes this medicine during pregnancy.  Codeine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. The use of codeine by some nursing mothers may lead to life-threatening side effects in the baby. Do not use codeine without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Information from:

http://www.drugs.com/codeine.html

www.canada.com

Medical journal raises concerns about

codeine use

By Sharon Kirkey, Postmedia News

– can be lethally toxic even in normal doses

– Canada’s leading medical journal says it’s time to seriously consider phasing out the popular painkille

– The Canadian Medical Association Journal says codeine — a drug that has been in use since the 1800s —has never been subjected to the safety testing now mandatory for modern day drugs, and that a person’s genetic makeup can leave them vulnerable to life-threatening or fatal reactions.

– 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.”

– the liver converts codeine to morphine. But some people are ultrarapid metabolizers, meaning their bodies break codeine down far faster than most, leading to a toxic accumulation of morphine that can be deadly.

“We now have more cases in Canada,” said Dr. Gideon Koren, director of the Motherisk program at Sick Kids and a professor at the University of Toronto.

” Koren has also started a study involving children who are sent home with codeine after a tonsillectomy with an apnea monitor. “The study’s ongoing but I can tell you quite a few of them show episodes of apnea — they stop breathing.

So this is serious,” Koren says. Currently, there are 124 approved and marketed products containing codeine in Canada, including over the counter cough and cold medicines, analgesics and back pain medications.

Drug products containing more than 8 mg of codeine are available with a prescription. Tylenol 3 — Tylenol with codeine — is among the top 20 prescribed drugs in Canada.

In a statement, Janssen-Ortho Inc., makers of Tylenol, said the company “remains confident that its products are safe and effective for consumers. We don’t believe it is appropriate for us to comment on the CMAJ editorial.”

Last year, nearly 2.5 million prescriptions worth $37.3 million were filled by retail drugstores, according to prescription drug tracking firm IMS Health Canada. Until more research is done into codeine’s safety, physicians should be warned of the potential for harm, the CMAJ says. “We really think there needs to be some serious look at ensuring that physicians are warned about toxicity — and the general public is warned about toxicity,” MacDonald said. Read the full article at: http://www.canada.com/health/Medical+journal+raises+concerns+about+codeine/3621069/story.html

Consider phasing out codeine: CMAJ

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 5, 201

The widely used painkiller codeine is potentially dangerous and may need to be phased out altogether until more safety research is done, an editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says.Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/10/05/health-codeine-cmaj-phase-out.html#ixzz17vygiccz

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/10/05/health-codeine-cmaj-phase-out.html#ixzz17vyNDPq9

http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/10/05/health-codeine-cmaj-phase-out.html

Codeine more lethal than OxyContin:

N.L. data

Last Updated: Monday, October 30, 2006 | 10:35 AM NT

CBC News

Codeine, a common ingredient in over-the-counter cold medicines, has been more lethal than OxyContin in Newfoundland and Labrador, according to provincial government data. The office of Newfoundland and Labrador’s chief medical examiner listed codeine as the cause or a contributing factor in the deaths of 16 people between 2000 and 2005.
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