There comes a point when they practically give up on you.
When a condition gets worse… or when a drug stops working… many doctors don’t work to find a newer, better, safer, and more effective solution. Instead, they start piling on MORE drugs.
It happens with blood pressure meds, for example, with many seniors taking two, three, or more. It occurs with diabetes drugs too, as they combine newer and often more dangerous meds with metformin.
And it happens with pain too. And as a new study shows, that can have disastrous consequences.
In fact, there’s one increasingly common combination… a pair you never should’ve been given in the first place… that could even KILL you.
URGENT: These 2 pain pills are worse than 1
Opioid painkillers are bad news on their own. But that doesn’t stop docs from giving them out anyway. And when they do, if the pain gets worse, that puts them in quite a bind.
After all, opioids are supposed to be the STRONGEST drugs there are for the WORST pain. So what do you do when those stop working?
Increasingly, doctors add a second drug called gabapentin to the mix. But new research shows how gabapentin and related meds, taken alone or when combined with opioids, can lead to a horrifying complication.
It’s a condition called respiratory depression. And it’s exactly what it sounds like. Your respiratory system struggles. Breathing is not only difficult but sometimes impossible, especially in older patients already suffering from respiratory problems.
The feds say at least 49 cases of respiratory depression are associated with this class of medication, called gabapentinoids. And they’ve linked at least a dozen deaths to the meds.
Officials are still investigating the link and believe the condition can strike when taking a gabapentinoid drug by itself. But that the risk JUMPS when combined with an opioid.
Gabapentin combo sent overdose death risk soaring 49%
One study analyzed by the feds found the combo can depress breathing function. Another found that gabapentin by itself can lead to breathing pauses, or brief periods where you stop breathing during sleep, called apnea.
Other studies have found that the gabapentinoid drug pregabalin alone can lead to breathing problems, as well as pregabalin combined with opioids.
But as bad as this is, it’s not even CLOSE to the worst risk of mixing these meds.
It’s frighteningly easy to overdose on this combo. One study found this mix can increase the risk of overdose death by an astounding 49 percent. Yet no matter how many studies highlight the risks, or how many warnings are given, doctors keep prescribing the pair.
Hmm, do you think the $11.5 million paid out to doctors by the various makers of gabapentin drugs over just two years could have had anything to do with that?
You can be the judge. But you probably already know what I think.
The good news is you can cut your pain AND the risks at the same time. Because you don’t need either of these drugs much less both of them.
Many of the people given this mix of meds have common back pain. Yet studies show these powerful meds don’t always deliver better results. In fact, they’re often MATCHED or BEATEN by over-the-counter pain pills.
But since OTC drugs also come with risks, you’re likely better off going with a non-drug option such as a combination of…
Over time, all three of these safe approaches can help deliver real and lasting pain relief without gabapentin-linked risks. And for quick results, try a topical pain formula with MSM, DMSO, menthol, and capsaicin.