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Safe Acetaminophen Dosage with Chronic Pain

Problems knowing acetaminophen dosage Medication safety is one more health concern for people living with frequent acute pain or chronic pain from chronic illness like rheumatoid disease (RD). It’s not always obvious when it comes to acetaminophen dosage especially. Can you believe nearly 50% of excess acetaminophen-related liver damage is an unintentional result of not reading...Continue reading      5 Comments » Read more

FDA Limits Acetaminophen in Prescription Pain Medicine

Acetaminophen in prescriptions limited to 325 mg Last week, the United States (US) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reduced the amount of acetaminophen allowed to be used in prescription pain medicines. Currently, narcotics can be combined with up to 750 mg of acetaminophen. The new limit will be 325 mg. That means the Lortab that I sometimes...Continue reading      50 Comments » Read more

Opioid Restrictions Versus Patient Needs

The thinking behind recent opioid restrictions There are two sides to arguments behind recent efforts at opioid restrictions in the U.S. However one side has been dominant in the last couple of years. State and federal governments have enacted opioid restrictions in an attempt to reduce misuse of prescription medications. Options for patients with severe pain...Continue reading      20 Comments » Read more

20 Essential Medication Safety Tips

Essential medication safety tips (UPDATED) For those living with a chronic disease, safe medication storage and use is more than following directions on an occasional antibiotic or treatment for an acute illness. Both the types of medications and the number of different medications present additional challenges and put people at greater risk for adverse drug events...Continue reading      22 Comments » Read more

Planning Pregnancy with Rheumatoid Arthritis / Disease

How Rheumatoid Disease affects pregnancy planning Pregnancy planning is a common challenge for people diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Concerns include infertility, disease activity, pain control, and possible disability, which can interfere with caring for a child. Valuable resources include clinical studies and other publications, and the practical stories of other patients. While there is no clear...Continue reading      39 Comments » Read more

12 Key Facts about Infusion Reactions with Biologics

An infusion nurse talks about safety with Biologics One practical session at the 2012 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Scientific Meeting was a short talk on preventing infusion reactions presented by a nurse from Seattle, Christine Elliot. Ms. Elliot has supervised 15,000 rheumatological infusions in over a decade as an infusion nurse. She offered an overview...Continue reading      38 Comments » Read more
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