Benzodiazepine

FDA: Opioid Addiction Medication Should Not Be Withheld While Taking CNS Depressants

FDA: Opioid Addiction Medication Should Not Be Withheld While Taking CNS Depressants

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A review of several published studies showed that the evidence did not support dose limitations or arbitrary caps of buprenorphine or methadone as a strategy to address benzodiazepine or other CNS depressant use in MAT-treated patients.

Midazolam Plus Morphine: Continuous vs Intermittent Infusions for Pediatric Postsurgical Pain

Midazolam Plus Morphine: Continuous vs Intermittent Infusions for Pediatric Postsurgical Pain

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Continuous infusions of midazolam plus morphine do not provide additional pain relief compared with intermittent dosing of those drugs, and may increase hospital length of stay among pediatric patients who have undergone cardiac surgery.

FDA's Strategies for Managing Patients Taking CNS Depressants and Opioids

FDA's Strategies for Managing Patients Taking CNS Depressants and Opioids

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The FDA has recently issued a report advising against the use of buprenorphine and methadone medications in patients taking benzodiazepines and/or other central nervous system depressants.

Benzodiazepine Use Increases Pneumonia Risk in Alzheimer Disease

Benzodiazepine Use Increases Pneumonia Risk in Alzheimer Disease

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Patients with Alzheimer disease who were receiving benzodiazepines had a risk for pneumonia 30% greater than that of matched control patients.

Opioid/Benzodiazepine Combination Increases Risk of Overdose

Opioid/Benzodiazepine Combination Increases Risk of Overdose

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Concurrent benzodiazepine and opioid use increased by 80% between 2001 and 2013 in the United States and significantly contributes to the overall population risk of opioid overdose.

CDC Guideline on Prescribing Opioids: Some Major Concerns

CDC Guideline on Prescribing Opioids: Some Major Concerns

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Dr Fudin discusses concerns he has regarding the CDC guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.

Sudden-Onset Amnesia Seen With Opioid Abuse

Sudden-Onset Amnesia Seen With Opioid Abuse

Short-term memory loss may be yet another price of America's opioid addiction epidemic.

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