Those who think one cocktail wouldn’t hurt while taking the painkiller Palladone, could be wrong, dead wrong. That’s why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered Purdue Pharma to pull Palladone from pharmacy shelves. The agency based their decision on evidence that the prescription painkiller had serious side-effects when combined with alcohol.
A recent study concluded that with alcohol use, Palladone levels in the bloodstream became dangerously high. Although the drug’s label already warns against consuming with alcohol, the FDA determined the danger required that the painkiller be taken off the market.
Due to the abuse potential, Palladone was sparingly prescribed to 11,500 patients. To date, no life-threatening side effects have been reported. The FDA advises patients currently taking Palladone to consult their physicians about other painkiller options.
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