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FDA strengthens warnings of fatal risks from mixing opioids, sedatives

 


WASHINGTON — Health officials are strengthening warnings about the potentially fatal consequences of mixing prescription painkillers and sedatives like Xanax, saying the combination can lead to breathing problems, coma and death.

The Food and Drug Administration said it will add a boxed warning — the strongest type — to nearly 400 medications about the interaction, including opioid painkillers, opioid-containing cough medicines and benzodiazepines, which are used to treat anxiety, insomnia and seizure disorders.

Painkillers and sedatives are among the most commonly prescribed medications in the U.S., but both drug types slow users' heart rate and breathing.

http://www.startribune.com/fda-warns-of-fatal-risks-from-mixing-opioids-and-sedatives/391905031/

 

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