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Many people with Fibromyalgia suffer from stomach pain but a large number of the general population also suffer with major digestive problems with symptoms anywhere from bloating, indigestion, gas, acid reflux, diarrhea, constipation and pain throughout the digestive system.

There are numerous over the counter and prescription pills for stomach pain but do any really work and what organ damage or side effects are you trading off for? All for a food that isn’t right for your body anyways.

If they really solved the problem, we wouldn’t be seeing monthly prescriptions repeated for infinity or the over the counter remedy we throw in with our weekly groceries. Does anyone ever read the side effects of those products?

In my world, I find the cause of the upset and eliminate it. Growing up as a child, I thought it was normal to have a stomach ache. Now I know it can go away by eliminating certain foods and without drugs.

If you suffer from stomach pain, I would really think about eliminating foods from your diet that can cause these symptoms. Likely culprits would be dairy, wheat, sugar, fried foods and preservatives such as aspartame and MSG. Each on of these are so far spread into our food chain it is a difficult task and takes a lot of persistence to find all the products that have these ingredients.

If it is diarrhea you should consider milk or wheat first but eliminate one at a time. Removing dairy will remove symptoms rather quickly, wheat would take months for your small intestines to heal so you wouldn’t know right away but you should see some relief in your tummy from eliminating it.

Wheat is the hardest to eliminate because it is so widespread into everything nowadays, it is even in liquorice, soy sauces and margarine. It is really worth the sacrifice if you suffer from severe stomach pain.

Lactose Intolerance

As soon as I was diagnosed as lactose intolerant, we discovered that my mother and many of her family were also lactose intolerant and just suffered from the symptoms all their life. How sad is that? Makes me wonder what their doctors were thinking? Some symptoms:

                                     – diarrhea

                                     – stomach pain 

                                     – abdominal bloating

                                     – gas, bloating

Personally, I believe my cysts were caused from consuming dairy products. I lost my ovary at 18 due to a cyst, I was given the Lupron for a cyst and have had other cysts as well. It gives me mucous in my stools, throat, nose and eyes.

I read once that we are not meant to drink milk other than at birth. A mother’s milk has a purpose; for growth and immunity for babies. Then whether it is human, cattle or monkeys, they all move on to food.

The book of blood types says that dairy causes mucous in the A blood type body. I am A blood type and it is true for me. I think the mucous contributes to arthritic conditions and inflammation in the body as well. The more I consume the more I have pain and digestive problems.

You can use Lactaid pills that will help with the bloating, gas and diarrhea but I find they don’t work that well, you still get the mucous and it still wrecks havoc on your digestive system so it just isn’t worth it to me. It takes my body days to weeks to re-coop if I do consume it.

There is life after dairy by the way! Everyone says they would die without dairy or flour. I have discovered a new world of cooking and eating that is rather tasty. When you get away from it for a long time, you find it really doesn’t taste that great and it is very sweet because most dairy is loaded with sugar, dyes, aspartame and chemicals so I am not really missing out on anything after all.

Article on celiac:

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/958

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/772

 

 

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease characterized as an immune response to wheat, rye, barley (gluten and gliadin).

– leads to inflammation to the small intestine and damage and destruction to the villi

It isn’t taken seriously enough, it can be detrimental to one’s health and well being. I suffer in so many ways when I eat gluten, I feel it in my bones, I get numb, creeping pain in my feet and hands (diagnosed as carpal tunnel and neuropathy), I cannot digest it, abdominal pain and distension, intestinal pain, bone and joint pain, headaches and migraines, mucous throughout my body (stool, eyes, throat), sores in my mouth and anemia. It is nasty, I get thinner, paler and weaker. I think a lot of our older population is gluten intolerant but are being treated for neuropathy, arthritis or digestive issues instead of eliminating the wheat. What a shame, life is amazingly different without wheat for me, if you suspect it, give it a try, just eliminate it and see how you feel. Wheat takes months to get out of your system though and if you have been off of gluten for over 5 or 6 months, the test won’t show you are celiac. You have to have it in your system to show up on tests. I have been off of it for 21 years and a doctor just tested me for it and said I wasn’t celiac. Here is what I found:

If the person being tested has not consumed any gluten for several weeks prior to testing, then celiac disease tests may be negative (although this may require many months of gluten-free diet). If the doctor still suspects celiac disease, she may do a gluten challenge – have the patient introduce gluten into his diet for several weeks or months to see if the symptoms return. At that time, celiac tests may be repeated or a biopsy may be done to check for villous atrophy (damage to the villi in the intestine).

I am not putting myself through all that pain, anemia and joint and muscle pain again to see if I have what I know I have. It makes me sick so I don’t eat it. Perhaps a lot of arthritis people have isn’t really arthritis but rather an undiagnosed gluten reaction. I know when I took out the final hidden gluten out of my diet, the nerve pain disappeared. Honestly, I think we eat way too much white flour, what nutrition is in it? Empty calories.

http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/celiac_disease/test.html

I will be writing a lot more on this topic……will continue……….

 

 

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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:

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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.

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  • Each six capsules contain 1740mg Magnesium
  • Other ingredients include cellulose, citric acid vegetable stearate.
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    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

     

     

    Lets have a look at the two drugs they are currently prescribing for Fibromyalgia, Cymbalta and Lyrica. I found this from the Patients like me website.

    Cymbalta side effects as an overall problem of 754 people, 511 experienced side effect, 119 being severe. Of the 481 side effects reported, the most common were libido decreased, sweating increased, nausea, dizziness, brain cloud and insomnia, most being moderate to severe.

    Lyrica side effects as an overall problem of 604 people, 484 experienced side effects, 151 of them being severe. Of the 610 side effects reported, the most common were weight gain, brain fog, daytime sleepiness, dizziness, lack of concentration and blurry vision.

    Interesting enough, after 18 years of the drugs they have given me, since giving them up, the brain fog or cloud has disappeared, the weight gain has stopped and I have returned to my normal weight, I don’t experience the dizziness anymore or the nausea (except from certain foods), my concentration is better and I sleep better now.

    It has taken a very strict program of chiropractic care/stretching/exercise/diet changes/herbals/vitamins/giving up certain things/adding certain things plus many more hints and tips, an overall combination of events that is finally helping me. I am by all means not cured but I am far better off than a year ago and I can see things a lot more clearly now. Understanding your body and what is going on with it is half the battle instead of drowning it with chemical drugs in hope for a cure. Not one of the many, many drugs I was on cured anything, only complicated things for me and I could see the drugs were going to be detrimental to me in the long term.

    My questions are:

    Why are we okay with drugs that give a majority of users side effects that are mild to severe, yet don’t really help?

    How can all these drugs be good for our organs in the long term?

    How can they drug this illness when they don’t even know what it is?

    How do they know they aren’t making it worse?

    Some of us can’t take the drugs anymore, what about us? Are there any other Fibromyalgia sufferers in the same boat? Please share you comments.

    Cymbalta

    Side effect as an overall problem

    Severe         119

    Moderate   179

    Mild             213

    None           243

    Most commonly reported side effects

    Sex drive (libido) decreased   97

    Sweating increased                    90

    Nausea                                           89

    Dizziness

    Lyrica

    Side effects as an overall problem

    Severe         151

    Moderate   175

    Mild             158

    None            120

    Most commonly reported side effects

    Weight gain                      164

    Brain fog                            102

    Daytime sleepiness          95

    Dizziness                          92

    Lack of Concentration 81

    Blurry vision                    76

     

     

    I did some research on Tylenol, the most widely used pain killer. I found some interesting facts and something that could perhaps save someones life if they try to commit suicide with the pain killer Tylenol or Acetaminophen or Paracetamol. Overdose may result in severe or possibly fatal liver damage.

    What I didn’t know is that there is an antidote that could perhaps save that someone’s life. Many suicide attempts are made with Tylenol and unfortunately they sometimes awaken but later die from liver toxicity. Even more interesting, the reasons for this poisoning are to do with the process by which paracetamol is eliminated from the body. It is first metabolized to a quinone imine. This compound is extremely toxic, and like other such compounds is eliminated in the liver by reaction with a tripeptide, glutathione. If insufficient glutathione is available, the toxic quinone will not be eliminated and begins to react with cellular proteins and nucleic acids in the liver, eventually causing irreparable damage. The two compounds, Methionine and N-acetylcysteine can boost levels of the vial glutathione in the liver, and so can be used as antidote for paracetamol (tylenol) poisoning, if the overdose if discovered in time. Article below.

    Here are the ingredients from the tylenol website. See bottom of article, I have listed the meaning of the non-medical ingredients to see what the heck they are and what they mean to our health as well:

    http://www.tylenol.ca/products/adult/body-aches-pains/muscle-aches-body-pain/tylenol-muscle-aches-body-pain?gclid=CIDB6NbOsqYCFQO8KgodvQmzoQ

    Medicinal Ingredient: Acetaminophen, 650 mg

    Non-Medicinal Ingredients (alphabetical): carnauba wax, cellulose, corn starch, FD&C red no. 40, hydroxyethylcellulose, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, povidone, sodium starch glycolate, triacetin.

    So just what is Acetaminophen? Here is what I found:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paracetamol

    Paracetamol or acetaminophen

    While generally safe in Recommended doses – 1,000.00 mg per single dose and up to 4,000 mg per day for adults/up to 2,0000 mg if consuming alcohol.

    Acute overdose can cause fatal liver damage and in rare individuals a normal dose can do the same. * Risk is heightened by alcohol consumption.

    *** PARACETAMOL TOXICITY IS THE FOREMOST CAUSE OF ACUTE LIVER FAILURE IN THE WESTERN WORLD AND ACCOUNTS FOR DRUG OVERDOSES IN THE UNITED STATES, THE UNITED KINGDOM, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND!!!!!

    Now we can see how serious this little pill really is. Did you notice that the single recommended dose is 1,000 grams, yet their pill contains 650 grams, so you are overdosing each time you take two tylenol together, interesting.

    So back to the makers website, I really had to look to find the side effects, they are hidden under the products tab, under the caution tab:

    Caution

    Keep out of the reach of children. This package contains enough drug to seriously harm a child. Do not use with other drugs containing acetaminophen. Do not take more than the maximum daily dose. Overdose may result in severe or possibly fatal liver damage. Do not take if allergic to acetaminophen. Consult a doctor if: Your symptoms last for more than 5 days; You develop allergic reactions such as wheezing, rash or itching. Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you: Are pregnant or breastfeeding; Have chronic alcoholism; Have a serious liver or kidney disease; Use any other medications including natural health products, prescription drugs, salicylates or other pain and fever relief medications. In case of overdose, call a Poison Control Centre or doctor immediately, even if you do not notice any possible signs or symptoms such as increased sweating, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and loss of appetite. Use only as directed by a doctor.

    There you have it from the Tylenol makers. So I did some further research on Paracetamol. When it is mixed with codeine, it becomes Tylenol. See below. :

    http://www.ch.ic.ac.uk/rzepa/mim/drugs/html/paracet_text.htm

    Paracetamol (Acetaminophen)


    A Chance Discovery

    The painkilling properties of paracetamol were discovered by accident when a similar molecule (acetanilide) was added to a patient’s prescription about 100 years ago. But since acetanilide is toxic in moderate doses, chemists modified its structure to try and find a compound that was less harmful but which still retained the analgesic properties. One of these compounds is N-acetyl-para-aminophenol, which is also known as acetaminophen in the US and paracetamol (from para-acetyl-amino-phenol) in the UK. When mixed with codeine it goes by the tradename Tylenol.

    Acetanilide Paracetamol Aniline

    In fact, in the body, the original compound, acetanilide is partially converted into a mixture of paracetamol and aniline. The paracetamol provides the painkilling properties, but the aniline is toxic. Paracetamol has a very similar structure to aspirin, and because of this they are recognised by the same enzyme. This enzyme is responsible for the biosynthesis of prostoglandins, which are involved in the dilation of blood vessels that causes the pain experienced in a headache. Reduction of the amount of prostoglandin, therefore, helps prevent headaches and other pain.

    How it’s made

    Paracetamol is one of the most common drugs used in the world, and is manufactured in huge quantities. The starting material for the commercial manufacture of paracetamol is phenol, which is nitrated to give a mixture of the ortho and para-nitrotoluene. The o-isomer is removed by steam distillation, and the p-nitro group reduced to a p-amino group. This is then acetylated to give paracetamol.

    Paracetamol as Poison

    Because paracetamol is a potent drug that is available without prescription, it is often used in suicide attempts, and in this respect it is potentially more dangerous than other over-the-counter drugs such as aspirin. This is because paracetamol overdoses often cause liver failure, and there have been many cases where attempted suicides have awakened from an overdose and changed their minds, yet still died a few days later from liver damage.

    The reasons for this poisoning are to do with the process by which paracetamol is eliminated from the body. It is first metabolised to a quinone imine:

    This compound is extremely toxic, and like other such compounds is eliminated in the liver by reaction with a tripeptide, glutathione. If insufficient glutathione is available, the toxic quinone will not be eliminated and begins to react with cellular proteins and nucleic acids in the liver, eventually causing irreparable damage.

    However, two compounds, methionine and N-acetylcysteine can boost levels of the vital glutathione in the liver, and so can be used as antidotes for paracetamol poisoning if the overdose is discovered in time. A new formulation of paracetamol is now being marketed in the UK which incorporates methianine, such that the drug carries its own antidote with it!

    Here are the non-medical ingredients from Tylenol’s website and their meaning from dictionary.com:

    Non-Medicinal Ingredients (alphabetical): carnauba wax, cellulose, corn starch, FD&C red no. 40, hydroxyethylcellulose, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, povidone, sodium starch glycolate, triacetin.

    .

    carnauba wax car·nau·ba

    –noun

    1.

    a palm, Copernicia prunifera,  of Brazil, having palmate leaves covered with wax.

    2. Also called carnauba wax . the hard, lustrous wax obtained from the leaves of this tree, used as a polish or floor wax

    cellulose

    cel·lu·lose

    –noun

    an inert carbohydrate, (C 6 H 10 O 5 ) n ,  the chief constituent of the cell walls of plants and of wood, cotton, hemp, paper, etc.

    corn starch corn·starch

    –noun

    a starch or a starchy flour made from corn and used for thickening gravies and sauces, making puddings, etc
    Also called, especially British, corn flour.

    FD&C red no. 40 (I couldn’t find this in the dictionary but it was in the PAN Pesticides Database – Chemicals)
    Even more interesting is why they color the pills:
    There is a psychological effect of color – “active” colors such as red or yellow tend to make us feel more alert and “passive” colors such as blue or green tend to makes us feel more relaxed. Depending on the expected effect of the medication, the manufacturer may impart a color to help suggest the desired response. In reality, the color has no effect on the effectiveness of the medication, which is why it’s listed under inactive ingredients on the label.
    Which lead me to the red dye website that will give you amazing information on the subject as well as sources of red dye:
    Red40 in Pain relievers
    Even pain medications may contain Red Dye #40. The reason is based in the fact that there are only four common medications available for over the counter pain relief – aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve). Manufacturers need to find a way to to differentiate their product from their competitors, otherwise the consumer is likely to purchase a low priced “generic” pain reliever. Because they contain the same active ingredient as the generic, the only alternative is packaging and branding. By wrapping their pain reliever in a red and yellow striped shell and spending millions of dollars advertising that their colored pill is better than their competitor’s, they can build up product identification, brand loyalty and profits. Increasingly, the generics have diversified to the point where they now mimic the packaging of the product, so you may find generic ibuprofen in either yellow, orange or brown to mimic the leading brands
    Now as for Hydroxyethylcellulose, it wasn’t in the dictionary but it lead me to a cosmetic website:

    HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE

    Binder; Emulsion Stabilizer; Film Former; Viscosity Increasing Agent – Aqueous; BINDING; EMULSION STABILISING; FILM FORMING; STABILISING; VISCOSITY CONTROLLING

    Also listed as

    CELLULOSE HYDROXYETHYLATE; CELLULOSE, 2-HYDROXYETHYL ETHER; H. E. CELLULOSE; 2-HYDROXYETHYL ETHER CELLULOSE; CELLULOSE, 2HYDROXYETHYL ETHER; 2-HYDROXYETHYL CELLULOSE; 2-HYDROXYETHYL CELLULOSE ETHER; AW 15 (POLYSACCHARIDE) ; BL 15; CELLOSIZE 4400H16; CELLOSIZE QP

    Given the incomplete information made available by companies and the government, EWG provides additional information on personal care product ingredients from the published scientific literature. The chart below indicates that research studies have found that exposure to this ingredient — not the products containing it — caused the indicated health effect(s) in the studies reviewed by Skin Deep researchers. Actual health risks, if any, will vary based on the level of exposure to the ingredient and individual susceptibility — information not available in Skin Deep.
    This ingredient:
    no Cancer
    yes, weak Developmental/reproductive toxicity
    no Allergies/immunotoxicity
    no Use restrictions
    no Contamination concerns
    no Lesser or emerging concerns for this ingredient:
    Neurotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive),
    HYPROMELLOSE
    A highly viscous, water-soluble, non-irritating compound used as a thickening, lubricating and clinging agent. It is used principally as artificial tears (as for example in the management of keratoconjunctivitis sicca) and sometimes as a wetting agent. Syn. hydroxypropylmethylcellulose. 
    Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann
    http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/

    MAGNESIUM STEARATE

    Renal Complications Demonstrated in Laboratory Animals

    The United States National Library of Medicine Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET) lists the toxic effects that occurred when magnesium stearate was fed to experimental rats. In some rats, urinary stones developed, and in others a condition known as nephrocalcinosis occurred, where excess calcium deposits in the kidneys. Nephrocalcinosis is a dangerous condition that may lead to kidney damage and failure.

    Human Health Effects

    The United States National Library of Medicine Toxicology Data Network lists various potential health side effects of magnesium stearate in humans. The network has deemed the chemical slightly toxic if ingested. There have even been reports of deaths following accidental inhalation of baby dusting powder containing magnesium stearate as an ingredient. In cases of accidental ingestion of a large dose, it can result in acute magnesium toxicity manifested by weakness, a drop in blood pressure and a slowing of the heart.

    Other Adverse Effects

    The International Programme on Chemical Safety mentions several chemical hazards related to magnesium stearate. In addition to being spontaneously combustible, magnesium stearate is said to emit toxic fumes and pungent smoke when heated. The International Programme on Chemical Safety further enumerates that this can affect breathing and cause the development of coughing. Vomiting can also be triggered as a result of the ingestion of magnesium particles scattered in the air as a result of heating.

    POVIDONE po·vi·done

    n.

    A polymer used as a vehicle for drugs, especially iodine.
    The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

    Sodium Starch Glycolate or SSG

    Overview

    Sodium starch glycolate, or SSG, is a common ingredient in many pharmaceutical pills, although it is not a medicine. SSG is the sodium salt of a carboxymethyl ether of starch. It is commonly used as a rapid disintegrant, a chemical that promotes the rapid distingetration and immediate release of orally administered drugs. It coats the pills keeping the medicine in, but releases the medicine rapidly upon contact with water.

    Warning

    Sodium starch glycolate can be derived from any starch source. For example, corn, rice, potatoes and wheat are all potential sources. Some of these sources, are not gluten-free; for example, wheat. Therefore, medications listing sodium starch glycolate as an ingredient may not be gluten-free. For people in need of a gluten-free diet, such as those suffering from celiac disease, or people with gluten allergies, it is important to determine the exact botanical source of the sodium starch glycolate in the medication before that mediation can be considered safe.

    TRIACETIN
    Triacetin, triacetate ester of glycerol, is a clear, combustible and oily liquid with a bitter taste and a fatty odor. It is slightly soluble in water but soluble in alcohol and ether. It has properties of both glycerol and acetate. Diacetin (CAS RN: 25395-31-7) and nonoacetin (CAS RN: 26446-35-5) are glycerin diacetate and glycerin monoacetate respectively. Triacetin is found in some food like butter as it is used as a food additive for the solvency of flavourings for the function of humectant. It is used in perfumery and cosmetics for these applications. It is used as an antifungal agent in external medicine for topical treatment of superficial fungal infections of the skin. Triacetin is applied to cigarette filter as a plasticizer. It is used as a gelatinizing agent in explosives. .
    http://www.chemicalland21.com/industrialchem/plasticizer/TRIACETIN.htm
    So, my conclusion to all this is that tylenol is made up of a lot of chemicals that are used in cosmetics, cigarette filter as a plasticizer, gelatinizing agent for explosives, known toxicity, side effect and can be detrimental to those with celiac disease as sodium starch glycolate as an ingredient may not be gluten-free. Not to mention the adverse and life threatening effects of the medical ingredient of tylenol. This safe little pill sure makes me wonder now about the long term effect and how safe it really is. What about you?
    I just learned something myself as I am celiac and I have been told for years to take tylenol.

    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?

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    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

    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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



    Welcome to Natural Pain Relief For Fibromyalgia

     Are you sure it’s Fibromyalgia?

    If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia I have come across a couple of articles that you need to be aware of if you suffer with this mysterious illness that has no explanation. 

    There are other illnesses that can actually be misdiagnosed as Fibromyalgia or Fibromyalgia can be caused from.

    The first article shows that Endometriosis can cause Fibromyalgia.
    Please read below.

    I have listed some highlights below but you can read the full article at:

    http://www.endo-resolved.com/symptoms.html

    As Endometriosis develops, a woman’s immune system becomes more and more impaired and this leads to further health problems. Due to increased research, as well as surveys of Endometriosis patients, it is now becoming clear that women with this disease are susceptible to other serious health problems including:

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (100 times more common in women with endometriosis)
    • ME Hypothyroidism – under-active Thyroid gland (7 times more common in women with endometriosis)
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Rheumatoid arthritis

    If you do have endometriosis here are some studies. Even if you don’t need to read this. You can check out the full article below but I have included some that are relevant to our situation:

    http://endotimes.blogspot.com/2006/04/dioxin-and-endometriosis-studies.html

     

    The Dioxin and Endometriosis Studies

    The following 18 studies indicate a possible link between dioxin

    exposure and the development of endometriosis, just as the previous
    section found links for PCB exposure. Certain PCBs are dioxin-like. In addition,
    PCB mixtures are often contaminated with dioxins. See PCBs, Dioxins,
    Furans and Mercury — They Travel Together.

    Study #1 – endometriosis is directly linked to dioxin exposure, and dose-dependent

    Study #2 – endocrine disruptors are implicated in endometriosis

    Study #3 – dioxin or dioxin-like compounds (certain PCB’s) are associated with endometriosis

    Study #4 – endometriosis increases in female offspring of dioxin-fed mothers, dioxin increases the size of endometriotic lesions

    Study #5 – dioxin increases the incidence and severerity of endometriosis human rates of endometriosis have increased during the last decades. Dioxins are a family of chlorinated aromatic hydrocarbons that are produced during combustion processes in the presence of a chlorine donor and as by-products of the chlorine-processing chemical industries.

    Study #6 – the dioxin margin of safety is insufficient to protect against endometriosis

    Study #7 – dioxin is correlated with an increased incidence of Endometriosis

     

    See the full article for all case studies, I think the point was made here. 

    So what the heck are dioxins, where do they come from and how can we avoid them? I did some further research to find out how we can avoid these dioxins. My Mother died of breast cancer and suffered major gynaecological problems so I was probably like the baby in study #4.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dioxins_and_dioxin-like_compounds


    Dioxins and dioxin-like compounds (DLC)
    – are by-products of various industrial processes

    – commonly regarded as highly toxic compounds that are environmental pollutants and persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

    They include:

    • Polychlorinated dibenzodioxins (PCDDs), or simply dioxins, technically a
      derivative of dibenzodioxin 
    • Polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs), or simply furans, technically a
      derivative of dibenzofurans. Whilst they strictly speaking are not dioxins,
      they have dioxin-like properties
    • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which also strictly speaking are not
      dioxins, but some have “dioxin-like” properties. They can under certain
      conditions form from the more toxic dibenzodioxins and dibenzofurans through
      partial oxidation
    • Finally, it may refer to Dioxin (chemical), the basic chemical unit of the
      more complex dioxins


    According to the Agency of Toxic Substances & Disease Registry:

    – dioxins are not intentionally produced and have no known use
    – they are the by-products of various industrial processes (i.e., bleaching paper
    pulp, and chemical and pesticide manufacture) and combustion activities (i.e., burning household trash, forest fires, and waste incineration)
    – the defoliant Agent Orange, used during the VietnamWar, contained dioxins. 
    – Dioxins are found at low levels throughout the world in air, soil, water, sediment, and in foods such as meats, dairy, fish, and shellfish
    – the highest levels of dioxins are usually found in soil, sediment and in fatty tissues of animals- much lower levels are found in air and water

    Sources

    Dioxins are produced as by-products of incomplete combustion and some chemical processes, including natural ones. General sources of exposure

    Dioxins enter the physical environment by release during:

    • Combustion
    • Metal smelting and refining
    • Manufacturing of chlorinated chemicals
    • Paper bleaching
    • Natural biological and photochemical processes
    • Mobilization from environmental reservoirs (e.g., stirred sediments)

    Specific sources and routes of exposure

    Exposure through diet

    The major sources of human exposure (96%) are

    • Animal fats found in meats
    • Full fat dairy products
    • Fatty fish (herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, trout, tuna)

    Exposure through air

    • Breathing incineration gases released from medical, municipal, and
      hazardous waste incinerators.
    • Breathing gases released by industrial processes from paper mills,
      cement kilns, and metal smelters.

    Exposure through occupation

    People who perform the following types of work can be exposed to dioxins:

    • Production and handling of certain chlorinated phenols (such as 2,4,5-trichlorophenol or pentachlorophenol (PCP)
    • Production or handling of chlorinated pesticides, such as 2-4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2-4-D) and other herbicides
    • Chlorinated pesticide application
    • Pressure treatment of wood with PCP and handling of PCP treated wood
    • Production of chlorinated paper at pulp and paper mills
    • Operation of municipal solid waste or hazardous waste incinerators
    • Hazardous waste clean-up operations

    Accidental exposure Rare cases of high level exposures through industrial accidents such as occurred in Seveso, Italy.

    Exposure from waste sites Potential chronic low level exposure by living next to a hazardous waste site containing dioxins. Currently, in the United States, there are 126 Superfund sites (with a completed exposure pathway) contaminated with dioxins.

    Intentional Toxic Equivalent Factors (ITEF) for the dioxin congeners of concern (NATO/CCMS)

    http://www.ejnet.org/dioxin/


    Do dioxins cause cancer?


    Yes. The EPA report confirmed that dioxins are a cancer hazard to people. In 1997, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) — part of the World Health Organization – published their research into dioxins and furans and announced on February 14, 1997, that the most potent dioxin, 2,3,7,8-TCDD, is a now considered a Group 1 carcinogen, meaning a “known human carcinogen.”


    Also, in January 2001, the U.S. National Toxicology Program upgraded 2,3,7,8-TCDD from “Reasonable Anticipated to be a Human Carcinogen” to “Known to be a Human Carcinogen.” See their reports on dioxins and furans from their most recent
    11th Report
    on Carcinogens

    Finally, a 2003 re-analysis of the cancer risk from dioxin reaffirmed that there is no known “safe dose” or “threshold” below which dioxin will not cause cancer. July 2002 study shows dioxin to be related to increased incidence of breast cancer.

    (there you go mom)


    What other health problems are linked to dioxin exposure?

    – cancer

    – dioxins can cause severe reproductive and developmental problems (at levels 100 times lower than those associated with its cancer causing effects)

    – well known for its ability to damage the immune system and interfere with hormonal systems


    Dioxin exposure has been linked to:

    • – birth defects
    • – inability to maintain pregnancy (my mother had about 6 miscarriages)
    • – decreased fertility
    • – reduced sperm counts
    • – endometriosis
    • – diabetes
    • – learning disabilities
    • – immune system suppression
    • – lung problems
    • – skin disorders
    • – lowered testosterone levels and much more.

     

    For a detailed list of health problems related to dioxin, read the People’s Report on Dioxin.

    How are we exposed to dioxin?

    The major sources of dioxin are in our diet. Since dioxin is fat-soluble, it bio-accumulates, climbing up the food chain. 

    • A North American eating a typical North American diet will receive 93% of their dioxin exposure from meat and dairy products
      (23% is from milk and dairy alone; the other large sources of exposure are beef, fish, pork, poultry and eggs).
    • In fish, these toxins bio-accumulate up the food chain so that dioxin levels in fish are 100,000 times that of the surrounding environment.
    • The best way to avoid dioxin exposure is to reduce or eliminate your consumption of meat and dairy products by adopting a vegan diet. 
    • According to a May 2001 study of dioxin in foods, “The category with the lowest [dioxin] level was a simulated vegan diet, with 0.09 ppt…. Blood dioxin levels in pure vegans have also been found to be very low in comparison with the general population, indicating a lower contribution of these foods to human dioxin body burden.”
    • In EPA’s dioxin report, they refer to dioxin as hydrophobic (water fearing) and lipophilic (fat-loving). This means that dioxin, when it settles on water bodies, will rapidly accumulate in fish rather than remain in the water. The same goes for other wildlife. Dioxin works its way to the top of the food chain.
      Men have no ways to get rid of dioxin other than letting it break down
      according to its chemical half-lives. Women, on the other hand, have two ways
      which it can exit their bodies:
    • It crosses the placenta… into the growing infant;
    • It is present in the fatty breast milk, which is also a route of
      exposure which doses the infant, making breast-feeding for
      non-vegan/vegetarian mothers quite hazardous.


    If you’re eating the typical North American diet, this is where you are getting
    your dioxins from:

     

     

    Dioxin  Exposure Chart

    Chart from EPA Dioxin Reassessment Summary 4/94

    – Vol. 1, p. 37 (Figure II-5. Background TEQ exposures for North America by pathway)


    [A TEQ is a dioxin Toxic EQuivalent, calculated by looking at all toxic dioxins 
    and furans and
    measuring them in terms of the most toxic form of dioxin, 
    2,3,7,8-TCDD.

    This means that some dioxins/furans might only count as half a TEQ if it’s half
    as toxic as 2,3,7,8-TCDD.]

    Dioxin  Levels in Food

     

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    from May 2001 study by Arnold Schecter et. al., Journal of Toxicology and Environmental
    Health, Part A, 63:1–18]


    Note: freshwater fish were farm-raised on a diet of meat, which is why
    they show the highest dioxin levels in this study.


    For more information on dioxin in the food supply…


    Other diseases that mimic Fibromyalgia 

    MSG and Aspartame poisoning can also mimic Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Lupus among other illnesses. My advice is to eliminate Aspartame and MSG out of your diet to see if your symptoms go away.

    See article on MSG and Aspartame or sign up for more info.

    One more study I will have to dig out is celiac disease as also being misdiagnosed as Fibromyalgia. Celiac disease is a medical condition in which the absorptive surface of the small intestines is damaged by a substance called gluten. This results in the inability  of the body to absorb nutrients: proteins, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for good health.
    Read more on this:

    http://www.celiac.ca/EnglishCCA/eceliac.html

    http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/1106

    http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/1090

    http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/471

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