Health & Fit Controversial supplement kratom is an opioid, FDA says
Non-Opioid Painkillers Might Be Just as Effective as Opioid Drugs, Says Study
The opioid epidemic has become a national crisis in America, and remarkably, middle-aged women are at particularly high risk of becoming addicted. Some of the stories—like this person’s harrowing experience—are beyond belief. But there’s good news when it comes to battling opioid addiction, according to a new study. Published in JAMA, the new research suggests that non-opioid painkillers for certain types of pain are just as effective as opioid painkillers.
Kratom, which is made using an Asian plant, isn’t “just a plant,” the FDA says — it’s an opioid.
If it looks like an opioid and acts like an opioid, it’s an opioid.
That’s the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s reasoning when it comes to kratom, an Asian plant-based dietary supplement that’s been touted as an aid for opioid withdrawal, pain, anxiety and depression.
The regulator analyzed kratom at a molecular level and looked at how it may behave inside the body and affect the brain.
These Americans are most likely to receive opioid prescriptions
New data from the CDC shed more light on the nationwide opioid epidemic About half of adults with a disability receiving Medicare benefits received at least one opioid prescription in a year, and they’re more likely to be from the suburbs, small cities or rural areas.Opioid prescriptions were highest in places with lower median household incomes and higher unemployment rates and those aged 55 to 64 years old rather than younger Americans, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which analyzed data of almost 3.
Combined with a review of the scientific literature and reports of safety issues involving kratom use, compounds found in kratom are opioids, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said.
“Kratom should not be used to treat medical conditions, nor should it be used as an alternative to prescription opioids. There is no evidence to indicate that kratom is safe or effective for any medical use,” Gottlieb said.
Moreover, “claiming that kratom is benign because it’s ‘just a plant’ is shortsighted and dangerous,” he said, adding that “compounds in kratom make it so it isn’t just a plant — it’s an opioid.”
Last fall, the FDA, including warning about safety concerns, setting an import alert that prevents kratom from entering the U.S. illegally and seizing several kratom products.
FDA cracks down on abuse of anti-diarrhea medication
Some addicts take huge doses of loperamide – sold under the brand name Imodium A-D – to try to ease withdrawal or maintain a high As part of its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration is asking manufacturers of over-the-counter anti-diarrhea treatments to change the way they package their products. The FDA says the voluntary measures are needed to curb the growing abuse of loperamide – sold under the brand name Imodium A-D, as well as store brands and generics – which is used by some suffering from opioid addiction as a potential way to manage .
Kratom use has now been associated with 44 deaths, an increase since the 36 kratom-associated deaths reported in November, according to Gottlieb.
Many of the deaths were difficult to assess fully because of limited information, but one individual who died was not known to be an opioid abuser, making the case “of particular concern,” Gottlieb said.
The cases also suggest that individuals are using kratom with other drugs that affect the brain, such as prescription opioids and the anti-diarrheal medicine loperamide.
This kind of mixing is “extremely troubling” because it can have similar health risks as combining opioids with other drugs, Gottlieb said.
However, because kratom isn’t FDA-approved, safety data is more limited than with FDA-approved opioids, the regulator said.
If you’re being encouraged to use kratom to treat opioid addiction, you should get help from a health care provider, Gottlieb said.
Three FDA-approved drugs — buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone — are available for opioid addiction, he noted.
This engineered painkiller works like an opioid but isn't addictive in animal tests .
<p>What if there were a drug that did the job opioids do best - relieve pain - without prompting many of their negative side effects.</p>Addiction, of course, is a particularly dangerous and disruptive side effect, since it hijacks a patient's brain and demands escalating doses of opioid drugs to hold withdrawal symptoms at bay.
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