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5 Ways To Identify Alternative Medicine From Quackery

These days alternative medicine has become mainstream. People who never would have considered something “holistic” before are more open to the idea, even if they don’t follow the therapy. Many hospitals have dietary supplements on their list of stocked medications, make reiki masters available to cancer patients or teach medical students how to manipulate healing energies.

In fact, 42% of hospitals make some form of alternative therapy available to patients. This comes from a survey conducted in 2010 that included 5,800 facilities, and when asked why, the hospitals replied “patient demand”. Private practitioners suggest megavitamins, dietary supplements, acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy and naturopathy. It’s true that there is value to these treatments, but there are also times when a line is crossed… when unsubstantiated promises are made and unattainable goals promoted.

Here are five sure signs that the therapy you’re considering might be quackery.

1. You’re offered medicines that don’t work in place of drugs that have proven useful to many other patients with your condition. Anyone who has nothing but negative things to say about prescription drugs or traditional medicine is too one sided, skilled professionals in alternative medicine want you to take advantage of all forms of treatment. A heartbreaking example of this is Steve Jobs who didn’t have the traditional (surgery) treatment, that has a 95% cure rate, choosing acupuncture, herbal remedies and bowel cleansings, and dying as a result of his illness.

2. You hear nothing about the dangers or side effects of a therapy. We often think of alternative medicine as more natural and therefore less dangerous than the traditional kind. But a medication is a medication and any drug/therapy that has a positive effect can also have a negative effect. The example here is the deaths of 86 people who have died when acupuncture needles have lodged in the wrong place or been the mode of transmission for a virus. Chiropractic manipulations have killed at least 26, all by ripping the vertebral artery that’s located in the neck. Supplements can cause trouble too, and what’s worse, aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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3. The therapist is making money; you’re not getting better. Parents of children
with autism, or patients with chronic Lyme disease or cancer often are victims
of questionable treatments like ion exchange machines, lymphatic drainage massage,
electrical or magnetic stimulation, oxygen chambers, intravenous immunoglobulins
and stem cell transplants. What they all share is the cost, and the chance of
really working… which is zero.

4. The therapy promotes “magical thinking” and appeals to our sense of magic, but in truth has no evidence that backs it. Any therapy that claims healing can “only” come from that one therapy should sound a warning. A treatment that ground breaking would make news and be used by everyone if it worked as well as the seller claims.

5. The therapy needs to be held to the same high standards of safety and effectiveness as a traditional treatment. If research hasn’t been done, don’t offer your body as the subject of study without being very sure of what you’re signing up for, and the risks to you.

Those who have a serious disease will do better to look at approaches that make the best of both, traditional and alternative treatments, to manage their condition. Staying informed and asking questions of your healthcare team are also important parts of treating, and surviving, any disease.

To your good health,

Memory Loss ? 10 Drugs To Avoid If You Can

There was a time when doctors dismissed forgetfulness and mental confusion as normal, a part of aging we could not avoid and had to accept. Today all that’s changed. Now science knows that losing your memory as you get older isn’t inevitable, in fact, the brain can grow new cells and reshape the connections between cells all through life.

But if aging isn’t to blame for forgetfulness, what is? There are many other things that can impact memory. Alcohol and drug abuse, being a heavy cigarette smoker, heart injuries, a stroke, being sleep deprived, being under severe stress, a vitamin B12 deficiency as well as conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and depression are all known to play a role in our ability to remember.

What you might not realize is that some very common drugs have also been known to impact memory.

1. Antianxiety medications like benzodiazepines are used to treat anxiety disorders, agitation, delirium, muscle spasms and prevent seizures. They can treat insomnia and the anxiety that sometimes is part of depression. When it comes to memory, these drugs dampen activity in key areas of the brain, including the ones involved in the transmission of events from short term to long-term memory.

2. Cholesterol lowering drugs, statins, are used to bring down high cholesterol but may impact memory and other mental processes by reducing brain levels of cholesterol. In the brain, these lipids are key to the formation of connections between nerve cells. Interestingly, the brain has one quarter of the body’s total amount of cholesterol.

3. Antiseizure medications although used to treat seizures, have also been prescribed for other uses like nerve pain, bipolar disorder, mood disorders and even mania. They impact memory by dampening the flow of signals in the central nervous system of which the brain is apart. Any drug that depresses the central nervous system also causes loss of memory.

4. Tricyclic antidepressants are given to treat depression and often anxiety disorders as well as eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, chronic pain, smoking cessation and some hormone related problems like severe cramping or hot flashes. Still, about 35% of those who take these drugs report some degree of impairment to memory, about 54% report having trouble concentrating. TCAs are believed to cause the trouble with memory because they block the action of two of the brain’s key chemical messengers.

5. Narcotic painkillers (also known as opioid analgesics) are medications used to ease moderate to severe pain, like that caused by conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. These drugs work by stopping the flow of pain signals in the central nervous system, and by blunting your emotional reaction to pain. Both these actions are managed by chemical messengers that are part of thinking, long term and short-term memory.

6. Parkinson’s medications used to treat Parkinson’s disease, some pituitary tumors and restless leg syndrome can cause loss of memory. These medications activate the signaling paths for dopamine that are involved in many brain actions including learning and memory.

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7. Beta-blockers for hypertension slow the heart rate and bring down blood pressure
so they’re a good choice for those with high blood pressure, congestive heart
failure and abnormal heart rhythms and are also used to treat angina (chest pain),
migraines, tremors and some types of glaucoma. They cause memory problems by
blocking the actions of key chemical messengers in the brain.

8. Sleeping medications are used to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders, and are also given to patients with mild anxiety. Though they are molecularly different than the benzodiazepines, they work on many of the same pathways and chemical messengers, so they bring similar side effects in terms of memory loss. They can also sometimes trigger amnesia and dangerous/strange behaviors with no recall of the event when you wake.

9. Incontinence drugs are given to ease symptoms of overactive bladder and cut the feeling of urge incontinence, but these medications block the action of acetylcholine a chemical messenger that is involved in many functions. In the brain this substance inhibits activity in the memory and learning areas. The risk of memory loss is increased when these drugs are taken for a long time, or used with other drugs of the same type.

10. First generation antihistamines are used to relieve or even prevent allergy symptoms as well as those that come with a cold. Sometimes these drugs are used to stop motion sickness, nausea, vomiting and dizziness, as well as to treat anxiety or insomnia. These medications also inhibit the action of acetylcholine that in the brain acts in the area of memory and learning.

To your good health,

Antibiotics Ineffective For Chest Infections

If you’ve got a cough that just won’t go, perhaps caused by a mild chest infection, antibiotics aren’t likely to help in your treatment according to a report in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. Chest infections are one of the most common complaints of patients and many are accustomed to asking for medications when they are not feeling well. Unfortunately, since most of these illnesses are caused by viruses, they typically resolve on their own, without the comfort of a prescription antibiotic.

The latest research in this area involved randomly dividing patients into two groups, one got the antibiotic and the other got a placebo to be taken three times a day for the next seven days. The work included almost 2,000 patients living in 12 European nations and asked them to complete an “illness” journal. The team saw that the severity and duration of symptoms in patients treated with antibiotics wasn’t any different than those who’d been given a placebo. Of course if pneumonia is a likely cause of symptoms then antibiotics should still be used because this condition can be so dangerous, even to the young and healthy.

Professor Paul Little of the University of Southampton believes that not only could using antibiotics like amoxicillin to treat respiratory infections in those who aren’t thought to have pneumonia not be helpful, it may potentially be hurtful to the patient. Using these medications, particularly when they aren’t going to be effective, opens the door to the development of resistance while also having the potential for some unpleasant side effects.

Earlier research in this area has delivered conflicting findings concerning antibiotic use, particularly in an older patient where chest infections can be the beginning of other complications.

What’s more, those taking the antibiotics reported side effects like nausea, rashes and diarrhea than those given the placebo pill.

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Antibiotics Ineffective For Chest Infections Continued…

So what’s the answer? The study found that people just get better on their own. There was little difference in the severity and duration of the symptoms reported between the two groups. This was even true for older patients, 60 or older, who actually made up a full third of the study population. For most of us chest infections can be managed at home by resting, drinking lots of fluids, treating any headache, fever or pain with paracetamol or ibuprofen, and if you smoke, stop until you’re feeling better (maybe once and for all). A warm honey/lemon drink might help you feel less discomfort from coughing, though you should know that a cough is your body’s natural way of clearing mucus from the lungs.

If your chest infection symptoms don’t get better after three weeks, or they are so severe they limit your daily activities, you should see your doctor as something more may be going on.

There are a small number of patients who do benefit from antibiotic medications, the trick, of course, is to tell them from the rest. It’s important for doctors, and the public at large, to recognize that antibiotics are not always the answer, and there are consequences, such as bacterial resistance in the community, that are a serious and growing threat.

To your good health,

Can You Prevent Skin Cancer By Taking Painkillers?

Could the painkilling drugs we all commonly use be doing double duty – easing pain and helping to prevent skin cancer? Taking NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen appears to significantly lower the risk for several types of skin cancer according to a new Danish study.

What’s even better, the protective effect of both the prescription and nonprescription forms of these medications on skin cancer risk grows stronger the longer you take them. The research appears online in the journal Cancer.

While earlier research has found NSAIDs to offer some protection against cancer (colorectal cancers), past examinations of how these medicines affect skin cancer had some major design problems that made findings questionable.

We do know that these drugs work to fight inflammation, a body process that’s known to be a part of the development of cancer in the body or on the skin surface. So for the latest work, the team analyzed prescription databases and health data registries that included the Danish Civil Registration System and the Danish Cancer Registry for the use of NSAIDs and the rates of specific skin cancers.

The team looked at diagnostic and death records that involved almost 2,000 cases of squamous cell cancers, about 13,300 basal cell cancers and almost 3,250 malignant melanomas diagnosed between the years 1991 and 2009. Prescriptions histories were obtained for the cancer patients and almost 179,000 healthy Danish control subjects.

NSAID users were shown to have a reduced risk of three types of skin cancer – malignant melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma explains study lead, Sigrun Alba Johannesdottir, from the department of clinical epidemiology at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. The greatest impact came for squamous cell carcinomas and malignant melanomas, especially if these medications had been taken often and over a long time period.

Of course taking NSAIDs over the long term does come with some risks – stomach bleeding or damage to the kidneys. Doctors typically recommend that patients take these medications at the lowest possible doses and for the shortest period of time. In the research however, participants had been taking high does of prescriptions NSAIDs, often for longer periods.

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Keep in mind that the study only shows an association between NSAID use and skin cancer, it does not prove that taking these medications protects against this form of cancer. The researchers readily admit that the NSAID-skin cancer connection could be impacted by many lifestyle factors that were not accounted for in the study – things like skin type or sun exposure pattern. But they do hope that these findings will spur more research on skin cancer prevention. The potential benefit should also be made clear to patients when doctors are talking to them about the potential benefits and dangers of NSAID use.

The exciting thing about the research is that it gives people a chance to impact skin cancer risk by doing something that most of us are doing now to manage another condition. You should still talk with your own doctor before starting to take NSAIDs on a regular basis – this is not the right approach for everyone. Your own doctor will be best placed to advise you.

Remember, the most effective way to prevent skin cancer is to avoid prolonged unprotected exposure to the sun.

Low Dose Aspirin May Work As Lung Cancer Prevention

Intriguing news on lung cancer prevention and lose dose aspirin. A study of over 1,000 Asian women finds that those who take aspirin at least a few times a week have a lower risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer, even if they never smoked. The findings appear in the journal Lung Cancer and demonstrate that regularly taking aspirin was associated with a lung cancer risk reduction of 50% or more -though experts caution the findings don’t prove daily aspirin protects against cancer of the lung.

The research included 398 Chinese women who’d been diagnosed with lung cancer and another 814 women who were free of cancer. The team saw that women who had used aspirin on a regular basis – that’s two times a week for a month or more – had less chance of lung cancer.

For women who never smoked, the risk dropped by 50% for aspirin users compared to non-users. For smokers, regular aspirin intake was linked to a 62% lower risk of cancer of the lung. The team did account for other factors like age, education and fruit and veggie intake, but Lim agrees there are still other differences that might explain why aspirin users saw the result they did.

This work backs up some earlier studies that tied regular aspirin use to reduced risk of some forms of cancers. Colon, prostate and esophageal cancers to name a few. The latest research suggests that aspirin intake might bring down risk of lung cancer in Asian women.

These findings are still open to debate and nothing is concluded. Some experts feel the findings on aspirin and lung cancer have been mixed. The most effective thing you can do to reduce your risk of lung cancer is not to smoke, and if you do, cut down and work toward quitting.

Why would aspirin therapy work against cancer?

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Daily Aspirin Associated With Lower Lung Cancer Risk In Women… Continued…

There are some biological answers. It does block an enzyme known as cyclooxygenase-2, COX-2 for short, that promotes both inflammation and cell division. This is found at high levels in tumors.

There is stronger evidence that aspirin therapy may be helpful in the fight against colon cancer according to gastroenterologist Andrew Chan who studies colon cancer prevention and is associated with at Harvard Medical School. It’s still too soon to recommend that all middle aged or older adults be taking an aspirin each day. According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force men aged 45 to 79, women aged 55 to 79, should take aspirin to prevent a heart attack, so long as this benefit outweighs the potential risk of internal bleeding that can be a side effect of taking aspirin.

Many angina patients or heart attack survivors take aspirin daily to help ward off future attack or strokes. It’s might not be a bad idea to talk about low dose aspirin therapy with your own doctor. If you do take aspirin on a regular basis, don’t take Ibuprofen for pain without first checking with your doctor, and be sure to follow his/her instructions exactly. If you’re having surgery, even dental a procedure, tell the practitioners involved that you take aspirin regularly.

Could Daily Aspirin Prevent Cancer?

You’ve heard that taking an aspirin a day can help lower your risk of stroke and heart attack, now there’s another good reason to consider taking a daily aspirin. Some intriguing new studies strongly suggest that aspirin may prevent some cancers, and might also be an effective treatment for those who already have the disease.

In a group of studies appearing in The Lancet, a team from the United Kingdom expanded on earlier work that linked daily low dose or full strength aspirin use to a lower risk of death by cancer over ten years of follow up. Those who were taking aspirin for as little as five years had a lower risk of dying from cancer, or having their cancer spread once it had been identified.

In the latest research the team examined the short-term impact of aspirin on cancer. They saw a reduction in cancers after just about three years of daily use according to the world’s top aspirin researcher, Peter M. Rothwell, MD. Ph.D. the study leader and a professor of medical neurology at the University of Oxford in the U.K.

In another of the new studies, Rothwell and his team looked at data from 51 projects that were originally designed to evaluate a low-dose aspirin a day for heart attack and stroke risk. But taking a daily aspirin a day cut the risk of death from cancer by 37% after at least five years; and cut risk of cancer incidence 25% after at least three years of daily aspirin therapy.

Far less than the ten years of therapy previously thought to be needed to get the benefit of aspirin therapy.

Even more critical are the findings on aspirin’s effect on the spread of cancer in patients. Uncovering aspirin’s affect on cancer metastasis (spread through the body) came from an examination of newly published data from five large trials.

Researchers saw, depending on the follow up period and type of cancer, that there was a reduced risk of the disease reaching other parts of the body when patients took a daily aspirin. The reduction appears to be from 40% to 50%, which is impressive since cancer spread is often responsible for death in those with cancer. No drug has yet been shown to prevent distant metastasis, making these findings quite valuable.

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Prevent And Treat Cancer With Daily Aspirin Therapy… Continued…

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force now suggests daily aspirin therapy for men who are from 45 to 79 years old, so long as the potential benefit outweighs the risk. For women, aspirin therapy should begin between the ages of 55 to 79 years old, again, so long as the benefit of the therapy outweighs the risk.

And there are risks…

They include major stomach bleeding; uncommon but fatal if it happens. One reassuring finding of the new analysis is that the risk of a major bleeding episode went down over time in those who were taking low dose aspirin each day.

Trials of aspirin for the treatment or prevention of cancer are urgently needed. Until more work is done, it’s reasonable for cancer patients to talk with their health care team about daily aspirin therapy, and if it’s right for you. You need to look at your own individual risks as well as consider the limitations on this data before you make up your mind.

Safety Of Sleeping Pills Examined

Trouble sleeping? Turning to non prescription sleep aids might be your best bet according to the findings of an intriguing new study into the safety of sleeping pills, in particular, a type of prescription sleeping medication known as hypnotics.  Even taking these just once in a while comes with a higher risk of death compared to those who don’t use these drugs. In fact, the top third of sleeping pill takers had a 5.3-fold higher death risk, and a 35% higher risk of cancer.

Daniel F. Kripke, MD who is emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Diego has been studying a possible link between sleeping pills and risk of death since the mid 1970s. Over the years he and others have conducted and published 18 different studies showing a link between prescription sleep aids and death risk.

For the latest work Kripke and his team examined data from 2002-2007 that came from a large Pennsylvania healthcare practice. They got the medical records for 10,529 patients who had been prescribed hypnotic sleeping pills and 23,676 matched subjects who had never been prescribed these medications. Most of the subjects taking sleeping pills were taking either Ambien or Restoril.

Over an average 2.5 years follow up, the death rate for those who didn’t use sleeping pills was 1.2% – it was 6.1% for those who had prescriptions for sleeping pills.

Even patients prescribed 18 or fewer sleeping pills in a year had a 3.6-fold increase in risk of death. Using these findings as a starting point, Kripke and his team estimate that these medications are associated with 320,000 to 507,000 deaths in the United States each year.

Ambien’s maker, Sanofi-Aventis, points out the shortcomings of the study. Ambien is safe and has 17 years of real world use to back that claim, so long as it is prescribed and taken according to the labeling on the package. Patients need to take only the amount their doctor has prescribed, and be ready for sleep, no driving or drinking alcohol when they use this drug.

While other sleep medications promote relaxation, hypnotics actually cause you to fall asleep. Some of the medications considered hypnotics include drugs like Ambien (zolpidem), Restoril (temazepam), Lunesta (eszopiclone), Sonata (zaleplon), Halcion (triazolam), Dalmane (flurazepam), barbiturates and antihistamines such as diphenhydramine. Experts agree that hypnotics are best for those who have very short episodes of sleeping difficulty. Long term, daily use of these drugs hasn’t been well studied because they aren’t supposed to be used that way.

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Fact: Poor Sleep Increases The Risk of Death/ Disease

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These medications can help you get the rest you need as you deal with a very high stress, but short term stress… the loss of a loved one, a divorce or when traveling and trying to adjust to a different time zone.

Somewhere between two to four weeks of use is typical. Understand that these drugs do affect the quality of your sleep, and if used too much they leave you feeling less restored upon waking. Many of them can be habit forming and increase the effects of alcohol.

The researchers in the study continue to believe these types of sleeping pills are dangerous, causing cancers and deaths, but as this is an observational study of medical records (not live subjects) no one is saying sleeping pills are killers, though the findings do raise red flags.

Understand too that those who take these medications in the first place may often be sicker than the general population. When prescribing these medications doctors (and patients) need to remember they do have risks, and one of them is increased mortality.
Surprisingly sleeping pills aren’t considered the best way to treat insomnia. A short course of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is very effective for those who have chronic sleeping troubles. If you’re worried about the safety of sleeping pills and still aren’t getting the sleep you need; you need to see a sleep specialist.

Benefits Of Aspirin May Include Cancer Fighting Properties

According to a British study, the first randomized, controlled trial into the effect of the benefits of aspirin on cancer, taking 2 aspirin each day for 2 years cuts the long term risk of bowel cancer by 60% in those who have a family history of the disease.

Recently there’s been intense debate about taking aspirin every day as it increases the risk of stomach ulcers and internal bleeding, but is also known to provide protection against heart problems. Earlier work in this area has been less robust.

The latest study examined 861 people with a condition known as Lynch syndrome, genetics that predispose them to a variety of different cancers. The condition affects one in every one thousand people, and almost half develop cancer, mostly in the womb or bowel.

The subjects in the study started a two-year course of either 600 milligrams per day of aspirin or a placebo between the years 1999 and 2005. An analysis in 2007 saw no difference in cancer rates between groups, but the effect turned out to be delayed until 2010 when there was a clear divergence, with 19 new cases of bowel cancer among those on aspirin and 34 in the placebo group.

Among those patients who stayed on the regimen for the whole two years, 60% of the total, the effects were more obvious, and strongly statistically significant – a 63% reduction in bowel cancers. Aspirin may well have a preventative effect on cancer, but this might not show up until years after the fact.

However, the research finds that for every 10,000 cancers prevented, there could be 1,000 ulcers because of the aspirin.

It’s also possible that patients can get the protective benefit on a smaller dose than used in the research, avoiding all those troublesome side effects as well. For most people, taking low dose aspirin might prove to be a sensible option. How this works remains unclear, but experts speculate aspirin might impact faulty stem cells before they get a chance to mutate into pre-cancerous cells.

In a commentary in the same issue of the Lancet, Andrew Chan of Harvard Medical and Scott Lippman of the MD Anderson Cancer Center call the findings compelling.

This finding could have implications for more than just those at risk for cancer, though more study is needed to see what the ideal dose might be for different groups.

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UK Study Reveals OTC Pain Med Cuts Hereditary Cancer Risk… Continued…

In the meantime, regular screening, especially for those over 50, is an important tool in terms of preventing cancer of the bowel. Even though you have no symptoms, getting screened helps find polyps and remove them, before they get the chance to become something troublesome. Screening also finds smaller cancers early when they are most successfully treated.

You can also lower your risk of bowel cancer by not just relying on the benefits of aspirin, but by taking control of the risk factors you can do something about – most notably in this case, what you eat. Diets full of fruits and veggies (5 or more servings/daily), whole grains and with a limited amount of processed foods and red meats are best. Also, avoid excess alcohol intake, no more than 1 drink a day for women, 2 drinks a day for men as this has also been tied to an increased risk of colorectal cancers.

Taking Popular Painkillers Causes Fast Heart Rate

Popular painkillers regularly used to treat inflammation have been found to cause fast heart rate, a dangerous heart rhythm condition known as atrial fibrillation, according to a new study. Atrial fibrillation is the medical term for an irregular and often very rapid heart rate. Beyond causing poor blood flow throughout the body, this condition also brings with it an increased risk of heart failure, stroke and death. Today more than 2 million Americans, and 4 million in the European Union have this condition, many undergoing treatment with anticoagulant drugs.

The pain medications in question are ones we know. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, NSAIDs, are used to bring down inflammation (from a disease like arthritis or an injury), ease pain and reduce fever. They do this by blocking enzymes and proteins naturally made by the body.

If you’ve been taking a NASID for more than ten days, you should talk with your doctor about your symptoms. Cox-2 inhibitors are a form of NASID that target the enzyme COX-2 that’s involved with inflammation and pain.

Earlier research on painkilling medications and the heart has found NSAIDs and cox-2 inhibitors bring a higher risk of heart attack and stroke, but this is the first work to link the popular painkilling drugs to atrial fibrillation.

The Danish team from Aarhus University Hospital examined 32,602 patients who had a first diagnosis of atrial fibrillation during the years 1999 to 2008. Each patient was then compared to 10 age and gender matched healthy controls taken from Denmark’s general population.

The researchers discovered that using these painkilling drugs was tied to a higher risk of atrial fibrillation – the link strongest among those who were new to using these medications. NSAIDs brought a 40% increase in risk, cox-2 inhibitors a whopping 70% higher risk.

This works out to be about 7 extra cases of dangerous atrial fibrillation for every 1,000 new users of cox-2 inhibitors – 4 extra cases for NSAIDS. For those just starting on a cox-2 inhibitor, the risk appeared highest in older adults and those who had conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or chronic kidney disease.

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Warning: Dangers of Common Painkillers Revealed… Continued…

The researchers are hoping that the study causes doctors to consider atrial fibrillation as a cardiovascular risk that must be considered when choosing to treat a patient with these medications.

It’s not like the drugs don’t have their problems. In 2004 cox-2 inhibitor Vioxx was abruptly pulled from the market because of an increased risk of heart attack while taking it. In 2007 a warning to doctors against giving NSAIDS to heart patients came from the American Heart Association. Then a study In July 2010 in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes showed that healthy people who take NSAIDs on occasion might be at an increased risk of dying from heart problems.

A 2011 review of existing research found that NSAIDS can also boost the risk of stroke, heart attack, even death. These findings come from an analysis of 31 clinical trials involving NSAIDs that suggest a patient’s heart health should be considered before being given these medications. This work appeared in the January 2011 issue of BMJ.

So what to do? If you or someone you love has heart issues, talk with your doctor before taking these popular painkillers, even on an occasional basis. While the risk will need more study before being widely accepted, for those who already have heart issues, being cautious with all medications is a smart move to avoid them being a cause of fast heart rate.

PPI’s Side Effects Include Increased Fracture Risk

A new analysis suggests that the widely taken Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s) side effects include increased fracture risk . The list of meds includes names you know, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec and Protonix, all common drugs given to help reduce the secretion of gastric acid that may also raise the risk of breaking a bone by just about 30%.

The current work by a team out of Seoul National University is an analysis of 11 studies published earlier where experts looked at the possible link between fracture risk and the proton pump inhibitors.

Overall they saw fracture increases of 29% for those taking PPIs – hip fractures were up by 31%, vertebral by 54%. There was not a significant association between fracture risk and the histamine H2-receptor antagonists, another of the acid suppressing medications out there under brand names like Axid, Pepcid, Tagamet and Zantac.

The researchers believe that the higher risk of fractures comes in part because PPIs get in the way of the body’s ability to absorb calcium. This leads to weaker bones, more apt to break.

Most people have two fractures over a lifetime, and your risk depends in part on your age, your bones getting more brittle as the years pass.

You can get any of the PPIs by prescription or over the counter, and they are a well-tolerated recommendation for those who are diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD for short), peptic ulcers, erosive esophagitis or Barrett’s esophagus. They’re the third largest selling class of drugs being sold today, with sales of $13.6 billion last year alone.

Your doctor will tell you that the benefits of these drugs, especially if you have one of these conditions, far outweigh any risk, a message echoed by James M. Gill, MD, MPH, lead author of the editorial published along with the research.

The trouble is, many people who take these medications don’t truly need them.

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Risk Of Fractures Linked To These Common OTC Meds… Continued…

The study doesn’t change anything in terms of guidelines a doctor would follow in terms of prescribing. Rather, the experts suggest that doctors pay very close attention to symptoms reported and be more discriminating when recommending these medicines to their patients.

One thing more – fractures aren’t the only risk of PPIs. These medications can also raise the risk of gastrointestinal infections, and taking them for longer than a year can bring on low serum magnesium levels that can cause muscle spasms, irregular heartbeat and even convulsions. This warning came from the FDA just recently, in March 2011.

The drug makers themselves point out that there are both risks and benefits to any medication, including these. What’s more, the PPI should only be used as directed on the label. That’s not more than 14 days for frequent heartburn. Many people use these medications for far longer periods; if you find that’s you, talk with your doctor.

Going forward to reduce fracture risk in this group of patients researchers suggest to minimize PPI’s side effects that doctors only prescribe PPIs when the need is clear and the potential complications serious, but for those with uncomplicated GERD, a recommendation of taking the PPI as needed, might be better in the long run.