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Doctors concerned about painkiller said to be 10 times stronger than Vicodin
KMOV.COM ^ | 07 MARCH 2014 | KMOV.COM

Posted on 03/07/2014 4:31:49 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist

(KMOV.com) — A new prescription painkiller has ER doctors concerned about the risk of spikes in overdoses and deaths.

Zohydro is 10 times stronger than Vicodin and could be potentially deadly. The potent extended release prescription painkiller is made of pure hydrocodone.

Doctors fear it’ll fall into the wrong hands when it’s released later this month.

Dr. Jim keany st. Joseph’s hospital

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: abortion; deathpanels; obamacare; zerocare; zohydro

1 posted on 03/07/2014 4:31:49 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

“extended release prescription painkiller is made of pure hydrocodone”

The new Soma!


2 posted on 03/07/2014 4:34:06 PM PST by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Does that mean that the dosage can be smaller?


3 posted on 03/07/2014 4:36:55 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

and millions of seekers rejoice.


4 posted on 03/07/2014 4:37:10 PM PST by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

That and a pint of cheap whiskey.


5 posted on 03/07/2014 4:38:11 PM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: dynachrome

That means it will be injectable, if there is no tylenol in the compound. So, yes, there will be ODs.


6 posted on 03/07/2014 4:38:47 PM PST by txhurl
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To: txhurl

Bring it on baby ! After six years of Obama, Zohydro could well be the answer to our problems.


7 posted on 03/07/2014 4:43:55 PM PST by huckfillary
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

When I have had kidney stone attacks nothing they have given me seems to do any good at all. I suspect they are too conservative with pain killers when a person is really suffering.


8 posted on 03/07/2014 4:44:10 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Well, not as dangerous as those evil E-Cigarettes!(/Sarc)


9 posted on 03/07/2014 4:45:20 PM PST by Mark (Obama Care is now DEMOCRAT CARE)
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To: yarddog

When I had my first attacks in my early 20s, the doctors were surprised that morphine did nothing. There was one called toridal(sp?) that worked great.


10 posted on 03/07/2014 5:02:11 PM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I worked in a big city ER for 20 years.Heroin ODs were a dime a dozen...Narcan,an opiate antagonist,was ordered by the crate.Ten bucks says that within a few years this new drug will be withdrawn from the market due to lawsuits and,perhaps,bad publicity as well.


11 posted on 03/07/2014 5:04:50 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Since they just killed my Vicodin prescription due to the high acetophetimin content, this will be a welcome relief.


12 posted on 03/07/2014 5:36:07 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Insurgent Conservative)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

(CDC info)

The unprecedented rise in overdose deaths in the US parallels a 300% increase since 1999 in the sale of strong opioid painkillers. These drugs were involved in 14,800 overdose deaths in 2008, more than cocaine and heroin combined.

The misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers was responsible for more than 475,000 emergency department visits in 2009, a number that nearly doubled in just five years.

More than 12 million people reported using prescription painkillers nonmedically in 2010, that is, using them without a prescription or for the feeling they cause.

The quantity of prescription painkillers sold to pharmacies, hospitals, and doctors’ offices was 4 times larger in 2010 than in 1999. Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for one month.


13 posted on 03/07/2014 5:48:14 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER take two of Zohydro by mistake, or you are DEAD.


14 posted on 03/07/2014 6:35:18 PM PST by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
The quantity of prescription painkillers sold to pharmacies, hospitals, and doctors’ offices was 4 times larger in 2010 than in 1999. Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for one month.

Where's mine? I never got mine, screwed again!

15 posted on 03/07/2014 6:37:40 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

So what. The acetaminophen in Vicodin has been responsible for deaths from liver failure. If you need an opioid, take an opioid and don’t adulterate it with a liver toxin.


16 posted on 03/07/2014 6:41:23 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Mastador1
Where's mine? I never got mine, screwed again! <

Broken kneecap. I got mine. But somebody else got yours.

17 posted on 03/07/2014 6:51:37 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Lurker

Don’t be ridiculous. The amount of acetaminophen is so negligible it’s insane to worry about it. Liver failure my a$$. People have been taking acetaminophen for thirty years and more without incident.


18 posted on 03/07/2014 7:02:44 PM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: okie01

I’m not to worried, have suffered from migraines for thirty plus years, thrashed back and bone on bone right knee, I was on the evil addictive vicodin for twenty eight years and rather than addicting me all that happened was it became ineffective i would have to take so much for it to anything it made my skin crawl.


19 posted on 03/07/2014 7:10:01 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Doc Savage

More than 4 grams per day of acetaminophen can cause liver damage. Or so they say.

The pills I presently have for a broken heel bone contain 350 mg acetaminophen and call for one or two tablets every 4 to 6 hours.

That’s obviously very close to a toxic level.


20 posted on 03/07/2014 7:32:08 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Doc Savage

Acetaminophen is a real odd drug. It is very poisonous to most animals, but in humans a small dose has an analgesic effect. But all told, it is one of the leading overdose drugs in the US.

However, crunching the numbers isn’t easy.

http://www.propublica.org/article/tylenol-mcneil-fda-behind-the-numbers

The bottom line is that, as with many drugs, they need to be treated with respect and used according to guidelines.


21 posted on 03/07/2014 7:59:47 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I am shocked, shocked I tell you, that these Doctors suspect that Zohydro will become the latest addiction craze.


22 posted on 03/07/2014 8:02:06 PM PST by Kenny Bunk ( The Republican Party is in Hospice Care. Hold all contributions.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

My Vicodin script is 10-325, the 325 being MGs of acetophetimin, which is actually a pretty low dose. I can but don’t take up to 5 a day.


23 posted on 03/07/2014 8:21:52 PM PST by Graybeard58 (God is not the author of confusion. 1 Cor 13: 33)
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To: Mastador1
Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for one month.

That has simply go to be pure nonsense. That means that 8.4% of the entire US populace would be active addicts to opiates. Not buying it.

24 posted on 03/07/2014 8:22:27 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Narcan,an opiate antagonist

I did not know it by that name -- had to look it up. Ah, yes, Naloxone; I know the chemical/generic name. Used it in the lab.

25 posted on 03/07/2014 8:28:38 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Lazamataz

It’s probably true because of tolerance in chronic users. Doses that would kill a new user.


26 posted on 03/07/2014 8:30:28 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I took these pills and they really helped my pain, and let me tell you I’m as high as a kite right now.

I asked the doctor what they’re called, and he said, “Placebos.”


27 posted on 03/07/2014 8:32:01 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Lazamataz
Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for one month. That has simply go to be pure nonsense. That means that 8.4% of the entire US populace would be active addicts to opiates. Not buying it.

I don't know, it might help to explain Obama.

28 posted on 03/07/2014 8:42:59 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Doc Savage

Check out the composition of Vicodin or Norco. At least 325 mg of acetaminophen per tablet. That was reduced from 500 mg per after the FDA warned of liver toxicity.


29 posted on 03/07/2014 8:50:57 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Isn’t there an ibuprofen containing analogue of vicodin? I was prescribed it once after a root canal. I am reluctant to take vicodin because of the acetomeniphen content.


30 posted on 03/07/2014 10:48:26 PM PST by Nepeta
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Doctors fear it’ll fall into the wrong hands when it’s released later this month.

Same doctors have the same fears over guns and ammo....

31 posted on 03/08/2014 3:38:37 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Lazamataz

Not really, because after taking the drug for a while, larger and larger doses are needed, so a single abuser may be taking a lot of pills each day.

And because their black market value is high, with some estimates between $80-100 per pill, heroin, which is both readily available, and costs a quarter or less that much, becomes irresistible.

Though I like to add the note that a drug abuse expert said that “While they think they will just smoke or snort heroin, within a couple of weeks, they are injecting it.”

This is really getting out of control in a hurry.


32 posted on 03/08/2014 4:57:50 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: Doc Savage

They chase it down with liquor and that’s what kills their liver.


33 posted on 03/08/2014 5:01:41 AM PST by AppyPappy
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
made of pure hydrocodone

What's "new" about that? My Dad was getting 10mg Oxycodone pills from the VA back in the 80's.

34 posted on 03/08/2014 5:07:38 AM PST by tacticalogic
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To: AppyPappy
They chase it down with liquor and that’s what kills their liver.

That's true. I had that happen to a friend. I warned her repeatedly about the danger, to no avail.

35 posted on 03/08/2014 5:30:17 AM PST by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: AppyPappy; Doc Savage
They chase it down with liquor and that’s what kills their liver.

In some cases yes; but then there are some people who take Rx pain pills that they don’t realize contain acetaminophen and also take an OTC containing acetaminophen (Tylenol) on top of it without realizing that they are getting way too much acetaminophen. The same can be said of OTC multi-symptom cold drugs that contain acetaminophen when the personal also takes Tylenol at the same time.

Acetaminophen in high enough doses can cause liver damage without any alcohol use.

36 posted on 03/08/2014 5:42:30 AM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: MD Expat in PA

The magic formula is normally lots of alcohol, prescription meds and not eating. If you mix any two, you will die.

A doctor spoke to our Fraternity long ago. He told us it was very hard to drink your liver to death without the formula. Mostly, the reason was that alcohol kills you in other ways first. Accidents, heart disease, stroke, etc. Most of the early liver deaths were in combination with something.


37 posted on 03/08/2014 6:19:09 AM PST by AppyPappy
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To: huckfillary; Revolting cat!

Zohydro/Hillary 2016


38 posted on 03/08/2014 8:53:45 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: dfwgator; Revolting cat!

The GOP is going to run Placebo-Perry in 2016.


39 posted on 03/08/2014 8:56:08 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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