Watch Out for Products Which Claim to Cure Cancer

Scour the internet or social media sites and you will be sure to find some products that claim to cure cancer. Nicole Kornspan, M.P.H., a consumer safety officer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), believes that the number of such products is very much on the rise.

Kornspan believes that these new products continue to sell because they play on the fears of people who are dealing with cancer personally, or helping a friend or family member suffering from the disease.

In order for a cancer-treating drug or device to be deemed legitimate, it must first receive approval or clearance from the FDA before going to market. The FDA goes to great lengths to ensure that products are safe and effective before being released to the general public,

There are plenty of products that slip through the cracks, though, which is why the internet is teeming with capsules, powders, pills, teas, creams, oils, and treatment kits, all of which claim to be the cure for cancer.

Manufacturers of these products as natural treatments, whilst also claiming that they are dietary supplements. These methods are used to make it seem as though the products are safe, but all that really happens is that cancer patients avoid legitimate treatment in favor of a “miracle cure.”

A product that does not have FDA approval may be one that contains unsafe ingredients.

Not only are humans at risk, pets are, too, as manufacturers target both. Kornspan says that there are a growing number of products out there that are sold as effective cancer treatments for cats and dogs. Vet bills can be expensive, which is why so many pet owners are drawn to the cheaper, albeit bogus, alternatives.

The FDA recommended that people steer clear of products not approved by them. They also advise that you should talk to a licensed health care professional about treatment options.

Red Flags to Watch out For

The one thing that most bogus products have in common is that they all use a specific vocabulary. Kornspan says that consumers should be on the lookout for the following phrases, which should be regarded as red flags:

  • Treats all forms of cancer
  • Miraculously kills cancer cells and tumors
  • Shrinks malignant tumors
  • Selectively kills cancer cells
  • More effective than chemotherapy
  • Attacks cancer cells, leaving healthy cells intact
  • Cures cancer

It is very often those statements, a well as a few others, that clearly show that a supposed cancer-curing drug is in fact fraudulent.

This is not to say that there are not investigational cancer treatments out there, but patients should talk to their doctor about the options as opposed to hitting the internet in search of a cure.


 

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How Tramadol and Codeine Can Lead to Breathing Issues in Children

Tramadol and codeine are opioid medications most commonly used to treat pain. Codeine is also sometimes found in cough and cold medicines.

While effective in adults, both medicines can deliver potentially fatal breathing problems in children. The problem here is that some kids and adults break tramadol and codeine down into their active forms quicker than most, which can lead to a spike in their opioid levels.

Mother who breastfeed while taking these medicines can unwittingly pass on unsafe levels of the opioids to their little ones through their breast milk. Those infants may have difficulty breastfeeding, become drowsy, or potentially experience serious breathing issues.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are doing their part to battle this problem by requiring codeine and tramadol labels to be strengthened so that parents are aware of the potential health issues their children may face.

Take Care when Giving Tramadol or Codeine to Children

The FDA recommends that children under the age of 12 should not be given pain or cough medications containing codeine or tramadol.

Tramadol has not been approved for use in children by the FDA. Children under the age of 18 should not take tramadol to ease the pain that follows procedures such as tonsil or adenoid removal. Codeine labels already contain warnings stating that the medication should not be used by children to treat pain from those procedures.

Kids aged 12 through 18 who are considered obese or who have obstructive sleep apnea or a weak respiratory system are advised not to take codeine or tramadol because of the potential breathing issues that may follow.

Tramadol is intended as a prescription pain medication for adults. Codeine come via prescription, but may also be available over the counter in some states.

You will often find that codeine is mixed with acetaminophen in prescription pain meds, and also with several different cold medicines when used as a cough treatment.

Codeine and Tramadol Alternatives

There are a number of different pain management alternatives that are safe for children. Your local pharmacist or doctor can help you find one that is suitable.

You also have the option of several different OTC medications for the treatment of cough in kids. It should be noted that the FDA does not believe that OTC cough and cold medicines are suitable for children under the age of 2. Colds generally go away on their own after a few days, so you also have the option of allowing your child to get better without the use of drugs.

Finding out if Codeine or Tramadol is on your Child’s Medication

The labels on medicines should clearly show if codeine or tramadol is present. You can also talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are still unsure.