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FDA Warns NSAID Use After 20 Weeks of Pregnancy Could Lead to Complications

In its Drug Safety Communication, dated 10/15/2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that manufacturers of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) will be required to update their labeling to include warnings about potential fetal risk if women take the medications at about 20 weeks or later in their pregnancy. This is of special concern to dentistry since the use of …

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Top 10 Drugs Associated with Overdose Deaths

By: Deborah Brauser, Medscape Pharmacists  Deaths from drug overdose in the United States increased by 54% from 2011 to 2016 — with opioids, benzodiazepines (benzos), and stimulants the most commonly used drug classes involved, a new report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), shows. The report notes that there were 41,340 …

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The Link Between Periodontal Conditions and Alzheimer’s Disease

By: Dimensions of Dental Hygiene (Editors) New research from the University of Illinois at Chicago indicates periodontal conditions may be an initiating factor in Alzheimer’s disease. The findings, published in PLOS One, suggest long-term exposure to periodontal pathogens causes inflammation and degeneration of brain neurons in mice. Reporting in the paper, “Chronic Oral Application of a Periodontal Pathogen Results in …

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Are nonnarcotic analgesics effective for post-op endo pain?

By: Lori Roniger, DrBicuspid.com Associate Editor Some patients and dental practitioners favor the use of nonnarcotic analgesics or opioid alternatives for treating postoperative endodontic pain, but studies on their effectiveness for this indication have been conflicting. However, a new review suggests that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen are potent options. Researchers analyzed high-quality, placebo-controlled studies on the use of …