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FDA wants restrictions on hydrocodone painkillers
FOX News ^ | October 25, 2013 | Associated Press

Posted on 10/26/2013 12:46:31 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The Food and Drug Administration is recommending new restrictions on prescription medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.

In a major policy shift, the agency said in an online notice Thursday that hydrocodone-containing drugs should be subject to the same restrictions as other narcotic drugs like oxycodone and morphine.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: addiction; fda; hydrocodone; nannystate; narcotics; painkillers; vicodin; warondrugs
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1 posted on 10/26/2013 12:46:31 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: SheLion; Eric Blair 2084; -YYZ-; 31R1O; 383rr; AFreeBird; AGreatPer; Alamo-Girl; Alia; altura; ...

"I don't like this at all!"

Nanny State PING!

2 posted on 10/26/2013 12:47:51 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

ObamaCare intends to dismantle ALL health care and healthcare insurance. It is the what the communists do. It is all about control.


3 posted on 10/26/2013 12:50:24 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

FUFDA


4 posted on 10/26/2013 12:52:58 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Hillbilly Heroin...


5 posted on 10/26/2013 12:53:07 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I don't see in my copy of the Constitution where authority was given to the federal government to regulate drugs.

/johnny

6 posted on 10/26/2013 12:54:28 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Needing a prescription is a restriction, what planet are these people from?


7 posted on 10/26/2013 12:55:05 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: JRandomFreeper

In a welfare state, the only authorized addiction is government largesse.


8 posted on 10/26/2013 12:56:39 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I have taken Hydrocodone as prescribed and I don’t see where it does a helluva lot for pain.


9 posted on 10/26/2013 1:05:45 PM PDT by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Sounds like a good idea.


10 posted on 10/26/2013 1:05:53 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The liberals won’t be happy until they micro-manage the smallest details of our daily existence.

Soon there will be a directive on how many times a day we can flush.


11 posted on 10/26/2013 1:07:09 PM PDT by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you don't need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I'm confused here...a few years back Osama Obama announced that the cornerstone of Obamacare would,apart from forbidding doctors to amputate limbs for profit,be that “maybe you're better off not having the surgery but taking the pain killer”.
12 posted on 10/26/2013 1:07:29 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What’s their worry, there is so little actual hydrocodone in a vicodin that you would shortly end up killing yourself by the acetaminophen damaging your liver with the large doses you would need to get high. I know this from the thirty years experience I had taking vicodin for migraines, and funny I never got addicted.


13 posted on 10/26/2013 1:09:15 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This is dumb, you can buy this stuff over the counter in most countries.

This was the one pain killer my doctor didn’t require me to go to his office to prescribe, everything else requires me to take a 45 min ride to his office so he can hand me a physical prescription.

How can Obamacare trust these massive databases but these same guys want to require physical prescriptions?


14 posted on 10/26/2013 1:09:22 PM PDT by dila813
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To: Venturer
I have taken Hydrocodone as prescribed and I don’t see where it does a helluva lot for pain.

I've taken a narcotic analgesic once in my life...after my hip replacement.When he was discharging me I told the doctor that I wasn't a fan of narcotics and I'd rather take something like Motrin instead.He emphatically advised me to take the narcotic for at least a few days,otherwise there'd be a crescendo of pain (my words,can't recall exactly how *he* put it).I took them for 5 days,then flushed the rest down the toilet and did reasonably well with Motrin thereafter.

15 posted on 10/26/2013 1:13:12 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Venturer
I have taken Hydrocodone as prescribed and I don’t see where it does a helluva lot for pain.

Try doubling the dose

--your friendly FR advisor

16 posted on 10/26/2013 1:18:59 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Ridiculous. Eventually there will be NO pain killers left for people who really need it. Every doctor I know is scared to death to even write this script because of the Obama FDA Nazi Assault Squads that will breakdown their doors………..


17 posted on 10/26/2013 1:21:20 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; SpinnerWebb

Take it for more than 3 or 4 days and you start crapping little chunks of off-road tires.


18 posted on 10/26/2013 1:23:45 PM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: Venturer; Pearls Before Swine
Try doubling the dose

and chase it with a stiff martini

19 posted on 10/26/2013 1:25:53 PM PDT by TheRightGuy (I want MY BAILOUT ... a billion or two should do!)
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To: TheRightGuy

Don’t forget the olive.


20 posted on 10/26/2013 1:32:07 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I consider this like gun control. Do we have a prescription med problem? Yes, but overreaching controls restricting the proper use of pain meds is wrong.
21 posted on 10/26/2013 1:32:08 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Gay State Conservative
When I broke my hip a few years back I pissed off the Nurses because I would not take oxies unless I was in real pain.

When I left the Nursing facility they tried to give me a whole bunch of them, I said no. My doctor told me that I could have gotten $30 a pill on the street, not that I would.

22 posted on 10/26/2013 1:33:59 PM PDT by Little Bill (A)
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To: Iron Munro
Soon there will be a directive on how many times a day we can flush.

They've already decided how many gallons we need each time so I'm sure that's only a matter of time.

23 posted on 10/26/2013 1:43:27 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Is this because the FDA just approved a pure-hydrocodone drug (not combined with another painkiller)?


24 posted on 10/26/2013 1:46:04 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Venturer

I’ve had mixed results. Took it once after minor surgery and didn’t help at all. Nada. Couldn’t tell I’d even taken anything. OTOH, I’ve also taken it for very severe headache and shin splints when tylenol was ineffective and it worked quite well. Oxycodone/percocet seems more effective, though.


25 posted on 10/26/2013 1:47:55 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: JRandomFreeper
I don't see in my copy of the Constitution where authority was given to the federal government to regulate drugs.

The most remarkable thing is that, in 1917, the Congress knew very well that to prohibit and criminalize C2H5OH, they had to amend the Constitution.

In 1968, when they wanted to prohibit and criminalize C21H30OH, they just wrote a law.

What changed?

26 posted on 10/26/2013 1:49:43 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: USNBandit
I consider this like gun control. Do we have a prescription med problem? Yes, but overreaching controls restricting the proper use of pain meds is wrong.

Typical goobermint reaction to a [semi] legitimate problem. Ignore the people involved in the actual problem and punish the rest of us.

27 posted on 10/26/2013 1:50:33 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: tx_eggman
Sennokot S - 2 tabs twice daily starting with the first dose of hydrocodone (or Percocet, oxycodone, Dilaudid, etc)

Mu opioid receptors in both the brain and colon. One gives you pain relief, the other virtually stops colon activity. This can be treated with Relistor (a narcotic antagonist that does not cross the blood-brain barrier--but it is expensive and the dose should really be higher)

As many problems as I see dispensing hydrocodone products, changing the prescribing process will not help. Prescription monitoring programs that report all controlled substances to a central data base allow prescribers and pharmacies to identify problems like doctor shopping.

28 posted on 10/26/2013 1:50:41 PM PDT by Artem55
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To: Mastador1

If u have never had a migraine, you can’t understand the pain. However, I try to avoid narcotics for the pain cuz they can become a problem, at least for me, so therefore I don’t take them. The most I will take is Tramadol, which works great and doesn’t make me feel “funny”. Also, triptitans r a God send, a miracle drug for migraines.

But for those who need a narcotic for migraine pain, it is getting almost impossible to get, which I think is cruel!!! How dare the gov. let someone suffer like that for no good reason! Here in Oklahoma, beginning November 1st, no refiils on hydrocodone, must b a new prescription everytime. Signs plastered all over pharmacies....ridiculous!!


29 posted on 10/26/2013 1:53:57 PM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Welcome to Obamastan!)
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To: Jim Noble
What changed?

More criminal/communist bastards per square ft in government.

/johnny

30 posted on 10/26/2013 1:55:41 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Artem55

I found it interesting that Loperamide HCL hits just the opioid receptor that stops colon activity — that’s how it stops diarrhea.


31 posted on 10/26/2013 1:55:45 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Typical right wing overreaction - there is nothing in the Constitution. Well, there is nothing in the Holy Constitution about having to drive on the right side of the road either! Drugs are and have been controlled by the Feds, get used to it. You wanted someone to protect you, didn’t ya?

Here’s something from the WSJ article a couple of days ago:

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 16,500 people died after overdosing on opioid-based painkillers in 2010, the last year for which data are available.”


32 posted on 10/26/2013 1:57:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Mastador1

I prefer plain old Empirin#3, with codeine. It upsets some people’s stomachs, but not mine. I took one teaspoon of cough syrup with hydrocodone, and it made my heart race, and I itched all over. Thankgoodness I only took half the prescribed dose of two teaspoons!


33 posted on 10/26/2013 1:58:38 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
What BS! Now the doctor won't be able to phone it in, so you'll have to go pick up a piece of paper at his office. (Plus the doctor will get even more monthly rectal exams by the FDA about why he prescribed it.)

But forget about all the chronic pain it alleviates, this is about control!

34 posted on 10/26/2013 1:59:01 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: TheRightGuy

Most of that stuff is mixed with acetaminophen.

Don’t double the dose and for God’s sake don’t use alcohol with it. Acetaminophen is dangerous stuff.


35 posted on 10/26/2013 2:01:23 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Venturer

I was on it after neck surgery and found its worst side effect was constipation. 3 trips to the ER to get unplugged were not fun times.


36 posted on 10/26/2013 2:03:24 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: RitchieAprile

“its worst side effect was constipation. “

Same for codeine, but I just eat a bunch of prunes or dried apricots. Works for me.


37 posted on 10/26/2013 2:06:28 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Sure, just give me all the pot and other psycho-drugs I want but keep me far, far away from Sudafed (to keep my nose & ears open) and especially any Tylenol with Codine I take for chronic back, neck and thoracic pain and arthritis!

Keep YOUR Big Government off my body - please!

38 posted on 10/26/2013 2:06:45 PM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Then return to the practice of admitting people to a hospital for surgeries, compound fractures, and procedures which require pain management by a professional.

Now everything is outpatient based, slap a discharge on your forehead, a script for lortoabs, hydrocodone, vicodin, and a phone number to call if your limb falls off or your stitchches explode.

39 posted on 10/26/2013 2:08:22 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

When I get pain, and granted it’s very seldom, Vicodin and it’s generic alternatives are the only things that works for me.

Aspirin, Tylenol, Tylenol #3, and Motrin are a waste of time.

I hardly every use it, but if I have a tooth flare up, it’s Vicodin or incredible pain.


40 posted on 10/26/2013 2:11:22 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (People will retain the power to control the Government, or it will retain the power to control them.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
It is my experience that the drug is already hard to get especially if you need it. I speak from experience.
41 posted on 10/26/2013 2:14:31 PM PDT by Jemian (I do my best editing just after I hit the "post" button.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I prefer plain old Empirin#3, with codeine. It upsets some people’s stomachs, but not mine. I took one teaspoon of cough syrup with hydrocodone, and it made my heart race, and I itched all over. Thankgoodness I only took half the prescribed dose of two teaspoons!

See that’s the issue with vicodin, on the couple of occasions when I took a higher dose for the pain it didn’t make my heart race but my skin itched and I felt like I needed to crawl out of it. That’s why I don’t understand people getting high on it, plus the rebound headache you get if you over do it is worse than the migraine and you just start a vicious cycle.


42 posted on 10/26/2013 2:19:36 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I prefer plain old Empirin#3, with codeine. It upsets some people’s stomachs, but not mine. I took one teaspoon of cough syrup with hydrocodone, and it made my heart race, and I itched all over. Thankgoodness I only took half the prescribed dose of two teaspoons!

See that’s the issue with vicodin, on the couple of occasions when I took a higher dose for the pain it didn’t make my heart race but my skin itched and I felt like I needed to crawl out of it. That’s why I don’t understand people getting high on it, plus the rebound headache you get if you over do it is worse than the migraine and you just start a vicious cycle.


43 posted on 10/26/2013 2:20:34 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Mastador1

Damn double post, sorry.


44 posted on 10/26/2013 2:21:08 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: goodnesswins

All this will do is make it harder for the average person to get an Rx for pain.

These morons haven’t figured it out yet, make it harder to get and the black market takes off.


45 posted on 10/26/2013 2:31:52 PM PDT by servantboy777
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To: Revolting cat!
Well, there is nothing in the Holy Constitution about having to drive on the right side of the road either!

Which side of the road to drive on is regulated at the state level because it is a police function of the State. Drugs should be regulated at the state level per the Constitution.

/johnny

46 posted on 10/26/2013 2:33:33 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: servantboy777
All this will do is make it harder for the average person to get an Rx for pain.

It will also increase the street price for unlawful sales.

/johnny

47 posted on 10/26/2013 2:35:24 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I always go to the “ask a patient” website when I get a new prescription. Some of the newer drugs we’re not familiar with have some serious side effects. You can learn a lot from the peoples comments about how it effected them. Even at my age I never realized itching was a sign of allergic reaction. I had some brain swelling from one of the “newer” antibiotics and itched like crazy. Don’t ever throw away painkillers, some day you might wish you had them.


48 posted on 10/26/2013 2:35:31 PM PDT by OftheOhio (never could dance but always could kata - Romeo company)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Really, is hydrocodone any worse than the drugs that 0bama lets his pals bring in to the US? Any worse than letting drug cartels have free reign on the border?

They want people to suffer.


49 posted on 10/26/2013 2:36:15 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Perhaps. Nevertheless, there is no country in the world, a federation like ours, that controls medications on local level. Can you imagine what a nightmare it would be to administer?


50 posted on 10/26/2013 2:36:28 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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