The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Pain medicine and the risk of high blood pressure: Other options

    You might have read about the study where acetaminophen (Tylenol, paracetamol), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (eg, ibuprofen; Advil and Motrin), and aspirin were associated with development of high blood pressure.

    What should you do if you take these drugs regularly and have high blood pressure?

    Check with your doctor to see if it’s worthwhile to take an analgesic holiday. A few days off your pain medicine might make a change in your blood pressure.

    You might also consider herbals and supplements as options for pain relief. But be aware, that they are generally weak analgesics compared to readily available over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs.

    Other options include acupuncture (here, and here), chiropractic, and massage. Also, consider muscle-strengthening exercises, weight loss (if overweight), physical and occupational therapy, appropriate footwear, and assistive devices. There is also evidence that psychological treatment contributes to pain relief.

    There are so many options beyond the pill. Consider this a partial list.

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    3/3/07 15:52 JR

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