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  • Safe Acetaminophen Dosage with Chronic Pain

    Facts on acetaminophen as an ingredient over 600 medicines in the U.S. Tips on how to maintain acetaminophen dosage within recommended limits.

  • 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 […]

  • Opioid Restrictions Versus Patient Needs

    Discussion of possible negative effects of opioid restrictions on people with legitimate need for medications. Excerpt of Kelly O’Neill Young’s BMJ article.

  • 20 Essential Medication Safety Tips

    Specific medication safety tips to reduce dangers related to medications safety, including drug combinations, medication storage, or drug interactions.

  • 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 […]

  • Your Rheumatoid Arthritis Onset Stories, page 38

    Click here to view a complete listing of Rheumatoid Arthritis stories on this site with disclaimer. Jan’s (2) Rheumatoid Arthritis story Dottie’s Rheumatoid Arthritis story Jayme’s Rheumatoid Arthritis story This is Jan’s (2) onset of Rheumatoid disease story, in her own words. My name is Jan M. I am 58 years old, but if I […]

  • 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 […]

  • New England Compounding Center and Beyond: Medications Warnings and Dangers

    When there are warnings of dangers related to medication, there is greater risk to chronic disease patients for two reasons: First, we may be more likely to use the drugs in question. And second, we are more vulnerable because we have a systemic illness. Several news reports over the past few weeks are especially relevant […]

  • When Should People Living with Rheumatoid Disease Use a Wheelchair?

    Or give in to using a cane? Or pain medication? Or a handicapped tag? There was an interesting discussion about wheelchairs and canes on my Facebook post yesterday. At the same time, there were a few other discussions going on about pain medicines. There is such a wide range of needs. But there are some […]

  • Keeper or Loser: I’m Not Giving Up, But What Do You Think?

    Warning: this is one of those rare personal posts specifically about my life, but I thought it was relevant to share. We have two endearing names for rheumatologists which I’ve coined over the years: rheum doc and The Wizard. Rheumatologists are the doctors who decide not to sneak out Osler’s infamous back door. I always […]

  • RA News Headlines, Vol. 6: Ibuprofen for Pain, Orencia Shots, New RA test, RA Inflammation Increases CV Risk

    4 Big Headlines for RA News 1) Ibuprofen beats acetaminophen & a combination of both in knee pain Thanks to Dr. Kirsch for Tweeting this fantastic editorial about an arthritis pain relief study in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases last week. The column highlights data in a new long-term study of the two most popular […]

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Relief: What Do You Know?

    The topic of pain relief came up last week in the Twitter #rheum chat. A couple of people Tweeted that their rheumatologists don’t give them pain relief meds.  I hear that from people sometimes, and I wondered… Whose responsibility is it to provide Rheumatoid Arthritis pain relief? The huge pain study by Strand showed 72% […]

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