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NEW WARNINGS IF YOU OWN A CAT OR DOG : The Food & Drug Administration in the USA, have been informed by Vets that especially Cats, but also including Dogs, may be at high risk if coming into contact with many NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen. It has been long thought that this toxicity may only be applicable if the animal ingested a solid, tablet based NSAIDs, but new studies indicate that the same toxicity applies to Gels, such as Ibuprofen Gel, Voltarol Gel, etc. As little as 50mg Ibuprofen for cats, 100mg for dogs can cause severe problems. Some pets have died as a direct result. DO NOT SELF-TREAT ANY CAT OR DOG with over-the-counter Pain Relief Gels- it may prove a fatal mistake. Read more about the new FDA Warnings here - http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/04/20/400994162/humans-use-of-pain-relief-creams-proves-fatal-to-felines David Grieve. 22nd April, 2015.
SYNDOL AVAILABILITY NEW UPDATE NOVEMBER 12th, 2014.
"NEW"SYNDOL IS BACK ON THE SHELVES THIS MONTH!IT'S NOT THE SAME AS THE ORIGINAL. Although "Syndol" will shortly be available to purchase in the UK again, it is NOT the same formulation as the original product. The 'new' "product will be called : "Syndol Headache Relief Tablets" - this product contains 500mg Paracetamol, 8mg Codeine and 30mg Caffeine. This differs from the original Syndol formulation in that it does not contain Doxylamine. 'Sanofi', the new Product Licence holder stated that ... "We have been and continue to work very hard to find a resolution to our manufacturing problems; however, we are not in a position currently to bring the original formulation of Syndol back to the market..." You can, however, still purchase Doxylamine Succinate tablets online via "Ebay", as long as it is for your own personal use. 2 bottles, totaling 192 x 25mg tablets, are available via free air-mail delivery, for just £12.56p. (Over-Count does not endorse nor encourage online Medication purchase, so this is entirely your choice). The "Ebay" purchase link is here : Doxylamine Succinate Finally, it is worth noting that 'Sanofi' are NOT saying that the original "Syndol" formulation will never be back, only that currently they are unable to produce it. David Grieve
CAN YOU HELP WITH THIS UNIVERSITY RESEARCH ?? (January 2015 Updated version).
Over-Count Drugs Information Agency is helping Ms Niamh Fingleton, a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen, with a research project about over-the-counter/non-prescription medicine addiction. These are medicines which can be obtained without a prescription. e.g. painkillers which contain codeine and paracetamol/ibuprofen, cough and cold remedies, etc.
Niamh would like to speak with people in the UK aged 18 or older who have ever been addicted to an over-the-counter/non-prescription medicine.
The aim of the study is to find out what helps or hinders seeking treatment for over-the-counter/non-prescription medicine addiction. It is hoped that this research will help to identify any changes that need to be made so that seeking treatment is easier in the future.
Any information you provide will be confidential and you will remain anonymous in any publications or presentations of the research.
If you are interested in taking part, please read this information sheet (pdf file, so you will require Acrobat Reader to access it) for more details about what taking part would involve. Niamh is not medically trained and is therefore unable to provide medical advice or support.
Your help would be greatly appreciated.
CONTACT DETAILS: Niamh Fingleton Academic Primary Care University of Aberdeen Polwarth Building Foresterhill Aberdeen AB25 2ZD
First seen at the Dublin Fringe festival, "Solpadeine is My Boyfriend" is about change. It's the changes you can't control, can't come back from, like growing up, emigrating, and the moment you realise: you're not who you thought you were going to be when you wrote about it in 3rd class. Stefanie Preissner confronts the psychic paralysis of post-boom Ireland .. A stark and frank tale of Dependency......
Written and performed by Stefanie Preissner
A "With an F Production" directed by Gina Moxley
Sound Supervision Mark McGrath
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SNAKE VENOM THE NEW ALTERNATIVE 'MORPHINE' PAINKILLER ??
A painkiller as powerful as morphine, but without most of the side-effects, has been found in the deadly venom of the black mamba, say French scientists. The predator, which uses neurotoxins to paralyse and kill small animals, is one of the fastest and most dangerous snakes in Africa. However, tests on mice, reported in the journal Nature, showed its venom also contained a potent painkiller.
They admit to being completely baffled about why the mamba would produce it. The researchers looked at venom from 50 species before they found the black mamba's pain-killing proteins - called mambalgins. Dr Eric Lingueglia, from the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology near Nice, told the BBC: "When it was tested in mice, the analgesia was as strong as morphine, but you don't have most of the side-effects." Morphine acts on the opioid pathway in the brain. It can cut pain, but it is also addictive and causes headaches, difficulty thinking, vomiting and muscle twitching. The researchers say mambalgins tackle pain through a completely different route, which should produce few side-effects.Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19812064#
NEW CONCERNS ABOUT PAINKILLER OVER-USE SYNDROME :
Taking medicines such as painkillers over a prolonged period of time to relieve headaches can actually make symptoms worse, according to latest guidelines from NICE.
Headaches are one of the most common complaints presented to GPs and neurologists, with more than 10 million people in the UK experiencing them frequently or at regular intervals.
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Repeatedly taking slightly too much paracetamol over time can lead to an overdose that is difficult to spot, but puts the person in danger of dying, researchers have warned. Paracetamol is a widely used painkiller, and is easily available over the counter in pharmacies, supermarkets and other outlets. If a person takes a large amount at one time it can be dangerous - if not fatal - and medical workers are trained to spot the symptoms of such overdoses, which are a common form of attempted suicide.
But now researchers have found that people who continuously take slightly too much of the drug on each occasion could be putting themselves at risk without showing any of the standard symptoms of a paracetamol overdose. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Liver Transplantation Unit looked at over 650 cases of patient admissions with paracetamol induced liver damage to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh over a 16 year period. Of these, over 160 had taken a so-called "staggered" overdose, usually to relieve a range of common aches and pains, such as headaches, toothaches or muscular pains. Study leader Dr Kenneth Simpson said that in such cases, "they haven't taken the sort of single-moment, one-off massive overdoses taken by people who try to commit suicide, but over time the damage builds up, and the effect can be fatal." "On admission, these staggered overdose patients were more likely to have liver and brain problems, require kidney dialysis or help with breathing and were at a greater risk of dying than people who had taken single overdoses" he added. "Staggered overdoses or patients presenting late after an overdose need to be closely monitored and considered for the paracetamol antidote, N-acetylcysteine, irrespective of the concentration of paracetamol in their blood," said Dr Simpson. The study, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, calls for more work to find new ways of assessing whether a patient can be sent home, needs medical treatment to counteract the paracetamol, or needs to be considered for a liver transplant. Source: http://uk.health.lifestyle.yahoo.net/accidental-paracetamol-overdose-warning.htm 23/11/2011.
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LATEST NEWS: David Grieve, the Founder and Project Director of "Over-Count", won the Dumfries and Galloway "Volunteer of the Year" Award, at a civic ceremony held in Dumfries, on Friday, March 11th, 2011.
Painkillers linked to Heart Attacks and Strokes-
Tuesday, July 5th, 2011. NEWS!! Research has just shown taking that common painkillers, such as Ibuprofen, have been linked to increased risks of Heart Attacks, Strokes, and now- Irregular Heartbeats (atrial fibrillation) Read the article here- http://uk.news.yahoo.com/painkillers-linked-heart-risks-230104147.html