Anesthesia & Pain Management
What to know about antibiotics and the risk of cardiovascular death
July 9, 2020 -- The relative safety of azithromycin was first questioned following a study published in 2012, which reported an association between azithromycin use and sudden cardiac death. Now Tom Viola, RPh, discusses why the drug is once again making headlines.  Discuss
What every dentist and team member should know about these 2 drugs
July 1, 2020 -- A new U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning regarding gabapentin and pregabalin recently caught the eye of Tom Viola, RPh. Now, he has some advice to share with DrBicuspid.com readers on why the warning is something they should understand and heed.  Discuss
UTHSC secures $1.7M for opioid addiction studies
June 8, 2020 -- Researchers from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) have been awarded $1.7 million from the U.S. National Institutes of Health to study the genetic factors of opioid addiction.
Podcast: Thoughts on pain control and prescriptions after COVID-19's rise
June 5, 2020 -- Tom Viola, RPh, has some advice to share with DrBicuspid.com readers on opioid usage and pain control as dental practices continue to move forward after the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent disruption.  Discuss
Antipain center discovered in mice may lead to new painkillers
May 21, 2020 -- Scientists have discovered a small area in the brains of mice that dampens their sense of pain, which could eventually lead to new pain management treatments for humans, according to a study published on May 18 in Nature Neuroscience.  Discuss
3-cm swallowed dental needle removed from patient's neck
May 19, 2020 -- Clinicians removed a 3-cm needle from a patient who swallowed it, likely during a dental procedure, according to a recent case report published in the April issue of the Journal of Dental Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.  Discuss
Antibiotics alter how brains of rats react to opioids
May 8, 2020 -- New research shows that antibiotics may change how the gut-brain connection works in rats dependent on opioids. The use of antibiotics altered the way the rats' brains responded to opioid use and withdrawal, according to the findings of a study published on April 27 in ENeuro.  Discuss
Podcast: Busting one of the biggest myths about pain control and COVID-19
April 1, 2020 -- Tom Viola, RPh, has some advice to share with DrBicuspid.com readers on managing pain in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as some thoughts on smoking and marijuana usage in these historic days.  Discuss
Study finds opioids less effective after tooth extraction
March 24, 2020 -- Patients who took opioids for pain relief after tooth extraction reported higher levels of pain than patients who took other analgesics in a new study, published in JAMA Network Open. The findings suggest nonopioid analgesics should be the first-line pain relief for extractions.  Discuss
Dentist pleads guilty to diverting oxycodone for own use
March 18, 2020 -- A dentist in Wisconsin has admitted to writing a prescription for oxycodone to his dental hygienist and then having her divert the painkillers to him for his personal use, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Wisconsin.  Discuss
Hot Topic
Second Opinion: Outpatient detoxification for opioid-addicted patients

While steps are needed to reduce the number of prescribed opioids in the U.S., what about those patients who may already be addicted and at risk? In this Second Opinion, Vikram Tarugu, MD, details a detoxification program that may be appropriate for your patients and your community. Read more.

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