As the pain of stomach pain grows, doctors and patients can’t seem to agree on which medicine is best for them.
Doctors often prescribe more powerful medicines to treat pain, while the majority of patients say they don’t need to take pain medications at all.
But as doctors and consumers wrestle with which medications are the best for their specific condition, some are getting help from the food industry.
Dr. Thomas H. Kosten, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at Stanford University, has studied how consumers have responded to the rise of the pill and how doctors have responded.
“The pill is not a cure, it’s a first-line therapy.
It can be very helpful for a lot of people,” Kostel said.”
There’s a lot that we don’t know about it,” Kusten said.
“I think we’ve learned a lot about what’s going on with the pill in terms of its efficacy, what the side effects are, how to use it and how to avoid it.”
“The pharmaceutical industry has gotten very good at marketing and marketing the pill as a first line therapy for pain, but it has a very bad track record for people who really need it,” he said.
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“It is not clear whether that would be effective for people in the middle of the disease spectrum, and therefore people who need it most, and if so, what its impact would be,” Kasten said, adding that the results of his research “could change the way that physicians prescribe the pill for pain.”
Kosten and others say there’s been a lot more study about the pill over the last 20 years.
The FDA approved the pill to treat acute pain for patients over age 60 in 2008, but the drug is still not approved for other conditions.
The pill also has an association with a number of serious side effects.
According to the Mayo Clinic, people who take it for stomach, back, neck and leg pain can have blood clots and die if the clot becomes blocked.
The drug has also been linked to depression, and the Mayo report said some of the side effect profiles could increase depression and anxiety symptoms, as well as suicidal thoughts.
Researchers have found that people who have had stomach ulcers in the past can be more likely to develop stomach pain and heartburn after they stop taking the pill, and it can also increase the risk of developing cancer and heart attacks.
The Mayo report notes that people with pre-existing heart problems, including congestive heart failure, are more likely than others to experience stomach pain.
“This may be due to the fact that people in these groups may have more severe heart disease,” the report said.
Kostel says doctors are not just prescribing pain medications to people with chronic conditions.
“Physicians are prescribing pain medication for conditions that people have no choice but to take, because they have no other choice.
They have no alternative,” he told ABC News.
“They’re prescribing pain medicine for pain.
It’s not a choice they have to make.
It is a part of their daily routine.””
It is a real epidemic that people are experiencing more stomach pain,” he added.
The Food and Drug Administration is not yet in a position to recommend a new pain medication to treat stomach pain, though it is encouraging people to ask their doctors about alternatives.
“Patients and health care providers should be aware of alternative treatment options and discuss these options with their healthcare providers,” said FDA spokeswoman Amy Davis in a statement.
“While the FDA encourages the public to share their experiences with alternative pain management and pain management for their pain and anxiety and other health concerns, FDA is not in a place to provide definitive recommendations on this issue.”ABC News’ Elizabeth Bixby contributed to this report.