New Warnings on Opiate Pain Relievers

HeartHawk
By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2011-02-17 10:40:49 -0600
Started 2010-12-16 11:29:50 -0600

Many of our members may be treating their pain with opiates including codiene and oxycodone (i.e. Oxycontin) and propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet). Propoxyphene has recently been removed by the FDA for complications, most notably arrhythmias.

A new study has also found that codeine and oxycodone more than double your cardiovascular risk compared to other opiate-based pain relievers such as hydrocodone and tramadol.

It might be of interest to all members to hear from those of us taking these drugs, why they were prescribed to us, and what your has experience been? Finally, if you are taking these drugs it would be prudent to address these concerns with your doctor.

I have posted an article on the subject titled "Is codeine cardiotoxic? Middle-ground painkiller ups CV risk in large study" for additional info.

HH


8 replies

louieb=nerica
louieb=nerica 2011-02-15 06:15:50 -0600 Report

my wife is perscribed the following , daladid 4mg -used for break through for her kadien 60mg capsules. when i say breakthrough i mean it helps the kadien take effect alot faster, for her back they gave her soma. anxiety valium , and her bladder i forget the name, and she has a capsule that helps her to sleep at night , its not something that puts u to sleep it is for when u fall asleep it kicks in and helps u to sleep the 6-8 hours u need. the oxycodone and codine do more damage then good. consider switching to what i talked about , hope anything i said helps. and i will place my cell phone number in profile if u want more information. bless u all and in our prayers.

jbs2travel
jbs2travel 2011-01-24 01:29:22 -0600 Report

I am currently taking warfarin and therefore cannot take ibuprofen or aspirin so I am forced to take oxycodone for pain. It does not please me, but what else is there. I would think there would be something else not quite as strong or as toxic. I have tried homeopathic meds - arnica gel & pills will sometimes help, but not like a good old aspirin.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2011-01-03 00:38:58 -0600 Report

WELL IM A PERSON WHO BEEN ON OXYCODONE FOR ?? YEARS.FOR NECK PAIN AND OTHER MEDICAL REASON THAT WILL REQUIRE SURGERY .I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE SIDE EFFECTS THE PAIN MEDS CAUSE.ITS THE ONLY THING THAT WORKS I TRIED EVERYTHING CHIRO,INJECTION,MASSAGE AND MORE.BUT WELL KNOCK ON WOOD IM STILL FINE HEALTH WISE.SO COULD ANYONE TELL ME IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I CAN TAKE OR DO BESIDE TAKING PAIN MEDS.
THANK YOU SO MUCH

Anonymous
Anonymous 2010-12-22 16:52:21 -0600 Report

THANK-YOU , for addressing this issue.This information needs to spread far and wide especially in the FAMILY PRACTICE OFFICES when treating cardiovascular patients. I found some information on the Mayo-Clinic web a few years ago when searching for info on studies on pain meds and heart health. I also have some concerns about the contrast dye used during Arteriorgrams in relation to kidney stones and UTIs.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2010-12-20 16:22:28 -0600 Report

Here is a link that will take you directly to the article that is mentioned above.
http://www.heartconnect.com/news-articles/53-is-codeine-cardiotoxic-middle-ground-painkiller-ups-cv-risk-in-large-study

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2010-12-22 23:01:06 -0600 Report

Jeanette,

Thanks for posting the last few links! I finally figured out that the editor recognizes URLs and creates the link. I kept looking for a editor control, lol.

HH