The FDA is sending a message loud and clear, and we ignore it at our peril.
Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 30, 2013
In an effort to control chronic pain, doctors and patients have become increasingly reliant on these drugs. Now, the FDA wants to tighten controls on a type of medicine that contains hydrocodone—a narcotic-- in combination with other over-the-counter drugs like aspirin or acetaminophen.
“While no one questions the value of prescription pain killers, doctors often fall back on this option too quickly when other, safer approaches might work just as well," says Dr. Reza Ghorbani, MD, a Harvard trained, board certified pain management specialist.
Ghorbani is president and medical director of the Advanced Pain Medicine Institute of Greater Washington, DC. He welcomes the FDA’s effort to blunt what has become an epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, which frequently leads to addiction.
The FDA’s request for permission to move hydrocodone combination products to a more restricted drug classification comes just as Ghorbani has published “Secrets to a Pain Free Life”. In the book, he addresses the issue of painkiller abuse.
“Most doctors would rather see you strive toward lifestyle changes and other natural pain management techniques that avoid dependency on painkillers,” says Ghorbani.
The take-away is that doctors need to be aware the problem is growing and work closely with their patients to prevent addiction.
“The FDA is sending a message loud and clear, and ignoring it may lead doctors and patients into harm’s way,” says Ghorbani.
For more information visit, drghorbani.com. “Secrets to a Pain Free Life” is available on Amazon.com.